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Gold King Mine owner sues federal government over 2015 spill

Todd Hennis claims the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has occupied part of his property near the Gold King Mine but hasn't compensated him for doing so

Environment

Off-highway vehicles are revving up locals (in a bad way) in Colorado’s remote mountain towns

Inundated with by go-anywhere motorized vehicles, local governments are struggling to find a balance between welcoming the spending by “motorheads” and keeping their towns from resembling sets for a Mad Max movie.

Outdoors

How divided is Silverton? Just ask one of the town’s six administrators who came and went in the past seven years.

The touchy mood among hardy high-altitude souls hemmed in by towering mountain swirls around how — or if — the small-town economy should change.

Economy

Colorado plans to ramp up messaging after avalanches kill three experienced skiers in two days

How to reach experienced backcountry travelers is an age-old debate. Veterans can grow complacent, especially in areas where they ski often.

Outdoors

Bodies of two backcountry skiers found in avalanche debris near Silverton

The skiers -- 55-year-old Albert Perry and 51-year-old Dr. Jeff Paffendorf -- were reported overdue and later found dead in an area known as "the Battleship," which is southeast of Ophir Pass

Outdoors

Purgatory and Silverton Mountain float interest in Silverton’s community ski hill

Two southwest Colorado ski area operators are interested in working with the Town of Silverton to grow the remote community’s Kendall Mountain ski area into a year-round amenity

Outdoors

EPA settles lawsuit with Utah over Gold King Mine spill

Utah’s lawsuit was one of several legal claims filed over the incident, but no other settlements have been reached, the EPA said Wednesday

Environment

Many hoped the Gold King Mine spill would bring change. Five years later, they’re still waiting.

A congressional fix for abandoned mines remains elusive and clean up around Silverton has moved at a “snail’s pace.” Experts say the disaster shed light on problems, but didn’t drive change like they thought it would.

Environment

“Locals only” coronavirus closures of Colorado public land may not be legal. But mountain communities say it’s needed for safety.

Colorado's mountain towns say it's not about banning outsiders. But "if you have yet to realize we are in unprecedented times, then you are either not paying attention or are a denier," San Juan County's sheriff says.

Coronavirus

Hardrock 100 ultrarun canceled by avalanche debris, high-water risk

The ultramarathon, traversing 13 high-mountain passes, is the second major event to be canceled this year

Outdoors

Southern Colorado is learning a tough lesson: Too much snow is a headache for the summer economy

Trail openings around Silverton are delayed for weeks and one big trail run is cancelled. But operators are making up for lost revenue with avalanche tours.

Business

Showers, catered meals, wine lists: Colorado’s newest backcountry ski huts are following Euro and Canadian model

This year’s avalanches and epic snow limited access to Red Mountain Pass huts during the season’s busiest month

Outdoors

Colorado’s first avalanche death of 2019 came during an advanced avalanche-safety course on Red Mountain Pass

Peter Marshall, a 40-year-old from Longmont, was on a three-day avalanche class when he was buried by an avalanche and killed

Outdoors