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The eyes of the scientific community are often fixated on the flash and thrill of those disciplines that are seen as sexy or which make for good publicity — namely, all things relating to space exploration, man’s origins or groundbreaking medical discoveries. Studying the state of the Earth’s plant life can be less invigorating and more like, well, watching the
Published: July 30, 2016
A makeshift “speed bump” recently caused havoc in Montezuma, damaging two bikes and causing some bumps and bruises for local cyclists. Constructed from PVC pipes and rubber hoses, the homemade contraption rested at the site where pavement turns to dirt, where congregating cyclists and speeding cars exasperated a nearby homeowner. Summit County Interim Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said his department received
Published: July 30, 2016
The veterans gathered in front of the concrete pillars; the remnants of a U.S. Army field house at Camp Hale. Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo., wants to designate the former training ground for the famed 10th Mountain Division, the alpine valley between Leadville and Red Cliff, as the first National Historic Landscape.The designation would preserve Camp Hale from future development, while
Published: July 30, 2016
Dear Quandary,What should I do if I inadvertently get too close to a moose?Thanks,Wanders with WildlifeDear Wanders, I have to be honest, I’m getting sick of the blatant sizeism that runs rampant in this county. Do I not have horns? Am I not a hoofed, wild and potentially hostile animal? But no, no one ever asks what to do when
Published: July 30, 2016
It used to be known as “Skiyachting,” and it was by far the best day of the season for skiers who moonlighted as sailors, or vice versa.“The inevitable has finally happened,” reads an article in a 1966 edition of the enthusiast magazine One-Design Yachtsman. “A group of Denver sailors and skiers got together and spoke for many of us when
Published: July 30, 2016
Keep hiking: Read on for more 14er ascents from local expert Kim Fenske, including Missouri Mountain in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.The Collegiate Peaks Wilderness stretches across 168,000 acres of central Colorado between Leadville and Buena Vista. This swath of the Sawatch Range has the highest average elevation of any designated wilderness area in the United States. There are 10 14ers
Published: July 30, 2016
Climate change is a way of life in Colo.Many years ago, Colorado residents would be able to boast to their friends and family across the country about how they didn’t need air conditioners because of the temperate climate in the state. Almost every school was built without one, in fact. Unfortunately, those days are long past, and now the data
Published: July 30, 2016
‘Horses sweat, men perspire, ladies glow.’ I never bought into that old adage of the ’50s; I have huge respect for gals who sweat. Case in point, the three young ladies I passed on the trail yesterday, looked fast, were sweating like stallions and one of them smelled like salmon. I have found, since reaching middle age that I have
Published: July 30, 2016
This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of Aug. 1-5 , 1916.Colorado was forty years old on Aug. 1, and in all parts of the state the birthday anniversary was celebrated with elaborate public affairs.Summit not a one industry county; ranching and mining thrive hand-in-handSummit County’s greatest distinction arises from its
Published: July 30, 2016
TELLURIDE, Colo. – Telluride is no stranger to hosting world-class athletes. But Fred Schmid is a special case. He’s 83 and recently completed the Leadville 100 mountain bike race in under 12 hours.Schmid’s story of becoming a pro rider is like many others, says the Telluride Daily Planet, with one exception: he began this odyssey at age 61. His wife,
Published: July 30, 2016
The tracks snake around the mountainside, running parallel to the highway until they disappear into the rock, only to emerge from the darkness into the sunshine once more. These tracks may seem invisible for eyes on the highway, until the train arrives. As it chugs along the tracks, the train invites speculation: Where is it going? What can you see?
Published: July 30, 2016
HOUSTON — Two circus acrobats tied the knot on a tightrope during a performance in Houston. Mustafa Danguir and Anna Lebedeva got married 30 feet off the ground Tuesday during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show at NRG Stadium. The groom, wearing a white tuxedo coat, arrived on a camel and climbed a side ladder to reach the
Published: July 30, 2016
Dear Friend,Two weeks ago, one of the members of our idyllic mountain community could bear his pain no longer and chose to end his life. This tragic event made me think of you, and the pain you have lived with for so many years. I know there have been moments when the endless despair was more than you could endure.
