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Teen Sentenced in Killing of Father
A fourteen year old juvenile, arrested last May for shooting and killing his father, was sentenced yesterday to ten years: seven years as a juvenile followed by a three year adult term. The juvenile admitted committing first degree murder after deliberation, and one count of attempting to commit criminal extortion. The juvenile, age 13 at the time of the patricide, shot his father at the home they shared in Gypsum. The victim, 50 year old Joseph Kelly, a dispatcher with Eagle County transit, was found deceased in the home with gunshot wounds to his head after Eagle County Sheriff's Deputies performed a "welfare check" on the home.
Summit Foundation Names New Director
Jeanne Bistranin will succeed Lee Zimmerman as Executive Director of The Summit Foundation. Bistranin brings over 30 years of philanthropic and community collaborations, most recently with the Adolph Coors Foundation, a private family foundation that provides grants to nonprofits throughout Colorado. Bistranin developed several of the Foundation’s highly successful community initiatives, including a high school social entrepreneur program focused on suicide prevention and an effort to help veterans successfully transition to civilian life. She comments on her new position...Jeanne Bistranin
Americans Dominate Dew Tour in Breck
1st place sweep by the U.S. at all 8 events at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge over the weekend. Several Coloradans placed, including Arielle Gold of Steamboat finishing 3rd in the Women's Snowboard Superpipe, her brother, Taylor Gold finished 1st in the Men's Snowboard Superpipe. Keri Herman of Breckenridge finished 1st in the Women's Snowboard Slopestyle. Torin Yater-Wallace of Aspen took the top spot in the Men's Ski Superpipe, Gus Kenworthy of Telluride finished 4th in that event, but finished 1st in the Men's Freeski Slopestyle.
Silverthorne Man Dies after Hitting Tree
26 year old Eric Haiar is dead after hitting a tree at Keystone Sunday morning. An investigation reveals that he apparently lost control while on Spring Dipper, an intermediate run. The death is due to blunt force trauma injuries sustained from the accident. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. He was a resident of Silverthorne, who had previously resided in Texas.
NBC Professional Camera Stolen
At approximately 3:30pm on Thursday, December 11, 2014, a Sony 1500 Professional shoulder style camera was stolen from the Peak 8 base area at the Breckenridge Ski Resort. The camera was in a large silver Sony branded “Pelican” hard case, with luggage style wheels on it when it was taken. The camera will not function as a standalone camera and is part of a larger professional production system that was being used by the Dew Tour event. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Breckenridge Police Department at 970-453-2941.
Former Eagle CO Employee Arrested for Embezzlement
55 year old Brenda Wright of Gypsum was arrested Friday on a court-issued warrant alleging her embezzlement of over $124,000 in public money from the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, where she worked until termination on August 6, 2014. The arrest comes after an investigation traced missing county funds back to her. The fraud was detected when Eagle County Clerk Teak Simonton discovered discrepancies in motor vehicle financial accounts. Those accounts contain the 2% vehicle rental and leasing tax levied upon vehicles rented each year in Colorado for less than 45 days, and constitutes an apportionment of Colorado Ownership tax, payable to the county in which the rental occurs.
Association of Realtors Employee Arrested
Office Manager Sue Frank of the Summit Association of Realtors was arrested on Tuesday, December 2, after an investigation brought to light over $415,000 worth of missing funds that she is accused of stealing. The allegations against Frank surfaced after the chair of the association discovered checks forged in his name that were made out to, and then deposited in the personal bank account of the association employee.
Summit County Hospital gets Award
The Leapfrog Group has named St. Anthony Summit Medical Center to its annual list of Top Rural Hospitals. This is the second time St. Anthony Summit Medical Center has received the award… Paul Chodkowski, the president and CEO of the hospital comments... Paul Chodkowski. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is given to less than seven percent of all eligible hospitals.
Summit County 'Heavy' 2015 USA Pro Challenge
The 2015 edition of the USA Pro Challenge will be Summit County “heavy.” The finish of stage 2 will be at Arapahoe Basin, the start of stage 3 will be Copper Mountain, the finish of stage 4 will be Breckenridge, and then stage 5 will have Breckenridge host the individual time trial. I asked Jamie Harmon, the Director of Marketing and Operations why Summit County is such a big part of next year's big bike race...Jamie Harmon. The route is as follows below, with one exception; fans will determine one of the stages.
In a mix of new and prior host cities, the stages of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge include:
Stage 1: Monday, Aug. 17 – Steamboat Springs Circuit Race
Stage 2: Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin
Stage 3: Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Copper Mountain Resort to Aspen
Stage 4: Thursday, Aug. 20 – Aspen to Breckenridge
Stage 5: Friday, Aug. 21 – Breckenridge Individual Time Trial
Stage 6: Saturday, Aug. 22 – ???
Stage 7: Sunday, Aug. 23 – Golden to Denver
Fans will be able to help shape the race by logging on to www.prochallenge.com/2015stage6 before 11:59 p.m. December 12th, and give their opinion on what part of the state Stage 6 should visit.
Summit Co Public Health Issues Tularemia Alert
Colorado is experiencing higher-than-normal tularemia activity this year, with 15 human cases reported so far – five times the annual average for the state. Tularemia-related small-mammal die-offs have been reported in at least 27 Colorado counties, including Summit.
Beavers found south of Breckenridge have tested positive for tularemia, a potentially life-threatening bacterial disease that can infect any warm-blooded animal, including humans, dogs, cats, rabbits, hares, voles and beavers. Rodents, rabbits and hares are especially susceptible; an infection can be deadly in all species.
Humans are most commonly infected with tularemia by breathing in the bacteria during outdoor activities in areas where small-animal die-offs have occurred. They can also contract the disease through direct exposure to infected animals, by drinking contaminated water, through contact with contaminated soil and by ingestion. Ticks, deer flies and infected pets can also transmit tularemia to people. Person-to-person transmission does not occur.
