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Highway construction starts between Keystone, A-Basin

KEYSTONE – Let the road construction season begin.

The first of numerous Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) road construction projects is under way between Keystone and Arapahoe Basin.

Drivers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes as CDOT reduces traffic to a single lane in each direction during construction and reduces the speed limit to 35 mph.

The $2.5 million project will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 7 am. to 2 p.m. on Fridays through September. Crews will not work on major holidays as to not interfere with festivals and other events at the resort.

The work involves replacing the asphalt along Highway 6 and installing new guard rails, curbs and gutters and electrical work for future traffic signals. The median at Gondola Road also will be reconstructed and new cameras will be installed at the Swan Mountain Road intersection.

CDOT will not allow vehicles wider than 12 feet to travel through the area east of Keystone during working hours.

“This is an extensive project that has a lot of different aspects to it,” said project engineer Jim VanDyne. “We’re going to do all we can to minimize the inconvenience to drivers, but stops will be required. We have to take advantage of the summer to make these improvements, but Highway 6 will be a much-improved highway when we’re done.”


Vail Resorts veteran joins ski industry group

DENVER – Former Vail Resorts Inc. marketing employee Ashley Boyden is the new media relations coordinator for Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), the state’s ski industry association.

Boyden will be responsible for all media relations, including spearheading the national media campaign in New York, Illinois, Florida, Texas and California.

Before joining the CSCUSA team, Boyden worked in the product management department for Vail Resorts at the corporate office in Lakewood. Working in sales and customer service for Vail’s five resorts, Boyden learned the fundamentals of the ski industry in Colorado.

 Boyden initiated her interest in public relations at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., where she graduated from the school of journalism with emphasis in strategic communications. 

Boyden then studied public relations as an intern at the Center for Opportunity in Washington, D.C.

Boyden has also done freelance work in public relations for Denver nonprofit organizations. She is the public relations coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Vintage Grand Prix, which benefits kids in need of dentistry, and she serves on the public relations/ special events committees for Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Denver Rescue Mission.

“Ashley is an avid skier. Her enthusiasm for Colorado is a welcome addition to our CSCUSA team” said Rob Perlman, the association’s executive director. 

“I am ecstatic to represent Colorado’s 24 magnificent resorts, each with their own allure and charm,” said Boyden. “This is the perfect opportunity to pursue a career in public relations and work in the ski industry, which I am so passionate about.”


Chess tourney held at Frisco Elementary

FRISCO – The Summit County Chess Championships took place May 15 at Frisco Elementary. The tournament, involving 140 elementary students, took nine rounds. The first six rounds were preliminary rounds; the final three rounds were the the championship rounds. The age groups ranged from kindergarten to fifth grade and came from all seven elementary schools in the county.

A special congratulations to J.J. Gesner. J.J. has won the championship title each of the past three years and has compiled a perfect 27-0 record.

The winners


4th and 5th grade: J.J.

Gesner, Summit Cove


2nd and 3rd grade: Evan Strait, Breckenridge


Kindergarten and 1st grade: Wade Rosko, Summit Cove Elementary

School Champion:

Breckenridge Elementary

Runners Up:

4th and 5th grade (tie): Jordan Dismount, Upper Blue Elementary, Matt Truesdell, Breckenridge

Elementary, Stuart Vander Kool, Summit County

Christian School

2nd and 3rd grade: Drake Blass, Breckenridge


Kindergarten and 1st grade: Duncan Briggan, Breckenridge Elementary

School Runner Up: Frisco Elementary


BOEC thanks community support in Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped make the 20th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta a success. It is a wonderful and amazing testament to this community that this event has been fundraising for the BOEC for 20 years. We want to send a very special thanks to Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant and Cantina and their staff for 20 years of support for the BOEC.

Our wonderful community, including silent auction item donors, volunteers and attendees, also has made this event a success for 20 years. This year, you we raised more than $20,000, and since the inception of Cinco de Mayo, you have helped raise more than $200,000 for the BOEC. Thank you for assisting us in creating opportunities for students and their families – like paddling on the West’s great rivers and skiing at Breckenridge – that they never dreamed possible. I hope that the next time you see a BOEC student you smile and say, “I helped make that possible!”

On behalf of our board, staff and participants, our heartfelt thanks for a wonderful event, your generous contributions and everyone’s hard work.

– The Staff of The BOEC

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