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In a way, Hayduke lives in another sense. The character was at least partly based on Doug Peacock, a self-educated expert in grizzly bears who has spoken recently in several of the ski towns.

 

Real estate prices doubled

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The inventory of real estate for sale in Jackson Hole continues to decline, but the median sales prices continue to soar.

The median home-sale price four years ago was $542,000. Now, it’s at $1.2 million, appraiser David Viehman reports. In other words, prices have doubled in the last four years, with a 28 per cent increase in just the last year.

In his mid-year report, Viehman noted that the statistically greatest surge was of homes valued at more than $5 million, where total sales increased 81 per cent.

A majority of buyers are from Jackson Hole, but of the out-of-state buyers, they come from the usual places: New York, California, Texas, and Florida.

Condo prices have also escalated. Last year at this time the least expensive condo on the market was $205,000. This year, as of early July, the least expensive condo available for purchase was $512,000, said Viehman, of Jackson Hole Real Estate and Appraisal.

To put more housing on the market, lowering the cost, he argues the need for high-density infill housing, and also for relaxed density requirements when affordable housing requirements are steep.

 

Telluride readies for bird flu

TELLURIDE, Colo. – If it happens, a hangar at the airport on the mesa near Telluride will become a morgue, and the middle/high school will become an emergency hospital.

The “it” is arrival of an HS5N1 pandemic, better known as the bird flu. Some 185 people have died of the virus, mostly in Asia, but there is enough fear that 54,000 turkeys were killed on a farm in Virginia.

The Telluride Watch reports that local emergency officials believe Telluride will be in relatively good shape should a pandemic happen similar to the flu that killed somewhere between 18 to 100 million people in 1918-1920. After all, Telluride lies at the end of a box canyon, and access can be relatively easily controlled. On the other hand, it is vulnerable to gas and electricity outages, as the backup routes into the town are minimal.

Of course, being isolated did the people nearby no good when the flu epidemic hit in 1918. About 10 per cent of the population died, ironically with those in the prime of their lives being hit hardest.

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