Around the Summit: Governor visits Frisco to sign health-care bill |

Around the Summit: Governor visits Frisco to sign health-care bill

Auden Schendler, vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company, gave the commencement speech during Colorado Mountain College’s graduation in Summit County at the Keystone Conference Center on Friday, May 6. CMC's graduates included those earning two-year associate degrees, certificates of occupational proficiency, general equivalency diplomas and, for the fourth year, four-year bachelor’s degrees.
Arthur Balluff / Special to the Daily |


Governor visits Frisco Tuesday to sign health-care bill

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will make an appearance in Frisco on Tuesday, May 17 at Elevate coSPACE (711 Granite St.) for a public event to sign a health-care bill.

House Bill 16-1336, which recently passed during this year’s legislative session, will be signed at 1:55 p.m. The new law will create a study looking at the prospects of a single geographical area for individual health insurance plans.

Sponsors and local stakeholders will be on hand to witness what could ultimately lead to significant impact on health-care costs in the mountain and resort regions. All are welcome to come witness this momentous occasion in Summit County.

Summit doc presents research on living at altitude

This week, Dr. Christine Ebert-Santos, whose pediatric clinic is based in Frisco, is presenting her latest findings on living at altitude at the 2016 American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference in San Francisco, California.

At the May 13-18 conference, which is sponsored by the ATS and endorsed by researchers, clinicians and related health-care professionals from around the world, experts will meet to learn and share the latest advances in respiratory, critical care and sleep medicine. The ATS improves global health by advancing research, patient care and public health in pulmonary disease, critical illness and sleep disorders.

Specifically, Ebert-Santos is discussing her poster on Resident High Altitude Pulmonary Edema,and is eager to explore an emerging field of science leading to long-term possibilities at elevation. The ATS conference, with almost 44 percent of attendees coming from outside the United States, gives her the chance to achieve those goals in an academic and interactive environment.


Open Space & Trails head promoted to recreation director

Breckenridge town manager Rick Holman announces the promotion of Scott Reid to serve as the director of recreation for the town. He currently heads up the open space and trails division in the Breckenridge Community Development/Planning Department. 

“It’s truly a testament to the town’s strong leadership culture that we are able to promote great talent within our ranks,” said Holman in a written statement.

Reid has worked for the town for more than ten years in the open space and trails division where he managed the overall program, including land acquisitions, natural surface trail construction and management, river restoration and community partnerships. Prior to working for the town, he worked for Summit County’s open space department managing the recpath and natural surface trail program.

 His formal education includes a master’s degree from Virginia Tech in park and recreational resource management. Additionally, his experience includes being a ski patroller, an outdoor education instructor and the education director for the Leave No Trace Center for outdoor ethics.

The town’s recreation department consists of the Breckenridge Recreation Center (along with the surrounding skatepark, turf and ball fields), the Stephen C. West Ice Arena, the Gold Run Nordic Center, plus Carter and Kingdom Parks reservations as well as golf course maintenance. To maintain the continuity under his leadership, the Breckenridge Open Space and Trails program is being restructured and moved from Community Development to the Recreation Department.


Animal control to host summer read programs

Summit County Animal Control has started two new programs that bring animals and kids together. Donna Corcel, SCAC’s Humane Educator, has expanded the shelter’s humane education program by implementing the Veterinary Science Initiative program into the 9th and 10th grades at Summit High School. Along with animal control officer Jesslyn Swirka, the two are overseeing the curriculum, which covers areas such as the human-animal interface, pathology and cruelty investigation, ethical science and zoonotic diseases. It is an interactive class and covers some tough topics including euthanasia.

Summit County Animal Control & Shelter has an array of humane education programs available for students of all ages. The team has reached out to 2nd and 3rd graders with a 9-week program for a number of years to the Frisco, Summit Cove and Dillon Valley elementary schools. One hour a week, the team visits the school and teaches the young students about pet care, overpopulation and domestic animal and wildlife safety.

The Reading Program will start in June and run through July and will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The idea is to have kids bring in their favorite books or their summer reading books to read aloud to the timid shelter animals. Thanks to the local book store Next Page Books & Nosh, the shelter also will have a stash of books for kids to pick from.

To participate in the Shy Shelter Animal Summer Reading Program or if you are a teacher who would like to learn more about the Humane Education Program, please call the Animal Shelter at 970-668-3230.


Summit Daily News takes home 14 awards at state media convention.

The Summit Daily News and The Summit County Journal collectively picked up 14 awards Saturday night at the Colorado Press Association’s annual convention.

The Summit Daily won 8 awards overall in circulation Class 7 (between 6,001 and 15,000), which also includes the Durango Herald, the Steamboat Pilot & Today, The Aspen Times, The Vail Daily and the Glenwood Post Independent. The Daily snagged five first-place awards in various categories. The Summit County Journal, our subscription-based weekly in the Class 1 competition, placed in 7 categories, including four first-place awards.

Summit Daily News awards

• Best Health Enterprise/Health Feature Story: first place, Alli Langley, for a story on Loli Pipe Hope’s fight against cancer.

• Best Education Story, first place: Alli Langley, for a story on the dual language program at Dillon Valley Elementary.

• Best Sports Column Writing: second place, Phil Lindeman, for his first-person account of an obstacle course race.

• Best Photo Essay: first place, Ben Trollinger, for a look inside Colorado’s most polluted mine.

• Online Breaking News: first place, Elise Reuter, for coverage of the tragic Flight For Life crash in Frisco on July 3.

• Best Website-Daily: second place, Summit Daily staff

• Best Small Space Ad: first place, Rob Fair, for his “It’s burger night” ad.

Summit County Journal

• Best Health Enterprise/Health Feature Story: second place, Alli Langley, for a story on the shuttering of Leadville’s only emergency room.

• Best Environmental Story: second place, Alli Langley, for “First the pine beetle, now the spruce bug.”

• Best News Story, first place: Elise Reuter, for the murder-suicide that shocked Summit County.

• Best Sports Event Story: first place, Phil Lindeman, for his first-person account of an obstacle course race.

• Best Business News/Feature Story: second place, Phil Lindeman, for “The year in the ganja trade.”

• Best Investigative Story Package: first place, Alli Langley, for “A lack of (animal) control.”

• Best Feature Page Design: first place, Laci Thompson, for her layout on “Hunting in our sites.”

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