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Flat Tops fire 100 percent contained; crews held Indian Pass Fire to just three acres

September 24, 2018 — DOTSERO — Wildland fire crews spent their weekend stomping out a wildland fire in a remote area of the Flat Tops Wilderness. The Indian Pass fire is 100 percent contained, after two hotshot crews and 11 smokejumpers contained all the spot fires, said Rick Truex,

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Valerie Demarco sentenced to 10 years in Vail Valley forgery scheme

September 24, 2018 — EAGLE — Valerie DeMarco said she and Jabez Parker counterfeited U.S. currency and passed it at Vail Valley retailers. For that, and because it's not her first criminal offence, DeMarco was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week on two felony forgery charges. After

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Vote to save the Tabor. Leadville’s iconic Tabor Opera House the only Colorado site selected for national preservation campaign

September 24, 2018 — LEADVILLE — You, yes you, can help save the Tabor Opera House, one of Colorado's iconic historic sites, and all you have to do is click your mouse. Leadville's Tabor Opera House is the only site in Colorado and one of only 20 across the

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Scammers targeting Vail Valley, gaining access to personal accounts and family funds

September 23, 2018 — EAGLE — Your cellphone rings, and before you check your caller ID, you answer. A recorded voice insists you're in all kinds of trouble, but it's nothing that a pile of money can't cure. It's a scam, chances are. The IRS is not sending "the

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Negative effects of legal marijuana rising, law enforcement task force study finds

September 22, 2018 — EAGLE — You're more likely to die in a car crash caused by a driver under the influence of drugs than alcohol. A Rocky Mountain regional drug enforcement task force scoured data from 2003, when Coloradans began legalizing marijuana, to this year and found that

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Crews holding Indian Pass Fire to just a few acres in Flat Tops Wilderness

September 21, 2018 — DOTSERO — Forest Service helicopter crews are jumping on a small fire northwest of Dotsero, trying to make sure it stays small. The Indian Pass fire originally sparked Wednesday, Sept. 19. It's burning in heavy timber in a remote area of the Flat Tops Wilderness

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Catherine Kelley’s murderer pleads guilty to killing Vail Valley woman, says he ‘hates’ what he did

September 21, 2018 — EAGLE — Jacob White admitted he helped kill Catherine Kelley in her Pilgrim Downs home. He will spend 68 years in prison, although Kelley's family argued passionately that it's not enough. "I did not act in self-defense or to protect Leigha when we killed Ms.

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Dry weather prompts local, federal officials to put Eagle County back under fire restrictions, Stage 1

September 21, 2018 — EAGLE COUNTY — It's dry and likely to stay that way, and that's why we're back under fire restrictions. Local and federal officials re-imposed Stage 1 fire restrictions at noon on Friday, Sept. 21. Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit all open burning on private and

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Colorado Mountain College launches Fund Suenos, or Dream Fund, to lower financial barriers for DACA students

September 20, 2018 — EDWARDS — Colorado Mountain College is creating Fund Suenos, which translates to the Dream Fund. It's designed to help eliminate the up-front tuition costs for students who are often ineligible for federal grants and loans to help pay for education after high school, such as

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Accused murderer Jacob White scheduled to plead and be sentenced Friday, Sept. 21, in Catherine Kelley case

September 17, 2018 — EAGLE — A man accused of murdering an Edwards woman in her home could enter a plea Friday, Sept. 21. Jacob White is scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing at 1:30 p.m. Friday, before District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman. White and his wife, Leigha

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Brake fire closes Interstate 70 at East Vail, burns landscaping material Monday morning, Sept. 17

September 17, 2018 — VAIL — A tractor-trailer's hot brakes set fire to a load of landscaping material, closing Interstate 70 for more than two hours early Monday, Sept. 17. Motorists called 911 at 3:11 a.m. Monday, reporting a westbound tractor-trailer on fire in East Vail, according to police.

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Taft Conlin’s parents appealing son’s Vail skier death case, saying judges erred in several rulings before and during trial

September 16, 2018 — EAGLE — Almost everything about the judge and jury's decisions in a Vail Mountain skier death case is being appealed. Dr. Louise Ingalls and Dr. Steve Conlin, parents of Taft Conlin, say judges in Broomfield and Eagle counties erred in several rulings. Court documents filed

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Crews are back in the Eagle River, building features for Eagle River Park

September 15, 2018 — EAGLE — Boaters and river enthusiasts may have clear sailing in the Eagle River Park in the next few months. Construction crews from Hobbs Excavation are back in the river this week, working on the two remaining river features. They should be done around the

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Forest Service holds Homestake Fire to 1/3 of an acre near Red Cliff

September 13, 2018 — RED CLIFF — A small wildland fire is still small, the Forest Service says. The Homestake Fire was being held to one-third of an acre Thursday afternoon, Sept. 13, said Rick Truex, acting district ranger for the Holy Cross Ranger District of the White River

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Accused Sno-Cat stealer makes first Eagle County court appearance. Four counties want a piece of Jason Cuervo

September 13, 2018 — EAGLE — Jason Cuervo spends more time on the highway these days than the Sno-Cat he allegedly stole. Cuervo finally made his first Eagle County Court appearance this week, after missing his first local court appearance because he was in the Jefferson County jail. Cuervo

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Vail Valley community says ‘thanks’ with first responder recognition dinner

September 12, 2018 — VAIL — Ross Wilmore looked around a room of Vail Valley first responders and said they're his "heroes." The Tri-Club Rotary Public Safety Recognition brought hundreds of first responders and their families together for the community to say thank you. The event was Tuesday, Sept.

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Helicopter fighting wildland fire near Red Cliff; ground crews could follow

September 12, 2018 — RED CLIFF — The U.S. Forest Service is getting a jump on a small wildland fire that flared up Wednesday, Sept. 12. By late afternoon Wednesday, the Homestake fire was burning just more than 1 acre in a mountainous area near Red Cliff and the

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‘You’re on the front line’: Dozens of first responders among Freedom Park crowd gathered to remember 9/11

September 11, 2018 — EDWARDS — Tuesday, Sept. 11, was a day to remember. "When I was a young boy, I wanted to grow up and become a cowboy or a pilot," U.S. Army and Vietnam veteran Capt. Pete Thompson told dozens of first responders during a memorial ceremony

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9/11 events mark a day we all remember: Golf, memorial ceremony, banquet honor first responders, veterans

September 10, 2018 — EDWARDS — You remember a select few days for the way they changed everything. Sept. 11, 2001, was one. Some students in high school now were not born when the Twin Towers collapsed, or terrorists crashed an airliner into the Pentagon, or heroic passengers saved

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Eagle Valley guidance counselor named Counselor of the Year. Kayleen Schweitzer was nominated ‘because she’s amazing’

September 8, 2018 — EAGLE — A local middle school guidance counselor was surprised during a pep rally with the announcement that she is one of Colorado's school counselors of the year. Kayleen Schweitzer is a guidance counselor at Eagle Valley Middle School in Eagle and was chosen from

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