Published: July 30, 2016
Artist Casey Horn’s sculptures seem to be built with impossible balance. They are curving, swirling, twisting shapes of bronze, steel and aluminum designed in seemingly abstract patterns. Each sculpture is a three-dimensional translation of ancient Chinese calligraphy. Horn is still a young artist but with over 20 years of sculpting experience he has already mastered his metal mediums. In the
Published: July 30, 2016
The Breckenridge Music Festival welcomes two greats from the world of jazz to its pops series this month. First, British vocalist Helen Welch returns with her trio to sing a jazzy take on “new” American songs. Then on Aug. 6 the BMF Orchestra presents an evening of symphonic jazz and American classics with the Marcus Roberts Trio, under the baton
Published: July 30, 2016
Multi-talented best describes Texas artist Jo Hyman.Born and raised in Houston, she grew up in a creative and musical family.“My first artistic teacher was my father who was an artist and well-known innovative architect and builder,” she says. “My parents nurtured us to follow our dreams and develop our God-given talents.”“While I attended The University of Texas in Austin, I
Published: July 30, 2016
Remember your first bad sunburn? Mine came adorned with 2-inch blaze-red blisters the day after a pool party. Despite an arsenal of new sunscreen technologies, sunburns happen all the time in Colorado. That’s because our high elevations make it easier for the sun to damage our skin. Skin is one of your body’s main protectors. It maintains our temperature and
Published: July 30, 2016
The survivor? Sure. With near-constant new appearance packages and that thing that the Dodge-Chrysler portion of the FCA empire is known for — 250 different versions of the same car — the slab-faced Baby Bentley is still pretty dynamic, despite being a little long in the tooth underneath.The Chrysler 300, orphaned by the recent decision to axe the smaller and
Published: July 30, 2016
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Published: July 30, 2016
There’s more to the hills and peaks and cliffs of Summit County than powdery descents.While this area is more commonly known for it’s epic skiing and endless mountain bike trails, local rock climbers know the county offers a variety of bouldering, sport and traditional climbing. For moderate sport climbers looking for a weekend getaway, or just somewhere to burn quick
Published: July 29, 2016
There’s sailing, and then there’s sailing on Lake Dillon. This weekend, dozens of young skippers will learn the difference firsthand.For the first time since 2013, the U.S. Sailing Rocky Mountain Junior Olympics regatta returns to the High Country for two days of racing on Summit County’s signature technical waters. It’s been dubbed the “black diamond of sailing” by Dillon Marina
Published: July 29, 2016
The seized inventory of former outdoor retailer 123Mountain brought in a sum of $56,000 at a Summit County Sheriff’s auction on Friday. Interim Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said the auction, located at Breckenridge Mini Storage, ended after just 15 minutes.“It was fast,” he said. Of the four bidders, online retailer KnuKonceptz.com, Ltd. gave the highest offer. The e-commerce site describes itself
Published: July 29, 2016
Editor’s note: For countless Summit County residents, a bicycle is more than a machine — it’s a lifestyle. Every week during the summer, we’ll ask our most adventurous residents, “Where has your bike taken you?”Few people get the opportunity to bike in Europe. Even fewer do it for three summers and get paid for it. Breckenridge local Amanda Seidler can
Published: July 29, 2016
The Infamous Stringdusters website includes what might seem like a bold statement from the group. It says simply: “The Future of Bluegrass.”In talking to Andy Hall, the group’s dobro player, it’s clear the statement isn’t meant to necessarily say The Infamous Stringdusters see themselves as the world’s premier bluegrass group — although the band probably belongs in that conversation —
Published: July 29, 2016
Ivano Ottoborgo sits at a table in Adriano’s Bistro; a business that has remained in the family since 1987. The Italian restaurant, with sweeping views of the lake below, will soon be the site of a mixed-use development.“Our family is looking at developing on our own piece of property,” Ottoborgo said. “This is a big deal for the town of
Published: July 29, 2016
In the old days of journalism, reporters and editors would present news like they were Moses coming down from Mount Sinai with a broadsheet in each arm. Back then, there wasn’t much of a conversation between journalists and readers. It was a top-down, we-know-best kind of relationship. The internet and social media changed all this. Today, in addition to old-school
