Top 5 Most Read Stories of the Last Week: Missing Man, Fourth of July Protest and Safe Driving Home

Protesters hold up signs in support of abortion access on July 4, 2022. The Supreme Court quashed Roe and Wade’s lawsuit in June.
Eliza Noe/Summit Daily News

Stories on this list have received the most page views on over the past week.

1. The US Forest Service is temporarily closing the California Park near the area where the Rainbow Family gathering is being held

According to a June 24 news release, the US Forest Service instituted a temporary closure of California Park, an area in Routt National Forest in Routt County, south of the Rainbow Family Gathering near Adams Park.

The closure, effective June 25, was enacted to protect the natural resources in the California Park area “managed for biodiversity, geological, historical, paleontological and other values, as in Routt National Forest land.” and Resource Management Plan described”. according to the Forest Service.

— Personnel report

2. Summit County residents protest during Fourth of July celebrations in Breckenridge

In a statement against the Supreme Court’s recent rulings, a group of Breckenridge residents quietly protested during the July 4th reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Famer CJ Mueller read the first few sentences of the statement at noon on July 4 when several of the protesters put up signs in support of abortion access.

Signs reading “All Americans Deserve Freedom” and “We Are Not All Free” were held high over protesters’ heads during the reading and remained aloft throughout the statement. Some signs provided information about abortion funds and other local reproductive rights resources.

– Eliza Noë

3. 2 Summit County residents find a way to offer rides outside of Uber and Lyft limits

Alexandra Moran and Andrew Siegel began offering rides to and from bars in Summit County to keep drunk drivers off the streets.

Siegel, similar to Moran, said one of the reasons he was inspired to start his driving service is because he’s seen many drink driving charges in Summit County.

“As I socialize, I notice that people are making the decision to get in the vehicle and drive because there are no rides available,” he said. “They try, they try, and nobody’s available.”

Not only did he see a lack of ride-hailing services in Summit County, Siegel also learned, after driving for Uber for just two nights, that working at one of the big companies didn’t offer much in the way of income. He also said that Uber also doesn’t allow the driver to see the location or the fare before accepting the ride.

– Eili Wright

4. Priced Out: Summit County lenders say even local residents are becoming unaffordable for loans

After doubling interest rates, increased housing demand and inflation, home loans are now becoming too expensive even for first-time buyers in Summit County, according to local officials.

If someone wants to buy a house and perhaps cannot afford it, they can go to a lender, apply for a loan, and get a mortgage.

This allows people to pay off the house while living in it but still have room for a family. However, Summit County lenders are finding that some first-time homebuyers can’t even afford the mortgage they would pay to help them buy their new home.

Kevin Berkley, a Summit County lender, gave an example: Let’s say there’s a couple hoping to get a $400,000 loan on a house. If the interest is 6%, your payment is $2,400.

– Eili Wright

5. Missing person wanted by Summit County Sheriff’s Office; Man last seen in Frisco

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of a missing person, Craig Standlee, who was last seen in the Frisco area on June 9. Standlee is 56 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds, has gray-brown hair and blue eyes, and may have a goatee, the sheriff’s office said.

His last contact with the family was June 10, and the sheriff’s office said it was unusual for him not to contact his family for an extended period of time.

— Luke Vidic

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