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JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Jackson Hole has been plagued with the poisoning of dogs. Twenty-six dogs had been killed or sickened by the pesticide Temik as of mid-June. Authorities speculate that laced hot dogs and hamburger meat is being spread by someone who is angered by loose dogs, reports the Jackson Hole News & Guide.”We are a county that loves our dogs and seeks diligently to protect our wildlife,” wrote Bill Paddleford, a Teton County commissioner. “Stop your skewed and disgusting form of terrorism against animals.”Pedestrian-only lots going for $1.5 millionMOUNTAIN VILLAGE – As first conceived, Mountain Village was to have been largely a pedestrian-only development adjacent to the ski slopes of Telluride. That vision has been largely abandoned over the years, but ground recently has been broken on a subdivision called The Ridge, where the 24 single-family homes will be accessible only by gondola (and then on foot or by golf cart) or snowmobile. These are not inexpensive lots, as the five that have already been sold went for $1.5 million each. The homes will be up to three stories high, reports The Telluride Watch.

Exum begins guided ski descents of Grand TetonJACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The first ski descent of the Grand Teton began 33 years ago. Since then, an estimated 200 people have skied it.Now, Exum Mountain Guides has begun offering commercially guided descents of the peak, in the process “pushing the envelope of guided North American ski mountaineering,” in the words of the Jackson Hole News and Guide.Cameron Romero, a 37-year-old ski instructor from Park City, Utah, paid $1,300 for the two-day guided trip. He is, reports the News & Guide, an accomplished skier and mountaineer, having summited the Grand Teton 20 times. Two years ago, he tried to ski the peak, but lost his way. As well, he had already chalked up several notable but easier ski descents of his own in the Tetons.Land nets more for open space than if developed

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah – In the unincorporated area of Utah’s Summit County, open space preservation is paying better than development. The Park Record says that a deal has been finalized that ensures 219 acres owned by the Rasmussen family for a century will be dedicated as open space. The land is being purchased for $1.4 million with money from a bond approved three years ago by voters in a recreation district.River through Winter Park getting a faceliftFRASER VALLEY – A $730,000 facelift of the Fraser River is getting underway, but it’s not all a matter of looking more pretty. A major issue is that the river is shrinking. Already, about 66 percent of the river is diverted through the Moffat Tunnel for use in metropolitan Denver. In the future, that is expected to rise to 85 percent. As well, rapid population growth is being planned in the Winter Park and Fraser areas.A portion of the project involves new trails from Winter Park and Fraser, but the larger work is a response to the shrinking river. The riparian area is to be modified, to make the habitat function better, notes the Winter Park Manifest. As well, the work is expected to benefit some species that have been down on their luck, including the boreal toad.

Ken Neubecker, a Trout Unlimited representative involved in the project, says nature would make the accommodation to reduced flows over time, but these projects will speed up the process.Vail wants to share costs of winter flights GYPSUM – Like other ski area operators across the West, Vail Resorts wants to spread the financial liability for sponsoring direct flights. “If the community wants to have service into Eagle County grow again, it needs to expect to put its money where its mouth is and plan for guaranteed contracts with airlines to grow service,” says Chris Jarnot, vice president of sales and marketing for Vail Resorts.Vail Resorts has exposed itself to as much as $10 million in risk in the past, and in some years paid up to $1 million per winter. But risks elevated after the terrorist attacks of 2001. For the winter of ’02-’03, Vail paid out nearly $2 million, and this past winter paid up to $1.5 million.Such community funding for winter flights has become business as usual at several resort valleys in the West, including Telluride, Crested Butte, and Jackson Hole.


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