says hunters beat him
Ketchum, Idaho – If proven true, the claim made against
three hunters in the Sun Valley area could be a new low standard
for civility. A 39-year-old motorcycle rider claims that a woman
driving a Chevrolet Blazer forced him off the road, spilling
him and his 7-year-old daughter. Then, two men in the Blazer
told him to take off his helmet, because they wanted to beat
him. He declined, so they beat him on the face several times.
The cause? The motorcycle driver had ruined their deer hunting,
according to the report given to police. The Idaho Mountain
Express (Oct. 30) says charges against the trio of hunters are
Keystone ads target Gen X-ers
Keystone – Ski areas that have profited handsomely from
baby boomers are now aiming at younger crowds.
The Summit Daily News (Nov. 8) reports that Keystone‘s
effort to that end has a “Need an Adventure?” theme.
One ad pictures a woman in her late 20s crouched atop a grocery
store conveyor belt, tucked into a skiing position, two loaves
of bread under her arms serving as poles.
Another ad, shot on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive, shows
a line of men and women clad in ski gear, hitchhiking with signs
indicating Keystone as their destination.
The ads will run as billboards in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and
Kansas City, with the intended result of drawing 28-plus Gen
Xers to the resort in January and February, a time when the
resort has traditionally hosted families.
Edema among Teton accidents
Jackson Hole, Wyo. – The American Alpine Club’s
annual book, Accidents in North American Mountaineering 2002,
is out, and the 13 incidents detailed in the Grand Tetons run
the gamut of what can go wrong while climbing.
Among the most unusual, reports the Jackson Hole News (Oct.
30), is the case of a woman who suffered pulmonary edema. It’s
an uncommon ailment in the Grand Tetons, where the highest peak
doesn’t even hit 13,800 feet. The woman’s husband
thought overheating had caused her vomiting, as it was a hot
August day. Climbing rangers who came across them, however,
quickly discerned the cause, and expedited a rapid evacuation
to a lower elevation.
Also in the Tetons, a professional climbing guide tied a knot
that failed when it was weighted, which the editor of the book,
Jed Williamson, said reaffirms the basic rule to check and then
recheck all knots and anchors before a life is entrusted to
Deaths spur safety questions
Jackson, Wyo. – Two fatal accidents in just a few days
has the leader of Jackson Hole’s Latino Resource Center
wondering if Latinos need better instruction in U.S.-style safety.
In the first case, a 16-year-old died in a car crash on Teton
Pass. He was wearing no seat belt. Three days later, a 35-year-old
man died of carbon monoxide when he closed the door in the auto
shop where he was working and left a car running.
Like many Latinos in Jackson Hole, the latter victim comes from
the Tlaxcala region of Mexico, where the warmer and drier climate
causes buildings to be less tightly constructed. That, says
Carmina Oaks, director of the Latino Resource Center, may explain
why he thought he could leave the door closed, despite common
knowledge of the deadliness of carbon monoxide, reports the
Jackson Hole News (Oct. 30).
Investors buy Monarch for $5M
Salida – Although smallish ski areas have struggled, purchasers
of Monarch ski area believe they can continue to compete in
Colorado’s heated ski market.
Denver-based firm First Pacific Investment, which has apartment
units in Denver and Oklahoma City, is the majority investor.
Minority investors include six businesses in Chaffee County,
where the resort is located, according to The Denver Post (Nov.
5). Purchase price is $5 million.
First Pacific’s Bob Nicols told the newspaper that the
new owners hope to grow the business a bit, but that existing
business volume works sufficiently. Last year, a drought winter
in the wake of 9-11, Monarch reported 139,000 skier visits.
Monarch’s core business in the past was church groups
from Texas and Oklahoma. In comments made to The Denver Post,
Nicols suggested Monarch can remain aloof from the price wars
among ski areas along I-70 west of Denver.
“We can compete from a price standpoint with the big gorillas
on I-70,” he said.
“There’s a tremendous market that comes from the
Southwest that is price-conscious. We are going to continue
to work for that market.”
