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The 99 Percent: Morning coffee, Summit County 7-11

"It's cold," he says, rubbing his hands and zipping up his fleece. I can see that Joaquin, a recent immigrant from Senegal, doesn't really have a good sense yet of what winter will be like in the Colorado high country.

How to make it in the mountains

I'm a journalist and now I'm a part-time cab driver, which means I go where I'm needed up here in Summit County.

Colorado River Agreement signed by major players

In the American West, the battle for control of water never really ends, but on Tuesday a major agreement among key Colorado players promised greater future cooperation to get more water to more people more consistently. The Colorado River Cooperative Agreement was signed by Denver Water and representatives from Grand County, Summit County, the Colorado River District and the Clinton Ditch & Reservoir Company.

Vail Resorts joins push by Udall, Polis for new wilderness designations...

Vail Resorts has announced it has teamed with the Colorado Environmental Coalition and other conservation groups in supporting U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colorado, who are seeking better protection and management of up to 175,000 acres of ecologically important lands in Eagle and Summit counties, where Vail Resorts operates.

Sen. Udall wants to create more Colorado wilderness, establish new national...

Saying the economy is intrinsically intertwined with the environment, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall rolled out a proposal Sunday to designate 236,000 acres of new wilderness in central Colorado and establish a 20,000-acre national monument along the Browns Canyon stretch of the Arkansas River.

Colorado River deal seeks cooperation over litigation between competing water users

As first reported last week by Colorado Independent contributor Allen Best of Mountain Town News, a sweeping water accord called the “Colorado River Cooperative Agreement” was announced today in Grand County by political leaders from Grand, Summit and Eagle counties, along with officials from Denver Water, the Colorado River District, the ski industry and other major stakeholders.

Local politicians, conservationists praise Polis draft wilderness plan

Local politicians and statewide environmental groups today hailed a draft wilderness proposal being circulated by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis called the Eagle and Summit County Wilderness Preservation Act.

House Speaker hopeful Scanlan battles teacher-bill fallout and tea party wave

State Rep. Christine Scanlan, D-Dillon, a rising star on the Colorado political scene, says any talk of her becoming the next Speaker of the House is pointless if Democrats can’t hold onto their current 37-27 House majority in November.

McInnis money trail leads to 1990s mountain resort, real estate deals

During his first few years in Congress representing the sprawling 3rd Congressional District on Colorado’s Western Slope, Republican Scott McInnis was a strong voice...

Passing the bud in the high country: Vail council bans pot...

Vail police last week successfully lobbied the town council to temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries, essentially passing the bud to the next council to...
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