Published: July 29, 2016
Roberta Jean Nunley “Joy” April 17, 1937to July 23, 2016Joy Nunley long-term resident of Frisco died in her home peacefully under her daughter Dawn’s care. Her son Dean mourns his loss in Hawaii. Joy had an amazing outpour of love between Hospice, Church ladies and volunteers. Joy wasn’t one that liked to be fussed over so bring your instruments and
Published: July 29, 2016
SUMMIT COUNTY — Yes, the Tour de Trash is more fun than it sounds.Set aside the tongue-in-cheek nickname and this mellow (yet lengthy) route from Dillon to Keystone and back is one of the best extended lunch loops on the north end of Summit County. It begins at the popular Oro Grande Trail just outside of Dillon and takes riders
Published: July 29, 2016
WILDFIRE WALDEN, Colo. — The largest wildfire currently burning in Colorado has scorched more than 43 square miles and destroyed a cabin and several outbuildings. Fire officials said Thursday that high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds the previous day pushed the Beaver Creek Fire in northern Colorado toward Parson’s Draw development. Wind-whipped flames forced firefighters to retreat, and one
Published: July 29, 2016
LAKE ORION, Mich. (AP)— A suburban Detroit motorcyclist was apparently fast enough to leave police in the dust during a chase, but not swift enough to stop from bragging about it on Facebook. Lake Orion police say 33-year-old Michael Brown, of Rochester Hills, turned himself in on Tuesday, three weeks after the incident. He’s charged with fleeing police and reckless
Published: July 29, 2016
While the mountains are a masterpiece all on their own, summer is the time when the High Country brings in even more art to enjoy. The inaugural Keystone River Run Village Art Festival is making its debut this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. “This is our first time in Keystone for an event,” said
Published: July 28, 2016
The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) will present its Season Finale Concert featuring Strauss’s beloved “Der Rosenkavalier Suite” and the revolutionary Symphony No. 1 by Shostakovich on Friday, July 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center.After a slue of scandalous works, audiences breathed a sigh of relief at Strauss’s opera, “Der Rosenkavalier.” Compared to Mozart’s great masterpiece “The Marriage of Figaro,”
Published: July 28, 2016
The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre presents “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” opening July 29 and playing through Aug. 14 at the Breckenridge Theater.Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play — and the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League and Drama Desk play awards — “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is a “sunny new play about
Published: July 28, 2016
Friday, July 29DOWN2FUNK, 9:30 p.m. The Brown Hotel, Breckenridge. D2F fuses conscious hip hop lyrics, soulful choruses and funky psychedelic solos designed to entertain. Free.Grateful Bluegrass Boys, 9 p.m., Barkley Ballroom, Frisco. Performing the music of the Grateful Dead and other classic rock through a bluegrass lens, featuring members of Hot Buttered Rum, David Thom Band and more. $8-$10Honey Puddle,
Published: July 28, 2016
You’re never too old for capture the flag.Just ask Alex Marsh: This Sunday, the 36-year-old attorney from Frisco joins hundreds of adults, kids and kids-in-adult-form for the first-ever Capture the Flag fundraiser at Copper.“I’ve always been a fan of capture the flag, ever since I was an adolescent boy,” he said, who started training this summer when organizers announced games
Published: July 28, 2016
For one local Boy Scout, the path to the prestigious Eagle award has all been a step-by-step process.More precisely, it’s about each individual pace through Dillon’s Nature Preserve in leading a group of peers along a route that Tanner Fox has himself fully measured and mapped out. The soon-to-be junior at Summit High School and Silverthorne resident assumed the community-service
Published: July 28, 2016
EAGLE — Bruce Carey learned to lead by example as a sergeant in the United States Army, and he said he would bring that attitude to the district attorney’s office.Carey, a Republican, is running against incumbent Bruce Brown, a Democrat and Frisco attorney Sanam Mehrnia, an independent, to be the top cop in Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties,
Published: July 29, 2016
Enjoy state parks for free on Colorado DayOn Monday, Aug. 1, Colorado celebrates 140 years of statehood.As part of the momentous anniversary, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is marking the occasion with free entrance into all 42 of Colorado’s state parks. And because the majority of Coloradans live fewer than 30 minutes from a state park, free admission provides an
