Bozeman-Yellowstone Intl’l Airport – Source: fullterrain.com
Below is a list of the busiest resort town airports of the Intermountain West. Larger cities with more diversified economies are not included in this list. Resort towns for this region include cities at or near major national parks, recreation areas, wilderness areas, ski resorts, lakes, mountain retreats, art communities, casinos, white-water rafting courses, hiking/camping, and similar places/activities.
Minimum 60,000 enplanements (boardings) in 2015 – the city name, state, airport code, and 2015 enplanements are provided. Please note that enplanements typically are approximately 1/2 of the total number of passengers who pass through an airport. Here’s also a weblink to a map of the airport locations.
- Bozeman, MT (BZN) = 512,029
- Grand Canyon, AZ (GCN) = 419,538
- Medford, OR (MFR) = 370,181
- Missoula, MT (MSO) = 350,162
- Jackson Hole, WY (JAC) = 313,148
- Redmond/Bend, OR (RDM) = 280,821
- Rapid City, SD (RAP) = 264,170
- Kalispell, MT (GPI) = 237,497
- Aspen, CO (ASE) = 233,497
- Grand Junction, CO (GJT) = 214,401
- Peach Springs, AZ (1G4) = 189,921
- Durango, CO (DRO) = 186,790
- Eagle/Vail, CO (EGE) = 156,927
- Idaho Falls, ID (IDA) = 147,923
- Page, AZ (PGA) = 144,203
- Bullhead City, AZ (IFP) = 108,883
- Montrose, CO (MTJ) = 102,748
- Helena, MT (HCN) = 99,454
- Steamboat/Hayden, CO (HDN) = 93,896
- Santa Fe, NM (SAF) = 75,446
- St. George, UT (SGU) = 69,676
- Hailey/Sun Valley, ID (SUN) = 67,953
- Flagstaff, AZ (FLG) = 67,403
- Lewiston, ID (LWS) = 66,579
- Wenatchee, WA (EAT) = 62,319
Bozeman – Source: fullterrain.com
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The National Park Service is easily my favorite federal agency and the one that deserves so much more funding than Congress has been willing to give in recent years. If I were able to be transported back to the threshold of my professional career, a role with the National Park Service would likely be my first choice.
Since I collect hiking medallions from each National Park I visit, the image above seemed quite appropriate. Happy 100th Birthday to the best America has to offer – the National Park Service. Peace!
p.s. Thank you President Obama for designating Katahdin Woods and Waters in the lovely State of Maine as the newest National Monument!
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A view from atop Cadillac Mountain
I have had the distinct privilege of visiting 72+ of our national parks, historic sites, battlefields, lakeshores, memorials, seashores, trails, and similar units of the National Park Service. Similarly, I have had the pleasure of visiting a variety national parks and historic sites in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. That being said, I do not think there is a single location I have visited in all these travels that matches the spectacular beauty and scenic variety of Acadia National Park in Maine.
Our seaside picnic partner at Thunder Hole
This year, 2016, is the 100th birthday of Acadia National Park and for the entire National Park System. Having visited Acadia for the first time last week, it was the perfect national park to see during this centennial celebration. One can find mountains, rocky shorelines, beaches, islands, trails, woodlands, historic sites, fields, lakes, ponds, and a plethora of other interesting landscapes in Acadia – so much so that it truly encompasses all of he best aspects that our National Park System has to offer.
Please consider visiting Acadia or any other unit of the National Park Service during their centennial year and also consider providing added financial support to these lovely and important gems.
Beauty of Bubble Pond
Lastly, there are occasional calls by some in political circles/Congress to privatize and/or eliminate the National Park System . I cannot think of a stupider idea. If you hear or see these, please speak up on behalf of our national treasures. Thank you!
The Rockefeller bridges and carriage trails
Bar Harbor and Frenchman Bay from atop Cadillac Mountain
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Found this very cool map of American and Canadian mega-regions on wikipedia.
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When you drive around the country one could almost begin to wonder if accumulated junk was today’s equivalent of striking gold. Similarly, one would think that missing siding or incomplete buildings were a fashion statement. As I see these eyesores, I keep wondering whatever happened to pride of place or ownership? Having just driven across large parts of Ontario and Quebec, our friends in Canada definitely do NOT have this problem anywhere near the scale as seen here in the United States.
