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Week in Summit: Breckenridge Oktoberfest over and out

Summit High School brings down a Chaparral player during the second half of their rugby match Friday, Set. 11.
Louie Traub |

Summit firefighters head West to Cali

The wildfires in the Golden, Beaver and Evergreen states have seemed unrelentless, with no end in sight.

To help the 1,255 firefighters douse these flames, Dan Ross, of Lake Dillon Fire Authority, deployed twice — once leading a crew of 18 to do what they can to slow, and even stop, these fires.

Irate bears, pissed off rattlesnakes (which the crew killed and ate) and 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. shifts added an additional element to the firefighting scene. More Summit firefighters have been deployed since.

Come back safe, men.

Breck Oktoberfest comes to an end

Businesses were for the most part satisfied with the middle of September Oktoberfest in downtown Breckenridge last weekend.

Most of the complaints against it appeared to be minor tweaks that could be up for consideration before next year’s Oktoberfest celebration in September.

With the ‘urine content’ in one alley going up every year, more portapotties could be a benefit.

County’s first suicide-prevention walk

Almost 400 people turned out for Out of the Darkness — a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The money raised from the 3-mile walk will go to the foundation’s nation and state-level research, education, advocacy and support efforts.

The county has done right by holding this event. Hopefully, not only will more lives be saved, but the event grows yearly.

Summit High School girl’s rugby club crushes it

These ladies have been a perennial powerhouse in Colorado, winning seven — SEVEN — state championships in a row, with hopes of capturing their eighth.

Such a streak hasn’t really been seen since Anson Dorrance’s UNC women’s soccer teams’ national championship wins.

And, the photos provided with this story, quite honestly, puts football — high school, college, pro — to shame.

Check out their games. The team, without a doubt, deserves your support.

Summit County, meet … Summit County

Myles Rademan has been giving tours for Park City, Summit County, Utah residents to other towns for 29 years.

And, for the first time in 20 years, he brings them back to Breckenridge.

These two Vail Resorts-centered towns had a lot to talk about, especially as a group of 75 elected officials, government employees, business leaders and residents expressed ideas and complaints on how their own town runs things. In other words, these trips are a good way to keep an open mind to change.

Pets missing from fatal car I-70 accident

Back in late August, Kayce Chik of Lakewood had just passed through the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels when her car travelled off the highway onto the shoulder, back onto the highway and then veered off the highway again, rolling downhill. She died at the scene.

In her car and currently lost are three of her pets — 2 cats and a dog. A massive turnout of about 400 from a family-posted craigslist ad helped with the search, but nothing but clues have come about from the past three weeks.

Unlock your inner nerd

Sports columnist Drew Mikita quite clearly laid out a map to improving your life and following your passions.

Of course, he notes, there are reasons for holding back, but he tells you to give yourself permission to enjoy life and do what you can to make the most of it.

An excellently insightful column.


outage explained

Last weekend’s lack of Verizon Wireless and Comcast internet service can be blamed on a cut fiber-optic cable … in Morrison, 50 miles away.

While most Colorado Department of Transportation projects involve locating all utility lines, this one was, according to CDOT spokeswoman Emily Wilfong, unfortunately missed.

Of course, that happens.

However, it brings to light how fragile our county’s communications network is, especially when emergency services are deeply affected.

Infrastructure redundancy — in case another line is cut, again (this is the second time such a loss of service has occurred this summer) — should be absolutely mandatory in more isolated communities such as ours.

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