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Past articles by Tom:

Colorado option bill clears its first Senate committee

House Bill 1232 cleared the Senate Health and Human Services Committee with a 4-3 party-line vote Wednesday, with the support of several Democrats who voiced concerns about the bill. → Read More

Rifle woman pleads guilty in stolen art, van case

EAGLE — A Rifle woman that police found with a stolen van holding $179,670 of stolen artwork, all reportedly stolen in the town of Eagle, pleaded guilty to charges of theft and second-degree burglary Monday in Eagle County District Court.In exchange for the plea to the two felonies by Brittany N. Davis, 27, prosecutors agreed… → Read More

Town of Eagle hits pause on updated climate action plan

EAGLE — Eagle Town Council is taking some extra time to consider its adoption of an updated Climate Action Plan prepared by the Climate Action Collaborative, a diverse partnership led by the Walking Mountains Science Center that includes some of the town's staff.The updated action plan outlines strategies for Eagle County to reduce its greenhouse… → Read More

Colorado House passes health insurance bill

Colorado's House on Monday passed House Bill 1232, which aims to provide new lower-cost, higher-quality health insurance options for the individual and small group markets on the state's exchange. → Read More

Eagle County not alone in major interstate drug busts

Over the past two months, Eagle County has seen a string of large drug busts by GRANITE, the Gore Range Narcotics Interdiction Team, along the county’s busiest link to the rest of the world: Interstate 70.GRANITE, formed in 2016, is a partnership between the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Vail and Avon police departments. It… → Read More

Debate begins on health insurance bill in Colorado House

Colorado's House started debating a bill Thursday that aims to create a standardized health benefit plan to provide individuals and small businesses in the state with a lower-cost, higher-quality health insurance option. → Read More

Lake County coroner turns in resignation letter

Shannon Kent, Lake County's elected coroner who is facing felony charges of perjury and tampering with a deceased human body, and the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation, submitted a resignation letter to the county last Friday.At a Lake County Board of County Commissioners meeting Monday afternoon, Commissioner Kayla Marcella said Kent submitted his resignation… → Read More

Man gets intensive probation instead of prison for sex assault

EAGLE — A 23-year-old Eagle County man was sentenced to 10 years to life on sex offender intensive supervised probation on Wednesday, instead of prison, for sexually assaulting a juvenile female. → Read More

Lawsuit alleging Vail Resorts labor violations should proceed in all 9 states, say employees’ attorneys

Vail Resorts argued that all claims outside of Colorado or the Fair Labor Standards Act should be dismissed. → Read More

Lawsuit alleging Vail Resorts labor violations should proceed in all 9 states, say employees’ attorneys

Attorneys representing Vail Resorts employees who claim the company has systematically violated federal and state labor laws are arguing that their proposed class action lawsuit should proceed. Not only under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, but under the labor laws of Colorado and eight other states where the company operates its ski resorts.Vail Resorts… → Read More

Man accused of violating public health order pleads not guilty, setting up trial

EAGLE — The case against a Vail man facing charges for standing too close to another shopper in line at the Village Market in Edwards last April, in violation of a public health order, and then allegedly coughing intentionally in the direction of the shopper’s groceries and a cashier after being asked to step back,… → Read More

Baseball player in Eagle County jail after police find 21 pounds of meth in his duffel bag

Stopped for speeding and drifting into another lane on Interstate 70, a man believed to be a minor league baseball pitcher was arrested Wednesday after Eagle County Sheriff's Office deputies found 21 pounds of suspected methamphetamine and 1.2 pounds of suspected oxycodone pills in his Chicago Cubs duffel bag.Jesus Camargo-Corrales, 25, of Tempe, Arizona, was… → Read More

A relentless school year for educators, students and parents

Melisa Rewold-Thuon, assistant superintendent for Eagle County Schools, remembers spending her birthday at the emergency school board meeting. “It’s a birthday I will always remember,” she said of March 13, 2020. → Read More

School district approves $105K settlement with Eagle over lunchtime basketball

EAGLE — After extensive negotiations, the Eagle County School District has agreed to pay $105,500 to the town of Eagle to end a longstanding intergovernmental agreement that allowed adult lunchtime basketball in the Eagle Valley Middle School gym.The 50-year “noonball” agreement started back in 1995, when the town contributed $431,000, including waiving its sewer and… → Read More

Agreement for bonuses, raises and new hires in Eagle County Schools sent back to the drawing board

A proposed agreement reached by Eagle County Schools and its teachers' union aimed to strike a balance between one-time bonuses and pay increases for staff and hiring additional employees. But the measure was voted down by the district's board Wednesday night.The two-part agreement was reached by a negotiations team including district administrators, principals and teachers.The… → Read More

Denver man gets 7 years in prison for bike thefts in Vail

EAGLE — A Denver man with an extensive criminal history was sentenced to seven years in state prison Wednesday in Eagle County District Court after pleading guilty to charges related to a pair of bike thefts in Vail back in 2019.In the agreement with prosecutors, Robin J. Clifton, 61, pleaded guilty to theft and an… → Read More

Aspen management project for White River National Forest out for public comment

Compounding the effects of aspen mortality from drought, insects and disease at lower elevations are high levels of browsing by elk, deer and livestock, the plan states. Heavy browsing of aspen suckers can prevent stands from regenerating over time.“Historically, apex predators such as wolves would have pushed elk across the landscape,” the management project states.… → Read More

Town of Vail planning manager sentenced for third DUI

EAGLE — The town of Vail’s planning manager was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and 60 days jail Tuesday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence — his third DUI conviction.While driving south on state Highway 131 on July 4 of last year, Jonathan C. Spence, 50, reportedly… → Read More

Vail Christian High School students get “eye-opener” watching “The Social Dilemma” in class

Steve O'Neil, head of school at Vail Christian High School, said the school isn't against technology or social media platforms, but wanted to incorporate the film to get students thinking about how such platforms are designed and operated and possibly impacting them."I'm praying that God will use this time to help our students more critically… → Read More

Two women facing felony charges for alleged theft of $179K worth of art, van

EAGLE — A Rifle woman who prosecutors allege helped steal $179,670 worth of art from a storage unit in Eagle last year saw her bond reduced from $7,500 to $5,000 on Tuesday. → Read More