Top 5 stories on, week of Dec. 16 |

Top 5 stories on, week of Dec. 16

The American Flyer high-speed 6-person chairs with bubble enclosures await their opening day as seen on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Copper Mountain Resort.
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Social Calls are comments pulled from the Summit Daily’s website and Facebook page.

“summit county…come here on vacation, leave here on probation.” — Dave Susko on “Breckenridge police accuse woman of kicking, spitting on them”

“Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right.” — Andrew Muldowney on “Kremmling family grieving after puppy is shot to death outside their yard”

A”As horrible as this is, if there has been any issue in the past with this ranchers cattle, he is not in the wrong. His animals cost upwards to $5k per animal depending on what he is raising. (Feeding cost, water, shots, plus what it cost to buy the actual animal) I’ve been on both sides of this story unfortunately and there is no happy medium. Sad day.” — Amanda Wolf on “Kremmling family grieving after puppy is shot to death outside their yard”

“What a waste of rare space. Xcel will be green soon enough and you can buy all green power until then. The land could be put to much better use.” — Russell Epstein on “With Lake County solar garden, Breckenridge inches closer to renewable energy goals”

“Kudos to the philanthropic gesture by the Katz family. Mental health education and care is significantly under funded across our country. Put it to great use!” — Trent Heisler on “Vail Resorts CEO gives $620K to support mental health programs in Summit County”

Editor’s note: Stories in this list received the most page views on for the past week.

1. Family remembers Boulder student who died in Breckenridge skiing accident as adventurous, daring

Twenty-one-year-old Daniel Giger died as a result of a ski accident at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Giger was a University of Colorado Boulder student and native of Newport Beach, California, and was at the resort for the day with friends. Those close to Giger described him as fiercely independent with an adventurous personality. He was in his final semester at CU and relatives say that he was interested in pursuing a career in the technology industry.

“There was always some kind of clever genius to him,” said Luke Gardner, Giger’s cousin. “He was a super smart guy. It was something that you wouldn’t always notice just hanging out with him, but he could just turn on the brilliance.”

According to a release from Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Giger collided with a tree. He was transported to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco after Breckenridge Ski Patrol responded to the incident on an intermediate trail on Peak 7. After further emergency care and evaluation, Giger was pronounced deceased while at the hospital.

2. Kremmling family grieving after puppy is shot to death outside their yard

A Kremmling family is distraught after their 4-month-old husky was shot to death outside their yard Monday afternoon, but police say no crime occurred. Jeffrey Fowler, Jr. said he heard the first gunshot and went outside to see what was happening when he saw his sister’s puppy, Demon, had escaped their fenced yard and was bleeding on the ground outside the fence. He saw a pickup truck near the dog and watched as the driver took a semi-automatic rifle and shot the dog a second time, killing it.

Lt. Dan Mayer, spokesperson for the Grand County Sheriff’s Department, said that the rancher’s son is protected by Colorado Title 35, which allows ranchers to kill dogs that they believe are running, worrying or injuring their livestock regardless of whether the dog is on their property.

3. Breckenridge police accuse woman of kicking, spitting on them

A 21-year old woman was arrested in Breckenridge last week on charges of second- and third-degree assault. Police said she drunkenly kicked and spat on law enforcement officers from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Breckenridge Police Department and the Frisco Police Department. Calhoun arrived in custody for an appearance on bond at the Summit County Justice Center in front of County Judge Edward Casias, who set a $5,000 cash or surety bond. Additionally, Casias required that Calhoun — a Canadian national — surrender her passport and submit to substance abuse testing. She is expected to return for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 8.

4. Silverthorne gives marijuana dispensary second chance after undercover sting

A High Country Healing store employee was recently caught selling to an underage operative working with the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division, but the sales violation didn’t affect the Silverthorne business from receiving its licenses for another year. With only one violation and a manager emphasizing the store’s commitment to public safety, consumer education and ensuring that its products stay out of the hands of anyone under 21 years old, council sided 4-1 on giving High Country Healing’s business licenses another year. To date, the store has confiscated approximately 200-300 fake or fraudulent IDs and turned them over to law enforcement.

5. Copper Mountain Resort opens West-to-Center village connections, moves forward with American Flyer

As Copper Mountain Resort finishes building its new American Flyer lift, skiers and riders again have access to skiable on-mountain connections between West and Center villages. That access between West and Center villages will remain open through the rest of the season. The revamped American Flyer lift is a high-speed six-person chair with bubble enclosures that should increase uphill capacity by 33 percent.

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