Jason Blevins

Position: The Colorado Sun

A bold plan to protect 30% of Colorado lands and waters by 2030

Conservationists in Colorado are dreaming big. In a time of political turmoil and legislative impotence, a consortium of Colorado conservation groups is floating an audacious plan to conserve 30%...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How Colorado’s independent Wolf Creek ski area plans to navigate a coronavirus reopening

Almost 4,200 Wolf Creek skiers responded to a survey sent by the ski area’s owner, Davey Pitcher. They were largely from New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma as well as surrounding communities like...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

CPW faces growing opposition to license requirement on some public lands

An animal rights group opposed to hunting has sued Colorado Parks and Wildlife over a new rule that requires visitors to buy a hunting or fishing license to access State Wildlife Areas and State...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Busy summer is pulling Colorado’s resort communities out of coronavirus downturn

High-country resort communities that rely on spending from visitors are seeing a rebound in sales tax collections in June and July, but it’s not likely the crowds will be enough to erase losses in...

DATE: July 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Regional ski areas retain workers with coronavirus stimulus money

At least 10 of Colorado’s smallest ski areas together received at least $5 million — and as much as $12.7 million — in federal loans from the Paycheck Protection Program . While the big-league...

DATE: July 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposals could bring trains to Colorado’s Tennessee Pass

DENVER – It’s been 23 years since trains rumbled through the tunnel atop Tennessee Pass. That could change as interest in the dormant Tennessee Pass Line between Cañon City and Dotsero grows. A...

DATE: July 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

A Coloradan’s pursuit of a Mount Everest ghost

Explorer, author and professional climber Mark Synnott is standing in steep, loose rock about to step off the roped route on the top of Mount Everest. He’s about to leave the well-worn path above a...

DATE: July 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Coronavirus has led to crowds and ‘knuckleheads’ on public lands

There is something called the “knucklehead factor” in the algorithm of public land management. While never spoken of publicly, federal land managers talk among themselves about the challenges of...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Struggling ski resort industry frets over Trump’s ban on immigrant visas

The ski resort industry, reeling from early closures in March, suffered another major blow this week when President Donald Trump extended a ban on visas for immigrant workers through the end of...

DATE: June 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hunting, fishing licenses required (even if you don’t hunt or fish) for hundreds of Colorado wildlife areas

The Colorado Wildlife Commission in late April approved new licensing rules for visitors to the 350-plus State Wildlife Areas and nearly 240 State Trust Lands. “We are seeing a lot of unintended...

DATE: June 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Colorado’s fight over wolves has a new battleground: parasitic poop

As the wolf reintroduction fight howls in Colorado, wildlife officials are fielding more reports from people who suspect they’ve spotted a wolf in the wild. A release from Colorado Parks and...

DATE: June 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Neguse wants Conservation Corps to help West recover

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse on Thursday introduced comprehensive legislation that aims to help Western economies better recover from the pandemic while addressing long standing conservation, forest...

DATE: June 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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