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July 11, 2013
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Mountain Town Roundup: Peak 6 expansion, busted Broncos, potty peepers & more

Breckenridge Ski Resort's Peak 6 expansion project commences

Breckenridge Ski Resort's biggest expansion in the last decade is officially underway.

Construction started to create 543 acres of new terrain in the Peak 6 area of Breckenridge Ski Resort, Vail Resorts announced Wednesday.

The Peak 6 expansion project will stretch the amount of skiable terrain at the resort by almost a quarter. The project will include 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain. The resort also plans to add a high-speed, six-person chairlift and a fixed-grip chairlift to access the Peak 6 area."_blank">

Broncos executive Matt Russell faces Breckenridge DUI charge

Matt Russell, the Denver Broncos’ director of player personnel, was arrested Saturday in Summit County after rear-ending a Breckenridge Police Department vehicle, the Colorado State Patrol reported Monday.

Russell, 40, of Denver, is charged in Summit County court with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without proper proof of insurance, driving with an open container and careless driving causing injury.

Trooper Nate Reid, public information officer for the state patrol, said Monday the call was initiated just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday by a local resident as a Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately call. The reporting party told authorities he witnessed a vehicle driving erratically southbound on Highway 9 towards Breckenridge."_blank">

Luke Chrisco, accused Boulder 'potty peeper,' pleads guilty

More than two years after witnesses claimed Luke Chrisco emerged from a portable toilet at a yoga festival covered in feces, the alleged Boulder "potty peeper" pleaded guilty today to two counts of burglary and attempted unlawful sexual contact.

In exchange for the plea deal, prosecutors dropped six other burglary charges and a misdemeanor count of criminal invasion. Chrisco is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 30 for the two burglary charges -- Class 4 felonies -- and the unlawful sexual contact charge -- a misdemeanor.

The burglary charges could carry a prison sentence of 2 to 6 years, but Chrisco's attorney Matt Connell said he hopes Chrisco — who has remained in custody since his arrest in June 2011 on $250,000 bond -- will get either probation or community corrections."_blank">

Durango real estate developer pleads guilty to tax evasion

DENVER – An embattled Durango real estate developer is likely headed to prison after admitting to filing a fraudulent tax return.

James G. Kreutzer, 52, currently of Grand Junction, pleaded guilty to evading his 2007 taxes Monday in U.S. District Court in Denver.

Kreutzer’s failed real estate developments have spawned several civil lawsuits that have been tied up in the courts for years, with people in and out of Durango winning court judgments against him for hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars."_blank">

Aspen climbers get playground back

Climbers of all abilities likely will be able to return by September to a favorite old stomping ground where Aspenites used to flock 25 years ago.

Gold Butte, just downstream from Stein Park along McLain Flats Road, was acquired in January by Pitkin County with the intent of getting climbers back on the Entrada Sandstone slopes by fall. The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board of Trustees will review a management plan for the area at its meeting Thursday. If it is approved, interested climbers and volunteers from a Boulder-based organization called Access Fund will have a green light to undertake the work necessary to reopen the long-abandoned area, said Gary Tennenbaum, assistant director of the open space program.

“The basic goal of this is to get climbing back open to the public,” Tennenbaum said. “It’s not the next El Dorado Canyon, but it’s nice climbing right next to Aspen.”"_blank">

New Eagle County commissioner has deep local roots

EAGLE — Sometimes life’s adventures take you to far flung locales and sometimes they bring you back home.

And, as newly-seated Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry has discovered, a big adventure can materialize right across the street. Literally, right across the street.

From the back porch of her home, Chandler-Henry can observe the comings and goings at the Eagle County Building in downtown Eagle. While her home is at a high profile corner — the intersection of Sixth Street and Capitol — the property itself is actually in unincorporated Eagle County. Chandler-Henry joked that living in such a visible locale has been great preparation for her new job in the public eye."_blank">

PCMR attorney: what did Talisker Corp. tell Vail about leases?

Park City Mountain Resort's lead attorney in a lawsuit against a firm under the Talisker Corporation umbrella said in an interview he anticipates officials from Vail Resorts will be ordered to answer questions about the negotiations that led to an agreement between those two parties involving the operations of Canyons Resort.

Alan Sullivan said the PCMR side will want to learn about any discussions between Talisker Corporation and Vail Resorts about the PCMR leases of Talisker Corporation land. Comments about the value of the property PCMR leases would also be of interest, he said. He said he will eventually request documents, provide written questions and schedule depositions, a process known in the legal field as discovery.

"We're going to ask about it. We'll want to know what they had to say," Sullivan said."_blank">

Grand jury to decide charges against Lucas Ackerman in Grand County Fourth of July accident

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will present the case of Lucus Paul Ackerman before a grand jury to decide whether formal charges should be brought against him.

Lucas Paul Ackerman, 33, of Grand Lake, made his second appearance before Judge Mary Hoak in the 14th Judicial District Court in Hot Sulphur Springs on Tuesday, July 9.

Ackerman was arrested on July 4 in connection with a vehicle-pedestrian collision that took place around 10:20 p.m. on Highway 34. Ackerman was driving the pick-up truck that hit five out of 10 family members from Estes Park who were walking on the road that night. The father of the family, Gregory Westly, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Debbie Westly, 49, and three of the family’s eight children, including a 3 year-old, were flown to Denver-area hospitals for treatment of serious injuries."_blank">

Squaw Valley working on updated expansion proposal

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Squaw Valley is reworking its proposed 101.5-acre capital improvement plan for an expanded village.

The updated plan will take into account comments received at more than 200 meetings Squaw officials have held with local organizations, groups and individuals, said Chevis Hosea, vice president of development for Squaw Valley.

Further, feedback has been received from more than 1,500 people who have visited the expansion model set up at the resort’s village."_blank">

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