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As it has for much of the work at the airport during the last quarter-century, the Federal Aviation Administration will pick up 95 percent of the $22 million cost. Compared with the airport at Aspen, where the largest jet holds no more than 74 passengers, many jets at Eagle County Regional have room for up to 194 passengers

High-tech goodies in hospital at Park City

PARK CITY, Utah - While politicians in Washington D.C. debate how to contain spiraling health-care costs, an $88 million hospital prepares to open near Park City. The Park Record says that a crane was required recently to install a $1.6 million magnetic-resonance imaging machine. "It is rare for a hospital this size to have an MRI like this," said Jeff Kirk, the medical center's imaging coordinator. "We will have some really great equipment." The hospital, located approximately 30 miles from Salt Lake City, also has massive heat lamps, still wrapped in plastic, waiting for their first hypothermia patient. The hospital also has a state-of-the-art decontamination room.

Steamboat debates merits of ban on real estate signs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - Real estate agent Michelle Avery says all real-estate signs should be prohibited by the city's sign code. "Other resort towns have adopted this ordinance, and I feel strongly that Steamboat should do the same," she writes in The Steamboat Pilot & Today. "Simple stated, the signs are an eyesore."

A slew of website bloggers beg to different. One blogger, Ralph Cantafio, contends that outright elimination for aesthetic reasons is simply inappropriate. "Government should be very careful to use only reasonable restrictions," he writes. Part of his reasoning is that eliminating signs eliminates communication, free communication being a hallmark of a democratic society.

Aspen & T'ride tumble, but not so Jackson Hole

ASPEN, Colo. - Nothing in the numbers being reported in the Aspen area suggest that the economy there has started a comeback. Very much the opposite.

Sales tax collections through the first four months of the year in Aspen were down 20 percent. At nearby Snowmass Village, the drop was more precipitous yet, 30 percent, while real estate transfer tax collections were down 80 percent.

Citing Land Title Guarantee reporting, The Aspen Times says that dollar volume for real estate sales across Pitkin County was off 30 per cent compared to 2008 - which ended up being the lowest-volume year since 2004. Down-valley in Garfield County, where the resort economy intersects with the now faltering boom in natural gas drilling, the real estate sales volume was down 80 per cent.

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