Allegiant Air has announced new nonstop air service between Jackson Hole and Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning in June.

The new routes are among 21 the Las Vegas-based airline announced Tuesday, including eight that were delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s the first time Allegiant has offered flights to Jackson Hole Airport.

Nonstop flights from Wyoming to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and Reno-Tahoe International Airport will begin June 4 with fares as low as $49 each way, the company said.

Jackson Hole is one of three cities being added to Allegiant’s network for the first time, along with Portland, Oregon, and Key West, Florida.

“The three cities we are adding to our network ... are gateways to some of the United States’ most scenic destinations, including national parks and other outdoor attractions that are in high demand,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant’s vice president of revenue and planning.

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The Aspen area will close indoor dining at restaurants on Sunday as Pitkin County reports the highest incidence rate for the coronavirus in Colorado.

The Pitkin County Board of Health’s unanimous decision Monday will also limit lodging capacity in Aspen and Snowmass Village to 50%. Ski mountains will remain open without a reservation system, the Aspen Times reported.

“We’ve communicated until our eyes are falling out,” Pitkin County Commissioner and Board of Health member Greg Poschman said. “Yet we still have a lot of people … not agreeing with us. It’s time. We have to do this. It’s painful. It’s not forever.”

Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery offered by restaurants will still be available, though there will be an 8 p.m. last call and tables can only seat people from within the same household.

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A Colorado Court of Appeals panel delivered the first state appellate decision affirming the use of waivers to protect ski resorts from liability lawsuits filed by injured skiers.

A three-judge panel ruled last week in affirmation of a lower court’s summary judgment in favor of Clear Creek Skiing Corp., The Colorado Sun reported.

The Loveland Ski Area owner was sued in a case involving a passenger who was injured while exiting a ski lift in March 2017. When a skier in front of her fell while leaving Loveland’s Ptarmigan chairlift, Charlotte Redden was struck by the lift as she navigated around the fallen skier and suffered a broken pelvis. Redden argued that the lift attendant should have slowed the lift and was negligent under laws outlined by the state’s 1979 Ski Safety Act and the 1964 Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Act.

Redden said she plans to appeal the case to the Colorado Supreme Court. A decision by the state’s highest court would determine if the small-print waivers on the back of lift tickets releasing resorts from “any and all liability” take precedence over the Ski Safety Act, which assigns some responsibilities for skier and lift safety to resort operators.

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The BNSF Railway has proposed a plan to kill up to 18 grizzly bears over seven years on 207 miles of train tracks it operates in Montana.

In return, the railway will execute a habitat conservation plan to reduce railway-related bear deaths, BNSF Railway said in an announcement Monday. That plan would include using employees to clear tracks of any spilled grain, animal carcasses or other things that might draw in bears; increased inspections of grain hopper cars for leaks; adjusting train travel times to avoid twilight hours, when bears often feed; and putting lights and whistles on trestles where bears cannot easily escape, the Missoulian reported.

In 2019, trains were responsible for the deaths of eight grizzlies on the 207 miles of track between Trego and Shelby. That year, a train hit and killed a cow, whose carcass then attracted at least five hungry grizzly bears. Two of the bears died in train collisions and three more were killed by drivers near the tracks.

A 30-day public comment period for the proposed plan began Tuesday.

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