Published: July 29, 2016
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Published: July 29, 2016
The most bizarre moment in the first court appearance Thursday by the man charged with holding three other men at gunpoint Wednesday occurred when one of the hostages addressed the court. “After I saw the gun at my face, I thought of myself as a dead man,” Mark Meredith, 23, told Aspen District Judge Chris Seldin. “I told you I
Published: July 28, 2016
I grew up on a small farm in Missouri, so when I first heard of Fairplay’s Burro Days, I knew it was my kind of event. We never had donkeys growing up, although my dad and his wife now have three, but you can bet my siblings and I spent our days crafting games involving horses, dogs and goats. The
Published: July 28, 2016
Free Kokomo Pass hike with Vet Voice FoundationJoin a free hike to Kokomo pass above Camp Hale this Saturday, July 30. This beautiful high alpine valley was recently proposed by Senator Michael Bennet as a National Historic Landscape because of its monumental contribution to the armed forces and to the ski industry in the United States. Camp Hale was the
Published: July 28, 2016
SUMMIT COUNTY — The French Gulch area provides a number of ride options and dozens of opportunities for history buffs to pedal past abandoned mine shafts, dredge remnants and trails that cross old mining tails. One of the most picturesque routes is the trail leading to the Sallie Barber Mine, a well-preserved structure perched on a ridge above French Gulch.
Published: July 28, 2016
Last week, I spent a bit of time waiting to meet some folks for a work-related excursion onto Baldy Mountain. I was there at the trailhead for probably 20 minutes. In that time, I saw probably a half-dozen vehicles drive up to unload people and bikes for the purpose of riding Barney Ford trail downhill. They were all male and
Published: July 28, 2016
From the basin between Red Peak and Buffalo Mountain, Willow Creek cascades down the valley to the Lower Blue. Thanks to a donation by a longtime Summit County local, Silverthorne will receive a significant increase in water rights because of an old diversion in the wilderness behind Ruby Ranch. “This much water could be a significant portion of the overall
Published: July 28, 2016
Nearly 100 kids and parents attended the grand opening of the new Kingdom Park playground Tuesday afternoon. As children filled the new rope tower, Breckenridge Councilwoman Wendy Wolfe asked the crowd to give a “thumbs up or thumbs down” on how they like the new playground. The unofficial count came in as a huge success. She said the budget for
Published: July 28, 2016
The Frisco community and the Zdechlik family would like to invite everyone to the dedication of a memorial honoring Jon “Zeke” Zdechlik. A reception will follow the dedication.Saturday, Aug. 6 from 1-4 p.m. at the Frisco Adventure Park, 621 Recreation Way, Frisco.Zdechlik died in July of 2015 after a three-year battle with lung cancer.To learn more about Zdechlik, read a
Published: July 28, 2016
Texas artist Erika Bushee is rockin’ and rollin’ — creating unique stoneworks and rolling in her Mercedes Benz Sprinter van around the U.S.Bushee, who calls Flower Mound home, is joining a juried lineup of 125 artists displaying their works at Breckenridge’s 15th annual Main Street Art Festival this weekend.The show runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 29-31, opening at 10
Published: July 28, 2016
Dear Eartha,I am very good about home recycling; however, I feel guilty at work because there is no recycling available. How can I convince my workplace to start recycling? — Camilla, SilverthorneThank you for your question this week Camilla, and might I say this is inspiring! Starting a new program at any business can be difficult, so I hope this
Published: July 28, 2016
THROOP, N.Y. — How hot is it in upstate New York? So hot that horse manure is bursting into flames. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it received multiple complaints July 5 about the smell and smoke emanating from a burning pile of horse manure at a property in the town of Throop, in the Finger Lakes region 20
Published: July 28, 2016
The Breckenridge Food & Wine Festival returns in its second year at Main Street Station Plaza with dozens of wineries and small plate samplings from a variety of local food vendors. Hosted by Breckenridge company Rocky Mountain Events, the festival will feature a Friday night wine pairing dinner, a sparkling wine seminar and a wine and cheese tasting with The
Published: July 27, 2016
