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Monstrous Colorado ranch that boasts a 14er sells after being listed for $105M

August 14, 2017 — The 83,368-acre Cielo Vista property encompasses the 14,049-foot Culebra Peak and 18 13,000-foot peaks stretching across more than 20 miles of Sangre de Cristo ridgeline.

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Mountain biker killed by lightning strike Sunday near Telluride

August 14, 2017 — A 24-year-old mountain biker was struck and killed by lightning Sunday on a trail in southwest Colorado. The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as John Daniel Huisjen of Durango. His relatives have been notified, officials said. According to sheriff’s spokeswoman Susan Lilly, Huisjen and

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Hiker dies after falling from Capitol Peak’s ‘Knife’s Edge’ near Aspen

August 7, 2017 — A hiker died Sunday trying to summit Capitol Peak, west of Aspen, and is the second person to die on the mountain in less than a month. Pitkin County authorities said another hiker climbing the northernmost of the Elk Range’s 14,000-foot mountains called the county

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Dead Beaver Creek bear not shot, unknown if poisoned, officials say

August 1, 2017 — BEAVER CREEK — Wildlife officials are investigating the death of a mother bear in Beaver Creek and have found no evidence of a gunshot trauma or gunshot wounds. Investigators have also found no evidence of a toxicant, said Mike Porras, public information officer with Colorado

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Vail Resorts promises zero emissions, environmental waste by year 2030

July 25, 2017 — Vail Resorts is launching an ambitious effort to eliminate the environmental impact of its operations by 2030. Rob Katz, the chief of the world's largest mountain resort operator, announced at an employee meeting Tuesday that the company was aiming to eliminate emissions, deliver zero waste

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Dwindling Obamacare funds could hurt regional Medicaid transit program

July 22, 2017 — EAGLE — As Medicaid expansion costs increase and Obamacare reimbursements decrease, a regional program providing medical transportation may be on the chopping block, advocates say. The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments books trips through local transportation companies for a surprising number of Medicaid enrollees and

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Colorado looking at average individual insurance rate increase of 27 percent

July 18, 2017 — DENVER — If you buy individual health insurance on a state exchange, then you'll pay an average of one-third more for it next year. Individual market insurance premiums will increase by an average of 27 percent across Colorado, and 7 percent for small groups, according

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Colorado ski resorts, hurting for workers, applaud one-time increase in visas

July 18, 2017 — The ski resort industry on Monday celebrated Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly's approval of a one-time increase in the number of H-2B visas for seasonal workers, but the bump in temporary employees likely will be gone by the time ski season arrives. "This is

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Breckenridge Peak 2 Fire scorches 80 acres, forcing evacuation

July 5, 2017 — A wildfire erupted in the Gold Hill Trail area near Breckenridge early Wednesday afternoon and quickly roared up the side of Peak 2, at its height spewing 125-foot flames into the air and prompting the evacuation of more than 400 homes in the Peak 7

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Crews battle Hogback fire that erupted on Monday

July 3, 2017 — Firefighters from multiple agencies were working into the night Monday to control a fire that broke out on the Grand Hogback east of New Castle, on the south side of Interstate 70. The fire started on the side of Garfield County Road 335 around 4:30

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Eagle County wildfire now measured at 97 acres, mostly beetle kill timber

July 3, 2017 — STATE BRIDGE — Infrared pictures of an Eagle County wildfire show it's burning 97 acres in a remote, pine beetle-infested area, not the 250 acres originally thought, said the U.S. Forest Service. The Gutzler fire was estimated Sunday evening at more than 250 acres, said

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Glenwood bridge replacement needs traffic reduction from surrounding areas

June 28, 2017 — Aspen-area employers will be enlisted to help reduce traffic so Glenwood Springs doesn't become complete gridlock during the Grand Avenue Bridge closure and detour, which starts in less than two months. Traffic needs to be reduced by 700 vehicles trips per hour at peak times

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Deadly carfentanil changes how Basalt first responders handle drug overdoses

June 20, 2017 — Basalt police and medical responders have altered their policies on how to handle drug overdoses after the deadly substance carfentanil played a role in the fatalities of two men in El Jebel earlier this year. Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson said emergency medical technicians and

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Vail Valley’s John Knight fishes his way into international angling

June 8, 2017 — VAIL — After hosting two world fly-fishing championships in two years, John Knight thought he was done with international fishing. Maybe, but international fishing was not done with him. "In three weeks, my whole life changed," Knight said. "I thought it peaked with the world

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Piano-playing bear makes musical debut in Vail home (video)

June 5, 2017 — VAIL — A bear climbed through an open kitchen window in Vail last week, and while foraging for food also feasted on the arts. The Vail woman returned home to find her home had been broken into. She suspected a burglary and called the Vail

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‘We’ll be racy’: Vail’s Buddy Lazier is running his 20th Indianapolis 500

May 26, 2017 — Not so long ago, Vail's Buddy Lazier was the youngest driver in the Indianapolis 500. This year, he's 49 and the oldest driver in the race, his 20th. So, Buddy, what would 49-year old Buddy tell 19-year-old Buddy about a racing career? "I honestly don't

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To date, fatal vehicle crashes in Garfield County ahead of last year’s pace

May 19, 2017 — Three fatal Garfield County wrecks this weekend and Monday highlighted the dangers of the road, during what's been a particularly deadly beginning of the year. To date in 2017, Garfield County has already seen seven fatal vehicle crashes that have resulted in nine fatalities. Last

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Summit County police officers will start carrying opioid-reversal drug Narcan

May 18, 2017 — SUMMIT COUNTY — Prescription opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled in Colorado since 2000, an increase that has pushed the state's rate well above the national average, according to the latest data from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. Summit County has not been immune

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David Walder, of Edwards, died Monday in Sweetwater Jeep rollover accident

May 17, 2017 — SWEETWATER — An Edwards man died and three others suffered injuries in a Jeep rollover on Monday. David Walder, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire. Raquel Walder, 19, of Edwards, was transported to Vail Valley

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Dispute with county threatens Breckenridge-area ambulance services

May 17, 2017 — BRECKENRIDGE — It's a debate that's simmered for years, but on Monday, the county issued an ultimatum: Play ball, or get out of the game. That was the message to the Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District, which could have its right to run

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