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SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy — Americans Jared Goldberg and Wiley Maple placed 1-2 in the opening training session Wednesday for the classic Saslong downhill. In a session run on a course that was shortened due to soft snow, Goldberg finished 0.47 seconds ahead of Maple. Thomas Dressen of Germany placed third, 0.51 behind. Steven Nyman, the American who has won this race three times, was 25th, while Norwegian favorites Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund ...read more

EDWARDS — The Harvest Pantry has re-launched as a place to enjoy breakfast or lunch with counter service including a selection of prepared meals that are great for on the go. "The new concept is modeled after the great cafes in Europe that feature made from scratch items that are ready to go, fresh soups and salads. And we boast some of the most expansive beautiful views of the valley," says Robin Litt, events manager ...read more

VAIL — After a successful fundraising event in October, local nonprofit Big Heart Big Hands presented Vail Mountain Rescue Group with $5,000 at their operations meeting on Sunday, Dec. 3. Big Heart Big Hands executive director Bobby L'Heureux, gave the donation. "When Bobby came by the other night and gave us a check, we were surprised that they had raised that much money in only their third year," said Tom Schalder, current presi-dent for Vail ...read more

From addict to Ironman, Scott French's life has been a roller coaster of DUIs, speed and speed bumps. Clean and sober since July 2013, French wants to share the highs of being straight with other recovering addicts and alcoholics. French, 40, a year-round Edwards resident, and fellow partner in sobriety Eugene Stiltner, who is based in Virginia, are shooting a documentary in 2018 about how sobriety can be uplifting in the outdoors. 'What are we ...read more

A young couple hopes to tear down one of Silverthorne's most infamous eyesores and replace it with a roughly $6.5 million hostel that, they say, will greatly bolster the accommodations available to travelers in Summit County. The duo, Lynne Parrish and Rob Baer, have certainly been inspired by their international travels, but the dorm room-style accommodations are only one piece of The Pad, a proposed boutique hotel that will offer private rooms, lodging for extended stays ...read more

After more than two years since her last International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup race, Squaw Valley icon Julia Mancuso was set to make her return to skiing on Friday, Dec. 8, at St. Moritz, Switzerland. Unfortunately, Mancuso's return would have to wait, according to a statement from the FIS, as a dense fog, known locally as Maloja Schlange, hung over the super-G track, prompting officials to flip the events scheduled for the day, with slalom ...read more

Visually impaired Paralympic skier Kevin Burton and Paralympic ski guide Brandon Ashby aren't joking when they say they met on a blind date. The two had never met before when they were paired up for a day of skiing on an Austrian glacier. "You have to take three gondolas up until you hit snow," Burton said. "We get to the top and we're just socked in. Clouds." Ashby said it was the worst visibility conditions he'd ...read more

EAGLE COUNTY — In an era when half of the country's body politic saying "up" seems to automatically trigger cries of "down" from the other half, it's no surprise that internet regulation has been drawn into that fight. There's been a lot of passionate debate over the future of net neutrality rules created in 2015 by the Federal Communications Commission. Commission members are set to vote Thursday, Dec. 14, on a proposal to eliminate those regulations. ...read more

GYPSUM — These are tough days for Eagle Valley basketball, a proud program with a history of winning. The Lady Devils fell to 2-6 on Tuesday, Dec. 12, with a 39-29 loss to Grand Junction, while the visiting Tigers took down the boys, also 2-6, by a count of 85-63. While there is a tendency to think the sky is falling, look at the calendar. It's only December. Power outage sinks girls In the opener, Eagle Valley's girls looked ...read more

VAIL — Five of the 32 Chamonix Vail homes under construction are currently available for purchase by qualifying buyers. An open house will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 for a tour of the property, located at 2310 Chamonix Road. The five homes have become available as the original buyers have decided to not purchase a home at Chamonix Vail for a number of reasons, according to Vail Community Development Department Director ...read more

LEADVILLE — A grand jury indicted former Lake County undersheriff on seven charges, include four sex charges involving minors. Fernando Mendoza was indicted on seven counts Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 12. The seven charges include four felonies and three sex charges: attempted sexual exploitation of a child, attempt to commit first degree aggravated incest, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, attempt to commit invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, embezzlement of public property, and two counts of ...read more

VAIL — Recent snowmaking conditions are allowing Vail Mountain to open terrain accessible via Wildwood Express (No. 3) and Mountain Top Express (No. 4) on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Buffalos and Wildwood restaurants will both open for dining that day. Beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 13, skiers and snowboarders will have access to the following lifts and 238 acres of skiable terrain in these areas on Vail Mountain: Gondola One, Eagle Bahn Gondola, Wildwood Express (No. 3), Mountain ...read more

Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. Although President Donald Trump — along with his Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke — came into office praising America's greatest hunter-conservationist, Theodore Roosevelt, and vowing to follow in his footsteps, they've instead opted to do the opposite. Most recently, they've taken steps to drastically reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah: Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears. Jay Banta is a 63-year-old Utahan ...read more

Roy Jay Miller, of Eagle, passed quickly on Dec. 7, 2017, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Roy was born April 4, 1952, to Clyde and Ethel Miller in Norman, Oklahoma. He married out of high school and had a son, Lance Christopher. Roy moved to Colorado in the '70s where he met his wife Rena of 37 years. In 1977, they loaded the kids up and moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where their daughter, Melissa, ...read more

EDWARDS — You don't want to die as a Darwin Award, and that's why local firefighters are happy to report that the dog was the only creature they rescued from the Freedom Park pond. About 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, Eagle River Fire Protection District crews responded to a report that a dog had fallen through the ice at Freedom Park in Edwards. A firefighter in a dry suit rescued the unhappy pup, which appeared to ...read more

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