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Tiny Monarch Mountain ski area thriving in the shadow of giants

MONARCH — When Bob Nicolls led his investment group to buy the 800-acre Monarch ski area in 2002, the ski resort industry was listing heavily toward real estate.

Without condos to sell, it was almost impossible to make money. Or so he was told.

Colorado ethics commission puts Denver, Aurora and other cities on notice in turf battle over gift rules

Colorado’s voter-passed Amendment 41 put the clamp down on most gifts to government officials and employees a decade ago — but not in the state’s largest cities, which have set or kept less-restrictive local ethics rules.

Now, the state’s ethics commission has delivered a shot across the bow of Denver, Aurora, Colorado Springs and dozens of other home-rule cities, signaling that such independence may be in jeopardy.

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