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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. <p>[scribble data-src=“/event/1464487”]</p>
Published: May 5, 2016
Locals were out enjoying the warm weather along with some craft brews on Wednesday, May 4 at Broken Compass Brewing. Each week, the brewery debuts a different “Wacky Wednesday” beer, with this week featuring a Lime Helles. Broken Compass continues its tradition of Potluck Mondays, and Tuesdays are now trivia night, starting at 7 p.m.Mark your calendars for Saturday, May
Published: May 5, 2016
Mountain Mentors participants enjoyed a weekend outdoor education and team building thanks to the support of Summit County Elks Lodge #2561 and the Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant. Last weekend, 24 local youth with Mountain Mentors enjoyed the outdoors while learning about different skills including emergency preparedness, campfire building and astronomy. Keystone Science School instructors took groups on discovery hikes
Published: May 5, 2016
After 10 ½ months and $1.2 million, the historic Brown Hotel and Restaurant re-opened its doors right at the beginning of mud season on April 15.While many establishments this time of year take a few weeks off, owner of the Brown Michael Cavanaugh had no qualms about opening while business was slow.With a renewed focus on live music and the
Published: May 5, 2016
The major water bodies around Summit County and throughout most of the state are in strong shape after a slightly above-average winter season. However, the region is far from out of the woods on the matter of water in the West.That was the thrust of speakers at Summit’s 23rd annual State of the River meeting on Wednesday evening, May 4
Published: May 5, 2016
FRISCO — Now that’s the way to end a season.On a gorgeous Thursday afternoon at home — Senior Night, the final game of the spring — the Summit girl’s soccer team sent their soon-to-be graduates off in style with a dominant performance against Rifle. The game nearly slipped away, but, after a full 80 and 9:30 of overtime, a small
Published: May 5, 2016
The Family and Intercultural Resource Center is offering a new training opportunity for parents. Teaming up with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, FIRC will host a 21-week leadership course, culminating in a project to benefit the community.“We’re really excited to be able to offer it in the community,” FIRC executive director Tamara Drangstveit said. “I think it
Published: May 5, 2016
I spent this weekend on a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival couch tour. Since I couldn’t actually make it down to The Big Easy this year, I was stoked to see a variety of artist performances on the AXS TV channel. As there is still several feet of snow on the ground where I live, I have to admit
Published: May 5, 2016
Friday, May 6The Brown Hotel in Breckenridge hosts 2 Dudez on Friday, May 6. 2 Dudez are an epic mix of sound and debauchery. A fun local duo puts their own twist on covers with their stand-up bass and exciting style. Music is from 9 p.m. to midnight, no cover. Check out The Brown’s facebook page for more information.Live music
Published: May 5, 2016
“Fear. Family. Love. Acceptance,” said actor Billie McBride in a statement, as she describes the substance of the upcoming play, “The Velocity of Autumn,” the newest offering from the Lake Dillon Theatre Company (LDTC). McBride portrays Alexandra, matriarch of the Brooklyn-based family featured in “The Velocity of Autumn,” the 2014 Tony-Award nominated comedy-drama by Eric Coble. The play centers on
Published: May 5, 2016
LEADVILLE — A manhunt is on for a murder suspect in a Leadville slaying on Monday.A warrant for first-degree murder has been issued for Matthew James Haley, 30, in connection with the stabbing death of Jordan Gausman.About 11:30 p.m. Monday, an argument between Haley and Gausman turned physical at the Silver Dollar Saloon, where Gausman worked, according to the Colorado
Published: May 5, 2016
The top stories of the day from the May 5, 2016 edition of the Summit Daily News:Frisco begins final stretch of Main Street constructionBreckenridge town council considers extending marijuana moratoriumWork It Out: Is all food the right kind of fuel?
