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With the April 5 municipal elections on the horizon, a full list of municipal candidates was released in early February. This spring, the towns of Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Frisco and Dillon will each have four seats to fill — for Breckenridge and Frisco, this will include the position of Mayor.This year, Breckenridge will have just one incumbent, while the towns of
Published: February 13, 2016
Kevin and Patti Ahern were typical ’70s ski bums in Breckenridge. Their story is one that happens often in the mountains — the couple met, became friends, skied together and were roommates, which eventually led to more than friends — but the story doesn’t end there. Many times this tale is told with only fond memories remaining of a younger
Published: February 13, 2016
Just about every pair of skis in Phil Kopp’s garage has a small, circular sticker stuck three or four inches from the tips, right where the ‘70s-era camber finally starts to turn up. Each red, white, blue and black sticker has a yin-yang symbol inside a star inside a bull’s-eye (or maybe it’s Captain America’s shield?), with the words “Planetary
Published: February 13, 2016
Did you ever have a secret desire to run away and join the circus? Maybe not the best idea you ever had, but the idea of travel, freedom and being part of the “big show” always had an allure compared to regular life. I remember the first time I saw a Cirque du Soleil performance. I was mystified by the
Published: February 13, 2016
This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of Feb. 15-19, 1915.MONDAYMining conditions in Summit County are to be viewed with the utmost satisfaction. Regardless of the winter months which are supposed to halt progress to a certain extent, development work at Breckenridge, Montezuma, Frisco, Kokomo, and other camps in the county
Published: February 13, 2016
“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can ‘control’, and what they cannot.” — PlatoYou may call me crazy … many have … but politically, I’m not angry. I honestly believe it is a tribute to the muscle of democracy when the current three top contenders for the most powerful political position in the
Published: February 13, 2016
KETCHUM, Idaho — The Sustainable Trails Coalition wants to amend the Wilderness Act of 1964 to allow mountain bikes and, as needed for trail construction and maintenance of trails, chainsaws and wheelbarrows. None are allowed because of the 1964 law’s ban on mechanized and motorized access.Group representatives tell the Idaho Mountain Express they have raised about 80 percent of the
Published: February 13, 2016
This is the fourth and final installment of a historical series on Summit County’s first ski mountain, birthed in 1934. At Chalk Mountain, a “rope tow to heaven” transported pioneering early day skiers to powdery bliss. That paradise attracted Summit locals, like ski legends, Max and Edna Dercum, who traveled all the way from Ski Tip on Montezuma Road to
Published: February 13, 2016
Local business leaders gathered in Breckenridge for a meeting of the minds, in hopes of finding new solutions to the county’s growing workforce housing shortage. Between limited land, rapidly escalating real estate values, and condos changing hands, towns are struggling to create enough affordable housing and employers are struggling to keep staff.“This really came to a head when we had
Published: February 13, 2016
Do you burn more calories downhill skiing, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing?Anything that gets your butt away from Netflix and the couch is bound to help, but certain activities do expend more energy than others. So if you’re looking to pack the most punch you can into a few minutes between binge-watching seasons of “House of Cards,” your best bet is
Published: February 13, 2016
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Is a breakup bringing you heartache for Valentine’s Day? Goodwill stores in the Sarasota and Las Vegas areas have an anti-Valentine’s Day antidote. They’re asking people to donate their ex’s stuff with a “don’t hate, donate” campaign. In a news release, Goodwill Manasota Foundation Vice President Veronica Brandon Miller says the agency is “having a little
Published: February 13, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.  VIDEO: Here it is, the one you've been waiting for: a video recap from the Bull of the Woods finals, held Feb. 5 at the Carter Park sledding hill in Breck on a massive down donkey log and even bigger double battleship. Wait until
