"Delayed but not derailed"
Even as beetles ravage forest, the scale of Red McCombs’ plans to build a mountaintop village hinge on land swap
By Joe Hanel Herald staff writer | 2/15/2014
"A turning point in the three-decade battle over Wolf Creek Pass is expected next month, when the U.S. Forest Service will declare its preference on a land exchange with a Texas developer who wants to build a resort village.
"B.J. “Red” McCombs has been trying since 1986 to build the Village at Wolf Creek at the base of Wolf Creek Ski Area. His latest proposal – now five years in the making – is to swap his private land in a large meadow below the ski area for Forest Service land abutting U.S. Highway 160.
"Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas expects to make a decision on the land swap in early to mid-March.
"Much has changed on Wolf Creek Pass since McCombs offered the land trade in 2009. … "