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Pitkin County, with Colorado’s highest coronavirus incidence rate, is moving to red-level restrictions

The change means indoor dining will cease in Aspen. Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery at restaurants still will be available, though there will be an 8 p.m. last call and tables can only have people from the same household.

FBI aids in investigation of gas pipeline sabotage that turned heat off in Aspen

Black Hills Energy "hopeful“ to begin re-lights for residential customers by Monday evening, but a snowstorm in the forecast could slow the process.

Coronavirus drives blistering sales of Colorado mountain homes, sets 2020 as historic high mark

Driven by high-end sales, real estate markets in Colorado’s resort communities have set records since July. Most resort towns saw sales through October surpass all sales in the record-setting 2019.

Colorado ski resorts work to stay open as COVID cases snowball

The skiing itself doesn’t feel much different during the pandemic. But “the après ski scene is just gone,” one Telluride visitor said.

Precautions help Aspen remain a popular destination during coronavirus

The small town made people feel safer than in big, crowded cities. Outdoor activities are Aspen's calling card, and the mountains were a perfect place to escape the doldrums of months-long lockdowns.

Federal prosecutors charge Texas billionaire with Colorado ties in $2 billion tax fraud scheme

Prosecutors also announced that Robert F. Smith, founder and chairman of Vista Equity Partners, will cooperate in the investigation and pay $139 million to settle his own tax probe

COVID exodus fills vacation towns, including Colorado’s high-country destinations, with new medical pressures

From the shores of Long Island to the resorts of the Rocky Mountains, traditional vacation destinations have seen a major influx of affluent people relocating to wait out the pandemic

Record demand for Colorado resort homes is further pinching affordable housing for locals

As more urbanites flee to Colorado’s high country, home prices rise, inventories fall and rents soar. And that spells trouble for locals looking for homes near their ski-town jobs.

So you need to get to Colorado’s Western Slope? Here are your options.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is encouraging people to stay away from western Colorado for the near future

“The great urban exodus:” Colorado resort towns see flood of second-home buyers, burst in school enrollment

Schools in Aspen, Vail and Crested Butte are reporting record interest and enrollment as part-time residents relocate to their vacation homes and urban buyers flock to mountain retreats.

A busy summer is pulling Colorado’s resort communities out of the coronavirus downturn. But will it last?

Resorts communities got creative this summer with open main streets and socially-distanced events. Those opportunities aren’t possible in winter, leaving town leaders fretting about future business, especially if ski resorts aren’t operating like normal.

Downed tree samples are aiding research of last snow season’s epic avalanche cycle in Colorado

CAIC has harvested 730 tree disks or cookies so far over the past two summers for research by its partners

Homeowner undergoes surgery after bear attack in Aspen

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said a team with tracking dogs located the bear on the backside of Aspen Mountain before tracking it to a mine shaft and killing it

Coronavirus created the shortest commercial jet flight in the country — Eagle to Aspen. But it won’t last.

The Department of Transportation is expected to OK the end of the “mountain hopper” that circles from Dallas to Eagle, Aspen and Montrose and back to Texas to meet federal rules in a $58 billion coronavirus stimulus package for airlines

A small western Colorado town’s Memorial Day message: Please stay away

Marble — a 56-mile drive from Aspen by way of state highways 82 and 133 — will remain closed to people who live 10 miles or more outside of the town

Fly from Aspen to Montrose for $30? Airlines are being allowed to cut small-airport service during coronavirus

With air travel contracting to 5% of pre-coronavirus levels, airlines now are allowed to cut some airports. Analysts project Colorado vacation towns aren’t on the chopping block.

Mount Evans Highway, Independence Pass into Aspen will remain closed because of coronavirus

The highway usually opens the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, which would have been May 21 this year

When skiing stopped, so did pooping. Wastewater workers in Aspen and Vail faced a pile of problems.

The science of keeping the flora in a sewage treatment system balanced was knocked out of kilter when coronavirus shut skiing down and water use dropped 50% in two of Colorado’s most popular ski communities.

It’s unclear if Colorado counties can legally evict visitors to slow coronavirus. But one is doing it anyway.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argues that Gunnison County’s order intended to keep the community’s small hospital from being overwhelmed is unconstitutional. Other Colorado communities are following suit to shut out visitors.

Stay-at-home order issued for Aspen, visitors told to leave

The Pitkin County order directs visitors to return home immediately by “the fastest and safest available means"

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