Top 5 stories on, week of April 14 |

Top 5 stories on, week of April 14

American Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken (seated) poses for a photograph on Breckenridge Ski Resort's Peak 9 while skiing with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center's Jeff Inouye (left) and Will Targy on Saurday in Breckenridge.
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1. Colorado teen fined nearly $20K for killing moose illegally

A 19-year-old Broomfield man was fined $20,000 for illegally killing and abandoning a bull moose last November. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department said Callan Hyatt pleaded guilty last week to five misdemeanor wildlife violations: hunting in a careless manner, failing to locate wounded game, failing to dress wildlife, illegal possession of wildlife and hunting without a license. Hyatt also faces the possibility of being banned from hunting and fishing for up to five years in 47 states. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hearings Examiner will determine any suspensions.

2. After ATV accident left Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken paralyzed, BOEC helps her learn to love skiing again

“I made my life with my body. And, now, all of a sudden I thought it was less than.”

In the aftermath of a 2014 ATV accident that left Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken paralyzed, the Denver native said she experienced some depression thinking she would be limited in her athletic ability. But she soon discovered that she could continue to be active, picking up CrossFit, rock climbing, and water and snow skiing. With the help of a Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center sit-ski, Van Dyken said she felt free again as an athlete when she got back on the mountain three years ago.

“It’s so interesting,” Van Dyken said. “People say when you are paralyzed to go in the pool and you feel free and you feel light. But when I got on the mountain, that’s where I feel free and light and fast.”

3. Dillon continues conversations on July 4 fireworks, despite concerns from staff

The prospect of an Independence Day fireworks show over the Dillon Reservoir is still up in the air as the town continues to weigh tradition versus potential public safety concerns. Dillon town staff have been open with their concerns, citing lack of adequate law enforcement and planning time. However, council members have instructed them to continue pursuing the idea until a final decision has been made. The greater conversation regarding fireworks began in January after Breckenridge decided to rethink their display, citing concerns over wildfires and having to cancel due to weather, and Frisco following suit in March because of anticipated problems with overcrowding. The discussion at a Dillon Town Council work session brought up the pros and cons, with the main incentive for a show to keep the tradition alive, and meeting what some believe is widespread demand for a show in the community. The cons list was considerably more robust, with concerns about a lack of law enforcement, forest health, traffic-related issues, budgeting, access to emergency services and the optics of the decision politically — with some anxious about raising the ire of nearby towns or sending the wrong message about fire safety in the area. The discussion will likely return to the table at the next town council workshop and meeting on May 7.

4. Sol Pais, woman “infatuated with Columbine,” found dead of self-inflicted wound near base of Mount Evans

A massive manhunt ended when Sol Pais, the 18-year-old Florida woman whom FBI officials said was “infatuated with Columbine,” was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday morning near the base of Mount Evans. Pais had traveled to Colorado on Monday night, made threats and was considered armed and “extremely dangerous,” the FBI said. Officials said she purchased a pump-action shotgun and ammunition shortly after leaving Denver International Airport, prompting hundreds of schools to close on Wednesday while law enforcement searched for her. Story from The Denver Post.

5. Utah man charged with felony menacing after pointing gun at traffic in Breckenridge

Bryan Allan Hunt, 37, of Utah was arrested after allegedly making threats and pointing his rifle at traffic along Highway 9 in Breckenridge last week. On the morning of April 4, the Colorado State Patrol received several calls reporting a man sitting in a parked SUV on the northbound shoulder of Highway 9, near Tiger Run Resort, and pointing a long-barreled rifle at traffic moving by. A tense scene ensued as described by the police report before officers eventually placed Hunt into handcuffs after deploying a stun gun to subdue him. Hunt allegedly told a trooper that he was here in Summit County to “drive fast, shoot people and blow (stuff) up,” according to the report. Hunt has been charged with felony menacing, along with misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest. He’s scheduled to appear in county court on April 23.

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