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

Visitors to the 13-bedroom Little Mountain Lodge above Breckenridge’s historic downtown have supported the tourist town’s economy for many years.  They book snowmobile rides. They rent bicycles and ski. They reserve tables and rooms in local restaurants. “All the business owners in Breckenridge who rely on visitor spending, they are getting it from my group,” […]

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Aspen Skiing Co. can charge skiers an uphill access fee, Forest Service rules in decision that could have ripple effects

By Scott Condon, The Aspen Times Aspen Skiing Co. acted within its rights as a special use permit holder on national forest to implement a new fee for uphillers, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Roger Poirier, recreation staff officer for the White River National Forest, said ski area operators are required to file an […]

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Low water forecast for Ruedi Reservoir near Aspen threatens hydropower, water deliveries

By Heather Sackett, Aspen Journalism Water levels at Ruedi Reservoir could fall so low this winter that the city of Aspen could have difficulty making hydro-electric power and those who own water in the reservoir could see shortages. That’s according to projections by the Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the reservoir near the headwaters of […]

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3 rescuers hit by rockfall near Aspen while trying to recover missing hiker’s body

ASPEN — Three people trying to recover the body of a hiker on a Colorado mountain were injured Wednesday after being hit by a “massive rockfall” likely triggered by other climbers above them, authorities said. The most seriously injured Mountain Rescue Aspen member on Capitol Peak was flown to a Denver-area hospital for emergency surgery, […]

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Donald Trump’s inaugural committee chair, Aspen man among trio accused of being United Arab Emirates agents

The chair of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee was arrested Tuesday on charges alleging that he and two others — including a Colorado man — conspired to influence Trump’s foreign policy positions to benefit the United Arab Emirates. Thomas Joseph Barrack, 74, of Santa Monica, California, was among three men charged in New […]

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Pilot appears to have been flying too low in mountains near Aspen before deadly crash

The pilot of a small airplane that crashed near Aspen earlier this month appears to have been flying too low for the tall mountains surrounding the resort town when he crashed, killing himself and another man.  A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the Beechcraft Bonanza was flying at an altitude of […]