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The ebb and flow of energy extraction on Colorado’s Western Slope

The ebb and flow of energy extraction on Colorado’s Western Slope

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared on RouteFifty.com in March of 2015: U.S. Route 50 is a two-lane backroad in Colorado, scenic and charming but far from…

New local control oil and gas drilling rules blasted by both industry, ‘frack-tivists’

New local control oil and gas drilling rules blasted by both industry, ‘frack-tivists’

Editor’s note: A version of this story first ran in The Colorado Statesman: Colorado’s chief regulatory agency for oil and gas drilling on Tuesday released new rules to give local…

Gambling industry rolls out Gaming Votes initiative in Nevada, Colorado during debates

Gambling industry rolls out Gaming Votes initiative in Nevada, Colorado during debates

Editor’s note: A version of this story first ran in The Colorado Statesman: The casino gaming industry is doubling down on political events next week, looking to flex its economic…

Gun-control debate polarizing, even in Eagle County

Gun-control debate polarizing, even in Eagle County

A Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle was used in a massacre of 20 elementary school students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in late 2012. That weapon has been…

Nearly three years after Sandy Hook, U.S. endures 142 more school shootings

Nearly three years after Sandy Hook, U.S. endures 142 more school shootings

Editor’s note: Following last week’s Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon, Real Vail is re-posting a series of articles that were first published in early 2013 in the wake of…

Revisiting Vail assault weapon ban in wake of latest school shooting

Revisiting Vail assault weapon ban in wake of latest school shooting

Editor’s note: Following last week’s Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon, Real Vail is re-posting a series of articles that were published in early 2013 in the wake of the…

Wildfires, shrinking Forest Service budget put premium on trail volunteers

Wildfires, shrinking Forest Service budget put premium on trail volunteers

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared in The Colorado Statesman. On any given weekend in many popular parts of Colorado’s national forest, you’re just as likely to…

Bill requiring snow tires rolls back into state House

Bill requiring snow tires rolls back into state House

Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, a Steamboat Springs Democrat who represents Eagle County in the state House of Representatives, will take another stab this coming legislative session at a bill to…

Colorado Supreme Court to decide two cases stemming from fracking ban lawsuits

Colorado Supreme Court to decide two cases stemming from fracking ban lawsuits

Editor’s note: A version of this story first ran in The Colorado Statesman. Another story on the topic ran on www.routefifty.com. The Colorado Supreme Court last week agreed to decide…

Donovan, Polis praise sage grouse decision, but green group sharpen knives

Donovan, Polis praise sage grouse decision, but green group sharpen knives

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared in The Colorado Statesman: For the most part, Colorado conservation groups and politicians this week were singing the praises of a…