Top 5 most-read stories on SummitDaily.com, week of Aug. 6
Editor’s note: Below is a list of the top 5 most-read stories on summitdaily.com the week of Aug. 6.
A Missouri man left Summit County with a bad taste in his mouth after receiving a ticket for trespassing in Blue River. The man says he took his family to the Goose Pasture Tarn in Blue River to take a quick photo. However, the private lake is owned by the town and available for use only to property owners of the town, and he was approached by a Blue River officer and given a ticket. “Does Summit County really want me to visit? That is what I was asking myself after our seven-day visit last week. … Before I could say anything, he was threatening to arrest me. In the end, he said that he was going to do me a favor and not put me behind bars. Instead, he was only going to fine me $106 dollars.” He finished the letter saying this is the first and last trip for his family. “I prefer to vacation where I feel wanted. Not where an officer threatens to arrest me for snapping a souvenir photo of my family.”
Monte McClenahan was sorely disappointed after he had to put his brand-new, custom-built 38-foot trailer into storage. His dreams of serving barbecue out of the $145,000 trailer on Main Street in Frisco were dashed after he ran head-on into strict enforcement of a town code that forbids anything like it from operating inside Frisco. With his application for a mobile food vendor’s permit denied and the window on an appeal he was never going to file anyway closed, McClenahan is moving on.
A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a garbage truck on Swan Mountain Road near Colorado Highway 6 in Dillon at around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. The motorcyclist was transported to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, where he was pronounced dead. The driver and another passenger inside the truck, operated by Waste Management, were voluntarily transported to the hospital as well but did not appear to have serious injuries.
The U.S. Forest Service has banned access to a popular cliff jumping spot at Green Mountain Reservoir after a tragic accident left a 27-year-old Denver resident dead. James Cummings died after jumping from the cliffs and not resurfacing. Friends were unable to immediately find him, but a sonar boat located his body in about 70 feet of water the next day. First responders say they routinely have to rescue cliff divers throughout the summer and stress that, despite their popularity, the cliffs are extremely dangerous to jump from.
A backcountry mining claim in Breckenridge’s historic Golden Horseshoe has become the source of a feud between the county and the owner over its value and what he’s allowed to build on the property. Landowner Matt Casey has a 10-acre parcel he wants to sell, and didn’t want to take the county’s Open Space & Trails Department’s offer, opting instead for a public land auction. County attorney Jeff Huntley and open space director Brian Lorch submitted adjustments to the property’s description to the auctioneer and then walked away on July 28 as the top bidder at $125,000. Casey once again declined to accept that total for the land.
He accuses the county of preventing him from developing the property with backcountry regulations that weren’t as pronounced when he bought the land, as well as meddling in his attempt at a public sale by telling potential buyers “half-truths” to curb a bidding war from raising the price above the below-market rate the county desires to pay.
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