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Heli-skiing company objects to new ski area

INVERMERE, B.C. -- A heli-skiing company is arguing against a proposed new ski resort near Invermere called Jumbo Glacier Resort.

Tom Brinkerhoff, co-owner of RK Heli-Ski, argues that British Columbia resorts are only operating at half-capacity. This proposed resort, he says, would displace helicopter skiing form the company’s "bread-and-butter terrain."

Invermere Valley Echo’s editor Ian Cobb estimates that 65 to 70 percent of people there are opposed to the project, with 15 to 20 percent favoring it, while the rest don’t care. He says he has been accused of being biased against the project, but he accuses the project developer, Oberto Oberti, of wanting to be treated like "some kind of messiah by the media, and whenever news items are less than flattering about this proposal, he lashes out and attempts to discredit journalists." Both CBC television and radio journalists have also been subjected to Oberti’s ire, he says.

Glacier crevice claims life of Canmore skier

CANMORE, Alberta — A Canmore man was killed while skiing on a glacier in British Columbia when he fell into a snow-obscured crevasse.

Bob Enagonio, 48, fell into the crevice on the Deville Glacier in Glacier National Park as he and four other skiers were on a week-long trip in the Rogers Pass area. They were doing a variation of the classic Bugaboos to Rogers Pass ski traverse, described in Chic Scott's book "Summits and Icefields," as one of the most magnificent in western Canada. Enagonio had done that route twice before.

A former teacher in Vermont, he was described not as the sort of athlete whose name and activities are frequently reported, but rather one of those "who measured his accomplishments in the outdoors by sharing his unbounded enthusiasm with his friends."

Aspen looking to ban offices at ground-level

ASPEN, Colo. – A thin majority of Aspen City Council members want draft legislation that would prohibit new offices on the ground floor in the city’s 10-block commercial core.

This directive to town staffers comes two years after the Aspen council became alarmed when time-share sales showrooms went into quarters previously occupied by drug and clothing stores. Aspen’s concern rippled to other resort towns, several of whom have also talked about similar prohibitions of real-estate offices.

In 1974, Vail enacted a similar ban against offices, except for banks, on ground-floor levels. The ban is in effect in the two primary commercial areas, Vail Village and Lionshead.

Aspen’s move was set off by findings of retail consultants who concluded that any spread of ground-floor offices should be prevented. The Aspen Times reports that three council members called for the law, saying it is essential to maintain a rewarding experience for visitors, while two members, including Mayor Helen Klanderud, see the prohibition as an unnecessary intrusion.


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