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New Yorker ’toons at the Beav

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — It seems like every ski town now has a film festival of some sort. But how many have cartooning festivals?

That’s the plan at Beaver Creek, which will host eight of the best-known cartoonists from The New Yorker magazine Jan. 6-8. It’s being called the "Humor on the Slopes" Cartooning Festival.

For Beaver Creek, it’s a good demographic fit, as nearly 10 per cent of all visitors come from New York City. Too, readers of The New Yorker tend to be highly educated and affluent. Ditto for visitors to Beaver Creek.

If the cartooning festival succeeds this year, it will be repeated.

Janet Leigh honoured

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — For understandable reasons, Sun Valley did not rename one of its beginner runs "Psycho." That’s the film for which Janet Leigh was best known. She played the role of Marion Crane, the victim of a stabbing in a shower stall.

Instead, the resort is calling the run "Leigh Lane." Her daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, who is also an actress and also a part-time resident of the Ketchum/Sun Valley area, helped dedicate the renamed run. Her mother, Curtis told the Idaho Mountain Express, deeply loved Sun Valley for 40 years. She died in October 2004.

Bow baseline sought

BANFF, Alberta — Activists are pushing for a more in-depth investigation on the health of the Upper Bow River.

The river’s tributaries are dammed, while both the transcontinental highway and railroads have created impacts, as have the various towns along its banks, including Banff and Canmore.

"We need an analysis of how cumulative impacts play a role in its health and how that health is affecting the ecosystem as a whole," Dan Bell, a flyfisherman, told the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

Vibrancy of the valley’s human settlements is dependent on health of the river ecosystem, Bell said. "We cannot afford to be so arrogant, or naïve, as to assume or hope to have a healthy, vibrant Bow River Valley until we have a healthy Bow River."

Among other problems, native fish have been extirpated in some sections.

In related news, Parks Canada, which operates Banff National Park is pressuring the railroad operator, Canadian Pacific, to remove all creosote-treated power poles discarded near water bodies. The railway discarded the 50-year-old poles because more advanced communications make them unnecessary.

Whitewater finally flows

GUNNISON, Colo. — Gunnison finally has water rights for its three-year-old whitewater park. The process cost the local Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District more than $500,000. Officials told the Crested Butte News that the settlement gives the local district the same decree they went to court to achieve, with a little less flows than they had requested.

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