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Telluride designated ‘Slow Food City’

Allen Best

TELLURIDE – By now, most people have heard of the book “Fast Food Nation,” the film “Super Size Me,” or at least heard talk of what burgers and fries are doing to our health. All this was the subject of several films shown this year at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival.Town officials have also decided to become a “Slow Food City.” The movement is “dedicated to food appreciation and food activism; a combination of the celebration of good eating with the protection of biodiversity, preserving regional cuisines, food products, harvesting methods, production techniques, and traditional ways of life threatened with extinction by the big business of nonsustainble industrial agriculture and global fast-food culture.”Telluride Mayor John Pryor said he learned during a visit to Ecuador this spring that more rain forest is clear-cut for cattle grazing than for timber. In other words, burgers are destroying the rain forests, he said. Jackson Hole restricts fireplacesJACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Add Jackson Hole to the list of places cracking down on crackling fireplaces. Teton County commissioners have passed a law restricting homeowners to one EPA-approved wood-burning stove or fireplace, but also one unapproved fireplace or stove or pit.Even so, these restrictions are loose compared to many put in place during the last 15 years in resort areas of the West. For example, Vail in 1990 banned all new fireplaces and stoves unless EPA approved, and helped launch a program that has resulted in hundreds of wood-burning fireplaces being replaced with gas-burning varieties. Similar restrictions were put into place in nearby towns as well as unincorporated areas.Gas unlikely to slow summer crowdsJACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Businesses in Jackson Hole are expecting no dampening of visitors as a result of gas prices surging past $2 a gallon. Call volume to the chamber office there is actually up, and reservations supervisors say that gas prices are not a major concern – at least at this point – among potential visitors. At the Grand Teton Lodge Co., chief operating officer John Rutter reports busy phones and a summer business that looks “pretty solid.”

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