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Top 5 most-read stories on SummitDaily.com, week of July 16

Editor's note: Below is a list of the top 5 most-read stories on summitdaily.com the week of July 16.

1. Colorado's fourth 14er death of 2017 renews drive to educate hikers of risks

Although deaths on Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains, or 14ers, is rare, officials are working to remind hikers of the dangers of these endeavours after a 25-year-old Parker resident fell to his death on Capitol Peak near Aspen. Jake Lord fell some 300 feet while hiking with a friend as they approached from the backside of the summit southwest of Aspen. "They're risky endeavors — they are," said Charles Pitman, a mission coordinator for the Summit County Rescue Group. "Sometimes accidents just happen and that's something you can't avoid, but there are also times when shortcuts are taken. You have to be prepared to call it a day when you get to the limits of your abilities." Officials recommend carrying a pack with essential and life-saving supplies, always taking a friend, setting out early enough in the morning, and reviewing the day's weather forecast and plotting a detailed course well beforehand.

2. Colorado climber dies after weekend fall from Aspen '14er' Capitol Peak

Jake Lord, a 25-year-old from Parker, Colorado, died July 15 near Capitol Peak after falling from the Aspen-area 14,000-foot mountain. According to a statement from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, Lord was climbing with close friend Peter Doro of Highlands Ranch when he fell approximately 50 to 100 meters.

3. Man flees Summit County police officers in 100-mph motorcycle chase

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A routine traffic stop turned into a 100-mile-per-hour motorcycle chase last week after the rider eluded two law enforcement officers, ran several red lights and narrowly avoided a pile-up while driving in the wrong lane before being taken down by a sheriff's office canine, police say. Brandon David Mumma, age 35, was on bond at the time of the chase for a July 4 arrest in which he allegedly started a fight in front of a bar in Breckenridge and then resisted police. Mumma was charged with 11 criminal counts including speeding, vehicular eluding, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

4. Climber's fall, death from Aspen 14er Capitol Peak caused by loose boulder, deputy says

After Jake Lord fell to his death on a 14er in Aspen, information released a couple days later determined he was attempting to make his way over the top of a large boulder on the way up Capitol Peak when it came loose. Lord and his climbing partner were not on the standard route up the mountain when he fell on July 15, but they were not far from it.

5. Summit County got lucky with the Peak 2 Fire, but preparing for the next one is no simple task

Residents in Summit County were lucky with the Peak 2 Fire, but it was also a reminder that fire mitigation efforts in the High Country are extremely important. The pine beetle epidemic has left thousands of acres of dead pines in its wake, with high-concentration areas making fires more intense and difficult to fight. Strategies to thin fuels in high-risk areas are in place, but private lands also play a key role with creating defensible space.

Editor’s note: Social Calls is compiled from comments on stories posted to the Summit Daily’s Facebook page.

“We had a roadkill moose that a truck hit year before last. Very fortunate- we still have a bunch in our freezer. And the DOW gentleman was awesome and super helpful!”

— Brandie Elliott, on “Quandary: Understanding Colorado’s roadkill rules (column)”

“A danger to themselves and others….. I routinely see folks that have fallen off deep in the grass as they miss a turn on the descent.”

— Rob Huehmer, on “Taste-test the Rockies on a Vail Pass bike shuttle with friends, family and kids”

“These groups are so dangerous and they don’t use trial etiquette. The companies shouldn’t say safe for all ages either. I’ve seen too many close calls”

— Mike Dee, on “Taste-test the Rockies on a Vail Pass bike shuttle with friends, family and kids”

“I have had 4 bear encounters in a couple of weeks this year. 3 in Frisco and 1 in Montezuma. There used to be a spring bear hunt in Colorado that got voted out in the 90’s. Perhaps the spring hunt should be brought back.”

— Kihm Beyer, on “Aspen area seeing serious bear problem recently as the animals break into cars, homes looking for food”

“Coloradans will regret their no vote on Colorado Care. Forward thinking people had the answer but the big money from the Koch’s drowned out common sense to keep the big health insurance companies in business.”

— Thomas Dillon, on “Colorado grapples with increasing health care costs as feds continue ‘Obamacare’ squabble”

“$500M in tax revenue since 2014 and they still want to raise taxes to make the schools better?”

— Bridget Stacy, on “ ‘Major Milestone’: Colorado hits half a billion in cannabis tax revenue”