Published: February 13, 2016
It is said that variety is the spice of life. No truer words could apply in the kitchen. As few as 75 years ago, the average American ate over 100 different varieties of foods over the course of a year. Today that number has dwindled. Can you guess what it is? Guess again. Try 35 — that’s less than half!Oddly
Published: February 13, 2016
The story of Summit County told through the people who love it most — you! Use #ExploreSummit on your photos of friends, adventures and the natural beauty of this place we love on Twitter and Instagram. Photos will appear instantly at www.ExploreSummit.com and here in the Summit Daily every Friday and Saturday.[iframe src=”//embed.scribblelive.com/Embed/v7.aspx?Id=1464487&ThemeId=” width=”620” height=”900” frameborder=”0”></iframe]
Published: February 13, 2016
Art Show and Reception for Jerry GeorgeffBreckenridge, Feb. 136:30 p.m., Blue River Fine Art Gallery, 411 S. Main St. An evening reception for artist and gallery owner Jerry Georgeff. Several new paintings will be unveiled. There will also be refreshments and live classical music by NRO Alumni and CO Opera Harpist Janet Harriman. Frisco Funk CollectiveFrisco, Feb. 138:30 p.m., Barkley
Published: February 13, 2016
It’s President’s Day Weekend — one of the biggest ski holidays of the season — and if you haven’t been to the mountains yet you might be surprised (and just a little discouraged) by the snow conditions. The sun has been blazing for about a week straight, bringing with it unseasonably warm temperatures and the kind of snowmelt we usually
Published: February 12, 2016
Take it from a Canadian: there’s no hockey like pond hockey.“That’s where you learn to fall in love with the game,” said Aaron Mackenzie, an Ontario native and former Colorado Avalanche defenseman. “We were outside every day, playing on the lakes, on the rivers, making your own rules. You just figure it out yourself.”For the past two years, the 31-year-old
Published: February 12, 2016
Putting down the camera was the best decision I made all day.Just after lunch on a warm afternoon in early February, our group of 12 skiers and snowboarders was chugging up the side of Independence Bowl east of Keystone in the back of a plush snowcat. It felt like riding business class on a continental flight, with just enough room
Published: February 12, 2016
■ Stevie Lynn Thein was born on Jan. 1 to Nick and Mindy Thein of Breckenridge.■ Evlyn Sage Brown was born on Jan. 4 to Kyle and Jenna of Avon.■ Owen David Kinton was born on Jan. 5 to David and Helena Kinton of Silverthorne.■ Mackensi Grace Walsh was born on Jan. 6 to Lindsey and Seth Walsh of Silverthorne.■ Coraline Rose Chessman was born
Published: February 12, 2016
Just because you’ve known someone for a couple of decades doesn’t mean you know everything.Nancy Peterson has been a friend of ours for many years, but her departure from The Summit back home to Vero Beach, Florida, and into retirement, prompted some deeper background questions from Hey, Spike!.For the past 24 years, Nancy has been a real estate broker, mostly
Published: February 12, 2016
Jason and Bree Thoma will be the first ones to admit that marriage is hard work. But the commitment the two have for each other is undeniable as they speak about their lives together and the family they’ve raised. Married for almost 17 years, the couple has three daughters and understands how much work it takes to raise a family
Published: February 12, 2016
Rodney J. CumminsAug. 16, 1965 - Jan. 5, 2016Rodney James Cummins lost his courageous ten month battle with cancer at the Denver Hospice Facility at the age of 50 on Jan. 5, 2016. Rodney was born Aug. 16, 1965 in Colorado Springs. In 2005, he married Angela, a long-time friend. In 2006, the couple welcomed Marleigh to the family. Together,
Published: February 12, 2016
Someone at Nissan apparently decided that the notion of the company making nice but — with the exception of the GT-R and the 370Z — somewhat blasé vehicles in recent years, finally got the message through.There’s a widescale revolution under way at the company and with models from the all-new Titan down through the entire family, some major, upscale transformation
Published: February 12, 2016
Costumed pups and their owners gathered for the annual Mardi Gras 4Paws parade and “yappy hour” in Frisco. The event was a benefit for League for Animals and People of the Summit, a local nonprofit that raises funds to support a variety of assistance programs for companion animals of low income families living or working in Summit County.
