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USS Colorado to be commissioned

February 20, 2018 — The newest Virginia-class attack submarine, USS Colorado (SSN 788), will be commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London, Mar. 17, 2018.  It will be the 15th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the fleet. As the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the

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How Grand County’s schools protect students

February 20, 2018 — Last week's tragic school shooting in Parkland, Fla., has brought student safety issues back to the forefront in America's public discourse and while politicians, pundits and the public continue to discuss the validity of legislation, school administrators and law enforcement officials are quietly reviewing policies

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Local rental management businesses offer warning to second-home owners

February 20, 2018 — A collection of rental management companies in the Fraser Valley are starting a campaign to educate and urge second home owners to use local management businesses in lieu of larger, nation wide companies trying to move into Grand County. As the vacation rental business continues

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Mountain Parks Electric to build fiber-optic backbone for internet service

February 20, 2018 — Mountain Parks Electric announced this week that they intend to build the backbone of a fiber-optic, high-speed internet network following two feasibility studies and a series of 400 interviews with members. The backbone, also referred to as a middle-mile system, is meant to allow existing

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Muftic: Russian Judas goats leading us to democracy’s demise

February 20, 2018 — "A Judas goat is a trained goat used in general animal herding. The Judas goat is trained to associate with sheep or cattle, leading them to a specific destination. In stockyards, a Judas goat will lead sheep to slaughter, while its own life is spared."

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Central View: School shootings: Three steps to curb them

February 20, 2018 — Unlike W. Somerset Maughan, who said "There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are," here are three rules for solving the school-shooting crisis in America. Fortunately, people who are sincerely interested in solving the school-shooting crisis know what

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Curious Nature: Ute origin story of coyote explains its trickster nature, colorful character (column)

February 19, 2018 — A predator of livestock, pets and even children on rare occasions, the modern coyote has been vilified in Anglo-American culture. Coyotes are the most abundant livestock predators in Western North America, causing the majority of sheep, goat and cattle losses. But coyotes have worn many

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Panthers wrap up regular ski season while looking towards state championships

February 19, 2018 — Middle Park's alpine ski racers took to the slopes once again last week for the second to last race event before the state championships will be held later this week near Leadville. The ski action got underway last Friday at the Loveland Ski Area southwest

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‘River bottles’ found in area streams contain hazardous materials — don’t touch

February 19, 2018 — Over the past week, residents of Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties have encountered an influx of bottles turning up on river banks. The bottles are similar in size to a water bottle but are easily recognizable, as they have all been mostly encapsulated in duct

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Abandoning a campfire in Colorado could carry up to six months in jail under proposed law

February 19, 2018 — Leaving a campfire unattended in Colorado could soon be punishable by up to six months in jail under a bill in the state legislature that aims to stamp out an increasingly common source of wildfires. The measure, which sailed through the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives on

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Discovery Channel’s ‘Gold Rush’ is leaving Park County, but residents continue to fight for more mining oversight

February 19, 2018 — It’s been nearly two years since the reality-TV show “Gold Rush” roared into Park County, descending on an old dredge near Fairplay with a small army of trucks and excavators to mine for television gold — and a bit of the real stuff, too. The

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CAIC issues avalanche advisory as NOAA warns of looming winter weather

February 18, 2018 — Sunday has been sunny and warm in eastern Grand County but do not let the seemingly spring like conditions fool you, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center has a special avalanche advisory for Grand County and most of the north central Rockies while the National Weather

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Joy Rondeau preps for Paralympic games

February 18, 2018 — Over the last year Joy Rondeau has been on a metaphorical roller coaster but despite the ups and downs the young woman, who recently qualified for the Paralympics, continues to push herself to her physical limits all while placing her faith, hopes and fears in

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Winter Park Resort bucks bad snowpack perception

February 17, 2018 — For months reports have been coming in from all over the country regarding the well-below average snowpack that's plagued winter resorts this season, but while some are suffering, other are thriving. Despite dry spells in November and December, Winter Park Resort is sitting pretty. The

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Denver moves closer to sparking up at legal marijuana club

February 17, 2018 — DENVER — A Colorado business is closer to becoming one of the nation's first legal marijuana clubs. Owners of the Coffee Joint plan to charge an entry fee to the bring-your-own marijuana space, where customers can vape or eat products. A Denver attorney recommended on

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Rocky Mountain Consortium for Sports Research helps athletes understand ‘Why?’

February 17, 2018 — VAIL — Dr. Mike Decker is one of those guys who looks at a phenomenon, wonders "what happens next?" and finds out. For example, he wanted to know whether ski racers switching from skinny slalom skis to fat skis for overall skiing affected their race

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Skier rescued after going out of bounds at Aspen Mountain late Friday

February 17, 2018 — A skier from Massachusetts was rescued late Friday evening after going out of bounds at Aspen Mountain and getting lost. The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday morning that the man called ski patrol about 2:30 p.m. Friday and said he was lost near Walsh’s

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Winter Park Town Manager Drew Nelson resigns after domestic violence charge

February 16, 2018 — Winter Park Town Manager Drew Nelson resigned from his position Friday amid felony criminal charges, ending his near 10-year career with the town. Nelson was arrested at his Winter Park residence Jan. 22, after allegedly firing several rounds from a firearm outside his house and

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Development team announces construction of new $500K townhomes at Granby Ranch base camp

February 16, 2018 — Greg Finch, the key member of the development team of Base Camp One in Granby Ranch, and Bryan Johnson, owner of ContractOne, have begun construction on a new townhome project adjacent to the Base Camp One building. Upon completion, the Townhomes at Base Camp will

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Letter: Brower ‘misrepresents circumstances’ of Tom Hale

February 16, 2018 — I see that, once again, Patrick Brower has chosen to misrepresent the circumstances under which former Town Manager Tom Hale was "let go." Since Mr. Brower wasn't present at the meetings of the Board of Trustees, as we evaluated Mr. Hale's offer to renew his

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