The Rockies: Sky's The Limit

The Rocky Mountain home of cowboys and lumberjacks has become a magnet for lone-eagle telecommuters and Range Rover-driving yuppies. So far, it's been a booming good time.

COMING 'ROUND ONE SIDE OF THE mountains is John Hough. On New Year's Day, the 43-year-old police sergeant, a veteran of the Los Angeles riots, took in a view of California's San Bernardino Valley -- as best he could. A blanket of smog had smothered the landscape. "Look at that crappy air," he said to his wife Patricia, 32, as they drove home from a Colorado vacation. "Why are we spending the young years of our life in California when we like Colorado so much better?" In the next three months, Hough would turn in his badge and trade his rented...

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