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Top 5 stories on summitdaily.com

Editor's note: Below is a list of the top 5 most-read stories on summitdaily.com the week of May 7.

1. Summit County has the highest life expectancy in the nation, according to new study

Summit County's life expectancy is the highest in the nation, according to a study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 2014, the latest year that data is available, Summit's expected longevity was 86.83 years. That narrowly edged out the neighboring ski country counties of Pitkin and Eagle, which came in at number two and three nationwide with life expectancies of 86.52 and 85.94, respectively.

2. Summit County, Vail Resorts at impasse on Keystone workforce complex

Summit County last week entered into last-ditch negotiations with Vail Resorts, Inc., and its development partner on an employee-housing proposal in Keystone. After months of discussion, bargaining and postponements, the applicant and the county's executive board and staff each acknowledged Tuesday they are closer to an agreement on the 196-unit Village at Wintergreen, although one was not reached at the meeting.

"We all recognize the importance of this project," said Vargo. "We all recognize that there are at least a couple issues that are still outstanding. I'd like to see if we can get to some sort of resolution over the next week and come back one final time."

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3. Hundreds in Summit County welcome new REI

On opening morning, staff from the new REI Co-Op estimated that more than 500 people came to shop at the location in the Dillon Ridge Shopping Center. Some even spent the night in tents in the parking lot in order to get first access to the highest elevation REI in the country. Staff showed up at 5:30 a.m. to begin distributing color coded wristbands that would break the mass of shoppers into waves entering the store.

4. Summit County Rotary seeks help finding mystery Ice Melt contest winner

The Summit County Rotary Club is looking for its second-place winner in the Ice Melt contest after the ticket holder only turned in a date and time on ticket No. 3382, but did not provide any contact information with the entry. More than 40 people submitted tickets guessing some time on April 16, with the actual time at 12:49.50 p.m. Leading the way was Phyllis Martinez, who came the closest to the actual time the ice device took the plunge. In third place was Gordon Herwig, who gets $1,000 for his guess.

5. Your Summit County property tax bill will probably be lower than you think. Here's why

The red-hot real estate market has sent home values soaring in Summit County, with some previously affordable areas like Dillon Valley seeing as much as a 46 percent spike in the past two years, according to the latest data from the assessor's office. Notices of valuation went out to homeowners this week, and many will likely be pleased with the appreciation — but not so much the estimated property tax bill marked on the notices. Come tax day, however, most property owners can look forward to a slightly lower bill thanks to updated tax rates recently handed down by state officials.

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

“For a studio apartment here you only have to pay $250,000. Wealth equals health in America.” — Eric B Godsman, on “Summit County has highest life expectancy in the nation, according to new study”

“Another great reason why I love living here!” — Terese Keil, on “Summit County has highest life expectancy in the nation, according to new study”

“t’s a rich person’s game now, but rules are rules. This guy is not special or different and tried to override the system. Shame.” — Jan DeBellis, on “South African who moved to Aspen to train for Everest in custody for climbing without a permit”

“Why would anyone pay to hike a mtn? Just seeing quandary mtn on any given Saturday is enough to kept me away from there.” — Matt Venz, on “South African who moved to Aspen to train for Everest in custody for climbing without a permit”

“‘Intrawest CEO Tom Marano, who joined the company in November 2014, will make more than $33 million in the deal off his more than 2.64 million company stock options, not counting a severance package.’ I wonder how much the longest working liftie got out of the deal?” — Matt Koskinen, on “Inside look at the $1.7 billion deal that weds Aspen, Steamboat, Winter Park, and Canadian Mountain heliskiing operation”

“Did you ever stop to think that those with health issues usually move on ( to lower elevations like Florida) because living up here is too difficult? Only those who are tough as nails stay here until they die.” — Bree Thoma, on “Summit County has highest life expectancy in the nation, according to new study”

“Maybe Colorado will become the richest state with the most people addicted to marijuanna.” — Rebecca Reader Holmes, on “Colorado marijuana sales top $131M, set record in March 2017”

“My kid won’t eat the food anyway but kudos!!! Bday parties, indoor activity for those dreary “what to do today” days! Yayayayya!” — Kelly Conway, on “Summit County’s only McDonalds to close for 120 days and reemerge as PlayPlace”

“Should just close forever not like it’s actual food.” — Jessica Gazin, on “Summit County’s only McDonalds to close for 120 days and reemerge as PlayPlace”