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Vail takes ethnic scholarship program in-house

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Meanwhile, plenty is happening outside of Vail’s borders that may well draw workers from the same labor pool farther down the Eagle Valley or in Leadville. About 8,300 jobs are predicted during the next two decades in the Minturn, Avon and Edwards areas.

On the other side of the equation, town officials are predicting that two-thirds of homes occupied by people employed in the local economy could be sold to people not engaged in the local economy.

All of this has Vail town officials again looking at ways to boost the housing stock for the work force in a narrow valley where nearly all the land has already been developed. A measure of that concern is that the town council is scheduled to spend four hours on the topic next week.

 

Backcountry.com gets award

PARK CITY, Utah – A small Internet-based business based in Park City has been named one of the top small, online businesses in the country by PC Magazine. The magazine was looking for innovative use of technology, and Backcountry has an Internet site that makes it easy to buy outdoor gear.

Jim Holland, chief executive officer of Backcoiuntry.com, said one of the reasons for his company’s success has been the ingenuity of its online forums. Backcountry.com is the parent site of four others: Dogfunk.com (snowboarding specialty), Tramdock.com (“all things skiing”), Backcountry outlet.com (spotty sizes, but the best prices) and Steepandcheap.com (“The QVC model for gear”).

Holland told the Park Record that the goal is to create an experience that is as devoid of friction as possible. “That’s what e-commerce is all about, making the navigation intuitive. We want something that anyone, even my grandmother, could figure out.”

The company operates out of a space above a Bed, Bath & Beyond store, and Holland said the company was drawn to Park City because of the outdoor lifestyle. “It makes it easier for us to find excellent people, because people who are attracted to this sort of thing are in Park City already,” he said.

 

Hemingway fans dine in his digs

KETCHUM, Idaho – The second annual Ernest Hemingway Festival was held in Ketchum and Sun Valley in late September. Hemingway, a novelist, was a second-home owner in Ketchum in the 1940s and 1950s and indeed, committed suicide at his house there in 1961.