• Kaitlyn Latek of Frisco graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley during fall 2019 commencement ceremonies Dec. 13–14. She received her Master of Arts in tech innovation pedagogy.
• Allyson Pothier of Dillon has been named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at American International College in in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dean’s list students must achieve at least a 3.3 GPA.
• Cole Buller and Paige Schlegel of Breckenridge, McKenna Ramsay of Dillon and Anne Parker of Frisco were named to the dean’s list at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. To qualify for the list, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or above for the semester and be enrolled in 12 college-level credits. Sarah Lorch of Breckenridge was recognized on the president’s list for a 4.0 GPA.
• Megan Speer of Dillon was named to the dean’s list at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. To qualify for the list, students must have a 3.5–3.99 GPA.
College updates for students from Summit County
• Kaitlyn Latek of Frisco graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley during fall 2019 commencement ceremonies Dec. 13–14. She received her Master of Arts in tech innovation pedagogy.
Street star Jesse Paul holds off Sharpe, Thorgren to win snowboard rail jam at X Games
ASPEN – Normally, the street specialists would have the advantage over the true slopestyle riders in a rail jam. However, the inaugural snowboard rail jam at X Games Aspen on Sunday wasn’t your typical rail jam, as it sent riders down the upper part of the actual slopestyle course at Buttermilk Ski Area.
“These rails are intimidating,” said X Games host and former competitor Jack Mitrani during Sunday’s telecast. “I used to come here and compete in pipe, and this was back in the day when slopestyle wasn’t as high a level as it’s at right now, but I’d come over here and I’d have some fun on these rails. But they were so intimidating. They are humungous.”
So, considering this, it may be surprising that Jesse Paul, a 27-year-old urban rider from Minnesota, took down X Games stars Darcy Sharpe and Sven Thorgren to win Sunday’s rail jam. Paul won bronze in the all-street video competition Real Snow put on by X Games in 2017.
“This is a dream come true,” Paul said after receiving his gold medal.
Sharpe won slopestyle gold only the night before, while Thorgren is now a six-time X Games medalist, including slopestyle gold in 2017. But Paul, despite his relative inexperience on the larger slopestyle rails at Buttermilk, took down the traditional stars Sunday.
The 20-minute jam session, which like most contests this weekend was using an overall impression scoring format as opposed to the tradition best run scoring system, was highlighted by the appearance of Craig McMorris, a pro snowboarder and X Games TV personality who is the brother of slopestyle and big air star Mark McMorris.
Craig McMorris was one of the eight competitors in the rail jam, finishing seventh. His antics and in-contest interviews gave the event some personality.
On his first run, he opened by hopping out of a parked Jeep and hit a large rainbow rail with only one foot strapped onto his snowboard. He hit it flawlessly, but stopped before the next set of rails, unstrapped and just slid down the rest of the course.
“It’s just pure improvisation at this point,” McMorris said. “I’m having fun. Everybody is having fun. I though I’d do something different. I’m not going to hang with these slopestyle guys on the 270s, so you got to find your own way.”
Other competitors included fourth-place finisher Rene Rinnekangas, a rising slopestyle star from Finland, street stars in Brandon Davis and Frank Bourgeois, and Japan’s Ryo Aizawa, who finished seventh in Saturday’s big air contest but made some noise with the quad-cork 1800 he landed in qualifying.
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Aspen’s Ferreira repeats as X Games ski superpipe champion in showdown with Blunck
ASPEN — Aspen’s love for Alex Ferreira doesn’t go unnoticed by the 25-year-old halfpipe skier. After all, he grew up in Aspen and never hesitates to talk about how much he loves his hometown.
And that is a big reason why he was so nervous to try to defend his X Games Aspen gold medal Sunday in the men’s ski superpipe final at Buttermilk.
“He was totally more nervous because he had to defend his title and he really wanted to be there for his fans and for Aspen. He wanted to be there for Aspen,” Ferreira’s mother, Colleen Delia, said after the competition. “This town is so good to me and to all of us. I’m just so blessed to live here. It’s the most amazing town and we do have a lot of family support. It’s wonderful.”
Ferreira achieved a lifelong dream last winter when he won his first X Games Aspen gold medal in front of his friends and family, beating two-time Olympic gold medalist David Wise in the process. Sunday’s final was a duel between Ferreira and Crested Butte’s Aaron Blunck, and it came down to the final run of the 30-minute jam session.
The last to drop in and trailing Blunck, Ferreira could feel the weight on his shoulders.
