Top 5 stories on, week of March 24 |

Top 5 stories on, week of March 24

The Breck Connect Gondola hovers over the Cucumber Gulch towards Breckenridge Ski Resort Wednesday, March 20. In the spring the "crown jewel," the town's open space program dedicated to wildlife during the most sensitive time of the year, is normally closed to the public.
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1. Breckenridge woman creates a post-workout nutrition bar high in CBD, turmeric

A local Breckenridge woman is taking misfortune and turning it into opportunity after creating a business based on research she did after a serious knee injury. Carly Davis created a post-workout nutrition bar she’s dubbed CARLbar after researching diets to help aid in her recovery. The CARLbar is gluten-free and contains no genetically modified organisms, soy, nuts or dairy. Each bar is high in fiber and protein and comes with 15 milligrams of hemp-derived CBD. The nutrition bar also contains turmeric, a flowering plant from the ginger family that’s known for its alleged anti-inflammatory effects.

“It’s been quite the journey through it all, but they’re just like the coolest nutrition bar on the market. They’re super good for you,” Davis said. “There’s spinach in them, and sweet potato, and the hemp-derived CBD aids in that anti-inflammatory purpose of the whole thing, but it can also help with anxiety, sleep and mood.”

2. CPW: Gondola encroaches on wildlife preserve’s most sensitive time of year for moose, mule deer

The Cucumber Gulch wildlife preserve, with over 70 acres of rare wetlands, is off-limits every year from the end of April until the first Monday after the Fourth of July when the busiest crowds tend to die down. Hiking and other forms of human traffic are restricted because it’s an important time for migrating birds, mule deer and moose. However, Vail Resorts’ pursuit of the longest ski season in Colorado has created a new wrinkle in the town’s efforts to protect Cucumber Gulch, with Breckenridge Ski Resort’s gondola operations running afoul of what state wildlife experts describe as the ideal “dark period.”

The town has dictated a 45-day dark period in which the gondola is to remain closed to the public before it can resume operating again for the resort’s summertime activities, but with a June 14 opening date, it would still be running outside of the recommendations of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Even though the gondola is starting up earlier in June than state wildlife officials would prefer, Breckenridge Ski Resort said that resuming no earlier than June 14 is consistent with the resort’s summer operations for the past six years.

3. Summit real estate pros, county’s chief appraiser see no signs of a local market downturn

Colorado’s real estate market might be cooling down in some places across the state, but those indicators have not yet materialized in Summit County. Looking at current real estate activity, Dennis Clauer, owner and broker at Real Estate of the Summit, said the county continues to see “a nice, healthy housing market,” fueled by gains in the stock market, as well as lowered mortgage interest rates. Scarcity remains a decisive factor, too, as Clauer noted the available inventory has dropped from 4,872 listings in August 2010 to 1,718 last month. Like so many other local real estate pros have said previously, housing prices are a reflection of limited supply competing with a growing demand.

4. Gov. Jared Polis unveils new Colorado logo

Gov. Jared Polis has decided it’s time for Colorado to have a new look, unveiling an updated logo for the state last week. It has multicolored mountains housed within the “C” from the state flag. An evergreen tree is off to the side. Each color on the logo represents a different part of the state. The red is for the soil and rocks, the yellow is for the wheat fields of the great plains and the blue base represents Colorado’s rivers and lakes. Polis said the old logo focused on the mountains, and while they’re great, there’s a lot more to Colorado.

“We want to provide a fresh representation of the state brand,” Polis said.

5. Colorado ski resorts, desperate to stem crushing traffic, bet on a new ride-sharing app

In a growing West, where discount passes are driving traffic and resort community populations are swelling, it’s the cars, not the skiers, that are causing the most headaches. In this story by The Colorado Sun, a new ride app is trying to combat the growing number of cars on the road headed to ski areas by offering rewards to drivers and riders who carpool. RIDE — shorthand for Reduce Individual Driving for the Environment — was used more than 1,500 times in its first month. Resorts such as Copper Mountain have signed up to use the program next season.

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