Nine legislators from the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a bill to prohibit visitors from carrying loaded firearms into national parks. Co-sponsor Jim McDermott, a Democrat from Washington, introduced the bill in response to the January murder of ranger Margaret Anderson in Mount Rainier National Park. Guns were banned in parks until 2009. Opponents are concerned that park visitors will not be able to defend themselves against wild animals.
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Vail Resorts Inc. will buy California's Kirkwood Mountain Resort for $18 million, according to Kirkwood owner Charles Cobb. Vail already owns Heavenly and Northstar in the Lake Tahoe region, and manages Breckenridge, Keystone, Beaver Creek, and Vail, in Colorado. "To buy [Kirkwood] and change it doesn't make sense," said Vail Resorts co-president Blaise Carrig. "We're hoping all the employees stay on board and we carry on what they do." Skiers and riders with Epic passes, which are good at all... Read More
The U.S. attorney's office in Charleston, West Virginia has filed criminal charges against the superintendent of a West Virginia mine where an explosion killed 29 people in 2010. Gary May, 43, is charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government in the April 2010 blast at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine. A government investigation into the accident found that the mine's operator, Massey Energy, allowed coal dust and methane to build up in the shafts, fueling the explosion. May, who is repo... Read More
Jesse Csincsak, winner of season 4 the the reality TV show The Bachelorette, rescued a pair of lost backcountry skiers on Friday near Vail, Colorado. Csincsak, a Colorado local and former snowboard instructor, was snowmobiling with friends when he came across Hilary Skye and her son Dylan Arnold near Blue Sky Basin. Skye and Arnold had skied out of bounds and were looking for a chairlift back to the main resort. "They just dropped into a zone they didn’t realize how dangerous it really w... Read More
On Monday, cycling team Euskaltel-Euskadi admitted that it will likely have to break with tradition and sign non-Basque riders in a quest to remain in the ProTour. Team manager Miguel Madariaga said the UCI points system and reduced contributions from the Basque government necessitated strategic changes. “We might have to sign [non-Basque riders]. It seems like those outside like us more than those inside the Basque Country. We need to have at least 9 million euros if we hope to aspire t... Read More