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The Story of Silverthorne’s Longest-Serving Police Officer

PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. After 24 years of service, last month Senior Sergeant Tim Osborn received the Police Service Award and became the longest serving officer in the history of the Silverthorne Police Department. Now retired from active duty, Osborn continues to serve Silverthorne in his role as an evidence technician. And for him, it was a simple decision. “It was an easy choice to serve the Silverthorne community,” said Osborn. “It is full of great people who take care of each other and are a pleasure to work …

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Assistant Police Chief Rachel Dunaway

Meet the new Assistant Police Chief Rachel Dunaway

PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Silverthorne’s new Assistant Police Chief Rachel Dunaway is a Colorado native that has been close to the Silverthorne community for 22 years. She has seen growth within the town firsthand, and with that growth comes a need for additional help within Silverthorne’s Police Department. With 23 years of law enforcement experience, Dunaway understands how to run day-to-day operations of public safety.  “My role as Assistant Chief means that I focus on community outreach, working with organizations across the county and maintaining standards in training and …

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Silverthorne Elementary School students

Silverthorne Elementary Provides Advanced Lessons Through Its Dual Language & Outdoor Education Programs

PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Since 2017, Silverthorne Elementary has implemented a Dual Language immersion program, where kids learn in both Spanish and English. The goal of the Dual Language program is bilingualism and biliteracy with high academic achievement in both languages and sociocultural competence. The program began with the 2017 Kindergarten class and now, after five years, all grades K-5 are able to participate. The Dual Language program means that 50% of a student’s day is spent learning in English and 50% in Spanish. Which course is taught in …

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Garrett Geros competing in the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympic Games.

Spotlight on Silverthorne’s 2022 Paralympians

PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Two of Silverthorne’s most dedicated athletes competed on the world stage this year at the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympic Games. Para snowboarders Garrett Geros and Zach Miller both live and train in Silverthorne, where they have access to world-class mountains and facilities.  Zach’s journey began in Denver where, while receiving treatment for cerebral palsy at Children’s Hospital, he joined a program that took him on a ski trip to Winter Park. It was there that he discovered snowboarding which changed the course of his life as he …

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Olympic Athletes

Home of Olympic-Inspired Adventure

PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. When Silverthorne resident Red Gerard took home the first Olympic gold medal for the U.S. at the 2018 Winter Olympics, at just 17 years old, the town gave itself a new moniker: Goldthorne and celebrated local Olympians and Paralympians including: Chris Corning, Red Gerard, Kyle Mack, Amy Purdy and Jimmy Sides. On Friday, as the spotlight turns to Beijing during the Opening Ceremony for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the time has come again for Silverthorne to bask in its Olympic pride as hometown athletes Red …

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Mural by Danielle SeeWalker

Spotlight: Colorado’s original inhabitants

PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Silverthorne is a relatively young town, but it’s been populated for thousands of years. The area now known as Silverthorne, and Summit County, was the stomping grounds of the Ute people, who dwelled here until white settlement pushed them from their tribal lands. The Ute People arrived around 4,800 B.C. and occupied a vast territory that included much of what is now considered Utah, Colorado and northern New Mexico.  The Ute People came to this region by way of what we now call Vail Pass, …

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Steve Schwier

Spreading hope from the saddle

PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Disorders of the inner ear can be debilitating. Just ask Steve Schwier, a long-time Silverthorne resident who received a diagnosis for Meniere’s disease after complications with balance, vision, dizziness and hearing loss made it difficult and then impossible to work (including driving a snowplow and working at a golf course in Keystone); and eventually confined him to his home.  Once active and healthy, he spent eight years at home, struggling to manage his symptoms. Then, last September, Steve got off of the couch. He got on his …

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Sheriff Bob Farris

Honoring Bob Farris, Summit County’s First Black Sheriff

PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Robert “Bob” Farris was an iconic figure in Summit County and served two terms as Summit County’s first Black sheriff from 1975 to 1983. In 1982, he was elected president of County Sheriffs of Colorado, where he worked to raise awareness and educate decision-makers on proposed legislation that could affect the Office of the Sheriff and their constituents. After his retirement from law enforcement, he made Summit County his home until his death in 2009. Current Silverthorne Police Chief John Minor extolled Farris as a cherished member …

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Bob and Sue Peterson

Silverthorne’s Got Heart: It takes a village

PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Even as the pandemic forced a massive shutdown in March, Summit County residents Bob and Sue Peterson doubled down on their work: coordinating and serving the Summit County Community Dinner at the Elks Lodge every Tuesday without interruption. The Community Dinner program, launched in 2008 by founder and long-time Silverthorne resident Deb Hage, provides free meals for everyone who attends and, in the fall, will also offer flu shots. The weekly program is made possible through donations and volunteer labor. Bob tracks donations and oversees food …

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Athletes participate in The Cycle Effect’s Summit County mountain biking program

Making Mountain Biking More Accessible

PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Before becoming the face of the Summit County chapter of The Cycle Effect, Isabel Rodriguez had never ridden a mountain bike. To the group’s leaders, that made her perfect for the job. With additional chapters in Eagle and Mesa counties, The Cycle Effect aims to empower young women through mountain biking to create brighter futures and build stronger communities. Rodriguez might have lacked the technical skills, but she could bridge the organization and the population it sought to reach. “Even though I wasn’t a mountain biker, …

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