The O. Zone by David O. Williams

David O. David O. Williams was hired by the owner of the Vail Daily and Summit Daily News while standing around a keg of beer in the parking lot of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in the spring of 1991. Sports editor morphed into ski editor, then city editor, before Williams launched the competing Daily Trail in 1998.

When the Vail Daily bought the Trail in 2004, Williams struck out on his own as a freelancer. A one-time regular columnist and freelance contributor for the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Williams' work also has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Aspen Daily News, L.A. Weekly, Powder Magazine, Ski Magazine, Skiing Magazine, 5280 and United Hemispheres.

Williams has covered two Winter Olympics (Torino in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010) for the Olympic News Service and currently serves as a senior fellow covering environmental and energy news for the nonprofit Colorado Independent political news site. He formed Real Vail with Vail natives Tom Boyd and Kent Van Vleet in 2007, and helped launch Real Aspen with veteran journalist Troy Hooper in 2010.

Williams is a founding member of the Vail-based Millennium Society, which funds a number of local charities. He and his wife Kristin, a Battle Mountain High School graduate and true Vail local, live in West Vail with their three boys, Nick, Max and Rennick.

Kristin Kenney Williams, a former journalist, is Vail Resorts' director of public affairs for Eagle County. Real Vail and Real Aspen are independent of Vail Resorts.

