Editor's note: This is the fourth in a six-part series highlighting th top stories in the Summit Daily News in 2012.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) arrived in Summit County to tour wildfire mitigation efforts in the Wildernest area with local officials and firefighters. U.S. Forest Service personnel called the multi-million dollar cuts in and around Wildernest a "poster child" of defensible space featuring collaboration between local, private, state and federal entities.
A Summit County jury convicted a local man of third-degree assault and theft after he attacked his girlfriend at her residence last year. The jurors deliberated for just over three hours June 28 before finding Jamison Amos Wold, 35, guilty of third-degree assault, criminal mischief and theft, all misdemeanors, as well as possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
Almost two years after his wife's killing, wildlife photographer Dale Bruner went before a Summit County jury to stand trial on charges of second-degree murder and assault.
Residents in Phase 1 of the Peak One Neighborhood in Frisco expressed satisfaction over their home as Phase 2 construction neared completion. The 12 homes in Phase 1 sold out to families last year. Construction continued on the remaining four phases.
More than 30 people showed up for the Dillon Town Council meeting to voice concerns about upcoming changes in what amounted to nearly two hours of citizen comments. Most of the comments were focused on the rezoning of Town Park and an extra 50 parking spaces planned for the Dillon Marina.
A special election on Aug. 14 in Silverthorne gave voters the chance to amend the town charter's definition of eminent domain. Property owners argued that the town's definition of eminent domain was too broad, giving them no voice against the condemnation of property for town use.The Summit Association of Realtors and the Summit County Builders Association stated their support for amending the eminent domain section of the town charter.
Eight residents claimed that the live music on Adriano's Deli and Bistro's new 130-foot deck became "an extreme annoyance and nuisance to the plaintiffs who are neighboring residents," and interfered with their use of their properties, according to the suit, filed against Adriano's and its owner, Ivano Ottoborgo. Plaintiffs also demanded the Town of Dillon enforce zoning and liquor laws the residents believed may have been broken. The Klug Law Firm filed the case.
Summit County jury convicted photographer Dale Bruner of second-degree murder for the brutal killing of his wife, Stephanie Roller Bruner, in November, 2010. The jury deliberated for only four hours before returning guilty verdicts on all six charges against Bruner: one count of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and three counts of tampering with evidence.
Wesley Wilson, the local man who hit and killed a visitor, Mircea Basaram, crossing Highway 6 near Keystone in March, pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular homicide - DUI, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert confirmed. The class 3 felony carries a penalty of four to 16 years in prison.
With $760 million invested in the start-up, the Climax Mine reopened after an 11- year period of low production, care and maintenance of the site. The grand re-opening took 500 registered attendees to tour the open-mill mine and processing facilities. The mine, located 13 miles northeast of Leadville at the top of Fremont Pass, is believed to be the world's largest, highest-grade and lowest-cost undeveloped molybdenum ore body, according to Climax Molybdenum president David Thornton.
The U.S. Forest Service announced the approved expansion of Breckenridge Ski Resort onto Peak 6, adding 550 additional acres and two new lifts in an attempt to ease overcrowding.Adding to the existing four mountains at the resort, the expansion aimed to add 407 acres of lift-served skiing, 143 acres of hike-to terrain, two new lifts, a restroom facility and a ski patrol/warming hut.
Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson announced plans to resign her post, timing the announcement to avoid an election for her replacement.
Summit County and the town of Breckenridge approved a final intergovernmental agreement, green lighting an estimated $7 million renovation project to repurpose the old CMC building into a library and community center. The town and county will split the cost of the renovation and redesign. Any money collected through fundraising efforts will also back the project.
Gregory Scott Gavin, a camper arrested in connection with the killing of Karl Kohler, indicated he will plead guilty to second-degree murder. Gavin, who is accused of beating Kohler to death with a baseball bat in May, reportedly waived his right to a preliminary hearing and agreed to plead guilty to the murder charge.