Mountain News: Thin majority supports Olympics at Tahoe 

LAKE TAHOE, Nev./Calif. – The push continues in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area for a bid to host the Winter Olympics. A poll commissioned by proponents found that 51 per cent of those surveyed support the idea of Reno and Lake Tahoe hosting a future Olympics, while 31 per cent do not. The remaining 18 per cent are unsure, reports the Associated Press. Squaw Valley, which is in that same general area, hosted the Olympics in 1960, unleashing a great deal of development. Much of the existing infrastructure dates from the 1950s and 1960s. Hosting the Olympics, say some supporters, would trigger infrastructure improvements.

 

Vail still shopping for a partner

VAIL, Colo. – Vail’s town council is still looking for a partner to redevelop Timber Ridge, the 198-apartment complex located on the north side of Interstate 70, across from Cascade Village. Timber Ridge is the town’s largest affordable housing complex, and it would have gone into the private sector, presumably to be developed for the high-end market, had town officials not stepped in to buy in 2003. The town still owes $22 million on the property, and maintenance costs are substantial.

But the town has now talked with three potential partners in the redevelopment, and found all proposals lacking. First was Corum Real Estate Group, then Vail Resorts and, most recently, a development company from Dallas that is working on plans to redevelop the Lionshead parking structure, located across I-70. The rental units are currently leased for use by employees of Vail Resorts. The town would like to see the land redeveloped, probably with a mixture of market rate and most assuredly affordable housing.

 

Woman killed by falling tree

BANFF, Alberta – A 30-year-old nanny was killed by a falling tree at a golf course in Banff. The woman was walking with the two boys in her charge and their father when they paused to observe elk. At that point, wind toppled the dead tree, hitting her on the head and hitting one of the young boys in the foot. The boy suffered only a minor injury, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

The death was described as a freak occurrence, but it was not unique. In summer of 2003, two young sisters from Canmore were killed when a gust of wind toppled an 18-metre spruce tree in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park. And then, last autumn, a man was killed in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park while hiking.

 

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