Published: February 12, 2016
Published: February 12, 2016
Even in this modern era of hyper-connectivity and interplanetary exploration, Earth still offers a few corners — and holes — left to discover. Author James Tabor documents one such pilgrimage in his enthralling book “Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth.”He wastes no time in describing the dangers of extreme caving, with the book opening on
Published: February 12, 2016
Fifteen-year-old Betsy Graf was sitting in a hot tub on Peak 9 with one of her friends when she first met Orion Paiement. Raised in a suburb of Chicago, her family often vacationed at their condo in Beaver Run, which her parents had owned since 1979. Orion, the typical 17-year-old Summit County teenager, was poaching the hot tub with his
Published: February 11, 2016
DENVER — The USA Pro Challenge has canceled this year’s bike race and hopes to return next year with new sponsors. Supporters have been looking for new sponsors after the bike race’s main backers stepped aside last year. Richard and Rick Schaden had been financing the race with their own money. They spent about $20 million to fund the race
Published: February 12, 2016
Art Forum and Arts Council present work by Snowy Peaks High SchoolThe Art Forum and the Summit County Arts Council will unveil a month-long exhibit Friday, featuring artwork by Snowy Peaks High School students. The opening reception will take place from noon to 2 p.m., Feb. 12, at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, 0083 Nancy’s Place, Frisco. The
Published: February 12, 2016
SYDNEY (AP) — Prosecutors dropped a charge against a 92-year-old retired surgeon on Friday that alleged he had smuggled 1 million Australian dollars ($700,000) in cocaine hidden on bars of soap into Sydney airport. Victor Twartz was due to appear in the New South Wales District Court in Sydney on a charge of importing a commercial quantity of cocaine, which
Published: February 12, 2016
Friday, Feb. 12The Snake River Saloon in Keystone hosts two nights of Funkiphino on Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13. One of Colorado’s premiere dance bands, Funkiphino is the 12-piece funk sensation that’s been funking it up all over the state for more than a decade. Pronounced “Funk-If-I-Know,” the band is the most requested group in the region. Each
Published: February 12, 2016
A pre-school teacher buddy of mine thinks Donald Trump ought to be scolded for being such a potty-mouth. She thinks no politician in history has uttered such deliberately shocking phrases. This was after Trump said that Hillary “is a loser and should be schlonged.” She might be right about Trump, but politicians making shocking statements uttered are nothing new in
Published: February 12, 2016
A 31-year-old Aspen man who threw a snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands nearly a month ago finally was charged and arrested Thursday before appearing in District Court in Aspen. Thomas Proesel — who has spent the last three weeks at a psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction — was charged with felony assault and misdemeanor reckless endangerment, according to
Published: February 12, 2016
This has been a deadly winter for fun in the heavily snow-laden backcountry. Through early February, avalanches had killed 24 people in North America, including hikers, climbers, skiers and snowboarders.Snowmobilers — including the five killed in late January in British Columbia — account for 12 of the 24 deaths. Every case is different, but a fatality in late January in
Published: February 12, 2016
Dear Eartha, I’ve noticed that baking soda is helpful in all sorts of household ways. What is it and why does it have so many uses? — Ruth, FriscoBaking soda is incredibly useful — by one count, it has more than 500 uses in over 10 industries. North America has a 700,000 ton-a-year market for baking soda. But what is
Published: February 12, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.  VIDEO: Z Griff raises a glass to good health with a smoothie from Breck's brand-new Lolo Juice before meeting up with a local skate crew, including Lumberyard team skater Chris Kaseta, for a warm-weather rip through Chaos Canyon, aka the Lehman groomer on Peak
Published: February 12, 2016
The story of Summit County told through the people who love it most — you! Use #ExploreSummit on your photos of friends, adventures and the natural beauty of this place we love on Twitter and Instagram. Photos will appear instantly at www.ExploreSummit.com and here in the Summit Daily every Friday and Saturday.[iframe src=”//embed.scribblelive.com/Embed/v7.aspx?Id=1464487&ThemeId=” width=”620” height=”900” frameborder=”0”></iframe]
Published: February 12, 2016
After more than two years of research, discussion and analysis, the proposed expansion projects at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area are another step closer to becoming a reality.The White River National Forest released a preliminary environmental impact statement (EIS) on the prospective undertaking a week ago, on Friday, Feb. 5, as part of the comprehensive process examining these new development projects
Published: February 11, 2016
THREE RACES, ONE WEEKEND — FEB. 6-7Youth ski racers from across the state competed in three major races this weekend, including the SYNC Cup slalom and giant slalom at Copper Mountain, an age class slalom at Eldora and Youth Ski League races in Vail. Loveland Ski Club had finishes in U-10, U-12 and U-14 divisions at each of the pre-championship
