Top-read stories in Summit County | SummitDaily.com

Top-read stories in Summit County

Editor's note: Below is a list of the top 5 most-read stories on summitdaily.com the week of May 21.

1. End of an era: Arapahoe Basin volunteer ski patrol program finished after at least 4 decades

After at least four decades, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is bringing an end to its volunteer ski patrol program this season and will likely replace unpaid patrollers with paid staff. The ski area's talking points: as A-Basin grows, most notably with this summer's 468-acre expansion, every last ski patroller needs to be on the same page — every day, all season long.

"The volunteer program has always been fantastic and full of qualified, dedicated people," said Tony Cammarata, full-time ski patrol director at A-Basin who started as a volunteer patroller on his native East Coast. "It's always been great to have their help, but as our ski patrol is growing — and we have the upcoming expansion — we're hiring more paid positions. To be honest, our daily jobs are growing more complex."

2. Vail Resorts, Summit County strike deal on Keystone workforce housing

After nearly a year of overtures and debate with Vail Resorts, Inc., Summit's Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a new workforce housing complex in Keystone last week. As presented, Wintergreen will consist of 120 year-round rentals made up of one- and two-bedroom apartments, 36 three-bedroom, four-occupant seasonal units and 40 low-income, mostly one-bedroom rentals. Approval is still needed to confirm the federal low-income subsidy and lock in a rental rate at 60 percent of the area median income. The rental cap on the year-round properties will be set at 120 percent AMI, though Gorman initially intends to charge closer to 100 percent AMI, or roughly $1,500 a month for a one-bedroom apartment and no more than $1,900 for a two bedroom.

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3. Faces of Hope, Part 1: Frisco mother still coming to terms with her son's 2006 suicide

The first installment of a series on mental illness in Summit County focuses on Betty Claybrook, who lost her oldest son to suicide in 2006, and her struggle to cope with the effects of mental illness. The Faces of Hope series, which will appear weekly in the Thursday edition of the Summit Daily, was commissioned by Building Hope Summit County, a community-wide initiative to create a more coordinated, effective and responsive mental health system that promotes emotional health, reduces stigma and improves access to care and support for everyone in Summit County.

4.Man found dead in Yampa River following extensive search

A 22-year-old man who jumped into the Yampa River overnight to evade police was found dead downriver near the Steamboat Golf Club last week following an extensive search. He was later identified as Arman T. Qureshi, who had recently moved to Steamboat Springs to work in the information technology industry at SmartWool. Police say Qureshi ran from officers in downtown Steamboat late Sunday evening and jumped into the river near the Ninth Street bridge to escape them.

5. Colorado River levels mostly unaffected by lastest snowstorm

The snowstorm that hit Summit County and parts of the Front Range in mid-May is unlikely to move the needle substantially on this summer's water levels.

"The runoff forecast doesn't look at snow, it looks at total precipitation and the water content of the snow," said Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River District. "Snowpack doesn't tell you much, because cold weather can slow it and if it's warmer it can accelerate it. It is a boost … but it could still end up average (levels) with this storm, it just depends on what happens in the next 10 days."

Editor’s note: Social Calls is compiled from comments on stories posted to the Summit Daily’s Facebook page.

“i’m fine officer please buzz off” — Brian Foster, on “Summit County police blotter: Woman unfazed by bee swarm inside her car”

“Lisa Wells Jones this drive in a full size truck headed out of Aspen WITH YOUR EYES OPEN, or lay in a bed of snakes?” — Roger Jones, on “Independence Pass to open May 25”

“I didn’t even know doughnut delivery was thing.” — Soni Leah Jethro, on “Bear tries to break into doughnut delivery vehicle in Steamboat Springs”

“Bradley Kovacs sooo no doughnuts when we go camping” — Mauren Vasquez, on “Bear tries to break into doughnut delivery vehicle in Steamboat Springs”

“Why not stay open to the 4th of july” — Elliot Potter, on “Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to extend season with bonus weekend”

“What a laugh. $1,000/mo to live with a roommate or $1,500/mo solo? How generous. I’m confident that those on the mountain will have no trouble paying that.

What a heartbreaker trying to live in the high country has become.” — Drew Reges, on “ Vail Resorts, Summit County strike deal on Keystone workforce housing”

“Sad that ABasin doesn’t recognize what a powerful asset a volunteer group can be to assist the paid patrollers especially as the ski area grows!!!! (From a past paid patroller at WP)” — DeDe Dickinson, on “End of an era: Arapahoe Basin volunteer ski patrol program finished after at least 4 decades”

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