The stories on this list have received the most pageviews on SummitDaily.com over the past week.
1. Summit County second home owners report hardship if their properties aren’t paid for by short-term renters
Summit County second home owner Rick Davis said he never wants to buy property in the county.
Davis said he and his wife, Teresa, who live in Austin, Texas, have regularly brought their sons to Summit County since 1988 to ski and spend time outdoors as a family.
His sons loved him so much that they eventually moved to Denver to be closer to the resort community. After their sons had kids, Rick and Teresa decided they wanted a place in Summit County to welcome their family, be close to their grandkids, and enjoy the county they’ve loved for so many years. years.
Rick said they decided to buy knowing they could supplement the cost of the mortgage with short-term tenants. However, once the May 24 moratorium on certain short-term rental permits in neighborhood areas went into effect, Rick was unable to rent the property.
— Eili Wright
2. Climatologist: “It’s not a drought. This is another thing ;’ “The desert just south of us is heading our way”
The above-average monsoon season along the upper Colorado River basin has brought relief from recent summers choked with smoke from wildfires in the American West. But, according to Brad Udall, senior water and climate researcher at the Colorado Water Institute and director of western water assessment at Colorado State University, the relief we are feeling now is a sign of bigger problems for coming years.
“The second round next year will be really interesting to see what happens. It will be a test of this depleted soil moisture theory,” Udall said to a packed house at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center on Aug. 19.
— Go everyday
3. Court officials comment on begging rules in Summit County
Residents raised questions and concerns about beggars on the medians near Interstate 70 exits in Silverthorne and Dillon Dam Road in Dillon. Local law enforcement heard the questions but said there was little they could do and encouraged residents to be wary of who they are giving money to.
“Begging in our state is now a little more complex issue than most people realize,” said Silverthorne Police Department Chief John Minor. His department has received questions and complaints about recent beggars in the medians, he said.
As a statutory county, Summit County has no ordinances regulating begging in unincorporated areas. Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said there were no places in unincorporated Summit County with begging.
— Luc Vidic
4. Vail Resorts announces opening dates as snow falls in Summit County and Pikes Peak – signs winter is coming
Snow has fallen on the Colorado peaks. Hoosier Pass became slippery with sleet on Monday. Some Summit County resorts have announced their opening days for the winter season. Summer seems to be coming to an end with fall on the way and winter following close behind.
On Monday, Vail Resorts announced multiple opening days, with Keystone leading the way. Keystone has announced a “mid-October” opening day, which means the ski season could be less than 60 days away.
Breckenridge and Vail ski resorts are both scheduled to open Nov. 11. What sets Keystone apart is its state-of-the-art snowmaking system, said Shayna Silverman, senior communications specialist at Vail Resorts. His guns can sense temperature and humidity and produce snow as efficiently as possible.
— Luc Vidic
5. Breckenridge short-term rental regulations are officially in place
Breckenridge City Council unanimously approved the short-term rental bylaw at second reading on Tuesday, officially bringing tourist overlay areas into residential areas of the city.
At its last meeting, the council unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance after about two hours of public comment. This week, several other people spoke to the council ahead of the vote.
The regulations were adopted by two ordinances. The first will create the mapped areas and rental rules correlating to the areas, including the tourist overlay district. Had the council voted against it, the 2,200 license cap set in 2021 would still be in effect, but there would be no zones.
— Eliza Noah