Published: February 11, 2016
Break out your skis, boards and Double Bubble — it’s time for the Frisco Bubble Gum Series.Beginning Monday, Feb. 15, the ski and ride hill at the Frisco Adventure Park will host the inaugural race of the third-annual Bubble Gum Series races. The series features six races, held just about every Monday in February and March: Feb. 15, Feb. 29,
Published: February 11, 2016
COPPER MOUNTAINForest Service announces comment period for Copper Resort expansionThe White River National Forest seeks public comment on newly proposed recreation enhancement projects at Copper Mountain Resort.Copper Mountain’s goal is to improve the year-round recreation experience for national forest users, according to a news release. Proposed projects include the installation of snowmaking infrastructure to provide additional early-season coverage within the
Published: February 12, 2016
Fritz Sperry, author of the Making Turns booksFrisco, Feb. 125 p.m., Next Page, 409 E Main St. Guidebooks for backcountry skiing in Summit County and beyond. Come hear Fritz talk about his experiences in the backcountry and view his slideshow.The Werks and Big SomethingFrisco, Feb. 129 p.m., Barkley Ballroom, 610 Main St. Fusing psychedelic shredding, wailing organ, and funk slap
Published: February 12, 2016
This weekend, I’m excited to be featuring three Summit County couples who not only met and fell in love here, but have also worked hard to build a life for themselves in the mountains. We all know that isn’t the easiest thing to do — especially when it comes to raising a family.It was hard to choose just these three.
Published: February 11, 2016
On a beautiful spring or fall afternoon, near one of Summit County’s mountain streams, you might catch a group learning to fish for the first time. But in the words of Jim Buckler, owner of Cutthroat Anglers in Silverthorne, “This is more than just going out fishing.”Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a national nonprofit with the mission of teaching disabled
Published: February 11, 2016
The fourth-largest U.S. sporting goods chain is headed for bankruptcy, a reversal of fortune analysts blame on Sports Authority’s staggering debt and the retailer’s failure to adapt to changing consumer tastes.The Englewood-based retailer is nearing the end of a 30-day grace period on a $21 million interest payment it skipped in January. Failure to pay by Valentine’s Day would trigger
Published: February 11, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: ZGriff takes us to Carter Park and in the woods for the first session of Bull in the Woods. This is something special — the first touch of board to build to see if the creation works. Watch as the builders run
Published: February 8, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Z Griff gives an insider's look at the construction, testing and riding of one nasty Bull of the Woods feature: a butter pad to down log. Everything was filmed in Carter Park before and after last week's contest. Enjoy. [iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/154683487?autoplay=1" width="640"
Published: February 9, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: In this special mid-week edition of On The Hill, correspondent Z Griff gives a video recap of Zone 2 at the Bull of the Woods log contest in Breckenridge on Feb. 5. Look for back lipslides on C rainbows, switch 50-50 to
Published: February 10, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Z Griff takes advantage of unseasonably warm temperatures for a few laps through the Breckenridge park and pipe. He meets up with Breck pros Brett Esser and Benji Farrow as they train for the upcoming U.S. Burton Open, held in Vail from
Published: February 11, 2016
HOWELL, N.J. (AP) — Charges against a New Jersey woman who nursed two abandoned baby squirrels back to health have been dropped on a technicality. Maria Vaccarella, of Howell, had faced up to $500 in fines after she took in a pair of baby squirrels abandoned by their mother. Vaccarella used social media to document the rehab, which caught the
Published: February 11, 2016
As parents of children moving through Summit School District, it is always hard watching individuals who have made positive, life-lasting impacts in our schools leave their positions. With a mix of heartfelt thanks and well wishes, we say goodbye to Joel Hauswirth, director of food services. The Silverthorne Elementary Wellness Team was formed to help expose children to healthy eating
Published: February 11, 2016
Were the Founding Fathers to be witnessing our current day electoral process, they’d be spinning in their graves. Determined not to allow the country they were birthing to be subject to religious rule and persecution, they nonetheless created barriers and balances that would reflect ethical, biblically-grounded governance — for, they were aware of the laws against graft, bribery and corruption
Published: February 11, 2016
There is something about chocolate that most of us cannot resist. Derived from the cocoa tree theobroma cacao, chocolate has been enjoyed by humans since 1600 BC. In fact, the name itself theobroma means “food of the gods” (in Greek theo = god, broma = food). The part we eat comes from the beans found inside the fruit of the
Published: February 11, 2016
Hundreds of people gathered in Breckenridge for the annual Fat Tuesday parade. After the bead throwing and the floats ended, the crowds headed to Main Street Station for free live music, gumbo and dancing.
