Kopaonik ski resort or Kopaonik ski center, is a mountain resort and the largest center of winter tourism in Serbia. Located on the slopes of Kopaonik Mountain, it is a destination for skiing and snowboarding, but offers various other activities like tennis. In the area, there are several hotels and hostels, cafes and night clubs. Kopaonik ski resort was established in 1964. In 1981, Kopaonik Mountain was proclaimed a national park of Serbia. In the same year, the International Ski Federation recognized ski resort as an international ski center. In 1999, it was bombed several times; as of 2018, Kopaonik ski resort has 28 ski lifts, with 75 km of ski slopes for all categories. With around 55 km of alpine ski runs and 12 km of cross country runs, it is the largest ski resort in Serbia. Among other features, it has night skiing run and artificial snow system covering most of the resort. Kopaonik has mild winters with high levels of snowfall, on average about 200 sunny days annually with 160 days covered with snow.
Kopanik ski resort is being considered as one of the best ski resorts in Eastern Europe, with outstanding beginner and lower-intermediate terrain for skiers. There is an annual music festival; the festival gathers international reggae and electronic music performers. The ski resort has a "Snow Park" for extreme snowboarders; the park has expanses of grassland, forests composed of a variety of tree species, beauty spots, river gorges. The snow blanket lasts a long time on this mountain and there are favorable conditions for the expansion of winter tourism there. Kopaonik ski resort is well-connected with the main transport routes in Serbia, it is linked with the Ibar highway, It is located 127 km from the international airport Niš Constantine the Great Airport and 287 km from the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. The open Morava Airport near Kraljevo is much closer to this ski resort. However, it is only in its early development phase, although it is expected that this aerodrome will serve as the main hub for Kopaonik in the future.
A public heliport is located in a military base 0.8 km north of the resort. Tourism in Serbia Official website Ski resort Kopaonik at skiresort.info Kopaonik ski resort at skijalistasrbije.rs Ski staze i žičare at infokop.net
Richard L. Curtis is an American politician from La Center, Washington, he served as a Republican member of the Washington State House of Representatives from Washington's 18th legislative district in Position 1 from 2005 to 2007. The district is located in rural Cowlitz counties. Curtis was elected to the La Center City Council, he was elected to the State House of Representatives in November 2, 2004 succeeding Republican Tom Mielke Curtis faced no primary opposition and won the general election with 56.5 percent of the vote in a race against Democratic candidate Pam Brokaw. He took office in January 2005 and was re-elected in 2006, winning with 59.1 percent of the vote against his opponent, Democrat Jonathan Fant. Curtis, married with two daughters, built up a conservative voting record while in office. In 2006, he opposed a gay rights bill. In spring 2007, he voted against domestic partnerships for lesbian couples. On October 30, 2007, the Spokesman-Review newspaper for the city of Spokane released the results of an investigation that established that Curtis had met another man, Cody Castagna, in an adult bookstore, with whom he had sex in a local hotel room.
Curtis was alleged to have been seen and on that occasion clad in women's clothing, wearing them underneath his own. According to a police statement from Curtis, Castagna attempted to extort $1,000 from him after the encounter in return for not revealing his "gay lifestyle" to his family. Based on this statement, Curtis brought formal extortion charges against Castagna. Castagna has denied all accusations of the extortion, a Class B felony. A statement by his lawyer asserted, "This is an low-level situation that's being blown out of proportion by somebody, trying to save themselves." The lawyer stated further that "this guy didn't do anything wrong – at that level, anyway." Curtis first denied contradicting his own statements to police. Curtis resigned from the Washington State House of Representatives on October 31, 2007. Upon issued a statement: Today I submitted my letter of resignation to Governor Gregoire effective immediately. While I believe we've done some good and helped a lot of people during the time I served in the Legislature, events that have come to light have hurt a lot of people.
I sincerely apologize for any pain my actions may have caused. This has been damaging to my family, I don't want to subject them to any additional pain that might result from carrying out this matter under the scrutiny that comes with holding public office. According to analysis by The Olympian, the Republican leadership in the state has now moved to attempt to control the damage of Curtis' resignation, issuing statements of their own. State House Republican Leader Richard DeBolt said he was "disappointed" and that Curtis "can no longer represent the constituents who elected him"