Mountain News: Vail and Snowmass expanding 

click to enlarge NIFTY FIFTY Construction of a new gondola at Vail coincides with the 50th anniversary of the mountain this season.  Photo Courtesy of
  • NIFTY FIFTY Construction of a new gondola at Vail coincides with the 50th anniversary of the mountain this season. Photo Courtesy of

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During the last 30 years, Colorado and other upper-basin states have delivered an average of 10.8 million acre-feet. But that average has been exceeded only three times out of the last 12, reports John McClow of Gunnison, writing in the Grand Junction Free Press. 2012 was particularly bad: just a little over 2 million acre-feet of water flowed into Lake Powell from April through July, the prime runoff months, reports Jim Pokrandt of the Colorado River Water Conservation District.

Real estate markets gain more stability

PARK CITY, Utah — Real estate sales continue to improve in Park City and Vail. The market has improved dramatically in the last three years.

In Park City, property sales were up four per cent during summer and median property prices rose 11 per cent from the year before.

"It's a slow but steady improvement," said Mark Seltenrich, the statistician from the Park City Board of Realtors. "The biggest trend is that the really cheap properties, the low-priced condos or low-priced lots, are not there anymore."

Curt Singleton, executive director, told The Park Record the rebounding market is reflected in the expanding roster of sales agents affiliated with his organization. "More people are getting back into real estate."

From Vail comes much the same story, with the bottom-end foreclosures being cleared out in the down-valley markets at Eagle and Gypsum. Several agents told Mountain Town News that they have had multiple offers on properties, the first time in some years for that to happen.

Utah group says go for 2026 Olympics

PARK CITY, Utah — Salt Lake City should bid to host the 2026 Olympics, an advisory group has recommended to Utah Gov. Gary Hebert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.

Park City hosted half of the athletic events when Salt Lake City hosted the Olympics in 2002. The report says that Canyons, one of the ski areas at Park City, should host events if Utah gets the event again.

The group estimates cost of bidding for the Olympics at $25 to $30 million.

Since Park City hosted the Olympics, the number of rooms has increased 28 per cent.

Some things in life you just can't do

TAOS, N.M. — The rule on naming things seems to be that others can name things after you, but to name things after yourself is self-aggrandizing or worse.

That is the lesson from New Mexico, where the five commissioners for Taos County voted to name three public buildings at the county's $46 million judicial, administrative and detention complex after themselves.

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