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John LaConte

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Recent:
  • Summit Daily News
Past:
  • Vail Daily
  • Sierra Sun Newspaper

Recent articles by John:

Shred city: 5 world class outdoor recreation amenities built in the Vail area in the last 5 years

The upper portion of the Golden Peak Competition Arena opened for the season Nov. 20, allowing ski racers a dedicated training area to practice in Vail. When the competition arena has enough snow to allow ski racers... → Read More

Vail Mountain confident in December openings for new Sun Down, Game Creek lifts

Vail Mountain is confident in achieving December openings for the new Sun Down Express lift and the newly upgraded Game Creek Express lift. The mountain this week released pictures of the project and said concrete... → Read More

Beaver Creek dedicates run to beloved leader Gary Shimanowitz, who played a vital role in Breck’s Peak 6 expansion

For the 2022-23 season, the run formerly known as “Double Diamond” has a much more appropriate namesake. The run will be called “Gary’s,” Beaver Creek announced Wednesday, in honor of Gary Shimanowitz, a 32-year veteran... → Read More

Dylan Roberts leads Matt Solomon by nearly 7,500 votes in state Senate District 8

After a long campaign that saw six debates and a seemingly endless stream of mailers, Dylan Roberts leads Matt Solomon by nearly 7,500 votes for the Colorado State Senate District 8 seat as of 9:04... → Read More

Colorado Senate District 8 candidates Matt Solomon, Dylan Roberts share different visions in their fifth debate

Colorado Senate District 8 candidates Dylan Roberts and Matt Solomon may have felt a bit of deja vu as they returned to the Eagle County building for the Vail Daily candidate forum on Wednesday. It... → Read More

Minturn passes much-discussed effort to create new downtown design standards

On its surface, the effort to create new design standards for the 100 block of Minturn might seem to be an unexciting affair. Countless hours have been spent over the course of the last year... → Read More

Candidate in Eagle County’s sheriff’s race taken into custody for outstanding traffic tickets following debate

Eagle County Sheriff James van Beek told attendees at Wednesday night’s Vail Daily candidate forum that he was the only candidate in the two-person sheriff’s race who didn’t have outstanding warrants. Van Beek’s opponent, 37-year-old... → Read More

‘Soft side’ campaign groups are turning Matt Solomon’s words against him in Senate District 8 election

A group called All Together Colorado has been making ad buys on YouTube for a 30-second spot targeting Republican Matt Solomon, who is running for Colorado’s Senate District 8 seat, saying “even he calls himself... → Read More

‘Soft side’ campaign groups are turning Matt Solomon’s words against him in Senate District 8 election

A group called All Together Colorado has been making ad buys on YouTube for a 30-second spot targeting Republican Matt Solomon, who is running for Colorado’s Senate District 8 seat, saying “even he calls himself... → Read More

Vail Resorts stock climbs from 2-year low following earnings release

Vail Resorts’ stock climbed out of its lowest levels in more than two years on Wednesday, Sept. 28, following an announcement from the company detailing strong earnings in the company’s fiscal fourth quarter, which ended... → Read More

Time machine: 40 years ago, Vail Symposium examines ‘water options for tomorrow’

5 years ago Sept. 22, 2017 The Vail community gathered at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater to celebrate the life of Bob Parker, a 10th Mountain Division veteran who went on to become Vail’s first... → Read More

Vail area sees snow aided by Tropical Storm Kay, and more could come next week

The Gore Range was covered in snow on Thursday morning as a low-pressure system followed moisture that had been brought into the area from Tropical Storm Kay. → Read More

Camp Hale supporters ramping up efforts to see new national monument in Eagle, Summit Counties

Supporters of a new national monument at Camp Hale and the Tenmile Range have ramped up efforts in recent weeks, leading some to speculate the designation could come soon. The Washington Post on Monday cited... → Read More

New snowboarding science fiction movie ‘The Battle for First Chair’ features Vail, Summit locals

There now exists a science fiction movie about snowboarding, and when one of the characters showed up at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year, staffers there told him it was a first descent, of... → Read More

Time machine: 40 years ago, remodeled Gore Creek schoolhouse becomes a museum of Vail history

5 years ago Sept. 11, 2017 Vail town hall filled to capacity for a Vail Planning and Environmental Commission meeting regarding a rezone of a 23.3-acre parcel of land north of I-70 in East Vail... → Read More

Vail Resorts plans to limit day passes to curb crowding, but some patrons suggest the company needs to go further

Along with Monday’s announcement of opening dates for its Breckenridge and Keystone properties, Vail Resorts said it will limit lift tickets sold during peak days. Keystone Resort announced a “mid-October” opening day, meaning the ski season... → Read More

Colorado Senate District 8 candidates, who are vying for the chance to represent Summit County, square off in Eagle

Matt Solomon, the Republican candidate for Senate District 8, promised a boring discussion before the start of Thursday night’s debate hosted by Moving Mountains Eagle County, but he managed to keep it lively while squaring... → Read More

Vail Resorts workers say efforts to improve employee experience is at odds with class-action settlement

Vail Resorts’ new $20-per-hour starting pay initiative hasn’t been well received by many of the company’s longtime workers, some of whom see the announcement as a public relations push and a hypocritical gesture when viewed... → Read More

Vail Resorts’ $13M offer for labor lawsuit settlement receives final approval in California court

Vail Resorts will pay $13.1 million to a group of workers and their attorneys in an effort to settle some of the legal action being taken against the company for claims of labor law violations.... → Read More

Vail Resorts’ $13M offer for labor lawsuit settlement receives final approval in California court

Vail Resorts will pay $13.1 million to a group of workers and their attorneys in an effort to settle some of the legal action being taken against the company for claims of labor law violations.... → Read More