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Potential Frisco mental-health crisis unit creates regional uncertainty

July 12, 2017 — The state's Office of Behavioral Health is closing in on the location of a new short-term mental health facility on the Western Slope and the medical campus in Frisco is in the final running. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17-207 into law in mid-May

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Faces of Hope, Part 5: Breckenridge couple learns to live with pain of son’s suicide

June 21, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the fifth installment of a series on mental illness in Summit County. For Cary and Marsha Cooper, healing from the loss of their son, Glenn, has meant focusing on the exuberant and vital life he lived instead of the way in

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Mental health lockups spiked by 1,365 percent in two years at Summit County jail (360 video)

June 1, 2017 — When John told a crisis hotline counselor that he was suicidal last September, he didn't expect the police to get involved. But roughly two hours later, he says, sheriff's deputies arrived at his home in Summit Cove. John, who asked his real name be withheld,

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

May 24, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the first installment of a series on mental illness in Summit County. For Betty Claybrook, solace comes in the form of an exuberant, 70-pound goldendoodle named Zachary. He accompanies her on hikes, happily chasing sticks, snuffling in the snow and nosing

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Whiteout, Part 3: Colorado skier deaths take toll on families

April 13, 2017 — This is the final installment in a three-part series. Click here for the full series. Rebecca Vogel-Pitts still remembers the warmth of her husband's last hug. Kevin Pitts was getting ready to start the day with his favorite trail at Breckenridge Ski Resort. But not

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Whiteout, Part 2: The anatomy of a Colorado ski death

April 12, 2017 — Part 2 of a three-part series. Click here for part 1.  Click here for part 3.  Click here for full series. Kristine Gustafson wakes up each morning with the same thought: What really happened on Jan. 12, 2017? Late in the afternoon on a chilly

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Whiteout, Part 1: Uncovering the human toll of Colorado’s ski industry

April 11, 2017 — Reliable information on ski-related deaths in Colorado is notoriously hard to come by. Using autopsies, coroner’s reports and media narratives, the Summit Daily News has now compiled a comprehensive database of Colorado skier fatalities from the 2006-2007 season to the present. There were 136 deaths total in that period and Summit County accounted for more than 40 percent of them, making it the deadliest ski destination in the state.

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Housing Divided, Part 13: Summit County takes small steps forward to address housing crisis

December 14, 2016 — This is the last in a 13-part series about housing issues in Summit County. Click above to read the full story about the latest in workforce housing at Copper Mountain Resort.

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Housing Divided, Part 12: Renters vulnerable in disputes with landlords

December 7, 2016 — Editor's note: This is the twelfth in a 13-part series. Installments will appear each Thursday in the Summit Daily. On Aug. 18, Jim McGuire and his girlfriend, Mary Rose Hills, moved into a room in a Dillon Valley house that they verbally agreed to pay

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Housing Divided, Part 11: Developer draws up blueprint for workforce communities

November 30, 2016 — On Tuesday, snow fell on the Lincoln Park construction site. Foundations for new homes were covered in tarps to protect the newly poured cement. Construction workers nailed in boards on the more complete structures as snow swirled around them. Despite the weather, people were busy

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Housing Divided, Part 10: Nonprofits pitch in to help families find a home

November 23, 2016 — Editor's note: This is the tenth in a 13-part series. Installments will appear each Thursday in the Summit Daily. Throughout this series, we have documented the struggles of Summit County workers and families brought on by the severe shortage of affordable housing options: families on

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Housing Divided, Part 8: Summit County remains majority second-home owners

November 9, 2016 — Editor's note: This is the eighth in a 13-part series. Installments will appear each Thursday in the Summit Daily. Sharon Cole and her husband Tom bought their condominium in the Dillon Valley East complex in July after they were unable to locate a second home

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