Symptoms of the disease include, but are not limited to, high fever, open sores on the skin or mucous membranes, eye irritation and swelling, swollen lymph nodes, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing and chest pain. Blood tests and cultures can help confirm a diagnosis. Most infections can be treated successfully with antibiotics.
For more information about tularemia, contact Summit County Public Health at 970-668-9161, or visit www.cdc.gov/tularemia.
Fire Suppression in Tunnels Next Year
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has contracted a Design Build team for the installation of a Fixed Fire Suppression System (FFSS) for the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels (EJMT). This $20 million project includes a water deluge system, a fiber optic linear heat detection system and a new drainage system. We asked Emily Wilfong from CDOT what impact the work will have on traffic through the tunnels…Emily Wilfong Construction is set to begin in early spring of 2015. Project completion is scheduled for December 2015.
Home Inventory Expert Touts Documentation
Sixty percent of all dwellings in the Summit County area are owned by second homeowners. If you own a home, whether or not you live there on a full-time basis, one of the questions that you should be asking is do you have complete documentation of your personal property? Most Insurance companies recommend a thorough documentation, usually the kind provided by a professional company just to make the claims process easier in the event of a flood, fire or burglary. We contacted Carrie Mitchell, the founder TWS Home Inventory and asked her why it's so important to do a home inventory. Carrie Mitchell
Summit High School Sports
12/13 - Swim & Dive team placed 7th out of 12 teams at League Relays.
12/13 - Boy's Basketball team lost to Vista Prep 55-49. Thomas DeBonnville scored 16.
12/13 - Hockey team travels to Valor Christian.
12/13 - Wrestling team is at the Frank Palmeri Invite (Wheat Ridge H.S.)
12/13 - Nordic Ski team at Snow Mountain Ranch for the individual skate.
Breckenridge Uphill Access Info
This season’s policy can also be found at www.Breckenridge.com under the Mountain Information section. All uphill users must call the trails/winch cat hotline at 970-547-5627 before accessing the mountain. This number provides important information about seasonal restrictions and ski area operations that may impact access.
1. Uphill access is only permitted outside of public operating hours – from 5 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. All uphill users must be clear of the mountain by 8:30 a.m.
2. Stay on designated routes: Peak 7 - Fort Mary B > Claimjumper > Lower Forget Me Not > top of Independence chair - return down the same route.
Peak 8 - Springmeier > Upper 4 O’clock > Lonewolf Access > T-Bar Hut – return down the same route.
Peak 8 – Gondola Ski Back > Lower 4 O’clock > Springmeier
Peak 8 – Lower 4 O’clock from town > Springmeier
Peak 9 - Silverthorne > Lower American > Bonanza > top Beaver Run chair or top of Mercury chair - return down same route.
Peak 10 - Silverthorne > Red Rover > Crystal > top of Falcon chair – return down the same route.
Peak 6 - Closed to uphill access for the 2014-15 season.
3. Avoid all areas where machinery is operating. Strobe lights mean stay clear and avoid the area altogether.
4. Stay off all posted CLOSED trails and areas. Stay off Black Diamond terrain. Stay off all Terrain Park features and jumps
5. Obey all pertinent signage.
6. Stay towards the center of the trail.
7. Maximize your visibility - position yourself so that you are visible from above; wear reflective or brightly colored clothing.
8. Once up the hill, no one may ride a lift without a valid ticket or season pass.
9. Dogs, other than Service Dogs, are not allowed.
Prepare for winter emergencies
As wintry weather moves into the high country, Summit County’s three fire departments want to remind residents and visitors alike that some simple planning in the home and on the road can help avoid emergencies.
In the home:
- If you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, have the chimney cleaned by a professional chimney sweep. Chimney fires caused by a buildup of creosote are a major threat to homes. Also, have gas-burning fireplaces and stoves checked by a qualified technician to ensure they are functioning properly and not emitting carbon monoxide.
- Keep gas meters and propane-tank valves clear of snow.
- Remember to keep the area near space heaters clear of anything flammable. Place them so there is at least three feet of room around them.
- Do not use ovens or other appliances as a source of heat for the home.
In the vehicle:
- Ensure that you have adequate tread on your vehicle’s tires and that they are inflated to the proper pressure. Check your vehicle’s anti-freeze and wiper fluid, as well as all other fluid levels in the vehicle.
- Carry an emergency kit in the vehicle that should include blankets, extra warm clothing or a sleeping bag; non-perishable food; water if it can be kept unfrozen; a first-aid kit; jumper cables; and road flares.
- Check the Colorado Department of Transportation website, www.cotrip.org, for current road conditions. Let others know where you are going and when you are expected to arrive, then check in with them when you do arrive.
- Accelerate gradually and use brakes gradually. Recognize that it takes much longer to slow down on icy or snow-packed roads – even if you have four-wheel drive.
- Give snowplows plenty of room and recognize that they are trying to improve the road conditions, no matter how slowly they are traveling.
- If you are stranded in your vehicle, try to signal others with your emergency flashers and horn. Run the engine only 10 minutes out of every 30 to keep warm inside while conserving fuel. Make sure that the tailpipe is not blocked by snow.
Krystal 93's News & Sports Director
As a youngster in Colorado Springs, I went to the same high school my parents did...it gets better, I even had two of the same teachers my dad did. I enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where my travels took me to Vietnam, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, and Australia. I went to College after the Navy, where I Majored in Broadcasting. I have been a certified fork lift operator, a certified Kansas City Barbeque Society judge, and am currently a certified USSSA softball Umpire.
I am the current radio representative for the Associated Press in the state of Colorado.