ASPEN, Colo. Erstwhile Democratic
presidential front-runner Howard Dean spent 10 months in Aspen
ski-bumming and did not leave the impression that he was of
"I remember him well. He
was just a loser," remembers Trudy Erhard, the former owner of the
Golden Horn restaurant, who employed Dean as a dishwasher in
1971-72. "But lots of kids in Aspen in the late '60s and early '70s
were totally lost," she told The Denver
Erhard, a Republican who later moved to Vermont, where Dean served
as governor, has never been a fan of his politics.
After graduating from Yale University, Dean received a medical
deferment from the draft because of a fractured vertebra. While
doctors consulted by The Post
say the condition is
legitimate grounds for not being drafted, it apparently did not
prevent him from skiing. He also poured concrete for
A high school classmate who sometimes joined him in Aspen on
weekends recalls him as a "very aggressive skier He wasn't
Jean-Claude Killy but he didn't kill himself falling down either,"
said Taylor Pyne.
While Pyne seems to have acknowledged stories of Dean's beer
drinking and pot smoking, he suggested a somewhat quiet existence.
"I'm not going to say he was a choirboy, but as far as orgies and
rock 'n' roll parties and stuff like that, I'm sorry. I'm going to
Saudi prince vacations in
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. Saudi Prince
Alwaleed bin Talal, ranked as No. 6 on Forbes magazine's list of the world's richest
people, vacationed for the better part of two weeks in Jackson
Hole. With a fleet of white Ford Excursions, hefty security and a
35-member entourage that occupied most of the new Four Seasons
Resort hotel, he was hard to miss.
Rumors swept the valley, says the Jackson Hole News & Guide . Some were false: No, he did not rent
37 Hummers, draining the supply of a three-state radius. But yes,
he asked that the resort keep the ski lifts running late to
accommodate his party. By the way, he brought his ski instructors
from Aspen. And as for the swank Four Seasons, the staff was
instructed to call him "his royal highness."
Alaweed, 46, is the grandson of King Abdul Aziz, who founded
Saudi Arabia. He owns 24 percent of the Four Seasons chain, and
with a net worth pegged at $17.7 billion, owns a lot more of
Businesses push for
SUN VALLEY, Idaho Proponents of
expanded wilderness designation of public lands in Idaho have been
drumming up support from businesses with the argument that
wilderness is good business.
is an important component of an economic strategy that will lead to
a more diverse, more stable and more prosperous local economy and a
brighter future for Idaho children," said Andy Munter, co-owner of
Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum.
At issue, explains the
Idaho Mountain Express , are roughly 500,000 acres of
contiguous, road-free wildlands between Ketchum and the towns of
Stanley and Challis. The former is strongly dependent on
recreation, but the latter fervently believe in livestock and
timber harvesting. A compromise proposes to give these more
traditional communities land allocated to industrial development in
exchange for their acceptances of wilderness
Winter Park markets open
WINTER PARK, Colo. "Wide Open Spaces"
is tentatively the new ad campaign for Winter Park and the Fraser
"Steamboat has the barn.
Jackson Hole has the Tetons. When (Boulder-based consulting firm)
Merge Creative showed us research they conducted with locals and on
the Front Range, they proved that what people identify us with is
wide open spaces," said Catherine Ross, director of the Winter
Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Gay politician marries his partner
WHISTLER, B.C. British Columbia last
year legalized same-sex marriages, and a marriage under that law by
Whistler's most prominent politician in November has been getting a
lot of attention.
Ted Nebbling, 59, and
his partner, Jan Holmberg, 63, met in Amsterdam in the early '70s
and in 1977 moved to Whistler, where they owned and operated
several stores. Nebbling also served as a municipal councilor for
four years, then six years as mayor before becoming a high-ranking
official in the provincial government. He played a key role in
assembling the Vancouver-Whistler bid for the 2010 Winter
"I hope it strengthens
other gay people to do what the right thing is for them, as Jan and
I did, and I also hope that those who are opposed to gay marriages
think a little more about it," Nebbling told Whistler's Pique newsmagazine.
"I hope they will say, Hey, these guys have given a lot, they
are hard working, they have 32 years of commitment those are values
we would like to see in any married couple.'"
Bob Gallagher, from Canadians for Equal Marriage, said such
public marriages puts human faces on gay and lesbian couples,
helping dissipate fears and prejudices.
Robberies haunt the Vail
VAIL VALLEY, Colo. The Vail Valley
started the new year with a string of three robberies in three
The first robbery was of
a bank in Edwards, the second of a lodge in Vail, and the third of
a fast-food restaurant in Avon. Two of them occurred at 8 a.m. on
Sunday mornings. In those cases the robber wielded either a shotgun
or a rifle, and in another case a pistol. The third robbery was on
a Tuesday. In that case, school administrators locked schools in
the 50-mile-long valley for several hours, presumably to prevent
hostages from being taken.
Man convicted in beating death
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. The first of three
men accused of beating to death another man on the Main Street of
Breckenridge on Halloween 2002 has been convicted of manslaughter.
He will be sentenced to no less than eight years in
District Attorney Mark
Hurlbert told the Summit Daily
News that he
will re-evaluate the evidence in hopes of getting the other two men
convicted of second-degree murder, a stiffer charge. Hurlbert is
also prosecuting basketball player Kobe Bryant in adjoining Eagle
The 36-year-old victim, who was also a father and husband, had
been arguing with the trio, all 21 and 22 at the time, in a
restaurant after Halloween parties. Witnesses said the three men
chased the victim down the street after he left the bar, tackled
him, then kicked him and beat him with a heavy military-style
helmet. He died nine days later.
County bans mining
SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. Although nobody
is mining for metals in Summit County now, nor are any plans afoot
to that intent, the county is banning open pit, heap leach and
This ban comes over the
objections of the mining industry, which wants to preserve the
option of processing once-discarded mining ores with cyanide as
well as the heap leach method of extracting metals from those
left-over ores. The industry argues that better laws and better
technology will prevent a recurrence of a cyanide mine allowed 15
to 20 years ago in Colorado. That mine, called Summitville, has
left a mess that may take decades to clean up and at huge public
While such disasters are
unlikely, says the Summit Daily
News in an
editorial, "why take a chance in Summit County, a highly developed
tourist destination and residential community that is still dealing
with water-quality issues left over from mining that took place in
the 1880s and through the middle of the last century. We say ban
this mining technique."
Added the newspaper: "If
conditions change, so can the law. But for the moment, the white
gold lying on top of them is what we mine for a living."
Telluride lauded for biodiversity
TELLURIDE, Colo. Something of an
outdoor museum in Telluride's new intermediate expansion area,
Prospect Bowl, is being monitored by a wetlands expert. The
wetlands, called fens, are 10,000 years old. And, although only a
few acres in size, the fens support 20 percent of all plant species
in Colorado, says Dr. David Cooper of the University of
"They support an
unbelievably high proportion of the biodiversity in Colorado given
their miniscule area," Cooper told The
Telluride Watch . "For plants, but for animals as
well," he added.