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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

Ethics complaints from mountain counties spur probe of state Division of Property Taxation

Eagle, La Plata and San Miguel counties are asking for an audit or investigation into a cozy relationship between a state tax official and a lawyer representing hotels in litigation with the counties

Business

Colorado Supreme Court ends decade-long fight over teen skier’s death in Vail inbounds avalanche

Taft Conlin was killed in an avalanche on Prima Cornice in 2012. His family argued for years that Vail Mountain failed to properly close the run when slide danger was high.

Outdoors

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

Storage units becoming as hard to get as affordable housing as wealthy remote workers take over the high country

Waitlists are growing for tens of thousands of storage lockers in mountain communities as new homeowners arrive, residents relocate and local workers scramble for rental homes.

Housing

Survey of Colorado’s high-country residents a “wake-up call” on the devastating implications of the affordable housing crisis

The consequences of workers and permanent residents being priced out include mountain communities being forced to rethink their relationship to the tourism economy.

Housing

Here are the wildfires currently burning across Colorado

Lightning sparked three of the largest wildfires burning right now in the state

Wildfire

Developers working on affordable housing in Colorado’s mountains offer suggestions for pending wave of funding

High country homebuilders, housing advocates, businesses and leaders are preparing for an unprecedented flow of state and federal housing support as the affordability crisis worsens.

Housing

State tax official who is required to be neutral advised luxury resort owners on how to minimize property taxes

A top official at the Division of Property Taxation met regularly with a tax agent involved in litigation with Eagle, San Miguel and La Plata counties. The state’s property tax boss says it’s “a strong working relationship with all constituents.”

Business

Record-breaking real estate frenzy is changing the culture of Colorado’s mountain towns as locals are priced out

More than $15 billion in property sales in 2020 in seven resort communities marks a 61% increase over 2019. Historic sales volume and sky-high prices are pushing locals out of mountain towns.

Housing

Opinion: 3 Colorado county leaders on how the new legislative plan for transportation could be revved up

The time for investing in our future is right now. Let's not kick the can down the road — again.

Opinion Columns

Colorado ski areas aren’t talking about skier fatalities this season. So we asked coroners instead.

At least 11 skiers were killed in traumatic crashes during the 2020-21 season, according to 16 county coroners surveyed by The Colorado Sun.

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.

Outdoors

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

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

Potential operator of trains on Colorado’s Tennessee Pass promises rail line wouldn’t transport crude oil

Communities along the long-dormant line between Cañon City and Gypsum remain wary

Transportation

3 men killed in avalanche near Silverton identified as prominent Eagle County community members

One of the victims, Adam Palmer, was a newly elected Town of Eagle trustee. Andy Jessen co-founded Bonfire Brewing in Eagle. Seth Bossung managed projects for the county’s energy efficiency department.

Outdoors

Opponents urge federal board to reject revival of Tennessee Pass railroad along Arkansas, Eagle rivers

Shipping hazardous material through Arkansas River Valley is “unconscionable,” Chaffee County commissioners say, joining more than 50 residents, business and environmental groups raising opposition to returning trains to long-dormant lines.

Transportation

Climbing coronavirus cases in Colorado’s high country aren’t tracking back to ski resorts

Health officials in eight counties have not traced positive tests back to lift lines, chairlifts or ski slopes.

Coronavirus
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