Top 5 stories on, week of Nov. 3 |

Top 5 stories on, week of Nov. 3

Snow cats groom the fresh snow at Copper Mountain Resort in preparation for opening day.
Courtesy Copper Mountain Resort

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1. One man shot, another dies following altercation in Breckenridge on Wednesday night

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, police responded to a report of gun shots in the 1000 block Grandview Drive. When they arrived, officers found a 35-year-old man from Breckenridge with a gunshot wound in his leg. Police also discovered a 29-year-old man from Florida who was unresponsive with significant injuries, though he wasn’t shot. A third person on scene called the police and was unharmed, according to a statement from the police department.

The 29-year-old was later transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where he died from his injuries. The other man’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

— Sawyer D’Argonne

2. Breckenridge Ski Resort and Copper Mountain Resort gear up for a bluebird opening weekend

Last week, Breckenridge Ski Resort and Copper Mountain Resort were preparing for openings on Nov. 8, with all four Summit County ski areas now operating for the new season.

Bluebird skies treated skiers and riders to a gorgeous opening day. Breck opened its Peak 8 base area with the majority of the lower runs on Peak 8 — approximately 200 acres.

The American Eagle lift at Copper began making its rounds at 9 a.m. on Friday, opening up some early season mid-mountain runs. The resort hosted several “Welcome Home Weekend” activities including live music, the annual Barn Bash and giveaways. 

Taylor Sienkiewicz

3. Breckenridge Peak 8 base area upgrades set to open for the season Friday

The long-awaited upgrades to Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 8 base area were ready to go for the start of the ski season Friday, Nov. 8. Those who visited the resort last year were greeted by construction and temporary structures when they pulled into the Peak 8 base. Now, five years after the land was bought by Breckenridge Grand Vacations, the third building of the Grand Colorado resort is almost complete. 

Originally a parking lot, the Grand Colorado complex is just behind the Rocky Mountain SuperChair, one of the busiest chairs in North America. The new building will house skier services, including an upgraded ski and ride school at the ground level, with escalators to move students to the ski slopes, along with a lift ticket office and rental shop facing the slope.

The ground level also will include a day care for Breckenridge Ski Resort guests, a town bus stop and a skier drop-off parking lot. The services, which previously were scattered around the base area, are now centralized into one building.

Taylor Sienkiewicz

4. Outlets at Silverthorne losing revenue as customers migrate to online retail

The Outlets at Silverthorne, a defining feature of the town, are showing major dips in sales. In August, sales tax revenue generated from the outlets decreased by 9% compared to August of 2018 and by 7.8% for August year-to-date. The overall decrease in sales tax revenue from the outlets for 2019 so far is over $127,000.

The outlet mall’s sales tax revenue has been steadily declining since 2008 with revenue totaling $2,806,060 by the end of 2008, and finishing 2018 with a total of $2,374,728 despite store additions.

A caveat to these numbers is that they only show brick-and-mortar sales, which are nationally declining while online sales soar. The online sales that these stores do sell to Silverthorne addresses, which mainly come from headquarters rather than the individual stores in Silverthorne, are lumped into the town’s online retail tax numbers rather than included in the outlet’s numbers. 

Taylor Sienkiewicz

5. Measure 1A: Summit voters take stand on nicotine and tobacco, pass new tax

Tobacco is about to get a lot more expensive in Summit County.

In a middling turnout for Election Day that managed about 8,700 voters, Summit County residents took a massive step forward in their efforts to combat nicotine and tobacco use in the area. Residents overwhelmingly voted to pass a new tax that officials hope will help to price the harmful products out of use and improve the overall health of the community.

The ballot measure, known as 1A, will increase the sales tax on cigarettes to $4 per pack, along with a hefty 40% increase in sales tax for all other nicotine and tobacco products — including e-cigarettes and other vaping devices — that will increase 10% annually for four years through 2024.

— Sawyer D’Argonne

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