Top 5 stories on, week of Sept. 24 |

Top 5 stories on, week of Sept. 24

Heather Jarvis
Larry Osborne, right, and wife Anouk Patel, share an emotional moment at first sight of their returned dog Chloe on Sept. 22. The lab-pit bull mix had gone missing on nearby Colorado 14er Mount Bross five weeks earlier.

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1. Alma couple rescues dog missing for 5 weeks off Mount Bross

In the feel-good story of the week, the owners of 14-year-old lab-pit bull mix named Chloe had completely given up on ever finding her when a couple of local good Samaritans stepped in. Chloe had disappeared five weeks prior, and Alma residents Larry Osborne and wife Anouk Patel had even held a memorial for Chloe in late-September, telling their son she had died. But then, Trinity Smith and her boyfriend Sean Nichols, also of Alma, found Chloe after a two-day search. The 90-pound hound had dropped upwards of two-thirds of her body weight, her nose had gone white and her coat pale, but remarkably, she finally made it home.

2. Summit County police blotter: Man driving high on horse tranquilizers thinks he’s in Greeley

After a car accident in which the driver of an SUV went over a metal post and onto the shoulder, a sheriff’s deputy responding to the scene noticed the man appeared to be extremely impaired. The driver’s eyes were glassy and watery, and his pupils “were approximately the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen despite it being dark outside.” Another deputy, meanwhile, spoke with the passenger, who said that he and the driver had been snorting Ketamine, a powerful tranquilizer that can be used recreationally. When asked how much they had taken, he said “a lot.”

3. As recovery efforts continue, complexity of response to fatal Vail Pass semi crash comes into focus

While work continued to clean up and remove the wreckage of a semi trailer that veered across Interstate 70 and into a ravine last week, killing its driver, Vail-area first responders and law enforcement agencies released details about the complexity of the rescue and recovery efforts in a social media “Mission Digest.”

4. Arapahoe Basin, Loveland ski areas get an early start to snowmaking after favorable weekend weather

Each year, there’s a friendly competition between Colorado’s two highest ski areas, Summit County’s Arapahoe Basin Ski Area and Loveland Ski Area, in Clear Creek County, over who will start snowmaking first. This year, it was a tie, and an early one at that.

5. High Country Crime: Man arrested after report of masturbation in Miller Ranch Open Space in Edwards, sheriff’s office says

A man suspected of masturbating in the Miller Ranch Open Space area in Edwards was arrested by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. The unidentified man was linked to a similar incident in the same location the previous day. The Miller Ranch Open Space area is along the Eagle River east of Miller Ranch Road and is popular with hikers, anglers and others seeking outdoor recreation.

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