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Drought and irrigation demands will drain two Eastern Plains reservoirs, killing fisheries and the local economy

It’s open season with no limit on walleye, saugeye, crappie, perch, wiper and catfish at two Eastern Plains reservoirs.  Again.  As severe drought spikes demand for irrigation water on the plains, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is dropping angler limits at the South Platte River-fed Jumbo Reservoir near Julesburg and the Arkansas River-fed Queens Reservoir north […]

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Q&A: Alterra CEO Rusty Gregory steps back and reflects on next generation of ski resort bosses

The U.S. ski industry was forged by soldiers. We all know the story about 10th Mountain vets returning from war with visions of ski runs and chairlifts that would spark dozens of American resorts. Innovators who worked every job at the ski area took the reins from those soldiers, creating even more lifts, better grooming […]

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First Vail Resorts got into a fight with Vail’s town council. Now it’s tangling with Park City’s planning commission.

The rollercoaster ride continues for Vail Resorts. On the heels of reporting record season pass sales, skier traffic and revenues, the largest resort operator in North America again is grappling with a local community impacted by crowds.  For the second time in two months locals in one of the company’s resort communities — this time […]

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Colorado high country commissioners blast Airbnb report that disconnects short-term rentals from housing crisis

A group of 15 commissioners from seven mountain counties is blasting a recent study commissioned by short-term rental giant Airbnb that dismissed the idea that short-term rentals are eroding worker housing in Colorado’s high country. “Airbnb narrowly focused on positive impacts, and facts appear selected to craft a story that is not entirely true, especially […]

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Rainbow Gathering picks remote area near Steamboat Springs for its angst-inducing 50th annual meeting of tribes

A Rainbow Family council convening this week outside Oak Creek has announced its 50th annual Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes will be in the remote Adams Park area of Routt National Forest, north of Hayden.  The loosely knit group’s “Spring Council” announced the location of its annual gathering on Facebook on Tuesday, with detailed directions […]

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All-Black team nearly doubles number of Black athletes who’ve summited Everest. Is the next generation watching?

The walls of the dining tent were covered with letters from elementary school students cheering on the mountaineers from afar.  The Full Circle Everest Expedition climbers saw those letters every time they gathered for meals at Everest Base Camp.  “That was our inspiration. It was real,” said Thomas Moore, the Denver mountaineer who last month […]

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Plan to shutter buildings surrounding Colorado’s Sweetwater Lake has locals wondering if it was better off in private hands

SWEETWATER — “Don’t look up, OK?”  Adrienne Brink is showing off the kitchen of the lodge at Sweetwater Lake Resort. For nearly 40 years she has used the lakeside log cabin with cinder block additions as a headquarters for AJ Brink outfitters, guiding thousands of hunters and horseback riders into the Flat Tops Wilderness.  She’s […]

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A Colorado adventurer who has climbed Mount Everest and visited the North Pole faces his biggest challenge yet: late-stage cancer

MOUNT CRESTED BUTTE — “I used to think that North Pole expeditions were the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but …” Whatever Eric Larsen says next is going to be the world’s most heinous sufferfest. This is the explorer who crawled and swam 53 days through the melting Arctic Ocean to reach the North Pole […]