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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, Aspen Journalism, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Colorado Times Recorder, the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Gazette, 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.

Memorial Day, COVID class graduation underscores true definition of sacrifice

Memorial Day, COVID class graduation underscores true definition of sacrifice

I’m late writing my usual blog post commemorating Memorial Day due to a bevy of graduation activities for my middle son, Max Williams, who just finished second in his class…

As Mickelson chases PGA history, Real Vail remembers chasing Phil at Beaver Creek

As Mickelson chases PGA history, Real Vail remembers chasing Phil at Beaver Creek

Editor’s note: This was posted prior to Mickelson winning his sixth major on May 23, becoming the oldest player to win one. He earned an exemption to the U.S. Open…

Winding down a weak but still satisfying ski season as Epic Pass renewal looms

Winding down a weak but still satisfying ski season as Epic Pass renewal looms

Sunday (May 23) marks the official end of the highly problematic but still enjoyable 2020-21 ski season for Epic Pass holders. Mine was discounted 20% due to the abrupt end…

Local chamber may move to neutral on health insurance bill after Dems amend

Local chamber may move to neutral on health insurance bill after Dems amend

Eagle County’s two local state lawmakers on Monday announced a compromise plan aimed at decreasing the sky-high costs of individual market and small group health insurance coverage in rural counties.…

Tech innovation boosts recovery in Colorado outdoor recreation economy

Tech innovation boosts recovery in Colorado outdoor recreation economy

If Colorado’s tech and outdoor rec sectors weren’t inextricably linked prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, they certainly are now, panelists on a recent webcast said. “The marriage of tourism, travel,…

Pence’s Vail vacation cost taxpayers at least $750,000 just for Secret Service

Pence’s Vail vacation cost taxpayers at least $750,000 just for Secret Service

Back in December, RealVail.com broke the news that then-Vice President Mike Pence was returning to Vail for a ski vacation. Now, thanks to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington…

Slifer Smith & Frampton promotes Matt Fitzgerald to Eagle County market president

Slifer Smith & Frampton promotes Matt Fitzgerald to Eagle County market president

Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate on Tuesday issued the following press release on its growth-related reorganization and promotion of Matt Fitzgerald to Market President of Eagle County: VAIL, Colo.…

Amtrak plan could boost prospect of revived Tennessee Pass Line rail traffic

Amtrak plan could boost prospect of revived Tennessee Pass Line rail traffic

Last week, Amtrak issued a statement and a map detailing its plans for new routes as part of the Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan, including a new Front Range passenger…

Colorado lawmakers weigh data privacy as Congress continues to dither on tech regs

Colorado lawmakers weigh data privacy as Congress continues to dither on tech regs

Colorado this legislative session may be joining a handful of states trying to fill a federal void in regulating personal data privacy and security, but most experts agree the state-level…

Feds reject Colorado Midland bid for streamlined approval of lease deal with UP on Tennessee Pass

Feds reject Colorado Midland bid for streamlined approval of lease deal with UP on Tennessee Pass

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board — the federal agency that oversees railroads — has rejected a request by newly formed Colorado, Midland & Pacific Railroad for expedited approval of its…