JASON BLEVINS

Position: The Colorado Sun

Police on skis help keep the peace, but they’re more likely to lend a friendly mitten

VAIL – Detective Greg Schwartz spied a couple in need and skied up to them in front of the bright yellow “Slow Skiing” sign on Vail’s Northwoods run. “Can I take it for you?” he asked, reaching...

DATE: April 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mistrial declared in case against snowboarders who triggered avalanche

Summit County Judge Ed Casias sent out 40 summonses to local residents for Thursday’s docket. Only a fraction showed up – not enough to help decide one of the more interesting high-country cases in...

DATE: March 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Some lawmakers want ski resorts to report injuries and fatalities

Etthan Mañon was ready to tackle the main run at Echo Mountain after skiing several laps on the beginner hill. The 18-year-old was with a bunch of family, in town from the Dominican Republic for...

DATE: March 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tumbling rock destroys bridge to Ouray Ice Park, pipeline to power plant

Workers arriving early at the Ouray Ice Park on Tuesday found a disaster. A boulder the size of a pool table had sheared off the canyon wall and destroyed the metal walkway accessing the park’s...

DATE: March 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Avalanche center boss will testify in case against Summit County snowboarders

A Summit County judge has rejected the Colorado Attorney General’s argument that forcing the boss of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to testify in a rare criminal case could have a...

DATE: March 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stress threatens Colorado search and rescue teams

As 17 men and women bored into the cement-like snow, even using chainsaws to grind into the ice, an avalanche released behind them, burying their exit road. “That really showed us how reactive the...

DATE: March 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Online sales boom poses challenges for Colorado tax forecasting – and for brick-and-mortar retailers

For the past several years, business at Oveja Negra in Salida has grown a healthy 15-20% a year. In 2020, Lane and Monty Willson said sales of their custom-designed bike bags tripled. And all those...

DATE: March 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Business

Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol, a volunteer crew, busier than ever in backcountry

CAMERON PASS – The wind is swirling snow and shaking the aspens. It’s single-digit cold. “Such a harsh environment,” says Owen Richard, raising his voice in the gusts as he sticks skins to his skis...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Snowboarders charged for avalanche above I-70 lose critical battle in court

Two snowboarders have lost a critical legal battle in the criminal charges they face related to an avalanche that buried a service road above Interstate 70 in March. A Summit County Court judge...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Biden’s pause on oil and gas development on public lands splits conservationists, industry

Conservationists are cheering the Biden administration’s 60-day pause on new energy development on public lands as a chance to overhaul an antiquated leasing program that has not been modified in...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado appeals court upholds waivers, protecting ski areas

A Colorado Court of Appeals panel last week delivered the first state appellate decision affirming the use of waivers to protect ski resorts from lawsuits filed by injured skiers. Charlotte...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Regional News

What impact are ski areas having on coronavirus spread?

Colorado’s resort communities are teetering on the edge of increased restrictions as a potential surge in COVID-19 cases from the busy holidays looms. But public health officials in eight...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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