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“An incredible frustration”: Boulder County fire officials have long sought better wildfire escape routes

Fire chief Michael Schmitt is bumping down an unpaved road west of Boulder, barely wide enough for his SUV. He’s headed toward the dead end of County Road 83, where — behind a metal gate, behind tree trunks blackened in the Fourmile Canyon fire — a narrow dirt road is cut into the mountainside.   If […]

Posted inBusiness, Housing, News

Vail Resorts plans big investment in affordable housing. Town of Vail promises a fight.

Vail Resorts last week announced plans to fast-track four housing projects at resorts in Utah, British Columbia, Vermont and Vail, adding 875 units for the company’s workers as part of a promise made last month to refocus on employees with more pay and housing.  The projects will be somewhat easy at Park City Mountain Resort, […]

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Glenwood Springs granted right to build whitewater parks after 9 years in water court

Colorado’s river recreation economy boomed in the first 10 years of recreational in-channel diversion water rights, which state lawmakers created in 2001 to protect water used for recreation. In the decade that followed, 20 communities claimed rights that kept rapids roiling in whitewater parks that became community centerpieces. But those water rights, known as RICDs […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Wildfire

Colorado gets $10 million to fight coal seam fires like those burning at Marshall Mesa and Glenwood Springs

Colorado will get $10 million in new federal infrastructure money to combat decades-old coal seam fires like those on Marshall Mesa and in Glenwood Springs that periodically flare up and wreak havoc, state officials said Tuesday.  The new funding more than triples Colorado’s existing federal budget for all coal mine cleanup efforts, and will be […]