2005 … the top stories that shaped the news year | SummitDaily.com

2005 … the top stories that shaped the news year

RYAN SLABAUGHsummit daily news

For the past two weeks, we’ve asked our web readers to vote on the biggest story of 2005. After more than 250 readers weighed in on the unscientific poll, it became clear: one issue was bigger, louder and had more impact on our community than all the rest – the Dec. 13 Home Depot vote in Frisco.To it, we give it our “Story of the Year” award. While the vote in Frisco had all the elements – heavy community dialogue, a ballot question and a big box – others on the list were equally as “important.” They changed the way our county acts, feels and operates.It started in May. The fatal inbounds slide at Arapahoe Basin changed how ski resorts look at spring skiing, while pushing snow scientists across the globe to look at the potential of more wet slab slides at ski areas. Five wildfires in five days last summer proved our response agencies can stand up to the task, while proving that Summit County was lucky, again, to escape the big one.And this leads us to pine beetles – with 2005 serving as a preview to another battle in 2006. As we learn to manage the growth of natural pests, we deal with our own growth through possible interstate expansion and the completed new hospital. Will these be the stories that top the list at the end of 2006 as well? Only time will tell.

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