“I was thinking, ‘This is a pretty big moment and there is a lot of pressure and a lot of stress. I got to compartmentalize that and do my best.’ And that’s what happened,” Ferreira said. “Absolutely a dream come true. Couldn’t have dreamt it better. I’m just so grateful and thankful everyone came down and we had such an awesome event.”
When the final standings were announced — there are no actual scores in the overall impression scoring system implemented at X Games this year — it was Ferreira back on top where he started, followed by Blunck and bronze medalist Brendan MacKay, an X Games rookie from Canada.
Blunck, 23, had only one previous X Games medal, a gold he won in 2017. He did enter as the two-time reigning world champion.
“He skied really well tonight and it was a good battle. I was just happy to have the opportunity to compete here at X Games,” Blunck said of Ferreira. “It feels amazing. I’m so stoked. Everyone out here killed it tonight and this new format, it’s so fun. It gives us an opportunity to be diverse, change things up and just go out and have some fun and just ski.”
MacKay, 22, was a surprise on the podium. Of the two Canadians in the eight-man final, X Games veteran Noah Bowman would have been the one most would expect to come away with a medal. After all, Bowman has twice been on the X Games podium, winning silver in 2012 and bronze in 2017. He was eighth Sunday.
Even MacKay had a hard time believing he was bringing an X Games bronze home with him.
“It’s kind of the dream. No other way to put it,” MacKay said. “I knew they were better than me. So I had my work cut out for me to keep up with them because they are so crazy good at skiing. Stoked I was able to land my runs.”
The athletes each got four runs in the jam session, and it was Ferreira leading most of the way. That is, until Blunck delivered on his final run, highlighted by a right side double-cork 1440 that jumped him ahead of Ferreira in the standings.
As the defending champion, Ferreira had the honors of being the last contestant to drop in. He had done little wrong over his previous three runs, but still trailed Blunck and needed one more good trip through the superpipe.
“He was solid all week. He worked out. He steamed. He ate super healthy and he meditated. He was just really chill,” Delia said. “I don’t know, he just got in the zone and did it. I was so proud. I knew he was going to do it. I just knew. But you always have that fear. I’ve been scared all week.”
Ferreira’s final run was nearly flawless and different from last year’s winning run, which included a pair of 1260s. Needing to keep up with Blunck, Ferreira pulled out his own version of the double cork 1440, a trick he said he only recently learned. He paired that with a switch double cork 1080 for his final two hits and apparently that’s exactly what he needed for gold.
“It hasn’t really been done that much and to be able to do it on the fourth and final run is a big deal,” said Ferreira, who also gushed about the fan support at the bottom of the superpipe. “It’s indescribable, because everybody wants me to win and wants me to do well and I can feel the energy, I can feel the aura and I can feel my mom and my friends and they just want me to do well and it rubs off, it really does. I’m just so grateful they came out.”
New Zealand’s Nico Porteous, last year’s bronze medalist as well as the reigning Olympic bronze medalist, was fourth Sunday. Winter Park’s Birk Irving, who edged out Blunck to win Friday’s elimination, was fifth, while Boulder’s Lyman Currier, a 2014 Olympian, was sixth. Wise, a four-time X Games Aspen gold medalist, was seventh, followed by Bowman.
Ferreira said the X Games repeat gold gives him fuel for the rest of the season. He hadn’t competed much this winter before Sunday, taking seventh at the Copper Grand Prix on Dec. 13 — won by Blunck — and 12th in a World Cup in China a week later, won by Bowman.
With the Mammoth Grand Prix scheduled for this week and Dew Tour, which is at Copper Mountain Resort this year, scheduled for early February, Ferreira has a renewed desire to compete.
“I gave it my whole heart and soul and I’m just grateful,” Ferreira said. “I didn’t do well in the first two events and quite frankly I didn’t really want to be at the last two events. It wasn’t that much fun. And this one I want to be at. And I’ve known from the past when I want to be at an event and I actually care about it, I typically tend to do pretty well.”
Teen Kelly Sildaru earns X Games slopestyle gold, holds most by any athlete 17-younger
ASPEN – Kelly Sildaru should just change her last name to Slopestyle.
The 17-year-old out of Estonia has won every X Games women’s ski slopestyle competition since 2016, except for 2018, when she didn’t attend the games. Her dominance in the discipline rooted deeper into the hillside at Buttermilk as she won her fourth gold in the event Sunday afternoon and second of the weekend.
