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Brilliant yellows, hungry browns: Summit County fly-fishing in autumn

September 29, 2016 — The day was almost too perfect. On a sunny, bright, brilliant morning in the thick of Alma autumn, Jon and Donna Ventura of Los Alamos, New Mexico, were standing on the marshy banks of the South Platte River (Middle Fork) trying to perfect their fly-fishing […]

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American anglers take 3rd at World Championship

September 19, 2016 — EAGLE COUNTY — Spain defended its fly-fishing crown at the 36th annual FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship on Saturday, with France taking second and the U.S. finishing third. In the individual standings, Americans Lance Egan and Pat Weiss took third and fourth, respectively, with Julien […]

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Brilliant yellows, hungry browns: Summit County fly-fishing in autumn

September 16, 2016 — The day was almost too perfect. On a sunny, bright, brilliant morning in the thick of Alma autumn, Jon and Donna Ventura of Los Alamos, New Mexico were standing on the marshy banks of the South Platte River (Middle Fork) trying to perfect their fly-fishing […]

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Para-athlete ‘One-Arm’ Willie competes in first 106º West Triathlon

September 10, 2016 — On the crisp morning of Sept. 10, nearly 800 athletes crowded the Dillon Marina for the first 106° West Triathlon. “One-Arm” Willie Stewart, a 55-year-old para-athlete is a well-known face among them. The father of two and resident of Idaho formerly lived in Breckenridge and […]

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Photos and results from debut 106˚ West Triathlon half-Ironman in Dillon Sept. 10

September 10, 2016 —

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Live coverage of the 106º West half-Ironman Triathlon in Dillon

September 10, 2016 — The Summit Daily News will follow the 106º West Half Ironman Triathlon in Dillon today from start to finish. Also tune into our Facebook page for LIVE coverage from the transition area, including the inaugural swim. The 106 West Triathlon isn’t just for the athletes. […]

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Athletes talk shop before the 106 West Triathlon half-Ironman in Dillon, Sept. 10

September 9, 2016 — A swim in the 55-degree waters of Lake Dillon is the least of Candy Elkind’s worries. At 9 a.m. this morning, the 46-year-old Elkind joins roughly 700 athletes from across the nation and globe for the inaugural 106 West Traithlon, a half-Ironman and quarter-Ironman held […]

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World Fly Fishing Championships return to Colo. after 2 decades abroad, Sept. 11-18

September 3, 2016 — The last time the World Fly Fishing Championships visited the U.S., our home team took dead last, and vowed to never let that happen again. The year was 1997, the venue was Jackson Hole. According to the lore that come out of the event, a […]

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Frisco Marina begins rental sales Thursday

August 31, 2016 — Frisco Marina selling rentals As the summer draws to a close, the Frisco Bay Marina will be selling its rental kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards, starting tomorrow morning. The boats will be sold at prices ranging from $150 to $1,100. Also for sale will be […]

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Backcountry swimming holes: Five alpine lakes near Summit County

August 27, 2016 — Tucked away in the high alpine valleys of towering, treeless peaks are a number of lakes pooling pristine water from fresh snowmelt. While the lakes remain cold all summer, they are at their warmest temperatures right now, providing not only a turning point for a […]

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Researchers track water flow out of toxic Breckenridge mine

August 16, 2016 — On Monday afternoon, a government research team trekked through the sun-speckled woods above the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. The climbing is tiring on a hot day, and loose scree slid underfoot as the investigators scrambled up piles of mine tailings. Walking through the forest, […]

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A day in the life of a Lake Dillon patroller

August 16, 2016 — Few know the waters of Lake Dillon better than Erin Sirek. As soon as the alpine reservoir thaws, she can be found manning her boat along its many inlets. “You come there in the morning before it gets busy and you just watch the birds,” […]

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2016 New Belgium Timberline Cruiser Regatta returns with pirates, mermaids June 25

August 16, 2016 — The funkiest regatta this side of Tour de Fat is coming to Frisco. On Saturday, the Frisco Bay Marina pairs with New Belgium Brewery — the Fort Collins-based godfathers of major craft beer and the Tour de Fat bike parades — for the 9th annual […]

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Colorado funding cuts make reservoirs more vulnerable to invasive species

August 16, 2016 — While state funding has started drying up, a noted disturbance remains quite fluid. Two problematic varieties of freshwater shellfish — the zebra and quagga mussel — are always of concern at area water bodies where they are an aquatic nuisance species, or ANS. Only veligers, […]

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Summit County Fishing Report: Rivers still strong option

August 16, 2016 — River fishing continues to be excellent and should continue until we have a cold snap that starts icing things up. Tailwater sections and the lower Colorado and Roaring Fork often offer open-water opportunities most of the winter. The Colorado from Parshall downstream has been offering […]

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A never-ever gets a crash course in whitewater kayaking in Summit

August 16, 2016 — It’s hard to pin down exactly what went wrong when I accidentally flipped my kayak for the first time and, well, got pinned down. Here’s how it went down. I was at North Pond with another never-ever boater, Ken Joel of Denver, trying to learn […]

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Best of 2015: A day of sailing the unpredictable Lake Dillon waters

August 16, 2016 — Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the July 31 edition of the Summit Daily. It’s an eerily calm day at the Dillon Marina, and Bob Evans is praying for something Summit sailors rarely need: A good, strong wind. Evans and I are suspended over […]

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How safe is the ice on Dillon Reservoir in spring? Not very, say Summit experts

August 16, 2016 — SUMMIT COUNTY — Drew Fontana has one piece of advice for anyone tempted to walk out on Lake Dillon right now: don’t do it. “It’s hard to give solid advice on ice because you can’t really say it’s ever safe,” said Fontana, captain of the […]

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Whitewater season arrives in Colorado with rafting in Browns Canyon, Upper Colorado River

August 16, 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 […]

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Get the 411 on Dillon and Frisco Bay marinas for Memorial Day on Lake Dillon

August 16, 2016 — It’s sailing season in the High Country. Like clockwork, Memorial Day Weekend brings the return of sailing, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding to waterways across Summit County, from Green Mountain Reservoir north of Silverthorne to big, bad Dillon Reservoir in the heart of the county. On […]

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