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Moss also said that what Hogue did was allow people to create his identity. The more Hogue withheld of himself, the more people invested in him. "This was his true genius for deception, he said.

New regional jets the ticket

ASPEN, Colo. — The British Aerospace 146 was a standard for the Denver-Aspen flights offered by United Airlines since the mid-1980s. But expensive and outdated, it has been replaced by a new regional jet, the Bombardier/Canadair Regional Jet 700.

Among other virtues, the CRJ-700 is less noisy and uses less fuel, explained Jim Elwood, director of aviation at Sardy Field near Aspen, told Aspen reporters.

Kent Myers, an air consultant, tells Mountain Town News that the move is a good one for Aspen, but also one with some risk. The newer jets carry fewer passengers, 66, than the older jets, which carried 88. As such, more fights are needed to achieve the same payload. That could cause some traffic to be diverted to nearby Eagle County Regional Airport, Vail’s dominant airport. Already, 17 to 19 per cent of the passengers into Eagle County Regional are headed to Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.

On the other hand, these new, smaller jets offer first-class seats, something the discriminating Aspen market can afford.

Edwards isn’t pulling its weight

EDWARDS, Colo. — The hippest place to be in the Vail area now is arguably not Vail itself, nor Beaver Creek, although those places have the highest-cost real estate. The postal address of prestige for many who wear their localness on their sleeves is a place called Edwards, about 12 miles west of Vail. It accounts for 22 per cent of the population of Eagle County.

But Edwards is just a post office, not an incorporated town. While there has been talk of incorporation, the broadest sentiment is to leave well enough alone, as creating a town results in higher taxes. From the county’s perspective, however, that leaves Edwards a free-loader. The Vail Daily reports that Edwards pays $5.5 million in taxes, but requires $10 million in services.

Engineer gives $50,000 to Pakistan

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Although the human consequences of the earthquake that hit Pakistan last fall were far, far greater than that of the tsunami or the earthquakes, the response from ski towns – like that of the developed countries in general – has been tepid.

That said, relief efforts have lately been reported in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, Vail and the Eagle Valley, and British Columbia’s Revelstoke.

Now comes news from Steamboat Springs. It turns out that a major Chicago-based environmental engineering firm, MWH Global, also has an office in Steamboat Springs. That location allows people like Alan Krause, the president of the company’s division for natural resources, industry and infrastructure, to go cross-country skiing during his lunch hour.