If men had periods
and other thoughts
KEYSTONE, Colo. – “What if men menstruated?”
was the intriguing headline for a story in the Summit Daily
News (July 17) about an upcoming play.
The answer, according to playwrights Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney,
is that if men had periods, they’d be high-fiving, celebrating
their cycles with brewskis, saying their bloated bellies make
them feel more like a man and bragging about the size of the
tampons they use.
Is Revelstroke truly a paradise?
REVELSTROKE, B.C. – More than a trickle, less than a
stampede, there’s been a steady migration of people from
Banff and Canmore across the Continental Divide to Revelstroke.
The Canmore Leader set out to discover why.
The Canmore paper concluded that Revelstroke, a city of 7,500
people that is base to several heli-skiing operations, has wonderful
skiing and rock climbing, but also lower housing costs. Starter
homes can be bought for less than $100,000 ($60,000 US).
“I found paradise,” said one 33-year-old who had
spent time in a number of mountain towns in Alberta and British
Like Banff, Revelstroke is landlocked. It cannot grow out.
However, with Intrawest reportedly eyeing the modest ski hill,
it may grow up.
But just as everybody in Colorado says they don’t want
to be like Aspen or Vail, people in Revelstroke are saying they
don’t want to be like Whistler, another Intrawest-influenced
town. “We want to manage development quite carefully and
cautiously,” said the city’s director of commercial
Rip Van Winkle wonders who Kobe is
EAGLE, Colo. – Believe it or not, a few people have never
heard of Kobe Bryant, as witnessed by a modern-day Rip Van Winkle
who showed up at the Eagle County Justice Center recently to
pay a fine.
Outside the building, says the Eagle Valley Enterprise (July
24), a press conference was being held at which the district
attorney announced that indeed, he planned to charge Kobe Bryant
with rape. Picking his way through a maze of television cables
and a throng of 100 reporters, this man arrived at the clerk’s
“Kobe Bryant’s trouble,” the clerk explained.
“Who’s he?” the man asked.
“You know, the basketball player,” replied the
“Oh, does he play for Battle Mountain or Eagle Valley?”
asked the man.
One man’s junk is another man’s
GUNNISON COUNTY, Colo. – A beautification committee has
been formed to tidy up the roadways to Crested Butte and other
tourist locales in Gunnison County. Among the goals of the group
is to get rid of dead cars and other “junk.”
Reading this news on the Web site of the Crested Butte News,
former resident Evan “Web” Bennet wrote to express
his dismay. Now “stuck in Texas for what seems to be an
eternity,” he explained that what he most dislikes about
Fort Worth is that it is “way too tidy 85 all spit-shined.”
Quoting minstrel John Prine, he said that “junk is our
past reminding us of who we are and who the people that came
before us were.”
“Art or trash?” asked Bennett, a photographer.
“Keep it a little rough,” he advised.
Dylan plays ski hill; Phish at local jam
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Jackson Hole had an epic night of
music recently. At Snow King, the ski area on the outskirts
of Jackson, Bob Dylan regaled a crowd of 4,200 with a 90-minute
set followed by a 20-minute encore. The crowd, reported the
Jackson Hole News & Guide (July 16) consisted of “hippies,
cowboys, old-timers, kids and every strata of Jackson Hole society.”
It seems the bard left them all “wanting for nothing.”
Meanwhile, out at Wilson, near the entrance to Grand Teton
National Park, people were half-way expecting Dylan to show
for a post-concert small-bar jam, as he had done once in 1985,
when in Jackson Hole for a wedding. Instead, the band Phish
took the stage. Traveling by jet between concerts in Washington
state and Salt Lake City, the members decided to kick back in
the Tetons for a day.
Dylan, incidentally, also played at Ketchum before 4,000 people
in July, and in previous years, he played at Park City and Vail.
Mercury hits 85 in Crested Butte
CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – Although neither Death Valley
nor Houston, Crested Butte was hot in early July for a town
above 9,000 feet, reports the Crested Butte News (July 17),
with temperatures steadily rising above 80, one day hitting
The record is 95 degrees, set in 1949, according to the Colorado
Climate Center. But at the nearby Rocky Mountain Biological
Laboratory in Gothic, Billy Barr reported the past five years
have been the hottest during his 30 years tenure with the outdoor
Gay marriages may boost business
WHISTLER, B.C. – Only 13 days after a court ruling that
legalized same-sex marriages in British Columbia, two couples
from U.S. cities – Anchorage and Seattle – were
married on Whistler Mountain. Such gay marriages are expected
to boost the wedding business in Whistler and across British
Columbia this summer, says Whistler’s Pique newsmagazine
On June 10, a court in Ontario ruled that federal marriage
laws are discriminatory and violate Canada’s Charter of
Rights and Freedoms. On July 8, the British Columbia Court of
Appeals then ruled to lift a moratorium on same-sex marriages.
Canada is just the third country to allow same-sex marriages,
the others being Netherlands and Belgium. However, the former
has a long residency requirement, and the latter will only allow
marriages of foreign couples from countries that already allow
such unions. No U.S. court has determined the legal status of
gay marriages in Canada when those couples return to the United
Washoe Tribe gets Tahoe acreage
LAKE TAHOE, Nev. – President Bush is expected to sign
legislation that will transfer 24 acres of U.S. Forest Service
land along Lake Tahoe to the Washoe Tribe, the aboriginal inhabitants
of the area. “This bill will assure the members of the
Washoe Tribe the opportunity to engage in traditional and customary
cultural practices on the shores of Lake Tahoe, including spiritual
renewal, land stewardship, traditional learning and reunification
of tribal and family bonds,” said Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev.
Telluride talks runway expansion
TELLURIDE, Colo. – Telluride’s airport straddles
a mesa just outside the town. The runway now is nearly 7,000
feet, not quite long enough to be completely safe for the planes
that use the airport. More importantly it would seem, the runway
is a trifle too short to accommodate a new generation of smaller
regional jets that are replacing the turbo-props that shuttle
passengers from Phoenix and Denver.
To that end, the board that oversees the airport wants to spend
$50 million to flatten, widen and lengthen the runway. The latter
is the most eye-opening. To get 130 additional feet of length,
explains The Telluride Watch (July 8), would require creating
artificial platforms at both ends of the mesa. That longer runway
on one side would be accommodated by a 115-foot-tall retaining
wall, and on the other side by a wall 130 feet high. By way
of comparison, even the highest of ski town hotels are little
more than 100 feet tall.
The federal government will pay 90 percent of the cost, with
the state and other sources picking up the balance. Local taxpayers
will have to pay nothing.
Rich Nutall, the airport manager, said this project is all
about safety, and the FAA’s intent is to make this and
all mountain airports safe. But coincidentally, it will allow
a Canadair regional jet to land at Telluride in winter, if necessary.
But the larger 737 jets still could not land there – they
need 9,000 feet of runway. As such, the larger jets would continue
to use the airport at Montrose, 65 miles away.
Some see this as a litmus test of what Telluride wants to be.
Several people argue that this expansion will accommodate more
private jets, “the SUVs of the sky,” in the words
of one resident. Others, particularly real estate agents, say
the expansion is necessary to fuel the existing economy.
-compiled by Allen Best