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Around the Mountains: Cook slays another in Sun Valley dorm

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SUN VALLEY, Idaho ” One cook is dead, and another is other is charged with killing him.

Both men were employees of the Sun Valley Co., the operator of the ski area, and lived in a dormitory owned by the company.

It was the second death in an employee dormitory within the last five months.

In September, a resident of a dormitory died from what appeared to be an overdose of prescription painkillers and alcohol, reported the Idaho Mountain Express.

Sun Valley Co. has a workforce of 1,700 people, of whom 500 live in company-provided affordable housing, either condominiums or dorms.

“Some of the units are very comfortable, while some are cramped,” said Jack Sibbach, a company spokesman.

EAGLE ” Nobody has figured out how a cow elk got a bar stool stuck on her head.

The elk has been seen wandering around Eagle, which is located about 30 miles west of Vail.

“She’s very active. The bar stool doesn’t seem to be impairing her to any great degree,” state wildlife officer Craig Wescoatt told the Eagle Valley Enterprise. “She just looks kind of goofy.”

AVON ” Some of the swank hotels take a break for spring. Aspen’s Little Nell does, and so has the Four Seasons near Jackson, Wyo.

During its six years of existence, the Ritz-Carlton-Bachelor Gulch, located at the base of the Beaver Creek ski area, has not.

But this year, it will take a month off.

Hotel general manager John Garth told the Vail Daily that demand is softer this year.

Some 350 service workers will be out of work for the month.

PARK CITY, Utah ” Mexicans and other immigrants are packing their bags, unable to find work in the recession-slowed economy of Park City, reports The Park Record.

The newspaper notes the downturn is most impacting migrants working in construction-related fields. Also hard hit are the high-end restaurants.

Latino advocate Tony Yapias is advising those planning to return to Mexico, if they are in the United States illegally, to visit a Mexican consulate to get a border pass.

“Then when they get back to Mexico with a truckload of their belongings, the Mexican customs won’t give them a hard time or make them pay extra for all the things they are taking back.”

CANMORE, Alberta ” The East West Partners, a Colorado-based developer, is reducing the bulk of its development at Three Sisters Mountain Village, the huge tract of land it purchased in Canmore in 2007.

The company intends to reduce the amount of commercial development within the resort by 90 percent, to 62,000 square feet, to avoid competing with existing development in downtown Canmore.

Also, East West is trimming 2,500 dwelling units, leaving 1,700 units, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

The company also has decided to put 400 acres, or half of its remaining undeveloped land, aside for wildlife habitat.

Plans also call for property owners to be banned from planting edible plants, to avoid drawing wildlife into the project, and removing buffalo berries, which attract bears.

But still to be addressed is a formally designed wildlife corridor. As part of that project, wildlife biologists were hired to quantify what areas of the Three Sisters property are currently being used as corridors.

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