Commentators claim Sildaru’s rail work was the difference, but even the skier said she isn’t sure what makes her so successful in slopestyle.
“I don’t know. I haven’t figured it out yet,” Sildaru said. “I’m just trying to enjoy it and have fun skiing.”
On Friday, Sildaru took gold in the superpipe. With the wins, she now has nine X Games medals, tying Shaun White for most earned by a teenage athlete. With five golds, she is the sole holder of the most gold medals by any athlete 17 or younger.
She’s also just the third athlete this weekend to walk away with a pair of gold medals, alongside unified snowboarder and snow biker Mike Schulz and skier Colby Stevenson who won both the ski knuckle huck and slopestyle competitions.
Her second run was her strongest as she pulled out a rightside 900 with a mute grab, followed by a leftside 900 with a tail grab. She ended the run with a rightside 720 off the fin, the most rotation any skier got off the feature at the time.
Swiss skier Sarah Hoefflin and Sildaru exchanged spots in the leader’s seat until after the third trip down the course, when Sildaru took over for good.
Hoefflin sat in second place and tried to put down her best stuff for her last run, but couldn’t stick the landing on her second jump. Her less-than-perfect run kept her in second.
With just the defending champion left to drop in, Sildaru’s final run was more of a victory lap. She didn’t play it safe though, sticking a switch 1260 on the last jump.
“I just tried to enjoy the course and make the most of it,” she said.
Hoefflin’s silver brings her 2020 medal count to three, the most by any athlete as of Sunday afternoon. She earned bronze in unified skiing as well as ski big air.
The battle for third in slopestyle was dramatic, as Montana native Maggie Voisin and Isabel Atkin out of Park City went back and forth in the standings after each run. Sitting in a podium spot with one run remaining, Voisin “upped her rail game” with a 450 switch in her last pass through the course.
“Today was just the perfect day,” the 21-year-old said. “For me, it’s realizing sometimes in practice I’m not going to put it all together, taking a deep breath and knowing that when the pressure is on, I have it.”
X Games Aspen athletes, Bazzi pay tribute to Kobe Bryant
ASPEN – After the news of Kobe Bryant’s death spread across the sports world, some of those connected to X Games Aspen paid their respects to the Los Angeles Lakers star who died Sunday in a helicopter crash.
Before his first run, Australian snowbike racer Jackson Strong stood up over his bike. He pulled at the gold-and-purple Bryant jersey he was wearing for the finals. The crowd gave a loud cheer.
Strong, 28, won bronze Sunday night and afterward said he latched onto the Lakers and Bryant through X Games competitions at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“If I put on an American accent ever at home I’d say ‘Kobe Bryant from the Lakers.’ That’s as American as I can get,” Strong said. “It’s very unfortunate, very sad. When something like this happens in the athletic world, it’s good to have everyone stick together. It’s important.”
ESPN moved its X Games programming through the day. The announcement came while there was four-hour break in the competition schedule and just before the final concert of the X Games Aspen weekend.
Los Angeles-based singer Bazzi paid tribute to Bryant early in his Sunday afternoon set on the X Games music stage. He said the NBA legend was a hero to him growing up.
“I want you all to remember how lucky we all are to be at the X Games in Aspen right now alive and healthy,” he told the crowd at the Buttermilk venue. “Let’s make some noise for Kobe Bryant.”
ESPN’s X Games announcers posted on social media and came on to pay their respects to the Bryant family and added, “We’re going to continue our competition in honor of his spirit and his love of sports.”
Panera Bread in Dillon delayed nine months
*Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the exact location of the Panera Bread site.
DILLON — At the Dillon town work session meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, council agreed to extend the opening date for the Panera Bread scheduled to open in the Ridge at Dillon from Dec. 31, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021. The restaurant site is at 257 Dillon Ridge Road, which is adjacent to the current Noodles and Company restaurant.
Manna Colorado, the developer, requested additional time due to “unforeseen circumstances” and plans to resume construction in June 2020. While the company plans to complete the project by March 2021, the agreement with the town is now that the restaurant will open no later than Sept. 30, 2021.
Watch: 20-year-old snowboarder Zeb Powell blows minds with knuckle huck win
ASPEN — What a moment Sunday night’s knuckle huck competition was for Zeb Powell and the sport — the passion — of snowboarding.
