Powder day at A-Basin as Ritter signs beetle-kill, ski license plate bills

Gov. Bill Ritter is hitting the slopes at Arapahoe Basin today to sign some ski-related bills — not to indulge in the two inches of new snow that fell overnight at the state’s remaining ski area still open for business.

If Ritter gets the same kind of reception he got Tuesday during a bill-signing ceremony at the Capitol, he’ll likely get a snowball in his ear at A-Basin, which closes for the season Sunday.

Grocery workers angered by Ritter’s veto of House Bill 1170, which would have provided unemployment benefits in the event of a management lockout, heckled Ritter during the signing ceremony for several economic-hardship bills on Tuesday.

Chances are he’ll get a much friendlier reception in the high country, though, where he’ll sign Senate Bill 161 to create a new Colorado ski-themed license plate to rival neighboring Utah’s and HB 1199 focusing on forest health in the wake of the mountain pine bark beetle threatening ski areas around the state.

HB 1199, championed by state Rep. Christine Scanlan, D-Dillon, provides economic incentives for companies dealing with the epidemic, funds for mitigating wildfire danger and planning resources for local emergency responders.

Like this story? Steal it! Feel free to republish it in part or in full, just please give credit to The Colorado Independent and add a link to the original.

Got a tip? Story pitch? Send us an e-mail. Follow The Colorado Independent on Twitter.

About the Author

David O. Williams

is an award-winning reporter who has covered energy, environmental and political issues for years. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Denver Post. He's founder of Real Vail
and Real Aspen.

Leave a Response

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>