Nearly 125 artists are displaying their works at Breckenridge’s 15th annual Main Street Art Festival this weekend.The show runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 29-31, opening at 10 a.m., located in the Wellington and Sawmill parking lots on North Main Street, with free admission.The festival is produced by Mountain Art Festivals, directed by Dick and Tina Cunningham, who hosted another
Published: July 27, 2016
Humans love sugar. This comes as no surprise since our brains are wired with a reward system when we find sugar, which used to be a rare encounter in nature. With such easy access to sugar in our modern times, especially in the concentrated doses or refined forms found in sugary drinks and processed foods, many Americans have become diabetic
Published: July 28, 2016
Want more from Off The Hill correspondent Z Griff? Complete your skate kit with the Vans AV Rapidweld Pro Lite.What is my favorite kind of art? It is skateboard art. From iconic graphics and timeless images to flat-out satire, the world of skateboard graphics is something dear to the hearts of all who ride. It’s a timeline, a catalogue of
Published: July 27, 2016
Due to the great largess of friends and people in the wine business, I have been afforded the opportunity to taste some wines that have a little age on them. Not ancient wines, or even wines from, say, before I took my first steps, but rather some wines that had their genesis in the summers of my youth in the
Published: July 28, 2016
The top stories of the day from the July 28, 2016 edition of the Summit Daily News:Breck hopes to improve broadbandSwan River restoration costs jumpFood and wine festival hits Breck this weekend
Published: July 28, 2016
CAMP HALE — There are a lot of bike races locally, but not many with a history like Wednesday’s.The Camp Hale Hup, the latest in the 2016 VRD Westin Athletic Club Mountain Bike Race Series, took riders through a former World War II training facility that used to house as many as 14,000 soldiers.“It’s cool. There’s a lot of history
Published: July 28, 2016
Sanam Mehrnia said the District Attorney’s Office is over-criminalizing people, while not providing any resources to help them, and that’s why she’s running for district attorney.Mehrnia, 33, has been a Colorado attorney since 2009. Before that, she was with the Arizona federal public defenders office while in law school, handling murder and coyote cases — people illegally transporting people and
Published: July 28, 2016
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Published: July 28, 2016
Increasing visitor numbers, budding tech businesses and a growing local population are bringing the discussion on broadband to the forefront of Breckenridge. While the town has not recently studied the existing resources compared with the demand, both locals and visitors have shared concerns with dropped calls and slow Internet speeds.“During peak periods in Breckenridge, we are starting to see issues
Published: July 27, 2016
The restoration of the Swan River alongside Tiger Road east of State Highway 9 in Breckenridge continues, but the county has hit a snag.Earlier this month while excavating this phase’s mile-long segment, between Rock Island Gulch and Muggins Gulch roads, the contractor in charge of the project discovered unexpected mining waste along about 1,000 feet of the intended channel. The
Published: July 27, 2016
Think there’s no basketball scene in Summit County? Think again.This Saturday, the annual 3 On 3 At the Summit basketball tourney returns to the outdoor courts at the Silverthorne Recreation Center for a day of three v. three action. It’s a coed tourney, so that means if you’re still friends with members of both the varsity boy’s and girl’s teams
Published: July 27, 2016
Since college ended in June, I’ve been on the move, never staying in one place for more than two weeks. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to places like New York, Chicago and Yellowstone National Park along the way, but now, finally, I get to go back home.Home has always been something of a nebulous concept for me. Since first
Published: July 27, 2016
BOSTON — Visitors to one of Boston’s top tourist destinations are being asked not to give money to what officials have dubbed “the fake monk mafia.” Faneuil Hall Marketplace General Manager Joe O’Malley told The Boston Globe that officials have received complaints about individuals “dressed in monk garb” who are suspected of being insincere in their fundraising efforts. Visitors to
Published: July 27, 2016
It’s easy to recognize Jeffrey Michael in his modified box truck. A large sign above an 8-foot hole cut in the side of the truck with a custom garage door reads “The Wandering Madman.” Accompanying smaller signs around the cutout read “Free Music,” “Donations keep me alive,” or “Anything is possible,” as well as signatures from strangers written in dry
