Ritz-Carlton eyes up
MOUNTAIN VILLAGE A proposed
96-foot-tall hotel project in Mountain Village, adjacent to the ski
slopes of Telluride, has cleared another hurdle. Little in the way
of governmental approval now remains in front of developer Robert
Levine's proposal, which he says will be managed by Ritz-Carlton or
some other four- or five-star hotel operator.
In this second hurdle,
80 percent of voters refused to overturn the Town Council's
approval. A similar election in June yielded the same basic
Town leaders believe
that Mountain Village, which is located on a mesa above the town of
Telluride, needs more people and more activity to make the town
work as a business proposition. The hotel is supposed to achieve
that and also provide room for a post office, an ice-skating rink,
and so on. It also gets 100 hotel rooms. But the key to
underwriting all this is the sale of real estate, 24
To get this all under
essentially one roof means going about 30 feet higher than what the
town's building regulations normally would allow. That, in turn,
means blocking some views of the San Juan Range from the adjacent
time-share lodge, which was the primary source of
Black bears harass Aspen man
ASPEN For most people in Aspen this
summer, the bears have been an inconvenience. For Tom Isaac, it's
been a terrifying experience.
A bear or bears have
invaded all parts of his house, igniting a burner on his stove but
also leaving "business" on a bed, reports The Aspen Times . But these incidents pale in
comparison to what happened on the night of Sept. 20.
Isaac was awakened by the sound of cabinets in his kitchen being
opened, and drawers and shelves in the refrigerator getting banged
around. Then he heard the sound of heavy steps shuffling down the
hall toward his bedroom. Isaac, who broke his neck in the early
1980s, leaving him extremely limited use of his hands and no use of
his legs and unable to get in and out of bed on his own, was unable
to move. But he sensed the bear 6 feet away, on the other side of
his closed bedroom door.
All Isaac could do was pray the bear didn't burst through his
bedroom door. He eventually could no longer hear the bear and
managed to drift asleep.
Later, state wildlife officers discovered a 500-pound bear,
called Fat Albert, had been in the area, including Isaac's house.
Oddly, the bear didn't leave a scratch on the cabinet or break the
Telluride ski area founder
TELLURIDE Joe Zoline, who founded the
Telluride ski area in 1972, has died. A child of Russian
immigrants, he had grown up in Chicago during the Great Depression
and had worked his way through the University of Chicago. From
there, he became a top corporate lawyer and then a chief executive.
Among his firms was Carte Blanche, one of the first credit
Zoline and his wife,
Jebby, had owned a ranch near Aspen, beginning in 1955, where the
couple summered and where he got his fundamental understanding of
mountain towns. He began the Telluride project in 1968, the ski
area opened in 1972, and he sold to Ron Allred and Jim Wells,
developers from Avon, at the base of Beaver Creek, in
The Telluride Watch says Zoline hoped to prevent the
sprawl at Telluride that he had seen from Aspen's early success.
However, he had foreseen the creation of Mountain Village, the
mid-mountain town, and the Prospect Bowl ski area expansion, which
opened two years ago.
Campaigns pull on Jackson
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. As it becomes ever
wealthier, Jackson Hole is becoming a major spigot of money for
Through July, Teton
County residents had given $1.3 million to federal candidates and
causes, reports Jonathan Schechter, a columnist for the Jackson Hole News & Guide
. Fifty percent went to
Republican causes, 40 percent to Democrats and 10 percent to
independents and ostensibly independent causes.
By federal law, the names are public record. Several individuals
have given between $50,000 and $100,000 this year. Of course many
get cranky when Schechter prints their names in his column and have
used their residences in other states.
Memorial park comes to
VAIL At long last, Vail has something
akin to a cemetery. An 11-acre memorial park has been opened where
the names of those departed will be memorialized on flagstones,
boulders, rock benches, as well as trees or a rock wall. People may
also spread cremated remains in the park, but no burials will be
Since the mid-1980s, the
town had debated where, or if, to build a cemetery. It even had a
cemetery planned, and the design had won an award, but residents
vetoed the idea. The memorial park will have room for 4,000 names.
Vail residents of at last five years will have the cheapest rates,
followed by Eagle County residents, and then others.
Vail Resorts takes on
AVON A developer who started talking
about erecting a 20-story-tall condominium complex in Avon, at the
base of Beaver Creek, has been curtly informed that the ski and
development company Vail Resorts will do all it can to block the
Vail is prepared to
spend "unlimited resources to muster whatever opposition is needed
to send this terrible proposal to the graveyard it deserves," said
Adam Aron, chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.
compiled by Allen