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Conservationists seem to have high regard for Blixeth. He had originally planned a ski resort in an area of Montana that environmentalists and the Forest Service thought would have been environmentally destructive. Instead, he did a land swap, keeping the development land more compact at the Yellowstone Club.

The Idaho Statesman says that the latest dream of the 54-year-old Blixeth is the Yellowstone Club World, a global resort club with properties already in Scotland, Mexico, and Alaska. He wants to buy resort properties around the world for use exclusively by his members. Membership fee is on a sliding scale of up to $10 million.

Dumb & Dumber go to jail

VAIL, Colo. — The two seasonal workers from New South Wales, Australia, who robbed a Vail bank of $129,500 in March, have been sentenced to prison.

Dubbed "Dumb and Dumber," the two did not disguise their accents and they wore badges similar to ones worn by staff at the ski shop where they worked. Minutes after robbing the bank they used their ski passes to board a chair lift about a quarter-mile from where the bank is located.

The next day, after buying more than $11,000 worth of jewelry, the two men tried to purchase one-way tickets to Mexico with their stolen loot. Soon after, a police officer who recognized their photos as they tried to pass through airport security arrested them.

"What I did was greedy and selfish, but I’m still not sure why I did it," Anthony Prince, 20, said as his parents and those of his partner, Luke Carroll, 19, looked on. "All I can say is I knew better; I was raised better."

Prince was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison and Carroll to 5 years.

Need for moratorium questioned

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. — Eagle County appears headed toward a moratorium on upzonings.

Two of the three county commissioners say they don’t like the direction the county has been headed and want to chill while reconsidering whether trend is destiny. The county has been nearly doubling in population every decade since Vail opened in 1962, and at the current pace is expected to hit 65,000 in population within a decade.

Arn Menconi, a county commissioner, says that even with no additional upzonings, property owners currently have rights to build up to 12,000 housing units in Eagle County and its towns.