Colorado: Breckenridge bans 4th of July sparklers


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

Breckenridge aims at parking scofflaws

Resort town to use high-tech monitoring to enforce parking regs

The Breckenridge Police Department will use a new computer system to monitor parking on busy shopping streets.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — After watching local residents and workers trying to skirt downtown parking regulations, the Breckenridge Police Department will start using a  a license plate recognition  system to monitor and enforce time restricted parking.

“For years, we have watched employees play games with our parking enforcement officers; they shuffle their car a few feet or wipe the chalk off the tire in an effort to avoid detection,” said Chief Rick Holman.

“This is not about writing more tickets. Our goal has always been to gain compliance with our time restricted rules. Time-restricted parking spaces need to be available for our guests and should not be used for extended periods by business owners and employees,” he said. Continue reading

Breckenridge will host pro cycling challenge again

Stage 5, from Breck to Colorado Springs, scheduled for Aug. 25

Ivan Basso, Andy Schleck, Tom Peterson and Laurens Ten Dam, the breakaway leaders, are caught by the peloton just as they race down Park Avenue towards the finish line on Main Street. PHOTO BY JENNEY COBERLY.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will traverse Colorado starting in the spectacular San Juans with an Aug. 20 stage from Durango to Telluride and conclude once again with a final time trial stage in Denver — but not before once again stopping in Breckenridge.

The fifth stage of the race will start Aug. 24 in Breckenridge as the racers head over the Continental Divide to a finish in Colorado Springs.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2012,” said Breckenridge Mayor John Warner. “Breckenridge played a prominent role in the inaugural 2011 race and the excitement and energy generated by the event is something we want to continue to build upon.” Continue reading

U.S. Border Patrol detains fugitive Breckenridge attorney Scoop Daniel, wanted on charges of felony theft

Royal "Scoop" Daniel.

Daniel absconded in 2007, allegedly with up to $1 million pilfered from clients’ real estate deals

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A prominent Breckenridge lawyer who disappeared in 2007 has been detained in San Diego after trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico.

The U.S. Border Patrol contacted local law enforcement agencies Wednesday, Dec. 7 to confirm an active arrest warrant for Royal “Scoop” Daniel.

According to a press release from the Breckenridge Police Department, Daniel was taken into custody and is currently being held in the San Diego County Jail. Daniel is awaiting an extradition hearing, which is expected to occur Dec. 8.

Daniel vanished under mysterious circumstances in April 2007, allegedly with up to $1 million that he was managing for clients as part of his role in various real estate deals.

His disappearance was at first treated as a missing-persons case, but after a criminal investigation, a warrant for his arrest was issued on charges of felony theft.

The Breckenridge Police Department has an investigator in San Diego who has confirmed the individual being held is Daniel and is following up on the investigation.

Breckenridge: Town blasts newspaper for ‘misleading’ story

Breckenridge, Colorado, viewed from the overlook on Ski Hill Road.

‘Tax hike’ headline spurred angry phone calls from residents; 2012 tax bills will go down after mill rate adjustment

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Breckenridge officials took the unusual step of issuing a press release to correct information in a Nov. 9 Summit Daily New story originally headlined “Revenue dip has Breckenridge eyeing tax hike.”

In the online version, the newspaper used this headline: “Breckenridge gives initial green light on mill rate increase.”

After the story appeared, town officials started receiving phone calls from residents and property owners concerned about a possible tax hike, said town communication director Kim Dykstra-DiLallo. The town issued the statement to make it clear to residents and property owners that the council is not proposing a tax increase, which under Colorado law, can only occur with voter approval. Continue reading

Breckenridge goes solar in a big way

Breckenridge hopes to generate 10 percent of its municipal electricity consumption from several new solar arrays coming online at town facilities.

Renewable energy a big part of town’s long-term sustainability plan

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A new array of solar panels in Breckenridge will generate 10 percent of the town’s municipal electricity consumption, officials said Tuesday after flipping a ceremonial switch to turn the system on.

Installed at seven locations, the combined arrays will save the town more than $900,000 in the next 20 years and offset about 18,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Installations are complete on the town’s ice rink, rec center and vehicle maintenance shop, and work is under way to finish arrays at several other town facilities.

“Adopting renewable energy as part of our long term strategic SustainableBreck Plan is right in line with the priorities of the Town of Breckenridge, Mayor John Warner said during the ceremony. Warner was joined by Greg Bohan of Renewable Social Benefit Funds, Eric Westerhoff of Innovative Energy, and Breckenridge Town Councilmember Jennifer McAtamney. Continue reading

Breckenridge wins kudos for bike-friendly policies

Cycling organization upgrades town’s status from Silver to Gold

Breckenridge, Colorado.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Making Breckenridge bike friendly has been a big priority for the Colorado resort town, and this week, the hard work paid off as the League of American Bicyclists upgraded the town’s bike-friendly status from Silver to Gold.

“The League congratulates Breckenridge and all of our BFC winners for implementing successful, long-term bicycle plans and programs that provide quality of life improvements for their citizens,” said League president Andy Clarke. “Even in tough economic times it is clear that cities are choosing investment in bicycling as a key to building the places people want to live, work and visit.” Continue reading


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