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Pan Pacific sells out

The 83-suite condo/hotel planned for the Whistler Village Centre sold out in less than four hours this week.

Ranging in price from $300,000 to roughly $2.1 million, buyers could choose condominiums in a variety of sizes, from 407 square feet to 1,680 square feet.

They came from the U.S., Hong Kong, the U.K. Mexico and Venezuela to snap up the suites, valued at $54 million in total.

"Buyers, many of them past Intrawest purchasers, took advantage of what will likely be the last opportunity to own a prominent boutique hotel suite in a central village location adjacent to shops and restaurants and a short distance to the Whistler-Blackcomb gondolas," said Paul Woodward, Intrawest’s regional vice president of the Resort Development Group.

The Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts will manage the suites.

The nine-storey hotel will be built on the parking lot at the corner of Blackcomb Way and Village Gate Boulevard, next to the Holiday Inn and Earls. Construction is set to begin this month. The project is set to wrap up in December 2004.

Another option for Fiber Options

Environmentally friendly products from Fiber Options are now available online at www.EcoEverything.com.

It’s just another step on the road to success for the little environmental store, which began in Tofino six years ago.

"When we started, the eco-friendly market was so small that our suppliers had trouble staying in business," said owner Gord Johns.

The Web site will function as an online catalogue with delivery throughout North America and overseas.

"Going online is a logical next step for us," said partner Peter Skeels.

"EcoEverything.com makes our own goals part of an international effort to build a more sustainable future."

The online store will offer the same clothing, body care and household goods, which are offered in the Tofino, Whistler and Vancouver stores.

In addition to the Fiber Options products there will also be news and information about topics relating to the eco-friendly marketplace.

Students get taste of political life

Whistler Secondary students will be getting political as part of Local Government Awareness Week, beginning Monday, May 5.

At Monday’s council meeting a handful of students who were elected by their peers will sit beside regular council members for the first hour and consider the same reports as regular council members.

In the week prior to the junior council meeting, students shadowed municipal staff in their various departments, helping to prepare reports and gather information as well as dealing with any other daily activities and special projects.

The council meeting is the part of a five-day work experience for the students.

In addition to junior council, the municipality is holding a round table discussion fashioned after WORCA’s highly successful round table discussion during November’s municipal election. The evening will take place on Wednesday, May 7. The idea behind the round table is to give community members the chance to meet council in an informal setting and to ask questions and spark discussions. The round table event will take place at the Spruce Grove Field House from 6 to 8 p.m.

W-B Foundation environmental fund looks for proposals

There’s one month left to get your funding proposal into the Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation Environmental Fund for consideration.

Any projects in the Sea to Sky corridor will qualify for consideration and preference will be given to projects with tangible results. Areas of interest are biking and hiking trail maintenance and stream enhancement projects, among other things.

Once the proposals are submitted, Whistler-Blackcomb will circulate them to staff to get feedback before they go before a board for final consideration.

Anyone interested in tapping into the fund should submit proposals to Whistler-Blackcomb with:

• name and description of the organization;

• name and information of the contact person;

• scope and timeline of the project;

• budget;

• amount of funding requested from the Enviro Fund and;

• any photographs of the project, if applicable.

There may be volunteer labour available for projects through the Habitat Improvement Team or Whistler-Blackcomb staff.

The Environmental Fund is sponsored by W-B staff donations, which are matched by the Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation. To date more than $25,000 has been collected for environmental projects in Whistler.

Among the projects funded are the rehabilitation of Jordon Creek, a planting project in a local wetlands area and a rehabilitation project in the Train Wreck bike trail in Function Junction.

The deadline for funding applications in June 1.

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