Published: May 5, 2016
The fourth and final phase of Frisco’s Step up Main Street project is well underway, with construction taking place from Second Avenue to Fourth Avenue. The primary purpose of the project is to improve drainage along Frisco’s main drag, while giving the street an update for the first time since 1982.“We are ahead of schedule despite having lost two days
Published: May 4, 2016
Many people see all the food we eat as fuel. This is essentially true, but they do not understand exactly what kind of fuel different foods can be. You have your macronutrients, which include carbohydrates, proteins and fats. These are your primary fuel sources. Then there is your micronutrients, which are vitamins and minerals that help with the essential functions
Published: May 4, 2016
EAGLE COUNTY — While golf courses upvalley are waiting for the snow to melt, courses downvalley are open and ready for play.Gypsum Creek Golf Course and Eagle Ranch Golf Club have been open for a few weeks now. The Eagle-Vail Golf Club is set to open 10 holes on May 7 while Vail Golf Club anticipates opening May 15.DOWNVALLEYGypsum Creek
Published: May 4, 2016
Summit Preschool awarded Swift grantThe Bessie Minor Swift Foundation announced its annual grants earlier this week, and Summit County Preschool is one of the named recipients for 2016.The foundation, formed by the owners and founders of Swift Communications (owner of the Summit Daily News), provides financial awards to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills as well as those
Published: May 4, 2016
Even Bobo, Pooky and Paddington need the occasional checkup.It’s a message St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco is highlighting in hosting its second-annual Teddy Bear Clinic for children and their favorite stuffed animal on Saturday, May 14. The event aims to introduce and familiarize area kids with the hospital.“The goal is to get children exposed to the hospital in
Published: May 4, 2016
It wasn’t quite the Senior Night game the Summit girl’s lacrosse team wanted, but it was a showcase this promising program needed.Under the fading rays of Tuesday sun — the game was pushed back to 5:30 p.m. for AP testing — the Lady Tigers took on the other Lady Tigers of Grand Junction for Summit’s final home varsity game of
Published: May 4, 2016
I have been an enthusiastic wine drinker since a semester spent in France as a college student. This sense of appreciation was reinforced by subsequent work and travel throughout Europe, including a number of years spent employed by an Italian company in the Veneto region — home to the carefree, easy-to-drink Soave, the round and luscious Valpolicella and the dark,
Published: May 4, 2016
It’s that time of year. Spring is here, and everybody needs to do a little spring cleaning, maybe get rid of some stuff in the basement. Even billionaires.William I. Koch, better known as Bill to those who know him — and those who don’t — has decided it’s time to part with a few things below his house(s) and clean
Published: May 4, 2016
Just a short walk apart, Breckenridge’s four dispensaries have made their home on a few blocks of Airport Road. The drive at the northwest edge of town, once primarily an industrial area, has since seen the addition of a few small restaurants and a brewery. But, based on a recent discussion by the newly elected town council, it is unlikely
Published: May 4, 2016
GOVERNMENTSmall chicken farmers win oversight reprieve in ColoradoDENVER — It’s about to get easier for Colorado’s small-time chicken farmers to sell directly to consumers. A bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper would also expand the state’s so-called “Cottage Foods” law to allow home cooks who make almost anything that doesn’t need refrigeration to sell directly to consumers.
