Top 5 most-read stories from the past week: ski resort deaths, reservoir story and new dining room

A piece of old highway is pictured when Dillon Reservoir was low in mid-December 2021.
Steve Johnson/Courtesy Photo

Editor’s Note: The stories in this list received the most pageviews on over the past week.

1. 24-year-old Lakewood skier dies at Copper Mountain Resort

Lakewood resident Nicholas Vigil, 24, died at Copper Mountain Resort on Jan. 30, according to a news release from the Summit County Coroner’s Office.

According to the statement, Vigil was skiing with friends in a wooded area along the middle Collage trail when he lost control and crashed.

The manner of death was accidental and the cause of death was traumatic brain injury.

The statement said Vigil was wearing a helmet.

—Jenna deJong

2. 48-year-old Centennial snowboarder dies at Breckenridge Ski Resort

On February 1, centenarian resident Allen Lai, 48, died while snowboarding at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

According to a news release from the Summit County Coroner’s Office, the incident happened around 2 p.m. on the Reverie Intermediate Race on Peak 6. The release said Lai lost control and crashed into a wooded area.

The manner and cause of death are under investigation. No other details were provided.

—Jenna deJong

3. The Old Highway Resurfaces When Dillon Reservoir Levels Are Low

Beneath the Dillon Reservoir there are remnants of infrastructure that once ran the old town of Dillon, and occasionally the reservoir is low enough to spot some of these pieces of Summit County history, in particular old stretches of road.

Summit Cove resident Steve Johnson said that when driving on Swan Mountain Road, he could sometimes see bits of the old US Highway 6 and Colorado Highway 9 roads starting to appear, and in mid-December he decided to take a closer look. . He took a picture of one of the old highways.

“When the lake gets really low, you see it,” Johnson said. “The scratches are still visible, which surprises me.”

Historian Sandra Mather wrote her thesis at the University of Oregon on the geographical history of Summit County and continually learned about the history of the reservoir and what was there before it. She said she was amazed to see stripes on the roads when they appeared under the tank in the 1980s.

—Lindsey Toomer

4. Dillon resident charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct after alleged altercation at Clint’s Bakery & Coffee House

On November 8, a manager at Clint’s Bakery & Coffee House was allegedly assaulted by a customer after the customer argued with another employee.

According to a Breckenridge Police Department report, the incident happened around 8:15 a.m. at the bakery. The report says that Dillon resident Stephen Wahl overheard Clint’s Bakery employee Kyle Peel talking about him and got upset.

The two argued, but Wahl eventually pulled away and headed to the second level of the bakery, where he allegedly had another verbal argument with manager Kelley Wren.

After ordering a sandwich, the report says Wahl told Wren she had an employee who was speaking ill of a customer. He later came back and started yelling at her and called her a sexist slur, according to the report. On leaving the restaurant, he allegedly threw something against the door and spat on the floor.

The report says Wren followed him to get his license plate number. Wahl then spat on her, according to the report. In response, Wren slapped him. Wahl then allegedly punched her twice in the face and then knocked her to her knees on the stomach and chin.

—Jenna deJong

5. Community members are excited to have a unique concept like Bluebird Market in town

Bluebird Market in Silverthorne has officially opened, and while not all vendors are operational, those that are open are excited to finally be doing business.

Open now in the market are the Nomad Coffee House, Mighty Bar, Baja Chimayo, Mighty Colorado Burger, Hook and Harvest, Tilford’s Wood Fired Pizza and the LUE Outdoors pop-up store.

Milender White property operations manager Scott Vollmer said Charlie’s Ice Cream will open before Valentine’s Day, and the new location Crepes a la Cart and Lazo Empanadas are expected to open soon after. The Colorado Marketplace and Bakery is expected to close closer to early March.

Vollmer also said The Old Dillon Inn has a potential operator who is negotiating a lease and could open the space this summer. The Lucky Bird will open closer to April or May.

Vollmer said the vendors already open were eager to get started, so they opted for a gradual opening of the market hall.

—Lindsey Toomer

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