Posted inColoradans, Culture, Environment, Growth, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government

Colorado is due for a new state park, but officials hope it won’t take 27 years to develop like the last one

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Colorado is growing at a rapid clip, yet only two new state parks have opened in the past dozen years. The newest, Staunton State Park, opened southwest of Denver in 2013 — 27 years after about half of the park’s rugged, mountainous acreage was donated to the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife […]

Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, Environment, Growth, News, Water

Colorado’s hot summer of dry ditches and empty reservoirs has left distressed farmers sweating: Will it get worse?

OLATHE — John Harold charges his Chevy through chest-high stalks of sweet corn. He’s talking on his phone, scribbling notes. He’s got corn-harvesting crews spread across the Uncompahgre Valley, picking more than 100,000 ears a day of his trademarked Olathe Sweet. The fields of onions need weeding. His beans, too. More than 100 fields of […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Outdoors

New owner fighting to restrict access to private Cielo Vista Ranch by 5,000 descendants of the San Luis Valley’s earliest settlers

Colorado’s longest-running civil litigation is back in court as the latest billionaire owner of the storied Cielo Vista Ranch fights to restrict historic access claimed by heirs of the San Luis Valley’s original settlers. Houston’s William Bruce Harrison, a 31-year-old scion to one of Texas’ biggest oil fortunes, bought the 83,000-acre Cielo Vista Ranch a […]

Posted inBusiness, Outdoors

At the height of the ski pass war, Wolf Creek — with its $70 lift ticket — remains defiantly independent

WOLF CREEK — As the first flakes frost the highest peaks, the Colorado-sparked season pass war is ablaze. It’s a new world for skiers, with resorts across the U.S. aligning into two distinct camps. In one corner, the nascent Alterra Mountain Company this week fired off a list of new partners for the Ikon Pass, which offers unlimited […]

Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, News, Outdoors

From “This is not Vail” to Vail Resorts ownership: Crested Butte owners bid farewell after 20-year rollercoaster ride with Colorado

MOUNT CRESTED BUTTE — They dreamed big in Colorado, the Mueller clan. Hoping to mirror their dizzying success at Vermont’s Okemo ski area, Tim and Diane Mueller pursued plans for a major resort outside Steamboat, bid to operate Denver’s Winter Park, came within an hour of owning Steamboat ski area and labored through the Great Recession […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, Health, News, Outdoors

Eight states — including Colorado — sign “Confluence Accords” pledging ethical recreation as a path to economic prosperity

The outdoor recreation industry celebrated its transition to adulthood last week as governor-selected chieftains from eight states signed a first-ever proclamation promising to follow a shared ethic championing outdoor recreation as a path to prosperity. The Confluence Accords outlined a roadmap for the states to promote conservation and stewardship of lands, support environmental education and […]