Mountain News: 

Telluride bumping up schedule of direct flights

Compiled by Allen Best

TELLURIDE, Colo. — Telluride is expanding its network of direct flights next winter by about 10 per cent, including new daily flights of 50-passenger jets from Los Angeles.

That gives Telluride direct connections to six major cities outside Colorado as well as shuttles from Denver. All flights go to Montrose, about 55 miles from Durango.

A new 2 per cent tax on lodging and restaurants in Telluride and Mountain Village covers approximately half of the annual cost of the program of direct flights. The balance of the risk posed by guaranteeing revenues to airlines is posted by Montrose, the Telluride Ski and Golf Co., and individual businesses.

Canmore upgrades for World Cup

CANMORE, Alberta — Canmore got a major boost toward its goal of once again hosting international Nordic events with a pledge from the provincial government of $16.5 million in funding.

The Nordic Centre there was built in the mid-1980s to host events at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. It has not, however, had a World Cup ski or cycling event since the mid-1990s. Now, boosters express confidence they can host the World Cup in 2007 and 2009, perhaps even next year.

The money will be used to widen trails, erect lights and upgrade scoreboards, among other things. Snowmaking will allow the season, currently at 120 days a winter, to expand to 165 days a winter, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

Wyoming chases Chinese tourists

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — Several people from Jackson Hole are among a delegation from Wyoming visiting the Shanxi province of China to talk about clean energy and tourism.

Wyoming and Shanxi have much in common, as both are regions where a great deal of coal is mined. That’s a problem no matter where you are on the planet, because coal, when it is burned, is a major contributor to carbon dioxide, one of the key greenhouse gases that is causing global warming. But Shanxi is responsible for a fifth of the world’s total emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas with 27 times the potency of carbon dioxide.

In addition, says the Jackson Hole News & Guide, the delegation will look at opportunities to help China develop tourism. The visit is the outcome of a conference hosted last winter by Jackson Hole’s new Center for Global Affairs.

Cheap stuff in Aspen

ASPEN, Colo. — Not much in Aspen is cheap, but electricity and water are. Aspen’s electrical rates are eighth lowest among the 51 utilities in Colorado. Water is nearly as cheap.

The city government provides both, and its electric rates have gone unchanged for 12 years, and its water rates 17 years, reports The Aspen Times. City officials think it’s time to adjust the rates. They’re looking at a two-tiered rate structure for electricity that encourages big users, such as hotels, to adjust their demands to avoid times of peak demand, when the city has to pay for more expensive power produced at coal-fired power plants.


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