Debuting at X Games last year, the knuckle huck is a competition that allows for, encourages and celebrates the flair, the style and the fun at the heart of snowboarding as riders huck themselves off the “knuckle,” or rollover, of the big air landing before touching down in the formal landing area. Last year, though, the contest was contained to riders who are competitors on the slopestyle and big air circuit.
After the knuckle huck was a success in 2019, the X Games brought in the kind of atypical noncontest riders the snowboard community knows via Instagram videos and film parts. They brought in a street video legend like 29-year-old Halldor Helgason of Iceland. And they brought in the 20-year-old North Carolina native Powell who regarded Helgason as “a favorite forever” as he honed his distinctive style on the hills of Vermont.
Along with six other riders — including the stylish Norwegian rider who inspired the creation of the event, Marcus Kleveland — Powell and Helgason stole the show at Sunday night’s fun-loving competition at Buttermilk Ski Area. In the end, Powell won the contest on the strength of a trick he tried first. It’s dubbed the “coffin slide,” a wild backflip-type move that features a slide on his back on the knuckle before fully tweaking out a method grab inverted.
The trick, however, almost came to be by accident. Powell said two years ago he was lapping the Carinthia Park at Mount Snow, riding the chairlift with his friend LJ Twombly, when the idea struck him.
“And I looked over to the knuckle of the big jump,” Powell said, “and I saw someone go up, and I don’t think he really knew what he was doing. But he just kind of slid out to his butt. And immediately, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. I want to do that.’ Cause me and my friend LJ were messing around on the slope, we like to go really fast and go on our butts or our back like that. So I guess I saw that and I saw the guy flip out and I connected it to that.”
The execution of the idea took Powell from 36,000-follower snowboard community Instagram fame to, possibly, ESPN Sportscenter Top-10-like fame.
Powell continued to land mind-blowing tricks off the knuckle for the rest of the competition, holding off the best tricks from riders like Kleveland, Helgason and Silverthorne 16-year-old and friend Jake Canter. Some of the other mind-blowing tricks of the night included fifth-place finisher Rene Rinnekangas’ head-drag, where he inverted and literally skimmed the crown of his helmet off the knuckle.
In the spirit of the fun-loving event, Rinnekangas on his last run had Japanese 20-year-old Ryo Aizawa ride down to the knuckle before him, rotate to his back and raise the base of his board as a ramp, which Rinnekangas then launched off of.
After Powell was crowned champion, ahead of Kleveland in second, Fridtjof Tischendorf in third and Helgason in fourth, he kept wearing the cheap, rose-colored heart-shaped glasses he picked up randomly in the snow earlier in the day and wore through the contest. Moment later, he said the contest lets boarders like him, and his hero Helgason, speak from the heart.
“Man, he’s such a king,” Helgason said of Powell, who he met just days prior. “I really appreciate hearing I had inspiration to him. That’s insane to me.”
Olivero: X Games Aspen new competition format an experiment in scoring
ASPEN — It’s not often that there’s a competition in sports without a transparent scoring or timing system. This week at X Games Aspen has been a case study — an experiment, almost — in how competitions can go for athletes and audience alike when there is no explicit scoring for the competitors and fans to reference during and after contests.
X Games Aspen opted for a “jam” competition format for this year’s event. Essentially that meant all athletes in skiing and snowboarding competitions ran through the big air, slopestyle or superpipe courses one after the other for a set amount of time. Once the clock expired, any athletes who had not had their chance in that round of runs got a final opportunity to have the same amount of attempts as the other competitors.
As the jam clock counted down, and after each athlete finished each run during the overall timed round, the X Games broadcast updated an unofficial top-to-bottom ranking of the active athletes. On top of that, the scoreboard only presented the order of the athletes, sans transparent scoring. The athletes were scored based on what the X Games described as “overall impression” instead of having an explicit score on the screen.
“Overall, we are happy with how the competitions flowed,” X Games Vice President Tim Reed said in a statement Sunday night. “We were able to deliver a lot more action to our fans and highlight the remarkable skills and talents of the best action sports athletes in the world. We’ll take a look at all of the shows and as we do with all aspects of our business we’ll look to continue to evolve in the future and make the necessary tweaks.”
In the past X Games has used a jam format for some competitions, such as the big air. But in those years, athletes and fans saw scores for each jump flash up on the screen next to the athletes’ rank. This year, the jam format was brand-new for slopestyle and superpipe. Traditionally, those competitions have operated in the Olympic style. That traditional Olympic and World Cup format has a set number of attempts for each athlete, typically two or three. Athletes then typically have one or two specific runs count toward their score. They see their score after each attempt.
