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Recently, neighbors of the house that Hemingway owned prevailed in their wish to make it inaccessible to the public. That, declares the newspaper, was a mistake for Ketchum.

Banff launches new writing program

BANFF, Alberta — The Banff Centre has launched a new program, one designed to advance science communications. Beginning next year, Banff will host writers and broadcasters in science communications and others involved in scientific outreach. Scientists will also be drawn to the program.

Banff already hosts a program designed to encourage research into mathematical innovation and discovery, as well as one of Canada’s top programs for creative and non-fiction writers.

Mountain towns answer Katrina

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Even the most remote mountain hideaways seem to have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.

In Idaho, yoga instructors in the Hailey-Ketchum area near the Sun Valley ski area donated their fees to relief efforts. At Tamarack, the new ski resort near Donnelley, a family scrambled to begin life anew in their summer cabin after learning that water had risen to 12 feet at their house in New Orleans.

In Colorado, firefighters from Aspen, emergency service workers from Silverton, and the sheriff and deputies from Telluride were off at a moment’s notice to muck in the fetid waters of New Orleans. "What goes around comes around," San Miguel County sheriff Bill Masters told The Telluride Watch. "If we ever need help, they’ll come and help us."

Some schools took in students. Other people were planning to take in pets. A private jet provided by an anonymous woman from California flew 100 dogs to new homes in the Durango-Pagosa Springs. Similar pet-saving efforts were underway in the Park City, Vail, and Banff-Canmore areas.

Even the most dissimilar places have strong connections – perhaps because of their dissimilarities, noted Sky-Hi News publisher Patrick Brower. He points out that the Granby-Winter Park area is located nearly entirely above 8,000 feet and historically has had some of the most bone-chilling cold in the continental United States. Too, despite all the snow, it has very little native water left, as most of it is diverted to metropolitan Denver. One story in the Winter Park Manifest, about a transplant from New Orleans, was titled "From the Big Easy to the Big Chill."

Even before the hurricane, plans had been laid for a fund-raiser in the Winter Park area featuring popular Louisiana performer Tab Benoit, to draw awareness to the environmental problems of Louisiana that were partly responsible for the great destruction.

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