Top stories on summitdaily.com for the week of Oct. 7
A 15-foot tall troll installed in Breckenridge during a summer art festival is causing distress among its neighbors. The wooden sculpture, named “Isak Heartstone” by his creator, Danish artist Thomas Dambo, was built for a $40,000 commission from Breckenridge Creative Arts for the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts. The idea was to leave the troll up as long as he can withstand the weather and isn’t vandalized. But widespread media attention and social media buzz has caused some local residents to become fed up with what they describe as “literally hundreds” of troll hunters coming into their neighborhood on a daily basis.
They cite safety concerns, illegal parking and littering, a loss of privacy and a host of other issues.
“If you guys want, I can promote the ‘Burning Troll Festival,’” offered Kristen Petitt Stewart, one of those homeowners.
In this story from The Denver Post, Breckenridge bartender Sandra Malak decided to post to social media after customers stiffed her and left an odd message. After the two couples paid their tab and left, Malak cleared their table like usual when she noticed the receipt. A $48 dollar bill, no tip. Instead, in the blank normally reserved for the tip amount, the man wrote: “Kavanaugh, get used to it.” Malak said she had little interaction with the group at all except for standard pleasantries, and politics were not discussed.
At the annual COO breakfast, resort officials gave the attending community an update on all that’s new this year for the 2018-19 ski season. COO Alan Henceroth gave an update on the Beavers and Steep Gullies terrain expansion and names of the new runs in that area. Speaking on behalf of Copper, the resort’s interim general manager and senior vice president Jesse True said this summer was a record-best for the Woodward at Copper summer camps. Loveland COO Rob Goodell said the ski area is hopeful it will open guided snowcat tours in an area called the “Dry Gulch” in time for spring skiing.
In the wake of a massive early season storm last week that dumped more than a foot of snow at its Summit, Wolf Creek Ski Area announced its plans to start spinning its chairs on Saturday. The news of Wolf Creek opening for weekends only starting Saturday effectively meant that, for the first time in years, neither Arapahoe Basin Ski Area nor Loveland Ski Area will be the first Colorado ski area to open the state’s ski season. After the announcement, A-Basin’s chief operating officer Alan Henceroth wrote on his blog Thursday that the last three days of snowmaking at the ski area had been “tremendous.” But he refused to speculate on an opening day, saying “it is still a little too early to call.”
An attorney general’s lawsuit provides a never-before-seen account of how part of the epidemic began, told through the notes of Purdue sales representatives — the company that manufactures OxyContin. The lawsuit claims the representatives methodically pursued, encouraged and manipulated Colorado doctors to set aside their concerns about addiction and to prescribe higher and higher doses of potentially deadly drugs. Colorado is at least the 28th state to sue Purdue Pharma over the opioid crisis. The lawsuit’s 96-page complaint was originally filed under seal but was recently made public.
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