Posted on June 27, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
It’s lights-out for handheld sparklers and other small ground-based fireworks in Breckenridge.
Fire concerns cited as reason for zero-tolerance policy on illegal pyrotechnics
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Fireworks enthusiasts are feeling the squeeze in Breckenridge, where the town recently banned all previously permissible ground-based fireworks, including sparklers, ground spinners and small fountain and Roman candle-type fireworks.
The ban is based on wildfire concerns, as town officials said that even the smallest spark could lead to a wildfire in the dry forest surrounding the community. Fireworks are suspected as the possible cause of a small wildfire last weekend in the lower French Gulch area. Continue reading
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Posted on May 6, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Late season storms target north-central Colorado mountains
Snow cover on Peak 8 at Breckenridge Ski Area reached a peak after the resort closed for the season. Bob Berwyn photo.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — A surge of April moisture brought the year-to-date snowfall total in Breckenridge right up to average, according to National Weather Service observer Rick Bly, who said that last month ended up being the fifth-wettest April on record, dating back to the late 1800s.
Bly tallied 49.5 inches of snow, compared to the average 24.7 inches. The snow that fell in April was equivalent to 4.14 inches of water, nearly double the average of 2.1 inches. For the water year to-date, Bly has measured 12.3 inches of snow-water equivalent, nearly an inch above average. Continue reading
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Posted on April 25, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
7-day stage race set for late August
Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge leads from Aspen over Independence Pass to Breckenridge.
USA Pro Challenge racers will once again visit Breckenridge as part of the seven-day stage race through Colorado.
By Summit Voice
The 2013 USA Pro Challenge features two new host cities and the return of the popular Vail time trial, race organizers said this week, announcing details of seven-day stage race through Colorado (Aug. 19-25).
“The most important thing to us in creating the route for the 2013 USA Pro Challenge was to find a course that would be safe and challenging for the riders, while providing ideal viewing locations for the crowds of spectators,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge.
The two new cities, Loveland and Fort Collins, will be featured in the penultimate stage of the race on Aug. 24, when contenders will have to make a move before the final time trial stage in Denver. Stage 6 will start on the plains, but aggressive climbers will have a chance to amp it up when the race heads up Big Thompson Canyon and into Devils Gulch before hitting Estes Park. Continue reading
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Posted on February 14, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Police are seeking help in locating this person.
Detectives seek help from public in identifying a “person of interest”
By Summit Voice
Breckenridge Police have released composite sketches, based on witness descriptions, of a person of interest in an assault that occurred January 28 in the Tonopah parking lot on the east side of La Cima Mall in Breckenridge, where two individuals were stabbed.
This individual was in the area of La Cima Mall/ Tonopah Parking lot at approximately 10:30 p.m. A green hooded sweatshirt with an Alma logo on the upper left side was located at the scene; it is believed this person may have been wearing this sweatshirt. A small dark colored sedan may be associated with this individual.
Please Contact Detective Alex Blank or Detective Kylor Dossett at the Breckenridge Police Department if you have any information regarding this case at (970) 453-2941 or non-emergent dispatch at (970) 668-8600.
A police sketch of a person of interest in a Jan. 28 stabbing in Breckenridge.
Breckenridge PD officers were dispatched to the scene about 10;30 p.m. on January 28, but found no unusual activity; however, about one hour later, a 23-year-old male arrived at St. Anthony’s with a stab wound, where he was treated by staff then transferred to a hospital in Denver.
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Posted on January 29, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Snow magic in Breckenridge
Colorado lights highlight the shapes of the Breckenridge snow sculptures.
FRISCO — Some years it’s cold and snowy, other years, it’s warm and dry, but either way, the snowsculptures at Breckenridge’s annual competition never fail to amaze — and this year was no exception. Artists from around the world battled near-record warm temperatures as they finalized their creations for the judging Saturday. Here are just a handful of snapshots from the Riverwalk Center. Continue reading
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Posted on January 16, 2013 by Jenney Coberly
Preparations for the 2013 Snow Sculpture Championships begin
Photos and story by Jenney Coberly
BRECKENRIDGE — Creating art requires serious preparation, and the International Snow Sculpture Championship in Breckenridge is no exception. Before the artists can begin their ephemeral masterpieces, dozens of volunteers and town employees gathered this week at the Riverwalk to “stomp” 20-ton blocks of snow.
The Riverwalk Center parking lot bustled with activity as construction of snow monoliths commenced. Workers use a crane to assemble the big construction forms for holding the snow as it is compacted. Operators drive bulldozers and operate giant snowblowers to get the snow into the forms. Once a sufficient layer of snow is deposited, volunteers climb up a scaffolding and then down a ladder into the form to stomp the snow firmly into place.
Snow stomping will continue until Friday, January 18. Opening ceremonies kick off the start of sculpting on Tuesday, January 22, and the artists work morning, noon and night until early Saturday morning, January 19. The snow sculptures will be on display, weather permitting, until February 3.
Visit the GoBreck website for the schedule and complete information about the event.
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Posted on January 12, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Hurricane Isaac moving into the Gulf of Mexico in August, 2012. Satellite image courtesy NOAA.
Extreme weather communications, sea level rise and Arctic meltdown on the agenda
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Following a year that ended up being the warmest on record for the contiguous 48 states, and that included a monster drought and superstorm Sandy, weather experts have a lot to talk about.
This week, broadcast meteorologists will have a chance to meet face to face with climate researchers and other experts during the annual Glenn Gerberg Weather and Climate Summit in Breckenridge, Colorado (Jan. 14-18).
This is the second year the summit is being held in Breckenridge, but the main purpose is stil the same — building relationships between broadcast meteorologists and scientists who are doing groundbreaking research, said conference organizer Dave Jones, president and CEO of StormCenter Communications, Inc. Continue reading
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