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Eagle tabs Broomfield firm to build second water plant to support demand growth

June 20, 2018 — EAGLE — A Broomfield company will build the town of Eagle's second water treatment plant. Eagle awarded MWH Constructors a $23 million contract as construction manager at risk for the Lower Basin Water Treatment Plant. Eagle's current plant runs at around 80 percent capacity during

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Jury rules for Vail Resorts in skier death case. Upper Prima Cornice was closed where Taft Conlin died in an in-bounds avalanche

June 20, 2018 — EAGLE — A six-person jury ruled Wednesday, June 20, that Vail Resorts had closed the upper Prima Cornice run on Vail Mountain's front side before an in-bounds avalanche killed 13-year-old Taft Conlin on Jan. 22, 2012. Taft's parents, Dr. Louise Ingalls and Dr. Stephen Conlin,

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Life sentence for John Vasquez, who burned Christina Aruchuleta-Blasier to death in front of her children during camping trip

June 19, 2018 — GEORGETOWN — Christina Archuleta-Blasier just wanted to enjoy a camping trip with her sons. John Vasquez, 34, of Arvada, doused her with gasoline and set her on fire on June 17, 2016. A jury convicted him in April, his second conviction for a criminally violent

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Vail Resorts’ expert witness says ski company closed Prima properly, as Taft Conlin skier death case heads into final days

June 19, 2018 — EAGLE — Taft Conlin was riding a chairlift in Vail, having a good-natured cellphone disagreement about which powder day was better, Vail or Beaver Creek's. To prove his point, he wanted to get GoPro footage of a sweet line he and his friends spotted during

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‘Ewoks vs. Empire’ in Democratic 2nd CD race. Mark Williams vs. Joe Neguse pits former fighter pilot against party boss’s choice

June 19, 2018 — "We're the Ewoks, and they're the Empire. It is David versus Goliath," Mark Williams said, smiling. Williams smiles a lot these days. He's running against Democrat Joe Neguse for his party's spot in the 2nd Congressional District campaign. Because the 2nd District is anchored in

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‘It might get progressively easier, but it doesn’t ever go away.’ Taft Conlin’s parents recall the day their son died

June 18, 2018 — EAGLE — Taft Conlin was a boy on the cusp of becoming a young man. He wanted independence, to ski more with his friends than his dad and mom. On the other hand, the night before 13-year-old Taft died, he heard a noise, got scared

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Alpine Arms hosting ATF party. 10th anniversary celebration a benefit for Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

June 18, 2018 — EAGLE — Alpine Arms owner Matt Solomon is a thankful guy, and after a decade in business he's saying thank you some more. Solomon is hosting an ATF party July 8. It's a private affair and you have buy tickets by Wednesday, June 20. "Customers

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Alleged Avon stabber moved to valley in April; Andrew Young Jr.’s bond set at $2 million in attempted murder case

June 18, 2018 — EAGLE — It will cost a man who allegedly stabbed a jogger in Avon $2 million to bond out of jail. In a Monday morning, June 18, hearing, Andrew Young Jr.'s bond was set at $2 million, four times the $500,000 his defense attorney Public

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Ancient ways, modern days. Masonic cornerstone seals, reveals time-honored truths at local school

June 17, 2018 — EAGLE — That dashing young man in the black and white photo resplendent in the bowtie is George McCollum, who has led Masonic Lodges in Eagle and Leadville several times. On Sept. 22, 1973, McCollum was head of the Masonic Lodge in Eagle, Castle Lodge

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Three sought in Bocco fire; Sheriff’s Office wants to question them after witnesses saw them speeding from the area

June 16, 2018 — WOLCOTT — The 415-acre Bocco Mountain fire is 100 percent contained, but three people the Eagle County Sheriff's Office want to question are not — at least not yet. Detectives with the Eagle County Sheriff's Office want to speak with a group who were seen

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Jury shown video of Taft Conlin’s final, fatal run as Vail skier death case wraps first week

June 15, 2018 — EAGLE — The courtroom was stone silent as it watched the last moments of young Taft Conlin's life. GoPro video from Conlin and another of the boys with whom he was skiing wrapped up the first week of testimony in the skier death lawsuit his

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Vail ski patrollers recount the day Taft Conlin died; lower Prima Cornice was ‘good to go’ for skiing, they said

June 15, 2018 — EAGLE — The Vail Resorts ski patrollers testifying for their company have more than 100 years of combined experience, and all testified that they are unaware of anyone hiking up from Prima Cornice's lower gate to access better snow. Jim Heckbert, the attorney for Taft

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Skiers say they climb, patrollers say they’re not aware as testimony continues in Taft Conlin skier death trial

June 14, 2018 — EAGLE — Skiers testified that they climb up Prima Cornice all of the time and have since it opened in 1985. Vail Resorts ski patrollers say they have no knowledge that skiers do that and say they don't understand why anyone would. A six-person jury

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We’re all in this together — mutual aid works because Vail Valley fire crews work together

June 14, 2018 — Most of the time, firefighters are a self-sufficient group. Sometimes, though, they need some help. It's called mutual aid. Take this past week, for instance. As Vail fire crews were stomping out a small fire in the East Vail campground, a westbound semi-truck caught fire

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Testimony begins in Taft Conlin skier death case; skiers, ski patroller take the stand on Day 2

June 13, 2018 — EAGLE — It's called the "skiers' right," as in a right-hand turn through the Prima Cornice gate, and skiers climb to it because the terrain is better. Taft Conlin made that climb from the lower gate of Prima Cornice. Skiers do it all the time

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Taft Conlin skier death lawsuit against Vail Resorts hits court, will continue for up to three weeks

June 12, 2018 — EAGLE — A jury will decide where the truth lies in a wrongful death lawsuit against Vail Resorts. Either Taft Conlin hiked up further than the length of a football field and higher than a 10-story building to access closed terrain on Vail Mountain's Prima

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Avon stabbing an ‘isolated incident,’ police say no further threat to the public believed as investigation continues

June 12, 2018 — AVON — An early-morning stabbing in Avon was an isolated incident, Avon police said. Andrew Young Jr., 18, was acting alone when he allegedly ambushed an Avon woman out for an early-morning jog around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, May 31, Avon police have determined. "This is

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Avon fire doused in minutes Monday; woman charged in Monday’s East Vail campground fire

June 12, 2018 — AVON — Fire crews stomped out a small fire Monday evening, June 11, just west of the Brookside Lodge on U.S. Highway 6 in Avon. The fire was reported at 6:48 p.m., and westbound Highway 6 was closed east of West Beaver Creek Boulevard. The

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Firefighters battle Bocco blaze to a standstill: 415 acres June 10 was still 415 acres June 11, as crews fight on

June 11, 2018 — WOLCOTT — Crews fought a Vail Valley wildfire to a standstill, despite high winds and dry conditions. The Bocco fire three miles north of Wolcott was still 415 acres Monday, June 11, the same size it reached Saturday afternoon, June 9, a few hours after

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Vail Valley fire crews battling Durango blaze

June 11, 2018 — DURANGO — Most of us drive away from fire at well above the posted speed limit. But some local firefighters received orders to jump, and jump they did. Two local crews are in Durango helping battle the growing and complex 416 fire. The Greater Eagle

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