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Summit County and Vail regions prone to larger, more destructive avalanches as snowfall picks up

February 19, 2018 — Colorado is bouncing back from a slow start to the snow season, enjoying a healthy storm cycle over the past several weeks. But in the Vail and Summit County region, the new snow is ushering in one of the most dangerous backcountry snowpack regimes in

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Dillon ice castle includes 50-foot ice slide, crawl tunnels

February 18, 2018 — Dan Beck moved to Silverthorne to be a ski bum seven years ago but he hasn't had much time to hit the slopes in the winters since. Instead, he puts in grueling hours with a crew of 15 to 20 people building up and then

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Discovery Channel’s ‘Gold Rush’ is leaving Park County, but residents continue to fight for more mining oversight

February 17, 2018 — It's been nearly two years since the reality-TV show "Gold Rush" roared into Park County, descending on an old dredge near Fairplay with a small army of trucks and excavators to mine for television gold — and a bit of the real stuff, too. The

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Frisco set to move ahead with Galena Street workforce housing development with two more projects on horizon

February 16, 2018 — The town of Frisco is nearly ready to start construction on a workforce housing project more than a year in the making after taming high construction cost estimates that delayed the project last fall. The Mary Ruth Place workforce housing development, to be located on

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Abandoning a campfire in Colorado could carry up to six months in jail under proposed law

February 14, 2018 — Leaving a campfire unattended in Colorado could soon be punishable by up to six months in jail under a bill in the state legislature that aims to stamp out an increasingly common source of wildfires. The measure, which sailed through the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives

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‘It becomes deeply personal’: Summit County cops mourn spate of Front Range deputy killings

February 13, 2018 — In the early hours of Dec. 31 last year, metro Denver police converged on a Highlands Ranch apartment where an armed man had barricaded himself in a bathroom. Douglas County deputy sheriffs were trying to speak to the man when he opened fire, emptying more

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Summit County deaths declined by nearly 25 percent in 2017 with drop in overdoses, road deaths and suicides

February 12, 2018 — Summit County deaths dropped by nearly 25 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, a sharp reduction stemming from fewer traffic fatalities, accidental overdoses and suicides, according to an annual report published by the Summit County Coroner's Office last week. There were a total

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Man acquitted of both counts in Breckenridge sexual assault trial

February 9, 2018 — A Summit County jury acquitted Christopher Jay Gann of the two felony sexual assault counts against him on Friday, ending a four-day trial that featured ample physical evidence but not enough to bridge the yawning memory gaps in both Gann and his accuser that sowed

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Self-described ‘gypsy’ testifies for defense in day two of Breckenridge sexual assault trial

February 8, 2018 — The sexual assault trial of Christopher Jay Gann wrapped up its second day of testimony on Thursday, with the accuser's wife and an eccentric defense witness trying to fill in the huge gaps in both Gann's and his accuser's memory of the January 2017 incident.

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Former Breckenridge man accused of sexually assaulting woman, abandoning her in near-zero weather

February 7, 2018 — A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and abandoning her in near-zero temperatures near Breckenridge a year ago is now on trial in Summit County court, charged with two felonies that could each carry lengthy prison sentences. Like many sexual assault cases, the alleged

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Dillon Farmer’s Market relocating for next two summers to accommodate construction

February 6, 2018 — Planned construction at a condominium complex and upcoming renovations to Dillon Town Park are forcing town officials to relocate the popular Dillon Farmer's Market, which draws hundreds of people to Buffalo Drive every Friday during the summer to shop for produce and hear live music.

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Summit County traffic fatalities decline amid statewide bump in road deaths

February 5, 2018 — Traffic deaths are on the rise across Colorado, which saw a second straight record-setting year of road fatalities in 2017 and a 30 percent increase in the number of fatal crashes compared to 2014, according to state numbers. The Colorado Department of Transportation said the

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Colorado snowpack is historically low, but Summit County is faring better than most

February 2, 2018 — Colorado's snowpack levels are roughly 60 percent of their historical average, and the southern reaches of the state remain in dire straits with only several months left in the snow season. Overall, it's shaping up to be the state's worst winter since 2012. Water managers

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Nurse severely injured in Frisco Flight for Life crash reaches $100 million settlement

February 1, 2018 — FRISCO, Colorado — A flight nurse who was seriously injured in a 2015 helicopter crash in Frisco has been awarded $100 million in a settlement with the helicopter's manufacturer and the company that operated it. Repsher's attorneys said they hope the extraordinary sum will compel

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Summit County planners look to adapt to Denver-fueld building boom hitting mountains

January 30, 2018 — Summit County is in the midst of a building boom, with the recession now seeming like a distant memory for some. Strong economic indicators are priming the pipe for a flood of new building proposals. The county planning department, which handles applications for projects on

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Colorado’s first year of open, mail-in primaries will be an unprecedented experiment with unclear implications

January 29, 2018 — Colorado will elect a new governor in November, and at least a dozen candidates are currently in the running on both the Republican and Democratic sides. This year, unaffiliated voters have reason to take early notice in the race to replace term-limited Governor John Hickenlooper

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The Frisco Transit Center has become a regional transportation hub, and a much-needed overhaul is coming soon

January 26, 2018 — It's been two decades since the opening of the Frisco Transit Center, which at the time served primarily as a place for Summit Stage passengers to switch buses. Since then, the small space has become a regional transportation hub, servicing an array of transit services

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Coloradans increasingly support public lands, poll says, with 75 percent identifying as conservationists

January 25, 2018 — Nearly three-quarters of Colorado voters now consider themselves conservationists, part of a broader swell of support for public lands across the West that researchers say shows Americans are increasingly uncomfortable with the Trump administration's approach to land management. The eighth annual Conservation in the West

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Frisco gives final approval to Foote’s Rest Hotel and Plaza after more than a year of wrangling

January 24, 2018 — The Frisco Town Council approved an ambitious hotel project on Main Street Tuesday night, capping off more than a year of public debate over a proposal that promises to transform an entire town block with a 65-room boutique hotel complex. It's been a bumpy road.

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Rep. Jared Polis, Sen. Michael Bennet introduce 100,000 acre wilderness bill for Summit and Eagle counties

January 24, 2018 — A pair of Colorado congressional Democrats announced on Wednesday the introduction of a broad wilderness bill that would protect nearly 100,000 acres of public lands in Summit and Eagle counties. The announcement came the day before the start of the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show in

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