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Breckenridge: Local USA Pro Cycling Challenge organizers host community info meeting for this year’s race

Forest Service details camping rules for Independence Pass spectators

The highest elevations of Independence Pass will be closed to camping, but the U.S. Forest Service will allow roadside camping in other areas along the road for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Olympics are winding down,but local sports enthusiasts are gearing up for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which returns to Breckenridge for the second year with an Aug. 24 stage start that will see riders heading up over Hoosier Pass and down the Front Range of the Rockies to Colorado Springs.

The local organizing committee for the race is hosting an Aug. 15 informational meeting to give detailed information on community impacts, including road closures, parking, transportation and a detailed event schedule. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Breckenridge Town Hall, 150 Ski Hill Road. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Meanwhile, fans hoping to get a close look at the racers as they traverse Independence Pass won’t be able to camp at the top of the pass like last year. U.S. Forest Service rangers say that last year’s crowd was rough on the fragile tundra in the area, leaving behind piles of human waste. As a result, they closed the area to campers for this year’s race, to the dismay of some fans who said the area was well policed and cleaned up after last year’s race. Continue reading

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Colorado: Input wanted on High Country scenic byway plan

The Top of the Rockies National Scenic Byway.

June 8 open house set to discuss preservation and interpretation at Independence Pass

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Top of the Rockies National Scenic Byway is getting a makeover of sorts, and public input is wanted.

Specifically, the by board of directors and the U.S. Forest Service are updated the corridor management plan and interpretive master plan for the 115-mile loop through some of Colorado’s most spectacular terrain.

The Twin Lakes-to-Aspen section along Highway 82 was recently designated as part of the byway and an upcoming public meeting in Aspen will focus on how to improve and interpret the heavily visited summit area at Independence Pass, more than 12,000 feet high. Continue reading

Mountain news roundup

The bone bonanza continues, and huge snowdrifts put damper on Memorial Day mountain pass openings

Dr. Joe Sertich excavates a mastodon humerus - PHOTO COURTESY DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

Compiled by Jenney Coberly

Dem bones just keep on comin’

The amazing ice-age fossil finds just keep on coming at Ziegler Reservoir in Snowmass Village. Denver Museum of Nature & Science crews have pulled more than 100 prehistoric bones from the dig site since they began their work earlier this month. The team is now more than a week into its largest-ever fossil excavation in very challenging spring weather conditions. “It’s extremely rewarding work, thanks to these amazing finds so far,” said Kirk Johnson, leader of the museum’s excavation team and vice president of the research and collections division. “With only 40 days to go we are shoveling like mad in a race against time and we continue to bump into bone after bone.” Read the story in the Aspen Daily News, and learn more about the project at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Snowmastodon Project webpage.

Lawn tickets still available for Lovett/Hiatt concert

Reserved indoor seating for the June 16th Lyle Lovett/John Hiatt concert is sold out, but lawn seating is still available either from Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, or Ticketmaster. The general admission lawn area for this event will be fenced in and will feature video and sound. Read more about the upcoming concert in the April 27th Summit Voice story.

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