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Colorado Mountain College to spend $40M to build housing for students getting priced out of mountain towns

Jon Shipley moved to Summit County from Texas to earn an associates degree in environmental science at Colorado Mountain College. Last fall he signed a two-year lease for an apartment. Earlier this year his landlord sold the unit and now Shipley and his family must move by the end of August. “Our landlord said he […]

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U.S. Forest Service rethinks road through public lands to ritzy Vail Valley development

The proposed road through public land weaves up the mountain to thickets of aspens where Florida developers want to build trophy homes.  The bureaucratic path to approval, more than a decade in the making, is even more serpentine, as a chorus of wildlife advocates and conservationists fight the plan. “It’s quite obvious that most people, […]

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Forest Service OKs access road to Eagle County community surrounded by public land. But not the one developers wanted.

EDWARDS — The path up from the interstate is steep and muddy. In the winter, it’s closed to all visitors so elk and deer can hunker unbothered. At the end of the path lies an oasis where Florida investors Petr Lukes and Jana Sobotova want to build a luxury community. The developers have spent the […]

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Warnings are working (for now) to keep visitors out of Colorado’s high country. But tickets, legal battles loom.

Police in Colorado’s mountain communities are doing a lot of educating and even issuing written warnings to violators of local and state health orders designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  But if mask mandates, closures, restrictions and locals-only access rules linger for months, warnings will soon turn to tickets. And that worries Western […]

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Colorado mountain biking program teaches girls to conquer trails, with an eye toward helping in other parts of life

Esmeralda Parro grabs her bike from a trailer marked “The Cycle Effect” and starts riding to join a group of girls warming up for the day’s practice. Pedaling up a steep hill, the 11 year old stops just short of the top. Her coach is watching. “Esme! Go back down and change your gear, then […]

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Cordillera resort to reopen as tony drug-treatment facility for “seriously underserved population” — the wealthy

EDWARDS — They are already gathering in the quiet room, where a glass wall reveals the arresting New York Mountain. Sitting in a circle of chairs, the therapists at All Points North Lodge are counseling the ailing as dozens of workers next door scramble to build a one-of-a-kind addiction treatment facility in the heart of […]