Magazine
Window Shopping: Part-Time Paradise

October 25, 2004

Aspen, Colo., and other mountain resort towns burst with wealthy baby boomers' second, third and even fourth homes. But for much of the year those houses sit empty, and the towns are turning hollow Also in this issue: The Bush administration halts three gas wells on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, and tosses a few more election-year bones to environmentalists and hunters.

Feature

Part-Time Paradise
Aspen, Colo., and other mountain resort towns burst with wealthy baby boomers' second, third and even fourth homes. But for much of the year those houses sit empty, and the towns are turning hollow

Sidebar

Second homes, by the numbers
An informal index gives some of the numbers behind the baby-boomer-driven second-home explosion in Colorado’s mountain counties
Former Enron CEO took his money and ran
Former CEO Ken Lay had to sell some of his Aspen properties when Enron fell apart, but he made a fair amount of money in the process
Can Vail find room for its workers?
Vail, Colo., is facing a crisis about where to house the workers who keep the town running
As the town hollows out, one Aspen neighborhood thrives
The Smuggler Mobile Home Park in Aspen, Colo., is a vibrant neighborhood that has survived Superfund status and soaring real estate

Editor's Note

Don’t expect Washington to lead the West
The West needs to take charge of its own destiny, and become more than just a political game piece in the presidential election

Essays

In presidential politics, the West is a forgotten time zone
Even in an election year, the Rocky Mountain West remains flyover country, mostly ignored by politicians and TV networks alike
Environmental issues disappear into election-season smog
Environmental issues were almost invisible in the presidential debates, but an awful lot has happened in the last four years – and most of it has not been good for the West.

Book Reviews

How to deal with oil and gas development
The Oil and Gas Accountability Project has created Oil and Gas at Your Door, a guidebook and Web site for Western landowners confronted by energy development
Despair not one more day
Paul Rogat Loeb’s inspirational anthology The Impossible Will Take a Little While, lives up to its subtitle; it’s truly "a citizen’s guide to hope in a time of fear"

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Mach schnell, little doggies; California’s troubles; bears vs. hunters; elk vs. tourist; Chevy vs. field mice; how not to die in the desert

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Terry Tempest Williams on the First Amendment; HCN Portland board meeting; remembering Judy Jacobsen

News

Election-year environmentalism
The Bush administration halts three gas wells on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, and tosses a few more election-year bones to environmentalists and hunters
Follow-up
Fish and shellfish must be labeled – with a few exceptions; 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to be divided into three; Xcel Energy commits its customers to coal
Racetrack
California’s Proposition 64 could limit environmentalists’ power to sue; Washington’s Initiative Measure 892 would expand gambling; new voters registering, including Nevada felons
Dems stumble in Arizona race
Arizona’s District 1 is considered a congressional "fair fight" district, but Republican incumbent Rick Renzi is leading Democrat Paul Babbitt, despite the region’s demographics
'Green elephants' abandon Bush
The grassroots group Republicans for Environmental Protection withholds its endorsement from President Bush, citing his "deliberately anti-environmental, anti-conservation" record
Californians take a stand on GE crops
Activists in Butte County, Calif., have put a genetic-engineering ban on the ballot, but some farmers fear it could also ban a tried-and-true "mutagenic" variety of rice
BLM's crown jewels go begging
The Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System is underfunded, even though more visitors are flocking to BLM- managed lands
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