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‘True friends’ seen at Whistler’s same-sex weddings

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

WHISTLER, B. C. ” British Columbia in 2003 legalized same-sex marriages.

Since then, the province has become a popular destination for weddings by Americans. It has also made Whistler a place with increasing numbers of same-sex marriages ” 36 last year, compared to 14 the first year such marriages were legal.

Linda Seifred, who performs same-sex marriages in the resort town, told Pique newsmagazine that such weddings tend to be smaller affairs. “The guests tend to be true, longtime friends of the couple.”

Whistler annually hosts an event called WinterPride, which was expected this year to draw more than 3,000 people, about half from the United Sates, with a fifth from Australian and New Zealand, and smaller percentages from Europe and South America.

DURANGO, Colorado ” Most bets are spur of the moment things, with outcomes decided in short order. Not so a bet being discussed in Durango.

There, Roger Cohen issued a challenge, betting $5,000 that the globe’s average temperature will be cooler in 2017 than in 2007. He has a doctorate in physics and retired five years ago from Exxon.

He has two possible takers: Paul Bendt, who also has a doctorate in physics ” and who now works on energy efficiency testing for state agencies and utilities ” and Bill Butler, a data-processing manager.

They all seem to agree that a one-year comparison, as Cohen originally proposed, is unsatisfactory. To get climate trends they need longer-term comparisons. Still to be negotiated is which global measurements are used.

RED LODGE, Mont. ” The local historical museum in Red Lodge now has possession of a very expensive button. The button came from the Little Bighorn battlefield, where Custer and half of his soldiers met their ends one very hot, dusty day in 1876.

Among them was a 21-year-old second lieutenant, John J. Crittenden. Although the descendent of high-ranking soldiers ” his father was a major general for the Union in the Civil War and an uncle was a general in the Confederacy ” he had flunked out of the military academy at West Point and joined the infantry.

The button that was later found was of a type used for infantry officers, and since Crittenden was the only infantry soldier to die at that particular battle site ” all the others were members of the cavalry ” it is presumed that it was his.

It came from a larger collection of Little Bighorn artifacts, all of which were sold except for the button. It has an estimated value of $3,000 to $5,000.

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