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Colorado ski resorts are in an uphill battle for workers amid the historic labor shortage

Ski areas are reaching out to locals, relying on visa programs and retooling jobs as they search for hundreds of workers in communities enduring critical housing and labor shortages.

Outdoors
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Powdr’s Fast Tracks offers $49+ chance to skip the lift line at Copper Mountain, triggering a skier backlash

Even a U.S. senator is calling on Powdr to kill the program

Outdoors

Monarch Pass could serve as a new model for wildfire mitigation in treacherous areas

About 90% of the tall spruce on Monarch Pass have been killed by beetles. If a fire were to spark there, the repercussions would be devastating.

Environment

When people die in Colorado’s outdoors, sometimes friends are the ones to find them

Colorado search and rescue teams don’t condone civilian-led rescue missions, but in the last year, groups of skilled friends have found their fallen comrades in the backcountry.

Outdoors

Original Thinkers festival kicks off with an ode to joy in troubling times

Telluride’s Original Thinkers festival begins with a documentary exploring the relationship between Archbishop Demond Tutu and the Dalai Lama

Culture

Telluride’s Original Thinkers festival is aimed at allowing us to “move forward in this confounding world”

Telluride’s four-day ideas festival connects speakers, musicians and artists around documentaries, with a virtual festival running through October.

Culture

Should river towns be forced to build costly parks to get recreational water rights?

American Whitewater wants to adjust Recreational In-Channel Diversion water rights so communities can protect recreational flows without building whitewater parks.

Outdoors

An end of unfettered growth for short-term rentals in Colorado’s resort communities

Breckenridge and other mountain towns are trying to slow the growth of vacation rentals in an effort to ease housing and labor issues

Housing

Remapping 2021 | A wake-up call for Colorado’s redistricting commissioners as deadlines loom

Politics and Government

Colorado’s new board to rename controversial landmarks has its first recommendation: Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain

The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board calls for renaming a Clear Creek County peak after the influential Cheyenne translator known as Owl Woman.

Outdoors

First-ever all-Black American expedition up Mount Everest vying for more than the summit

Climbers versed in both mountaineering and expanding participation in outdoor recreation hope their mission to the top of Mount Everest opens doors for people of color.

Outdoors

How one El Paso County bike crash is changing access to 14ers in rural Colorado

Mount Lindsey in the San Luis Valley is the latest fourteener to shut down in the wake of a court decision that made the Air Force liable for injuries to a cyclist

Outdoors

Remapping Colorado: Census data comes a few days early and the week ahead in redistricting

This is the first edition of a free, pop-up newsletter keeping you up-to-date on the 2021 redistricting process

Newsletters

An upgraded Grand Junction rail yard could accelerate Western Slope economic development

Federal infrastructure investment floats hope for an intermodal train terminal in Grand Junction, which would support Western Slope businesses that rely on shipping containers from overseas while reducing truck traffic on I-70.

Transportation

Dig it or chew it? Gravel mine expansion near Salida mountain bike trail latest clash of industry, recreation

Hard Rock Paving wants to expand its Salida gravel mine by 63 acres and will realign the Solstice bike trail. Nearby residents oppose any mine expansion while mountain bikers prefer a bigger buffer between pit and trail.

Outdoors

Five Western Slope startups collect more than $3 million in pitch contest

Durango’s Agile Space Industries, Telluride’s Western Rise, Gunnison’s SheFly, Konbit and Fruita’s Sky Peak Technologies win the second annual Greater Colorado Pitch Series

Business

Flooded with tourists, Colorado mountain towns are starting to limit short-term rentals to combat housing crisis

Colorado resort towns are limiting vacation rentals as communities weather waves of tourists, a housing crisis and a labor shortage.

Housing

Colorado mountain towns say they can’t handle any more tourists amid labor, housing crises

Colorado tourism cheerleaders hasten their transition from destination marketing to management as resort town locals call for more housing and less promotion.

Business

White River forest chief sticks with controversial route for road to future mansions despite wildfire, wildlife concerns

Both the developer and wildlife advocates oppose the road accessing the inholding — but for different reasons

Environment

You’ve seen the murals. Now meet the pro snowboarder behind them.

Pat Milbery channels lessons from carving snow into bright murals across Colorado. “He almost embodies his design,” said the Avon official who hired him.

Arts
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