Silverton locals lose
discount on grave biz
SILVERTON One of the fringe benefits,
sort of, of living in Silverton was that when you died, you were
eligible for a free cemetery plot. No more. The Town Board has
imposed a price of $250 for plots in the town's Hillside Cemetery
even for locals, reports the Silverton Standard .
A town official
explained that the cost remains much less than at other locations.
Maybe that's because the money is earmarked for maintenance. With
snow lying on the ground at Silverton about seven months a year,
not much maintenance is necessary.
Fence may be built to keep humans
CANMORE, Alberta By standards of
Colorado, developers in the Bow River Valley of Alberta have to
jump through all manner of hoops in order to reduce their impact to
wildlife species, many of which are in decline anyway.
The extent of Canadian
concerns is illustrated in a case reported by the Rocky Mountain Outlook . The newspaper reports that Michael
Raine, of Golder Associates, has recommended that a development
proposed for wildlife habitat be enclosed in a fence. "There are
negative wildlife human interactions occurring currently, and the
fencing will substantially reduce impacts of human use adjacent to
the hamlet on surrounding wildlife habitat," Rain states in his
Kerry and spouse Ketchum up on
KETCHUM, Idaho Presidential candidate
John Kerry and his wife, Theresa Heinz Kerry, were back in Ketchum,
this time for some rest and relaxation. Both had vacation homes in
the Ketchum area even before they married.
Last month, though, it
was a business trip for Heinz Kerry. She spoke at a fund-raiser
that raised $300,000, a record haul in Idaho politics. The previous
week, Democrats in Jackson Hole set a state record for Wyoming by
flipping $410,000 into the kitty. Also, singer Carole King, who
lives near Ketchum, has been stumping the region for
Heinz Kerry, as heiress
to her late-husband's ketchup fortune, has given generously to
local causes, notes the Idaho
Mountain Express .
She gave $750,000 to upgrade emergency services in the area,
$325,000 to help Blaine County buy a popular cross-country ski
lodge and has contributed to other medical and cultural
Bears at Crested Butte getting more
CRESTED BUTTE Bruins are getting
unruly in the Crested Butte area in what officials say is fast
becoming one of the worst bear seasons on record.
A bear in the town of
Mt. Crested Butte charged a police officer, who had been shooting
at it with rubber bullets. Elsewhere, a shed door was torn off by a
bear in search of garbage that was being stored.
While it's not unusual
for bears to descend to residential areas, they're doing so early
this year because their traditional food sources such as berries
have been inadequate due to the cool summer, reports the
Crested Butte News .
So far, nobody has been
hurt in all this, but officials suggest it could be just a matter
of time. Unlike in the old days, the bears don't seem to scamper
off when they see people. Police are considering responding to
complaints as a team due to this new aggressiveness.
Still, the situation
does not seem to be as frayed as across the Elk Range at Aspen,
where wildlife officers have suggested that people put bells on
their doors to alert them when bears invite themselves
I do, I do, I do, I'm due, says
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. A couple from
Nashville, Tenn., got married for the 81st time at the Hard Rock
Cafe in South Lake Tahoe. Already in the Guinness Book of World
Records, David and Lauren Blair are shooting for 100. Leaving
Tahoe, they planned to get married again in Reno.
"The first time I saw
her, it was love at first sight," David, 51, told the Tahoe Daly Tribune . "He loves honeymoons," said Lauren,
They first married 20
years ago and have traveled to various places in the
English-speaking world to get their nuptials renewed. They estimate
they have spent $50,000 on wedding trips.
Bigfoot, Jackalope and single ski-town
TRUCKEE, Calif. Every year there is
another article or three in ski town newspapers about the imbalance
of men to women. But hand it to the Sierra Sun for the best headline: "Bigfoot,
Jackalope and single Truckee women."
If the Sun has its numbers right, there are 100
single women for every 183 men aged 20 through 34. That leads to
the well-worn phrase, one certainly not unique to Truckee, that
"you don't lose your girlfriend, you just lose your
One bartenderwho is
married says the competition among Truckee men for single women is
like tigers fighting over meat.
Some women like the
attention, primping themselves knowing there will be lookers, but
others don't see the men who they'd like attention from. A single
mother said the choices are mostly young party-hearty snowboarders
or older second-home owners from the Bay Area. More mid-range,
local guys with careers, would be nice, she said.
As for meeting single
women? Against all odds, young guys still troop to the bars. Much
better odds, noted one female, would be yoga classes.
What does dress code reveal about pop
PARK CITY, Utah Britney Spears would
seem to be the inspiration, in a negative way, for the dress code
at Park City schools. "Extreme" clothing is banned, but the main
target seems to be girls who emulate the twentysomething pop singer
by being too revealing, reveals The
Park Record .
However, the dress code mailed to students and parents also
specifically bans other distractions such as unusual hair colors or
styles as well as such things as flashing lights on
What's the rationale on
all of this hyper-control? School administrators seem to think they
these things are distractions. Given that logic, it's a wonder
girls and probably boys are not required to wear burkas. After all,
what's more distracting than a pretty or handsome face?
Dopey Dozer maniac still seen as a
GRANBY Marvin Heemeyer, the guy who
dozed his way through Granby's main street before putting a bullet
through his own head, was almost immediately glorified as a martyr
by many who, devoid of facts, concluded he had been the victim of
an unyielding government bureaucracy.
This phenomenon is
dissected in an article in the Los
Angles Times under
the headline of "The Man, The Myth, The Bulldozer How the
Struggling U.S. Patriot Movement Conjured a Western Hero' from One
Man's Sad Tantrum."
The reporter, Martin J.
Smith, found no evidence of any bureaucratic tyranny, and newspaper
publisher Patrick Brower, who had been chased out of his office by
Heemeyer's bulldozer, says Smith got the story right and the
"patriots" have it wrong.
"Heemeyer was treated
fairly by the town, even with deference," says Brower, writing in
the Sky-Hi News . "He just didn't get his
Hybrids get thumbs-up from more in
EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. Hybrid
gas-electric cars are being seen in an increasingly positive light
in California, where 55 percent of residents who were recently
polled reported that they believe air pollution is "somewhat" of a
threat to their health, reports the Tahoe Daily Tribune . Two-thirds say they would consider
buying or leasing hybrid vehicles.
Sierra Nevada forests are driest in 30
LAKE TAHOE, Calif. It's snap, crackle
and pop time in the Sierra Nevada, where weather stations are
reporting the driest conditions in 30 years.
The Tahoe Daily Tribune also notes that Lake Tahoe will
probably drop down to its natural rim (it also has a dam) by the
end of September, something it did not do last year until shortly
before Thanksgiving. Like elsewhere in the West, it's the fifth or
sixth year of drought for the Sierra Nevada. At least some experts
are predicting another one.
compiled by Allen