Most-read stories of the week on SummitDaily.com
Editor’s note: Social Calls is compiled from comments on stories posted to the Summit Daily’s Facebook page.
“Based on the number of cars in the quandary lot everyday I think Starbucks should-open up a store on top.” — Matt Venz, on “Photo slideshow: Rescuers brave Quandary Peak to save mountain climbers”
“A true town center or old timey main street and/or a riverwalk section. I also think its time for some mountain modern architecture, like a small midrise apartment building with commercial spaces on the lower floor. Its really cool what you’ve done so far. Really like the new performing arts center.” — Phil Constantine, on “Silverthorne developer seeks community feedback on project that could transform town”
“An underpass or a bridge otherwise people are going to get killed crossing the highway between this and the pavilion area. I tried to walk once less than a mile from my house to the post office but almost got hit twice crossing the highway at 6th while using the pedestrian crossing light. And of course it would be nice to have more restaurants and shops that aren’t auto parts stores.” — Abby Kasperbauer Mendenhall, on “Silverthorne developer seeks community feedback on project that could transform town”
“Well it now has a top notch brewery, why not balance it out with a 24 hour fitness. Dont get me wrong the rec center is cool and all but with the influx of serious type A people moving up here, its hours are lacking. Human endurance is all the rage these days.” — Mike Sanchez, on “Silverthorne developer seeks community feedback on project that could transform town”
“Vail resorts has tarnished a beautiful town. Stand firm Eric!” — Amy Miller Jones, on “Breckenridge mayor responds to Vail Resorts’ criticism”
“What beasts kill like this!!!!?? I hope they are harsh with punishment” — Jeannette Farji S, on “Father, son charged for killing bear at Aspen-area landfill”
“What are we doing about the locals that have skipped out on their landlords and moved into the forests for the summer? They are the problem we need to deal with. Nothing but scum trashing our forests and squatting on our public lands.” — Darryl Todd, on “Dillon Ranger District urges proper food storage to avoid bear interactions”
“Looks like it’s been developed with primarily private funding. I’m sure Summit County could step up and do the same thing if they felt it was a value.” — Brian Masters, on “World’s largest sports park coming to Windsor”
“Wish we could get a legit 10k+ amphitheater somewhere in the mountains... Not in summit, of course.” — Brent Bewick, on “World’s largest sports park coming to Windsor”
Editor’s note: Below is a list of the top 5 most-read stories on summitdaily.com the week of May 28.
The Summit County Rescue Group was sent out to Quandary Peak after a report that two climbers were stranded. The men had ascended via the West Ridge route but, because of snow conditions, had become stranded about 300 feet below the summit. The rescue group was unable to reach the pair during the night, and at daylight, responders determined that a rescue from the Quandary summit would be too dangerous. An Army National Guard helicopter was routed to the scene, and the climbers were rescued after a member of Mountain Rescue Aspen’s search and rescue team was lowered down and attached to each of them, one at a time, and hoisted back to the helicopter.
Longtime friends and hiking partners Thomas Ferrara, 30, and Eric Hall, 28, recount their experience of being stranded overnight after what was supposed to be a successful trek up a popular Summit County 14er’s West Ridge. The two California men thought death could be imminent when they called for an emergency rescue off Quandary Peak Sunday night.
“We weren’t expecting what we ran into,” said Ferrara, who works in sales. “We knew from the conditions I suppose that avalanche was a possibility, and that’s I think mostly why we made the call. But we were assessing our situation and we thought an incident could be very likely here. We didn’t want to die.”
A SWAT team responded to a report of an armed individual barricaded in a residence on the 500 block of Ryan Gulch Road in Wildernest on Saturday afternoon, May 27. A standoff involving more than a dozen of police officers lasted several hours, after the suspect who had barricaded himself alone in a room stated that he was armed with a gun. The standoff ended peacefully and Justin Michael King, a 26-year-old male, was taken into custody.
A 24-year-old Breckenridge man was killed Monday in a head-on crash caused by a driver passing in a no-passing zone on U.S. Highway 40 near the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass in Grand County. The Colorado State Patrol does not believe the driver who caused the fatal crash was impaired by alcohol or drugs. Charges had yet to be determined.
Breckenridge Town Council fielded a variety of citizens’ questions at its annual State of the Town address last week, including one about the town’s sometimes-tenuous relationship with Vail Resorts. Mamula spent the final five minutes of the State of the Town — just under an hour and 20 minutes total — talking about the town’s dealings with Vail Resorts, which owns Breckenridge Ski Resort and has characterized a town decision not to build a parking garage at F-Lot with money generated by a relatively new tax on lift tickets as a broken promise.
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