Top 5 most-read stories last week: Oil trucker charged, Mind Springs Health faces allegations and Bob Dylan comes to Dillon |

Top 5 most-read stories last week: Oil trucker charged, Mind Springs Health faces allegations and Bob Dylan comes to Dillon

Summit County Commissioner Tamara Pogue has worked to fill in gaps in mental health care left by Mind Springs, the local community mental health center.
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Stories in this list received the most page views on in the past week.

1. Oil truck driver who crashed in Silverthorne charged with reckless driving, endangerment

Recently, workers from various Summit County entities worked for hours to clean up oil that spilled after a semitractor-trailer lost control on an off ramp in Silverthorne, and the driver is now facing charges of reckless endangerment and reckless driving, according to Silverthorne Police Chief John Minor.

The driver, identified as 44-year-old Antonio Ramos Lopez Jr. of Wyoming, reportedly lost control of the trailer’s brakes while descending from Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels.

Eliza Noe

2. Bob Dylan to perform at Dillon Amphitheater on July 3; Tickets went on sale Friday

Bob Dylan’s career has lasted the better part of 50 years — bringing songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “Like a Rolling Stone” and more — to audiences around the world. Summit County guests will hear his music live this July at the Dillon Amphitheater for his Rough And Rowdy Ways Tour.

Dylan is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the amphitheater, 201 W. Lodgepole St. in Dillon. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

— Jefferson Geiger

3. Thousands of Colorado patients put in peril due to risky prescribing of psych medicine

The heavy reliance on benzodiazepines at Mind Springs has been alarmingly common in Colorado, with state reports identifying thousands of patients as at potential lethal risk because of unsafe prescribing practices, an investigation by The Gazette has found. Known as “benzos,” the anti-anxiety drugs include trade names like Klonopin, Valium, Xanax, Ativan and others, and they are soaring in popularity.

Even as state officials are seeking to rein in the use of benzodiazepines, prescriptions for the drugs nearly doubled over the past two years during a time when the COVID-19 pandemic battered psyches, said Dr. Robert Valuck, executive director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, housed at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

— The Gazette

4. Short-term rentals, inflation and rising interest rates all had an impact on Summit County’s real estate market in the first quarter of 2022

When real estate agents are gauging how strong Summit County’s market will perform that year, they typically won’t base their predictions on the first quarter of the year. Many agents point to the all of the properties that are still being used by owners for the ski season as reason for why there aren’t as many transactions this quarter compared to other quarters.

In the summer months and fall months — the busy seasons for many agents — there could be a few hundred transactions within a 30-day timespan. But Land Title Guarantee Co.’s reports for January, February and March show a lot fewer than that. In January, the county racked up 124 transactions, in February there were 107 transactions and in March, there were 165 transactions.

— Jenna deJong

5. Local leaders react to the the findings of an unprecedented tri-agency audit of Mind Springs

“I do disagree with the characterization that we need Mind Springs,” said Summit County Commissioner Tamara Pogue. “I think what we need is care that is responsive to clients needs. I think there’s a variety of different strategies that could bring us there.”

Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said the same.

“This is six years later,” FitzSimons said, referring to when Summit County started breaking away from Mind Springs. “What are we doing? Wash, rinse, repeat — nothing’s changed, and we’ve learned nothing new. So if they fail on these action plans, then what? Are we really going to go after them?”

Both Pogue and FitzSimons said they were grateful for the audit on Mind Springs conducted by Rocky Mountain Health Plans. Pogue said their findings highlight the issues she’s heard from community members about their experience with Mind Springs. But with these new corrective action plans now in place, she expressed concern for how long it would take to fix some of the issues.

— Jenna deJong

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