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David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent, Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

Johnston, Romanoff, Gardner respond to Hickenlooper jumping into Senate race

Johnston, Romanoff, Gardner respond to Hickenlooper jumping into Senate race

Former Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper made it official late Wednesday, entering the state’s 2020 U.S. Senate race against incumbent Republican Cory Gardner. In another Youtube video just a week…

Pepi Gramshammer passes on at age 87

Pepi Gramshammer passes on at age 87

If you live in Vail, you know Pepi. You’ve probably seen him out and about recently in Vail Village, or on the patio at his iconic Gasthof Gramshammer restaurant. He’s…

Colorado first state in middle of nation to adopt electric vehicle standard

Colorado first state in middle of nation to adopt electric vehicle standard

Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission on Thursday voted 8-1 to approve a zero-emission vehicle standard mandating a certain percentage of the new passenger vehicles sold in Colorado are plug-in electric.…

Johnston on Hick: ‘I’m the right candidate … to defeat Gardner’

Johnston on Hick: ‘I’m the right candidate … to defeat Gardner’

The good news for Vail native and former Denver state Sen. Mike Johnston is he’s now polling second among Democrats in his bid to take on incumbent Republican U.S. Sen.…

Saying ‘no mas’ to Walmart

Saying ‘no mas’ to Walmart

Since it’s corporations through tools like Citizens United that control the political agenda in the United States, that’s clearly where we need to turn for solutions to the mass-shooting epidemic…

Reinsurance law a signifcant but small first step to fixing ski-town health care crisis

Reinsurance law a signifcant but small first step to fixing ski-town health care crisis

Forgive me for not celebrating quite as hard as the Dems down in Denver (and weirdly even Republican Sen. Cory Gardner) over Wednesday’s federal waiver that will allow Colorado to…

Tipton floats draft bill that doesn’t include key wilderness areas

Tipton floats draft bill that doesn’t include key wilderness areas

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared in the Vail Daily: Democrats, conservation groups and some local elected officials on Wednesday were quick to pounce on a draft…

Summit County Dreamer riding from Copper to Aspen for DACA awareness

Summit County Dreamer riding from Copper to Aspen for DACA awareness

Javier Pineda knows how resort towns work – the long hours, demanding labor and intense pressure during peak seasons. He grew up in Patzcuaro, Mexico, another tourist area and home…

Eagle County, state blast ‘foul-smelling, discolored water’ at Eagle River Village

Eagle County, state blast ‘foul-smelling, discolored water’ at Eagle River Village

Editor’s note: This is part 3 of an ongoing series on water-quality issues in Eagle County that is publishing first in the Vail Daily. Click here to read part 1…

At higher risk, Colorado residents need annual skin cancer screening

At higher risk, Colorado residents need annual skin cancer screening

I was recently diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma on my nose. In August I’ll have Mohs surgery to remove it. To be clear, basal cell carcinoma is a form…

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