Published: February 11, 2016
It’s a mantra as old as the Boy Scouts: Be prepared. It’s also one of the most important mantras any powder hound should follow before heading into the great, white backcountry.“Sometimes, bad things happen to people who are prepared, but, often times, people are woefully unprepared,” said Brian Taylor, an associate professor of outdoor studies at Colorado Mountain College in
Published: February 9, 2016
Gotcha!If the word “sex” is in a headline, readers are 62.5 percent more likely to read the story. I just made that up. In fact, I’ll bet the number is actually much higher. But as you have read this far, you are a part of that sizable majority of people who fall prey to that cheap ploy. Ah, but good
Published: February 11, 2016
There’s a world of difference between four-season gear and the rest.For starters, just labeling something “four-season” implies it can go anywhere and do anything under just about any conditions. It might not handle a drop from 300 feet up or survive several hours underwater, but snow? Yep. Wind? Yep. Extreme cold? Yep. All three of those elements combined? Yep, yep
Published: February 11, 2016
CanvasBreckenridge, Feb. 117 p.m., Ready Paint Fire, 323 N. Main St. Join local artist Lori Weissman for a social evening and a painting to be proud of. Learn the basics of acrylic painting. Follow along ‘step-by-step’ to make your very own ‘Valentines Bouquet’. Everything provided, no experience necessary. Reservations required. (970) 453-5765. Andy Babb & The Big Beautiful BandDillon, Feb.
Published: February 11, 2016
Seeking a solution to peak-season gridlock and parking shortages, Breckenridge voters passed an initiative in November to provide long-term funding for parking and transit solutions. Now, citizens will be asked to participate in the process, by reviewing available long-term solutions in a series of meetings over the next few months. “Once the measure passed, what we heard from the community
Published: February 10, 2016
Back in January, Jennifer Kermode had a question for five of the top decision makers in Summit County’s ski industry.Taking the mic at an open forum in Breckenridge, the executive director of the Summit Combined Housing Authority (SCHA) wanted to know what the top execs from Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland intended to do about employee housing
Published: February 10, 2016
I walked into the gym with all the confidence that half a semester of boxing could provide. Which is, really, not that much.I had never tried Brazilian Jiu Jitsu before and, up till last week, had no idea what it was. With a new gym in Frisco, I figured it was the perfect time to give it a shot. Owner
Published: February 10, 2016
FRISCOBubble Gum series gives racers something to chew onThe ski and ride hill at the Frisco Adventure Park will be hosting the 3rd Annual Bubble Gum Race Series on six Mondays in February and March: Feb. 15, Feb. 29, March 7, March 14, March 21 and March 28. From the “never ever” to seasoned racer, all levels are encouraged to
Published: February 10, 2016
Triathlons come in many shapes and sizes, but some things never change. In general, all triathlons consist of a swim, bike and a run, all combined into one race. The distances vary from race to race and can range from 13 miles to more than 140 miles — in a single day. Most triathlons are split into four distances: sprint,
Published: February 10, 2016
Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry.But meat-free Lent is much more than a symbol of religious devotion to Christ. It helps reduce the risk of chronic disease, environmental degradation and animal abuse. Dozens
Published: February 10, 2016
Applause! presents High Tea and Fashion Show, Summit StyleApplause!, the fundraising arm of the Breckenridge Music Festival (BMF), will host the High Tea and Fashion Show on Saturday, Feb. 13. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the Tea and Fashion Show will begin at 1:30 p.m. There will be beautiful table settings, mimosas, exotic teas, and sweets and savories. Come
Published: February 10, 2016
For Valentine’s Day 2016, PBS chef and author Christy Rost has a flavorful approach with her recipe for sweet braided Valentine bread. Drizzled with icing and garnished with a beautiful bow, Sweet Braided Valentine Bread is easy to prepare and provides a fun family kitchen activity.“A gift of homemade bread is always a welcome treat, whether for family or friends,”
Published: February 10, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — Burger King is looking for a new crown: Hot Dog King.The Miami-based chain says it plans to put hot dogs on its menu nationally for the first time starting Feb. 23. It may seem like a jarring addition for those who know the chain for its Whoppers. But Burger King says its ability to flame-grill meat