Published: July 26, 2016
Kristof Kosmowski was a prodigy in the European art world. He was awarded with 25 one-man shows in the largest cities of his native Poland by the time he was 25. He was also honored to show his work in the countries of Germany and Finland at such a young age. His training at both the Escola Massana Centre d’Art
Published: July 26, 2016
For nearly 40 years, Tim and Patti Casey built their Breckenridge-based real estate company, firmly establishing themselves in the commercial, social and philanthropic fabric of the community.Originally from southern California, the high school sweethearts felt the pull of the Rocky Mountains, and, two years prior to launching Mountain Marketing Associates, Ltd. and starting their young family not long thereafter, they
Published: July 26, 2016
EAGLE COUNTY — It took an act of Congress to allow the recent Epic Discovery recreational enhancement to take place on Vail Mountain. Celebrating that moment, U.S. Department of Agriculture deputy undersecretary Leslie Jones visited Vail from Washington, D.C., a few weeks ago, and talked about another act of Congress that could enhance the recreational opportunities in the White River
Published: July 27, 2016
EAGLE — Some people are in jail because they need to be. Others just need a hand getting back on the right track, says District Attorney Bruce Brown.Brown is wrapping up his first term as district attorney in Colorado’s 5th Judicial District — Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties. The Democratic incumbent is running for re-election against Republican Bruce
Published: July 27, 2016
Patience is wearing thin at the U.S. Forest Service with owners of two vehicles that rolled into a pristine stretch of the Crystal River headwaters July 2 and haven’t been removed.The incident occurred after one Jeep was attempting to secure and tow another Jeep out of a precarious position, authorities said. Both vehicles ended up tumbling about 130 feet down
Published: July 27, 2016
The top stories of the day from the July 27, 2016 edition of the Summit Daily News:Summit County leaders mobilize to address alarming suicide, mental-health trendsSummit Right Brain: The Wandering Madman coming to a sidewalk near youTake 5: Max Bonenberger, 14-year-old ultra runner and Silver Rush 50 finisher
Published: July 27, 2016
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Published: July 27, 2016
The crafting of a gripping, well-paced thriller is a special skill, attempted by many but truly delivered on by only a lucky few. “Child 44,” by Tom Rob Smith, is one of the exceptional ones — a tightly woven page-turner that will have the reader up late, enthralled with the dystopian Soviet-era world that serves as the backdrop for this
Published: July 26, 2016
State Youth Gymnastics meet — Silverthorne Storm Gymnastics, July 23The final and most prestigious youth gymnastics meet of the season, held at Arvada West High School on Saturday, July 23. The event drew more than 1,000 youth gymnasts from across the state, including roughly 20 from the Silverthorne Storm team. A recap from head coach Ben Way:“We had some ups
Published: July 26, 2016
Savvy retirees can jump into the business of helping nonprofits, thanks to a new Summit Foundation program. The Nonprofit Resources for Grantees (NRG) program expands on the resources the Foundation offers, partnering local organizations with knowledgeable, executive volunteers to offer free consulting. “As The Summit Foundation, we have a role in value added services for nonprofits. It’s about more than
Published: July 26, 2016
Cornerstone Real Estate welcomes new broker, marketing staffCornerstone Real Estate Company, LLC in Keystone and Breckenridge recently welcomed a new broker, Rick Eisenberg, and a new marketing staff member, Oriana Anderson. Eisenberg has been working in the real estate business since 2004 and chairs the investment committee of the Summit Association of Realtors board.An Oklahoma native, Anderson moved to Breckenridge
Published: July 26, 2016
Max Bonenberger was somewhere around mile 38 when the pain took hold.“I was just thinking, ‘This is brutal,’” Bonenberger remembers. “That wasn’t very fun.”That memorable mile marker, found more than halfway through the Silver Rush 50 trail run in Leadville on July 10, was brutal for everyone. It came after a four-mile uphill and led to a 10-mile downhill, all
Published: July 26, 2016
MISSING PERSON MONTROSE, Colo. — Searchers on foot and ATVs are scouring a portion of the Uncompahgre National Forest looking for signs of a missing 82-year-old woman with dementia. Mary Finnegan was last seen on July 15 in Montrose but her car was discovered in the forest near the border of Mesa and Montrose counties on Sunday, prompting the search.