Nude calendars sweep ski towns
Canmore, Alberta – In Canada, the national cross-country
skiers decided to go for the gold by creating a calendar that
included five carefully positioned, lightly clothed members
of the women’s national team. That 2001 calendar raised
$80,000 (Canadian) and also drew a great deal more interest
to the sport of cross-country skiing.
After a year off, the team now has a calendar out for 2003.
This time, the skiers are all clothed, reports the Canmore Leader
(Nov. 10). The team hopes to raise $30,000 in sales.
Meanwhile, in Colorado, the 2002 Vail Undressed calendar is
out, with more than 80 locals baring all in the name of charity.
The debut calendar last year featured a local doctor, clad only
with a stethoscope from her neck, on the cover. It raised $30,000
for local medical emergencies.
This year the cover features Chris Anthony, the winner of various
extreme skiing competitions, launching from a cornice. Responding
to questions, he affirmed that, yes, cold does induce shrinkage,
reports the Vail Daily (Oct. 14).
But the calendar is not just about hard bodies. One photo –
taken in summer – is of the Happy Hikers, a group of women
all over 60 who routinely meet on Thursdays to hike, in the
case of this photo in the buff. Organizers hope to double sales
this year for charity cases involving medical emergencies.
The Butte getting larger homes
Crested Butte – So far, few mansions have been built in
the Crested Butte area, the largest being 8,891 square feet.
That compares with some homes of around 40,000 square feet in
the Aspen and Vail.
But Gunnison County, of which Crested Butte is a part, has been
offering incentives with building sizes and densities to developers
who avoid sensitive areas, such as meadows. Gary Garland is
the first developer to go through the process, and his proposal
has the potential to produce homes of 14,000 to 18,000 square
feet. In contrast, the grocery store in Crested Butte only has
11,000 square feet, and the largest hotel in the area, the Sheraton,
has 33,000 square feet.
The Crested Butte News (Nov. 8) reports the prospect of mansions
has some local residents concerned. One concern is the number
of employees that will be generated in building and maintaining
each mansion, a concern in an area where lower-paid affordable
housing is always an issue. One study finds that a 12,000-square-foot
house requires 90 employees.
“Where are these people going to live?” asked one
resident. The developer responded, “God forbid we provide
jobs. Not everybody has trust funds. There are people that need
Wyoming adopts wolf policies
Jackson Hole, Wyo. – Wolves introduced into the Yellowstone
ecosystem by federal authorities have multiplied to 218 and
are now fanning out across Wyoming. They’re still protected
under the nation’s Endangered Species Act, except in cases
where they have been proven to be killing livestock.
Citing growing numbers, state wildlife biologists recommended
that wolves be classified as trophy game, allowing killing by
licensed hunters. But, in a 4-to-2 vote, the State Wildlife
Commission rejected that advice.
Instead, the wolves will be classified in two ways. Within parks,
wildlife refuge areas and federal wilderness areas, they can
be killed by permit only. In all other areas they can be killed
by anybody at any time.
This may set up a showdown with the federal government, but
the speakers before the commission’s recent hearing seemed
pleased, according to the Jackson Hole News (Oct. 30). Speakers
at a recent hearing in Jackson, where cowboy hats outnumbered
Patagonia 10-to-1, rallied against federal intrusion. One wildlife
commissioner had a contrary opinion. He argued against butting
heads with the federal government. In that way, the wolf would
more rapidly be delisted, and then licensed hunters could at
least slow the growth of wolf packs.
Green Party candidate prevails in town vote
Truckee, Calif. – When people run for office in town elections,
they are not formally affiliated with parties. But, for the
record, the top vote-getter among candidates for the Truckee
Town Council was Beth Ingalls, who happens to be registered
with the Green Party. The Sierra Sun (Nov. 6) reports
that Ingalls hasn’t been active in the Green Party but
was disillusioned by local politics.
Elsewhere in the mountain valleys, Green Party candidate Justin
McCarthy ran for county commissioner in Colorado’s Summit
County, but garnered only 37 percent of the votes. He was defeated
handily by incumbent Gary Lindstrom, an independent. Another
Green Party candidate, Art Goodtimes, commissioner for San Miguel
County, was not up for re-election.
– compiled by Allen Best