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The O. Zone Blogs

Publication Date Section Headline
09-25-2013 blog Latest round of Colorado's oil-shale shell game apparently coming to an end
09-24-2013 blog Todd Helton deserved better teams, ownership during his Hall-of-Fame career
09-16-2013 blog Difficult if not impossible to separate politics from sports at Sochi Winter Olympics
09-10-2013 blog Ski season in Colorado only about a month away
07-22-2013 blog Miller, Braun suspensions keep drug debate front and center despite British Open, Tour de France
07-18-2013 blog At least cycling is trying to clean up its act ... what's baseball's excuse?
06-24-2013 blog Udall targets 'infamous Koch brothers' one donor at a time
06-07-2013 blog Hoping for best but bracing for worst at Sochi Olympics next year
06-03-2013 blog Colorado moose boom a success story with cautionary subplot
05-30-2013 blog Could Canyons link up with Park City, Ski Utah Interconnect?
05-22-2013 blog Rockies need to finish off series with D-Backs, carry momentum into San Francisco
05-15-2013 blog Uproar over alleged IRS bias ignores real problem with social-welfare nonprofits
05-03-2013 blog DiSalvo fires salvo at DEA for shattering Aspen's 'cocoon of peacefulness'
04-30-2013 blog Eeyore's 'we're all gonna die' mantra sometimes rings true in the backcountry
04-30-2013 blog Lack of transparency in corporate campaign spending hurts us all at the polls
11-09-2012 blog Vonn skips Levi to focus on Aspen
11-06-2012 blog Group behind attack ads of Snowmass senator back in the news
11-01-2012 blog Show some love for the USA Pro Challenge
10-23-2012 blog Reflecting on Vail's eco-terrorism anniversary
10-15-2012 blog Vail Resorts CEO to Lance Armstrong: 'Come clean'
10-01-2012 blog You Know It's Almost Ski Season When ...
09-15-2012 blog Like fracking, misadventures in chemistry still plague cycling in Colorado
09-14-2012 blog By blasting U.S. statements condemning religious intolerance, Romney forgets Mormon persecution
09-13-2012 blog Peyton's great, but wouldn't you rather have RGIII?
08-08-2012 blog USA Pro Cycling Challenge stacked with stars
07-05-2012 blog USOC delivers blow to Denver's bid for 2022 Winter Games
06-06-2012 blog Turnbull's exit creates opportunity for greens in Holy Cross election
05-26-2012 blog Former Vail boss brings high energy to 76ers
03-25-2012 blog Colorado man's clash with Cheney goes to high court
03-21-2012 blog Football Born Again in Denver
03-17-2012 blog Crested Butte: Off the grid, off the hook
03-16-2012 blog Fear and Loathing in San Francisco: Real Aspen's Troy Hooper digs deep into covert CIA drug testing
12-02-2011 blog Aspen's Tommy Bowers opens ski shop in Solaris at Vail
12-01-2011 blog Vail scores Elway's steakhouse
11-11-2011 blog Oilmen employ military psyops strategy for fracking debate
11-05-2011 blog U.S. Ski Team training in Vail in advance of Aspen races
10-27-2011 blog Green musical ethic will be on display at Vail Snow Daze
10-14-2011 blog Adventures of a Vailite at Arapahoe Basin
10-09-2011 blog A tale of two weekends
09-22-2011 blog Religion, politics and Denver Broncos football
09-15-2011 blog Groups warn pipeline would harm river basins, state economy
09-08-2011 blog Water worries along the Front Range
09-06-2011 blog Companies seek solar solutions in Four Corners area
09-02-2011 blog Debate over Colorado power provider's investment in Kansas coal plant
08-20-2011 blog Why Danny Glover wants Colorado to care about tar sands oil production
08-18-2011 blog Aspen envy: Matsuhisa comes to Vail
08-14-2011 blog General Atomics subsidiary wants to stop toxic pond tests
08-02-2011 blog Denver summit delivers pizza guy for president
08-02-2011 blog GOP questions costs of Colorado health bill
08-01-2011 blog Field of bad dreams: Ubaldo trade culminates a sorry season
07-29-2011 blog U.S. Rep. Jared Polis praises EPA air proposal
07-28-2011 blog Pew Environment critical of roadless bill
07-20-2011 blog Colbert to blame for frackosaurus extinction
07-18-2011 blog Eagle County rethinks taking drilling waste
07-14-2011 blog Diverse interests support Grand Canyon uranium ban
07-09-2011 blog Yellowstone oil spill shuts down family farm
07-07-2011 blog Yellowstone spill puts spotlight back on pipeline safety
06-30-2011 blog Talisman Terry enters fracking fray
06-16-2011 blog Ad calls on Obama to extend Grand Canyon mining ban
06-04-2011 blog Pro cycling spins again
06-03-2011 blog Whitewater outfitters eye massive snowpack
05-22-2011 blog Video: Water on fire
05-21-2011 blog Texas poised to outdo Colorado in fracking transparency
05-10-2011 blog Enviros: EPA poised to approve uranium mill using outdated regs
05-05-2011 blog Energen shareholders side with Pelosi on fracking disclosure
05-02-2011 blog Dems blast governor energy office bill
05-01-2011 blog Study follows oil and gas money
04-01-2011 blog Nobu may be coming to Vail; Elway looks to score there too
03-25-2011 blog Talking energy issues on Rocky Mtn. PBS
03-24-2011 blog FASTER foes see demise of final fee bill
03-23-2011 blog Stage set for heated election for state's largest electric co-op
03-17-2011 blog Heated opposition to Colorado nuclear power plant
03-15-2011 blog Earthjustice challenges drilling in Colorado roadless areas
03-15-2011 blog Pueblo holding hearings on nuclear power
03-02-2011 blog Can gas drilling cause earthquakes?
02-19-2011 blog Obamas ski Vail sans Barack
02-15-2011 blog A car can say a lot about a ski town
02-08-2011 blog Mancuso wins silver, Vonn finishes seventh
02-01-2011 blog Commissioners open meetings with prayer
01-19-2011 blog Garfield County commissioners pan drilling regulations
01-11-2011 blog Palin aide defends ads with 'crosshairs' marks after Giffords shot
12-22-2010 blog Man charged with slope assault on Beaver Creek
12-02-2010 blog Silt ground zero in fracking debate
11-30-2010 blog Suing to protect the Arapahoe snowfly
11-16-2010 blog Big Brother blocker 'flying off the shelves'
11-10-2010 blog Enviros: Election a mandate for 'New Energy Economy'
11-10-2010 blog 'Dumb and Dumber' snowboarding bank robber writes book
11-04-2010 blog Kennedy slams media on energy policy
11-04-2010 blog Vote against energy reform a bad omen
11-03-2010 blog Election could bode well for 'new energy economy'
10-20-2010 blog Colorado first in solar energy job growth
10-18-2010 blog Anti-Obama billboard taken down off I-70 in Grand Junction
10-11-2010 blog Solo hiking on Holy Cross without a cell phone ... not advisable but not unprecedented
09-28-2010 blog Drilling documentary wins Emmy Award
09-22-2010 blog U.S. renewable energy bill modeled after Colorado
08-30-2010 blog Raining on the Olympic parade: Why weather may give Colorado a leg up in bidding on 2022 Games
08-26-2010 blog Denver 2022 Winter Olympic bid only makes sense if it comes with mountain rail
08-25-2010 blog Fool's gold or Olympic paradise? An insider's take on Denver going for the Games in 2022
08-24-2010 blog Who will Brett Favre throw to after Rice has hip surgery in Vail?
08-16-2010 blog Fall-like weather brings promise of new life to ski towns
08-11-2010 blog Anti-establishment candidates get GOP nod in Colorado
08-06-2010 blog GOP confirms 'doping' a term applicable to cycling and politics
08-04-2010 blog Euphoria of Armstrong cycling event announcement interrupted by doping allegations
08-03-2010 blog Armstrong, Ritter to make major cycling announcement
08-03-2010 blog Lawmakers look to increase wilderness and focus year-round recreation at ski areas
07-21-2010 blog McInnis, Dudley beat the heat in Aspen
07-12-2010 blog Nothing Comes Easy in the Wild World of Web Publishing

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