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The Vail Daily says the seniors in Eagle Valley can be divided into two types, those who get together for lunches and light activities, and other more active groups who are out snowshoeing and doing pilates.

Eagle County is adding a new staff member who is to work with seniors, disabled adults and caregivers. It’s part of a rapid expansion in the outlay for welfare programs in the fast-growing county.

Stop griping about retail sector

KETCHUM, Idaho — Ketchum, like so many resort towns, has been changing into something else, where tourism is less important, and the town is more of a full-time home for many.

While there has been much fretting about this erosion of the retail shops that cater to tourists, Ketchum’s Toni Lash tells the Idaho Mountain Express enough already: "We don’t need more retail until we have more skier days and summer visitors. I think we locals have just about everything we need and/or can afford."

The library is wonderful, the cops are nice, and hospital services are good, she says. Who needs more?

Million dollars the norm

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sales volume of real estate was down 6 per cent in the Truckee market last year, although home prices continue to escalate. "There are fewer and fewer properties under a million available," said Trinkie Watson, a broker with Chase International. Jean Ludwick, a sales manager, told the Sierra Sun said that million-dollar homes, which used to be the exception, are now verging on the norm.

The price of parking

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — Breckenridge at times is a sea of automobiles. Of course, lots of ski towns are. But Breckenridge has the distinction of having no municipal parking structure.

That will change this year as the town spends $1.8 million for a smallish parking garage. Each parking space costs $49,000, reports the Summit Daily News.

Breckenridge had considered a major, central parking structure, similar to Vail’s major garages. Instead, it chose to follow the example of Aspen, where town officials believe visitors prefer more dispersed parking.

Big building numbers

VAIL, Colo. — It shouldn’t have surprised anybody, but the building numbers out of Vail are astounding nonetheless. The town reports issuing $245.5 million in permits last year, a 63 per cent increase over the previous year. This sets a record.

Vail’s base-area redevelopment projects tell most of the story: Arrabelle at Vail Square, valued at $110 million; the Sonnenalp Resort expansion, valued at $20 million; and Gore Creek Place, valued at $50 million.