David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsOctober 18, 201711min1016
When Eagle County Public Health and Environment director Chris Lindley moved up to the Vail Valley from Denver a few months ago, he was stunned to learn his new home doesn’t have a single bed for people dealing with mental health or substance abuse issues. “Being new to the county and coming up here from […]

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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsSeptember 6, 201712min563
Eagle County Commissioner Jill Ryan spent more than a decade working for the Colorado Department of Public Health before entering politics, but the job change hasn’t meant much of subject change as she continues to focus intensely on runaway healthcare and insurance costs in the mountain-resort communities she represents. “People on the individual market have […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJuly 25, 20174min319

Vail Resorts, Inc., announced today an “Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint”— meaning, as the premier ski resort chain  describes it in a public statement posted on its website, “…zero net emissions by 2030, zero waste to landfill by 2030 and zero net operating impact to forests and habitat.”

And Colorado Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet followed shortly afterward with a bit of applause. As quoted in a statement released by his press office:

“Colorado businesses continue to lead the fight against climate change because they know how important clean energy and conservation efforts are to growing our economy and protecting the planet for our children … We applaud Vail Resorts on this impressive commitment to tackle climate change from multiple angles — from reducing emissions and waste to protecting our forests. It is because of leadership like this throughout our state that Colorado is the epicenter of outdoor recreation.”

That pretty much echoed the sentiments of Vail Resorts Chairman and CEO Rob Katz, included in the company’s statement:

“Everything we do at Vail Resorts is driven by the spectacular natural surroundings where our employees, guests and communities live, work and play. The environment is our business, and we have a special obligation to protect it … Through improved business practices, capital investment and continued innovation and environmental stewardship, we are setting a goal of achieving a zero net operating footprint by 2030. With our ‘Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint’, Vail Resorts is both doing the right thing for the environment and for our business.”

The company elaborates:

“Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint” comprises three pillars: emissions, waste, and forests and habitats, with a thoughtful approach to each that was developed in consultation with leading sustainability experts in the industry.

The company plans to achieve its vision through wide-ranging measures, including using less power and natural gas; recycling and composting more, and “Planting or restoring an acre of forest for every acre of forest displaced by the Company’s operations … ”

Vail Resorts also spun off a separate website,, to tout its new green agenda. It includes a video of Katz and others holding forth on the effort.

The 30,000-employee Vail Resorts includes ski areas in namesake Vail as well as Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood near Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Stowe in Vermont; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan.

Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 8, 201634min445

DENVER — Good morning, and Happy Monday. Today is Happiness Happens Day, founded by the Secret Society of Happy People, an organization aiming to spread the joy of being happy, in 1999. But, former U.S. Rep. and bygone Republican Tom Tancredo ... he wasn't so happy, at least not yesterday. That is to say he sounded kind of curmudgeonly, but perhaps today he's pleased with himself, so able to fully celebrate the happy holiday. Read on to find out why ... Today is the last day for activists to file petition signatures with the secretary of state's office. Will fractivists have the signatures they need to get one or both of their measures onto the November ballot? They are really doing some last-minute scrambling! Read on for more in today's Colorado politics ecosphere ...