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LDFR1st Wildfire in Summit County  put out quickly

Lake Dillon firefighters fought a small wildfire amid snow drifts on the shore of the Dillon Reservoir Wednesday evening, potentially signaling an unseasonably early start to fire season. “We had two inches of snow in the morning,” said Lake Dillon Fire Deputy Chief Jeff Berino. “I’m amazed that it burned, but it just shows what can happen even at this time of year.”

The fire, confined to about a tenth of an acre in brush and downed trees, was reported about 5:45 p.m. near Giberson Bay on the northwest side of the reservoir. A half-dozen firefighters worked about 45 minutes to put out the fire, just a few hours ahead of an approaching winter storm.  It is believed to have been caused by an unattended campfire, although no culprit was identified.

State patrol car.jpg2 Arrested in Road Rage on I-70

Authorities arrested two people wanted in New Mexico in connection with a road rage shooting on I-70 that began in Glenwood Canyon and ended at the Main Street exit in Frisco. Vail Police say two drivers in a BMW and a Mitsubishi were involved. Police say one of the drivers fired a handgun at one point, but they did not specify which driver. No one was hurt.  Authorities learned the Mitsubishi was reported stolen in New Mexico. The driver, 29-year-old Manuel Jose Serrano-Lerma, and his passenger, 21-year-old Chelsey Jacobs, also had active felony warrants in New Mexico.



hamner.jpgGOP & DEMS Work together to Expand "Vonnie's Law"

A Democrat and a Republican in Colorado have worked together to bring about an expansion of "Vonnie's Law" to protect victims of sexual assault.  State Senator John Cooke of Greeley, a Republican, teamed up with Representative Millie Hamner of Dillon, a Democrat to add extra protection for victims of sexual assault with HB 1060, which was signed into law by the Governor.  I asked Representative Hamner what those extra protections entailed...Millie Hamner 



Womens USA.jpgWomen Racers Join USA Pro Challenge 

A big announcement in Breckenridge on Tuesday from the folks at the USA Pro Challenge – They are adding a Women’s USA Pro Challenge to the existing Men’s USA Pro challenge.  This event will be three days, August 21st through the 23rd.  The start for this inaugural race will be in Breckenridge, with the second day in northern Colorado in the Fort Collins area, then it wraps up in Golden on the last day.  I asked  Sean Petty the Women’s USA Pro challenge Race director if they plan to extend it from the three days that it will go this year…Sean Petty.  Also how it will run with the Men’s race…Sean Petty.  I also asked Shawn Hunter the CEO of the USA Pro Challenge why Breckenridge was chosen as the start to the Women’s USA Pro Challenge…Shawn Hunter.


summit stageYield to Buses or get a Ticket

Law enforcement officials in Summit County have implement a Colorado law that requires drivers to yield to public transit buses with a flashing sign on the back merging into traffic.  The idea is to make it easier and safer for bus drivers to enter traffic after dropping off or picking up passengers.  Drivers who don't follow the law may be ticketed by local police, which includes a fine and will cost you 3 points in most cases.


shs.jpgSummit High School Sports 

04/21 - Girls' Soccer team lost to Palisade 3-1.

04/21 - Boys' Lacrosse team beat Eagle Valley 9-3.

04/21 - Girls' track & field team finished 4th out of 17 teams at the Battle Mountain Invite, with a 1st place finish in the Sprint Medley Relay, that included McKenna Ramsey, Jessica Horii, Megan McDonnell & Luda Kosmowski.  Another 1st place finish happened in the 4X400m relay with McKenna Ramsey, Jessica Horii, Megan McDonnell and Ruthie Boyd.  The Boys' team finished 11th out of 16 teams, with the highest finish in any event turned in by Zach Johnson, who placed 2nd in the High Jump.

04/22 - Baseball team is at Battle Mountain.

04/22 - Girls' Lacrosse team is in Aspen.

summit countyGrant Awarded for restoration of Swan

The Colorado Water Conservation Board and Colorado Basin Roundtable together awarded a $975,000 Water Supply Reserve Account Grant to Summit County in support of a large-scale stream restoration project on the Swan River.  The restoration area includes approximately 3,500 linear feet of the river along Tiger Road in the Swan River drainage, 11 miles northeast of Breckenridge, on land jointly owned by Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge.


Sky Wodraska.jpgBreckenridge Man Indicted in Attack 

A grand jury has indicted a Breckenridge man accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home and assaulting three girls. Sky Wodraska faces 16 charges including "Attempted 1st Degree Murder after Deliberation" stemming from the March 7 break-in. He's been in jail since that time, held on a $2 million bail. 




Berino.jpgJeff Berino tabbed as next Fire Chief 

Deputy Chief Jeff Berino, who has been with Lake Dillon Fire and a predecessor agency for 35 years, was appointed to take over leadership of the department when Chief Dave Parmley retires in July, the department’s board of directors has announced.  Berino,  started as a seasonal wildland firefighter in Massachusetts in 1977 and in 1980 began serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Frisco Fire Department, a precursor to the consolidated Lake Dillon Fire Department.  Berino steadily rose through the ranks until he was promoted to deputy chief of Lake Dillon Fire in 2005.



