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In the end, representatives of the chamber, the three ski mountains, the town government and the lodging industry all agreed that the prize wasn't worth chasing. That leaves Aspen still bidding to continue as the North American host for the Winter X Games when its current contract expires after the 2014 event, along with Lake Tahoe, Quebec City and Le Massif de Charlevoix in Canada.

Snowbird is high above yucky air

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — In late January, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that "eye-smarting, lung-scarring smog" has enveloped the Salt Lake Valley for a large part of the winter.

Now, it reports that Snowbird is offering discounted lift tickets on bad-air days.

"Although you can't see it from the valley, the skies are blue and the sun is shining at Snowbird during most inversions," said Dave Fields, Snowbird vice president of resort operations, in announcing the $20 discount off the normal $84 all-day ticket.

In January, a group called Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment released a letter signed by more than 100 doctors. They called for large pollution sources, such as the Kennecott smelter, to be shut down on days when temperature inversions trap smog in the valley. They also want fares for public transportation to be waived on those days and highway speeds reduced to 55 mph.

Nabors finally weds

WHITEFISH, Mont. — Jim Nabors, the actor who played Gomer Pyle in the '60s sit-com "The Andy Griffith Show," has married his long-time companion. He met his partner, a firefighter in Honolulu, in 1974, and they have been together now for 38 years. Nabors split his time between Whitefish and Honolulu for many years, but now lives in Hawaii exclusively. They got married in Seattle, however, as Washington State recently legalized gay marriage.

Banff argues merits of limits on chain stores

BANFF, Alberta — The Banff council has heard arguments both pro and con as it considers whether to impose a limit on the number of formula-based chain stores and restaurants. Starbucks and McDonalds are two well-known examples of formula-based chains.

"Any restrictions will only serve to reduce choice, decrease competition, the quality of service and the value," said Justin Burwash, representing Banff Caribou Properties. "The combination will reduce the number of visitors and amount of money they spend while they're here."


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