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At Jackson Hole, there is speculation that the new Four Seasons Resort, which opened in November, will bring a more well-heeled visitor to Jackson Hole than would ordinarily be willing to make an extra fight from Salt Lake City or Denver. That goes a ways, as Jackson Hole is already getting to be very well-heeled.

Selling the farm to save the farm

EAGLE, Colo. — Eagle is one of those rapidly growing "down-valley" towns. Located half-way between Vail and Glenwood Springs, Eagle has its old town, a new golf course community, plus Fast Food Nation along the interstate highway. In that complex of new development is where Kobe Bryant is facing charges.

But from the perspective of town government, the fundamental task ahead is a balancing one. The residential population is growing more rapidly than the commercial sector. Because the commercial sector pays for the residential services in nearly all towns in Colorado, the town is looking into the possibility of accommodating a big-box retailer.

Jon Stavney, the incoming mayor, tells the Eagle Valley Enterprise he’d rather not use that phrase, big box, because it is inflammatory and divisive. Instead, he prefers the term "large scale commercial development." Although freely admitting to abundant examples of where such development has not been done tastefully, Stavney insists that it can be.

Getting that big sales-tax generator without taking on all the charm of a Target parking lot will not be easy, admits Stavney, a 35-year-old builder. "You don’t sell the farm to keep the farm," he says.

Paul McCartney takes stage in Truckee

TRUCKEE, Calif. — For the second year in a row, Paul McCartney dropped up to play some music at a local bar, Sierra Moody’s Bistro and Lounge.

McCartney was reportedly on a ski vacation last year when he dropped in, improvising a song he called the "Truckee Blues." This time, McCartney played a couple of songs with the local regulars, retrofitting the lyrics of "Kansas City" to the local environs. "I'm going to Tahoe City, going to get me some skiing," he sang.

One of the regular musicians, Caleb Dolister, told the Tahoe Daily Tribune that playing with McCartney was "surprisingly easy."

"What I mean by that," Dolister said, "is some people that are famous for doing a certain thing oftentimes aren't that comfortable outside of their element. But he was really able to adapt and it was kind of like just having another guy in the band, except it was Paul McCartney, which was incredible."