Published: July 26, 2016
Next Page bookstore hosts signing and Harry Potter eventOn Friday, July 29, Ed Sealover will be at The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco for a book signing and talk starting at 5 p.m. for his new book “Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops.” Colorado is replete with natural beauty, award-winning breweries and a history that reflects its
Published: July 26, 2016
Michel (Mike) Gafford Jocelyn July 3, 1943 — July 20, 2016Michel (Mike) Gafford Jocelyn, 73, died peacefully after a valiant fight against brain cancer at Valley View hospital in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on July 20, 2016, surrounded by those who loved him most.Mike was born at St. Francis in Wichita, Kansas. An alumni of Wichita University, Mike lived every day
Published: July 26, 2016
A 32-year-old former Aspen resident who threw a snowboarder off an Aspen Highlands chairlift last winter was found not guilty of attempted assault Monday by reason of insanity. Aspen District Judge Chris Seldin made the ruling after first finding probable cause to charge Thomas Proesel with attempted first-degree assault and then listening to a state psychologist, who interviewed Proesel and
Published: July 26, 2016
A violent semitrailer wreck on Friday evening, July 22, between Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnel and Silverthorne on Interstate-70 backed up traffic for hours overnight and left three dead. The 18-wheeler was heading west on the highway when, according to Colorado State Patrol, it appears to have missed the runaway truck ramp near mile marker 209 and smashed into an embankment and several
Published: July 25, 2016
A reminder on trail etiquetteI am a visitor to Summit County, a bicycler, swimmer and walker. We come here in July every year to take refuge in this beautiful area from the stifling heat in Texas.My husband and I ride a tandem bike, mostly on the path around Lake Dillon.We have noticed frequent safety violations by both bicyclers and pedestrians.
Published: July 25, 2016
So it’s Tim Kaine. Hillary has chosen the junior senator from the swing state of Virginia as her running mate, hoping that the colorless if congenial Democrat apparatchik who has never lost an election will help drag her across the finish line in November.It’s an illuminating choice — and not just for the senator’s avuncular persona. It’s another piece of
Published: July 25, 2016
We want the Summit Daily News to be a reflection of the community. And that’s why we need your help.We have a new email address — share@summitdaily.com — that we hope you will use to send us photos, links to videos, funny stories and even news tips. We hope to make more space in our pages for your content. We
Published: July 25, 2016
As Summit County locals, we love our home, but we sure love our adventures, too. Whether it is a quick overnight road trip to chase the gnar or a flight to some exotic destination, we love to explore the world. Some trips push our comfort zone, and that can be scary, dangerous and have consequences. Other trips are designed for
Published: July 25, 2016
Karsyn Fetzer is the only fourth-grader at Platte Valley Elementary School in Kersey who shows goats.Her four-legged proteges are a hit at sleepovers, and a few friends have come along for shows in the past, but Karsyn’s hobby is very different from those of most 9-year-olds.“It’s cool doing something so different,” Karsyn said Sunday before the Weld County Fair Boer
Published: July 25, 2016
Here’s what’s going on around Colorado today: MILITARY SOLDIERS ARRESTED IN COLORADO HOME INVASION COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Authorities say four soldiers have turned themselves in after breaking into a Colorado Springs apartment and threatening someone with a gun. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that police say the Fort Carson soldiers were arrested on suspicion of burglary, menacing and child
Published: July 25, 2016
Is legalized marijuana bringing more poor people to Pueblo County?For local nonprofit agencies that are the front line in dealing with indigent people, there is no question more poor single people and families have been knocking on their doors in the past few years.Eva Matola spoons food onto trays for them at the Pueblo Community Soup Kitchen. The men and
