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Goar: Vail Resorts leading the charge to address housing crisis (column)

June 25, 2017 — The Summit Daily News got it wrong with its recent editorial, "What happened to Vail Resorts' $30 million housing pledge?" and I want to set the record straight. I know first-hand that Vail Resorts is committing a tremendous amount of time, money and energy to […]

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Biff America: Fellowship and processed meat (column)

June 24, 2017 — She was brightly colored and moved with surprising speed, "Howdy, would you like some beef jerky?" Ellen and I were mountain biking in a rather remote area of Nevada. We were heading back to our camper at the end of a three-hour ride and passed […]

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Walking Our Faith: Finding the meaning of our relationship with God in nature

June 23, 2017 — Morning walks with my Newfoundland dogs are an experience of vibrant colors so stark that they stand against one another, sharp delineated lines that can only be found in nature when all is new and full of strength. Against a cloudless cerulean sky, Quandary Peak […]

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State Rep. Millie Hamner looks back on the Colorado legislative session (column)

June 22, 2017 — With the 2017 legislative session behind us, I am enjoying being back in my district and having some time to reflect back on the legislative session. From Jan. 11 to May 10, my colleagues and I worked very hard to find compromise on some very […]

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Ask Eartha: Is there any truth to aromatherapy?

June 22, 2017 — Dear Eartha, I'm interested in exploring new ways in which I can improve my health holistically. I've been told to look into aromatherapy. Is there any truth to this method of healing? What should I know about aromatherapy and essential oils before I dive in? […]

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Summit Daily editorial: What happened to Vail Resorts’ $30 million housing pledge?

June 20, 2017 — It was Christmas come early in December of 2015 when Vail Resorts unwrapped a big, $30 million care package for its mountain communities. The company said the money would seed workforce-housing development in ski towns across California, Utah and Colorado. The announcement was widely hailed […]

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Mountain Law: Cracking Colorado’s condo conundrum (column)

June 20, 2017 — In a July 1, 2015, article titled, "Construction defect reform advocates lose at state house, then win in court," I wrote about Colorado condominium developers who lost an effort to pass legislation that would have reformed construction defect law but then shortly thereafter obtained a […]

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My high school classmate Otto Warmbier — charming and deeply caring (column)

June 19, 2017 — Update: Shortly after this column was published, it was announced by Otto Warmbier's family that he died on Monday afternoon. The following has been updated to reflect that. I have two memories of Otto Warmbier. The first was in third-grade gym class. He nailed me […]

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Cotton: Returning wolves and grizzlies should be celebrated, not shot (column)

June 19, 2017 — The recent news that a beloved white wolf was shot — likely inside Yellowstone National Park — highlights the fact that even our most protected spaces are not always sanctuaries for rare wildlife. Last year, just days after a court ruled that the U.S. Fish […]

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Atencio: Nothing beats the thrill of introducing young people to their public lands (column)

June 19, 2017 — As I watch at-risk urban kids from Salt Lake City scrambling up slickrock canyons to see ancient Puebloan ruins, I see their faces come alive as they absorb their spectacular surroundings. Attitudes chill, eyes and smiles get wider. Something stirs within them. These high school […]

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Mountain Town News: Misery under the little tent of a traveling circus (column)

June 17, 2017 — WESTCLIFFE, Colo. – The circus is coming to Westcliffe, but not everybody is happy. The Garden Brothers Circus, with its assorted clowns, acrobats and fast-trotting camels, was scheduled to give a June 16 performance in the Wet Mountain Valley, with the sky-piercing Sangre de Cristo […]

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Biff America: Silent bidding, loud politics (column)

June 17, 2017 — "One of the blessings of old friends is that you can afford to be stupid around them." Peter Fitz and I are old pals with much in common. We are of similar age; both of us are from large Boston Irish Catholic families and both […]

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Walking Our Faith: Promises of our Father

June 16, 2017 — This was a big week. The house I rent went under contract. I have two months to find another dog-friendly home. Then I caught pneumonia, and spent five days in bed. I wish I could tell you that I met both events with raised hands […]

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Biff America: The bite of dilemma (column)

June 10, 2017 — While there are many in this nation struggling to make ends meet, the tooth fairy, at least in my neighborhood, pays a living wage. As a result, our neighbor Mady is made of money. Mady is of that age when she has begun losing her […]

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Ask Eartha: Volunteering as a means of environmental contribution

June 8, 2017 — Dear Eartha, This summer, I want to make a contribution to an environmental organization, but I find it hard to come up with extra money to contribute financially. Is there another way that I can support organizations that I believe in without writing a big […]

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Ribe: The Trump administration actively promotes ignorance (column)

June 7, 2017 — Right after Donald Trump took office as president, climate researcher Victoria Herrmann discovered that public archives of climate-research papers were being removed from the internet by the new administration. Research reports from decades of work funded by the American people went missing online. Her discovery […]

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Q&A: How to determine real estate broker credentials (column)

June 6, 2017 — Laura asks: In your last column you talked about what traits to look for when choosing a real estate broker. Among other things you mentioned were experience, credentials and knowledge of the area. My husband and I need a bigger home for our growing family. […]

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Liddick: Kathy Griffin’s sick prank part of long-standing liberal attitude (column)

June 5, 2017 — Remember back in 2008 when Fox News regular Grechen Carlson played a joke by holding up a dummy Barack Obama head with a noose around its neck? And the resulting firestorm that got her fired despite her apology for what she called a joke gone […]

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Purcell: Beware of distracted drivers this summer (column)

June 4, 2017 — Editor's Note: A version of this column was distributed in 2016. As you hit the roadways this summer, here's a safety tip to keep in mind: Beware of distracted drivers. According to, Distraction.gov, the official U.S. government website for distracted driving, this involves "any activity […]

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Haefele: Hanging out with a concealed weapon (column)

June 4, 2017 — The pistol arrives at my house in a padded tote, the size you'd pack a picnic lunch in. It's a 9mm Glock 26, a "sub-compact" concealable semi-automatic. Diminutive, hammerless and made of polymer, to my eye, it's a true exotic. It's accompanied by two clips […]

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