Access to Hemingway home
KETCHUM, Idaho A proposal to allow
public access into the Ketchum home where the author Ernest
Hemingway committed suicide is drawing opposition.
Hemingway's fourth and
last wife, Mary, willed the house to the Nature Conservancy with
the understanding that it not be open to the public, explains
USA Today . But Hemingway's granddaughter,
Mariel, an actress, thinks that times have changed.
"It doesn't have the same validity that it used to, worrying
about whether he committed suicide," she says. "It's a fact of life
that he did. It's part of the tremendous color of his
Hemingway began spending time at nearby Sun Valley in the 1930s
when completing For Whom the Bell
Tolls . He bought
the house in 1959, and two years later, when he was 61, shot
himself with a shot gun.
Among those opposing the opening of the house to the public are
neighbors. The house is not currently identified. Doing so, say
some, will cause a public distraction. "It's a land-use issue, not
a Hemingway issue," says one neighbor.
But a Hemingway scholar from South Carolina told the newspaper
that the neighborhoods have it backwards. "It's too bad about these
people who don't want the peasants parking in their streets," said
Matthew Bruccoli. "But the claims of literature override anything
Other Hemingway homes, in Cuba and the Florida Keys, are already
open to the public.
Musician Seal sued in
WHISTLER, B.C. The musician known as
Seal is in the news in Whistler after being sued for failing to
make payments on a 5,000-square-foot house being built for him
there. He became famous after his song, "Kiss from a Rose," became
a No. 1 hit in North America.
Seal had paid a deposit
on the $12.5 million ($9.1 million US) home, but a development
company claims he failed to make payments as agreed.
Pique newsmagazine notes that Seal has
become something of a publicist for the resort, extolling the
region's beauty on the Rosie O'Donnell and Jay Leno television
Terrain parks modified for
SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. Crews will be
busy at three of the four ski resorts in Summit County to expand
and modify the terrain parks.
The theme seems to be to
create better increments for beginners and intermediates, instead
of providing more features geared strictly for expert riders,
explains the Summit Daily News
Mountain, for example, another 25 rails and boxes are to be added
to the existing 45. "We're definitely going to be building more
rails and boxes that cater to all ability levels," said Doug Hagen,
the terrain park supervisor.
Real estate rebounds after
CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. Real estate
agents are getting busy in many resort towns, but the change seems
to be much greater in Crested Butte since the sale of the ski area.
From a report issued by the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism
Association, the scenes are somewhat reminiscent of an old mining
town after new gold strikes.
Real-estate agent Joel
Vosburg reports that more property has exchanged hands in the last
two months than in the previous 18 months. Prices have gone up 10,
20, even 30 percent in the last month or two, according to a press
release. Meanwhile, Jim Gebhart's real estate office has 60
properties under contract where last year he had probably
Agent Cathy Benson
reports working 12 hours a day, seven days a week. "We've had
growth spurts before, but not this gross volume of sales ever in my
30-plus years in real estate here," she said.
When a $229,000 Plaza
condo deal fell through in March, the owner put the unit back on
the market the following week for $259,000 and immediately received
three full-price offers.
Little in the way of
development had happened at Crested Butte for several years, at
least partially because of the declining fortunes of the ski area.
There is broad optimism that the new owners, Vermont-based Tim and
Diane Mueller, have both the resources to invest in the
infrastructure and the personalities to get along with the local,
environmentally minded community.
Jackson Hole debates new density
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. The density debate
continues in Jackson Hole.
First there was the plan
to increase density potential in downtown Jackson, the valley's
only town. By increasing downtown density, said the City Council,
sprawl into the countryside would be reduced.
But town residents
vetoed that plan. The up-zoning that would allow the density
increase was not accompanied by a guarantee of reduced building
potential in the unincorporated areas outside Jackson, said
opponents. They won.
Now, a development
proposal at the ski resort base, called Teton Village, has
triggered a similar argument. The proposal calls for a substantial
increase in building density. The proposal from the Rezor family,
ranchers turned developers, calls for 478 housing units, plus a
golf course, a big-box-store amount of commercial space, plus 812
The strong and
influential Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance has released a
critique that says the proposed density is not accompanied by
guarantees of reduced sprawl while protecting open space, ranch
lands and wildlife.
The Rezors, according to
the Jackson Hole News &
respond that the increased density is to accommodate more
affordable housing. Two-thirds would be free-market, but nearly a
third would be labeled as either affordable or
Tahoe grapples with
LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. Like
everywhere else, roads and streets around Lake Tahoe are congested
with cars, and it's getting worse.
In response, some see a
combination of rail transportation and boats across the lake being
the answer. This vision of the future, as explained in the Tahoe Daily Tribune , is a remembrance of the past. Among
these visionaries is Gunar Henrieolle, who has 18 rail cars that he
purchased from the City of San Francisco.
Meanwhile, the new leader of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency,
John Singlaub, is hoping to have a unified vision in place by 2007.
"If we have any hope of having an Olympics near the lake, we'd have
to deal with the gridlock. Right now we can't even handle
Presidents' Day weekend."
Others, such as Chris Swan, who owns a San Francisco-based
company called Suntrain, foresees trains powered by a combination
of solar energy and fuel cells. The salvation he sees is
development of hydrogen fuel cells, which he predicts will be in
place by 2006.
Beaver Creek eyes commuter
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. Ever since
Telluride plunged ahead in the mid-1990s with a gondola connecting
the old and new towns, ski communities in Colorado have been toying
with the idea of gondolas as key people movers.
The story from Avon and
Beaver Creek suggests a more difficult calculus. From the opening
of the resort in 1981, diesel buses have been the primary means of
transportation of connecting Avon, on the valley floor, with Beaver
Creek, 2 miles up the tributary valley. But the buses were never
intended as the ultimate solution. With the rapid growth at Beaver
Creek, the noisy and smelly buses are struggling to meet
At first, Vail Resorts
investigated a tracked funicular. It was vetoed as too expensive.
Then, last year, a gondola estimated to cost $30 million to $40
million was announced. It was to have begun at Vail Resorts
property in Avon at an 18-acre strip called The Confluence,
continue to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Bachelor Gulch and then on to
the western ridge at Beaver Creek.
enthusiastically embraced the idea that would have, in effect, made
the town slope-side real estate, but balked at paying $6 million,
as Vail Resorts wanted. As well, plans for commercial and
residential real estate development at the Confluence did not come
together for reasons that have not been publicly
So, instead, Vail
Resorts is spending $13 million this year to install two high-speed
lifts at Beaver Creek that are geared primarily to the more
advanced local and Colorado skiers who are a large part of the mix
at Beaver Creek. Also planned is a new 500-space parking lot. As
well, there will be a lift ticket office, lockers, a rental shop,
and a Starbucks coffee shop.
However, a gondola from
Avon to the lift system bridging both the Eagle River and Highway 6
remains a possibility, officials say.
compiled by Allen