The Idaho Mountain Express and Guide [web] detailed plans to cut back on the attendance for the Dalai Lama's visit to the Wood River Valley area of Idaho on September 11, 2005 to 10,000. While not clearly detailing the reason for the downsizing of the event, it appears that the organizers are concerned about the impact to the rural community. However, nearly 500 corporate CEOs and money managers will be invited to a private meeting with His Holiness, and authorities at the small local airport have expressed concern over the traffic jam that they will likely experience when that number of jet planes try to land at their airport.
"The event is about compassion and kindness," the organizer said on Thursday. "We're going to give as much as we can and inconvenience the least amount."During this trip the Dalai Lama is scheduled to dedicate a large Tibetan prayer wheel [info] in nearby Ketchum [map], and to speak with the children of Idaho.
The entire article can be read on at mtexpress.com
UPDATE 06/15/05: In a report from the Idaho Mountain Express: "Representatives organizing a visit by the Dalai Lama to the Wood River Valley in September announced this week that the Wood River High School football field has been chosen as the site for the exiled leader of Tibet's two public appearances." [more]