Top 5 stories on, week of Aug. 13 |

Top 5 stories on, week of Aug. 13

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Editor’s note: Social Calls is compiled from comments on stories posted to the Summit Daily’s Facebook page.

“I’m a Summit local who had to move due to housing costs, but I’m also one who has been saddened by the inability of the current leaders to say “enough is enough”. At some point you say, this is perfect, and maintain the quiet mountain town feel the County is known for.” — LaRie Hope, on “Summit Daily letters: We need housing, but Dillon project isn’t the answer”

“Only idiots don’t like Trump and these same dummies just twist his words around to meet their pathetic needs.” — Sorola J. Palmer Jr., on “Summit Daily editorial: On Trump’s sympathy for the devil of white nationalism”

“You wish he had sympathy for the devil. The only devil he has sympathy for are certain Americans bought and paid for.” — Michelle Morgan, on “Summit Daily editorial: On Trump’s sympathy for the devil of white nationalism”

“Bummer, will they drop the price of ski passes?” — Cory Dufrane, on “Farmers Almanac predicts 2017-18 winter in Colorado to be drier than last year”

“Talking about the I 70 dilemma has been going on for more than 30 years! There are many options but the cost is always the problem. Colorado now has the money from pot tax but will they spend it on I 70?” — Theresa Willett-Kerkela, on “CDOT pondering more I-70 improvements to alleviate traffic between Denver and the mountains”

“People are worried about Big Government. If you are a business owner in Breckenridge, and take up two parking spots, I would be worried about local Government. WOW! This is a disgusting abuse of power.” — Mike Maher, on “Breckenridge kills horse-and-carriage industry after $25,000 buyout of private business”

Editor’s note: Below is a list of the top 5 most-read stories on the week of Aug. 13.

1. Police ID man who died in crash south of Kremmling; criminal charges follow for driver

Police identified the man who lost his life after a crash Aug. 12 south of Kremmling as 33-year-old Brian Ward of Denver. The two-vehicle crash occurred after a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Brandon Wilson of Denver proceeded to make a U-turn into the southbound lane of traffic where it collided with a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 pulling a trailer. The incident resulted in one fatality, multiple medical transports and multiple charges for Wilson, including vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular assault, DUI, and making an unsafe U-turn at an intersection.

2. Man killed in Swan Mountain Road motorcycle crash identified

The Summit County Coroner’s Office released the name of a man who was killed in a collision with a garbage truck on Swan Mountain Road on Aug. 10. Mitchell Kaminsky, 68, was visiting from Palm Beach, Florida at the time of the accident. The coroner’s office has ruled his death accidental and says it was caused by multiple blunt force trauma injuries he sustained in the crash.

3. Summit County police blotter: Man steals bike, accidentally sells it to victim’s boyfriend

A would-be thief found the tables turned on him when he unwittingly tried to sell a stolen bike to his victim’s boyfriend on July 30. The bicycle was first reported stolen that morning, and shortly after the report, a man went to a shop in Breckenridge and asked if anyone would like to buy the bike for $50. A man at the store, who turned out to be the victim’s boyfriend, bought the bike and then called the cops. An officer went to the store and recognized the suspect when the man at the shop showed him a photo he had taken of him.

4. Dillon Town Council clears way for controversial, five-story condo after packed hearing

The Dillon Town Council unanimously cleared the way for a five-story condominium building in downtown Dillon amid the objections of many in the packed council chambers, who argued the building would be too big and even threatened a class-action lawsuit. Dillon homeowners are upset with the Dillon Flats project, arguing that the building would wreck Dillon’s small-town feel, block mountain views and fail to attract more investment.

5. Breckenridge kills horse-and-carriage industry after $25,000 buyout of private business

On July 11, Breckenridge Town Council discussed purchasing a horse-and-carriage business that runs down Main Street in order to get rid of it, freeing up parking spaces on the busy road. In the coming weeks, town staff would negotiate a deal to buy the business, High Country Carriage LLC., and town manager Rick Holman confirmed the town agreed to pay $25,000 for the rights to the business only. Afterwards, an emergency town ordinance appeared on the council’s agenda with language specifically killing any hopes someone might have of operating a pedal bus, pedicab or horse-drawn carriage in town.

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