Jason Blevins

Position: The Colorado Sun

Police on skis help keep the peace, but they’re more likely to lend a friendly mitten

VAIL – Detective Greg Schwartz spied a couple in need and skied up to them in front of the bright yellow “Slow Skiing” sign on Vail’s Northwoods run. “Can I take it for you?” he asked, reaching...

DATE: March 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mistrial declared in case against snowboarders who triggered avalanche

Summit County Judge Ed Casias sent out 40 summonses to local residents for Thursday’s docket. Only a fraction showed up – not enough to help decide one of the more interesting high-country cases in...

DATE: March 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Tumbling rock destroys bridge to Ouray Ice Park, pipeline to power plant

Workers arriving early at the Ouray Ice Park on Tuesday found a disaster. A boulder the size of a pool table had sheared off the canyon wall and destroyed the metal walkway accessing the park’s...

DATE: March 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Avalanche center boss will testify in case against Summit County snowboarders

A Summit County judge has rejected the Colorado Attorney General’s argument that forcing the boss of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to testify in a rare criminal case could have a...

DATE: March 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stress threatens Colorado search and rescue teams

As 17 men and women bored into the cement-like snow, even using chainsaws to grind into the ice, an avalanche released behind them, burying their exit road. “That really showed us how reactive the...

DATE: March 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vail Resorts thrills investors with low coronavirus losses

Not as bad as expected. That was the theme Thursday as Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz told investors about declines in revenue, income and visits so far in the 2020-21 ski season. Vail Resorts reported...

DATE: March 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado snowmobilers can finally rev up their machines – and take a class

Ed Klim was skiing a local hill in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in January when he ran into some skiers from out-of-state. He asked them where they were from. “They said Colorado. We don’t have...

DATE: March 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Snowboarders charged for avalanche above I-70 lose critical battle in court

Two snowboarders have lost a critical legal battle in the criminal charges they face related to an avalanche that buried a service road above Interstate 70 in March. A Summit County Court judge...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Skier killed in East Vail avalanche identified as gifted skier

The Eagle County Coroner’s Office identified the skier killed in Thursday’s avalanche in East Vail as John Kuo, a longtime Vail local and gifted skier known among friends as “Johnny Tsunami.” Kuo...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Colorado’s water guardians agree on one thing: Wall Street can look elsewhere

The calls came in shortly after the story in The New York Times announced Wall Street was on the prowl for “billions in the Colorado’s water.” “Can you help us? How do we get started?” wondered...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Record low Lake Powell and bad forecast set stage for water cuts

The dry 2020 and the lack of snow this season has water managers in seven states preparing for the first time for cutbacks outlined in drought contingency plans drafted two years ago. A sobering...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Biden’s pause on oil and gas splits conservationists, industry

Conservationists are cheering the Biden administration’s 60-day pause on new energy development on public lands as a chance to overhaul an antiquated leasing program that has not been modified in...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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