Top 5 most-read stories from the past week: 2 moose walk by sleeping man, Bergman Bowl construction halted by US Forest Service, local rescue group responds to a slew of emergencies

A man sprawls as he takes a nap on the lawn near the Riverwalk Center, unaware that two moose walked past him, Monday, July 25, 2022.
Christie Stinger/Courtesy Photo

The stories on this list have received the most pageviews on over the past week.

1. 2 moose roam near the man as he naps on the lawn in the middle of Breckenridge

Around 4 p.m. on July 25, witnesses saw a man taking a nap on the lawn near the Riverwalk Center just behind Blue River Plaza. It was around the same time that the two moose started walking from the parking lot towards the blue river, where the man was lying.

Sara Cox, owner of The Crown, was sitting on the back patio of the store when she first noticed the moose and then the man. The Blue River native lives near Hoosier Pass, and she said she used to see the animals often. She said she understands how risky human-animal encounters can be. Because of this, she said she was hesitant to make a lot of noise.

Jenna de Jong

2. The West’s most important water supply is drying up. Soon, the lives of the 40 million people who depend on the Colorado River will change.

The white sandstone cliffs create a ring around Lake Powell, unlike the honey-colored and red desert rock nearby. Evidence that water once, not so long ago, filled the second largest reservoir in America.

The last time entire sections of Lake Powell were this dry, the place was actually called Glen Canyon. This was before the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam in 1963, which flooded the canyon and created the reservoir.

Reservoir water is receding because the Colorado River is drying up. Climate scientists don’t know when or if Powell will fill up again. Rather, they expect conditions to worsen.

That probably means less water for big cities like Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Diego. Higher electricity and grocery bills as well. Less swimming in reservoirs like Powell. Less boating, rafting, swimming. Fewer tourists.

The Denver Post

3. US Forest Service shuts down new Vail Resorts lift at Keystone’s Bergman Bowl due to unauthorized road construction

Construction of a new chairlift at Keystone Resort was ordered to halt this week after the US Forest Service learned that an unauthorized road had been bulldozed in sensitive areas where minimal impacts were allowed.

Keystone Resort, which operates under permit on US Forest Service land, has obtained permission from the White River National Forest to build a new chairlift this summer in the area known as Bergman Bowl, creating a 555 acres of land serviced by the Keystone lifts. But that approval came with extensive comments from the Environmental Protection Agency, which recommended minimal road construction associated with the project due to Bergman Bowl’s environmentally sensitive location.

“To ensure the protection of wetlands, it may be necessary to consider the exclusion of the construction of roads, paths or infrastructure and mechanized treatments for the removal of vegetation and trees in areas where the areas wetlands or riparian areas would be directly or indirectly affected by adjacent construction activities,” the EPA commented. during the project scoping period.

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4. The Summit Relief Group Responds to a Multitude of Emergencies as Peak Season Hits

A drowning, an injured paraglider, two skiers stranded overnight and a serious head injury have kept Summit County Rescue Group busy over the past week.

Spokeswoman Anna DeBattiste said the rescue team had responded to 15 calls since July 9. Lost, distressed, sick and “collapsed” hikers accounted for nine of those calls.

The remaining calls included an all-terrain vehicle traffic jam on Webster Pass, a fatal drowning, an injured paraglider, a rock climbing accident, an accidental call and a call for ‘fires on Royal’ which, as often happens, did not was nothing more than a few hikers out of hours.

Luc Vidic

5. Tensions run high at Summit County Short-Term Rental Open House

The Town of Dillon hosted a divided exchange regarding short-term rental regulations at the latest Summit County Government Public Forum held on July 27.

The county has set up open houses to gather public feedback on the impact of short-term rentals on the community so officials can use that feedback to create legislation they hope to enact. They hope to act on the issue before the end of the moratorium on issuing rental permits for neighborhood areas, which expires in February.

Officials from the county planning department attended the open house. They provided posters with short-term rental maps of each basin in Summit County, along with graphics explaining the proposed short-term rental rules.

Eili Wright