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Vail takes ethnic scholarship program in-house

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The house is still very much as it was the day he died, with issues of Look and Life magazines from 1961 still in place. Hemingway’s wife, Mary, donated the house to The Nature Conservancy. That group has kept it as something of a museum, except that due to opposition from neighbors, it’s not really open to the public. But the upkeep is costing money, an estimated $50,000 so far.

To help recoup the costs, a sit-down dinner at a cost of $1,000 was held at the house. Elsewhere during the weekend, the daughter of Gary Cooper, an actor and a close friend of Hemingway’s, was to give a talk, some movies based on his novels were to be shown, and there were to be tours of his favorite haunts.

 

Climate change gets traction

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – What might have seemed a hare-brained proposal a decade ago is getting at least a respectful reaction as candidates for the Teton County Board of Commissioners outline their visions of the future.

One of the candidates, Ben Ellis, generates electricity for his house with solar power and uses biodiesel to partly fuel his car. He thinks the county in general should reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases to a point that is called carbon neutral. This, he says, can be done in four years.

Ellis is among two Democrats and three Republicans running for the one at-large seat. When contacted by the Jackson Hole News & Guide, none of them outright called Ellis’s ideas starry eyed, although the Republicans offered less ambitious ideas. For example, incumbent Commissioner Bill Paddleford said he wants to see the county move away from using foreign oil. Another Republican, Abe Tabatabai, currently a council member in Jackson, noted that he has pushed for high-efficiency light bulbs and use of biodiesel in town fleets, and had advocated green building designs.

 

Hillary gets most from Aspen

ASPEN, Colo. – Hillary Rodham Clinton may not be an announced candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, but she’s already pulling in campaign contributions from Aspen. The Aspen Times reports contributions of nearly $44,000 this year through early September. The local congressman, U.S. Rep. John Salazar, who, like Clinton, is a Democrat, had received only $14,300. But also a significant beneficiary of Aspen money was a political action committee called Straight Talk American, which supports potential Republican candidate John McCain.