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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.

Utah oil loading facility ‘out of compliance’ with state air-quality regs but still seeking federal OK

Utah oil loading facility ‘out of compliance’ with state air-quality regs but still seeking federal OK

The Price River near Kyune, Utah, where the proposed Uinta Basin Railway would meet the existing Union Pacific line, is pictured from an Amtrak passenger train on June 5, 2023.…

Boebert-challenging Democrats diverge on public lands gas drilling as BLM reconsiders its rules

Boebert-challenging Democrats diverge on public lands gas drilling as BLM reconsiders its rules

A BLM map of the Colorado River Valley area, with BLM lands in yellow. EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. – The top two Democrats vying to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren…

Colorado ski-town mayors eye commuter, tourist rail lines, oppose return of freight trains

Colorado ski-town mayors eye commuter, tourist rail lines, oppose return of freight trains

Avon Mayor Amy Phillips makes it clear she doesn’t think rail service will be revived through her town at the base of Beaver Creek ski area in her lifetime —…

Crypto currency advocates in Colorado cautiously eye federal regulatory efforts

Crypto currency advocates in Colorado cautiously eye federal regulatory efforts

Color Taylor Kendal “skeptically optimistic” when it comes to what Forbes Magazine describes as a “storm of crypto legislation” over the summer that’s currently mired in an exceptional level of congressional gridlock but…

What would J.C. do? ‘We can all be builders, of homes and of humanity’

What would J.C. do? ‘We can all be builders, of homes and of humanity’

VAIL, Colo. — J.C. is the anti-Trump. No, not that J.C. I’m talking about Jimmy Carter – the 39thpresident of the United States, who turned 99 on Sunday. The peanut…

Colorado lawmakers urge Bureau of Land Management to slow expansion of Utah oil facility

Colorado lawmakers urge Bureau of Land Management to slow expansion of Utah oil facility

Colorado U.S. Sen Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, instrumental last month in at least temporarily derailing a massive expansion of Utah oil trains through Colorado, are now taking aim…

Could Colorado keep Trump off 2024 ballot under Section 3 of U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment?

Could Colorado keep Trump off 2024 ballot under Section 3 of U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment?

A growing chorus of conservative scholars and former judges, including J. Michael Luttig – who helped scuttle elements of the alleged Jan. 6 coup attempt from his home in Vail – are making…

U.S. Court of Appeals vacates federal approval of Uinta Basin Railway, require more environmental review

U.S. Court of Appeals vacates federal approval of Uinta Basin Railway, require more environmental review

Eagle County and a coalition of environmental groups on Friday won a legal challenge that at least temporarily derails the federal approval of the proposed Uinta Basin Railway project in…

University of Colorado, Benson Center still in spotlight for Eastman hire, replacement’s agenda

University of Colorado, Benson Center still in spotlight for Eastman hire, replacement’s agenda

Political science professor Robert Preuhs, a CU alumnus, understands the intent of the University of Colorado’s conservative Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization, but he says the program has been poorly…

Western history washes up against modern reality in good, old-fashioned water war

Western history washes up against modern reality in good, old-fashioned water war

Homestake Creek wetlands (photo by John Fielder). Mark Twain may or may not have actually said it first – “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting!” – but even…

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