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Rescued Silverthorne hiker recounts how he survived 80 hours lost in Colorado 14er backcountry

October 12, 2017 — The nights were long, frigid and he barely slept, but all the while Shuei Kato just tried to maintain his usual even-keeled nature, subconsciously relying on the belief that his abilities to problem solve would eventually bring him home. With little more than a day's

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Colorado doctor: Health effects of living in mountains unknown to medical establishment

October 11, 2017 — Dr. Christine Ebert-Santos, M.D., is on a mission. The longtime Summit County pediatrician has, for several years, been trying to spread the word on an acute altitude illness that even locals can develop no matter how long they've been residents. If not diagnosed or treated

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Fixler: A bittersweet walk down the Summit (column)

October 11, 2017 — Hello, my name is Kevin Fixler and I'm a reporter for the Summit Daily News. That's an introduction I've sent out more times than I could even count over the past two years — perhaps you've received it yourself at one point or another. It's

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Silverthorne man reported missing on Colorado 14er found alive and uninjured

October 10, 2017 — Shuei Kato, the Silverthorne hiker missing since Saturday afternoon on Missouri Mountain near the town of Buena Vista, was found by search crews Tuesday alive and in no need of obvious medical attention. Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze confirmed that a helicopter helping with the

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Search delayed for Silverthorne man reported missing after hiking Colorado 14er

October 9, 2017 — A Summit County man hiking one of the state’s 14,000-foot mountains in a nearby northwestern county was reported missing early Sunday morning when he failed to make it home the day before. Shuei Kato, 36, of Silverthorne, was believed to have summited Missouri Mountain in

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Colorado ski industry adds teeth to climate change talk

October 8, 2017 — Last week in Keystone, a modern-day prophet on climate change addressed a room of several hundred High Country residents as they chomped away at their breakfasts, daring each of them to accept a simple challenge. "I'm asking you to save civilization," he said unabashedly. "You're

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High-altitude Colorado boreal toad left unlisted as endangered species

October 5, 2017 — The eastern boreal toad population in the high elevations of Colorado and other Rocky Mountain states may be in decline, but it will not be granted protected status under the national Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, operating under the umbrella of

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Highway 9 Iron Springs project battles weather to hit 2017 completion

October 4, 2017 — It may not look it, what with the throng of hardhats and heavy-duty construction vehicles still maneuvering about, but the four-lane State Highway 9 expansion north of Breckenridge is approaching completion and, weather pending, on track for winter. The almost $23 million Iron Springs realignment

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Colorado’s Gore Range was named after a bloodthirsty 19th century aristocrat. Is it time for a change?

October 3, 2017 — The rugged mountain underbite in Summit and Eagle counties known as the Gore Range has drawn people to the area for generations, but soon the distinctive 60-mile run of peaks could have a different moniker. Like Gore Pass, Gore Creek and many other regional spinoffs,

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Colorado ski resort executives talk climate, year-round business at annual kickoff event

October 2, 2017 — As if on cue, the approaching winter could wait no longer and made itself the guest of honor for the annual ski executive breakfast, delivering almost a foot of fresh snow overnight in parts of Summit County. It was a welcome sight at the public

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Alma couple rescues dog missing for five weeks off Mount Bross

September 27, 2017 — Following a month frantically searching for his lost dog, Alma resident Larry Osborne acknowledged that he had given up hope of ever finding Chloe after she disappeared on popular Colorado 14er Mount Bross. As the owners of the South Park Saloon nearby, he and his

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Copper Mountain Resort floats proposal for new boutique hotel, housing in coming years

September 26, 2017 — The look and variety of offerings at Copper Mountain Resort could be changing considerably in the next five years, and the development of a new neighborhood near the Alpine Lift on the ski area's east side may very well be at the forefront of its

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With rising suicide rate, prevention becomes Summit County community’s focus

September 24, 2017 — Summit County's suicide rate has now risen to three times that of the national average, and that has local groups banding together to locate ways of expanding access to care and generating more dialogue around the growing trend. The county experienced an all-time high last

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‘Hyperloop One’ rail concept could cut Denver-to-Summit trip down to 6 minutes

September 20, 2017 — Personal travel that tests the sound barrier in hermetically sealed tubes might seem like some far-flung, futuristic notion, but if Colorado gets its way it could be less than a decade from reality rather than the light years away most probably imagine. From an original

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Study: Number of uninsured in Summit, Vail and Aspen remains high compared to state

September 19, 2017 — The debate over the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," persists in Washington, D.C., but new data from a statewide study released Monday shows increases in the insured population, though with smaller gains along the Western Slope. Since the launch

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Colorado’s $68M share of VW settlement to buy I-70 electric charging stations

September 18, 2017 — Colorado is planning to invest millions of dollars into its electric vehicle infrastructure as early as 2018, and the benefits could immediately be felt across the entire Western Slope. As part of the pending multi-billion-dollar Volkswagen settlement with the United States government stemming from diesel

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Elusive Summit County ponderosa pine bears fruit after 10 years to help secure its survival

September 17, 2017 — An environmental enigma in Keystone at least a decade in the making was finally cracked this past week, and the unpredictable event could have ramifications for generations to come. The ponderosa pine features prominently across the Western United States, but within Summit County is a

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Dillon couple raises $7,000 in effort to ‘Truck Cancer’

September 14, 2017 — Husband and wife tandem Andy Hass and Caroline Bellace have hosted too many parties to count out of their Dillon Valley backyard, but one they threw about a month and a half ago will forever stand on its own. In fact, the longtime Summit County

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Frisco’s Peak School embraces growth process under new leadership (video)

September 13, 2017 — Starting into its sixth year, The Peak School in Frisco sees itself as past the stages of crawling and walking; the county's only private secondary school hopes to now begin hitting its stride. After graduating its first class of seniors last spring and bringing on

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Summit County, Forest Service share costs on Breckenridge’s Peak 2 Fire

September 12, 2017 — The suppression effort surrounding the July Peak 2 fire near Breckenridge ultimately totaled more than $2 million, and Summit County and the U.S. Forest Service are now close to terms on who will foot which parts of the bill. On Tuesday afternoon at its regular

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