Top 5 most-read stories on, week of July 23 |

Top 5 most-read stories on, week of July 23

Compiled by Heather Jarvis
Newly-transitioned Summit County Sheriff Deputy Lesley Mumford speaks during an interview Thursday, June 15, inside the Summit County Justice Center in Breckenridge.
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Editor’s note: Social Calls is compiled from comments on stories posted to the Summit Daily’s Facebook page.

“Hopefully this means there are more people that value the beauty our Earth has to offer. Be respectful of these treasures peeps.” — Carrie-Anne Torgerson, on “Aspen’s Maroon Bells’ popularity prompts leaf-peeping change, transportation study”

“Taking care of our environment starts with local and state mandates. If that can’t be accomplished, we better not tackle world issues. A sad reflection on CDT!” — Mary Jo Scoville, on “Whistleblower says CDOT-hired crew repeatedly spilled chemicals into Dillon drains”

“As it should be! Tough course and should challenge the nations best.” — Dan Falliaux, on “Disc golf elite come to Frisco for 2017 Peak One Championship July 28-30”

“What in the world is going on with Breckenridge??? it used to be such a classy amazing place!! the only place you could find crazies was at The Gold Pan -it was fun watching the hippies fall out the door but hey they were harmless!!!” — Colleen Lewis, on “Summit County police blotter: Tequila-fueled Tinder date ends in robbery”

“He really wanted in! Wish I could get it through my neighbors’ heads and most of them are second home owners - that they can’t leave their trash outside overnight. We have a juvenile bear in our neighborhood and I’m afraid there’s going to be a situation because of this and it’s not the bear’s fault!” — Terese Keil, on “Video: Bear breaking into trash shed in Breckenridge”

Editor’s note: Below is a list of the top 5 most-read stories on the week of July 23.

1. After years of hiding, Summit County sheriff’s deputy proudly comes out as transgender

This story, printed in June, resurfaced after Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., released a statement and linked to the story on his Facebook page after President Trump made his announcement regarding transgender people not being allowed to serve in the United States military. The story followed sheriff’s operations commander and SWAT leader, Lesley Mumford, as she came out to her fellow coworkers and the community as transgender.

“So many peoples’ stories don’t go the way mine has gone,” Mumford said. “But I want people to know that it is possible to be transgender and find love, be a parent and have a rewarding career with goals and dreams like everyone else has. There was a time in my life when I didn’t think I could.”

2. The people of Summit County have spoken: They want a Chick-fil-A

The Summit Daily posted a poll on Facebook asking the community, “If there’s one thing Summit County needs, it’s _____?” In less than two days, the post received more than 350 comments about housing, food, businesses and more. We took your responses and ranked them according to votes, with affordable housing receiving the most comments in the poll. This was followed by a craft store, fast-food such as Chick-fil-a, Sonic and Dairy Queen, a Costco or Trader Joe’s, and an indoor playplace for kids.

3. Vail Resorts unhappy as Breckenridge eyes $8.9 million parking garage for Tiger Dredge

Presented with four locations for the construction of a new parking structure in Breckenridge, town council finally settled on the Tiger Dredge parking lot as the best option. Town officials are pursuing more detailed designs at Tiger Dredge and it remains a long way from a done deal.

Chief operating officer for Breckenridge Ski Resort John Buhler twice reiterated the resort’s position — once at the work session and again during the regular council meeting later in the day — that council has reneged on a promise made before the November 2015 election, when voters approved a new sales tax on lift tickets, to build a new parking structure at F-Lot.

4. Eagle bar will close earlier, beef up security in wake of Monday attack on bartender

Dita Richterova was the only one working in Eagle’s Brush Creek Saloon at 1:18 a.m. Monday, when security video shows her being savagely beaten allegedly by Pedro Gonzalez, 34, the only patron in the bar at closing time, according to an arrest affidavit. After the incident, locals started a fund at the Brush Creek Saloon, as well as a GoFundMe page. Brush Creek Saloon managers said Tuesday they would cut their hours back to midnight several nights a week and that security guards would be on site.

5. Colorado 14er for sale: Buy Culebra Peak in the Sangre de Cristo Range for $105 million

Culebra Peak, one of the state’s 54 iconic 14,000-foot mountains, is on the market as part of a massive wilderness estate on the edge of the San Luis Valley that borders the New Mexico state line. The more than 83,000-acre Cielo Vista Ranch, meaning “View of Heaven,” is on sale for $105 million.

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