Gallery owner redeems his
TELLURIDE, Colo. It sounds improbably
bizarre. An art gallery owner in Telluride was planning to go to
Denver. There, his fianc`E9 was planning to become a U.S. citizen.
The gallery owner, Neal Elinoff, was going to donate a kidney to a
former high school classmate he barely knows.
In donating the kidney,
Elinoff told The Telluride
Watch , he
wanted to "do something really concrete and positive" in hopes of
turning around his life. "I've had such awful karma for so
He told of a roller coaster ride of a life. He was a millionaire
before 30, having opened and then sold an ice cream store in
Houston. His next venture, a cookie outfit, was a bust. After that
he was in Chicago, then in Colorado's Summit County for a few years
to operate a restaurant. Something there went wrong, and his wife
announced she and the four kids were leaving. Then, most recently
in Telluride, he declared bankruptcy and was nailed for making a
false statement in federal court, an unwitting falsehood, he
maintains. Convicted nonetheless, he was given probation on the
condition that he be home every night by 11 p.m.
Walker sets out on Pacific
WINTER PARK, Colo. During ski season,
Scott Bergmann walks between his two jobs, a four-mile round trip.
Then, during the off-season, he walks around the country at an
average clip of 20 to 25 miles a day. He has hiked the Colorado
Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and in April will set out on the
longest of them all, the 2,700-mile Pacific Crest Trail.
A Winter Park resident
since 1986, he worked as a foreman on the construction of a hotel
and made good money but then sold his house and his car, basically
everything except his backpack and guitar. He wanted a stress-free
life, he explained.
As for the art of
hiking, the 40-year-old advises that it's 95 percent mental and
only 5 percent physical. "It's only the first 500 miles that are
tough," he told the Winter Park
"The first 500 miles either break you or make you. After that you
just keeping getting stronger and stronger."
Kennedys helped start Park
PARK CITY, Utah A lot of ski areas
have been having their 40th anniversaries Crested Butte, Steamboat,
Breckenridge and Vail all began in the early 1960s. Often, politics
were involved, but Park City may be alone in getting special help
from President John Kennedy.
Jack Gallivan recalls
that he became acquainted with Kennedy in the 1940s, when Kennedy,
then a freshman congressman from Massachusetts, visited the
publisher of the Salt Lake
where Gallivan worked. When Kennedy came around again in 1962, this
time as both a friend and a president, Gallivan knew what favor he
wanted a $1.2 million federal loan. The money was needed to
revitalize the decaying, old mining town by opening the ski area.
Immediately the ski area founders began seeking to host the
Latino immigrants taking
TELLURIDE, Colo. Latino immigrants
don't ski, right? No, that's wrong. The
Telluride Watch reports that a growing number of
students who are categorized as English language learners are
participating in the school ski and skate physical education
Many Hispanic parents, who considered skiing to be a dangerous
sport, have changed their minds. The key thing, said Kathleen
Morgan, a specialist in teaching English as a second language, is
to support parents in whatever decisions they make.
"As the Hispanic community has gotten larger and more
established, they understand more, and there are more kids getting
involved," she told The Telluride
Watch . From only 6
students receiving ESL instruction in the mid-1990s, the school
district now services 54, nearly all of them Hispanic.
Townhomes displace trailer
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. The story
from Steamboat Springs about a trailer park should sound familiar
to many resort towns. There, the owner of a 39-space trailer park
wants to convert it into a townhome and retail project.
What this means for one
young couple is that their plans have gone awry, explains The Steamboat Pilot . In buying the trailer in 1999, they
knew the land was for sale, but still saw it as their last, best
hope to get into real home ownership. They hoped they could save
money to build their own house. But now, their savings are tied up
in a 1973 trailer that no trailer court within 50 miles or more
In Routt County, where Steamboat Springs is located, about 11
percent of housing, both owner-occupied and rental-occupied, is in
trailers. The median price of those homes is $37,500, compared to a
median price of $199,000 for condominiums and $325,000 for
Displacement of Steamboat's five trailer parks pushes Steamboat
further along the path toward being the province of only rich
people. While other communities have a "no-net-loss-of-housing"
requirement or a mandate to provide financial assistance such as a
relocation allowance, Steamboat does not have such a policy.
