A spirited debate: When craft spirits aren’t always from scratch

By Krista Driscoll A couple of craft spirits producers have come under fire lately for the way they are presenting their hooch. Separate class-action suits have been filed against Templeton Rye, in Iowa, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, in Texas, each alleging that the respective distilleries are misleading consumers with claims that its products are small-batch […]

Dozens of wineries coming for 25th annual Taste of Vail festival

By caramie schnell VAIL — As Taste of Vail enters its 25th year, more than 30 wineries have already committed to the four-day food and wine festival, which takes place April 8-11. In addition, Taste of Vail’s Grand Tasting on April 11 will take place at a new venue: the Four Seasons Resort and Residences […]

Keystone in Summit County will open Friday for the 2014-15 ski season

By Edward Stoner KEYSTONE — Following a week of productive snowmaking and 5 inches of natural snowfall, Keystone Resort announced Tuesday its Opening Day is set for Friday. The 2014-15 season will get underway with first chair at 9 a.m., officially kicking off the resort’s 44th winter season. While waiting for first chair, skiers and […]

Sons of slain parents in El Jebel find new life in Aspen

By RICK CARROLL The living room in the Amaya family’s Aspen home shows what a tight-knit family they are. Family photos are ample, including those of Mayra and Eliseo Lopez. The two are deceased, their lives cut short July 12 in their El Jebel home by gunshots allegedly fired by their nephew, Williams Anderson Amaya. […]

Halloween trick ends in arrests at Glenwood hotel

By WILL GRANDBOIS When Glenwood Springs police arrived at the Quality Inn around 8:30 p.m. on Halloween, they found a woman tending to a beaten, shirtless man in the hallway while her husband guarded the door of the adjacent hotel room. Four young women sat on the bed inside, among broken lamps, an assortment of […]

Still need to vote Tuesday? Here’s how you can do it

By scott miller EAGLE COUNTY — The time for mail voting is past. If you want to vote in this year’s election, you’ll have to do it in person. Here’s some last-minute information: • Locations: Ballots can be dropped off at Eagle County Clerk and Recorder offices in Avon, Eagle and El Jebel. Ballot drop-off […]

Lineup announced for Vail Snow Daze

By Edward Stoner VAIL — Opening day, Nov. 21, is just around the corner at Vail Mountain, and the resort announced Monday the entertainment for its early-season celebration, Vail Snow Daze. This year the resort’s annual festival to kick off the winter season will take place over two weekends, Dec. 12-14 and 19-21, and the […]

Beaver Creek prepares for big season

By Melanie Wong BEAVER CREEK — If you haven’t seen Talons at Beaver Creek lately, you might not recognize it. In a matter of a couple months, the finish area that will serve both the Birds of Prey World Cup race in December and the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, has become a race village […]

Racers getting excited for Worlds in Beaver Creek

By John LaConte NEW YORK CITY — There was an unmistakable air of friendly competition when Julia Mancuso, America’s most decorated female Olympic skier, referred to Mikaela Shiffrin as “the new girl” at a 2015 Vail and Beaver Creek media event. Fresh off of her first-ever giant slalom win at the World Cup opener in […]