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Spruce Beetle replaces Mountain Pine Beetle as biggest insect threat to Colorado forests

March 17, 2019 — The Colorado State Forest Service released its annual report on the health of the state’s forests last week, and it showed the growing shadow of a lingering threat. The spruce beetle has now replaced the mountain pine beetle as the biggest insect disease threat to

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Vail’s Mikaela Shiffrin wins giant slalom, fourth globe

March 17, 2019 — How's that for a finale? Vail's Mikaela Shiffrin brought down the curtain on the 2017-18 season in smashing fashion, capturing Sunday's giant slalom at the World Cup finals in Soldeu, Andorra. With the latest victory in a seemingly endless parade of triumphs, the 24-year-old: •

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President Trump defunds Land and Water Conservation Fund by 95 percent despite approving permanent reauthorization

March 16, 2019 — Despite overwhelming bipartisan support for the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund by Congress and signage into law as part of the massive John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act by President Trump, the president went on to nearly completely

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Snow Mountain Ranch kicks off 50th anniversary celebrations this weekend

March 9, 2019 — Fifty years ago, the site where the YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch sits consisted of two ranches and not much else. Since Snow Mountain Ranch opened in 1969, the YMCA location has grown to cover over 3,000 acres and offers dozens of

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Winter Park Resort extends season for Mary Jane territory by three weeks

March 7, 2019 — For its fourth consecutive season, Winter Park Resort will extend the season at the Mary Jane territory by three weeks, closing it in May. With over 250 inches of snow in Winter Park so far this season, the resort will keep its Mary Jane territory,

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First round loss ends lady Panthers bid for state basketball title

March 4, 2019 — Middle Park High School's promising run for a state basketball title ended over the weekend as the lady Panthers suffered a tough loss in the first round of the championship tournament. Late last week the Middle Park High School girls basketball squad took to the

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Winter Park Resort plans upgrade to Sunnyside Lift in Mary Jane Territory

March 4, 2019 — Winter Park Resort's ongoing efforts to upgrade the resort's lift infrastructure will continue this summer with an upgrade to the popular Sunnyside Lift that services the resort's Mary Jane Territory. Resort officials announced the planned upgrade work Monday morning. "The iconic Sunnyside Lift within the

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Local ranch family, non-skiing ranch hand find passion for skijoring at Ute Pass ranch

March 4, 2019 — Tony Pestello called out to his son AJ's snow-soaked German wirehair pointer, as the sound of a galloping horse and slushy ski turns grew louder and louder with each split second. "Weezy, Weezy!" Pestello said. "Get, get over here!" Forgive Weezy, for the grizzled ranch

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Winter Park patrollers stay on the cutting edge of avalanche rescue with C-RAD

March 3, 2019 — Most workdays Winter Park Ski Patrollers and avalanche dog handlers Rico LaRocca and Nate Bash are like any other patrollers. On special occasions though, when called upon by the powers that be, Bash or LaRocca will take to the skies above Grand County with their

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30-year-old Aspen man dies in early-morning snowboard crash

March 3, 2019 — Authorities say a 30-year-old Aspen man died early Sunday morning after snowboarding in a closed ski area of Aspen Mountain and hitting a building near the base area on the west side. The victim's name was not released in a statement from the Pitkin County

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Ski resorts report over a foot of new snow in last 24 hours

March 3, 2019 — Breckenridge Ski Resort received 15 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. Courtesy of Breckenridge Ski Resort Westbound traffic on Interstate 70 backed up early Sunday morning after the mountains received another healthy round of snowfall and people went out in search of

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Sky-Hi News debuts Fitness Class Pass: 6 local gyms, 36 classes

March 1, 2019 — In conjunction with six Grand County fitness facilities, The Sky-Hi News is presenting the inaugural 2019 Fitness Class Pass. The limited-edition pass allows cardholders to visit six gyms one time per month beginning March 1 through Aug. 31, 2019. That equates to 36 drop-in visits.

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Ikon Pass adds payment plan, family discounts for 2019-20 winter

February 28, 2019 — WINTER PARK — Next winter's Ikon Pass will go on sale March 5, and Alterra Mountain Co. unveiled some changes for its multi-mountain pass, including new discounts and, perhaps most notable, a payment plan for early buyers. The new payment plan includes a $199 deposit

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Hunters urged by CPW to study changes as applications for big game licenses open March 1

February 17, 2019 — Hunters hoping to draw a big-game license in Colorado in 2019 are urged to study up on all the changes in license requirements and fees before the March 1 opening of the application period. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission recently approved a variety of

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Vail’s Mikaela Shiffrin four-peats in worlds slalom

February 17, 2019 — Seemingly nothing can stop Vail's Mikaela Shiffrin in slalom and certainly not a nasty cold. The 23-year-old made history on Saturday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden, by winning the slalom for the fourth consecutive time at the biennial event. “I

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EGMS Nordic girls take 2nd in Steamboat; Brower finishes 1st overall

February 11, 2019 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The East Grand Middle School girls Nordic ski team took second place in the three-kilometer classic race in Steamboat Springs Saturday, helped by strong skiing by Sylvia Brower and Annie Kuhns. The boys team took third place, helped along by strong skiing

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Snowboarder dies Sunday morning at Snowmass resort terrain park

February 11, 2019 — Editor's note: The Pitkin County Coroner's Office identified the victim Monday morning as Tyler Hamm of Snowmass Village. A 20-year-old man died Sunday morning attempting a jump at a Snowmass Mountain Resort terrain park, officials said Sunday afternoon. The snowboarder died after attempting the first

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Lindsey’s last run: Vonn wins bronze medal in final race of her career

February 10, 2019 — Vail's Lindsey Vonn summoned greatness, seizing the stage, the world's attention and turning back the hands of time one last time to win the bronze medal in downhill in the final appearance of her career at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden,

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Senators reintroduce bill to stop spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

February 10, 2019 — A bull elk, with a splendid rack, poses in Rocky Mountain National Park. U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Doug Jones, D-Ala., have reintroduced legislation to study Chronic Wasting Disease, a neurological disease similar to Mad Cow Disease that is devastating deer

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Vonn isn’t only retiring racer this week

February 9, 2019 — Bode Miller was in the start gate for the slalom of a super-combined at Beaver Creek's Birds of Prey on Nov. 30, 2006. He had a 2.04-second lead, an eternity in the world of ski racing. He bonked. Miller skied off course early in the

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