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State, Pitkin County teaming on system to steer big rigs away from Independence Pass

May 16, 2017 — A new system designed to prevent big rigs from heading east from Aspen over Independence Pass won't be installed before the Grand Avenue Bridge closes in Glenwood Springs in August. The Colorado Department of Transportation and Pitkin County are teaming on a project to try […]

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One teen dead, five injured in crash near Carbondale

May 15, 2017 — A 17-year-old girl was killed Sunday night and five other young people were sent to Valley View Hospital after a 1999 Audi sedan rolled on Garfield County Road 108 near Carbondale. Rob Goodwin, deputy fire chief at Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, said the […]

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Teen faces auto theft, other charges from Saturday car chase

May 15, 2017 — A teenager is charged with auto theft, attempted vehicular assault and other charges stemming from a chase Saturday evening that briefly closed Interstate 70 west of Glenwood Springs and created some tense moments when the driver initially didn't obey commands to get out of his […]

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State of the River meeting focuses on uncertain future of Colorado River

May 15, 2017 — Participants raised many issues during the Rifle State of the River meeting Thursday. But one generated more conversation than any other: What would happen to local water users if the Colorado River experienced drought conditions? While reports showed that the snowpack peaked a little early […]

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What is hantavirus, and how can you
avoid it?

May 12, 2017 — It’s a rare disease. But Garfield County is a high-risk area, and hantavirus kills nearly 40 percent of the people it inflicts. Knowing a few key things about hantavirus can do a lot to keep you safe. First, to contract the disease you have to […]

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Study: Summit County has the highest life expectancy in the nation

May 9, 2017 — Summit County’s life expectancy is the highest in the nation, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 2014, the latest year that data is available, Summit’s expected longevity was 86.83 years. That narrowly edged out the neighboring […]

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Colorado GOP blocks nation’s first well-mapping requirement

May 9, 2017 — DENVER — Colorado Republicans used a late-night filibuster Monday to block a first-of-its-kind requirement that oil and gas producers provide the locations of all their gas lines. Democrats who rule the House were planning to pass the bill before midnight, their deadline to get it […]

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Blue Lake overdoses were result of mixed drug intoxification, coroner says

May 5, 2017 — The cause of death of two men who were found in a Blue Lake residence March 24 was "mixed drug intoxication" and the manner was accidental, Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis determined Thursday. Bettis said toxicology tests found carfentanil, cocaine, benzodiazepine and "a little alcohol" […]

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Skier dies at Loveland Ski Area, is state’s 14th skier death of season

May 3, 2017 — A 59-year-old Boulder man died while skiing at Loveland Ski Area on Friday, April 28, the Clear Creek County coroner confirmed Tuesday. The Boulder Daily Camera was first to report the incident early Tuesday morning. Kevin Edwards, an attorney with the state Attorney General's Office, […]

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Young fisherman’s find reunites Eagle woman with memories

May 1, 2017 — Hailee Rustad knew not long after she came up for air on the Colorado River 8 miles north of Dotsero three years ago that she had lost some of her most precious recent memories, swept away in the rapid current and presumably gone forever. Just a […]

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I-70 study brings good news as transportation funding suffers defeat

April 26, 2017 — There's good news in a study of weekend travel patterns on Interstate 70 from the Denver area to mountain resorts. There's worrying news, too. The I-70 Coalition — a nonprofit group of governments and business interests along the three-county mountain corridor — commissioned a study […]

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Younger Colorado Legislature? Change to 21 to serve wins preliminary OK

April 24, 2017 — DENVER (AP) — Colorado may ask voters again whether 21-year-olds should be able to serve in the state Legislature. The state Senate gave tentative approval Monday to a measure to lower the age of eligibility from 25 to 21. Supporters say the change could get […]

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Glenwood’s Grand Avenue bridge detour review says delays could be hour-long

April 24, 2017 — Motorists trying get through Glenwood Springs while the Grand Avenue bridge detour is in place later this year can expect hour-long delays, unless traffic is reduced by a third during peak weekday morning and evening commutes, according to a new draft engineering peer review of […]

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Whiteout, Part 3: The damage done

April 14, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the final installment in a three-part series. Rebecca Vogel-Pitts still remembers the warmth of her husband's last hug. Kevin Pitts was getting ready to start the day with his favorite trail at Breckenridge Ski Resort. But not before wrapping his arms […]

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Whiteout, Part 2: The anatomy of a ski death

April 12, 2017 — Editor's note: This is part two of a three-part series on ski deaths in Colorado. Kristine Gustafson wakes up each morning with the same thought: What really happened on Jan. 12, 2017? Late in the afternoon on a chilly but clear powder day, the Centennial […]

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Whiteout, Part 1: Uncovering the human toll of Colorado’s secretive ski industry

April 12, 2017 — Editor's note: This is part one of a three-part series on skier deaths in Colorado. SUMMIT COUNTY — It could have been a crisp, winter morning with the sun showing near the top of the ski lift, or maybe it was lower down the mountain […]

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Colorado native Neil Gorsuch confirmed by Senate to Supreme Court

April 7, 2017 — WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed Neil McGill Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, securing a lifetime appointment for the Colorado judge and a much-needed victory for President Donald Trump, who picked Gorsuch at the start of his tumultuous administration. The 54-45 vote, […]

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Feds plan prescribed burn near Redstone; don’t call 911 because of smoke

April 7, 2017 — The U.S. Forest Service aims to have a prescribed burn about 9 miles south of Carbondale starting as early as Friday. The agency will target as many as 500 acres of mountain shrub, pinyon-juniper and aspen trees at Avalanche Creek and east of Filoha Meadows. […]

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Report: Colorado heroin deaths double between 2011 and 2015

April 6, 2017 — DENVER (AP) — Heroin deaths doubled between 2011 and 2015 in Colorado while arrests for heroin offenses grew six times during that time period, according to the state’s first report on the drug released Thursday. However, officials in law enforcement and public health said the […]

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Equipment malfunction leads to wild land fire near Basalt

April 6, 2017 — The Aspen Police Department made the following arrests between March 31 and Thursday: Saturday — Officers arrested Scott Agnew, 48, of Steamboat Springs, and charged him with DUI and driving the wrong way down a one-way street. Sunday — Officers arrested Juan Hernandez de la […]

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