Top 5 stories on SummitDaily.com week of Sept. 30
Editor’s note: Stories in this list received the most page views on SummitDaily.com for the past week.
A major crash last week on westbound I-70 forced emergency workers to close both east and westbound lanes between Silverthorne and the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnel. A semi-tractor trailer carrying steel pipes rolled over while traveling westbound on I-70, crushing a passenger van in the process. Two individuals, both from passenger vehicles, were transported by ambulance to the Summit Medical Center with injuries. There were no fatalities.
As the short-term rental industry continues to grow in Summit County, the town of Frisco is looking to join the ever-growing list of mountain towns adding regulations to their town codes. Details surrounding a new short-term rental ordinance emerged at the Frisco Town Council meeting, outlining a number of goals and nuisances the town hopes to address with the measure. The biggest goal of the ordinance is to try and create a more even playing field for not only more traditional lodging businesses like hotels and bed and breakfasts, but for short-term rental owners who are playing by the rules. First, the town would eliminate the umbrella license provision, requiring each property to be separately licensed to give the town a more accurate number of how many short-term rentals are in the area. Second, the town plans to contract with STR Helper, a third-party short-term rental compliance-tracking firm, to scrub rental websites for non-compliant properties. In addition to measures emphasizing compliance, the ordinance would also tackle issues such as reducing nuisance complaints, ensuring guest safety, and collecting data to determine the affect of the short-term rental industry on the community in recent years and into the future.
Silverthorne Town Council approved the preliminary site plan for a 94-unit apartment complex along the Blue River, north of the town core, on a 5-1 vote last week. The River West apartments project has plans to build 56 two-bedroom and 38 studio units spread across 10 two- and three-story buildings on 4 acres between 890 and 970 Blue River Parkway.
In this story from the Steamboat Pilot, a rogue bear wandered into a Steamboat Springs complex — ironically the Bear Claw II condominiums — one weekend afternoon. The black bear had wandered into a common area by way of a ground access to the second floor of the building, and was able to escape on its own, likely by pushing open a push bar door. The bear did not cause any damage to the building, though it did leave behind some excrement on the carpet.
The discovery of an old hunting rifle, backpack and other personal property near Carter Mountain in Grand County has prompted the reopening of an 11-year-old missing person investigation. Two people hunting in the White Slide area near Carter Mountain, roughly 19 miles north of Kremmling, on Sept. 16 came across numerous items of personal property, as well as various bones, just four days after an area rancher discovered a skull — now confirmed to be human — in the same area. While an investigation is ongoing as to the identity of the skull, the found property was confirmed as having belonged to Dale Benjamin Banker, an Aurora man who went missing in the same area in 2007.
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