Luxury takes root in
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. Four Seasons opened
at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort this winter, the
latest of several new hotels that Jonathon Schechter calls a
"Bermuda Triangle of Luxury" in Teton Village.
"Most striking is that
service levels seem a lot higher," said Schechter, who writes a
business analysis column for the Jackson
Hole News & Guide . "I detected little trace of the
vaguely sullen, vaguely whatever' approach to service that has so
long been a hallmark of numerous village venues."
The base area's physical appearance has also changed. "Gone is
much of the funky slovenliness that distinguished the village until
a few years ago," he observes.
Delivering this "Land of Generic Luxury," as Schechter calls it,
obviously cost a great deal of money, which in turn means hotel
managers will be expected to fill the summers and shoulder seasons,
ski areas managers to boost skier days, and the community overall
to support tourism, particularly higher-end tourists.
All this he adds, will be part of an insidious pressure to
homogenize, something painful to people in Jackson Hole who have
been fiercely protective of their specialness. "As dowdy as the
village may have been, at least it was different than any other
major ski area," he concludes. "Now we're less so, and the forces
of worldwide globalization will keep pressuring us to be
increasingly like every other resort."
Resorts appeal to the gay
WHISTLER, B.C. Whistler, as have Aspen
and Telluride, recently hosted an event aimed at gay and lesbian
skiers and snowboarders. About 4,000 people were
By some estimates, gays
constitute 10 percent of the travel market, repots Pique newsmagazine. What's more, gays
seem to have been less discouraged by the threat of terrorism, SARS
and other impediments.
Whistler has gone out of its way to court gay travelers, reports
Pique newsmagazine. For example, Tourism
Whistler, the resort's leading marketing organization, has even
developed part of its Website for gay travelers.
"It is a very lucrative
market, and it is in sync with what our resort product offerings
are," said Jill Greenwood, director of brand marketing of Tourism
Whistler. "They are adventure travelers; they like to try new
things, go to new places; they are food and wine enthusiasts; they
are culture and arts enthusiasts. So Whistler is a really nice
product offering for them."
With same-sex marriages
now legal in British Columbia, Whistler has yet another reason to
visit. Among those going there to get married are two avid
snowboarders, women from San Diego, who intended to have a ceremony
conducted atop Whistler Mountain to consecrate their eight-year
"Fifty years go you
could still be thrown in jail for being a homosexual, and now with
a three-hour plane ride from here you can get married," said one of
the San Diego lesbians, Chris Ford.
Girls protest no-skin at school rule
KETHCUM, Idaho Girls at Wood River
High School conducted a sit-in to protest a new dress code that
they contend violates their right to self-expression. The code bans
midriff and cleavage skin, as well as sunglasses, caps and
The school's principal, Graham Hume, seemed reasonably tolerant and amused
by the protest, says the Idaho Mountain Express . He said it
was sparked, in part, by Victoria's Secret thongs, which fashionably
are seen above the top of the pants.
But teachers are getting uncomfortable at times. "If a girl
has a low-cut top and a teacher needs to help her at her desk,
it's uncomfortable," he said. "With sexual harassment out there,
we can't afford to not pay attention."
Swift acquires Colorado newspapers
VAIL, Colo. Vail
long ago ceased to have a newspaper headquartered in the town. At
one time three newspapers with the name "Vail" were being
published, but all were located downvalley. Now, there are two, but
owned by the same company, Swift Publishing, a Nevada-based
Swift, owner of the Vail Daily
, the dominant publication
in the market, purchased The Vail
Trail , a
weekly and the original newspaper. In announcing the acquisition,
Vail Daily publisher Steve Pope promised that the
weekly would continue to have an independent and left-leaning
voice, while the daily would have a right-leaning voice but neither
one getting very far from center.
With this purchase, Swift strengthened its hold on the Colorado
high country. It now owns seven weekly newspapers and four daily
newspapers from Aspen to Frisco. It is also the dominant publisher
in the Lake Tahoe area, although there the monopoly has not
produced a very high bar for journalism.
-compiled by Allen Best