Published: May 4, 2016
Despite a warm, dry February, sales tax collections across Summit County were up for the month. Town of Frisco revenue specialist Chad Most said the lack of snow did not prevent a steady stream of visitors from heading to the high country.“The conventional wisdom is so much of our economy is based on snow. I have learned it’s difficult to
Published: May 3, 2016
No matter your background or your zip code, every Coloradan deserves a fair shot at affording a quality health-care plan. Unfortunately, those of us in the High Country are all too aware of the ever-rising cost of health care. While it is true our state’s total uninsured rate has dropped dramatically in recent years, the reality is that there are
Published: May 4, 2016
Heather Nordquist, 35, is a longtime local graphic designer and owner of Letter H Studio. The Breckenridge resident opened her own graphic-design business three years ago right after coming back to Summit after an around-the-world trip with her husband, Brian.The couple traveled to places such as Australia, Southeast Asia and Canada and hiked through the Patagonia region in South America.After
Published: May 3, 2016
Live music with La Lealtad Musical de OaxacaThe Historic Brown Hotel hosts live music with La Lealtad Musical de Oaxaca starting at 9 p.m. A Mariachi band from Oaxaca, Mexico, playing authentic Mexican tracks for Cinco De Mayo. The newly-remodeled Brown Hotel is at 208 N. Ridge St. in Breckenridge.Cinco de Mayo celebration with Mi CasaOn Thursday, May 5, Mi
Published: May 3, 2016
SUMMIT COUNTY — You’d better believe it’s whitewater season. And the best is still yet to come.Over the weekend, local company Performance Tours Rafting and several other outfitters started running tours on the Arkansas River and perpetually popular Browns Canyon route, found in the Buena Vista area about an hour south of Summit County. Flows there are 311 cfs (cubic
Published: May 3, 2016
A letter to the editor entitled “A rare health-care opportunity” in the May 3 edition is misleading. Amendement 69 is not an opportunity; it is a threat to Colorado’s future and all of ours personally.Why do I say this? First, it creates another large governmental agency controlled by elected officials. Yes, I know it is touted as “owned and accountable
Published: May 4, 2016
The top stories of the day from the May 4, 2016 edition of the Summit Daily News:Take 5: Interview with U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame rower Peggy BaileySummit County denies appeal on Tiger Road rock crushing operationsWhitewater season arrives in Colorado with rafting in Browns Canyon, Upper Colorado River
Published: May 4, 2016
Call it coincidence, call it fate or just call it dumb luck, but whatever it was, a pair of ‘70s-era platform shoes helped Peggy Bailey earn a trip to the Olympics.In 1974, when the young Wisconsin native was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, a coach with the school’s then-new women’s rowing team noticed she had the height and
Published: May 3, 2016
Summit’s Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to deny a Breckenridge resident’s appeal during a special hearing on Tuesday afternoon concerning the recent decision to permit rock-crushing activities near Tiger Road as part of the county’s ongoing Swan River Restoration Project.A jam-packed and spirited room met the commissioners at the County Courthouse in Breckenridge for the hearing. Peter Podore, a
Published: May 3, 2016
As you star gaze through your Instagram feed, one celebrity after another is daring to show off the vibrant hair color trend. From the most recent Kylie Jenner rainbow braid at Coachella to Gwen Stefani’s post-divorce dipped locks to Keke Palmer’s baby blue bangs, this hair color trend has been making its way into the salons of real women and
Published: May 3, 2016
SUMMIT VS. STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — LADY TIGERS LACROSSE, APRIL 26A regular season varsity girl’s lacrosse game against league foes Steamboat Springs, hosted at Steamboat High School on April 26. The Lady Tigers won, 9-7, after returning from a three-point deficit in the first half. The win gave the Summit girls a 3-9 overall record and 2-4 record in the 4A
Published: May 3, 2016
Summit builder celebrates 10 yearsPinnacle Mountain Homes celebrated its 10th anniversary at the end of April, surpassing $100 million in cumulative revenue. The Summit County-based homebuilder also celebrated a National Homebuilders platinum award for “Best in American Living,” and being shortlisted for the 2016 Colorado Companies to Watch. Since Chris Renner started the company with just a staff of two
Published: May 3, 2016
