Friday, February 12, 2010

Mountain Town News


By ALLEN BEST - MTN TOWN NEWS SERVICE

Gay hate group vows to disrupt event in Telluride

TELLURIDE, Colo. -- Members of the Westborn Baptist Church, an independent Baptist church known for hatred of bisexuals and homosexuals, plan a protest at Telluride during the Telluride Gay Ski week from Feb. 20-27.

The Telluride Watch reports it has received a copy of an announcement from the church, which is based in Kansas, of plans to "picket Judy Shepard during the fag ski trip crap."

Judy Shepard is the mother of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay 21-year-old who was murdered in 1998 outside of Laramie, Wyo. She now heads the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which supports diversity and tolerance in youth organizations. Church members picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepard and also the trial of his murderers. They carried signs that said such things as "Matt Shepard rots in Hell" and "God Hates Fags."

Drought impairs Colorado snowpack

AVON, Colo. -- If still nothing like 30 years ago, it's been cold enough in northern Colorado, the epicenter of the North American ski industry. Snow is another matter. Snow surveys conducted by federal officials in early February have revealed snowfall totals that rank it as among the more meager in the last 20 to 30 years.

"Right now, due to a good October, it's about 76 percent of average," said Rick Bly, a National Weather Service observer in Breckenridge. "But December through January were only 56 percent of average."

More generally, runoff forecasts were 65 to 75 percent in the Colorado River headwaters, a region that extends from Winter Park to Crested Butte.

In Vail, snowfall amounts have been paralleling those of the 2001-02 winter. That low snowfall, coupled with a hot and very early spring, resulted in the lowest streamflows in several centuries.

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Real estate off 70% from record year in Vail area

EAGLE, Colo. -- Real estate sales volume in Vail and the rest of Eagle County dropped below $1 billion last year for the first time since 1996. Sales volume for the year was $900 million, 42 percent from 2008.

But real estate sales had started tumbling in 2008. The peak year for sales was 2007, when they hit $2.96 billion. As measured against that benchmark, sales last year were down nearly 70 percent.




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