The change in this year’s scoring and competition format had mixed reviews from the athletes. On the positive side, men’s snowboard slopestyle gold medalist Darcy Sharpe said he thought the change allowed for more creativity and opportunity for athletes to mess up somewhere on the course and not worry about it instantly tanking their chances.
“I have stayed true to this from the start,” the Canadian star said. “I absolutely love the format. It’s insane. It’s like, when I was a kid I would get post-X Games depression. Straight up, I’d be like so sad. There’d be two runs done, and I’d be like, ‘no. It’s over already.’ Now, you get to watch riding the whole contest. If somebody falls, they can still do tricks. And I think it gives us a mindset of, like, practice is funner. You’re not just doing one line practicing the same thing over and over again like a little robot.”
Sharpe’s result in the new format may have been the most interesting and surprising of the entire X Games. After three runs, Sharpe was in dead-last entering his final run. After a great run, he soared into first. The unofficial scoreboard flashed the change seconds after the guy who was in first, Red Gerard of Summit County, dropped in for his run seemingly unaware of the score change.
Afterward, Gerard said he wasn’t giving the score or format too much thought. His bigger focus was staying in the moment, not worrying about the score and riding as well as he could. He ended up with a bronze medal.
Darcy Sharpe’s older sister Cassie Sharpe won a bronze in ski superpipe after landing a final run some thought, in the moment, may have been enough to leapfrog her over Kelly Sildaru for gold. Afterward, Cassie Sharpe echoed a sentiment of many athletes this week, including Canadian Mark McMorris — who took silver in big air Saturday night — and Summit County snowboarder Chris Corning. Without explicit scores, she said, it’s hard to know what exactly you need to do or what else you should have done.
“You get variation, you get all these things that are amazing with it,” Cassie Sharpe said, “But they don’t have a solid way of saying you need to do this to win. It’s kind of like you’re blind.”
After Corning excruciatingly missed the cut for the snowboard big air final, he put it in context from his perspective, saying he and his U.S. Snowboard Team Coaches Mike Ramirez and Dave Reynolds didn’t know what the judges wanted.
“It’s really hard, because you don’t know where you’re sitting,” Corning said. “You know you’re under them, but you don’t know how far you are under them.”
In terms of the new format helping with progressing snowboarding and freeskiing, there was differing opinions from two U.S. athletes. On one hand, American Maggie Voisin, who took a bronze medal in ski slopestyle Sunday, said she felt the traditional format forces progression more because she thinks focusing on one run pushes athletes further. American halfpipe freeski star Aaron Blunck of Crested Butte thinks the new format makes athletes have to be more versatile.
“We get so caught up with that one-run format,” Blunck said, “so everyone works for that one run. It’s really cool to be able to go into it all and do everything and change who you are as a skier and show who you are at the same time.”
Aspen Times Sports Editor Austin Colbert and Steamboat Pilot & Today Sports Editor Shelby Reardon contributed reporting.
Prep sports summary: Summit High School boys, girls basketball defeat Palisade
FRISCO — The Summit High School boys and girls basketball teams defeated the Palisade Bulldogs on the road Saturday to 7-6 and 6-6, respectively.
The boys team’s 47-45 win over Palisade followed up a 71-60 win at home over Eagle Valley on Thursday, Jan. 23. On Thursday Tigers coach Jordan Buller said the Devils were an interesting matchup as they liked to get up and down the floor and shoot 3-pointers.
That said, Summit was able to match Eagle Valley’s pace and get enough stops to come out with a good win at home. Down the stretch, Buller credited the Tiger backcourt of Hector Diaz and Ben Rider for doing a great job of handling the ball.
Cam Kalaf did well finding some baskets inside the paint for the Tigers to lead Summit with six rebounds. Beyond the arc, Nazarie Poliuk shot the ball well and ended with a game-high of 21 points.
“The fans and atmosphere in the gym really helped us sustain our level of play through the second half,” Buller said.
As for Saturday, Buller said both teams played great defense in the first quarter before Diaz really stepped up and found good opportunities to score. By half, the Tigers had built a seven-point lead, and were able to hold on through most of the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, Buller felt the Tigers had a few too many turnovers. However, Summit was able to knock down enough free throws to hold on for the one-possession win.
“Our bench really played a big part,” Buller said, “with Kobe Cortright hitting a huge basket in the fourth quarter and Marcus Popoff grabbing six rebounds.”
