Top stories on summitdaily.com for the week of Oct. 28
Editor’s note: Stories in this list received the most page views on SummitDaily.com for the past week.
The town of Breckenridge, a private landowner and the owner of City Market are closing in on a three-way development agreement that could soon lead to an expansion of the town’s biggest grocery store. Breckenridge Town Council has been pushing for an expansion of City Market for some time now, and recently commissioned a needs assessment study to help propel the idea forward. The proposal describes a roughly 10,000-square-foot expansion, which would increase the size of the grocery store by about 17 percent. Another 3,500 square feet of extra space for City Market would come with the grocery store absorbing existing commercial units inside the shopping center to the south. Council is expected to vote on the development again for second reading on Nov. 13. If signed by all three parties, the agreement would have a shelf life of one year to get the project off the ground.
10 Mile Music Hall celebrated its highly anticipated grand opening with two Leftover Salmon shows last week. The music venue is the vision of Todd Altschuler and Keegan Casey, who together previously managed The Barkley Ballroom, a popular bar to catch live music in Frisco. Max capacity at 10 Mile Music Hall sits at just over 700 people, creating a hugely intimate venue for live music performances at 710 Main St., Frisco, right smack dab in the heart of Summit County.
“After working on this project for two years, it’s finally coming to fruition, and it feels like the whole community is going to be here so I’m pretty psyched about it,” Altschuler said last week as crews were working on the final touches.
After the Summit Daily endorsement of current sheriff Jaime FitzSimons, challenger Derek Woodman sent a letter to the editor in response. Here are just a few excerpts from the letter: “The Summit Daily editorial board has questioned my leadership ability based on comments from the current sheriff. It is true that my management style is very different from the current sheriff, as I believe in empowering employees, setting clear expectations and holding the office of sheriff accountable,” he wrote. “It has been a successful model for over three decades and I have no intentions of dictating or micro-managing deputies now.”
“It was also alleged that we have run a negative campaign. I would like to address this by stating that we live in a small community and that supporters on both sides have become negative at times. We too have had our supporters attacked from persons using fake email accounts and profiles on Twitter and Facebook. These attacks have been vicious and personal.”
Western Slope water managers have doubled down on their position that they will oppose federal legislation creating a new regulated pool of water to boost the falling level of Lake Powell unless Colorado adopts a policy that the pool should be filled only on a voluntary basis. Andy Mueller, the general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, said that without a new state policy putting limits on how water can be stored in the big reservoir, “You will find that our district, the Southwest District and hopefully others will be, frankly, opposing the federal legislation.” In response to the Western Slope’s concerns, a policy on how to fill a new “demand management storage” pool in Lake Powell is being drafted by the staff of the Colorado Water Conservation Board for review by the agency’s directors Nov. 15.
A federal trial in Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the United States’ budding marijuana industry if a jury sides with a couple who say having a cannabis business as a neighbor hurts their property’s value. Attorneys first filed their sweeping complaint on behalf of Hope and Michael Reilly in 2015, claiming “pungent, foul odors” from a neighboring indoor-marijuana grow have hurt the property’s value and their ability to use and enjoy it. An attorney for the business targeted by the suit plans to argue the couple’s property has not been damaged, relying in part on the county’s tax valuations of the Reillys’ land ticking up over time. Vulnerability to similar lawsuits is among the many risks facing marijuana businesses licensed by states but still violating federal law. Suits using the same strategy have been filed in California, Massachusetts and Oregon.
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