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But what about apples to apples, the other resort areas? Nantucket, Mass., has bigger numbers, but Schechter points out that sky-high housing prices during summer cause many employees to shuttle daily from the mainland, inflating numbers.
The only other mountain resort that comes close is Aspen. While Jackson has 8.9 enplanements per resident, Aspen has seven, and the airport serving Steamboat Springs has 4.5. Down the list are Durango at 3.4 and Eagle (Vail).
"For me, the big takeaway from this exercise is that we in Jackson Hole enjoy a profoundly phenomenal level of air service — another of the embarrassment of riches of living here," writes Schechter.
Watering restrictions imposed
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — While it has been snowing in Colorado, the snowpack remains below average. And due to effects of a phenomenal drought last year, the water situation looks none too good for summer.
With that in mind, most municipalities are already tightening the screws. In Steamboat Springs, no outdoor watering will be allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and watering will be allowed just three days a week, reports Steamboat Today.
Along the Front Range of Colorado, some cities are limiting outdoor watering to two days per week.
As was the case last year, temperatures are predicted to be hotter than normal, which translates into a longer irrigation season.
Recycling to be mandatory
VAIL, Colo. — Recycling will soon become mandatory in Vail, although the exact regulations have yet to be adopted. Public officials tell the Vail Daily that they want to start getting the word out, as it takes time to implement such programs.
"We need people to know that some time in the next 6 to 12 months we're going to start in with mandatory recycling," said Mayor Andy Daily. "And everything I've heard from people is that it's about time."
Police chiefs and sheriffs disagree about gun laws
VAIL, Colo. — Dwight Henninger, the chief of police in Vail, supports expanded gun control laws. Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy does not. "Unenforceable," he says of the trio of new gun laws adopted by legislators in Colorado.
It's a division common in Colorado. Sheriffs have been loudly dismissive of the gun laws, some of them asserting they will not enforce the laws. Police chiefs have generally come out in support.
Why the difference? One idea is that urban populations more generally support limits on guns. Rural areas don't. Police chiefs are found in towns and cities, and generally appointed. Sheriffs are elected.
Henninger said that part of his position is informed by personal experience. He was shot 30 years ago in Garden Grove, Calif. Had there been better background checks — as is provided for by one of Colorado's new laws — he believes the man who shot him might have been unable to get a gun.