Bush signs burned in the
AVON Partisanship is
running high across the country this election season, and that
includes the Eagle Valley. The Vail
that Bush-Cheney signs have been cut down and burned at several
locations. No similar destruction of Kerry/Edwards signs has been
One prominent Republican, a famously loose canon, likened the
actions to the burning of crosses in the South and the perpetrators
to Hitler's brown shirts. A Democratic candidate, although likewise
criticizing the actions, thought that comparison inappropriate and
vaguely insulting to the real victims in those previous cases.
Bush, he said, should fear no personal violence as a result of the
Meanwhile, a landowner who had leased his space to Republicans
for the signs has posted a $5,000 reward. "This is extremely
uncivilized behavior," said Magnus Lindholm, who was developer of
the new Home Depot and Wal-Mart complexes.
Granby women pose nude for
GRANBY It's getting to
be quite the fad, locals getting naked for
The idea seems to have
originated in England, where friends of a cancer victim decided to
raise money for her care by creating a calendar by posing in the
buff (with discretely placed objects, of course). A similar
calendar is about four years old in the Vail Valley, although it
has included some men. Then, last year, a photographer in Jackson
Hole persuaded dozens of locals of both sexes to pose for him in
what became a well-publicized gallery showing.
Now, in Granby, local
women have gone nude for a $20 calendar. In addition to indulging
latent exhibitionism, the women hope to raise $40,000 to help pay
for the town's reconstruction after last June's bulldozer rampage.
Among the shots are a couple of mother-daughter photos, one on a
Honda motorcycle and the other on horseback, notes the Sky-Hi News .
Breck bar backdoors smoking
Breckenridge earlier this year banned smoking in bars, restaurants
and other public places. But the town allows smoking in tobacco
With that in mind, Jeff
Cox, owner of Cecilia's bar, plans to create a 530-square-foot
tobacco business in a corner of the bar's dance floor. The shop
would be accessible from both the bar and the outside, explains the
Summit Daily News .
Although the business would be established under a different
name and management than Cecili's, the Breckenridge Town Council is
concerned that the two are too "connected." They fear the tobacco
shop could be used merely as a smoking lounge.
Candidates train in the
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo.
Distance runners have long favored higher elevations when training
for races. Something similar seems to be occurring this year in the
Dick Cheney, who grew up
in Casper, Wyo., was reported to have retired to this part-time
home in Jackson Hole while preparing for the first of his vice
John Kerry, meanwhile,
was expected to return to Colorado, where he was born, to work on
keeping his sentences short. He was expected to be this week in
metropolitan Denver, where the elevation runs 5,000 to 6,000
Aspen columnist decries
ASPEN A columnist in
The Aspen Times , Michael Cleverly, who seems to have
several decades of residency in the town, has some prickly things
to say about what he charges is "creeping elitism in a Dorian Gray
The town's celebrated cultural events are becoming steadily and
disturbingly elitist, he charges. Community programs can have good
intention, he says, but the trend is unrelenting.
"Every year Aspen's population seems to get a little grayer it
also seems to be getting more exclusive, more elitist," he
"Years ago, when I started reading my old buddy Mary Hayes'
column (in The Aspen Times ), it was a parody of big-city
newspaper society pages. After a while, it became what it beheld.
This is where you find the VIPS from Jazz Aspen and the members of
the board. Now it seems like a gallery of botched face-lifts in
some medical journal. Oscar Wilde would have loved it. Aspen's
decaying soul is beginning to show. Dorian Gray's in there
Students assigned community
KETHCUM, Idaho The
Blaine County School District is now requiring all students to
participate in community service in a way that is aligned with each
student's social studies curriculum.
The intent, a school
administrator told the Idaho Mountain
Express , is
to broaden the perspectives of students, give them opportunities to
encounter new people and encourage them to build an empathetic
understanding of those around them.
"We want the students to see the importance and understand the
importance of giving back to the community," said Mary Fervase,
assistant superintendent. "Perhaps they will be more likely to do
other service when they leave school and become citizens
The added requirement does not specify a number of service
hours. Instead, teachers decide the appropriate amount of volunteer
time for their students.
Beetle kill prompts tax
WINTER PARK Residents in
Winter Park are being asked to approve a small property tax
increase to pay for removal of trees infested by bark beetles. Such
cutting seems to be expensive. Recent removal of 965 trees cost
nearly $1,000 a tree, reports the Winter
Park Manifest .
Winter Park is part of a broader region where the beetles are in
an epidemic stage. Although the beetles are naturally occurring and
struck the area 20 years ago, the aging forests have also been
weakened by several years of drought as well as continued
If temperatures plunge below 40 degrees, the beetle population
will return to inactive. However, winters have been warming
steadily since the 1980s. Without such a winter, say etymologists,
the beetles could continue to spread for 10 to 20 years.
In addition to the unsightly needles turning rust-colored as the
trees die, the dead trees also temporarily present a fire
CB tries to be less
MT. CRESTED BUTTE Town
officials in Mt. Crested Butte want to make local homes and
businesses less inviting to bears. Officials from the town, which
is located adjacent to the ski slopes, are reaching out to
officials from their counterparts in Crested Butte and in broader
Gunnison County to talk about a unified strategy.
Because of an early
summer frost that destroyed berries and other natural components of
their diets, the bruins were looking for people food. People in Mt.
Crested Butte were reported to be generally good about not leaving
their trash out overnight and avoiding other sorts of behavior that
are akin to posting big yellow neon arches. However, Dumpsters and
other trash receptacle are not of the bear-proof variety. With so
many bears around, say wildlife biologists, somebody will
eventually get hurt.
Trailer park plowed for
CANMORE, Alberta Another
trailer park in a resort area is about to bite the dust. Developers
have been given authority in Canmore to replace the Restwell
Trailer Park with a project called Spring Creek Mountain
The new project will
have 1,200 residential units, a quarter of them vacation homes and
a sixth of them short-term units.
As for those living in
the existing trailers, they'll have an opportunity to buy
1,200-square-foot homes at a rate of $200 per square foot ($157
US), which compares favorably with the $350 per square foot ($275
US) that seems to be the market rate.
After approving this
project, the Canmore Council heard from one member who seemed to be
feeling guilty about the redevelopment nudging out lower-income
residents and wanted a study of what could be done to promote a
trailer park elsewhere. The council considered such a study without
Glacier skiing in Alps
TYROL, Austria Climate
change is pushing ski areas into hitherto pristine glaciers in the
Alps, provoking protests from environmentalists. The disagreement,
reports Nature magazine, has been sparked by a
proposal to open the second largest glacier in the eastern Alps the
Gepatsch glacier in Tyrol, Austria.
respond that ski areas produce harmful waste, grease, lubricant
oils and salts. If the proposal for Gepatsch goes through, they
say, the door will open for similar projects in other parts of the
-compiled by Allen