Rendering of the Village at Wolf Creek

Forest Service Denies Citizens Appeal

On Tuesday, May 30th, Colorado Wild and two other organizations representing thousands of citizens throughout Colorado and the nation challenged the Forest Service’s April 3rd approval of two access roads for Texas Developer Red McCombs to build his “Village” at Wolf Creek Ski Area. Our Administrative Appeal alleged that the Read more…

Rendering of the Village at Wolf Creek

Forest Service Releases Access Decision

The Forest Service released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Access Decision April 3rd, granting the developer two access points across Forest Service Land . The decision is a slap in the face to the public, who spoke out with near unanimity in opposition to the agency granting access. Read more…

Rendering of the Village at Wolf Creek

Mineral County Conceals Collusion with Wolf Creek Developer

With renewed national attention focusing on government transparency and illegal political influence, Colorado finds itself at the center of an emerging scandal that runs from local government all the way to Washington, DC. Although Colorado Wild has been uncovering evidence of collusion between Wolf Creek developer Red McCombs and US Read more…

Rendering of the Village at Wolf Creek

Prying Open the Backdoors of Political Favoritism

Forced to sue in June 2005 to acquire documents that should have been available to the public all along, Colorado Wild uncovered collusion between the developer and the Forest Service. The lawsuit seeks to end Forest Service stonewalling and force the agency to disclose critical public records as required by Read more…

Rendering of the Village at Wolf Creek

Congressman Salazar Joins the Opposition

In a Nov. 23 statement, Congressman John Salazar stated that a project the size and scope of the Village at Wolf Creek “cannot continue”. Salazar stated that “At the end of the day, I just don’t see how a project of this scope and size can continue. I’ve taken the Read more…

Rendering of the Village at Wolf Creek

Forest Service EIS and Access Decision Forthcoming?

Eyes now turn to the Forest Service’s forthcoming decision and Final EIS on if, and under what conditions, they should grant access to the 287.5 acre in-holding traded out of public hands in 1986 under highly questionable circumstance. That land exchange included a contract between the developer, Forest Service, and Read more…

Rendering of the Village at Wolf Creek

Developer & Mineral County Protest Judge’s Rejection of County Approval

In a major victory for Friends of Wolf Creek, State District Court Judge John Kuenhold on Oct. 13 2005 threw out Mineral County’s approval of the massive Village at Wolf Creek development. Kuenhold ruled that Mineral County’s “decision to abandon a requirement for meaningful year-round access was arbitrary and capricious”, Read more…

Rendering of the Village at Wolf Creek

Impeding Undemocratic Temporary Access Permits

Colorado Wild was also forced to sue the Forest Service for granting temporary access to the inholding in the spring of 2005 without any public notification or process. This lawsuit sought to enjoin the Forest Service from illegally granting any further access to the developer – as it did on Read more…

Rendering of the Village at Wolf Creek

A Massive Development in a Most Inappropriate Location

Posing Financial Risk to Local Residents Believing promises of econonic development and tax windfalls, Mineral County Commisioners (in Creede) nontheless approved the development in Octover 2004. In so doing, they refused to require an independent fiscal impact analysis- standard procedure with such developments- to ensure their own taxpayers would not Read more…

Rendering of the Village at Wolf Creek

The Sordid History of This Now Private Land

On Feb. 20, 1986, the Forest Service denied a land exchange proposal to swap 420 acres at Wolf Creek Ski Area for 1,631 acres of degraded grazing lands. Just two weeks later though, the Forest Service reversed itself approving the exchange with just a promise that the development be “compatible” Read more…

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