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Colorado: Planners eye Breck-Alma trail link

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A recpath could someday connect Breckenridge and Alma via Hoosier Pass.

Workshops set to get community input

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Long-range planning for a potential paved trail connection between Breckenridge and Alma, in Park County, continues this month with a pair of community workshops aimed at reviewing a draft plan prepared by a Boulder consultant.

Summit County open space and trail planners said in a press release that previous rounds of input from various stakeholders, including landowners in the area, has resulted in the development of a couple of alignment options, none of which are “set in stone” at this stage.

These community workshops are a chance for Summit and Park County residents to take a look at the proposed draft plan and give their feedback.

The workshops are set for Tuesday, March 19 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. at Alma Town Hall (59 E. Buckskin) and Wednesday, March 20 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. at Breckenridge Town Hall.

For more information, please contact Katie Kent of the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department at (970) 668-4092 or via email at katiek@co.summit.co.us.

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Morning photo: 2012 USA Pro Challenge in Breckenridge

Celebrating two-wheelers

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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Poster for Breck stage of 2012 cycling race unveiled

The official poster for the Breckenridge stage of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, designed by Nikki Arcieri.

Local artist Nikki Arcieri makes it two in row

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Racers in the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will face a big climb to start the day when they leave Breckenridge for the start of Stage 5 this summer. They’ll climb to 11,542 feet at Hoosier Pass before accelerating down into South Park, and local artist Nikki Arcieri captured the feeling of the pass in her design for the official Breckenridge stage race poster.

Arcieri won the friendly design competition for the second year in a row, this year with bold colors depicting  a cyclist against the backdrop of the alpine peaks surrounding Hoosier Pass.

The race rolls through Colorado Aug. 20-26 with the Stage 5 Start in Breckenridge, Colo. on Friday, Aug. 24, heading for a finish in Colorado Springs. Continue reading

Summit County: High water closing roads, recpath

This section of the recpath near Breckenridge, Colorado is now closed. Click on the image to see a video of the washout.

Denver Water maintaining steady outflow from Dillon Reservoir just below flood level

 

*Click here to view a Summit Voice video of the Coyne Valley Road washout

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — High runoff and heavy rains have led to some traffic disruptions, as State Highway 9 has been cut to one lane of travel between Breckenridge and Hoosier Pass. CDOT workers are monitoring traffic and alternating travel for north- and southbound traffic.

In Breckenridge, Coyne Valley Road is closed until further notice due to flooding. Drivers should use the detour on Airport Rd through the Block 11 property as an alternate route to Valleybrook Rd and HWY 9.

Also, Airport Road at Summit Landscaping is closed until further notice due to high water. Businesses are open in the area. Detours are in place. And the recpath is now closed until further notice between Coyne Valley Road and 13217 Highway 9 (at High Country Furniture & Gallery). The Rec path is closed until further notice. Town officials are asking cyclists to  avoid this portion of the bike path due to the dangerous, high water conditions. Continue reading

Summit County: State of the River 2011

Upper Blue through Breckenridge eyed for potential flooding

Dillon Reservoir may fill a bit later than average this year.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Water managers from both sides of the Continental Divide said all reservoirs will easily fill this year as a record-setting snowpack starts to melt during the next few weeks. In some places, snow levels are at record levels, said Denver Water’s Bob Steger, speaking at the annual State of the River meeting in Frisco.

Rather than worrying having enough, the big concern this year is for the potential of flooding in many local river basins, including the Upper Blue between Hoosier Pass and Breckenridge. where Colorado Springs usually diverts up to 150 cubic feet per second of water through a pipeline under the Continental Divide.

This year, Colorado Springs is working on a rehabilitation project on Montgomery Reservoir, said project engineer Kalsoun Abbasi, explaining that, at the most, Colorado Springs will only be able to divert one-tenth of that amount. Continue reading

Weatherblog: A few more powder days?

As a westerly flow set up across the West, a massive storm, with a hurricane-like eye over Missouri and Indiana, dominated the eastern U.S. The storm was fueled by subtropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and cold air from northern Canada.

Unsettled weather forecast for the next 3 to 5 days

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s not quite time to put away those boards just yet. After a fine, spring-like start to the weekend, forecast models are lining up to predict a stormy start to the coming work week, with the potential for some significant snow accumulation across the northern mountains of Colorado, especially starting Monday night.

A Pacific moisture plume was already spreading into the Colorado Rockies Friday evening, visible as thin, high elevation mare’s tail clouds. Those clouds will gradually increase and lower from the west under a nearly zonal flow. A few disturbances embedded in the flow could trigger some thunderstorms Saturday afternoon, especially as daytime heating increases convection. A better chance of showers Sunday, with more moisture in the atmosphere, but snow levels will remain high thanks to the warm air mass in place over the region. Continue reading

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