Published: February 10, 2016
Gunnar Sorensen knows his way around speed.At the start of his career, the former Staemboat Springs Winter Sports Club slalom racer took a job with the U.S. Ski Team as a ski technician. He spent a season traveling with the World Cup women’s team, tuning skis for Olympians like Paula Moltzan, Mikaela Shiffrin and the rest of the technical athletes
Published: February 9, 2016
A member of the performance faculty of Colorado College, violinist Jeri Jorgensen will perform in Summit County this weekend. “Love is ... a Work of Art” Valentine’s Day Concert is presented by Summit Music and Arts and will bring her as well as pianist Cullan Bryant to Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. The program includes Sonata No.6 in A, Op.
Published: February 9, 2016
The State Highway 9 Iron Springs project covering a four-mile stretch between Breckenridge and Frisco is nearly off the ground and running.Summit County officials met with a packed room in the county courthouse in Breckenridge yesterday morning, Tuesday, Feb. 9, to discuss progress on the re-alignment plan, which has a pricetag of about $22.6 million, as part of a quarterly
Published: February 9, 2016
The top stories of the day from the Feb. 10, 2016 edition of the Summit Daily News:Iron Springs road realignment project moves toward spring groundbreakingGolf in the winter at The Clubhouse in FriscoTake 5: Gunnar Sorensen, Loveland Ski Club Academy coach
Published: February 10, 2016
4A WESTERN SLOPE CHAMPIONSHIPS — SUMMIT HS SWIM AND DIVE TEAMThe league championships for Lady Tigers swimming and diving, hosted at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. The meet was attended by 12 total teams from across the region, including Grand Junction-area schools like Fruita Monument and Palisade. Summit senior captain Maddy O’Malley next heads to the 4A state championships
Published: February 9, 2016
The annual Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute’s upcoming benefit dinner features a four-course meal prepared by the program’s students, paired with beverages from Breckenridge Distillery and Broken Compass Brewing. “A Celebration of Haute Cuisine,” on Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Keystone Ranch, will support scholarships for the culinary program’s student apprentices.Debra Crawford, public information officer for Colorado Mountain College, said
Published: February 9, 2016
Two Summit County women will be recognized for their impact on the community through their businesses. Dr. Christine Ebert-Santos and Candy Elkind were selected for the 2015 Mountain Town Business Women’s Awards.The award’s inaugural year brought in several applicants from across western Colorado, five of who will receive awards this spring.Lindsay Stapay, director of the Northwest Colorado Small Business Development
Published: February 9, 2016
DILLONGroup taps Summit County residents to help shape state’s futureThe Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCOGG) will update its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy this year to create a locally-based and regionally-driven economic planning process. The U.S. Economic Development Administration requires economic development districts to update their strategies every five years.The planning process will involve holding county-level meetings with a variety
Published: February 9, 2016
When Jeff Davis moved to Summit County full time two and a half years ago with his wife Kari, the one thing the couple missed about Denver was having an upscale date night spot they enjoyed going to. Davis also had two of his good friends — one in San Diego and one in Oklahoma City — push him into
Published: February 9, 2016
Alone and having completed several laps on the slopes already, I looked forward to some company. I pulled a quick hockey stop, unclicked and leaned my skis against the rack. “Tea time” I thought, meandering inside the Vista Haus. Lifting off my helmet, a chill spread across my shoulders, triggered from sweat. My thighs, pinched from deep snow, made sitting
Published: February 9, 2016
Sharpen your #2 pencils. Stop. Never mind. Fill in the bubbles correctly. Stop. Never mind. Write your essay clearly. Stop. Never mind. Take the test via the computer. Stop. Never mind. The testing procedure has changed. Again. ‘Tis the season for standardized testing, although it’s easy to lose track of which one is being administered. CSAP? TCAP? CMAS? PARCC? NWEA?
