Week in Summit: The Breckebeiner raises funds for BOEC
The Breckenbelieber…Breckenbeaver…Breckebeiner Ski-a-thon came to town to help raise funds for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. Hosted by the Breckenridge Nordic Center, the ski-a-thon allows people to dress up as they ski their way through a 60k. According to past participants, the driving force is the fact that it raises money for others to get that full mountain experience. Last year the event raised about $40,000 and this year, the event raised $18,000 before the actual event. The BOEC helps participants enjoy that outdoor experience that we here in Summit County thrive on.
kids duped into Summer school
Summit County’s schools have tricked kids into going to summer school by offering fun, creative programs for the kids to enjoy. Teachers and staff have witnessed what they refer to as a “summer slide” where kids lose ground on what they learned. This summer program offers students an opportunity to brush up on regular courses or participate in curriculums that offer guitar playing, photography or mock trials. The county wishes to continue to offer these programs by making it affordable and disguising it as fun so the kids won’t realize they’re learning.
Fentanyl Fraud in Frisco
Kimberly Jeanne Burgans of Silverthorne was fired from St. Anthony’s Hospital in Frisco for obtaining the controlled substance, Fentanyl. Burgans turned herself in ten days after formal charges were filed against her. She is charged with two class 4 drug felonies and a class 3 misdemeanor, with charges carrying a maximum of 12 months in jail. The hospital called the police on Burgans after a physical revealed the painkiller was in her system. Bail was set for $2,500 and Burgans awaits her first court appearance.
123Mountain in Frisco is officially out of business. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office seized the store’s inventory after an outstanding debt remained unpaid to an Ohio man who helped redesign the company’s website. 123Mountain owes $30,000 to Gantzer Group Inc., the company that helped rebuild the website and police stripped thousands of dollars worth of ski gear from the store’s inventory. This isn’t 123Mountains first time allegedly stealing, but hopefully it will be their last.
Lift-ticket tax Passes
Breckenridge passed the lift-ticket tax agreed upon with Vail Resorts, Inc., which will grant the town $3.5 million. Councilmen were worried that since the tax depends on lift-ticket pass sales, it is unclear how much revenue will be gained. The town also voiced concerns over increased monetary needs in the future. Vail Resorts previously agreed to the lift-ticket tax as well, and councilmen hope this will help our little town with troubling parking areas.
Open Space Program continues efforts
The Summit County Open Space & Trails Department is still fighting the good fight to keep our beloved Summit County as beautiful as ever. Part of their job is to scout out the land and preserve what’s already naturally there. Their main goal is to keep the image of our picture-perfect mountains a reality. Unlike some places in Nevada which develop new apartments hourly, the open space department wants to keep Summit County as picturesque as ever. In 2015, the department spent about $40,000 for a total of 90 acres and plans to remain as aggressive in 2016 in order to keep the grass greener on the other side.
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