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July 18, 2013
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Mtn. Town Roundup: Breck 100, Kevin Pearce, Denali climbs & pot bans

In Breckenridge 100, Ben Sonntag and Josh Tostado separated by 8.8 seconds

It was a three-lap course, each lap different from the one before. Riders covered a total of 100 miles up and down some of Summit County’s best singletrack, climbing 13,719 feet in the process. As the day wore on, thunderstorms loomed and rain fell sporadically, muddying the trails. After eight hours and 23 minutes on a mountain bike, just 8.8 seconds separated first and second place in the Breckenridge 100 Sunday.

After a 6 a.m. start, racers charged over Wheeler Pass to Copper, descending on some of the area’s most technical trail. From Copper, racers headed back to Breckenridge on the Peaks Trail. Riding back into town to start lap number two, it was a tight race between pros, Ben Sonntag, a German-born Durango resident, Josh Tostado, a six-time 100 winner, and Swiss rider Oliver Zurbrugg, who won the Firecracker 50.

“We all came off the first loop together,” Tostado recalled. But the day would soon end early into the second lap for Zurbrugg."_blank">

Telluride developer unveils ambitious hotel proposal

A local developer introduced an ambitious proposal to build a two-story hotel with a swimming pool, underground parking, a bowling alley and restaurant on the vacant lot next to the post office during a work session Tuesday before the Telluride Town Council.

While the council was receptive to the concept of more hot beds in town, members were not willing to commit to the lengthy list of waivers sought by the applicant, and agreed that the project — as unusual as it is — needs to go through the town’s approval process just like any other.

Applicant Chris Hamm, who is working with architect Eric Cummings, told the council that ever since he moved here with his family a year and a half ago from Texas, he has had his eye on the property.

“I think that it is a property that is deserving of something great,” he said."_blank">

Alaskan legend Tom Choate climbs Denali at age 78

Tom Choate, who first climbed North America’s highest peak in 1963, returned to the summit in late June just three months short of his 79th birthday. Choate, a retired professor who lives in Anchorage, climbed the peak with Steve Gruhn and Bruce Kittredge by the standard West Buttress Route. Last year, Choate had an artificial hip put in place. More remarkable than Choate’s age—which beat the old age record of 76 for a Denali summiter — was the nearly 50-year span between his first and most recent ascents, Gruhn told the Anchorage Daily News.

In addition to doing numerous first ascents around Alaska over the years, Choate has climbed Denali five times in all."_blank">

Kevin Pearce's traumatic brain injury won't stop the former pro snowboarder

"You got a helmet on. I like that. Nice style," Kevin Pearce says to the young skateboarder. Jake Canter, 9, responds with a quiet "thanks," belying his excitement at meeting a hero.

"Kevin is the reason Jake doesn't do anything — skate or snowboard — without a helmet," says Jake's dad, Carl, moments before his son wows the skaters at the Denver skate park with an impressive 540 McTwist. "Remember what we were talking about this morning, Jake? Why we like Kevin Pearce so much? He gives back, right? He gives back."

Giving back has replaced going big for Pearce, a 25-year-old professional snowboarder who suffered a traumatic brain injury on New Year's Eve in 2009 while training for his Olympic debut in the halfpipe."_blank">

Washoe County pays $75K to settle Tahoe excessive force case

RENO, Nev. — Washoe County has paid $75,000 to settle a civil case involving a college student who claimed a sheriff’s deputy “manhandled” her and used excessive force during an arrest at Lake Tahoe.

Lauren Kettell, a student at the University of San Francisco, was paddleboarding at Incline Village in July 2011 when Deputy Brent Coss instructed her to wear a life vest.

According to her attorney, Kettell began paddling back to her grandparents’ house to get a life vest, but Coss demanded she get in his boat.

Kettell said she would instead talk to him on the beach, but was arrested there by Coss. The deputy is accused of grabbing her, throwing her down and putting his knee in her back for nearly 10 minutes."_blank">

Marijuana ban likely in La Plata County's future

La Plata County appears to be headed toward a temporary ban on all recreational marijuana facilities until the end of 2014. In a work session Tuesday, commissioners supported moving ahead with crafting an ordinance that would temporarily ban recreational marijuana cultivation facilities, retail stores, product manufacturing facilities and tasting facilities in the county.

Counties across the state are in the midst of deciding how to regulate recreational marijuana businesses after voters passed Amendment 64 in November, legalizing possession of up to an ounce of marijuana as well as the retail sale of pot.

Local governments have the option of creating their own licensing process and land-use regulations for recreational marijuana businesses on top of the state licensing process."_blank">

Taste for beef kills cub of grizzly 399

In the days before he was killed by wildlife managers, the cub of famous Teton grizzly 399 was doing what his mother taught him to do: kill easy-to-catch ungulates.

The problem was that bear No. 587 was killing cattle. Chronic livestock depredation was the cause of 587’s demise.

It was a trait the bruin exhibited beginning not long after he was pushed away by his mother in 2008.

When 587 went on a cattle-killing spree on a herd grazing in the Upper Green River drainage the first week of July, it was one episode too many, said Zack Turnbull, carnivore biologist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Pinedale office."_blank">

Mountain Rescue Aspen breaks ground for new building

Mountain Rescue Aspen broke ground on its new $3 million headquarters facility off Highway 82 near the Aspen Business Center on Tuesday morning.

“This is long overdue,” said Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, who gripped a gold-painted shovel and took part in the groundbreaking. As sheriff, DiSalvo has legal responsibility for executing all search-and-rescue operations within his jurisdiction.

A 13,900-square-foot building on the new headquarters property — formerly the Aspen location for Planted Earth Home and Garden Center — will allow the 50-member volunteer organization to move out of a cramped cabin on Main Street. The project is expected to be finished next spring."_blank">

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