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Stars aligning for record winter in Colorado

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Jackson Hole had a good claim for an advance showing. Annie Prouilx, who wrote the story on which the movie was based, had set it in northern Wyoming. She actually lives in southern Wyoming, near the Colorado border, but the movie was filmed in Alberta, in the Canmore area, because filming there is less expensive than in Wyoming and also because Alberta has the infrastructure for movie productions.

Plan now for warmer earth

TRUCKEE, Calif. — With Lake Tahoe 2 degrees warmer than a century ago and 1 degree warmer than only three decades ago, it’s clear that the Sierra Nevada – like most of the world – is growing warmer, notes the Sierra Sun. Whatever the cause of global warming, says the newspaper in an editorial, it behooves local governments, business groups and tourism forces to begin planning now about how to adapt.

Low ski areas at risk

WILLAMETTE PASS, Ore.— Business is looking sketchy at Willamette Pass, a ski area 60 miles southeast of Eugene. Three years ago, the ski area invested $3 million in a high-speed, six-passenger lift to the summit. Owners hoped the investment would push skier days toward 100,000.

Instead, skied days have plodded along well below that, skidding in the drought of last winter to less than 30,000.

While some question the wisdom of spending that much money on a major lift upgrade, Eugene’s Register-Guard suggests that snowfall is becoming an issue. An Oregon State University study of climate change during the 20 th century in the Pacific Northwest last year revealed that average temperatures increased 1.3 degrees. Temperatures are projected to increase another 2.7 degrees in the next 20 years, says the newspaper.

First baby gets standing ovation

FRISCO, Colo. — Probably to nobody’s surprise, the first patients who checked into the new hospital in Summit County were both skiers.

Within a day, however, the first baby was delivered. The baby may never get one again, reports the Summit Daily News, but the dozen staff members assembled for the occasion gave it a standing ovation.

The hospital, called St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center, has been described as having the ambiance of a Hyatt hotel. Holli Guzzardo, the mother of the newborn, confirmed the four-star experience. Her stay there, she said, was like being on a mini-vacation.

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