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Discovery Channel’s ‘Gold Rush,’ ‘mining for ratings,’ faces lawsuit from Park County neighbors

October 18, 2017 — The noise would start at 7 every morning and wouldn't stop until the evening, turning a rural neighborhood near Fairplay into an industrial zone, residents said. The culprit: a reality-TV gold mining operation that they say wrecked a hillside landscape, ran afoul of its permits

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Frisco workforce-housing project delayed amid rising construction costs

October 17, 2017 — Frisco has missed an ambitious goal to start building a workforce-housing project by the fall after a contractor's bid came in $600,000 over budget, pushing construction of the nine-unit complex to next spring. Ballooning construction costs, fueled by a statewide building frenzy and devastating Gulf

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Summit County voting guide for 2017

October 16, 2017 — Ballots are being mailed out to Summit County voters this week for the upcoming Nov. 7 election, and although it won't be as exciting as last year's, there are still important votes, including a funding measure that would prevent millions of dollars in lost tax

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Colorado gem hunters are back near Alma mine that was once a mother lode of rhodochrosite, the official state mineral

October 15, 2017 — It's the size of a football, brilliant cherry-red and nearly a perfect square. Gem hunter Bryan Lees pulled it from the Sweet Home Mine near Alma in 1992, but now it sits in a display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It's the

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Breckenridge’s newest fire station opens near Peak 7 in response to continued growth

October 14, 2017 — The Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District opened its fourth fire and EMS station on Saturday in the rapidly growing Peak 7 area, which now accounts for roughly 400 of RWB's 2,000-plus annual calls. The new station has been in the works for nearly

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Arapahoe Basin once again country’s first ski area to open, marking start of 2017-2018 season

October 13, 2017 — Arapahoe Basin Ski Area opened to a crowd of thousands on Friday morning, becoming the first ski area in the country to open full-time and marking the start of a season featuring new expansions and upgrades at resorts statewide. As 9 a.m. approached, the lift

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Lake Dillon Fire’s merger with Copper Mountain leaves Summit with two fire districts. But will a final merger ever happen?

October 10, 2017 — When Jeff Berino started fighting fires in the 1980s, there were six different fire departments covering northern Summit County. On Tuesday afternoon, the two that remained, Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue and Copper Mountain Fire, merged into one, marking the next step in a decades-long consolidation of

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Dillon Ridge Vista apartments to include 50 percent workforce housing units as part of town’s affordable housing push

October 9, 2017 — An apartment complex being built near the Dillon Ridge Marketplace shopping center, Dillon Ridge Vista Apartments, will reserve half of its 36 units for local workers, per a restrictive covenant approved by the Dillon Town Council last week. The deal, negotiated concurrently with the recently

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Dillon Christy Sports set for complete overhaul with encouragement of tax rebate

October 6, 2017 — Ski and snowboard outfitter Christy Sports has won approval for a complete overhaul of its Dillon location, scrapping the decades-old building it now occupies on U.S. Highway 6 and building from scratch in its place. As part of the project, the Dillon Town Council approved

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Summit County police blotter: Breckenridge man calls 911 during his own DUI stop

October 4, 2017 — A man pulled over in a Corvette near Breckenridge might have just gotten a ticket for DUI had he cooperated with officers, but instead he ended up with a smashed window and a felony rap. A sheriff's deputy pulled the man over after he was

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How Cold War-era dreams of weather modification are coming true in Colorado’s ski country

October 3, 2017 — Larry Hjermstad is a pioneer of cloud seeding, so naturally he has some frontier tales. Back in the 1970s, farmers in the San Luis Valley stalled his efforts to set up the area's first seeding operation, which aimed to increase precipitation by spraying dust into

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Snowstorm creates havoc on mountain roads, power outages in 45,000 High Country homes

October 2, 2017 — UPDATE (2:15 p.m.): An Excel Energy spokeswoman said that power has now been restored to 92 percent of the roughly 23,000 homes in Summit, Park and Lake counties that experienced sustained power outages. Around 1,800 are still without power. — The first major snowstorm of

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Taking the plunge with Summit County Water Rescue, Colorado’s highest dive team

October 1, 2017 — A drought salvaged the Speed Queen, at least partially. The 18-foot speedboat sank to the bottom of Lake Dillon in the early 1980s after an afternoon squall turned mild chop to whitecaps. "When a big storm comes it gets pretty rough out here real quick,"

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Summit County could be leader in fight against mental illness, says president of Mental Health Colorado

September 30, 2017 — Last year, a record 13 people died of suicide in Summit County, which translates to a rate three times higher than the national average. That disturbing reality has caught the attention of local officials and advocacy groups, who are working to improve access to care

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Summit County felony cases on the rise, reflecting statewide violent crime trends

September 28, 2017 — There used to be a time in Summit County when the interludes between the winter and summer high seasons were a lull in activity for most people, cops included. Increasingly, though, the action doesn't let up. "At the end of each season things would slow

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Summit County police blotter: Man driving high on horse tranquilizers thinks he’s in Greeley

September 27, 2017 — A man in Summit County who thought he was in Greeley earlier this month was actually just in a K-hole. A sheriff's deputy was dispatched to the scene of a car accident on Westbound Interstate 70 at around 3 a.m. on Sept. 16, where he

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Arapahoe Basin, Loveland ski areas get an early start to snowmaking after favorable weekend weather

September 25, 2017 — Each year, there's a friendly competition between Colorado’s two highest ski areas, Summit County’s Arapahoe Basin Ski Area and Loveland Ski Area, in Clear Creek County, over who will start snowmaking first. This year, it was a tie, and an early one at that. Snow

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Summit County wildfires are close to home this season, presenting new challenges for firefighters

September 22, 2017 — People leaned against their cars on the side of the highway and watched in awe on Monday evening as the Tenderfoot 2 Fire burned just a couple hundred yards away. Helicopters passed directly above, and air tankers roared in low spraying flame-retardant slurry, giving the

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Summit County firefighters again face ‘epidemic’ of unattended campfires as wildfire burns

September 21, 2017 — While firefighters were battling the Tenderfoot 2 Fire near Dillon on Tuesday, a pair of hikers saw smoke coming from a nearby trail. At its source, they found a 25-by-25 foot fire burning among garbage in brush and downed trees, spreading quickly in the high

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Summit County police blotter: ‘Shady local woman’ swipes tourist’s pants and wallet in Breckenridge

September 20, 2017 — A group of tourists on a bar crawl in Breckenridge told police that one of their own got his pants and designer wallet stolen by an opportunistic local on Friday, Sept. 16. The group called the police to report the theft at around 8:30 p.m.,

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