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Meanwhile, down-valley at Canmore, four of the six incumbents got bumped by voters in what many interpreted as a discomfort over too much development too rapidly in recent months. The two candidates that environmental groups thought were the most environmentally conscious got the most votes. The new mayor, Ron Casey, actually worked on behalf of the Three Sisters development project, but Chris Ollenberg, the manager for land development for Three Sisters, said he believes Casey will maintain a balanced approach.
Billionaires plot to beat W
ASPEN, Colo. Ski towns of the West have been in the news often this year in connection with the U.S. presidential election. Dick Cheney, of course, has a home in Jackson Hole, and John Kerry married into Ketchum, where his wife, Theresa Heinz-Kerry, has long had a home.
Former diplomat and part-time Telluride-area resident Richard Holbrooke is Kerrys lead advisor on foreign affairs. And in Aspen, a quietly conducted meeting took place this summer at which five aging billionaires gathered with a dozen "liberal leaders" to discuss how they could help defeat President George W. Bush.
The best-known individual at the meeting, reports The New Yorker in an article entitled "The Money Man," was George Soros, the 74-year-old Wall Street speculator who alone is worth $7.2 billion. Peter D. Lewis, 70, the chairman of the Progressive Corporation, an insurance company based in Cleveland, organized the meeting.
Also attending were John Sperling, an octogenarian businessman who nearly 30 years ago created the for-profit University of Phoenix, and Herb and Marion Sandler, a California couple in their 70s who founded Golden West Financial Corporation, a savings-and-loan company. The Sandlers, says the magazine, are devoted to the idea of preserving progressive income taxes and inheritance taxes.
In Aspen, these billionaires discussed such ideas as trying to unionize Wal-Mart employees, but settled upon the more immediate task of trying to defeat Bush, who they all think is bad for the country. Since then, of course, the Democratic Party has held its own with the Republican Party in raising money, which rarely happens.
Bear in the drivers seat
MAMMOTH, Calif. A man in Mammoth Lake thought it odd when, just before going to bed, he noticed the emergency lights on his SUV were flashing. Investigating, he found a large bear inside. The bear, he surmised, had let itself in the car, but then a gust of wind closed the door, and the bear couldnt figure out how to get out.
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