Week in Summit: Losses, gains and compromise
Rest in peace, Jepte.
Last weekend, a soon-to-be-junior at Summit High School drowned at Green Mountain Reservoir.
The Summit School District did a great job of immediately providing counselling opportunities to schoolmates of Jepte “Jefte” Flores, families and anyone else who may be in need of these services.
With such a tragic start to the school year — as tragic as it was when the previous school year ended with the death of senior Marco Reifsteck — SDN offers its condolences to these families and fellow students of the two young men.
End of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge
The Pro Challenge has come and gone from Summit County and Colorado.
In addition to SDN’s regular coverage, one local provided a first-person perspective of the race from the sidelines and asked a question to a racer that all of us had burning on our tongues throughout the series: “What happens when you have to go pee?”
But, now that the series is over, how well was it received in the county? And, more importantly, what will its future hold?
While some businesses do suffer when the Pro Challenge is in town — from a few hours to perhaps a couple days out of the entire year — the larger picture of what this race represents will, in the long run, help put it on the map of men’s and women’s cycling.
Another note to the folks who coordinate Pro Challenge street block-offs and crowd control: Exceptions should be made for emergency situations that may arise, especially those that are medically related, and to allow these people through.
Heads up, tech junkies
What makes Summit County so special is the swath of outdoor activities available: Road and mountain biking, snowboarding and skiing, longboarding, skateboarding, trail running, hiking … the list goes on.
But, sports columnist Drew Mikita asked an aptly associated question in his column last week: Are you addicted to technology? In this case, digital technology.
With the rise of not only the Internet, but also its increased ease of access via smartphones and tablets, it can be hard to separate oneself from them — more so, perhaps, for those who don’t know what life was like prior to these inventions’ introduction.
His column opens up the possibility of just tuning out, leaving the digital tech at home and enjoying the outdoor life. Because, quite honestly, you can.
And, take his quiz. It’s fun!
The town of Breckenridge accepted Vail Resorts’ lift-ticket tax agreement to the applause of not only the town representatives and resort executives, but also a good portion of the crowd attending the Aug. 25 town council meeting.
In essence, the corporation agreed to not fight the 4.5 percent tax on the November ballot — but, only as long as it excludes season passes, multi-resort lift tickets and summer activities.
The agreement, too, stated that Vail Resorts would provide $3.5 million a year (annually adjusted to inflation of a Denver-Boulder Consumer Price Index), and excess raised from the tax would cover any shortfall in the two years after the agreement’s implementation.
So, it appears that Vail Resorts’ previous concern on where the best place for a parking garage would be — that is, anywhere but the town’s push for F-Lot — was a non-issue because there are no stipulations on how the money can be spent by the town if a ballot measure passes in November.
Perhaps Vail Resorts realized that they didn’t have a fighting chance against the overwhelming positive support to tax it after its failure — after so many years — to pay its fair share to the town.
But, a question remains: After the first two years are up of covering any potential shortfall, what happens to the excess raised in taxes beyond the $3.5 million guaranteed?
This week also saw the beginning of Tyrus Vanmatre’s trial for second degree attempted murder and nine others charges. Witnesses testified throughout the week with accounts of personal relationships with Vanmatre and his tendency to tell some fairly outlandish stories.
The alleged victim in the case, Jadon Jellis, also took the stand to recount his version of the night on Sapphire Point. The trial will extend into next week with the prosecution continuing down the witness list before the defense presents its witnesses.
Between allegations of machetes, a ‘Batman voice’, acid trips and stolen money, this case is sure to remain interesting regardless of the outcome.
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