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Why are the Kochs so afraid of Obama?

Audio smuggled out of the right-wing billionaire benefactor Koch Brothers' secret meeting in Beaver Creek last month has made headlines for the red-meat rhetoric it captured and for identifying the high-profile attendees who sneaked in and out of the event. The fact that Charles Koch welcomed the crowd by referring to the coming presidential election as a Saddam Hussein-style "mother of all wars" is unsurprising but also unsettling-- and not just because it's an aggressive overstatement. It's unsettling because there's a mystery tied to it. The vehemence of the call to action-- the high-intensity language and the plea for round after round of million-dollar donations-- seems poorly matched with the threat to the Kochs and their friends posed by the nation's conservative Democratic president.

Vail icon Betty Ford remembered for speaking out on ERA, addiction,...

Vail Valley icon and former first lady Betty Ford passed away at the age of 93 on Friday, leaving a legacy of outspoken support for women’s issues and those suffering from breast cancer, drug and alcohol addiction.

Koch Brothers Beaver Creek retreat to be met by protesters

Word that a retreat hosted by conservative mega-donors Charles and David Koch is coming to Colorado, has spurred activists across the state into action. Colorado Common Cause, Progress Now, Moveon.org, and others plan to meet and protest in Beaver Creek, Sunday morning.

Mountain real estate crash breaks records set during 1980s energy bust

VAIL -- Last year saw a new record number of foreclosures in Vail, Beaver Creek and surrounding Eagle County, but it also saw a significant increase in home sales over 2009, which may wind up being the low mark in a mountain real estate crash unlike anything since the 1980s. Counties throughout the high country -- from Pitkin (Aspen) to Routt (Steamboat) to San Miguel (Telluride) – all set new records for the number of foreclosures, according to the Denver Post, surpassing dubious marks all established in the 1980s.

Slope rage bubbles over again at Beaver Creek

‘Tis the season to beat the crap out of someone (allegedly) on the ski slopes. Friday’s incident at Beaver Creek ski area -- in which a Georgia man was charged with misdemeanor child abuse for punching a teenage girl who bumped into his 4-year-old son – is reminiscent of another slope rage case at Beaver Creek that resulted in a federal lawsuit.

Hasan Foundation demands McInnis money back, but questions remain

VAIL - In the wake of the Hasan Family Foundation concluding its internal probe of the Scott McInnis plagiarism scandal Friday and demanding repayment of his fellowship funds, questions continue to swirl about whether the $300,000 was in fact some form of a political contribution.

Kobe DA Hurlbert seeks state Senate seat being vacated by Democrat...

The sexual assault case against NBA superstar Kobe Bryant put a white-hot spotlight on Eagle County back in 2003, exposing issues of racism and...

Ali Hasan’s magical mystery tour revs up again for state treasurer...

Beaver Creek filmmaker, occasional TV personality and maverick Muslim and Republican politician Ali Hasan semi-officially announced his run for state treasurer in Eagle County...

Minturn mayor not worried over suspended resort development

MINTURN — Mayor Gordon “Hawkeye” Flaherty is not at all concerned that a proposed private ski and golf development south of his town of 1,200 may never get off the ground due to the languishing mountain real estate market, nor is he waiting on “a pot of money” from the developer to address the struggling former railroad town’s sagging infrastructure.

Colorado conservative candidates come together in rarefied air of Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek, the anti-Aspen of Colorado ski resorts for its relentless cozying up to conservatives, once again hosts the ski-to-the-right set Saturday for the...