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Local jurisdictions navigate air space for drone photography

This story first appeared at the Colorado Freedom of Information coalition website.    While the Colorado legislature has dismissed several attempts to regulate unmanned aerial systems...

Mexican immigrants settle for $1 million in sexual harassment suit

A Vail condo company will pay a total of $1.02 million to eight of its former housekeepers to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. The...

Snow drought forces Colorado to face frightening new climate-change reality

Just a year after record snowfall throughout much of the Rocky Mountain West, the region is locked in a snow drought not seen since Jimmy Carter surrendered the White House to Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s. The record dry conditions have lawmakers and industry observers extremely concerned about looming water shortages and wildfire danger.

‘Occupy Aspen’ tries to bring populist protests to posh 1-percent playground

It was a modest start, but a start nonetheless for disaffected worker bees representing the 99 percent toiling in the 1-percent playground of the rich and famous in Aspen on Monday.

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 newspaper to launch next week

Here’s a sentence you don’t see much these days: A new newspaper will hit the streets Thursday. Erin Chavez, former Associate Publisher of the Vail Mountaineer, which closed in June along with the Denver Daily News, will launch a weekly called “Sneak Peak Vail.”

Report: Polis 6th richest member of Congress

Boulder Democrat Jared Polis ranks No. 6 on Roll Call’s list of the wealthiest members of Congress, with $65.91 million in assets.

Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, skiing Vail this weekend

First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha are skiing Vail Mountain today, according to several sources and local reports. President Barack Obama reportedly did not accompany his family to Vail for the Presidents Day Weekend.

Colorado victims eyeing Madoff lawsuit revelations with intense interest

A lot of formerly more wealthy Coloradans are watching with interest recent revelations stemming from numerous lawsuits trying to recover the ill-gotten gains of Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff. Thursday’s New York Times blockbuster was that JPMorgan Chase officials allegedly ignored clear signs of Madoff’s fraud despite their own deep suspicions. Bank officials deny any wrongdoing.

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.