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Wolves have ventured into Utah from the Yellowstone region, and one was living last year in the Uintah Range, about an hour east of Park City.

 

Park City negotiating over land development

PARK CITY, Utah - City officials are negotiating with a family that owns a large amount of prime, developable land in Park City called Treasure.

City officials have offered to pay $48 million for development rights, but are also talking about paying the family that owns the property $15 million, which would reduce the scope of the project and shift some of the development to a spot uphill of the base lifts for Park City Mountain Resort. Either way, taxpayers would be asked to approve debt, notes The Park Record.

 

New airport planning for Sun Valley on hold

HAILEY, Idaho - Efforts of tourism promoters in the Ketchum-Sun Valley area suffered another blow this past week when the Federal Aviation Administration announced it was suspending work indefinitely on the environmental review for a new airport.

Concerns about impact to sage grouse, as well as rising costs, were cited. Since 2006, the costs of the new airport have increased from $107 million to $314 million. As well, the FAA says that compensating for loss of habitat for sage grouse would be problematic. The grouse became a candidate species for federal protection last year, due in part to fragmentation of habitat.

The Ketchum-Sun Valley market is currently served by an airport at Hailey, located about 10 miles from the resort, but it has many limitations. Last winter, about 30 percent of all resort guests arrived via the Hailey airport, called Friedman Airport, with another 30 percent arriving via airports in Twin Falls, about 90 minutes away, or at Boise, about three hours away.

What happens next is unclear, but the Idaho Mountain Express focused on new approaches to a more limited expansion of the existing airport at Hailey. An existing agreement governing airport operation at Hailey is premised on the idea that it will not be expanded.

Plans to develop a new airport stemmed largely from determinations by the FAA that Friedman, the existing airport, does not meet safety standards for handling certain types of large aircraft. A waiver was granted for certain conditions.

But Rick Baird, manager of the airport, noted that Sun Valley may lose service, because regional carriers aren't purchasing the sort of aircraft that are needed to provide service to Friedman Airport.

 

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