So, since when does a pile of pallets in the yard constitute neighborliness? Exactly how many inoperable cars in your yard does it take to become a parking lot or junk yard? I have yet to see a home in Good Housekeeping or other similar home design magazines that tout exposed insulation as the newest hot architectural trend. Additionally, I have yet to see an episode of HGTV that promotes yard clutter and accumulated debris as a way of increasing curbside appeal.
Frankly, while there may be a few rational reasons out there, I think many property owners have simply become plain lazy, while others use private property rights as an excuse to be bad neighbors. When these poor decisions start impacting their neighbor’s property values or start blighting the overall community, that’s a problem that needs to be addressed.
Aside from imposing stricter zoning ordinances and other codes to address such issues, one has to wonder if there are more subtle actions that can be taken to reduce blight. A couple of ideas to chew on (additional suggestions are welcome):
- Require a performance guarantee with building permits. If the work is not completed in a timely manner, then the funds are used by the community to finish the project.
- Enforce codes already on the books in a diligent manner.
- When approving subdivisions or condos, require that the covenants/bylaws include design and architectural review provisions, as well as provision to assure the home/condo owners association remains intact and does not disband.
- Explore options with local nonprofits for providing home care and maintenance projects.
- Offer free junk amnesty programs once a year that allows accumulated junk to be brought to a central collection or disposal site – no questions asked.
- Work with area trash/garbage collectors to develop programs that encourage removing trash, junk, or debris from sites.
- Offer yard waste pick-up throughout much of the year to it does not accumulate in yards.
- Promote pride of place in newsletters, on websites, and at public meetings/forums.
- Consider working with a local newspaper to publish “eyesores” and “eye candy” photo as a method of shaming property owners into action and praising those who keep their property well maintained. Here is a weblink to Lansing City Pulse which has been doing this weekly for years.
In the third post of this series about creating a peaceful community, the following are suggested improvements to a zoning ordinance. In using the term “peaceful,” I am not referring to “quiet,” but instead to “harmonious.” Additions or suggestions are most welcome.
- Toss the strict Euclidean-styled zoning ordinances aside, as they can perpetuate past exclusionary tactics.
- Consider re-writing the ordinance to be more readable and user friendly so that most anyone can understand the document as well as staff. Too often we get hung up on “planner-speak” or “legalese” and lose sight of for whom the regulations are intended. Clearly articulating the code would also reduce confusion, ambiguity, differing interpretations, and the need for formal interpretations by the Zoning Board of Appeals.
- Add more charts, graphics, and drawings to help explain technical details in the code.
- Mixed use districts and form-based codes offer more opportunities for innovative and inclusive land uses and design.
- Be sure that your zoning district names accurately reflect the intent, purpose, and uses of the zoning district. Misleading and/or inaccurate titles can cause unnecessary confusion and discord.
- Seek feedback from the public at regular intervals regarding how the code can be improved through an ogoing series of community or neighborhood forums.
- Don’t assume that one size (or standard) fits all.
- Allow accessory dwelling units (granny flats, etc.) and tiny houses – these enhance the options for creating affordable housing and designed/situated properly can curb sprawl.
- Density is NOT a dirty word – it is a useful planning tool for assuring a healthy commercial and residential core and goes a long way towards reducing sprawl.
- Provide adequate areas and options for workforce housing options – this is critical to assuring all demographics are properly served.
- Economic, social, or demographic status must never influence a zoning decision.
- Good ideas never die – successful past development designs should be re-employed, such as bungalow courts, grid street patterns, garden apartments, converted carriage houses, live-work housing, and duplexes.
- Include bicycle racks and bus stop shelters as development requirements to assure a multi-modal transportation network serving all residents.
- One can never have enough parks, common areas, and open space – protect these for the long-term by zoning them accordingly so they cannot be bought and sold like commodities. Everyone deserves easy access to such areas.
- Whenever possible and practical, acquire and zone shorelines and stream corridors as public – these will become your interconnecting ribbons of green.
- Don’t price application fees so high that only the privileged have opportunities to come before boards and commissions with formal requests.
- Maintain office hours that are citizen and employee friendly. Banker’s hours are for bankers.
- Be sure your planning commission and zoning board of appeals fully reflect the demographics of your community and are NOT just another “good ‘ol boys club.”
- Always, ALWAYS interpret and enforce your code fairly, consistently, and equitably.