GOVERNMENTHickenlooper signs $27 billion Colorado budgetDENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a $27 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Hickenlooper praised the bipartisan effort it took to craft the budget. It slightly raises K-12 funding, allots $210 million to roads and increases the general fund by $50 million. Leaders of the GOP-led Senate, Democrat-led
Published: May 3, 2016
You’ve been driving for a while and haven’t seen another vehicle in several minutes. You stop because it seems like a good idea.The “whump” of your car door echoes away as you step out and close it.Suddenly, you’re embraced by it.“Listen to that,” you say quietly.“What?” replies your traveling companion. “I don’t hear anything.”“Exactly,” you whisper. “Listen to how quiet
Published: May 3, 2016
Springtime is here and what does that mean? Backcountry skiing! Who says it’s time to put away your skis just yet? Colorado mountain weather is unpredictable, and snow in May is always a possibility (There’s a storm rolling in as we speak), so why not get some last-minute runs before it all melts off?[iframe width=”640” height=”360” src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y5n-AzQYNxw” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen></iframe]Birth of
Published: April 28, 2016
This spring, the National Forest Foundation has awarded more than $400,000 to eight different local nonprofit stewardship organizations to support projects on the White River National Forest. For the 10th year in a row, these investments were made possible by skiers and visitors at the National Forest Foundation’s partner ski resorts — Arapahoe Basin, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone
Published: May 2, 2016
Bruce Brown works hard on behalf of victimsThe Denver Post’s article regarding elected District Attorney Bruce Brown’s “vacation days” mischaracterizes his work ethic. He is committed to his community: victims, accused, constituents and employees. The Fifth Judicial is a huge jurisdiction requiring long-distance travel between four offices. That doesn’t slow down Brown who is available to each office and each
Published: May 3, 2016
The top stories of the day from the May 3, 2016 edition of the Summit Daily News:Summit County sheriff race begins with a Republican nominationColorado lawmakers block future federal water grabs Surviving Summit: Rethink your core to find relief from back pain
Published: May 3, 2016
Summit County Sheriff John Minor declared last week he will complete his tenure in the role on May 30 and immediately transition over to being Silverthorne’s chief of police, leaving the county’s elected position vacant.The county’s Republican Party — of which Minor is a member — wasted no time in situating itself to maintain the office. Following Minor’s announcement, its
Published: May 2, 2016
Colorado lawmakers unanimously made federal water grabs almost impossible.The Colorado Water Rights Protection Act passed both the Colorado House and Senate without a single dissenting vote. The bill thwarts federal efforts to control or own water that begins on or passes through federal land and to do so without paying for it.That’s important in our region because about 80 percent
Published: May 2, 2016
Memo to the Republican Party’s Big Wazoos and the Wizards of Smart who do their thinking for them: Stop it. Stop trying to thwart the will of those who have made Donald Trump the party’s frontrunner by a margin visible from the moon. Stop vilifying his only serious competitor. Yes, Ted Cruz has made you all look weak and mendacious
Published: May 2, 2016
When you think of the back, do you also think of the “core”? It all starts with a solid foundation of core strength, but what is core strength? The first thing that might pop into your head is probably a shredded six-pack, just like what you see in the magazines or on TV. Having a strong core requires more than
Published: May 2, 2016
DENVER — A fraction of the thousands of children who’ve fled poverty and violence in Central America alone in recent years are now scattered across Colorado, Wyoming and Montana living with relatives and other sponsors. The Rocky Mountain states have taken in less than 1 percent of the more than 100,000 unaccompanied minors who crossed the border from El Salvador,
Published: May 2, 2016
Here’s what’s going on across Colorado today:PUBLIC SAFETYBear found in Colorado apartment more scared than scaryAVON, Colo. — A bear caught rummaging through a refrigerator in an apartment in Colorado’s mountains turned out to be more scared than scary. Firefighters say the black bear may have gotten into the Avon apartment through an open window or door early Saturday morning.
