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Three down, four to go

INVERMERE, B.C. – Dan Griffith has now topped three summits in his bid to climb the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. Earlier this year, the 55-year-old Griffith became the oldest Canadian to summit Everest.

In addition to Everest, reports the Invermere Echo, Griffith this year has climbed North America’s McKinley (a.k.a. Denali) and Europe’s Elbrus. During the next month he hopes to complete Cartensz Pyramid, the highest point in Australia and Indonesia, and then Africa’s Kilimanjaro. That leaves him South America’s Aconcagua during October and Antarctica’s Vinson in November.


Jack Frost a late-comer

EAGLE, Colo. – With virtually no comment, and certainly no fanfare, an extraordinary event occurred on Sept. 16 in Eagle, located halfway between Vail and Glenwood Springs: a freeze occurred. The first deep frost usually occurs around Labor Day.


No wave of New Yorkers

VAIL, Colo. – Anecdotally, it would seem that people who left New York City after the terrorist attack of Sept. 11 have flooded Vail. The new chief executive officer of Vail Resorts, Rob Katz, fled New York after 9/11, as did Peter Knobel, one of the new developers in Vail. The Rotary Club in Vail also had a speaker recently, a local resident who had survived the attacks in New York.

But while the ex-New Yorkers may be prominent, it does not constitute a flood, reports Jonathan Schecter, who boils numbers weekly for the Jackson Hole News&Guide. Schechter studied IRS data that shows the number of taxpayers in each county in the United States, and whether they have moved in the previous year and, if in larger numbers, from where.

Studying these data, looking for ex-New Yorkers in the area from Colorado to Idaho, Schecter found only 100 more New Yorkers moving to the Rocky Mountains in the three years after the terrorist attacks as compared to the three years before. Even then, the New Yorkers have been landing mostly in the cities, not in Vail, Jackson Hole, or other resort areas.

“Men of the West, put down your pitchforks, extinguish your torches and let your womenfolk and children run free once again,” he writes.


Wildlife-resistant cans required

VAIL, Colo. – After a summer of too-close encounters with bears, Vail is adopting a compromise measure that requires wildlife-resistant cans.

The town already requires that trash be left out only on day of pickup, and this summer began dishing monetary fines, instead of warnings. Wildlife advocates had wanted an even more aggressive action, a requirement that all homes have metal wildlife-proof trash containers.