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Durango goes ‘real’ too

DURANGO, Colo. — Durango tourism promoters have a new slogan: "Get Real." A marketing agency came up with the slogan, explained Kim Newcomer, a tourism official, after research showed that the "reason people enjoy visiting Durango is very similar to why we all have chosen to live here. Durango is a real town."

Tourism Whistler and Whistler-Blackcomb launched their "Whistler. Always Real." campaign earlier this year.

Town wants credit for part-timers

CANMORE, Alberta — Since the mid-1990s, like many resort towns across the West, Canmore has many more windows that remain unlit frequently throughout the year. This year’s census revealed that while the permanent residency remained flat, the number of part-time residents increased more than 37 per cent.

That might be well and fine, except that the provincial government in Alberta distributes tax revenue grants on the basis of residents. Canmore thinks that this formula leaves it with the short end of the stick, namely an enormous infrastructure burden. To that end, Canmore has filed a request with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association to take into consideration this fact when per-capita grants are distributed. The organization’s president told the Rocky Mountain Outlook that it’s possible Canmore’s wish may be accommodated, although every other municipality believe it is unusual in some dimension or another.

Hurricane-ravaged city ‘adopted’

ASPEN, COLO. — In September, the fire chief in Carbondale, a town about 30 miles down-valley from Aspen, reported that hurricane-ravaged Pearlington, Miss., had been given little attention.

Carbondale consequently "adopted" Pearlington, and in short order so had Aspen, Snowmass and other jurisdictions in the Roaring Fork Valley. Items were collected and trucked directly to Pearlington, bypassing other relief organizations.

Curious about the adoptee, The Aspen Times sent a team to Pearlington for a first-hand report. All the images that writer Scott Condon and photographer Paul Conrad had seen in the wake of Hurricane Katrina did not prepare them for what they encountered. Usually, a month after a natural disaster, visitors to such a town would expect to see it being tidied up, Condon said. Instead, they found a wasteland. "Pearlington was essentially a landfill laced with bulldozer paths through the refuse and debris."

He described unseemly sights – golden arches on the ground providing the only evidence that a restaurant had once existed there, a yacht in a tree, everything of a Comfort Inn gone except the façade.

In most cases, the residents were waiting – for insurance adjusters, for federal emergency workers or, in some cases, for someone to tell them how to proceed with their lives.

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