Published: May 2, 2016
DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court struck down attempts by two cities to ban or delay fracking on Monday, a major victory for the oil and gas industry. The court ruled that a ban on fracking in Longmont and a five-year moratorium in Fort Collins are invalid because they conflict with state law. State officials and the industry argued the
Published: May 2, 2016
While every other Summit County resort stopped turning its lifts, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is just now gearing up for its spring season on the mountain. With the chance of May powder days and plenty of sunshine, locals and Front Rangers alike are eager to flock to The Beach to enjoy the weekends.“It could snow 1 inches, 2 inches, 10
Published: April 29, 2016
A decorative arch, a modern downtown and direct river access — these were just a few of the plans dreamed up by a group of University of Colorado students tasked with drawing up models of a walkable downtown for Silverthorne’s town core. The group of 14 undergraduates took on the task in a short timeframe, with just one semester to
Published: April 29, 2016
Cover Rock Fest confirms original member of the DeadAVON — Cover Rock Festival on Thursday confirmed that former Grateful Dead member and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Tom Constanten would perform with Colorado’s own Shakedown Street, along with Dave Herbert, lead guitar and vocals in JGB, in celebration of Shakedown Street’s 30th anniversary. The festival takes place June 25
Published: April 29, 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.<p>[scribble data-src=“/event/1464487”]</p>
Published: April 30, 2016
Silverthorne and Lake Dillon Theatre Company hosted a groundbreaking celebration for its new Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 23. This is round two of photos from the event. More photos can be found in Friday’s paper, or online at summitdaily.com.
Published: April 30, 2016
Spring and fall are great times of the year to escape to the lowlands of Colorado. Desert temperatures are warmer than the snow-capped tundra on mountain summits, but not too hot for a refreshing hike. To the west of Summit County, Colorado National Monument is a favorite destination for day hikes among the eroded red rock plateaus, with views of
Published: April 30, 2016
The top stories of the day from the May 2, 2016 edition of the Summit Daily News:Schools seek path forward on Native American names, symbolsLocal school district offers ways to avoid ‘summer slide’Solutions to racial disparity in justice appear obvious to some, illusive to others
Published: May 2, 2016
Baseball in Summit County is, in some ways, an oxymoron. A location well-known for high-elevation ski resorts, long winters and countless feet of snow doesn’t exactly coincide with a sport typically played in short sleeves and on green grass. Snow here often sticks around until May, preventing the Summit High School varsity team from playing any home games, while the
Published: May 1, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Everybody wants to be a Cheyenne Mountain Indian, says student and tennis player Grace Cossin. As she points out, the 1,255-pupil school, on the west side of town in Cheyenne Mountain School District 12, has a longtime reputation for being academically solid and athletically fierce, reported the Gazette. Just this past week, U.S. News & World
Published: May 1, 2016
The Peak School, a four-year-old private school on Main Street in Frisco currently serving sixth through 11th grade, hosts its annual Game Night on Friday, May 6, from 6-7:30 p.m.The event acts as a fundraiser for the Summit County Animal Shelter and includes student-hosted games, a photo booth, prizes and more. All Summit County families are welcome, and all proceeds
Published: May 1, 2016
The end of the school year is now just a month away, but the Summit School District is already doing its best to get ahead of the dreaded “summer slide.”The phenomenon is basically the loss of achievement gains made during the prior academic year, exhibited through lower proficiency once students return to class in the fall. In some cases, it
Published: May 1, 2016
At a time when inequities in criminal justice are the focus of intense national debate, blacks and Latinos are overrepresented at every step in Colorado’s criminal process compared to their numbers in the general population.Black and Latino Coloradans are disproportionately incarcerated, shot by police, arrested and detained as youth, arrested for marijuana, sent back to prison from parole and disadvantaged
