Mountain News: Aspen museum examines the ’70s 

ASPEN, Colo. - You just know that this exhibit has some jungle-like shag carpet as well as macramé plant holders - and a bong. The Wheeler/Stallard House Museum in Aspen now has an exhibit devoted to Aspen in the mid-1970s.

"Think crimes of fashion, public nudity, and a freewheeling party town where anything went and everyone played on a softball team," instructs the Aspen Times .

One part of the exhibit documents what the Times described as the "not-exactly-accredited Aspen State Teachers College," which offered classes in Advanced Hustling 401, Sub-Letting 104, and Drinking 205.

"It was irreverent. That was a big part of what we wanted to talk about. There was such a sense of fun," said curator Lisa Hancock.


Economy shows signs of growth

JACKSON, Wyo. - Taking stock of local economic indicators, analyst Jonathan Schechter concludes that the economy in Jackson Hole during the last three months has more or less found its bottom, providing a platform for future growth.

The one glaring exception to that generality is construction. As well, sales tax revenues have declined to levels from about 2005 and continue to decline.

But real estate sales have been starting to move, both in Jackson Hole and the adjacent Teton Valley of Idaho. Classified ads suggest a slight hiring trend. Rental housing is being absorbed.


Spooked bear smacks worker

VAIL, Colo. - Justin Young now has quite a story to tell. The 25-year-old was working on a construction job at a house in Vail when he went behind the house and saw a bear that he estimates weighed 400 pounds. Caught by surprise, the bear reacted defensively, hitting Young on the side of the head and on the side of the body. Young fell down and was smacked again before he lost consciousness.

Young told the Vail Daily that co-workers might have suspected a tall-tale to conceal a stumble down stairs had it not been for all the bear hair on him. He was left with an exceedingly black eye, some scratches on his arm that kind of look like the bear claws you see on aspen trees, and assorted other bruises and scratches.

As for the bear, his days may be numbered. As per Colorado policy when a bear physically attacks a person, state wildlife officials set out with hounds to corner and kill the bear.

Randy Hampton, a spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, said bears attack or charge people several times per year. There were three such cases of physical injury to people in the Aspen area last year.

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