Published: July 25, 2016
EAGLE COUNTY — When Javier Placer kayaked the Grand Canyon in 2006, it was supposed to be his farewell from whitewater sports. Instead, it turned out to be the beginning of an odyssey that came full circle this spring, a decade later, in the Grand Canyon once again.The journey really began in 2002, when Placer taught a young man named
Published: July 25, 2016
Registered Breckenridge voters may have picked up an unexpected call last week. Bernett Information Group, a national surveying company, is soliciting responses regarding the best use of lift ticket tax revenues. Breckenridge Ski Resort communications manager Kristen Petitt Stewart confirmed they had released the survey. “We did a survey about a year ago at this time around parking and transportation,
Published: July 21, 2016
Small, pink flags lined the faint path through the towering lodgepole pines, where the final portion of the Galena Ditch Trail will connect users from Breckenridge to the Colorado Trail. On Saturday, 128 volunteers worked all day, hammering together bridges, moving large stones, chopping at old stumps and scraping away spongy layers of fallen pine needles.“It’s all brand new,” crew
Published: July 23, 2016
Dear Quandary,Are cans of oxygen good for altitude sickness?Thanks,O. So DeprivedIn a word, no. I know, it seems so easy, pop into 7/11 grab some Cheetos, a bottle of water and a can of oxygen then you’re ready to take on the world. But alas, just as Cheetos can’t help with nutrients, a can of oxygen can’t substitute for the
Published: July 23, 2016
Editor’s note: For more of host Shawna Henderson’s adventures across Colorado, including wine biking in Palisade and stand-up paddleboarding in Glenwood Springs, see the sports section at www.summitdaily.com.“Starboard tack!”Our captain yells the order as sailboats in front of us quickly scurry to get out of our way moments before a head-on collision. There is nothing easy about sailboat racing on
Published: July 21, 2016
By now, we all know what happened. After leaving behind a trail of suicide notes on Sunday, Scot A. McChesney, a 55-year-old Wildernest resident, paddle-boarded out to the south end of North Pond in Silverthorne and rolled off into the water, taking his own life. It had all been carefully planned, down to the weight-filled backpack tied around his waist.
Published: July 22, 2016
The NFL says it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with human growth hormone or other prohibited substances as alleged in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America last year. The league said the quarterback and his wife, Ashley, fully cooperated in the seven-month investigation, providing interviews and access to all records sought by investigators. The NFL is continuing
Published: July 25, 2016
The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) and Breckenridge Music Festival (BMF) will present a joint concert on Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Riverwalk Center. Led by conductors Carl Topilow and David Danzmayr, the enormous combined orchestra will perform Maurice Ravel’s colorful “Daphnis et Chloe suites No. 1 and No. 2” as well as works by Jean Sibelius and
Published: July 23, 2016
South Willow Falls is one of the great hiking places in Summit County that is intermediate in difficulty and offers a waterfall If you are searching for hiking trails with waterfalls, the South Willow Falls is the perfect trail for you. The falls is located in the valley between the steep, rocky slopes of Red Peak (13,189 feet) and Buffalo
Published: July 11, 2015
wildflowers are all over the mountains right now, but some places in Summit County are better than others if you want to get your flower fix this season. Mid- to late July is usually the best time to see blooms in all of the High Country areas. In forests, look for wild roses, yellow arnica and fairy slipper orchids, and
Published: July 22, 2016
On a pristine morning in July, a small group of campers, coaches and pros took to the snow at the Woodward Copper summer terrain park for jibs and jumps high on Copper Mountain. They were surrounded on all sides by dry grass and green, uncovered mountains, like a surreal dreamscape in the heart of Summit County. Here’s how they spent
Published: July 22, 2016

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