Dogs and their doo at issue
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Where the estimated 5,200 dogs in Jackson Hole go and where they leave their dog-doo is at issue.Town police in Jackson want dogs leashed in all public areas. They also want dog-owners to be forced to scoop the poop. The director of the local parks department would even like to see canines banned from all athletic fields because of the mess. Town council members, however, aren’t so sure. Parallel issues are found on the surrounding national forests. The U.S. Forest Service wants to require that dogs be leashed along certain sections of popular trails, to prevent the dogs from chasing wildlife. Also, Forest Service representatives say that dogs are compromising water quality by frolicking in the streams, increasing sedimentation, and possibly leaving pathogens. The Forest Service estimates 80 pounds of dog-doo are generated daily on two popular trails that are commonly used by dog-walkers.Banff looks to Whistler for ideas on taming barsBANFF, Alberta – Banff has been looking at Whistler for ideas about how to tame the violence at bars. Among the ideas is a bar-watch program.According to a report in the Banff Crag & Canyon, the idea is make nightclub and bar owners, as well as taxi drivers, aware of undesirable individuals. In this “behave or be banned” world, a patron ejected from one bar would be prohibited from entering another. The bars would be linked by two-way radios, as would police.The program was reported to have been in place five years in Whistler, with apparently good success. Whistler has also reduced the capacity of many bars, making crowd control easier, while also eliminating things like exotic dancers.What exactly do we have against trailers?SILVERTON – In the Silverton vicinity, a landowner has made neighbors cranky with an attempt to put a shipping container, as might be used on a train or truck, on a plot of land and calling it a house suitable for part-time residence.The shipping container has been ordered off the plot as a violation of local land-use regulations, but Jonathan Thompson, editor of the Silverton Standard, suggests that maybe the ban is too strict. His argument is economic.While Americans dislike trailers, and with some good aesthetic reasons, he says that lower-income workers need places to live. “To deny them the mobile home option, or to cram trailers into areas where they are less visible, is essentially to segregate the population by class,” he explains. “This happens anyway, but it doesn’t make it right, nor does it create a healthy, diverse community.”Utah projected to grow 5 percent to 8 percent in skier daysPARK CITY, Utah – Early season bookings were apparently so good that Kip Pitou, president of Ski Utah, a trade organization, predicts a 5 to 8 percent increase in skier visits this winter for Utah. He cited website hits, bookings and ski pass sales as cause for his good cheer.But the calendar will be challenging. Bill Malone, who heads the chamber of commerce in Park City, points out that Christmas Week will have weekend bookends, instead of straddling two different weeks. Easter, which is a mental bookend for many skiers, this year falls in March, instead of April.Still the ski areas in and around Park City tallied a record 1.4 million skier days last winter, and a record crowd also dropped by during summer, causing Malone to echo Pitou’s sunny optimism. While resorts in Utah had good October snows, not much happened after that. Still that early season bragging got lots of publicity, not the more usual its-the-week-before-Thanksgiving-and-the-slopes-are-bare reality.Condomania is the real estate story in TellurideTELLURIDE – Real estate activity through October in the Telluride market set a new one-year record of $511 million. That bests the old record set four years ago.The story in Telluride has been condominiums, nearly all at $500,000 and up.
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