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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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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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News from our neighbors: Aspen marijuana shops sold $11.3 million in 2017, topping liquor stores for first time

February 14, 2018 — There was plenty of green to go around among Aspen’s marijuana dispensaries in 2017, and more than enough to top liquor stores in revenue, as well. Legal-pot purveyors hauled in $11.3 million in revenue last year compared with $10.5 million for liquor stores, marking the

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App claims to make Front Range parking easier

February 12, 2018 — There's a new way to park in the Front Range. Parkmobile is a smartphone app that claims to make parking your car in highly populated areas such as Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs much easier. The app allows patrons to reserve parking spots associated with

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Ride the Rockies cycling tour will focus heavily on Middle Park this year

February 4, 2018 — Ride the Rockies has announced route plans for this summer's 33rd annual cycling tour of the high country and while the event is billed as a circuitous route through Colorado's majestic mountains the focus will largely be on Middle Park with three of the ride's

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Middle Park ski racers post strong showing at Winter Park Resort

February 4, 2018 — Downhill ski racers from Middle Park took on the competition at home last week with a giant slalom race at Winter Park Resort that once again saw freshman Ella Wiser leading the Panther pack. GIRLS TEAM Race action got underway Friday at the Winter Park

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Steamboat’s Howelsen Hill one of the oldest operating ski areas in the country

February 4, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club might be underselling the historic value of the city’s oldest ski hill. The two entities have for years used some qualifiers to describe Howelsen’s place in ski area history. The

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Aspen Skiing Co., Alterra lobby for Xcel’s renewable energy plan

February 4, 2018 — Aspen Skiing Co. is teaming with its new sister organization, Alterra Mountain Co., to support a proposal by Xcel Energy to close two coal-burning power plants in Colorado and shift to a significantly larger share of clean power. Auden Schendler, Skico’s senior vice president of

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Nurse severely injured in Frisco Flight for Life crash reaches $100 million settlement

February 1, 2018 — FRISCO, Colo. — A flight nurse who was seriously injured in a 2015 helicopter crash in Frisco has reached a $100 million settlement with the helicopter’s manufacturer and the company that operated it. Dave Repsher suffered burns on 90 percent of his body after the

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Over 900 anglers cast their lines in Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest

January 31, 2018 — Granby's annual Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest was held over the weekend and, according to local event organizers, nearly 1,000 anglers registered for the multi-day tournament in Middle Park. Fishing action kicked off at 6:40 a.m. Friday as hundreds of fishing huts, snowmobiles and thermal-bound

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Panthers race past the competition at Copper Mountain

January 28, 2018 — Middle Park's alpine ski squad got back to action last Friday with a slalom race at Copper Mountain that saw the boy's team place third on the day while the lady Panthers finished up with a fifth place showing. The ski action got underway Friday

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Highway 40 reopens after shelter in place alert issued to area residents

January 24, 2018 — US Highway 40, between Granby and Tabernash, has been reopened and one individual is in police custody after a segment of the roadway was briefly shut down Wednesday evening due to law enforcement activity. Details on what led to the incident were scant early Wednesday

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Nearly 1K MPE customers are without power in Kremmling

January 10, 2018 — Approximately 1,000 customers of Mountain Parks Electric are without electricity this afternoon,, officials from Mountain Parks Electric confirmed. The outage is affecting customers in the town of Kremmling and areas reaching further south. Tom Sifers, general manager for Mountain Parks Electric, which is based in Granby, said

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Backcountry basics: Going off trail

January 7, 2018 — When the sun rose on the high Rockies for the third day of our avalanche course change was literally in the air as a mid-December storm front pushed cold winter winds, and not much else, down from the high alpine regions. As our class ate

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