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Booking Scam Hits Mountain Properties
A massive rental scam is targeting visitors to the mountains that include entire listings from property management companies on Craigslist. A concerned vacationer contacted the resort management company after a posting on Craigslist hit a dead end. 80 properties have been illegally posted for rent. According to CBS4 in Denver, the scammer has gotten pretty technical by stealing the identity of one of the top executives at the property management company. They’ve even sent an application asking for the payment in full to be sent to an address in Lakewood. Visitors are urged to do more research before booking a listing online, like contacting the property management company directly with a phone call before booking.
911 Texting Coming to Eagle County
Texts to 9-1-1 will become available in Eagle County by the end of the month, according to an announcement today by the Vail Public Safety Communications Center. The new service is free and will enable residents and guests to text directly to 9-1-1 from their cellular phones. Eagle County will join Pitkin and Larimer Counties as the only counties in Colorado currently providing Text to 9-1-1 service.
Summit High School Sports
01/23 - Girl's Alpine Ski team took 1st at Steamboat, Boy's were third.
01/27 - Girls' Basketball team lost to Glenwood 45-34. Autumn Ward was high scorer for the Tigers with 10 points.
01/27 - Boys' Basketball team lost to Glenwood 56-36. Zach Johnson was high scorer for the Tigers with 9 points.
01/28 - Wrestling team is at a tri-meet in Evergreen tonight.
01/30 - The Girls' Basketball team will host Rifle.
01/30 - The Boys' Basketball team will host Rifle.
Minturn Man Shot Monday Morning
On Monday, about 5:00 am, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting in an alley on the north end of Minturn, Deputies arrived on scene to find a 46 year old Bruce Palmer shot in the chest by a handgun. The victim was transported to the Vail Valley Medical Center in serious condition. Information from the investigation identified the suspect in the shooting as 43 year old Jaime David Quintana from Minturn. Quintana was taken into custody without incident after 8:00 a.m. this morning. Anyone with information about this incident is being asked to call the ECSO or Eagle County Crime Stoppers.
Former Mayor of Silverthorne Dies in House Fire
81 year old Warren Alloway died after being rushed to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center on Friday, January 2nd after he was evacuated from a fire at his home at 914 Blue River Parkway, in Silverthorne. Alloway was the town's first full-time mayor, serving from 1968 until 1976.
The first firefighting team to enter the building shortly about 1:30 p.m. found Alloway unconscious. The team removed him from the building and immediately began performing CPR. He was then transported to Summit Medical Center, where he passed away at about 2:30 p.m. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.
(Summit Daily News file photo of Warren Alloway from 2007)
Snowshoer Dies in Avalanche near Torrey's Peak
39 year old Christopher Thomas of Colorado Springs killed in an avalanche that occurred while he and two others were crossing Kelso Ridge in an attempt to ascend Torrey's Peak on December 31st. The trio were trying to cross the treacherous area one by one in an effort to avoid a slide. The first person crossed without any problems, but as Thomas tried to cross, the avalanche hit. The two other snowshoers used his avalanche beacon to find him, and while it only took 15-20 minutes to dig him out from under five feet of snow, it was too late.
Hit & Run Suspect Arrested
Breckenridge Police have arrested a suspect in the hit and run accident on Airport Road on Friday night, December 26th, when 23 year old Laura Hamilton was struck by a vehicle that left her lying in the road with serious injuries. Based on debris at the accident site, Detective Alex Blank determined the vehicle was a 2003-2009 Toyota 4Runner, Limited Edition V8. On Tuesday, December 30th, Detective Blank saw a vehicle matching the description with front end body damage driving north on Highway 9 near Frisco. The vehicle was driven by 24 Hallie Schmitt, who was subsequently arrested. She was charged with failing to remain at the accident involving serious bodily injury, a class four felony, failure to report an accident, a class one misdemeanor, and vehicular assault, a class five felony.
Christmas Tree Drop-Off in Frisco
Through January 31st, the Town of Frisco is accepting Christmas trees to fuel the spontaneous Combustion bonfire occurring on February 7th. Trees must be stripped of all lights, tinsel, garland, tree stands and decorations prior to drop off at the Frisco Bay Marina dirt lot at the corner of Summit Boulevard/Highway 9 and Marina Road. Only real trees will be accepted, and no other materials will be accepted. The tree drop off will be open 24 hours a day.
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 – Loveland to Fort Collins
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 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
Fire Suppression in Tunnels for 2015
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.
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.
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