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Colorado lawmakers reject effort to require ski areas to report injuries, publish safety plans

Senate Bill 184, the Ski Areas Safety Plans and Accident Reporting Act, would have forced Colorado resorts to be more transparent about when visitors are hurt. It died in committee on Thursday.

Politics and Government

Biden taps ex-Obama official as Interior Department deputy, plans to nominate Tracy Stone-Manning to lead BLM

Tracy Stone-Manning, a former top aide to ex-Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, will be tapped by the president to lead the Bureau of Land Management, according to a person with knowledge of the plan

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Mark Walter, who owns the Los Angeles Dodgers, is buying up Crested Butte’s downtown buildings

Billionaire has bought several restaurants, bars and shops on Elk Avenue, but he’s not revealing details about his plan for the historic buildings.

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Colorado mountain, resort communities are rebounding — and then some — from coronavirus-scarred 2020

Despite grim projections last spring, many of Colorado’s high-country resort communities saw waves of in-state visitors in the fall and early winter fill local coffers.

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Three Denverites scaled cliffs, galloped horses and raced across Canada to win a million dollars. Were they successful?

Dave Bacon, Paul Montague Jr. and Mindy Murphy spent 29 days in 2019 racing across Canada in National Geographic’s new “Race to the Center of the Earth” reality television series. After pandemic delays, the show premiered last week.

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Federal judge’s ruling ends Colorado’s plan to kill hundreds of mountain lions in Upper Arkansas River Basin

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s nine-year project called for killing half the mountain lion population to study impacts on dwindling mule deer herds between Leadville and Salida

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Eagle County man died after being swept off cliff near Beaver Creek, final avalanche report says

Gary Smith and a partner were skiing on a steep slope in the backcountry near Beaver Creek Resort on March 22 when the avalanche occurred

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Crested Butte ending free-for-all camping bacchanal with designated sites, plans for reservations

After a surge in backcountry camping last summer, community groups join the Forest Service in designating as many as 211 formal campsites in six drainages that spill into the East River Valley.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service illegally paid for Colorado predator hunt, judge rules

Concerned about declining populations of mule deer, Colorado Parks and Wildlife decided in 2016 to conduct an experiment to see if limited killing of mountain lions and black bears would have an impact on deer numbers

Environment

Outdoor recreation leaders ask Congress to loosen rules restricting Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars

The directors of 13 state recreation offices are asking the federal government to adjust requirements that states and local communities must provide matching funds to secure Land and Water Conservation Fund money

Outdoors

Cops on skis keep the peace at Vail and Beaver Creek. But they’re more likely to lend a friendly mitten.

One-of-a-kind patrols have been a fixture at Eagle County ski areas for 16 years, though loss of lift privileges may be the biggest incentive for safe behavior.

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Colorado man among 5 killed in Alaska backcountry skiing helicopter crash

Greg Harms was a backcountry guide and new dad from Aspen

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Pikes Peak Marathon legend Arlene Pieper Stine, the first woman to run a sanctioned marathon, has died

Eight years before Kathrine Switzer shocked the world by running the Boston Marathon, Arlene Pieper Stine did her 26 miles in the Pikes Peak Marathon, with a 9-year-old daughter in tow

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Lack of jurors prompts mistrial in Colorado case against snowboarders who triggered avalanche above I-70

Too few Summit County residents responded to jury summonses in a case against two snowboarders who captured video of an avalanche above the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels.

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Transportation board kills plan for trains to return to Colorado’s dormant Tennessee Pass

Colorado Midland & Pacific’s request for expedited approval of a plan to restore rail service was nixed on Thursday by the Surface Transportation Board.

Transportation

Eagle County mountaineer killed in avalanche outside Beaver Creek is 12th fatality this season

Gary Smith, an indefatigable explorer who introduced countless skiers to the backcountry, was skiing with a friend in Sanctuary Chute when he was caught in an avalanche Monday.

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Some Colorado lawmakers want ski resorts to report injuries and fatalities

Following health department statistics showing as many as 55 skiers a day are treated in emergency rooms, Senate Bill 184 would require resorts to publish safety plans and injury statistics

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Aurora, Colorado Springs get federal OK to test if controversial reservoir in Eagle County wilderness is feasible

Front Range cities need the additional water storage to meet their growth projections. But Holy Cross Wilderness boundaries would need to be redrawn to build it.

Environment

Ski patroller unions set to grow in Colorado’s consolidating resort industry

Ski patrollers at Keystone, Breckenridge and Big Sky plan votes to join six other ski area unions as labor advocates predict a revival of collective bargaining for resort workers

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Colorado resorts expect next ski season to be pretty normal, but some coronavirus changes may stick around

Vail Resorts chief Rob Katz on Friday told passholders that the company is not planning to use its reservation system in the 2021-22 season

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