Mountain News: Bilingualism an issue in U.S. resorts 

PARK CITY, Utah — There seems to be an inverse relationship between the wealth of resort valleys of the West and immigration of Spanish-speaking workers, most of them from Mexico

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"We are seeing development pressure that 20 years ago I never would have imagined," he said. "We decided there was no better time than now to get out in front of this increasing trend toward development in Colorado’s backcountry."

Robotham’s group is in the midst of a major effort to prevent development on old mining claims in the area from Crested Butte to the small town of Marble. The land straddles the Elk Range, hence the name for the project, called the High Elk Corridor. To date, the groups have purchased 1,000 acres, with another 700 to 800 acres under option.

The Trust for Public Lands is now turning its attention to Colorado’s Mosquito Range, in the general area of Breckenridge, Fairplay, and Leadville. The range includes a cluster of four of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks that, unbeknownst to most of the peak-bagging hikers, are blanketed with private plots.

Elk attracted cougars

BANFF, Alberta — In January of 2001 Banff seemed to be a town under attack by cougars. A cross-country skier was killed in the area, and the same day a Banff woman was stalked by another cougar. That same winter dogs were attacked.

But since then, cougar sightings have been minimal. What happened?

A new study, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook, suggests that the cougars, which are also known as mountain lions and pumas, were drawn to the elk that winter in the Banff area. At the same time, they were trying to avoid wolves that were recolonizing the more backcountry areas. Five cougars are sometimes found in the Bow Valley between Canmore and Lake Louise.

Big gains in real estate

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Real estate in all the resort areas has been soaring, but new appraisals for next year’s property taxes are based on the period from 2002 into 2004. So, among the ski towns in Colorado, who gained the most during that time of the post-9-11 economic shock?

Writing in the Vail Daily, the Eagle County assessor gave the results in this order: Summit (Breckenridge) and San Miguel (Telluride) both 24 per cent; La Plata County (Durango) 20 per cent; Eagle County (Vail) 17 per cent; and Pitkin County 8 per cent. She reported that Routt County (Steamboat) gained 19 per cent, but The Steamboat Pilot reported only 15 per cent.

Steamboat gets tough

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Steamboat Springs is likely to impose a more restrictive smoking ban than was being considered by the Colorado Legislature. A city ordinance tentatively approved bans smoking in a gamut of places, from offices to restaurants to sporting events. It would also ban smoking from within 25 feet from the doors and windows of those places.

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