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  • Several more Colorado ski areas are open

    After a relatively sluggish start to the season, skiers and snowboarders are preparing to hit the slopes at a half-dozen new resorts this weekend. Among the areas ringing in a new season - and adding to the variety of terrain available to snow sports enthusiasts - are Vail Mountain and Eldora, both of which opened some of their runs Friday....

  • Path through Glenwood Canyon closed for winter

    GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Transportation officials have closed a popular bike path through Glenwood Canyon for the winter. The Colorado Department of Transportation said Friday the path near Glenwood Springs is becoming icy and snow-packed, and with another winter storm on the way, it was closed in the interest of safety. The path was closed...

  • Want a Pikes Peak Christmas tree? Permits to go on sale

    Planning on cutting down your Christmas tree in the forest? Tree-cutting permits for the Pike National Forest's Pikes Peak District will be available starting Dec. 1, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday in a news release. Permits are $10 at the Pikes Peak Ranger District office, 601 S. Weber St., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through...

  • Report: Struggling bird needs 3-mile buffer from drilling

    BILLINGS, Mont. — A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3-mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects. The study comes as the Obama administration weighs new protections for the greater sage grouse. The...

  • Colorado outfitter headed to prison for illegal wildcat hunts

    DENVER — A western Colorado outfitter who captured and maimed mountain lions and bobcats to make hunting easier for clients has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that 56-year-old Christopher W. Loncarich of Mack was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years' probation...

  • Body of missing climber recovered from Longs Peak

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — Searchers have recovered the body of a Colorado man who was reported missing after he told friends he planned to climb the highest summit in Rocky Mountain National Park. Park officials say 25-year-old Peter Jeffris' body was spotted by a helicopter search crew Thursday about 200 feet below a popular route up...

  • National forest recommends land swap for ski road in Colorado

    DENVER — The Rio Grande National Forest recommended approval of a land swap Thursday that would allow a developer to build an access road to a proposed ski village near the remote Wolf Creek Ski Area in southwestern Colorado. Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture wants to build about 1,700 residential units at the base of Wolf Creek, and the swap...

  • Warren Miller films stuff of dreams for ski champ

    8 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $21; 520-7469, ticketswest.com. Warren Miller films are to late fall what eggnog is to Christmas. "No Turning Back" is the latest in the series of spectacularly shot skiing and snowboarding films; it comes to the Pikes Peak Center on Friday and Saturday. "I love...

  • Aspen Mountain opening early after big snowstorm

    ASPEN — Aspen Mountain ski resort plans to open Saturday, five days ahead of schedule. The Aspen Times reported Wednesday (http://tinyurl.com/l44bncf ) a storm dropped up to 28 inches of snow on the slopes last week, allowing operators to move the opening date up from Nov. 27. The snowstorm also helped with preparations for women's...

  • On the Fly: Is fluoro worth the cost? Depends on where you fish

    During guide trips, I'm often asked the difference between monofilament and fluorocarbon leaders, and whether those differences justify the price gaps. Even though fluorocarbon has a different name, it's simply another type of monofilament. The differences between fluoro and traditional mono are numerous, but the biggest selling point for...

  • Man charged in wife's death planned fatal hike, marked 'X' on map

    DENVER — A suburban Denver man charged with pushing his wife to her death off a cliff in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park could not explain to investigators why he had a park map with an "X'' drawn at the spot where she fell. Newly unsealed court documents say Harold Henthorn denied using the map during the deadly Sept. 29, 2012, hike....

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