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Mountain Town News: Tahoe town moving toward ban of polystyrene products

February 17, 2018 — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Elected officials in South Lake Tahoe last week endorsed sweeping restrictions on the sale and distribution of polystyrene products. Polystyrene is used to make containers for many food and drinks, including straws but also coffee cups. Styrofoam is a brand

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

February 17, 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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Vail is implementing new short-term regulations in March. Here’s what is required

February 16, 2018 — VAIL — With a March 1 deadline approaching, officials here are working to ensure property owners are ready to comply with the town’s new short-term rental regulations. Staffers, along with the Vail Town Council, spent months crafting new regulations, largely as a response to the

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Denver wanted to pursue a supervised injection site for heroin users. Colorado lawmakers told them no.

February 15, 2018 — A Republican-led legislative panel rejected a bipartisan bill Wednesday to allow Denver to create a supervised injection site for drug users, despite pleas from public health experts and relatives of overdose victims. The measure, Senate Bill 40, would have allowed one community in Colorado to

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Eagle County man allegedly left dozens of profane messages on victim’s voicemail

February 15, 2018 — EAGLE — An assault and harassment trial involving a couple began, ironically, on Valentine’s Day. “Today may be Valentine’s Day, but this is not a love story. It’s a story about a romance that went horribly wrong,” Prosecutor Cathleen Noone said in her opening statement

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City of Aspen’s effort to keep traffic to 1993 levels a success

February 15, 2018 — There were 22,081 vehicles that crossed the Castle Creek Bridge last year, which is a slight decrease over 2016. But the number that really matters is the traffic count from 1993, which is the target goal for the community to never exceed. That year, 23,675

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

February 14, 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

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Baumgardner steps down as chair of transportation committee after report finds sexual assault allegations credible

February 14, 2018 — Sen. Randy Baumgardner resigned from his chairmanship of the senate’s transportation committee Tuesday afternoon as an ongoing sexual harassment scandal continues to swirl at the state capitol. Baumgardner, Hot Sulphur Springs Republican and state senator representing Grand County, continued to deny the allegations made against him during

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Breckenridge ranks fourth in U.S. for growth in senior population, according to Newgeography analysis

February 14, 2018 — Colorado's mountains aren't the only places showing more white on top. Residents of the resort towns below are graying at some of the fastest rates in the country. Steamboat Springs, Edwards and Breckenridge ranked first, third and fourth, respectively, for the biggest gains in their

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Marijuana’s 4/20 holiday tied to rise in fatal car crashes

February 13, 2018 — CHICAGO (AP) — Marijuana users' self-proclaimed holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes, an analysis of 25 years of data found. The study lacks evidence on whether pot was involved in any of the April 20 crashes, but marijuana can

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State raises tax on oil, gas to build environmental cleanup fund during a boom time

February 13, 2018 — Colorado officials who allowed the state to become an epicenter for oil and gas industry production, with companies pumping up to 12,000 barrels a month worth $10.6 billion last year, on Monday revealed serious trouble taxing the industry sufficiently to deal with increasingly pressing environmental

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Top GOP lawmaker expected to take action on sexual harassment complaint against Sen. Randy Baumgardner

February 13, 2018 — Senate President Kevin Grantham, the top Republican in the Colorado legislature, said Monday he expects to make a decision by the end of the week on whether to discipline a fellow GOP lawmaker after a sexual harassment complaint. The movement follows a week when Grantham

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Alleged murderers plotted their rampage in Edwards death, charges say

February 13, 2018 — EAGLE — Two Denver residents are accused of strangling a beloved Edwards woman to death, as well as planning and conspiring ahead of time commit the murder. Jacob Taylor White, 23, and Leigha Paige Ackerson, 24, each face eight felony charges for allegedly murdering Catherine

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County OKs permit for Colorado’s second-largest solar farm

February 12, 2018 — DENVER (AP) — The second-largest solar farm in Colorado could be coming to fields south of Bennett. The Denver Post reports Arapahoe County commissioners last week approved a permit for the 75-megawatt Hunter Solar project, which would rank as Colorado’s second-largest solar farm after the 120-megawatt Comanche

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Colorado pot sales hit a record $1.5 billion in 2017

February 12, 2018 — DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Department of Revenue says marijuana shops in the state made a record $1.51 billion in sales of medical and recreational cannabis, edibles and concentrate products in 2017. The Denver Post reports data released Friday say adult-use sales topped $1.09 billion during the

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Western Colorado police warn of Snapchat hack

February 12, 2018 — The Carbondale Police Department is warning the public that more than 200 Snapchat accounts in Western Colorado were hacked in the last week. According to a press release, accounts of at least four young women residing in this area were hacked. The FBI is investigating

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Mountain Town News: Sunshine and warm days no friends to skiers or firefighters

February 10, 2018 — TAOS, N.M. – Sunny skies were forecast for Taos yet again this week, a town and a ski area that desperately needs snow days. The situation is sufficiently dire that last week Lorenzo Trujillo, in a letter published in the Taos News, proposed that the

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Video: Climbers rescue dog stranded overnight high on Berthoud Pass

February 9, 2018 — A Denver couple discovered over the weekend that the difference between tragedy and a miracle involves luck, skill and, more often than not, a friendly helping hand. Denver resident and backcountry powder chaser Brandon Fox was riding around the Berthoud Pass area Saturday with his

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Colorado starts campaign to curb marijuana-impaired driving

February 9, 2018 — PUEBLO — The Colorado Department of Transportation has started a campaign to curb marijuana-impaired driving. The Pueblo Chieftain reports that the department announced the campaign called The Cannabis Conversation on Thursday. The initiative will gather residents' opinions, behaviors and bits related to marijuana-impaired driving. Department officials will

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Colorado Mountain College to decrease cost for bachelor’s degree

February 9, 2018 — EDWARDS — The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees took an unheard-of step at their board meeting at the college’s Vail Valley campus in Edwards Wednesday, Feb. 7, by voting to decrease in-district tuition for bachelor’s-level courses by $19 per credit hour. The trustees also

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