January 25, 2002 Features & Images » Feature Story

Feature - Dissecting Paradise 

Ketchum, Idaho works to involve community in Comprehensive Plan

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• In the Methow Valley, in eastern Washington State, a sleepy town with incredible natural and recreation amenities (specifically cross country skiing and mountain biking) is being over run by city slickers and second homeowners. In an attempt to ensure that the new arrivals don’t recreate what they were trying to escape, the Methow Conservancy has published the "Good Neighbor Handbook — A Guide to Landowners in the Methow Valley… the Handbook provides a nuts and bolts approach to problems faced by new homeowners, covering everything from wildfire protection to noxious weed removal to energy conservation. It even gives tips on building homes that won’t outrage neighbors." (High Country News)

• On September 25-28, 2002 the University of Denver, University of Colorado and Simon Fraser University are sponsoring a conference titled: Mountain Resort Planning and Development in an Era of Globalization. To be held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the conference is being co-ordinated in part by Alison Gill of SFU’s Department of Geography. Part of the conference will examine the contemporary practices and future challenges in designing and planning for mountain resort communities. (For more information see their Web site www.cudenver.edu//GGES/mtntour/index.htm)

• Taking a Family Vacation to Aspen? Better BYOB (Bring Your Own Babysitter). The going rate for child minding in Aspen is $18 US/hour" (That is $26 CDN/hr.) (Aspen Daily News)

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