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David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent, Colorado Politics formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

From terrorism to homophobia to tandem toilets, so many reasons to take a pass on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

From terrorism to homophobia to tandem toilets, so many reasons to take a pass on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Twice over the summer I expounded on my many reasons for taking a pass on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics after attending and working at the last three Winter Games…

Colorado regulators pass tougher rules for companies that spill oil

Colorado regulators pass tougher rules for companies that spill oil

Colorado oil and gas regulators on Tuesday passed new, tougher rules for companies that spill oil or exploration and production waste. The new regulations, passed unanimously by the nine-member Colorado…

Fracking-ban fracas likely to shape Colorado gubernatorial race

Fracking-ban fracas likely to shape Colorado gubernatorial race

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat whose 2nd Congressional District has seen a big spike in oil and gas drilling, told an industry trade association today that it should immediately…

Vonn ready to race in World Cup downhill at Lake Louise

Vonn ready to race in World Cup downhill at Lake Louise

Forgoing surgery on a partially torn ligament in her right knee to race in this weekend’s women’s World Cup at Lake Louise, Canada, is a clear sign of just how…

Cities that imposed fracking bans face gusher of litigation

Cities that imposed fracking bans face gusher of litigation

Lawsuits were flying like snowflakes on Colorado’s Front Range Tuesday as the state’s oil and gas industry and its supporters fired back at cities that enacted fracking bans last month.…

Colorado legislative showdown looms in wake of oil and gas spills, fracking bans

Colorado legislative showdown looms in wake of oil and gas spills, fracking bans

The ripple effects of September flooding that spilled nearly 50,000 gallons of oil in northeastern Colorado and fracking-ban votes in four Front Range cities will be felt this January in…

Governor says fracking ban votes reflect ‘genuine anxiety’

Governor says fracking ban votes reflect ‘genuine anxiety’

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday acknowledged that recent municipal votes imposing hydraulic fracturing bans in four Colorado cities demonstrate the health concerns of Colorado residents living in the midst of…

Broncos, Manning buck Chiefs, but fans should rein in Super Bowl hopes … this season

Broncos, Manning buck Chiefs, but fans should rein in Super Bowl hopes … this season

Even after Sunday’s big win by the Broncos over the previously unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, Denver fans should probably dial back their expectations of Peyton Manning getting to February’s Super…

Sliding into ski season with an abundance of caution

Sliding into ski season with an abundance of caution

In April of 2005, I was “that guy.” The Eeyore on a heli-skiing trip who – while not exactly uttering the Winnie the Pooh character’s famously gloomy “We’re all gonna…

Aspen’s coal-mine methane power project a success story with strings attached

Aspen’s coal-mine methane power project a success story with strings attached

A little more than a year after it opened, Aspen Skiing Company’s unique partnership with a Colorado coal mine, a local electric cooperative and an innovative Denver company produces as…