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Summit County Rescue Group trains its new recruits to survive in the worst conditions

November 9, 2018 — "Nature takes no prisoners." These are Summit County Rescue Group member Andy Harris' words of wisdom about the hidden "enemy" all of us face when we go out into the wild. The cold, the wind, the snow, the altitude, the ever-shifting weather, the bare ground

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Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies awarded medals for saving a motorist’s life

November 1, 2018 — David Beukelman is still alive today due to the heroism and professionalism of two Summit County sheriff's deputies with assistance from paramedics and bystanders. Deputies Mariah Kroschel and Ryan Hosier were awarded the Life Saving Medal on Friday for their actions in September that brought

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Leadville man hospitalized after shot by police, allegedly threatened officer during domestic dispute

October 30, 2018 — LEADVILLE — A domestic dispute ended with a shooting by police that sent a Leadville man to a Denver hospital. Dylan Byrne Gregg, 32, threatened a police officer who responded to the 911 call in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday, Leadville police said in a press

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Bennet, Polis, Frisco Flight for Life widow Karen Mahany celebrate signing of helicopter safety law

October 26, 2018 — Sunshine streamed through static rotors of a North Colorado EMS helicopter onto a small crowd gathered in front of it on Friday morning as fallen Flight For Life pilot Patrick Mahany's legacy was cemented at a ceremony at the High Country Training Center in Frisco.

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‘Build the Wall,’ racist website graffiti discovered near Summit Middle School

October 25, 2018 — Racist and nationalist graffiti was discovered near School Road in Frisco Thursday morning, along with a report of similar graffiti found near the Starbucks in Silverthorne. The incidents may be part of a disturbing pattern of hate speech-related graffiti in Summit County this week following

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15-hour standoff outside of Breckenridge ends peacefully

October 18, 2018 — A man engaged in a standoff with law enforcement officials outside of Breckenridge was peacefully taken into custody on Thursday afternoon, ending a more than 15-hour stalemate with members of the Summit County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office received a call at about 9:50 on

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Lake Christine Fire suspects due in court Tuesday

October 5, 2018 — The couple accused by authorities of starting the Lake Christine Fire are scheduled to appear in Eagle County Court for a disposition hearing Tuesday, as is the father of one of the suspects. The hearings are expected to be procedural, with no pleas or other

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FAA to require crash-resistant fuel tanks after Frisco Flight For Life pilot tragedy

October 3, 2018 — Flight For Life pilot Patrick Mahany's sacrifice was not in vain. On Wednesday, Congress passed a five-year funding extension of the Federal Aviation Administration. Aside from enacting new regulatory measures for everything from airline seats to drones, the reauthorization also requires helicopter manufacturers to install

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Man who pleaded guilty in 2016 assault case sentenced to one year in jail, 8 years probation

October 3, 2018 — One of four men accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Silverthorne on St. Patrick's Day in 2016 was sentenced on Wednesday in front of an emotional crowd at the Eagle County Justice Center. Michael Gelber, 47, was sentenced to one year in Summit County

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Aside from investigating death, the Summit County Coroner’s Office helps survivors during the worst moments of their lives

September 29, 2018 — Summit County, a land of unparalleled rugged beauty, is also often a land of tragic contradictions. A playground for thrill-seekers and adventurers living life to the fullest comes with its fair share of death and heartache. While most may avoid the very idea of mortality,

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Consultant recommends Summit County merge its ambulance service with Summit Fire & EMS

September 26, 2018 — Nine months after being hired to assess the financial, operational and staffing health of Summit County's ambulance services, Emergency Services Consulting International presented its findings to the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday. The consultancy recommended Summit County take several steps toward improving its ambulance

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Taft Conlin’s parents appealing son’s Vail skier death case

September 16, 2018 — EAGLE — Almost everything about the judge and jury’s decisions in a Vail Mountain skier death case is being appealed. Dr. Louise Ingalls and Dr. Steve Conlin, parents of Taft Conlin, say judges in Broomfield and Eagle counties erred in several rulings. Court documents filed

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Mistrial declared in trial of Ramon Villa

September 10, 2018 — EAGLE — A bizarre scene played out at the Eagle County Justice Center on Monday, as Judge Frederick Gannett declared a mistrial in the trial of Ramon Villa, one of four men accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Silverthorne on St. Patrick's Day 2016.

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Jury hears opening statements, expert testimony in Villa trial

September 6, 2018 — EAGLE — The trial of Ramon Villa officially began on a chilly Thursday morning at the Eagle County Justice Center, bringing impassioned opening statements from attorneys on both sides, along with expert testimony from a former Colorado Bureau of Investigation DNA analyst, a forensic toxicologist

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Trial begins for Ramon Villa, one of four accused in 2016 Silverthorne sexual assault

September 4, 2018 — EAGLE — It was standing room only at the Eagle County Justice Center on Tuesday as more than 130 potential jurors filed into the courtroom to begin the voir dire process in the trial of Ramon Villa, one of four men accused of sexually assaulting

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Skier accused of jumping into crowd at Copper pond-skim event pleads guilty to reckless endangerment

September 3, 2018 — The skier accused of trying to jump the crowd at Copper Mountain's Annual Slopesoakers pond-skimming event earlier this year pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge earlier this month. Hayden Patrick Wright, 27, was descending on a run in

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Aspen woman gets DUI after riding bike into parked car

August 24, 2018 — A local woman was allegedly driving and texting while drunk when she ran into the back of a car Sunday, causing “significant” damage according to a police report. Emma Bauer, 30, was cited for DUI and careless driving and transported to jail. And while that

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Tyler Gorrell, a 33-year-old Denver resident, is missing in Silverthorne’s backcountry

August 11, 2018 — Tyler Gorrell, a 33-year-old Denver resident, has been missing since Thursday, Aug. 3, and is suspected to be missing or lost somewhere in the backcountry near Silverthorne. His family was expecting him for a function in a nearby county, but he never showed up. On

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Summit County downgrades fire restrictions to Stage 1 from Stage 2 amid improving fire conditions

August 7, 2018 — Reflecting improving fuel conditions from lower temperatures and a decent amount of rain recently, Summit County's Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to downgrade fire restrictions on unincorporated county land from Stage 2 to Stage 1, effective immediately. While fireworks and open fires are still

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Suspect in Breckenridge assault in July identified as 23-year-old Charles J. Moser

August 3, 2018 — The suspect implicated in a Breckenridge assault last month that sent a man to the hospital with serious head injuries has been identified as 23-year-old Charles J. Moser of Washington. At about 10:30 p.m. on July 15 a Breckenridge police officer responded to an assault

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