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Also voicing opposition was Tommy Soukas, who has run Tommy's Neighbourhood Pub for 27 years. Leave it alone, he said, and said that while he is an independent, locally owned business, he has competed with both locals and franchises.
The star witness for those who support limits was Howard J. Kozloff, who manages a real estate investment, development and advisory company in New York.
"Starbucks and Earls do not make a place," he said. "Chain stores erode character, which can erode visitor numbers. If tourism is your greatest asset, why turn yourself into a generic destination?"
Another business owner, Susanne Gillies-Smith, also supported limits. "We're not in a free market. We're in a national park," she said. "We need to protect the integrity of our town and our small businesses."
Consequences of killing oil pipelines
CANMORE, Alberta — The "bitumen bubble" that provided Alberta with its booming economy and low taxes is leaking air. Because the bitumen is more expensive to process, experts tell the Rocky Mountain Outlook, it fares poorly against higher quality oil, including that which is being produced in North Dakota's Bakken shale.
"We enjoy the lowest taxes in Canada because of oil," said Ron Casey, an elected legislative representative. "There's still a huge advantage here, but we're going to have to reassess and re-evaluate and look at how we do business."
Efforts to expand export of bitumen through new pipelines, including Enbridge's Northgate pipelines to British Columbia and the Keystone XL across the United States, have been slowed by concerns about environmental impacts.
"The real worry for Alberta is that by all estimations this is looking to be more permanent," said Todd Hirsch, a senior economist with ATB Financial.
He told the Outlook that even if the pipelines were a sure bet, they will take years to get built and operating.
Resorting to transportation of oil by rail would be potentially more dangerous. "If the environmentalists block Keystone and northern Gateway, it might be what they call a pyrrhic victory because if more of this is going to be going by rail, then you're going to see a lot more avalanches, train derailments and tanker spilling," he said.
"It's way more prone to accidents than pipelines."
Three lions slayed after pets attacked
PARK CITY, Utah — Three mountain lions were captured and killed after pets were attacked in Park City. One of the pets was found dead and the other injured. Wildlife authorities tell The Park Record that mountain lions frequent areas where deer spend winter months, and pets sometimes are also attacked.
bowling alley proposed
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. — What was once a movie theater, then a ballroom and conference center, now will likely soon become a bowling alley, the first in the Snowmass-Aspen area.
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