Top 5 stories on, week of July 21 |

Top 5 stories on, week of July 21

Summit Historical Society presenter and local author Sandra Mather walks out of a homestead building, built in the 1930s, during a weekly tour for the guests on Aug. 8, 2017 in Dillon.
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1. Remember the Fort Collins trail runner who killed an attacking mountain lion? Here’s what his life has been like since.

Travis Kauffman says he’s glad his 15 seconds of fame has come and gone. Five and a half months after he killed a mountain lion with his bare hands during a trail run in Fort Collins, Kauffman says he’s back to being an ordinary guy. The injuries the 32-year-old environmental engineer suffered during the Feb. 4 incident have healed without lasting problems, the local and international notoriety has subsided and he’s happily blended into the background of daily life in Fort Collins.

Although he has several physical scars from the incident, including a faint slash across his left cheek where the lion’s claw opened a big cut on his face, he doesn’t carry any lasting anxiety or PTSD. He hasn’t had any bad dreams and has largely forgotten about it despite often running on the same trail.

“It’s one of those things where time has passed and it’s become a distant memory and everything has returned to normal,” Kauffman said recently in Fort Collins. “But looking back, it’s still crazy to think about how the whole thing went viral overnight.”

— The Colorado Sun

2. Body found in Blue River identified as missing Breckenridge man

The person found in the Blue River on Monday afternoon has been identified as John Scott Still, 53, according to the Summit County Coroner’s Office. Still, who was known as Scott, went missing at about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, near Peak 7 in Breckenridge. Deputies with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to a missing persons call at about 11:30 a.m. the same morning but were unable to locate him in the area.

On Monday, July 22, law enforcement agents with the Sheriff’s Office and the Breckenridge Police Department recovered a body from the Blue River in northern Breckenridge. The manner and cause of death are pending autopsy, though Summit County Coroner Regan Wood noted foul play is not suspected at this time.

— Sawyer D’Argonne

3. Vail Resorts to add 17 new ski areas to Epic Pass with acquisition of Peak Resorts

Vail Resorts announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding stock of Peak Resorts, Inc. at a purchase price of $11 per share, subject to certain conditions, including regulatory review and Peak Resorts’ shareholder approval. Through the acquisition, Vail Resorts will add 17 U.S. ski areas to its network of world-class resorts. Located near major metropolitan areas, including New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Columbus, St. Louis, Kansas City and Louisville. The resorts include:

Mount Snow in Vermont

Hunter Mountain in New York

Attitash Mountain Resort, Wildcat Mountain and Crotched Mountain in New Hampshire

Liberty Mountain Resort, Roundtop Mountain Resort, Whitetail Resort, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania

Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River Mountain in Ohio

Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri

Paoli Peaks in Indiana

When the transaction closes, the 2019-20 Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Military Epic Pass will include unlimited and unrestricted access to the 17 Peak Resorts ski areas. Guests with an Epic Day Pass will also be able to access the new ski areas as a part of the total number of days purchased. For the 2019-20 season, Vail Resorts will honor and continue to sell all Peak Resorts pass products, and Peak Resorts’ pass holders will have the option to upgrade to an Epic Pass or Epic Local Pass, following closing of the transaction.

— Vail Daily

4. Breckenridge police ask for help identifying person of interest in assault case

The Breckenridge Police Department is asking the community for help in identifying a person of interest in an assault that took place earlier this month. The assault occurred in the area of Lincoln and Ski Hill Road on Saturday, July 13, according to a release from the police department. Officers were able to identify one suspect but are currently looking for another person of interest in the case.

The person of interest is a male who is described as 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 170 pounds with a medium build. He has a beard and was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.

— Sawyer D’Argonne

5. Summit County history: How Dillon residents moved an entire town before filling the reservoir

The little town known today as Dillon has a particularly peculiar history. The town — which could be called New Dillon if you want to get technical, New New New Dillon if you want to get pedantic — is the fourth iteration of the original town established in 1881. The town’s turbulent history mirrors the fortunes and evolution of Summit County as a whole. Sandra Mather, former president of the Summit Historical Society and an author of 20 books on Summit County history, gave a lunchtime lecture to locals in Frisco on July 10 about the Dillon Reservoir and the town it replaced.

Mather explained that the name of the town — Dillon — was not named after a prospector named Tom Dillon who got lost in the woods, as has been a common oral tradition. Rather, the town was named after Sidney Dillon, a powerful railroad executive who became president of the Union Pacific railroad four months before the town was established. The entire point of naming the town Dillon was to somehow appeal to Sidney Dillon’s vanity and persuade him to build a railroad through the town.

— Deepan Dutta

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