Judge blocks public-private land swap near Colorado ski area

DENVER (AP) - A judge has blocked a public-private land swap that would have cleared the way for a developer to build an extensive hotel and commercial complex near a remote southwestern Colorado ski area.

The judge ruled Friday the U.S. Forest Service didn't adequately consider the impacts or listen to the public when it approved the deal at the proposed Village at Wolf Creek.

The land swap would have allowed the developer to build an access road from a highway to the proposed complex.

The Forest Service approved the swap in 2015. Opponents sued, saying the agency hadn't fully considered the impacts.

Forest Service spokesman Lawrence Lujan said the agency had no immediate comment. Travis Stills, an attorney for the opponents, called the order a vindication for the public and the environment.

© 2017 Associated Press


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