Around the Mountains: Telluride museum seeks early ski era artifacts |

Around the Mountains: Telluride museum seeks early ski era artifacts

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TELLURIDE – Oh boy, does Telluride have history. One of the world’s most significant innovations in electrical transmission was first tested here in 1892. It had a labor war that is literally the stuff of movies. And the author Vladimir Nabokov chased butterflies among the wildflowers while sketching out his famous story of Lolita, which was published in 1955.But the museum, a delightful affair, altogether lacks modern history. Museum officials intend to correct that omission and have begun talking with locals who can remember the early days of Telluride as a resort. The ski area opened in 1973, but the curators hope to represent the broader period from 1969 to 1980, reports the Telluride Daily Planet.

PARK CITY, Utah – JP Morgan Chase & Co. is taking a bye for the second consecutive year on its annual visit to Deer Valley.The investment bank had several hundred people for its ski trips to the resort, staying at the five-star Stein Ericksen Lodge. But last year, with the glare of public attention after receiving a huge bailout from the federal government, the company cancelled plans, and this year the meeting was again canceled.Bill Malone, president of the Park City Chamber/Bureau, said other financial firms that had been regulars at Park City have become no-shows. “It’s not like it used to be. Whether it’s gone forever, I don’t know,” Malone told the Park Record.

JACKSON, Wyo. – Evidence has begun to arrive of at least tepid recovery in real-estate sales. Newspapers in both Wyoming’s Jackson Hole and Idaho’s Ketchum-Sun Valley areas cite an uptick in sales.In the Ketchum-Sun Valley area, agents reported 24 residential sales in January and February, compared to 10 during the same time span last year. Volume in sales increased even more dramatically, to $17 million, compared to $4 million last year.In Jackson Hole, the volume in the first two months was $46 million, compared with $15 million last year. Much of the action, real-estate agents tell the Jackson Hole News & Guide, is in the higher-end of the market, with several purchases of $5 million to $10 million. More difficult access to credit continues to slow the action of homes costing less than $1.5 million and condominiums of less than $500,000.”I think there is definitely sense of improved comfort and confidence within the market,” said Clayton Andrews, executive vice president at Sotheby’s International Realty. “We’ve seen what most people believe is the worst of the worst.”

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The Steamboat Springs city government and local real-estate agents have come up with a policy that both legalizes and regulates placement of open-house signs.The new policy, reports the Steamboat Pilot, will allow sings that measure seven square feet, large enough to include names and phone numbers. The signs cannot be erected until an hour before the open house, and must be removed within an hour after the showing. Two smaller directional signs will be allowed.

TELLURIDE – Another $17 million has been granted to the Telluride Regional Airport, bringing up to $58 million allocated for airport improvements in the last two years. The airport sits on a just outside the town, with drop-offs at both ends. Until the most recent work, the runway was among the most challenging to pilots, because it was far from level. The work lowered one end by 30 feet, the other by 14 feet, and raised the middle by 16 feet. With these and other improvements, tourism officials in Telluride hope the runway, now nearly 7,000 feet long, will be able to accommodate regional jets. Currently, most Telluride visitors who arrive by plane arrive at Montrose, about 65 miles away.

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