Published: February 9, 2016
Editor’s note: This is first in a multi-part series on common ailments. See Eric Dube’s column in March for a look at arthritis. There is no exception when it comes to inflammation. Everybody will experience some degree of an “itis” at some point in his or her active (or even sedentary) life.Whether it’s tendonitis, arthritis, fasciitis or one of the
Published: February 8, 2016
The top stories of the day from the Feb. 9, 2016 edition of the Summit Daily News:Summit County study would explore high altitude’s health effectsSurviving Summit: Know the ins and outs of tendonitisHeard around the West: ‘Feral cats learn to avoid traps and guns’ (column)
Published: February 9, 2016
Tourists know the symptoms well — headaches, shortness of breath, the occassional bloody nose. Visiting the Colorado Rockies can be taxing on lowlanders, but they can rest assured that their altitude sickness will disappear when they return to sea level.What happens to those who live full time at elevation? Surprisingly, much remains unsettled and unknown as to its long-term effects
Published: February 8, 2016
THE WESTBall caps off to the feisty writer Ted Williams, called a “national treasure” and “Rachel Carson for sportsmen” by Forbes magazine for his decades of environmental and outdoor writing. He didn’t pull his punches in a December interview with contributing editor Monte Burke. He called most sportsmen “easily manipulated by their worst enemies” and blasted the National Rifle Association,
Published: February 8, 2016
There have been a spate of reports recently that black and white Americans generally have come to agree that the former has gotten a raw deal. To quote a headline from the Associated Press: “Racism a national problem.” The subhead reads “Group seeks solutions for ending racial inequality.” The “group” in question is the W. K. Kellogg foundation, the nation’s
Published: February 8, 2016
Summit countyCounty commissioners announce re-election bidsTwo of Summit County’s three commissioners, Karn Stiegelmeier and Thomas Davidson, announced their re-election bids on the steps of the County Courthouse yesterday afternoon, Monday, Feb. 8.Stiegelmeier and Davidson — both Democrats approaching the close of their respective second terms and eight years in the elected position — co-announced their intentions to run for a
Published: February 8, 2016
DENVER — By 2030, Colorado’s population will grow from 5 million to 7 million people, thanks in part to a strong and diverse economy, the state’s famed Rocky Mountain quality of life and its constitutionally-mandated low taxes. And because of those voter-sanctioned tax limits, this fast-growing state could someday fall victim to its own success. The contradiction is most evident
Published: February 8, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Z Griff takes a break after the craziness that was Bull of the Woods to recap the on-snow SIA demo day at Copper Mountain early last week. [iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/154427534?autoplay=1" width="640" height="360" style="border: 0px;"] Breckenridge official report: 0", 0", 1" Summit Daily field
Published: February 6, 2016
“This,” Jim Bowden says, “Is the most beautiful pair.”With an eager grin, Bowden shuffles through a stack of skis and removes a pair of long, thin, ebony black skis: Toutes Neiges (all snow), the French version of a Porsche, if Porsche made skis. Attached to the sleek and sexy topsheet is a pair of long-gone Kandahar cable-release bindings — the
Published: January 30, 2016
Tuesday’s Breckenridge Town Council meeting starts on Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the council chambers at Breckenridge Town Hall.SECOND READING: AN ORDINANCE DESIGNATING OLD ENYEART PLACE AS A LANDMARKBreckenridge Town Council will vote on Tuesday whether to designate Lot 7, Block 7, Yingling and Mickles (know as 112 South Harris Street) as a landmark. On
Published: February 7, 2016
Photo essay of the past weekend’s contest
Published: February 7, 2016
New technologies and devices only continue to permeate school walls that not all that long ago featured chalkboards, overhead projectors and filmstrip lessons as the latest and greatest in teaching tools.As the learning environment evolves further and further, the Summit School District has tried to stay ahead of the curve in delivering classrooms and spheres that provide cutting-edge academic experiences.
