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Top 5 most-read stories on the Web

Images of typical spring break debauchery in Breckenridge, taken from Instagram accounts for the piece "America's Top 20 Trashiest Spring Break Destinations."
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Editor’s note: Social Call is compiled from comments on stories posted to the Summit Daily’s Facebook page.

“I just don’t think “going vertical” on that 11 acre property is the right plan. I envisioned some six story multi-building “project” when I read that. In my opinion going “tiny” would be a much better idea. Zoning the area to allow locals to build permanent small or tiny homes on 1/6th acre lots makes sense to me. Ten acres, 60 units, and an acre of community park seems right, as long as they allow design variation so it doesn’t look like Wellington.” — Erik Hamilton, on “Silverthorne pushes forward with plan for workforce housing at Smith Ranch”

“They keep traveling and spending taxpayer money. We will pay $1 billion in 4 years to secure the Trump Family. You know how well would our country be if all that money went to important causes?” — Romi Feia, on “Trump kids, families to visit Aspen this weekend”

“At least a billion in revenue each year and they can’t take care of their employees? Deed restrictions in Summit can only go so far. Time for the Vail owners to step up and value their most valuable resource!” — Dan Falliaux, on “Vail Resorts’ workforce-housing proposal hits roadblocks ahead of approval”

“Too many tourists? Time to build a wall around Summit County and get back to mining like the good old days.” — Erik Hamilton, on “CDOT exploring project to reduce congestion on westbound I-70 corridor”

“Not impressed with the tactics to remove this Moose from HIS natural habitat.” — Brenda Lea Kubistek, on “Menacing moose tranquilized, removed from Breckenridge Nordic Center”

“Sadly this is best for all. A tragedy was waiting to happen. This is what you get for all the years of habitat reduction. They have no where to go but into your backyard.” — Allen Mason, on “Menacing moose tranquilized, removed from Breckenridge Nordic Center”

Editor’s note: Stories in this list received the most page views on for the week of March 12.

1. Breckenridge named one of the ‘trashiest’ spring break destinations

After a re-post to Facebook last week, a story written in March 2015 has made this week’s No. 1 most-read story online. Two years ago, released “America’s Top 20 Trashiest Spring Break Destinations,” putting Breckenridge at the bottom of the list at No. 20. How did Breckenridge make the list? Wyatt Swain, author of the list, had a simple — and predictable — answer: legal marijuana.

“Obviously, there’s nowhere in the United States that’s more lenient on that than Colorado,” he said in 2015. “I also know not everyone is going to beaches for spring break. Breckenridge was definitely a place we wanted to bring up, and it wasn’t coincidental that marijuana was legalized when we first added it.”

2. Menacing moose tranquilized, removed from Breckenridge Nordic Center

Officers from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Breckenridge Police Department successfully tranquilized and relocated three adult moose from Breckenridge Nordic Center on Sunday, March 12, after reports that the animals had been threatening skiers. Officials with CPW said that while they have occasionally relocated moose in the past, doing so is very unusual and requires a credible safety threat.

“This is not something we do often,” said Mike Porras, a CPW spokesman. “There is wildlife in Colorado, and we’re not going to move them just because they’re around people.”

3. Moose runs down Breckenridge ski slope

A moose on the loose caught several skiers and snowboarders by surprise as it galloped headlong down a run at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado. Cheri Luther was snowboarding Friday when she saw the moose approaching, and she shot video of the large animal coming within feet of her. Her Instagram post went viral and was picked up and shared by many news outlets.

4. Summit County assault trial ends in conviction despite lack of witnesses

After two mistrials, and nearly four years after an assault on Keith Ryberg occurred, a Summit County jury found Santiago “Chago” Martinez guilty of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. Ryberg suffered a severe brain injury outside of the Manhattan Bar in Leadville. No eyewitnesses testified during the seven-day trial, nor did surveillance camera footage show the assault occurring. He will be sentenced in April and faces up to two years in jail.

5. Breckenridge ski pass frauds see spring break uptick

Ski pass fraud cases in Breckenridge typically spike in the month of March, and this year has been no different: There have been at least 23 court summonses issued to people allegedly using passes not belonging to them so far this month. That accounts for nearly half of the 50 total ski pass fraud cases reported to the Breckenridge Police Department since the ski season began last November.

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