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FIRE IN DOTSERO
(photo and PR courtesy of Eagle County Sheriff's office)
On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at approximately 1:44 p.m., the Vail Public Safety Communications Center received report of a structure fire located at 4199 US Hwy 6 Dotsero, Colo. The caller reported that 20 foot flames were visible and coming from a log cabin that was under construction west of the Dotsero Mobile Home Park. The cabin, two storage trailers and one crane nearby are considered to be a complete loss. An additional crane sustained an unknown amount of damage. At this time fire crews are working to contain the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries reported. At this time no other residential structures are threatened. Fire crews will remain on scene until the fire is 100% contained.
FRISCO OPEN HOUSE
The major realignment along along CO 9 will consist of a new four lane highway to allow a better commute on CO 9 from Frisco to Breckenridge. This new alignment will consist of three new culverts, with landscaped retaining walls, to allow cyclists and pedestrians easy access throughout the bike trail. The bike path will remain open 100% of the time. Bike detours will be constructed. Anticipate flaggers on the path. The open house will take place June 1st at 5:30pm at Summit County Community and Senior Center 83 Nancy's Place, Frisco, CO 80443. Expected completion is late November 2017. Anticipate traffic in a two-lane configuration on the new alignment by Winter Shutdown during November 2016
MOUNT EVANS ROAD UPDATE
(photo courtesy www.mycoloradolife.com)
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will open the Mount Evans Highway to Summit Lake on Friday, May 27. State Highway 5 typically is opened to the summit of Mount Evans (14,264 feet) for the summer on the Friday before Memorial Day. However, due to additional snowfall in May, maintenance crews will need to continue clearing the remaining four miles above Summit Lake for a few days. CDOT now expects the highway to be open to the summit on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. For more information, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/mountevans
MURDER SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
29 year old Mathew James Haley, the man suspected of first degree murder in connection to a fatal stabbing at a bar in Leadville, has turned himself into authorities at the Conejos County Sheriff's Office. Authorities say Haley was involved in a verbal altercation with an employee at the Silver Dollar Saloon and stabbed Jordan Gausman who later died from injuries. Haley turned himself in in the afternoon hours Saturday May 7, as of now a court date as not been set.
SHERIFF MINOR NOW SERVING IN SILVERTHORNE
After serving as Summit County Sheriff for 12 years, Sheriff John Minor has accepted a new position as Chief of Police for the town of Silverthorne. Sheriff Minor was chosen out of 102 applicants. “This was one of those rare opportunities that you have in life to return to a place that you deeply care about; I can’t express in words how excited I am to be appointed as the Town of Silverthorne’s next Chief of Police,” stated John Minor. Due to term limits, Minor's position as county Sheriff would have expired in 2019 and decided to take advantage of the opportunity. He will take over his new position effective May 31.
ASPEN MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY
31-year-old Thomas Proesel, who threw a snowboarder off a chairlift at last January, was charged and arrested Thursday April 20 before appearing in District Court in Aspen. Proesel shoved snowboarder Seth Beckton off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands January 27. According to court documents, Beckton fell 20-25 feet into fresh snow and was not injured. Proesel has been charged with felony assault and misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Proesel is reportedly suffering from a serious mental illness and has spent the last three weeks at a psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction.
STEP UP MAIN STREET UPDATE
Phase 4 is the final phase of construction for the town of Frisco's “Step Up Main Street” project. Construction will occur on Main Street from 2nd Avenue to 4th Avenue. Road work is planned to start on April 4 with final completion set for June 30. The project’s timeline and progress will depend on weather conditions. The project will improve infrastructure and create a more welcoming and useable Main Street. Components of the project include adding additional street benches, updating street lighting, expanding the north side sidewalk by two feet and updating the paver design. The project will also improve drainage, as well as improve safety and functionality. Parking along Main Street will remain in its current configuration, and will result in no net loss of parking. Summer seasonal placement of flower planter boxes and hanging flower baskets are planned to continue as in past years. For more information regarding the project - you can visit the website www.friscogov.com.