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But even summer use will have limits, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook . For example, hiking will be precluded in mid-mountain locations, where activities are considered more impactful to summer. Similarly, summer visitors will have to arrive by public transportation, to limit impacts to a wildlife corridor.

Vacation plans plummet

JACKSON, Wyo. - The line between paradise and Hades can be a thin one indeed, as Marvin Bass can attest when his first vacation in five years was cut short.

A Floridian, he had borrowed a 42-foot motor home from his best friend for a three-week vacation. Travelling across steep Teton Pass into Jackson Hole, the vehicle began struggling. He parked it at a pullout, unhitched the truck that he was towing, and drove down to Jackson Hole to get fluid. Returning, he was trying to hitch the truck to the back of the RV when he mistakenly locked himself out.

That wasn't the end of the world. He figured out how to squeeze into the RV through the driver's window. But as he did, his body unleashed the brake, and the RV began rolling toward the precipice.

Bass got out. But the RV is probably dead after having tumbled 68 metres down the mountainside. "Obviously, I'm not going to Yellowstone in it," he told the Jackson Hole News&Guide.

 

P.O.s  facing closure

PHIPPSBURG, Colo. - A forwarding address has not been posted yet at the post office in the old railroading town of Phippsburg, but a decision has been made to close it.

The post office, located south of Steamboat Springs, was among 11 identified for imminent closure this year by the U.S. Post Service, which is trying to stanch the red ink in its operations. But another post office, just 6 kilomtres away at Oak Creek, will remain open.

Dozens of small post offices in Colorado, including those in the mountains of Rico, Ophir, Parlin and Red Cliff, were identified as among the post offices subject to closure.

 

Howelsen subsidies under review

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - Steamboat Springs city officials will be examining the subsidy of the locally owned ski area, Howelsen Hill, and the adjoining rodeo arena. The subsidy this year was nearly $1 million, and next year it is projected to decline to $800,000.