Summit Stage announces changes to winter bus service
Summit County residents and visitors will have shorter rides to the slopes this season on the Summit Stage, thanks to new morning express routes. The new routes provide service to Keystone and Breckenridge with fewer local stops along the way, shaving off as much as 15 minutes of travel time, relative to the standard routes.
Buses on the express routes run once every morning, seven days a week, from Silverthorne to Keystone and from Silverthorne to Breckenridge via Frisco. The express routes will launch on Nov. 23, in concert with the start of Summit Stage’s system-wide winter schedule.
“We’re excited to give our riders a more convenient, efficient way to get to the ski areas,” Summit Stage Director Jim Andrew said in a written statement. “We’ve designed these routes to drop you off at the base areas right about the time the lifts start turning, so you can maximize the amount of time you spend skiing and riding.”
The Breckenridge Express departs Silverthorne Station at 8:10 a.m., stops at Frisco Station at 8:22 a.m., School Road at 8:24 a.m., Granite Street at 8:27 a.m., arriving at Breckenridge Station at 8:50 a.m.
The Keystone Express departs Ptarmigan at 8:35 a.m., stops at Silverthorne Station at 8:47 a.m., Summit Place at 8:49 a.m., Lake Dillon Drive at 8:54 a.m., Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue at 8:55 a.m., arriving at River Run in Keystone at 9:07 a.m.
“The Keystone Express is going to be particularly great for visitors staying in the hotels in Silverthorne near the I-70 exit,” Andrew said in a statement. “They can get to Keystone in one straight shot, rather than having to change buses at Silverthorne Station.”
As part of the Stage’s switch to winter service on Nov. 23, the Swan Mountain Flyer will resume, providing hourly all-day service between Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin. The Flyer also runs in the evenings on dates that Keystone offers night skiing. Daytime buses on the Copper Mountain route will increase in frequency, running every 30 minutes rather than hourly.
New rush-hour buses provide more frequent morning service on the Silverthorne Loop, Wildernest Loop and Copper Mountain routes, with departures at 7:15 a.m., 7:45 a.m., and 8:15 a.m., respectively.
The Lake County Link, which provides service from Leadville to Frisco, is offering new earlier departures. The early bus departs from the Leadville Kum & Go at 5:50 a.m., and the later bus departs at 7:20 a.m.
“We moved up the departure times to better ensure that riders can still make connections in Frisco when buses are slowed down by inclement weather between Leadville and Summit County,” Andrew said.
The Lake County Link will also start serving Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville campus. The morning bus to Summit County will stop at CMC Leadville at 7:10 a.m. Afternoon service departs Frisco at 4 p.m., stops at Copper Mountain at 4:20 p.m. and arrives at CMC at 5:05 p.m.
The Summit Stage is adding a new stop to the Breckenridge-Frisco route: The Golf Course stop will allow passengers to get on and off at the intersection of Tiger Road and Highway 9.
For more details on winter routes and schedules, visit http://www.summitstage.com.
Stalking case ends in sentence of more than two years of jail time
Gordon “Scott” Siriano, 48, was sentenced Thursday to a total of two and half years of incarceration. Following a trial in September, Siriano was found guilty of four counts of violation of a criminal protection order, all misdemeanors, and one felony count of violation of bail bond conditions after racking up a long list of charges in connection with harassment and stalking of his former fiancée.
According to prosecutors, Siriano was arrested in September 2012 following a report that he had been hanging around the workplace of his ex-fiancée, who had been kicked out of his house during a dispute days earlier. The victim reported constant controlling behavior from Siriano, including monitoring those with whom she spoke, only allowing her to speak to her family at certain times, telling her what to wear, and where she could work.
A temporary restraining order had been filed on behalf of the victim and her daughter, and Siriano immediately began violating the order, prosecutors said, by asking the victim’s coworkers where she could be found, leaving her messages, and attempting to contact the victim’s daughter via Facebook.
In Thursday’s hearing, Siriano had multiple character witnesses speak on his behalf, and chose to make a statement himself. The prosecution spoke on behalf of Siriano’s victim, and made its case for the maximum penalty of three and half years. Judge Karen Romeo decided on a sentence of one year in county jail for each misdemeanor offense, to be served concurrently, after which Siriano will be transferred to state prison to serve 18 months for the felony conviction.
Siriano’s defense counsel immediately made known their intention to appeal the decision, and asked that the defendant be released from custody on bond while the issue is settled. The judge denied this request, and Siriano was immediately sent to the Summit County jail to begin his sentence. He will receive 14 days credit for time served.
White River National Forest winter motor vehicle season starts November 23
The White River National Forest’s winter motor vehicle use season begins November 23 and ends May 20. During the winter season, wheeled vehicles are limited to plowed routes or routes opened thru special order. Winter Motor Vehicle Use Maps identify routes and areas designated for “over the snow” motor vehicle travel. The maps are free and available at all ranger districts. The Vail Pass area switches to winter use to “over the snow” vehicles on November 15.
In order to provide for visitor safety and protect underlying vegetation forest users are asked to obtain and adhere to the maps.
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