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Past articles by Sawyer:

Ice Castles won’t return to Colorado this winter

Ice Castles won’t be returning to Summit County this winter — or to Colorado at all. → Read More

Florida man arrested after allegedly attacking victim with ski pole, knocking out teeth

A Florida man is facing an assault charge after allegedly striking a man in the face with a ski pole at Keystone Resort earlier this month. → Read More

Colorado officials hold summit to get public feedback on wildfire mitigation and recovery

During a virtual panel discussion Thursday afternoon, Colorado officials emphasized a need for more cooperation among federal, state and local actors in Colorado’s fight against wildfires. → Read More

Avalanche survivors share their stories as cautionary tales ahead of busy backcountry season

KEYSTONE — Winter has arrived in Summit County, and with it comes skiers, snowmobilers and more from around the state and beyond hoping to take advantage of the area’s backcountry. → Read More

Authorities revamp efforts to identify Summit County John Doe in 2016 cold case

FRISCO — Scientists and researchers are working to identify the body of a man found in the backcountry near Breckenridge in 2016. Officials are hopeful that new efforts in the still-developing field of forensic genetic... → Read More

On the front lines: How firefighters combat wildfires

Wildfires can be enigmatic. Fire officials are well aware of the variables that dictate how a wildfire will behave: the moisture levels in fuel sources that have been adapting to changes in the climate, the... → Read More

Overnight closures at Eisenhower Tunnel start Sunday

The Colorado Department of Transportation will be closing lanes overnight at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels this weekend to perform testing on the tunnel’s fire system. There will be overnight single-lane and “full bore” closures in... → Read More

Summit Fire douses wildfire north of Silverthorne

SILVERTHORNE — Wildfire season has arrived. Crews with Summit Fire & EMS responded to a small wildfire off Elk Run Road north of Silverthorne on Tuesday afternoon. While the blaze was quickly doused, officials say... → Read More

Summit County officials urge caution after woman and her dog fall through ice

After a woman and her dog fell through the ice earlier this week, officials are warning residents that melting ice in and around Summit County’s waterways can be dangerous. At about noon Monday, the Summit... → Read More

Skier killed in avalanche north of Silverthorne

SILVERTHORNE — A backcountry skier was killed in an avalanche Wednesday afternoon on Red Mountain, according to Summit County Rescue Group. At about 1:40 p.m., the rescue group volunteers were notified of a skier-triggered avalanche... → Read More

CDOT suspends Bustang and Outrider service

The Colorado Department of Transportation has suspended its Bustang and Outrider bus services between cities throughout the state. The suspension is meant to reduce intercity travel and will last through at least April 11 as... → Read More

Dillon Dam Road remains closed after falling rock hits car, protective netting tears from hill

The Dillon Dam Road might be closed longer than expected due to heightened rockfall risks caused by major damage to a segment of protective netting in the area. Snow and rocks began to slide off... → Read More

St. Anthony Summit Medical Center patient being tested for coronavirus

A patient at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco is being tested for coronavirus, according to a representative with the hospital. The patient, who has a recent history of travel to Italy, came into... → Read More

Woman charged with wildlife harassment after touching moose in Breckenridge

State officials are once again asking residents and visitors to leave wildlife alone after a video of a woman harassing a moose in Breckenridge went viral late last week. “We’ve seen the video, and we’ve... → Read More

Car thief responsible for I-70 chase gets community corrections sentence

BRECKENRIDGE — Valeriy Statovoy, the man responsible for stealing a car and leading police in a high-speed chase down Interstate 70 while high on methamphetamine, received a community corrections sentence during a hearing Tuesday morning... → Read More

Colorado Parks and Wildlife urge residents not to feed wildlife after pair of ‘egregious’ incidents

After a pair of serious incidents on the Front Range led to criminal charges, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hoping to remind residents and visitors around the state that feeding wildlife is not only extremely... → Read More

Breckenridge confirms 2 fatal incidents at ski area in past month

Representatives with Breckenridge Ski Resort have confirmed two incidents that resulted in fatalities at the ski area over the past three weeks. On Jan. 20, a “serious incident” took place on the mountain involving a... → Read More

CPW kills mountain lion responsible for killing goats in Dillon

Colorado Parks and Wildlife was forced to kill a mountain lion this week that had become habituated to residential areas in Summit County, according to officials with the organization. On the morning of Jan. 26,... → Read More

Woman accused in fatal Colorado Highway 9 crash pleads not guilty; trial date set for June

Lindsey Leigh Ward, 31, the woman who allegedly caused a fatal crash on Colorado Highway 9 while driving drunk last summer, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. At an arraignment hearing Wednesday morning in district court... → Read More

Man injured in 2016 Summit County police shooting pleads guilty to assault

BRECKENRIDGE — More than three years after being shot by a Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy in a tense altercation, Nathaniel Steven Leisz has pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge. Leisz, 36, appeared in custody Thursday... → Read More