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Breckenridge reels from boy’s death as investigation into fatal truck-on-bike collision continues

May 16, 2018 — Breckenridge's fire district will be hosting a grief support session this weekend as the community continues to reel from the tragic death of a young boy who was struck by a truck while riding his bike Friday. The session, hosted by the Red, White and

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Breckenridge area firefighters travel to Honduras to offer training and gear to first responders

May 14, 2018 — A group of local first responders recently spent a week in Honduras training and equipping firefighters, part of an increasingly robust partnership between one of Summit's two fire districts and its counterparts in the mountains of Central America. Five firefighters from the Red, White and

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High Country Crime: Suspect identified in $100k Aspen jewelry store robbery

May 13, 2018 — Aspen police have positively identified at least one man involved in a nearly $100,000 downtown jewelry store robbery in September and a judge recently signed a warrant for his arrest, according to court documents. An Aspen detective also was able to obtain tentative identification on

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Lesley Mumford bids farewell to Summit County Sheriff’s Office after distinguished 14-year career

May 12, 2018 — Lesley Mumford, operations commander for the Summit County Sheriff's Office, has announced her resignation, capping off a 14-year career at the agency that culminated in her elevation to a top leadership role overseeing dozens of sworn deputies. Mumford started at the sheriff's office shortly after

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Plans for Highway 9 would create four continuous lanes from Breckenridge to Interstate 70

May 9, 2018 — Transportation officials are firming up plans for a road project that would cap off more than a decade of improvements along the Summit County Highway 9 corridor and dramatically reshape four intersections at the entrance to Frisco. The Colorado Department of Transportation's so-called "gap project"

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Frisco, Colorado to Vice Media: Don’t smoke marijuana in public

May 8, 2018 — Frisco's marketing department doesn't have a problem with Vice Media coming to town, but it would like the news and culture site to follow the rules if it returns to film another installment of its marijuana web series "Blunt Reviews." The nine-minute video features host

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Frisco woman misdiagnosed with MS wants to know why her former doctor continues to practice medicine

May 7, 2018 — In the summer of 2007, Brenda Culhane started feeling weakness in her arms. Lifting boxes became difficult, and sometimes she noticed her hands shaking. Maybe it was a pinched nerve from a car accident several years ago, Culhane thought, or just a quirk of aging.

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Distracted driving tickets in Colorado are extremely rare as enforcement proves difficult

April 30, 2018 — Distracted driving causes an average of 40 car crashes each day in Colorado, according to federal statistics, and in 2016 the habit was implicated in 67 of the state's roadway deaths. But despite awareness that texting and driving are a dangerous combination, survey data indicate

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Man found guilty of murder in Clear Creek County for dousing girlfriend with gasoline, lighting her on fire

April 27, 2018 — A Clear Creek County jury found an Arvada man guilty of murder on Thursday for dousing his girlfriend with gasoline and lighting her on fire in front of her two sons at a remote campground in June 2016. John Vasquez, 34, was found guilty after

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Brother’s keeper: How a quaint Keystone hotel turned into a hotbed of meth addicts, 911 calls and sibling rivalry

April 26, 2018 — The place is cleaned up now. Walking the halls, it's hard to imagine the squalor and dysfunction described in eviction papers or the chaotic episodes documented in dozens of police reports. Mattresses leaned up against guest room doors. Garbage piled up uncollected, its smell wafting

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A new war on drugs? Colorado lawmakers just say no

April 26, 2018 — The Trump administration has declared war on marijuana, but so far it's mostly just a war of words — and the cannabis industry thinks it's winning. After a year of saber rattling, Attorney General Jeff Sessions took one of his only concrete steps against state-legal

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Copper Mountain Resort pond skimmer charged with pair of misdemeanors, dodging possible felony

April 26, 2018 — The Englewood man accused of trying to ski jump the crowd at Copper Mountain Resort's closing day pond skim has been charged with a pair of misdemeanors, dodging a felony that law enforcement initially considered because the disastrous stunt broke a woman's collarbone. Hayden Wright,

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Summit Historical Society comes to a crossroads as president nears retirement

April 25, 2018 — The president of the Summit Historical Society will be stepping down in August, a departure that will potentially lead to a lull in activity by the group as it continues divesting itself of historic properties to cut down on expenses. Sandie Mather, one of the

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Breckenridge fire district’s first contested election in years could shape future of county ambulance system

April 24, 2018 — The fire district serving the Breckenridge area is holding its first contested board election in years, and the race could have implications for a long-running dispute with the county government over ambulance services that bubbled over into a public showdown nearly a year ago. The

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Summit County schools to close Friday as teachers join thousands at protest in Denver

April 23, 2018 — Summit School District canceled classes at all of its schools this Friday in anticipation of planned teacher protests at the state Capitol calling for increased K-12 education funding and pension protections. Thousands of teachers from across the state are expected to join in the protests,

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Addiction cycled Tyler Little in and out of the Summit County Jail, but he walked out with his GED

April 20, 2018 — Meth is a greedy drug. It took his mother from him when he was 15, and it came clawing after him next, offering release from his grief. Along the way, it would try to take everything else he had. His education. His home. His freedom.

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Jared Polis earns Sierra Club endorsement in governor’s race

April 19, 2018 — The Sierra Club threw its support behind U.S. Rep. Jared Polis in Colorado's Democratic gubernatorial primary on Thursday, citing his efforts in Congress to expand wilderness areas and his 100 percent renewable energy campaign pledge. The endorsement from the nation's largest grassroots environmental organization could

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Breckenridge pot shops nabbed at least 178 fake IDs since January 2017

April 17, 2018 — Breckenridge pot shops are a bad place to try your luck with a fake ID, but plenty of underage tourists still haven't gotten the memo. There have been 178 fake ID cases originating from Breckenridge marijuana shops since January 2017, according to the town's municipal

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Copper Mountain Resort pond skim fiasco could lead to felony charges for man who tried to jump crowd (with video)

April 16, 2018 — A bit of mayhem is always expected at Copper Mountain Resort's annual Slopesoakers pond-skimming event, but no one was prepared for one skier's disastrous attempt to jump a crowd of spectators Saturday afternoon. Hayden Wright, 26, was descending a run shortly after noon when he

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High Country Crime: Vail Police arrest woman found in dumpster for false reporting

April 15, 2018 — A woman found in a dumpster was arrested for false reporting Thursday, April 12. Linnea Marlene Hayda, 31, of Vail, was arrested in connection to a March incident in which she was found in a dumpster Vail's Sandstone neighborhood. Hayda is being charged with attempting

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