Top 5 stories on week of Sept. 9 |

Top 5 stories on week of Sept. 9

Compiled by Heather Jarvis
Blue skies and fall leaves on Boreas Pass Road Saturday, Sept. 15, in Breckenridge.
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Editor’s note: Social Call is compiled from comments on stories posted to the Summit Daily’s Facebook page.

“So the poor souls who would have had to lodge in a bunk bed will no longer have this option and will more than likely become a bigger part of the counties transient problem, created by the commisioners with their grandious, self serving and generous approvals of a build out of hotels and resort guest lodging that is definately not supportable by the aging infrastructureof the community.” — Paul Krahulec on “Summit County rejects Vail Resorts’ attempt to extend bunk-beds agreement at Keystone employee housing project”

“Get over the petty fight and get the garage done for the greater good of the county.” — Curtis Gallagher on “Breckenridge parking garage talks stall over question of ownership”

“I have been working in the theater industry for 20 years. 12 of those years I’ve spent working with the Backstage on and off. I have been cast in shows there, I have directed shows there, and I have written shows that have been produced and performed there. Never have I seen such an unnecessary tragedy of this magnitude within our statewide community. The residents of Breckenridge should be outraged that this board of directors have been allowed to unravel one of your most cherished institutions. This is so much bigger than a simple satirical political sketch. Notice the revolving door was already turning BEFORE that even occurred. Former Councilman Mark Burke is 100% correct in his assessment of this BOD and someone needs to hold them accountable.” — Charlie Schmidt on “Former Breckenridge councilman joins call for change at Backstage Theatre”

“These kids don’t just show up at middle school and suddenly start bullying. The problem starts long before this in our elementary schools.” — Chris Logan on “Survey reveals issues with bullying and substance use at Summit County schools”

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1. Summit County rejects Vail Resorts’ attempt to extend bunk-beds agreement at Keystone employee housing project

The Summit Board of County Commissioners chided Vail Resorts for not doing more to address local housing issues when the company requested to retain an 102 additional beds at Keystone Resort’s Tenderfoot employee housing project for another ski season. The request to keep the additional 102 extra beds inside the units for up to two more winter season was denied last week. The extra beds had been in Tenderfoot the last three ski seasons, and the commissioners emphasized that when the request was originally approved starting in 2015-16, it was always supposed to be temporary.

Representatives of the resort said they only hoped to have the beds at Tenderfoot for one more year, until workforce housing units at The Village at Wintergreen come online. That project is currently under construction.

2. Mistrial declared in trial of Ramon Villa

An Eagle County judge declared a mistrial last week in the trial of Ramon Villa, one of four men accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Silverthorne on St. Patrick’s Day 2016. According to Deputy District Attorney Lisa Hunt, the decision was made after a page of notes including details from the trial of Justin Cayce Erwin — another of the accused — was discovered in a notebook being used by one of the jurors in the Villa trial. The notes detailed information about the previous trial, and a mistrial was declared to eschew fears that the notes could prejudice Villa’s jury in some capacity. The trial will now have to be reset.

3. Former Breckenridge councilman joins calls for change at Backstage Theatre

Calls for change at Breckenridge Backstage Theatre continue to mount with former Breckenridge Town Councilman Mark Burke delivering a scathing indictment of the theater’s board of directors at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

“I can tell you when you lose three executive directors in a year and then you lose your artistic director in the same year, there’s an issue — and that’s a board issue,” Burke said as he pressed council to intervene.

During the meeting, Mayor Eric Mamula told Burke they had already discussed the resignations at Backstage Theatre and Councilman Gary Gallagher would be “taking point” to make inroads with the board.

4. Blackouts sweep across Breckenridge after transformer failures

A series of transformer failures in south Breckenridge caused sporadic blackouts throughout town last week. Issues started when a transformer failure on the corner of White Cloud Drive and Sunrise Point Drive caused power outages in the area. Soon after there was an arcing incident with a high voltage line on Boreas Pass Road, near the ice arena, which resulted in a small grass fire. At the same time a ground mounted transformer on Broken Lance Drive exploded, causing another small fire. Both fires were quickly put out.

5. Top 6 drives to see fall foliage near Breckenridge, Colorado

The month of September is one of the best times of the year to visit the High Country when it comes to breathtaking views. This story goes through the top 6 drives around Summit County for leaf peeping. Break out the camera and get out there for spectacular fall foliage viewing.

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