CRIME & SAFETY
Colorado police officer acquitted of domestic violence charges
A six-member jury acquitted a Silverthorne police officer who was accused of misdemeanor domestic violence, ending a two-day trial in Clear Creek County court on Thursday, June 8. After deliberating for almost five hours, the jury found Joel Ponedel, 38, of Evergreen, not guilty of all charges: third-degree assault, child...
Summit County prepares Swift Water Rescue team after deadly year
After an exceptionally deadly year on the water in Colorado, Summit County Search and Rescue is preparing its swift water rescue team to deal with fast-moving waters. "We had a pretty good snowpack this year, with the melt off and the amount of precipitation that we have been getting lately all of those factors contributed to what the end result is... a pretty good season," said Matt Parker, Summit County Search and Rescue water rescue team and swift water rescue technicians.The team got together Wednesday evening along the Blue River, north of Silverthorne, to do both contact rescues and rope bag...
Vail Fire Department Offers Essential Safety Tips for Construction Sites in Information Session
Vail Fire and Emergency Services will hold an information session on fire and life safety at construction sites on 12 June. The event will cover a range of topics, including fire safety during construction and demolition, safeguarding construction, alteration and demolition operations, HOT work permits, fire watch, fire and life safety plans, rough and final inspections, lithium-ion batteries, testing and maintenance on fire and life safety systems, and National Fire Protection Agency 13 and antifreeze updates.
Years after being paralyzed in a backcountry accident on Vail Pass, Colorado sit skier Trevor Kennison finds redemption in ‘Full Circle’
In 2014, at the age of 22, Trevor Kennison hit a 40-foot jump in the backcountry near Vail Pass, went sideways and landed on his back, paralyzing him from the waist down. He said ultimately, the accident changed his life for the better. “You can look at an event like...
Summit Co. Sheriff's Boat Rangers get new rescue boat after Colorado's deadliest year on the water
Already, Colorado has seen a few water-related deaths on rivers mostly, but Summit County Sheriff's Boat Rangers are now taking the chance to preach good safety on Lake Dillon and all Colorado bodies of water ahead of the major boating season. "Last year we broke the record in Colorado for the number of water-related drownings, we are up to 42," Kevin Kelble, SCSO Boat ranger said. "The previous one was in the high 30s and we went into the 40s and it is a trend that we are not happy with."This year they've got a brand new rescue boat, that not...
Breckenridge to add high-speed lift
Breckenridge is expanding its resort with a new base area and high-speed lift. Breckenridge is expanding its resort with a new base area and high-speed lift. Tech Junkie Review – Black Matter Sentry Streaming …. Tech Junkie, Kirk Yuhnke, tests out a microphone for your home PC to up...
Body of minor recovered from Colorado River following rafting accident
The Eagle County Sheriff's Office said the body of a minor was recovered after hours of searching the Colorado River northwest of Vail.
Help Vail Police Catch Dirt Bike Thieves: Information Needed on Suspects and Vehicle
The Vail Police Department is seeking information on two individuals who were seen canvassing vehicles in the Middle Creek Apartments parking garage on May 21. On May 22, a Koolcnchet 250cc dirt bike was reported stolen from the garage after a vehicle briefly parked near it.
Vail to Conduct Full-Scale Evacuation Exercise to Test Emergency Plans and Communications
Emergency responders in the Colorado town of Vail are set to conduct a full-scale evacuation exercise on 6 June. The exercise will simulate a mandatory evacuation caused by an approaching wildfire and will take place in the Booth Creek and Bald Mountain neighbourhoods.
Colorado dog missing over 5 weeks found miles from home by mountain hiker
It might have taken more than a month to reunite a Colorado man with his lost dog, but the moment witnessed by rescuers was worth it.
Warning: High Water Levels in Gore Creek Prompt Emergency Response to Inflatable Tube
Emergency responders in Vail, Colorado were called to Gore Creek on May 30 after a reporting party spotted an inflatable tube stuck against a bank in a narrow, fast flowing area of the water. No individuals were found in the vicinity and it was unclear how long the tube had been there.
Letter to the editor: A loss for Silverthorne, a big accomplishment for one
Chief John Minor of the Silverthorne Police Department is retiring after 33 years of service in Summit County. He served in many roles and started in law enforcement in Summit and worked his way up through the ranks. He embodied the qualities of a model law enforcement officer and leader by setting a good example and developing a community policing strategy to keep his officers trained, equipped and respectful of its citizenry.
A Colorado man’s dog ran off after his wife died. It survived 5 weeks in the Rocky Mountains before being rescued by a hiker.
New to Breckenridge, Zach Hackett was exploring on the trails on Peak 4 behind his new apartment last month when he heard a single, “Yip.”. If not for that small cry, Hackett probably never would have spotted Riley, a 9-year-old sheltie that somehow survived five weeks through Colorado’s wintry conditions. But there, off trail where Hackett had just happened to wander, the small black-and-white dog sat among the downed trees, emaciated and hardly able to move.
Letter to the editor: We need to take action to stop school shootings from happening
School shootings, why are they happening? Our names are Emily Carver and Zoe Opheim, and we want to address this issue. We are seventh graders at Summit Middle School, and we are concerned because school shootings have skyrocketed since 2015. This includes 380 shootings. More than 20 of those shootings were fatal. These shootings leave students and families traumatized. More and more kids and teachers are scared to come to school with the thought they might not return home.
Top 5 most-read stories last week: Potential homicide, show cancellation, A-Basin’s closing date and more
Editor’s note: Stories in this list received the most page views on SummitDaily.com from May 21-27. 1. Summit County Sheriff’s Office investigating death of woman in Breckenridge as potential homicide. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible homicide after a Breckenridge woman was discovered dead in...
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