Top 5 stories on, week of Oct. 15 |

Top 5 stories on, week of Oct. 15

Heather Jarvis
Submitted by @thealpinealphas

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

1. Discovery Channel’s ‘Gold Rush,’ ‘mining for ratings,’ faces lawsuit from Park County neighbors

A group of Park County residents are disgruntled over the noise coming from the filming site of a Discovery Channel reality show on mining called “Gold Rush.” Save South Park — a group of 30 residents — filed a lawsuit against the Board of County Commissioners of Park County, accusing it of “abusing its discretion” by granting a favorable rezoning for the miners against the recommendation of its own planning commission. The lawsuit also names two companies tied to the show, High Speed Mining, LLC and High Speed Aggregate, Inc.

“They’re not mining for gold, they’re mining for ratings,” is a common refrain among the unhappy locals.

2. Vail Resorts to buy The North Face and Columbia stores in Breckenridge

Vail Resorts announced Monday it has agreed to buy three more stores in Breckenridge, adding The North Face, Columbia and Main Street Outlet to the ski giant’s existing lineup of Main Street retail. In the deal, the trio will join Vail Resorts Retail storefronts Marmot and Patagonia on Main Street.

3. Colorado gem hunters are back near Alma mine that was once a mother lode of rhodochrosite, the official state mineral

Back in its heyday, Sweet Home Mine near Alma was a prolific source of high-quality rhodochrosite and of pride in the tiny town. It’s also the reason why the gem was made Colorado’s state mineral in 2002. Sweet Home was sealed more than a decade ago, but now, the gem hunters are back, chasing a lead on a possible mother lode of rhodochrosite.

“We’ll see what happens. It’s kind of a ‘poke and hope.’ It’s not like a gold mine where you drill it out and have a million-ounce reserve,” gem hunter Bryan Lees said.

4. Hate ski boots but love to ski? This Colorado company created a way to allow skiers to wear snowboard boots

A new Colorado-based company called Envy Snow Sports is rolling out a line of ski frames that allow skiers to strap into their bindings while wearing snowboard boots. The Golden-based father-son team spent four years developing the product, which will be available this winter. While the frames are meant to work with any skis, they are best used on groomed runs, and less effective on more technical slopes.

5. Frisco workforce-housing project delayed amid rising construction costs

Frisco has missed an ambitious goal to start building a workforce-housing project by the fall after a contractor’s bid came in $600,000 over budget, pushing construction of the nine-unit complex to next spring.

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