Jason Blevins

Position: The Colorado Sun

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

Kayakers, rafters blast extended closure of Clear Creek

Jefferson County, like the rest of Colorado, reopened restaurants and loosened restrictions on people’s movement this week. But Clear Creek, one of its most popular draws, will remain closed ....

DATE: June 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

When skiing stopped, so did pooping, and wastewater workers faced a pile of problems

On March 15, the day after ski resorts in Colorado were ordered to close, water treatment workers in Vail and Aspen scrambled to deal with a drastic drop in wastewater flowing into plants. “In...

DATE: May 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Miguel County suspends, then recommits testing experiment

San Miguel County on Thursday restated its commitment to a first-of-its-kind partnership with a company providing free COVID-19 testing to anyone who lives in Telluride or the surrounding area,...

DATE: April 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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