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Doug Larson of the Denver-based event management company Team Sage promised to deliver wines from 40 to 50 vineyards and to attract master sommeliers and other wine experts to present wine seminars to people attending the Steamboat festival.

Even with a modest beginning, Larson predicts the potential to draw 200 people from Colorado’s Front Range and hence drive the demand for 500 to 1,000 room nights in hotels.

Revelstoke asks for caribou aid

REVELSTOKE, B.C. — The Revelstoke municipal council is asking the provincial government to devote more resources to the restoration of mountain caribou, reports the Revelstoke Times Review.

Caribou populations are among the wildlife issues being discussed as developers and the provincial government outline strategies to develop tourism around Invermere, Revelstoke, and other parts of British Columbia.

Avalanche offers evidence of ESP

LEADVILLE, Colo. — For those still not persuaded, a tragic case from one of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks offers yet more evidence on behalf of extra-sensory perception.

Three climbers had summited La Plata Peak, Colorado’s fourth highest mountain, and were on their way down when caught by an avalanche. One man was buried under what searchers later found was seven feet of snow. The other two men survived and made their way back to the trailhead.

The Leadville Chronicle reports that a woman, who was apparently the girlfriend of the 22-year-old fatality, called the emergency dispatch in that area after the avalanche but before authorities knew about it. She said she had a premonition that something was not right.

Town has a surplus of candidates

RED CLIFF, Colo. — Ten to 20 years ago, there were often fewer candidates than there were vacancies on the Red Cliff Town Board. This year, it’s different in the old mining town that is located, as one T-shirt proclaims, "on Vail’s Back Side."

This year, not only are there enough candidates, but competition as well. In fact, several candidates have assembled brochures, placards, and other campaign devices.

Some think this is evidence of the greater politicization of the United States this year. However, others see it as the natural result of demographic changes peculiar to Red Cliff. Although largely Hispanic 20 to 30 years ago, the town now has many new Generation X Anglos who are more highly educated and obviously affluent. Homes that a decade ago were selling for $50,000 are now fetching $250,000 and up. As well, after years of a moratorium on growth because of water supply problems, new homes are sprouting up.

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