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Intrawest takes reins in Canmore

CANMORE, Alberta — Intrawest has signed on to manage a 214-suite Solara condo-hotel in Canmore, the company’s first business proposition in Alberta. However, it’s not the first such relationship between the two. Intrawest manages 3,000 accommodations for Solara in Canada. Solara has 8,000 units worldwide. As well, Intrawest manages hotels that bear the Westin, Marriot and Hard Rock brands.

"Skate bum" returns home

KETCHUM, Idaho — Described as an "old-timer’s old-timer," Grace Laughlin is leaving Ketchum and Sun Valley after 57 years. She has returned to her original hometown of St. Louis, Mo., where she has family members.

The Idaho Mountain Express explains that Laughlin was already smitten with ice skating when she saw a movie in 1959 called "Sun Valley Serenade." Seeing the actress Sonja Henie schuss the slopes of Bald Mountain, Laughlin resolved to do the same. But her love was first for ice skating, and between waitressing and then hosting, she earned the title of "skate bum."

But why leave now? "I’ve broken too many bones," she explains. But it ‘s not the ice rink that worries her, but the ice around town that will arrive with another winter, she told the newspaper.

Fried marmot disrupts life

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — A marmot made the ultimate sacrifice recently in Steamboat Springs. The critter got past a chain-link fence and a second barrier before climbing a transformer. There, it caused a high-voltage fuse to blow, causing a loss of power for several hours in portions of Steamboat. The community seems to have survived the interruption without major consequence, reports The Steamboat Pilot. As for the marmot’s life-transforming attraction to electricity, no theory was offered.

Where the money comes from

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — The election campaign season is well underway. Not quite half of all political campaign contributions for the November elections have already been made. And again, as in the past, Wyoming’s Teton County (i.e. Jackson Hole) heads the pack – not only among resort counties in the West, but the entire nation.

Jonathan Schecther, who crunches numbers for the Jackson Hole News & Guide, reports that Teton County residents have given $39.40 per capita. No. 2 in the nation is Colorado’s Pitkin County, where Aspen/Snowmass residents have given an average per capita of $29.01.