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Sun Valley wants flights from Denver

SUN VALLEY, Colo. — If the secret to real estate is location, location, location, then most certainly the key to skier numbers is access, access, access. With that in mind, the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau is spearheading an effort to raise funds to guarantee minimum revenues for flights from Denver to the Sun Valley area.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the chamber hopes to raise $50,000, giving it $100,000 to dangle in front of an airline. Sun Valley/Ketchum currently have direct flights from Seattle, Los Angeles and other West Coast cities.

Bones working on Revelstoke

REVELSTOKE, B.C. — The Revelstoke Times Review reports that efforts to build a major new ski resort at Mount MacKenzie shows evidence of traction. The newspaper says only minor glitches hindering an agreement between the developers, Robert Powaduk and Hunter Milbourn, and the city of Revelstoke. The city is selling them 69 acres, thereby enabling the base-area development.

The Times Review also reports that Paul "Bones" Skelton, the manager of ski operations for Intrawest at Whistler, has a three-year contract to work on the runs and other components of the ski operation. Michael Hurdzman has been retained to design the golf course.

Independent grocer closing

CANMORE, Alberta — The last independent grocery store in Canmore is closing its doors. Marra’s Grocery store has been open for four generations, employing four generations of family members.

It’s not purely a matter of money, although that plays into the picture. More grocery dollars are going down-valley to Calgary. In Canmore, chain retailers have opened or expanded. The grocers also report that, as Canmore has grown in population, getting help they can afford has become more difficult, as has parking.

"It’s not because we can’t make a living doing what we’re doing. We’re just tired of doing what we’re doing," explained Phil Marra. "There has to be more to life than working 60 to 70 hours a week," added his father, Ron. "If you don’t get a monetary return for it, why bother?"

They had thought about creating a specialized food market, but concluded that Canmore, with its population of 11,000, just isn’t big enough.

Vail sales revenues up

VAIL, Colo. — Vail’s overall sales tax receipts are up 6 per cent this year after about 13 years of flat and even declining sales. Even better, these gains are amidst the beginning of $1 billion in construction. That construction will ultimately result in 574 lodging units within four years.

On the other hand, notes the Vail Daily, retail sales – coffee mugs, T-shirts, and fur coats, for example – are no better than flat, causing town officials to scratch their heads as to why.

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