Week in Summit: Silverthorne sets stage for new Lake Dillon Theatre home
It’s a tragedy or a comedy — or maybe it’s more like breaking up with your girlfriend then going out with her sister.
The Lake Dillon Theatre Company, which for more than 20 years has been located in Dillon, is moving over to Silverthorne, where a sprawling new stage and theater facility will become a cultural cornerstone in a still-in-the-works downtown core.
On Tuesday, March 17, Silverthorne and the theater announced a long-term partnership, to begin in 2016, and unveiled plans for the theater, to be built near the Silverthorne Pavilion.
At 14,000 square feet, the theater will be roughly six times larger than LDTC’s current home in Dillon. Officials estimate the project will cost $6 million, including design, planning and construction, with the town paying roughly $4 million through financing and general fund contributions.
“In the end, we respect that with two competitive offers on the table, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company made a business decision to move to Silverthorne,” Dillon Mayor Kevin Burns said.
Is Summit County the new Boca Raton?
Seems retirees are flocking to our little piece of High Country heaven like never before. From 2000 to 2010, seniors migrated to Summit at a rate of 11.2 percent, more than three times the state average of 3 percent, according to a report by the Center for Western Priorities, a conservation advocacy group.
Why Summit? Public opinion research by Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project determined that seniors in six Western states ranked “clean air, clean water and environment,” a “healthy, outdoor lifestyle” and “ability to live near, recreate on and enjoy public lands like national parks and forests” at the top of their list of reasons to live in the West.
And more seniors are retiring and looking for a sense of adventure when they relocate, said aging and retirement expert Maria Dwight, founder of Gerontological Services.
“They may not weigh the pros and cons in terms of days of sunshine or number of golf courses, but rather the number of hiking and biking trails, the opportunity for educational enrichment and the caliber of the art and restaurant scene,” she said.
That means Summit is uniquely positioned among the state’s communities to attract seniors, because three-quarters of the county’s land is federally managed as national forest — that’s a lot of space for hiking and biking. By comparison, just 8.3 percent of the land in the average Colorado county is federally protected.
SECOND-HOME OWNERS GET SCHOOLED
Owning a second home in Summit County just got a little nicer.
Colorado residents with second homes in Colorado Mountain College’s district will be able to take advantage of the most affordable college tuition in the state.
Students who qualify as in-district pay $57 per credit hour for associate-level classes and $99 per credit hour for bachelor’s-level classes. Previously, second-home owners and their dependents were eligible for higher in-state tuition rates.
“Second-home owners are paying property taxes, and those tax revenues allow us to keep our tuition the most affordable in Colorado for our in-district students,” Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of the college, said after the board of trustees unanimously voted for the tuition changes March 9. “This seems a more equitable approach.”
— Compiled by Kevin Frazzini
In recent weeks, Students throughout Summit County began taking a new standardized test called the Partnership for Assessments of Readiness for College and Career, aka PARCC and presumably referred to as “Park” — which makes us think of a nice, happy place. But when we recall our own days of taking standardized tests, we’re pretty sure that taking the PARCC is anything but nice.
PARCC, the first statewide assessment to be administered online, follows on the heels of its predecessor tests the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) and the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) — why do the acronyms for these things keep getting longer? Unlike earlier tests, PARCC measures students’ understanding of the recently implemented, more rigorous Colorado Academic Standards, or the state’s version of the Common Core.
The Common Core standards “were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live,” according to the initiative’s website.
Our guess is that the PARCC results will, like those of predecessor tests, somehow come out both standard and common.
WARM WEATHER DOESN’T DETER SKI VISITORS
Anyone concerned that the warm weather in January and February might be crushing the soul of the state’s ski industry had to be relieved by last week’s report that even in those months, skiers and snowboarders flocked to Colorado resorts in even greater numbers than last season
Whew, it’s OK. Vail Resorts is gonna pull through.
Colorado Ski Country USA announced Monday, March 16, that skier visits at its 21 member resorts were up by 3.7 percent during the second period of the 2014-15 season, defined as Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, compared with the same period in 2014.
FEAR OF FLYING
Aviation-safety expert and part-time Summit resident David Soucie recently published his third book, “Malaysia Airlines Flight 370,” a detailed look at the systemic failures that led to one of the most mysterious and contested aircraft disappearances since that of Amelia Earhart.
The plane disappeared about a year ago after departing from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing with 239 passengers and crew members on board. The case is under investigation, but if you’re hoping Soucie might add to the list of theories about what happened — hijacking, crew member suicide, capture by the U.S. military, “spoofed” satellite data, among them — you’ll be disappointed.
Soucie, who regularly appears on CNN as an analyst, has little interest in the theories, legitimate or otherwise, about the disappearance. He’d rather look at more practical ways to prevent future disappearances, such as requiring black boxes to have a battery life of 90 days, instead of the current industry standard of 30.
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