Top 5 stories on week of Sept. 16 |

Top 5 stories on week of Sept. 16

Compiled by Heather Jarvis
Justin Simoni, 37, of Boulder wakes to the sunrise in his bivy on the cliffside near Drift Peak during his four-plus day traverse from Trout Creek Pass near Buena Vista along the Mosquito and TenMile Ranges to Frisco.
Courtesy Justin Simoni

Editor’s note: Social Calls is compiled from comments on stories posted to the Summit Daily’s Facebook page and website.

“I’m pretty sick of all the emphasis on small-scale commercial myself. We have enough high-end wine stores and T-shirt shops in Summit County. A couple of dining options would be welcome in the core. The ever dwindling outlet stores pretty much suck up all the tourist’s spare change and I harbor no illusions that any of this bottom floor commercial space is going to be useful for locals. The market may be hot now, but just wait a year or two when a long overdue correction blows into town. That said, these developers need to put a band-aid on their boo-boo, roll up their sleeves and get ready to compromise.” —

Carlson Peters on “Developer blasts Silverthorne town council after Hudson Park Lofts project falls through”

“Bring your plans to Dillon; they’re approving everything.” — Dan Falliaux on “Developer blasts Silverthorne town council after Hudson Park Lofts project falls through”

“This would be disastrous for all. The question should be why the regions? why is it only the front range has access to the large hospitals and best doctors at lower costs and those in the rural or not on the state of the front range, are limited to small hospitals. There is a reason it is the I 70 extortion corridor! it’s for profit to feed of the injuries of tourists. This will do nothing.” — Kim Caffery Cancelosi on “Gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis unveils plan to lower health care costs”

“I’m just praying that Colorado doesn’t interfere with association health plans and short-term health insurance. I, and many of my clients (all of us small business owners under the age of 65), have been without affordable health insurance since the ACA was implemented. The ACA is a huge failure for us and we don’t want any more hollow promises from democrats claiming they have all the answers. Socialized medicine is just like socialism: a failed concept.” — Terrence Power on “Gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis unveils plan to lower health care costs”

“What this area needs is a TJ Maxx or Marshalls. Oh, and Chic-Fil-A.” — Bridget McCormick on “Williams Sonoma outlet coming to Silverthorne this fall”

“I have an issue with the use of “child pornography” as a description of his crimes. “Child porn” is such a misnomer, it implies the images are sexy. It’s outdated. Most law enforcement are moving towards “child sex abuse images”. Because that’s what they are! Images of non consensual sex acts.” — Megan Custy Lee on “Trial begins for Frisco child pornography suspect”

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

1. Breckenridge dog attack update: Dog to be euthanized, owner cited

A dog attack on Peaks Trail on Sept. 14 left a woman seriously injured. The dog, identified as an Anatolian Shepherd, lunged out and bit the victim on her tricep from behind as it passed the victim, dragging the victim down. The dog’s handler — who was later identified as the owner’s girlfriend — unsuccessfully attempted to contact the owner at the scene, and then left with the dog promising to return to aid the victim. She did not return. The victim was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center. On Sept. 17, an individual called Summit animal control and identified himself as the owner of the dog in question, saying his girlfriend handled the situation poorley. The owner has been summoned to court on a Failure to Prevent Hazard charge. The owner also said that he is voluntarily euthanizing the dog.

2. “Ill equipped” hikers with dog rescued after attempting 13er in shorts, tank tops

In this story from The Denver Post, two hikers in tank tops and shorts attempting to climb the 13,409-foot Navajo Peak needed a technical rescue after they lost the trail in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area. The two men and their dog were attempting to summit the mountain west of Boulder when they got on the wrong trail. A Flight for Life helicopter located the hikers close to the nearby summit of Shoshoni Peak. The helicopter dropped personnel from Rocky Mountain Rescue at Pawnee Pass, the nearest place a helicopter could safely land.

3. Snowmass bear killing prompts state investigation after neighbor confronts hunter

A Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer is investigating the shooting of a bear and its unusual aftermath a week ago on a private ranch near Snowmass Village. The bear was killed legally, but a neighbor of the ranch is now facing charges of felony arson for allegedly trying to retaliate against the hunter. Thomas Andersen, 68, also faces a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge for allegedly yelling and cursing at a kindergartner and a second-grader who were present at the ranch. Andersen’s son told The Aspen Times his father did nothing wrong and said his dad was merely watching out for his mother’s health. Loud bangs, like those from the muzzle loader used, cause her heart to race, he said.

4. Boulder man hikes Mosquito-Ten Mile from Trout Creek Pass to Mount Royal

In 2017, 37-year-old Boulder resident Justin Simoni became the first person to ever fully self-support climbing the state’s 105 highest peaks only using his bike as transportation. In 2018, Simoni returned to the Mosquito-TenMile range with the goal of becoming the first person to record a self-supported thru-hike from Trout Creek Pass to the base of the Mount Royal trail in Frisco. Go to to listen to a podcast where Simoni shares tales from his journey.

5. Taft Conlin’s parents appealing son’s Vail skier death case

Dr. Louise Ingalls and Dr. Steve Conlin, parents of Taft Conlin, say judges in Broomfield and Eagle counties erred in several rulings. They are now appealing the case after a jury ruled that Vail Resorts did not act illegally in the on-mountain avalanche death of Taft Conlin. Ingalls and Conlin filed their case in 2012, months after their son was killed in an in-bounds avalanche on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, while skiing Prima Cornice. Their appeal says the courts were wrong on five overarching issues, including the change of venue order, moving the trial from Broomfield to Eagle County; pretrial orders by District Court Judge Fred Gannett; rulings during trial before the jury; erroneous jury instructions; and erroneous verdict form that resulted in a defense verdict.

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