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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.

Bernie Madoff art auction set for posh Vail hotel on Saturday

On Saturday, just a week after the suicide in SoHo of Mark Madoff, Vail’s Sonnenalp Hotel will host a “Bernie Madoff Auction of fine art, jewelry, rugs, bronzes and more due to losses causes by” the infamous Ponzi schemer now serving 150 years in prison.

Bank teller in ‘Dumb and Dumber’ robbery ‘violated again’ by new...

VAIL -- A former bank teller robbed at gunpoint by a pair of Australian snowboarders here five years ago says she feels violated all over again by a book written by one of the so-called “Dumb and Dumber” bank robbers. “It made me feel incredibly violated and disrespected,” Jessica Gunther said of Anthony Prince’s new book, Bank Robbery for Beginners. “I feel almost like I did the day it happened ... as if my own progress has been undone.”

Recession’s end? Wealthiest Americans buying more Vail, Aspen real estate

VAIL - One sign the economy may be recovering is the recent resurgence of Colorado’s high-end mountain real estate market. Eagle County, home to Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas, saw the dollar volume of real estate sales more than double in the first five months of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009, according to Land Title Guarantee Company.

Vail official questions constitutionality of ban on marijuana dispensaries

VAIL – Vail Town Council member Margaret Rogers, an attorney, told the Colorado Independent Monday she doesn’t expect a new Colorado law allowing local governments to ban medical marijuana dispensaries to survive legal challenges.

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...

Colorado 2022 Olympics, because elevation matters

A game a lot of the jaded journalists covering the Olympic Winter Games like to engage in is coining the most derogatory nickname describing the shortcomings of the host city or venue. In Italy in 2006, for example, the purpose-built (by Fiat) and frankly quite hideous ski town of Sestriere became “Sewerstriere” or “Disastriere.”

Biomass power production takes step back in N.M., forward in Colorado

One of the potential silver linings in the dark cloud of the ongoing mountain pine bark beetle epidemic – which has ravaged more then...

What a bear! Gazette publisher grapples with Colorado Springs homelessness

In Vail, where Colorado Springs Gazette publisher Steve Pope once published the Vail Daily, homelessness merely referred to ski bums evicted for hosting too...

Guster’s Gardner looks to green the music industry, one tour at...

If there’s any industry as environmentally conflicted as the Colorado ski business, it's the music industry. The carbon-spewing luxury hotels and sidewalk snowmelt systems that characterize the ski business here depend entirely on Colorado continuing to be cold and snowy place. And enormously wasteful plastic-cup concert venues and gas-guzzling tour buses mock the politics of green-minded musicians. Adam Gardner of Guster is out to impact the carbon footprint of both industries this weekend when he brings his Reverb music-industry-greening organization to Vail for the annual Snow Daze music festival, which officially kicks off the new ski season.
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