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Week in Summit: New doctor in town bypasses insurance companies

Keystone Resort’s third annual Oktoberfest event returns to River Run Village on Saturday, Sept. 5 with the return of the Das Bier Burner 5K, seasonal craft beers from New Belgium Brewery, free music from Those Austrian Guys and traditional German dance performances from the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers
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There’s something to be said for doctors doing what they can to devote more of their time to caring and getting to know their patients.

This is especially so for Dr. Eric Gibb, who had previously treated 3,000 patients a year and now only sees 320; additionally, he is currently spending up to an hour with each patient, as opposed to just eight minutes.

“When they started to be eight minutes, that was just the straw that broke the camel’s back,” he said. “That’s just not why I went into medicine.”

Good for you, doc. If only all doctors thought the same.

He’s opening a new office in Frisco next week. And, while his direct pay insurance model doesn’t meet the legal requirements for federally-mandated insurance, it is a good supplement to a high-deductible policy for those who need basic, preventative care.

school board election picks up

Summit County residents are being asked to pick which candidate they like least, as five have thrown their hat into the mix for four open spots on the board.

Four candidates are new and one is an incumbent — Sue Wilcox. All obviously have a desire to serve not only the school board well, but also — and most importantly — the kids who are enrolled in the district’s schools.

Local killed in hit-and-run

Christina Martinez Hernandez was struck by a car and killed late Monday night in Breckenridge.

Turns out the area where she was tragically killed was the location of another, thankfully not lethal, hit-and-run at the turn of the year.

This area of Airport Road needs to be dealt with in order to prevent more harm from coming — not only to any potential victims, but also the surviving families and friends who have to live with a loss that could easily have been prevented.

As the driver who found Hernandez on the side of the road pointed out in our coverage, speed bumps, improved lighting or more needs to be done.

The town of Breckenridge should take up this issue and address it as soon as possible.

Oktoberfests have begun

You can’t have an Oktoberfest in the first weekend of September. Or, any weekend in September unless it has at least one day in October.

If you do, just call it Septemberfest.

‘Nuff said.

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