Summit will next play at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, Jan. 28, versus Rifle. Summit’s home game versus Battle Mountain, postponed from last week, was rescheduled for senior night on Feb. 5.
The Tigers girls continued their march to their first winning record in years by winning 40-26. Summit was powered by a 14-8 scoring advantage in the second quarter followed by a 19-11 advantage in the second half.
The Tigers were led by the energy of senior captain Nicole Kimball (eight points, eight assists, eight rebounds) and senior Anna Tomlinson (seven points, nine rebounds).
Summit will next play at home versus Rifle at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31.
The Tigers boys and girls finished in fifth and fourth, respectively, at Friday evening’s slalom competition at Copper Mountain Resort.
Competing against a loaded field, sophomore Jenna Sheldon finished in third place with a total combined two-run time of 1:25.61. The Tigers’ other top skiers were sophomore Paige Peterson (ninth, 1:28.41) and senior Abby Schierholz (19th, 1:32.68).
On the boys side, senior Thomas Francis led the way (21st, 1:39.72), followed by fellow seniors Sully Wheeler (22nd, 1:40.49) and River Mentch (23rd, 1:40.66).
At their second competition of the season this weekend at Tennessee Pass, the Summit boys and girls Nordic ski team finished in eighth and sixth, respectively.
On the 5-kilometer skate course, the Summit girls were led by Maclean Donovan’s 20th-place finish in a time of 19:48.5. The Tigers’ other top girls skiers were Katherine Puc (25th, 20:11) and Paige Wescott (20:27.5).
In the boys race, Christian Skowron was the top Tiger skier (33rd, 17:10.5) followed by Evan Callahan (38th, 17:21) and Liam Goettleman (40th, 17:31).
Saturday at the Commander Invitational, Summit’s Gio Marquez finished in third place in the 113-pound weight class. Marquez took third by defeating teammate P.J. Trujillo with a fall at 17 seconds. The two Tigers were the team’s best finishers at the meet.
A 5-4 loss on Saturday at home versus Chaparral dropped the Summit varsity hockey team’s record to 8-4 on the season. Max Bonenberger scored twice for the Tigers, as Mark Bellavance and Ranger Stone each added a goal.
In net, Jake Mallory stopped 35 of 40 shots. The Tigers led 4-1 10 minutes into the second period before Chaparral reeled off four unanswered goals in the third period. Summit next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Steamboat Springs.
Swimming & diving
At their home meet versus Kent and Conifer on Thursday, Jasmine Laube won the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Hannah Anderson won the 100 backstroke and Logan Simson won the 200 individual medley. The Tigers won the 200-freestyle relay and the 200-medley relay.
Summit County towns prepare for municipal elections
FRISCO — The deadline for those who intend to run for town council positions have until 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, to hand in their nomination petitions to the town clerks of Summit County municipalities. Municipal elections will be held on April 7.
In Frisco, Town Clerk Deborah Wohlmuth reported that she has received three petitions as of Thursday, Jan. 23. Frisco has four, four-year positions open for the 2020 elections, including the position of mayor. The current Frisco mayor, Gary Wilkinson, is term limited and cannot run for reelection. Wohlmuth also reported that council member Rick Ihnken has returned a petition for reelection, council member Jessica Burley pulled a petition but had not returned it as of Thursday and council member Deborah Shaner, although not term limited, has not pulled a petition.
Breckenridge has five positions up for election including the mayor. Three council seats have four-year terms while the fourth council seat will serve a partial term of two years due to a vacancy. The council candidate who receives the fourth-highest number of votes will serve the two-year council term. Haley Littleton, communications and marketing manager for the town of Breckenridge, reported that eight town council petitions and two mayor petitions have been picked up. Current council members Dick Carleton, Gary Gallagher, Jeffrey Bergeron and Kelly Owens are running for reelection as council members and Mayor Eric Mamula is running for reelection. The only current council member not running for reelection is Wendy Wolfe as she is term limited.
Silverthorne has three council seats up for grabs. Two of the current council members, Tanya Shattuck and Michael Spry, have pulled petitions for reelection for their council seats. The third council seat is currently held by Bob Kieber, who does not plan to run for office. Town Manager Ryan Hyland said that in addition to Shattuck and Spry, Amy Scott Manka has pulled a petition for signatures.
In Dillon, there are three council seats open for four-year terms. Brad Bailey, Kyle Hendricks, Mark Nickel are up for reelection. Four candidates have picked up a petition, but as of Sunday Bailey’s was the only one that had been returned.