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To honor Lance, or not

ASPEN, Colo. - Earlier this year, before the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong was camped out in Aspen, training by riding up to 12,000-foot Independence Pass. In tagging along for one of these rides, the Denver Post said that Armstrong had moved to Aspen.

But not everybody in Aspen sees him as 100 per cent local. When Mayor Mick Ireland tried to get a Lance Armstrong Day designated, at least one other council member disagreed, reports the Aspen Times .

"He has lived here all of five minutes," said Councilman Steve Skadron. He said local athletes should get the attention. He also said designating a Lance Armstrong Day "feels like a cheap attempt to capitalize on his celebrity."

Ireland, an avid bicycle rider, said Armstrong has done much to publicize the fight against cancer and the sport of bicycling. And as a celebrity, he noted, Armstrong has been gracious when people in Aspen approach him.

Florida shells among bison bones

BANFF, Alberta - Archaeologist have been picking through the detritus of ancient campsites along the Bow River as it runs through Banff National Park. The camps were created 7,000 years ago, and the accumulated evidence describes a people who ate lots of bison meat and traded for shells that originated in Florida.

"They were probably the best bison hunters of all times," declared Dave Ebert, who manages cultural services for the Calgary region of Parks Canada, the administrator of national parks. "They took bison hunting to almost industrial scale."

Tools made from obsidian and chert, rocks that can be traced to specific locations in North America, also testify to long-distance trading relationships.

"We know there were long-distance trade networks before the Europeans arrived," Ebert told the Rocky Mountain Outlook . "It's not unusual in Canada to find shells from Florida."

The research also dispels the idea that the Bow River Valley and the Rocky Mountains were an untouched wilderness when Europeans arrived in the 19 th century. "It wasn't a total wilderness here," said Gwyn Langemann, an archaeologist with Parks Canada. "It is a landscape that has evolved with people in it."

Colorado airports studied

KETCHUM, Idaho - Proponents of a new airport for the Ketchum/Sun Valley resort area have produced a new study that takes a look at the airports serving the Vail and Steamboat Springs markets. The evidence is that a good airport can substantially improve Sun Valley's economy.

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