Mountain News 

Old Broads 15 years older, but they’re still plenty wild

Compiled by Allen Best

DURANGO, Colo. — The 40 th anniversary of the Wilderness Act was observed by a great many of the mountain town newspapers. A local hook in Durango is the group called Great Old Broads for Wilderness, which was founded 15 years ago in Durango.

One intent was to counter allegations that the elderly need roads to access wilderness. The women involved are apparently old enough that they don’t mind being called that, although in reporting the anniversary, the Durango Telegraph didn’t say just what age constitutes the threshold of "old."

Broads now boasts more than 2,500 members across the United States, and they participate in hikes that are called Broadwalks.

"When you get the grey-haired old ladies in tennis shoes out there, it gets people's attention," said Rose Chilcoat, Broads programs director. "It's the voice of the elder. When an older person speaks, people still take time to respectfully listen."


For the record

The Aspen Times made an assumption that resulted in an erroneous fact reported in one of the stories in last week's Mountain News. The story said that nearly a fifth of the payroll of Roaring Fork Transit will have to be laid off if a tax increase is not approved. In fact, 18 per cent of the bus hours will be reduced, but the payroll reduction would not be nearly as severe as originally reported.



Feds support Steamboat flights

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — The federal government has given a $500,000 grant for the underwriting of flights into Yampa Valley Regional Airport, which serves Steamboat Springs and several other communities. The communities must come up with $185,000 of their own, reports The Steamboat Pilot.

The money will be used to increase commuter flights from Denver. Community boosters hope that the added service will produce more competition that, in turn, lowers fares.

That was the case this summer, when the community pulled together to underwrite new daily flights from Houston. Those Houston flights were 75 per cent full during July, and they probably caused a competing airline to add another daily shuttle from Denver. Those flights ran 75 per cent full.

No time to share retail area

ASPEN, Colo. — Aspen has closed the door to new offices on the ground-floor levels in its downtown area. The call for the ban arose two years ago after two retail stores, Eddie Bauer and Aspen Drug, became timeshare sales offices.

Vail first banned such offices in 1973, although some real estate offices grandfathered in still remain in its main business district, Vail Village. Other ski towns, from Park City to Crested Butte, have also talked recently about limiting the presence of real estate in retail districts, although none of these discussions have yielded specific proposals.


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