Posted on September 25, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Company reports increases in season pass sales and advance bookings
Breckenridge ski resort peaks seen from Dillon, Colorado.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — After one of the toughest seasons in memory, Vail Resorts wrapped up its fiscal year 2012 with earnings down about 7.5 percent from 2011, according to the company’s earnings statement released today (Sept. 25).
Total net revenue was $1,024.4 million in 2012 compared to $1,167.0 million in the prior year, a 12.2 percent decrease.
For 2012, VR reported a net income of $16.5 million, down from $34.5 million in 2011, as skier visits dropped steeply at the company’s California and Colorado ski areas. In Colorado (Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge) visits dropped 8.9 percent, from 5.2 million in 2011 to 4.8 million in 2012.
Overall VR skier visits dropped by 12.1 percent, from 7 million in 2011 to 6.1 million in 2012. Continue reading
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Posted on September 15, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Bigger and better than ever in its 32d year
Get ready! Bob Berwyn photo.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming season, and for a lot of people, that means upgrading gear, whether it’s the big stuff, like boards or boots, or just a few new accessories.
In any case, the Team Summit Ski Swap in Breckenridge, now in its 32d year, is always one of the best places to start. The swap is on again this weekend at the Riverwalk Center, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and again from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, offering some of the sweetest deals of the year on ski and snowboard gear. Continue reading
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Posted on August 25, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Riders jockey for position during a parade lap around Breckenridge, Colorado before the start of Stage 5 of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
SUMMIT COUNTY —Breckenridge has always been a bike-crazy town, and when the 2012 USA Pro Challenge came to town Aug. 24 it was a great excuse for a day-long party. After a thrilling start along Main Street, some cycling enthusiasts enjoyed citizen sprints, live music and bike-themed art, while other simply settled in to watch the racers on a huge outdoor screen. Stage 5 saw the racers climb Hoosier Pass, speed through the wide-open spaces of South Park, then breach the Front Range mountains before speeding down into Colorado Springs, where the peleton caught up with an early breakaway group to set up an exiting sprint finish, won by Tyler Farrar, just ahead of Taylor Phinney. Tejay van Garderen is still wearing the yellow jersey but could face some challenges on Saturday’s all-important Golden-to Boulder-stage. Get all the results and follow the tour live at http://usaprocyclingchallenge.com/.
Faces in the peleton …
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Posted on June 27, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Competitive senate district encompasses resorts, rural ag communities
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —Following Randy Baumgardner’s victory in the Senate District 8 GOP primary, state democratic leaders say that Emily Tracy‘s bid for the seat has become a top-tier race in the contest to hold on to a slim majority in the State Senate.
Tracy, a Breckenridge resident, is former city councilwoman and a trained mediator with a career in child protection. She will receive financial, communications, grassroots and strategic support from the party organization in what could be a tight race in a presidential election year. Continue reading
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Posted on June 26, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Continued drought prompts Breckenridge to take additional steps to try and avoid a fire start.
Ordinance would enable mayor to ban in-town burning and fires by proclamation
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —On top of Stage 2 fire restrictions on National Forest lands and a statewide fire ban enacted by Gov. Hickenlooper, the Breckenridge Town Council may vote to give Mayor John Warner the power to ban fires on public and private lands within town limits.
According to police chief Shannon Haynes, the imminent threat of a destructive wildfire justifies the move. In a June 20 memo to the town council, Haynes wrote that extremely dry weather conditions are expected to persist and even worsen in the foreseeable future.
The council will discuss the emergency ordinance at the June 26 meeting. Passing the ordinance would give the mayor to immediately issue a proclamation. The order would be lifted when it’s determined that the severe fire threat has diminished. Continue reading
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Posted on June 25, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Last year, an excess, as the Blue River ran at flood stage July 8 near the town rec center. This year, not enough, as the town council considers water restrictions. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
Town council to consider emergency water ordinance at June 26 work session
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Keeping a close watch on ever-dwindling flows in the Blue River, Breckenridge officials may adopt Stage 1 water restrictions limiting outdoor irrigation to three days per week between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Details are on page 89 of the Town Council work session agenda, online at the town website.
The restrictions also apply to school fields, and the Stage 1 restrictions would also control how and where residents can wash their cars, while letting people water flowers as long as they use a hose with a shutoff valve or a hand watering can. Drip irrigation is also OK. Continue reading
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Posted on June 12, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
With wildfires burning around the West, someone in the Breckenridge area decided to try and set the local forest on fire.
Firefighters manage to extinguish small blaze near Peak 8
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY —Residents of Breckenridge and Summit County are being asked to help find a suspect who is trying to start a forest fire.
Police detectives and fire investigators say several small fires were set intentionally in the forest near Breckenridge may have been started Sunday and smoldered overnight before igniting Monday afternoon as temperatures climbed and the humidity dropped. Continue reading
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Posted on June 8, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Gregory Scott Gavin has been arrested as a suspect in the murder of Karl Fred Kohler.
Officers say DNA analysis, physical evidence at scene links Gregory Scott Gavin to the brutal beating death of Karl Fred Kohler
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit County Sheriff’s Office Thursday arrested Gregory Scott Gavin as a suspect in the murder of Karl Fred Kohler.
Sheriffs Office spokesperson Tracy LeClair said Gavin was arrested near Keystone about four hours after a warrant was issued.
Gavin was also a transient resident of the area who lived in the forest by choice, according to LeClair, who added that the two camps were not in close proximity. It’s not know whether Kohler and Gavin had any previous contact or conflicts, she said.
Kohler, 45, was beaten to death while camped on National Forest Service land near the Burro Trailhead in Breckenridge.
His body was found May 19, triggering a three-week investigation that resulted in this week’s arrest.
Gavin, 50, is currently being held in the Summit County Detention Facility on charges of second degree murder. His bond has been set at $250,000. Continue reading
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Posted on April 12, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Not a good place for cooking spray.
Kenosha steakhouse kitchen explosion results in evacuation of popular eatery
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —A can of cooking spray that over-heated and exploded injured two employees and resulted in the evacuation of the Kenosha Steakhouse in Breckenridge, Colorado, Wednesday evening at about 5:30 p.m.
The two employees were transported by personal vehicle to the local hospital for treatment.
According to the Red, White & Blue Fire District, firefighters were called to the scene by a reported sprinkler activation. While en route, they received further information that there had been an “explosion.” Continue reading
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Posted on January 13, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Click on the image for more information on Greenland's rapidly thinning ice cap.
Final day of weather conference looks at global climate factors
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —Along with steadily increasing temperatures, climate researchers say that global warming will result in more extreme weather events, including droughts, floods, cold snaps and heat waves.
The mechanisms driving those extremes aren’t completely understood, but one factor could be the so-called Arctic paradox, with warmer air over the polar region displacing colder air to the south.
The first session of the final day at the 2012 Weather and Climate Summit in Breckenridge will explore the link between the warmer Arctic regime and last winter’s severe snowstorms and cold temperatures in mid-latitudes, especially along the U.S. east coast and in Europe.
All the presentations are webcast live at the summit’s USTREAM channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/weather-and-climate-summit Continue reading
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