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Heather Jarvis
A 360-mile route, proposed by Team Rocky Mountain Hyperloop, would connect the Denver International Airport to Pueblo, Vail and Cheyenne, Wyoming. A Denver-to-Vail route would take 8.4 minutes, instead of 2 hours and 36 minutes by car.

Editor’s note: Below is a list of the top 5 most-read stories on the week of March 26.

1. Vail route among 11 U.S. finalists for Hyperloop transportation network

Three Colorado proposals are among 11 U.S. finalists in a private company’s sci-fi-like transportation challenge that aims to move ground-based passengers at speeds of 700 mph. The finalists announced Thursday by Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One join 24 proposals outside the U.S. and were picked from more than 2,000 worldwide. One local finalist includes the Colorado Department of Transportation’s proposal for a 360-mile route to connect the Denver International Airport to Pueblo, Vail and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

2. Copper Mountain Resort sex assault trial ends in jury stalemate

A sexual assault case from 2014 ended with a hung jury on Monday, demonstrating the difficulty of adjudicating complex sex assault cases — particularly when alcohol is involved. Prosecutors will decide whether or not to re-try the case at a status conference scheduled for next week. The trial largely centered on whether or not the accuser was capable of giving consent during a sexual encounter because she was highly intoxicated on the night of the alleged assault.

“Consent is the touchstone of all of these issues, but it gets more complicated when people are intoxicated,” District Attorney Bruce Brown said. “That’s why these cases become very difficult to either prosecute or defend.”

3. Around 16 car pileup on I-70 near Eisenhower Tunnel causes westbound closure at Georgetown

On Tuesday, April 4, a 16-car pileup on I-70 westbound caused the interstate to be closed at the Georgetown exit for a couple hours. Multiple vehicles were involved in the crash, as well as a jack-knifed semi.

4. Strapped in a straighjacket, Summit man wants to set speed-skiing world record at A-Basin

On April 3, longtime Summit County local Jay DeBaggis attempted a straightjacket speed-skiing record at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to raise money for Mountain Mentors, a nonprofit he started volunteering with in 2014. This was his third year. For the first year in 2014, DeBaggis skied 10 laps on Imperial Chair in less than an hour, raising about $3,000. For the second year, he hit Imperial Bowl and Horseshoe Bowl before making his way to Whale’s Tail and, finally, the Peak 8 superpipe. He got his tips over the lip of the pipe, barely, and raised roughly $5,000.

5. Edwards/Eagle County nation’s second most affluent small town area, behind Summit Park, Utah

If you’re looking for wealth in small American towns, then look for ski lifts. A Bloomberg Business analysis ranked the wealthiest small towns in America and six of the top 10 are dominated by ski areas. Edwards is the nation’s second-most affluent small town because it includes all of Eagle County, if you’re Bloomberg and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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