Published: May 1, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s primary voters share a common mantra: She has “experience.”They say she has experience as first lady, which includes fending off “bimbo eruptions” and tactically demeaning and intimidating women used and abused by former Pres. Bill Clinton.She used her “experience” to choose nominees for U.S. Attorney General. Her first nominee was forced to withdraw due to revelations she had
Published: May 1, 2016
Summit County Animal Control can be reached at 970-668-3230.Cats:PENELOPE, 2 years, Domestic Shorthair mix, black and white, spayed femaleKIRSTEN, 6 years, Siamese mix, flame point, spayed femalePOOKIE, 11 years, Domestic Shorthair mix, tortie, spayed femaleSEVEN, 8 years, Domestic Mediumhair mix, white and black, spayed femaleLUKA, 6 years, Domestic Shorthair mix, gray and white, spayed femaleBOOM, 7 years, Domestic Shorthair and
Published: May 1, 2016
As soon as her electric cooperative started selling panels in a community solar garden, Doris Shennum of Bear Lake, Montana signed up. It will take 21 years for her to break even on her $900 panel, but 91-year-old Shennum doesn’t mind. “My solar panel is now part of my legacy to my children and grandchildren,” she says.Both Shennum and the
Published: May 1, 2016
Colorado health officials want to hire somebody to keep an eye on marijuana legalization — at potentially one of the highest salaries in state government.The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is currently advertising a position for a “marijuana health effects and research manager.” The job will involve monitoring the health consequences of legalization; gathering data from hospitals, emergency
Published: May 1, 2016
Greeley Ambulance hits pedestrian in front of hospital An ambulance hit a pedestrian early Sunday outside the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, said Banner Health Spokeswoman Lisa Neujahr. “We are investigating that incident, the patient has been treated and released,” Neujahr said. Because the incident happened on private property, Greeley police wouldn’t comment on it. Eagle County Volunteers prepare
Published: May 1, 2016
The top stories of the day from the May 1, 2016 edition of the Summit Daily News:Mayor Warner finishes his term in BreckHike to Colorado Nation MonumentThis week in Summit County history
Published: May 1, 2016
Soupz OnBreckenridge, May 111 a.m., Soupz On, 422 N. Park Avenue. Soupz On in Breckenridge is serving soup and fresh bread to support the girls Summit Rugby team. Soupz On is generously donating all proceeds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday to help the eight time Colorado State Champion girls rugby team travel and compete at the 2016 National
Published: May 1, 2016
The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre’s Student Theatrical Enrichment Program will have one more showing of “The Little Mermaid Jr” on May 1 at 2 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center. General admission tickets are $10.
Published: April 30, 2016
Eight years as mayor of the Kingdom go by quickly; John Warner can attest. The longtime Summit County resident handed over the helm to Eric Mamula on Tuesday after serving two consecutive terms leading the town.Warner has guided Breckenridge through periods of growth and uncertainty since moving to Summit to start his own dental practice in 1980. Originally from Connecticut,
Published: April 30, 2016
Dear Quandary, I’m dreaming of summer. Once the ice finally melts, can I take a dip in Lake Dillon? Thanks, Polar Bear Bob You could try, but it wouldn’t end particularly well for you. Not only is swimming in the lake still not allowed, it’s also really freaking cold. Even this old goat isn’t too fond of laps in Dillon
Published: April 30, 2016
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. – Museums seem to be a tough thing to pull off and sustain, as is evident in two Colorado mountain towns.In Ignacio, located in southwest Colorado, the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum is being emptied. Tribal officials announced in March that the museum was losing its nonprofit designation because it failed to uphold a contractual agreement
Published: April 30, 2016
The first time I went fly-fishing I was wearing borrowed waders. The person — guy — from whom I’d borrowed them had to have been at least twice my size. I cinched the shoulder straps as tightly as possible, fit my feet into the massive boots and looked, with slight dismay, at the amount of waterproof fabric that ballooned from
Published: April 30, 2016
