Top 5 stories on Summitdaily.com, week of Aug. 27
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“Here’s my suggestion: Make GMR a non-motorized area. Only canoes, kayaks, SUPs, can go there. Thus no need for enforcement, inspection, or decontamination. Now that Denver Water allows body contact in Dillon Reservoir (I think you still have to wear a wet suit), then the water skiers and boogie boarders can go there. I know this won’t be that popular, but it will be cheap!” — Leigh Girvin, on “‘I’m just so angry: Green Mountain Reservoir falls victim to invasive species mussels”
“From the article, it sounds as if after bickering over who would pay for it, the program was still funded “at the 11th hour” but ultimately failed anyway. So why be angry and play the blame game? Get over it and figure out what needs to be done to mitigate the damage and put and plan in place to prevent it going forward.” — Scott Hetherington, on “‘I’m just so angry: Green Mountain Reservoir falls victim to invasive species mussels”
“This is the result of improper weapons handling. The revolver should have been holstered securely with the hammer down to prevent an accidental discharge. He almost got himself a Darwin Award for that one.” — Zach Cherry, on “Colorado hunter accidentally shoots self after tripping on tent stake”
“Build up not out. Want less traffic, more walkable cities, less sprawl? Than don’t fight projects like this because it’s “too tall.”” — Jesse A Duchon, on “Want to stop a ski town development? In Steamboat Springs, resident sued city council — and won”
Editor’s note: Below is a list of the top 5 most-read stories on summitdaily.com the week of Aug. 27.
Death investigators, missing persons databases and even the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are stumped by human remains found on the west side of Peak 6 in July 2016. The investigation has led to numerous discoveries, including the fact that the man had shot himself in the head in 2012, but so far have had no luck in identifying the man. Last week, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office laid out their findings — including a three-dimensional rendering of the man’s face — hoping that the public might recognize him and bring the bizarre investigation to a close. What they do know: He was white with blond hair and likely between 30 and 50 years old, although he could have been as young as 23 or as old as 66. He was between 5-foot-5 and 6-foot-3. He was an experienced backcountry traveler, investigators say, and a smoker. Investigators concluded that the man had been on the Colorado Trail and then walked into the woods and shot himself, uninterested in ever being found.
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In what has become the deadliest summer in history on Capitol Peak, the 14er located near Aspen claimed another life on Saturday, Aug. 26. The 21-year-old man became the fifth fatality in six weeks when he separated from his climbing partner after a dispute on how to descend from the summit and later fell 600 to 700 feet to his death. Zackaria White of Pine decided to attempt a shortcut down the North Face of Capitol Peak against his hiking partner’s advice, and fell approximately 600 feet when the shortcut ended at a cliff band.
Taking the lead from the town of Breckenridge, Summit County government is deliberating whether to develop new guidelines on short-term rental units for the unincorporated areas it oversees to get a better handle on just how many exist. The proliferation of services like VRBO, HomeAway and AirBnB make verifying the actual number of residences in the community available for short stays that compete with the hotel industry a challenge.
“It’s hard to identify how many short-term rentals there are, but we try to work through the management companies to make sure their clients are in compliance,” said Rick Holman, Breckenridge town manager. “But the AirBnBs are tough, especially if someone has a couch or a spare bedroom listed.”
On Aug. 26, Mickey Wilson, the slackliner who rescued the skier who had caught his backpack on the chairlift at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area last January, married his girlfriend, Purple McMullen-Laird, in a wedding ceremony that is the first of its kind to ever be held on a space net accessed only by slacklines. The ceremony took place in the Fruit Bowl just outside of Canyonlands, Utah. More than 100 people gathered around the rim of the canyon to see Mickey, Purple and Tim, the officiant, walk out on slack lines to a space net constructed by Purple suspended over 300 feet above the canyon floor. At the conclusion of the ceremony the couple dropped over 200 feet through a hole in the center of the net on a rope swing to begin their lives together.
After years of dodging infection, officials announced Tuesday that the invasive quagga mussel has come to Summit County’s Green Mountain Reservoir. The non-native mollusk is branded an aquatic nuisance species in Colorado and the region’s waterways, due to its ability to drastically alter local ecosystems, degrade water quality, as well as severely damage costly dam and hydroelectric infrastructure. While questions remain over who should be required to cover boat inspection and decontamination costs, for now, the focus becomes stopping additional mussel larvae from entering Green Mountain through increased monitoring and ramped up inspections. Summit County also plans to send another in a set of letters to the state’s representation in U.S. Congress, as well as Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke, demanding a long-term funding solution.
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