Top 5 stories on, week of Sept. 3 |

Top 5 stories on, week of Sept. 3

Heather Jarvis
"I never thought my life would look like this but I'm thankful it does." — submitted by @thealpinealphas

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

“If the news media told the truth, all Citizens of the United States would know that Obama did wrong. He did not have the authority to make this law. He even admitted it. Now it is in the hands of Congress. Congress DOES have the authority to make laws.” — Steve Johnson, on “Littwin: If Trump told the truth, he’d admit to crushing 80,000 dreams just to appease his base”

“The fact that so many have had grave outcomes makes me think there’s a chance that something has made the route unclear. Instead of making fun of this guy, maybe we should be thankful he was able to call for help instead of ending up like the others that haven’t been so lucky... To me, there’s something up with this peak this year. Happy to hear another death was avoided.” — Sarah Wallace, on “Helicopter rescues man from Capitol Peak near Aspen”

“Sweet! Looking forward to $7,500 a year for health insurance that I don’t use. Someone please explain to me how this isn’t a tax? ‘Affordable’ Care act, more like ‘Arbitrary Collection Act’” — Jon Dusanek, on “Colorado regulators approve 27 percent increase in individual health insurance premiums for 2018”

“Why is it government employees are always able to hide information about their employment problems/causes/payments? Yes, they are held to a “higher standard” : of secrecy and public expense, time after time.” — John Westcott, on “Former Breckenridge police chief received $10K in severance, but legal issues cloud circumstances”

Editor’s note: Below is a list of the top 5 most-read stories on the week of Sept. 3.

1. 27-year-old Silverthorne resident killed after SUV crashes into Lake Dillon

Authorities discovered the body of 27-year-old Michael Mitchell in a Toyota SUV submerged in Dillon Reservoir at the Snake River inlet on Friday. Colorado State Police said it appeared that Mitchell’s SUV went off Swan Mountain Road and into the reservoir sometime around 11 p.m. the night before. The wreck remains under investigation.

2. Workforce-housing approval spurs neighbor to file lawsuits against Summit County

A homeowner who lives next to a space recently approved for a mixed market-rate, workforce-housing complex near Breckenridge has filed lawsuits against the county and developer. Dan Moore disputes that the 36-unit housing project is permitted under the 23.4-acre parcel’s restrictive zoning regulations and asserts that abruptly changing those rules will dramatically impact his and his family’s quality of life. The primary bone of contention between the parties is whether the three-member county board — acting as the decision-making council for all land within Summit’s borders but outside of an incorporated town — may modify zoning regulations if a certain number of criteria are not met beforehand based on the area’s guiding property document.

3. Pedestrian struck by car Saturday night in Silverthorne

A vehicle hit a pedestrian in Silverthorne along State Highway 9 on Sept. 2 after the man ran across the northbound lane of the highway between the intersections of Third and Fourth streets. The man, an unidentified 28-year-old, sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident. The driver was not charged.

4. Rapidly growing wildfire just northwest of Steamboat Springs prompts evacuations

The Deep Creek Fire grew from 2 acres to 419 acres in only a few hours last Monday near the Wolf Mountain Ranch between Milner and Hayden. Deputies gave pre-evacuation notices to residents who were within a 5-mile radius of the fire along Routt County Road 52. Firefighters from Hayden, Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek were all on scene by Monday afternoon.

5. Summit County fire danger upgraded to “very high” as wildfires ravage Western U.S.

Fire danger was upgraded to “very high” in Summit County last week as officials warned that fuels had dried out significantly over the weekend and that weather wasn’t expected to cool any time soon. On top of the added danger, officials said, fire resources are extremely limited across the West as crews battle blazes raging in California, Oregon, Montana and Washington.

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