Sheep Mountain rename shot
TELLURIDE, Colo. The proposal by a
retired military officer to rename Sheep Mountain, between
Telluride and Rico, appears headed for defeat. It is one of 38
summits in Colorado named Sheep, and Bruce Salisbury wanted it
renamed Kiamia, an acronym for Killed in Action and Missing In
But Colorado, in
addition to a flock of Sheep Mountains, also has hundreds of
unnamed mountains, said the San Miguel County commissioners. They
suggested that Salisbury draft one of those unnamed peaks to honor
military combatants, leaving alone the 13,188-foot Sheep Mountain
near Telluride that is the namesake for a local environmental
With that response, this
proposal is all but dead. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names, which
has authority over names on public lands, almost always defers to
Jackson touts infill development
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. In Jackson the
converted continue to preach the virtues of infill development,
otherwise known as density, in lieu of sprawl.
A town planning
commissioner, Greg Miles, recently attended a conference in
Portland to study that city's infill development. "What a cool
town," he reported upon returning. "Portland has fully embraced
smart growth and green building techniques."
All development, he
explained, must happen within a pre-determined boundary. The
result: "The city ends, bingo. There's a clear definite
In November, 62 percent
of Jackson voters killed a higher density development for the town
core, in part out of fears it would foster a more city-like
atmosphere. However, opponents also noted that the increased
density within the city was not coupled with a commitment from the
county commissioners to put more of a lid on development beyond
Rebuffed by voters,
Jackson town officials continue to attack the density issue from
another perspective. They are now creating a rezoning that would
allow smaller lot sizes. With smaller lot sizes, they argue, the
city's less wealthy can afford to have single-family homes as an
alternative to condos. As is, the existing lots in the auto-urban
residential zone are large enough, 7,500 square feet, to
accommodate one primary and two accessory homes.
Aspen lifestyle magazine released
ASPEN, Colo. Aspen is to get a new
magazine, called Aspen Peak
, with 40,000 copies to be
delivered this spring. The city already has two magazines, but the
editor of this new magazine says Aspen Peak will be somewhat different.
What those differences
will be wasn't clear in a story reported by The Aspen Times , except perhaps a somewhat more
direct focus on second-home owners in the cities where they
maintain primary residences. "It's going to be a lifestyle
publication as a whole, with culture, fashion, art, entertainment
and business," explained Jason Binn, the publisher.
Binn's company, Niche
Media, also publishes magazines in New York City, Los Angeles, the
Hamptons and Miami.
Workers file for smoke damage
BANFF, Alberta There's a new twist to
the anti-smoking movement in Canada. Some workers have filed for
workers compensation when second-hand smoke from their workplaces
has aggravated other conditions, such as asthma or allergies. Also,
reports the Banff Crag &
Canyon , a woman who
has lung cancer after waiting tables 40 years in a smoky restaurant
having never smoked herself is filing for workers
Banff town leaders are
considering banning smoking in public places, but some bar and
restaurant owners fear the economic consequences, as the resort
draws a large international crowd. A bartender of 19 years, Bunny
Julius, says such concerns are misplaced. Many of those owners and
managers don't actually spend seven or eight hours daily in a bar,
he said. "It's almost like society looks at (service industry
workers) as bottom feeders, and it doesn't really matter what they
do to us."
In Colorado's Summit
County, that was the crux of a similar argument. A key opponent of
smoking, Gary Lindstrom, argued that the public has a right to
legislate restaurants to prevent the spread of diseases. It only
makes sense, he said, that the public can also regulate another
public health hazard, smoking.
Summit County voters, by
a two-to-one-margin, agreed with him. Indoor public smoking except
in select places becomes verboten in June in unincorporated areas,
which includes the ski resorts of Copper Mountain and Keystone.
Meanwhile, Frisco, Breckenridge and other towns within the county
are adopting parallel laws.
Vail Valley gets a taste of opera
VAIL, Colo. In the mining frontier of
the 19th century, the bigger mining camps all had opera houses. To
this day, Aspen, Leadville and Telluride, to mention three of
Colorado's mining-come-ski towns, have functioning opera houses,
even if opera is rarely, if ever, heard there.
Beaver Creek, has no opera house. But it recently hosted its first
opera, a performance of Verdi's "La Taviata" as performed by
European's largest and most successful opera touring company,
Teatro Lirico D'Europa. The show was sold out.
The venue for that show,
the Vilar Center, with 530 seats in a horseshoe arrangement, is not
all about highbrow stuff. Also on the itinerary this winter are Sam
Bush, the bluegrass musician, and Derek Trucks, the blues
guitarist. Trucks, who last played in Vail at a bar called 8150,
named after the town's elevation, told the Vail Daily that he was trying to get into more
art theaters, where people are "more interested in listening than
Releasable bindings for snowboards?
TELLURIDE, Colo. In the 1950s Earl
Miller Sr. developed one of the first releasable bindings for
alpine skis. In the 1960s, he designed a brake for skis. Then,
before he died in 2002 at the age of 77, Miller invented a
releasable snowboard binding.
Now, his son, Matthew
Miller, is trying to get snowboard manufacturers to buy into his
father's technology. The releasable binding, called Miller's
Revolution Z Interface, is manufactured by his Utah-based company,
Miller Snowboarding Corp. He claims it will prevent up to 90
percent of snowboard-related injuries.
Why wouldn't a snowboard
manufacturer want this binding? If the story is really as simple as
explained by The Telluride
manufacturers worry that releasable bindings could cause more
injuries due to premature ejections. The real story, the newspaper
suggests, is that equipment manufacturers are slow to embrace
technological change. After all, says the newspaper, manufacturers
took 17 years to embrace brakes on alpine skis.
Town throwing party for area buyers
CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. The ski company
and the townspeople are, often enough, like oil and water. But
after a series of hard-luck years, the people of Crested Butte are
almost giddy about getting new owners, Tim and Diane Mueller, of
the Vermont-based Triple Peaks LLC.
Fully expecting the deal
to be consummated, the Crested Butte Town Council allocated $4,000
for a giant community party. Speeches are planned, reports
the Crested Butte News , as well as ski movies, a band
and fireworks. "We only get a new ski area owner once in every 33
years," quipped Mayor Jim Schmidt.
Aspen tries to be hip' destination
ASPEN, Colo. Aspen may try to become a
"hip" destination resort. It's not what you think.
In response to a
financial crisis, officials at Aspen Valley Hospital are pursuing
affiliation with Manhattan's Hospital for Special Surgery, a leader
in selective joint-replacement surgery, such as knee and hip
replacements, reports The Aspen
Times . The goal is
to get people to fly to Aspen to become disjointed and rejointed.
Also part of the strategy is to get Aspenites to stay at home for
There's a precedent for
this ski town catering to the rich and sometimes famous. For more
than a decade, professional football, hockey and basketball players
(including Kobe Bryant) as well as many others who can afford
premium prices have been going to Vail to get their knees and
shoulders fixed at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic. But Dr. Richard
Hawkins has decamped for the East Coast and Dr. Richard Steadman is
nearing retirement. In this shift Aspen seems to see
Aspen surgeons were
reported to be cautiously supportive but expressed fears that
Aspen, with its elevation of nearly 8,000 feet, might not be the
best place for generally older people to go for major
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