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Wood only Stone to roll into Banff

BANFF, Alberta — The Rolling Stones played Calgary, and rumor had it that they were going to play in Banff.

Mick, Keith and Charlie didn’t show, but Ron Wood, at age 58 the youngest member of the band, did. The Rocky Mountain Outlook reports that he stayed at nearby Lake Louise and came into town several times to party.

Dressed in red leather pants and a bright blue T-shirt, he was surrounded by star-struck young women and a tight web of security. Smoking cigarette after cigarette in the no-smoking bar, he had a few drinks and danced in the corner, giving the performing band a standing ovation.

One of the star-struck fans, Hana Sacharuk, who partied with Wood until his departure around 1:15 a.m., was blown away by her once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend time with the legendary guitarist. "He’s the most amazing man I’ve ever met," she gushed. "He’s generous, hot, sweet, loving. He only cares about people," she added.

Ketchum picks site for new airport

WOOD RIVER VALLEY, Idaho — After well more than a year of debate, a selection committee has picked a new site for an airport serving the Ketchum/Sun Valley area. The current airport is at Hailey, about 15 miles from the resort, but it cannot expand unless homes are removed, and federal aviation officials have made it clear that its use will be limited unless it expands.

The new site is located farther south, outside of the foothills and on the high, rolling prairie, about 31 miles from the Ketchum/Sun Valley complex. Problems lie ahead, however. The Shoshone-Bannock tribe is expected to object, as are environmentalists. As well, the proposed airport would be on Bureau of Land Management property, with no assurances the agency will allow it. However, the site was chosen partly because of that very fact; other sites were on private land. Not least, an airport there is expected to cause major earth moving, which is very expensive.

On the plus side, it is in Blaine County, where the resort communities are located, and not in adjoining Camas County, the site of another potential site. Opposition to that alternative site was swelling, notes the Idaho Mountain Express.

Scooter knows how to turn ’em

VAIL, Colo. — It turns out that the whole Judith Miller-Valerie Plame-Scooter Libby story has a ski town connection. Libby, the recently indicted former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, spent a portion of one summer in the early 1980s in Breckenridge, where he began his novel, The Apprentice, a thriller published in 2002.

But Libby is also a skier, and a good one, says his friend Jackson Hogen, a college roommate at Yale and former ski columnist. "He’s not Bode Miller, but he’s not the guy in blue jeans saying ‘I heard y’all rent skis here,’" Hogen told the Vail Daily. "He’s an expert skier, not at all risk-averse."

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