Rae Ellen Bichell / Mountain West News Bureau

Top politicians are in Vail, Colorado, this week for the annual meeting of the Western Governors Association.

Rae Ellen Bichell / Mountain West News Bureau

Protesters dressed as swamp creatures kayaked down a river while others marched along a bike path, past private tennis courts and swanky swimming pools outside the hotel where governors met with Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

“My shirt says keep your oily hands off of Colorado's public lands,” says Chelsea Stencel, who was among the protesters. “David Bernhardt, the ultimate swamp monster.”

Nathan Heffel / KUNC

Towns across the Vail Valley are accelerating construction projects in anticipation of the "Super Bowl of alpine skiing," the 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships. While the valley is no stranger to the event, there's still a lot of work to be done.

"Since the inception of the World Championships in 1931 there have only been 23 resorts around the world that have had the opportunity to host this once," said Vail Valley Foundation spokesman John Dakin. "This is our third time."

That unprecedented opportunity means investments in infrastructure, technology and services. The hope is that it will not only benefit the races, but the valley over the long haul as well.

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Colorado ski towns are preparing for more than just snow this winter. The first recreational marijuana stores will open in the state in January. While a few communities across Colorado are banning retail stores altogether, others are taking different approaches to the sale of recreational marijuana.

Erin Baiano

At Vail’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, there’s no curtain to lift or draw. That means pre-show warm-up rituals dancers usually conduct in the privacy of that heavy veil are on display.

Screencap / Vail Mountain

This spring storm bringing heavy snowfall to Colorado is having a big impact on the closing date for ski resorts.

Jim Hill / KUNC

What does beer taste like? Beer, right? Technically yes. But to certified beer tasters, or Cicerone, the taste of beer goes right to the molecular level.

A Familiar Battle Over Energy & The Economy In Colorado's House District 26

Oct 29, 2012
Chuck McConnell for Colorado House/Diane For Colorado

The candidates running to represent a newly formed house district, made up of Eagle and Routt counties, say their focus is on growing the economies of Western Slope mountain towns.

Nathan Heffel / KUNC

The American Automobile Association (AAA) says Coloradans are paying less at the pump than last week. Greeley is the only city the association follows in the state to see a rise in gas prices.

Leadville Sinkhole Reveals Town’s Mining Heritage

Jul 18, 2012
CDOT Facebook Page / CDOT

The town of Leadville has a growing problem. A 100-foot deep sinkhole has shut down traffic between the city and the Vail valley where many residents commute to work every day. But this is more than your average sinkhole.