Top 5 most-read stories on SummitDaily.com, week of July 9
Editor’s note: Social Calls is compiled from comments on stories posted to the Summit Daily’s Facebook page.
“You know what makes the town look good? Good food...and this county definitely lacks that” — Heather Ripley, on “Gnarly Shawarma owner finds Breckenridge keeps tight lid on food carts”
“Not to condone their actions or anything.. but everyone understands that human-caused or not, this was destined to happen?! You can’t live tragedy-free in your Breck bubble forever. Especially when its densely populated with (beetle) Kill. A tragedy in the eye of humans is a beautiful victory in the eye of Mother Nature. Killing off what’s destroying her land so that she can replenish it. I’m also curious at what point during the fire did Vail Resorts start to try planning out their newest expansions in that area.” — Hollyanne Abbotts, on “Breckenridge wildfire was human-cause, investigators seeking two hikers seen in area”
“Hikers and campers need to be more considerate and responsible for their actions when they’re in the forest. We live in this incredible place, and we need to care for it appropriately. To learn this near tragedy was caused by human negligence is saddening to say the least.” — Michaela Douglas, on “Breckenridge wildfire was human-cause, investigators seeking two hikers seen in area”
“It would also help if the USFS did their job by mitigating the forests with controlled burns and tree thinning instead of closing down campsites. All that beetle kill needs to be removed. As far as punishment for the hikers they should be treated the same as the ranger who caused the Hayman Fire in ‘02. That’s just my opinion, though.” — Tim Decamp, on “Breckenridge wildfire was human-cause, investigators seeking two hikers seen in area”
“Our state has a $26.8 BILLION annual (annual!) budget. Just put the toilet paper line item out for bid and you could reclaim several times the allocation from dope taxes for schools.” — Corey Bryndal, on “Here’s how millions in Colorado pot taxes are being used to fix up outdated, sagging schools”
“i’m so tired of hearing dead bear stories! they have nowhere to go, we are in their space! and now we are beginning to change the rules that we can start shooting them (as well as mountain lions) .... because we have no place to relocate them!!!! I hate developers” — Carole Scott, on “Colorado teen wakes up with his head in a bear’s mouth”
“One has to wonder if he slept in the same clothing he wore when cooking dinner. The story didn’t say either way.” — Otis Halverson, on “Colorado teen wakes up with his head in a bear’s mouth”
“Now make texting and driving equal punishment because thats even more dangerous” — Scott Howard, on “DUI will do you in, as Colorado cracks down with tougher sentencing”
Editor’s note: Below is a list of the top 5 most-read stories on summitdaily.com the week of July 9.
Investigators determined that the Peak 2 fire was human-caused and are now seeking the identities of two people seen hiking on the Colorado Trail above Miners Creek Road junction at around 11 a.m. on July 5. Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons declined to comment on what the individuals might be charged with if they were found to have started the fire, saying that would depend on many different factors that are still unknown.
In an update on the Peak 2 fire printed on July 9, crews were continuing to work the fire burning 2 miles south of Frisco. At the time, the wildfire had reached 52 percent containment, and all pre-evacuations had been lifted by the afternoon.
Breckenridge keeps a tight lid on the food cart industry, especially downtown, restricting the number of business licenses available to large food carts and imposing tight regulations on the business owners who are lucky enough to get one. Anthony Tabanji, owner of a new Mediterranean food cart the Gnarly Shawarma, was only able to acquire the necessary license when the owner of an existing business license, Stella’s Hungry Horse, was willing to sell.
“Breckenridge has had a real strong tradition of watching the aesthetics, and it’s important to the town folks the town looks good,” said Peter Grosshuesch, director of Breckenridge community development.
A dog had to be rescued off Quandary Peak summit after his paws became too cut up to go on. The Summit County Rescue Group was able to get a three-person crew together that brought the dog down on a stretcher within about two hours.
On July 8, Dave Schmitt of the Rocky Mountain Incident Response Team reported gains in containing the Peak 2 fire, saying that containment rose overnight Friday from about 7 percent to 25 percent Saturday morning. All evacuations were lifted Friday night, and the Peak 7 neighborhood was reopened to the public that day.
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