World War II was a massive conflict that spelled death for millions of people from all around the world, and behind every soldier who fought against the Axis nations were countless others who helped make the final outcome successful. Many of them were individuals who worked in the shadows, hidden behind vows of secrecy. The scientists and engineers who worked
Published: April 30, 2016
Beverly “Bev” Freese WheelerBeverly Anita Burk was born in Leadville, Colorado, in the old St. Vincent Hospital to Snell and Mildred Burk. Beverly passed away peacefully the morning of April 27, 2016 after a long valiant battle with cancer at the age of 73.Bev appropriately said she was “born and raised” in Leadville. She was crowned Miss Moly from 1964-65,
Published: April 30, 2016
Goat Flat. The flat part sounded good, but the goat part made me nervous. Though mountain goats and I share an appreciation for Montana’s High Country, they favor scary-steep areas where they can escape most predators not carrying a firearm. You may find them scaling impossible cliffs or scampering across ledges too narrow to support a sandwich. Even their kids
Published: April 30, 2016
The 5 Point Adventure Film Festival in Carbondale, Colorado, has just wrapped its ninth year. A four-day experience that delves into the depths of adventure, the collection of more than 50 short films had us laughing, crying, inspired and forever changed. The festival has become the premier showcase for filmmakers who have poured their heart, soul and gritty sweat into
Published: April 30, 2016
ENVIRONMENT CORTEZ, Colo. — The Grizzly Peak Research Natural Area rarely gets visitors, but the area is getting added protection to keep it from being disturbed so it can provide a baseline for what a natural area should look like. It also will be used to determine the effects of climate change. The research area is located along the summits
Published: April 30, 2016
This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of May 1.Zeeka Heilman, aged 28, a machine man, was instantly killed in a stope at the Jumbo mine in Montezuma Sunday morning at 9 o’clock, when a slab of rock weighing nearly a ton fell upon him. No one was near him at
Published: April 30, 2016
TEMPE, Ariz. — More than 1 million goldfish now have a giant fishbowl to call home in a Phoenix suburb. Tempe officials dumped roughly 1.2 million goldfish and minnows into Tempe Town Lake on Friday. They say the fish will serve as a natural insect control for midge flies’ larvae, which are at the bottom. KPNX-TV in Phoenix reports that
Published: April 30, 2016
I flunked algebra four times during high school and college. And my one attempt at geometry resulted in a grade of 0.7 on a grading scale of 1 to 9. I enjoy thinking about patterns and the relationship between things. Therefore, one of my greatest regrets about my mathematical illiteracy is that I cannot understand the language of mathematics that
Published: April 30, 2016
With summer finally on its way — somewhere, just not in Colorado, apparently — let me share an experience with a vehicle that sounds, on paper, like the ultimate winter-driving machine, for our unending weather hangover.Complete with sophisticated all-wheel drive and, to my great surprise and delight, a set of very expensive high-performance snow tires, plus a dedicated snow mode,
Published: April 30, 2016
VAIL — Changes to the ecosystem as a result of the effects of global warming over time can be difficult to see with the naked eye. “Then & Now: The Changing Arctic Landscape” is a multimedia exhibit that allows one to do just that. The exhibit, sponsored by RA Nelson and the town of Vail, will be shown at the
Published: April 30, 2016
Romancing the ditch in Salida, and the same with New Mexico’s acequias, brings needed waters to those who have the rights.The same scenario happens higher on Summit County’s Lower Blue River, just later since it’s about a thousand feet higher than Salida and Taos at 7,000 feet.In Salida over the weekend, Randy Hoch, president of the Meadowlark Estates HOA, a
Published: April 30, 2016
Miniature Diorama BoxesBreckenridge, April 3010 a.m., Old Masonic Hall, 136 S. Main St. Students will construct and finish a small diorama box with artist Alicia Bailey. Students are encouraged to bring their treasures from home to use in their piece. There will be a 1 hour break for lunch/treasure hunt. Please register at least 24 hours in advance at breckcreate.org.
Published: April 30, 2016
Ask any of the six Summit High School seniors how they feel about college athletics next August and they’ll answer about the same: It’s relieving, exciting, nerve-wracking and a little overwhelming, all at the same time. And they haven’t even officially graduated.“It’s pretty exciting,” says Elle Scott-Williams, a starter on the varsity girl’s lacrosse team and championship girl’s rugby team.