Girl's team and  Coach.jpgHigh School Ski Champion-

ships  - Day 2 - Girl's Slalom

Much like Day 1 of the Colorado High School Ski Championships in the Giant Slalom event, Day 2 for the Summit High Girl's team in the Slalom event saw no Tiger capture the top spot, that went to Nederland's Sophie Defries, but just about a half second behind was Summit High's Eleanor Brown-Wolf...or "Elle" to most of us, her second place finish overall, along with Rachel Smith in 5th, Gisele Thompson in 6th and Dani Moulton in 7th meant 4 out of the top seven spots went to the Summit high Tiger Girl's.  See the complete list here...Girls SL Results.txt  The course at times was visibly challenging because of the snow falling...Slalom course.jpg  The Lady Tigers persevered to be the top High School Girl's Alpine Ski team for the Slalom event in the state of Colorado...Girls SL Team Results.txt  Congratulations to the 2015 Colorado High School Girl's Alpine Ski team - The Summit High Girl's team!

 (pictured at right - Coach Karl Barth talking with a few members of the team)



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Championships  Day 2: Boy's Slalom 

The Battle Mountain Boy's Alpine Ski team made it tough for any other high school boy's team at the Slalom event at Keystone in the State High School Ski Championships, but the Summit High Boy's gave it a good go, coming in second overall. See the final team standings in the Slalom here...Boys SL Team Results.txt  The best finish individually by a Tiger went to Cameron Berget, who placed 6th in the standings.  See complete Individual results here...Boys SL Results.txt  After all the points were counted, the Summit High Boy's Alpine Ski team nabbed a 2nd place finish overall in the Colorado State High School Ski Championships.  Congratulations to the Summit High Boy's team!


Ezra Smith.jpgState High School Ski Championships:

Nordic - Day 2:  Mass Start - Girl's

Just like the day before, in the Interval start skate, Summit High Tiger freshman Ezra Smith was the fastest Nordic skier on the course at the Frisco Nordic Center on Friday's mass start Classic.  she was a minute and a half faster than the second place finisher in the event, which happened to be fellow teammate Ruthie Boyd.  What that means for Ezra Smith is that she is a Dual State Champion, having won the Interval Start with the fastest time just the day before.  Congratulations to Ezra Smith and all the Summit High Girl Nordic team members...way to go!


chsaa.pngState High School Ski Championships Day 2

Nordic Events - Mass Start Classic Boy's

The Boy's Nordic Ski team didn't quite have the success they had the day before in the Interval Start Skate, but then many of the boy's have been fighting off the illness bug that's been going around.  The best finish by a Tiger on the Boy's Nordic team Friday was 5th by Joel Sawyer.  Three more of the Boy's finished in the top 12 individually, they include; Derek Hill, in 8th place, Billy Wilcox, in 11th place and Colin McGrew, in 12th.


Krystal 93's Roman Moore with 14 year Gisele Thompson - who had the fastest run of any girl in Giant Slalom at the Colorado State High Scool Ski Championships.jpgColorado State High School Ski

Championships - Day 1 Girl's GS

It started at the Keystone Ski resort at 9:30 with this day all about Giant Slalom racing.  Girls from high schools all over state competed to start the event, but nobody was faster on a single run than 14 year old freshman Gisele Thompson of Summit High School.  With her second run of 40.79 (the fastest of any of the two runs by the ladies) combined with her first run at 41.56 gave her total of 122.35 - good enough to claim third overall individually, and the top Summit High Girl in the GS event. See the attached for the individual standings...Girls GS Results.txt  As good as Gisele was on Thursday, the team shined as bright as the sun did most of the day at Keystone - getting the top spot in the standings - see attached...Girls GS Team Results.txt

Krystal 93's Roman Moore pictured with Summit High speedster Gisele Thompson 

slav.jpgColorado State High School Ski 

Championships - Day 1 Boy's GS

Battle Mountain came in the favorite to win and they showed why by placing more individuals in the top 15 than any other school.  They dominated in the first and second runs of the day.  Summit High Boys looked strong after the first run, in 2nd place in the team standings, but a few miscues in the second run had them finishing 4th overall.  The top two boy's for the Tigers were Jack Farrell with an overall time of 124.89 after two runs - good enough for 10th in the individual standings overall, while Slav Ivanovich had a time of 124.89 after two runs - good enough for 11th in the individual standings overall.  See the Individual results here...Boys GS Results (1).txt  See the Team Standings here...Boys GS Team Results.txt

 (Pictured above is Slav Ivanovich - photo courtesy of Sebastian Foltz/Summit Daily)

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ships Nordic Skate - Interval Start - Girl's

Freshman Ezra Smith from Summit High celebrated her 1st place finish in Thursday's event by talking her Dad into buying her a $40 Colorado High School Ski Championships Hoodie.  How could Dad refuse when his daughter came in at 15:22.50 - out distancing Maddie Donovan from Vail Mountain School by over 17 and a half seconds.  Coming in 3rd was Junior Ruthie Boyd of Summit High with a time of 16:34.30. 


chsaa.pngColorado State High School Ski Champion -

ships - Skate - Interval Start - Boy's

The Upper Classmen at Summit High went big at the Nordic course in Frisco, much like the under classmen girl's did, scoring a 1st and third place finish in the Individual Interval Start Skate.  Senior Henry Trowbridge rocked the course with fastest time of 14:10.43, over 15 seconds faster than 2nd place finisher Nick Sweeney of Aspen.  3rd place was locked up by Summit High Senior Joel Sawyer with a time of 14:28.16, just two and a half seconds behind 2nd place.

bistranin.jpgSummit 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


USA PROSummit 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 – Loveland to Fort Collins

Stage 7: Sunday, Aug. 23 – Golden to Denver