Rash of suicides puzzles Jackson Hole
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. In the popular mind, middle-aged white males are supposed to have the world by the short hairs. But a rash of suicides in Jackson Hole suggests the world isn’t that simple. Seven middle-aged people, five of them men, have killed themselves in the last year-and-a-half.In noting this disturbing phenomenon, the Jackson Hole News & Guide did not explicate the circumstances of each individual victim. Some may not have been well-heeled. But the last victim, Stephen Kapelow, 64, had survived several bankruptcies while a rock ‘n’ roll promoter several decades ago before amassing a worth of $500 million as a developer. Diagnosed with clinical depression, he had tried several times in recent years to kill himself.Wyoming leads the states in its suicide rate, and Teton County, where Jackson Hole is located, leads Wyoming. Whistler affordable housing waiting list growsWHISTLER, B.C. – The demand for affordable housing continues to grow in Whistler. Pique reports the waitlist kept by the Whistler Housing Authority is now at 570 individuals, couples or families. One big project, called Rainbow, is being formulated, and would deliver 300 units in a variety of configurations.Jumbo resort decision remains at local levelINVERMERE, B.C. – A key decision about whether to approve a giant, new ski area proposed near Invermere will be retained at the local level, despite some sentiment to boot it to provincial officials for resolution. Opponents of the Jumbo Glacier Resort claimed the decision to keep the choice local was a major setback for developers. They believe local opinion is heavily set against the plans for Jumbo, which would be located near Intrawest’s Panorama ski area.However, Oberto Oberti, Jumbo’s development manager for the architecture and the design, told Whistler’s Pique newsmagazine that the vote changes nothing. “The people who are against the project are experts in public relations and are calling it a victory, but I think that’s a bit of a stretch,” he said.Ex-ski instructor sued for teaching on the slySTEAMBOAT SPRINGS – A former ski instructor at the Steamboat ski area is being sued by the ski area operator for taking money for ski lessons. Because the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has the lease for use of the federal lands, it has the exclusive right to offer ski lessons.A lawyer for the man, Kenny Porteous, says the ski company filed the lawsuit to send a message. “They’ll spend more on legal fees than Kenny Porteous is worth,” attorney Ralph Cantafio told The Steamboat Pilot. He contends the bigger issue is the company’s treatment of current and ex-employees. “It’s a very scary prospect for the local community to be thought of as a disposable and entities to be disregarded,” he said.Further sharpening the tension is the potential that the U.S. Forest Service may file criminal charges against Porteous, based on allegations he was teaching ski lessons for hire without a permit on federal land elsewhere in the Routt National Forest.
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