Published: April 29, 2016
For veteran ultra-runner Helen Cospolich, living and training at 9,600 feet isn’t as forgiving now as it once was — or ever was.At 39 years old, the Breckenridge local of 20 years has been running 50- and 100-mile trail races for 15 years and competing at the elite women’s level for nearly as long. She’s won several women’s titles at
Published: April 29, 2016
That’s not as dumb as it sounds. Or maybe it is, but either way I’ve spent the past few days mourning the death of my Dragons: the black, white and gold sunglasses that managed to survive six full years of snowboarding, SUPing, rafting, camping, the driver’s seat, Rockies games, downtown Denver, taxi rides after dark, a few road trips and
Published: April 29, 2016
In the first step toward funding a planned affordable housing project, town council approved the transfer of land to the Breckenridge Housing Authority in a first reading on Tuesday. The proposed project, known as Denison Placer, would bring 66 income-restricted rental units across from Colorado Mountain College. With the June 1 due date for Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)
Published: April 29, 2016
Summit State of the River meeting set for May 4The Blue River Watershed Group and the Colorado River District host the Summit State of the River meeting on Wednesday, May 4 at the Silverthorne Pavilion.The annual event that takes a closer look at local water administration and the health of the local snowpack and riverflows will include presentations from Denver
Published: April 29, 2016
“My god that you could walk through such a landscape. My god that such a landscape existed anywhere but in your dreams. And yet here it was.” California-based novelist Christian Kiefer creates a gorgeous, desolate tableau in which his characters are bewitched by natural beauty even as they’re betrayed by human actions, especially their own.Wildlife rescuer Bill Reed and his
Published: April 29, 2016
Colorado’s 5th Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown took more than 6½ weeks off work in 2015, an amount far greater than that taken by his senior attorneys and some of his peers. Brown, elected in 2013 and seeking re-election this year, said the rules spelled out in the district’s time-off policy don’t apply to him because he’s an elected official.
Published: April 29, 2016
Published: April 29, 2016
The Metropolitan Opera High Definition broadcast of the Richard Strauss opera, “Elektra,” will be held at the Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge, on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 11 a.m. Strauss’s blazing tragedy about an ancient Greek princess, hell-bent on revenge, will be the last HD broadcast for the 2015-16 repertoire. The broadcast is brought to you by a partnership between
Published: April 29, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida State University class project about drug cartels and serial killers took a turn when students scrawled a message on a sidewalk associated with the infamous Zodiac Killer. The Tallahassee Democrat reported Wednesday that police started investigating after finding the message that included the cipher associated with the serial killer responsible for several unsolved murders in
Published: April 29, 2016
Join local amateur photographers for an evening discussion of digital photography tips and techniques this Friday, April 29 from 7–9 p.m. at the North Branch Library’s Blue River Room. Matt Shetzer, a local professional photographer who travels the world hosting photography workshops, will share his years of experience to help attendees create perfect digital image. The discussions will assist in
Published: April 29, 2016
Friday, April 29The Historic Brown Hotel reopened April 15 and will be featuring live music on the weekends throughout mud season. John Truscelli and the Stolen Band will be playing Friday, April 29. Americana singer-songwriter Truscelli and his band weave their way through rock-bluegrass-alt country sounds with a vibe that holds any audience’s ear, and the original sound of Truscelli’s
Published: April 29, 2016
Health care costs impact Summit’s small businessesAs small business owners, the consistently rising and unpredictable costs of health care are a worry when we are planning out our budgets and seeking to provide for our families and encouraging our employees to plan, as well.But planning ahead becomes especially challenging when health care costs don’t make much sense. Take the soaring
Published: April 29, 2016
It’s springtime in the mountains, and, for many, the best time of the year to suit up in a bikini and head to The Beach. The sandy area at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is the ideal spot to get a little much-needed sun on our pasty, pale bodies, lathering up with sunscreen a good 40 times before the day is
Published: April 28, 2016
As music has evolved, it is no longer easy to categorize a band’s genre. Music reflecting different artists’ influences mesh together to create variations of every genre. In bluegrass, the style has now branched from traditional to include progressive, jamgrass and even newgrass. It’s no different for up-and-coming Colorado band Coral Creek, whose music blends together Americana, country, bluegrass, folk
Published: April 28, 2016
Breckenridge and Silverthorne town council members passed on the baton last week, with a new town council sworn in for a four-year term. Former Breckenridge Mayor John Warner finished his second term to pass on the duty to Eric Mamula, a longtime local and owner of Downstairs at Eric’s. “We have a good group. I think Eric will be a
Published: April 28, 2016

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