Week in Summit: Summit’s mining history | SummitDaily.com

Week in Summit: Summit’s mining history

The Reiling Dredge worked its way up the valley before eventually dredging to its own gravesite.
Susan Gilmore / sgilmore@summitdaily.com |

Summit mining history

The county wouldn’t be what it is now if it weren’t for mining — whether for good or bad.

Several tours abound, name provided by Bill Fountain, who is described as not only a charasmatic fountain (no pun intended) of knowledge, but also a magnet who people are drawn to.

He provides deep, colorful, and fascinating information on a topic that, in essence, established the area and surrounding towns.

It’s a history worth experiencing. All the county needs now is a tour for the ski areas — for example, how did founders decide on a mountain to kickstart the enterprise?

Nursing program expands

In the intermountain area for the last 14 years, soon-to-be and new parents have had the opportunity to receive a helping hand from nurses.

Until recently, six counties have been served by the Nurse-Family Partnership program. Now, Grant County will be added to the mix.

The nurses offer invaluable tips to these parents, such that they don’t feel as if they are alone in the daunting experience of not only having children, but also raising them.

These nurses and the program that supports them are an invaluable resource that should be tapped and even expanded.

Breck studies Airport Road

With two hit-and-runs — one proving fatal and the other quite injurous — along this road within the span of about 9 months, Breckenridge officials have conducted two speed studies along this route.

“We are just getting some data. We know there’s a lot more data to look at,” said Kim Dykstra, the town’s director of communications.

And that’s the right attitude to take. There are numerous other factors that could play a part, if any, in these aforementioned accidents, and drawing any conclusions until all data is compiled and processed thoroughly would be unwise.

Conflict Resolution Month

Sometimes, just talking things through can go a long way toward mending, solving, resolving conflict between individuals and even between individuals and society.

Conflict resolution is an excellent alternative for how we as a society handle strife. In Summit County this month, there are a number of events being held that can be educational to those unfamiliar with the process, especially when it comes to matters that have been traditionally handled by the criminal justice system. The events can also expand the knowledge of those already familiar with it.

Nils Christy, a former Norwegian criminologist at the University of Oslo’s Faculty of Law, as well as the country’s Department of Justice have been at the forefront of this form of resolution for decades that deserves looking into by those who support such a system of solving conflict.

A-Basin ski patrollers awarded

A skull fracture, traumatic brain injury, ruptured spleen, chest trauma, 12 fractured ribs, a collapsed lung and a broken foot.

These were the injuries sustained by Todd Ohl this past April when he sped off Ramrod — a premanently-closed area full of trees, rocks and untouched snow — broke through two ropes, hit a tree and landed on a rock.

To get him out, six patrollers extracted him and saved his life. At an award ceremony, Ohl presented them with the National Ski Patrol Merit Star for Lifesaving Actions, which they undoubtedly earned.

“You don’t call your mom about the powder days,” said Tim Walsh, one of the six awarded.

Silverthorne ups its game

The town is in search of its core, and town officials believe they have found a way to solidify one — Fourth Street, which would connect a brewery with the recreation center, pavilion, town hall and brand new performance space.

Officials have in mind, too, advancing the arts — that is, build a vibrancy in the town with exhibits, theater and live music. And, building community engagement is part of that.

So, the town’s first big project was the “Before I Die” exhibit. Passersby could fill in their own words to the sentence “Before I die, I want to … ” with chalk.

There are other events upcoming this autumn that are worth checking out.

Sattler found not guilty on all counts

In the second trial of the Denver man — who was charged with manslaughter and first degree assault following a fight in Frisco — the prosecution failed to convince the jury beyond a reasonable doubt that Charles Sattler was guilt of both charges.

The defense had argued — both in this trial and a one previous this summer — that his actions were justified as self-defense under the law, which was an argument adequate to instill doubt in the minds of the jury.

Of course, having spent 535 days in jail in the meantime seems to suggest he was considered guilty before being found innocent.


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