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No decision has been made whether to invest in a new bus service, which would require start-up costs of $3.6 million, reports The Park Record. Annual operating costs are estimated at $2.2 million to $3 million.
Telluride daily sold
TELLURIDE, Colo. – The Telluride Planet has been sold by Gatehouse Media, a New York conglomerate, to Randy Miller. Miller comes from Boulder, where he owned the Colorado Daily for four years, and he now owns a large-circulation suburban newspaper in Tucson. Miller, 56, also has a long and extensive background in the Midwest and elsewhere, where he variously owned, published, and edited a variety of newspapers. His stints include one at the Detroit Free Press. In an article in the Daily Planet, he said he has wanted to own a paper in Telluride since he visited the town in 1975, two years after the ski area opened. The purchase also includes smaller newspapers in nearby Silverton and Norwood. His primary competition is The Telluride Watch, which now also has editions for Ouray and Norwood.
Give developer penthouses
KETCHUM, Idaho – For the last six years Ketchum has been talking about what it needs is a good hotel, the better to revive its flagging tourism sector in what, ironically, was the nation’s first destination ski town.
Leading the hurrahs has been the Idaho Mountain Express, which now likens the latest hotel proposal as being in the ninth inning. That project, Warm Springs Ranch, located at the bottom of the Bald Mountain ski trails, is a rather massive affair, but loaded with the hotel rooms that the city craves.
Yet the local planning and zoning board wants the developer to replace the for-sale penthouse suites with more hotel rooms. The developer, Stan Castleton, says that request/demand is likely a deal breaker.
Defer to the developer in this case, says the Express. “It’s the ninth inning. If Ketchum again heaps requirements that are impossible to meet on a hotel project, it would be the city’s third strike. The city could find itself out of the game.”
Snow adds to difficulty
SILVERTON, Colo. – Silverton will be a buzz of activity this weekend as endurance athletes converge for the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Race. It has a reputation as one of the most challenging endurance events in the world, owing to the 66,000 feet of climbing, much of it above timberline. The Silverton Standard says some thought was given by organizers to cancelling the race this year, owing to last winter’s heavy snows. However, the snowpack dropped substantially in June.