Tourism and leisure

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Dynamics of pot make it unlikely fodder for marketing

By Bob Kunkel In 2012, Coloradoans voted 55 percent to 45 percent to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana. From that day, we began the dubious process of trying to build a bridge and...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Miscellaneous columns

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Purgatory employee and longtime skier shares good vibes

Greg Ralph would have become a surfer had surfers been a little nicer. “Surfers aren’t the friendliest, most encouraging people toward beginners,” said Ralph, who grew up in Southern California....

DATE: Feb. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Purgatory Resort names general manager

Colin McBeath will take over as the general manager of Purgatory Resort this month, the company announced Thursday. McBeath was most recently the general manager at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Durango-Los Angeles flight to return next summer

American Airlines will offer direct flights again next summer from Durango to Los Angeles. Flights will run every Saturday beginning June 3 through Aug. 19, similar to what was provided this summer...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Mesa Verde tourism jumps 8.5 percent in a year

Mesa Verde National Park’s visitation has increased 8.55 percent, said spokeswoman Cristy Brown. According to Brown, 232,518 people visited the park this year, compared with 214,199 who visited at...

DATE: July 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Scenic highways help Colorado make Top 10 list

Colorado prides itself on being a great destination for visitors year-round. A WalletHub review of the best states for summer road trips confirms that, putting the Rocky Mountain High State at No....

DATE: June 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Living

Utah enjoys record season for ski visitors

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah ski resorts recorded a 10-year high for visitors this past season, likely fueled by good early-winter snow and buzz created by Vail Resort’s merging of two ski areas into one...

DATE: June 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Colorado Supreme Court: Ski resorts not liable for avalanches

DENVER – The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that avalanches are among the “inherent dangers of skiing” so ski resorts can’t be held liable for people killed by slides within their boundaries....

DATE: May 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: More sports

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Economic adviser will help Silverton through mine cleanup

A federal grant will fund an economic development coordinator to help Silverton and San Juan County businesses during the potential Superfund cleanup of historic mines. “They are totally reliant on...

DATE: May 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Steamboat sinks Durango in ‘Best Town Ever’ poll

In a head-to-head battle, Steamboat Springs sunk Durango on Outside Magazine ’s Best Town Ever poll. It wasn’t easy. Steamboat Springs just slinked by Durango with a 4,469 to 4,389 vote in Round 3...

DATE: May 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Tourism at Mesa Verde posts sizable increase

Visitation was up 8 percent last year compared with the previous year at Mesa Verde National Park . The park’s 547,325 visitors spent an estimated $55.4 million in surrounding communities,...

DATE: April 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Colorado ski areas pay record rents

DENVER – For the third season in a row Colorado ski areas operating on public land paid record-high rent to their federal landlord, revealing the state’s resort industry is making more money on the...

DATE: March 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business