5,000 family members expected at Utah reunion
PARK CITY, Utah – Ever get dragged to a family reunion where you didn’t recognize 90 percent of the people? Just imagine if you were among the 5,000 people expected for a reunion of descendents of Amasa Lyman on Aug. 2 at Fillmore, Utah.A member of the Church of Latter Day Saints, Lyman settled in Utah in the 19th century. His 8 wives, 37 grandchildren, and 234 great grandchildren may now have produced 25,000 descendents, reports The Park Record. If you wonder whether you’re part of the family tree, all the details are available at http://www.amasayman.org.———–Fiber optics line being installed at Sun ValleyWOOD RIVER VALLEY, Idaho – Fiber optics cable is being installed up the Wood River Valley this summer, and at last report was between Ketchum and Sun Valley. The line is being installed by a consortium of 12 Idaho telephone exchange carriers, notes the Idaho Mountain Express.———New museum honors Aspen before skiingASPEN – Aspen’s history as a mining town and ranching community is recognized in a new museum.To celebrate the opening, museum organizers planned a baseball game, a popular pastime in mining towns, with an exhibition by teams sporting 19th century-style uniforms. Aspen’s miners once had a semi-pro team that that at times drew more than 1,500 spectators, notes The Aspen Times.————Leadville business joins Krispy Kreme KrazeLEADVILLE – The Kraze over Krispy Kreme continues. In the two-mile-high city of Leadville, a businessman has offered to import the doughnuts with a dawn run from Denver, 100 miles distant. Customers must pre-order their doughnuts, $8 a dozen, reports the Leadville Chronicle.Something even more bizarre occurs at Jackson Hole, where a fresh batch of Krispy Kremes is trucked daily from Salt Lake City, several hours distant.Could this be like Coors Beer? When the beer was sold only in the West, collegiates and others on skiing trips to the Rockies always hauled a few cases of the brew for resale back home. The beer gained a reputation as the nation’s premier brew. But when Coors expanded its distribution, the brew seemed to lose its special appeal.———Pete Seibert’s ashes part of big powder day at VailVAIL – At Vail founder Pete Seibert’s memorial service last year, his son, Pete Seibert Jr., told those gathered that his father’s ashes would be scattered by seeding them into clouds. Expect “one hell of a powder day,” he said.And that’s exactly what happened, reports the Vail Daily. Seibert’s family distributed most of the ashes atop Vail Mountain on Christmas Day, saving the remainder to send skyward in a cloud-seeding generator. The chosen day was St. Patrick’s Day.That storm produced 12 inches of powder at Vail, but several feet of snow in Summit County and in Denver, one of the biggest storms of the last century.——–Flag unfurled for the opening of Wal-MartAVON – Consumerism goes hand-in-hand with patriotism in the Vail Valley. There, in opening a Supercenter, Wal-Mart had a VFW unit present the flag, a sales associate sing the national anthem, and to top it all off, recruited high school cheerleaders to lead the hurrahs.The 187,000-square-foot store is located in Avon, along with a new Home Depot. The old Wal-Mart there is to be remodeled and expanded, creating space for three national chain stores: Gart Sports, Pier 1 Imports, and Office Depot. In other words, instead of going to the city, consumers along the I-70 corridor are finding the city is coming to them.——-How much is a rape in a hotel room worth?EDWARDS – The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera has been mentioned, usually as “posh,” “swanky” and “exclusive,” in more than 300 newspapers in only nine days in July. The reason? That’s where Kobe Bryant committed adultery that he has admitted, a fact resulting in a sexual assault charge.So, what does that do for the 56-room hotel where standard rooms rent for $325 a night? Marketing experts consulted by The Denver Post mostly agreed that any news short of murder is good news.”It would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions of dollars, to achieve that kind of notoriety,” said one Denver-based marketing consultant. A Beverly Hils-based branding expert for spas agreed. “In the big picture, this little problem is worth its weight in gold,” she said.———New wedding garden is chock full of wildflowersMOUNT CRESTED BUTTE – A new garden in Mount Crested Butte, one rife with wildflowers, is becoming a popular place for weddings. Four couples were married there during June, and six more weddings were scheduled for later this year.The garden, explains the Crested Butte News, was the vision of the Wildflower Festival. The hills around Crested Butte shout with the colors of wildflowers in summer, and many weddings are accordingly held in those high alpine meadows. But older or disabled people can’t necessarily get to those remote sites, hence the new wedding garden.———Fast-food burgers free of antibiotics, hormonesSILVERTHORNE – Travelers who turn off Interstate 70 for fast-food in Silverthorne have their choice of Wendy’s and Burger King, McDonald’s and Good Times.While Wendy’s and Burger King battle over prices, both McDonald’s and Good Times are now shooting for health consciousness. McDonald’s, of course, recently announced it would begin converting to beef without antibiotics.At Good Times Burgers, a Colorado-based chain of 35 stores, including one at the Winter Park ski area, a deal has just been struck with Coleman Natural Meats, a purveyor of beef free of antibiotics, growth hormones, and other byproducts.Coleman, incidentally, is now owned by a conglomerate headed by George Gillett, one-time owner of Vail Associates and today still the owner of Wyoming’s Grand Targhee ski area.
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