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The newspaper also interviewed another rancher, Meredith Wilson, also a descendant of Grand Targhee’s founders (and a relative of the Christiansens). He said he doesn’t want to see a world-class resort. He cites the comprehensive plan for Teton County, which calls for “a community first and a resort second.

 

Students say turn off engines

CANMORE, B.C. – Fifth- and sixth-graders at the Notre-Dame des Monts School in Canmore had a letter in the Rocky Mountain Outlook pondering the implications of global warming.

“We wonder whether, as adults, we will be able to travel,” they wrote. Drivers of idling cars, they said, “should receive a fine if their car is running for more than five minutes.” It is important, they added, to “make small gestures.”

 

Animas may be wild & scenic

DURANGO, Colo. – Although dozens of rivers and creeks in Colorado have been judged worthy of designation under the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, only one of them — the Poudre River, west of Fort Collins — has been designated. But the Animas River is now being evaluated for its eligibility, reports the Durango Telegraph. The river originates near Engineer Pass, in the Silverton-Ouray-Lake City triangle, and then flows down through Silverton and then Durango. If it happens, it will be a long process, says Kay Zillich, a hydrologist with the federal government.

 

Starwood buys Steamboat hotel

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Starwood has expanded to the Steamboat ski area.

Starwood has purchased the 315-room Sheraton hotel at the ski area base for $57 million.

Earlier this year Intrawest, bought the ski area for $265 million.

Several key base-area parcels were sold earlier this year at a cost of $43.9 million. This comes as Steamboat begins redevelopment of its base area, which largely dates to the 1970s.

 

Buses considered

GUNNISON, Colo. – Greyhound ceased running buses through Gunnison a year ago, saying there just wasn’t enough money to be made in rural areas. The company increasingly focuses on routes directly linking larger cities.