Published: February 7, 2016
The Summit Foundation, in partnership with the Summit School District, made the investment to donate a free online scholarship application for local high school seniors in early December and received more than 1,600 applications by the Jan. 24 deadline.The custom online application is used by more than 70 other local scholarship providers and was made possible through a partnership with
Published: February 7, 2016
Start. Stop. Begin again, lurching for that one perfect thought before it dissipates. So goes the creative process. The old writing muscles have atrophied of late — sentences that used to fly into the keyboard now take a slow train to Slovakia or some other unknown destination. Time off surely should be invigorating, but theory and practice sometimes are misaligned.
Published: February 7, 2016
DENVER — A 3 million-gallon spill from a southwestern Colorado gold mine last year may have dumped more than 880,000 pounds of metals into the Animas River, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday. Some of the metals reached the San Juan River, which the Animas joins in New Mexico, but most settled into the Animas riverbed before that, the
Published: February 7, 2016
DENVER — Traces of widely-used and potentially-harmful chemicals have shown up in three drinking water systems in Colorado, prompting officials to shut down three wells and start looking for the source. Two compounds once used in nonstick cookware coatings, firefighting foam and other materials were detected in utilities serving about 69,000 people in the city of Fountain and an unincorporated
Published: February 7, 2016
Judge Paul Dunkelman found that probable cause exists to support 17 of the 18 theft and fraud charges filed against Cynthia Johnson during a preliminary hearing Friday in Eagle County District Court.The charges, including one under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, are in connection with a coordinated bank scam in western Colorado in 2015, District Attorney Bruce Brown announced
Published: February 7, 2016
The top stories of the day from the Feb. 7, 2016 edition of the Summit Daily News:Summit’s super fans prepare for Broncos gameYoungsters become champions at Chalk MountainSummit basketball teams finish out the regular season
Published: February 7, 2016
Pop into Art! with Karen Fischer Breckenridge, Feb. 7 10 a.m., Fuqua Livery Stable, 110 E Washington Ave. Discover the dot paintings of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhols Campbell Soup Cans, and Jim Dines hearts. Students will draw and create their own Pop Art paintings in acrylic on canvas. (970) 453-3364. United in Orange Breckenridge 310 Wellington Rd. The Father Dyer
Published: February 7, 2016
Three years removed from the team’s last appearance, diehard Broncos fans in Summit are preparing for Sunday’s game. From boasting Broncos colors on the slopes, to bringing it in the bars, several longtime locals and newcomers shared their favorite team memories.Whether cheering on the Broncos is a family tradition, or a newfound passion, each one — from parents to bartenders
Published: February 6, 2016
Question No. 1Where is Tom’s Baby now?For those of you non-locals, don’t worry, Tom’s Baby isn’t some misplaced toddler we all shuffle around. It is actually a gold nugget discovered from the Farncomb Hill area just outside of present-day Breckenridge.The nugget was discovered on July 23, 1887 by Tom Groves and Harry Lytton. Weighing in at over 13 pounds, the
Published: February 6, 2016
Editor’s note: This week’s ski history comes from ““SUMMIT, A Gold Rush History of Summit County, Colorado.”Ski enthusiasts commuting to Climax — such as the Dercums from Montezuma, skiers from the U.S. Army’s Camp Hale, and area town residents — all turned out in numbers sufficient to start a ski school at Chalk Mountain. Bert Snyder became the mountain’s ski
Published: February 6, 2016

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