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The groups hope to raise awareness of the international conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, during December, when the world's nations attempt to come up with a replacement treaty to the Kyoto Accord of 1997.


Spirituality the new mega-trend?

SUN VALLEY, Idaho - The Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival had its largest attendance since it was started five years. Peter Shia, founder and chief executive officer of Orb Media Group, said he believes spirituality is the driving mega-trend. "Hollywood is dying and something new needs to replace it," he said. Down the valley, reports the Idaho Mountain Express , action-movie hero Bruce Willis continues to put together plans for expansion of his small ski resort, Soldier Mountain.


Money starting to flow

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - After being slowed by the freeze-up of bond markets, Steamboat Springs is poised to move ahead with major redevelopment work at the base of the ski area. The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports that several financing options have become apparent, including a $21.6 million loan. Work is expected to begin next spring and continue through 2011 as workers remove a creek that currently flows underground and make it front and centre in the new development. A new promenade will also have a snow-melting system, with the heat provided by burning fossil fuels. Joe Krakum, the project manager, says that a ground-source heat pump would be too expensive.


Alberta study finds 581 grizzlies

CANMORE, Alberta - A new study using DNA testing mechanisms has found that Alberta has 581 grizzlies.

Provincial wildlife authorities said the new study provides an "excellent baseline," a far better estimate than any provided before. But, they said, it's impossible yet to know whether the population is increasing, decreasing, or stable.

But an advocacy organization, Defenders of Wildlife Canada, believe that the scientific studies have established a strong argument for taking incisive action to protect grizzlies in Canada, as has been proposed since 2002.

A newspaper in the Banff/Canmore area impatiently accused the provincial government of "dithering." Said the paper: "Can't we just say the big bears are threatened?" it asked.

Grizzlies were in the news south of the border, too. A U.S. District Court judge in Missoula, Mont. restored threatened status to grizzly bears under the Endangered Species Act, concluding that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Species had not established sufficient justification for delisting the bear in 2007.