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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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Equipment at the Silverthorne Recreation Center

Deep Cleaning, Deep Gratitude at the Silverthorne Recreation Center

Para español, haga clic aquí. When the Silverthorne Recreation Center reopened in June, it was like a homecoming for local residents. For Recreation Center head custodian Theresa Papula, the reopening marked a return to normalcy—and the friendly, familiar faces that help make her job rewarding. “I missed walking around and saying ‘hi’ to everyone,” said Theresa. “It’s been tough to walk into an empty building every day. Normally, I would come in every morning at 5:30 and greet our regulars starting at 6. I missed all of our members, they …

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Summit Lost Pet Rescue

A show of support for missing pets

Para español, haga clic aquí. It’s not just hikers and climbers who can go missing in Summit County (we love you, Search and Rescue!). Pets can also get lost, to the great distress of pet owners, and finding them can take days or even weeks.  Now pet owners who’ve lost their animals in Summit County have a new nonprofit organization devoted entirely to pet search and rescue. Residents Melissa Davis and Brandon Cuillo founded Summit Lost Pet Rescue to help return missing pets to their rightful owners. Supported by a …

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Rob Bone

Local Spotlight: Former SPD officer Rob Bone

Picture the Town of Silverthorne in the early 1990s: The population was less than half of what it is today, the Silverthorne Recreation Center was just being built, and locals frequented the Old Dillon Inn’s original incarnation on a Friday night.  Then, as now, the Silverthorne Police Department worked to serve and protect the Town. And Silverthorne PD’s leadership was nurturing a young officer, Rob Bone, who credits Silverthorne for launching the law enforcement career that led him to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2001.  Rob looks …

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Volunteers at Blue River Horse Center

Silverthorne’s Got Heart: John Longhill gives his heart to horses and the community

John Longhill and the Blue River Horse Center Over the past 35 years, John Longhill estimates that he has worked with 15,000 kids through his horse programs, starting in Georgia before moving to Colorado and opening the Blue River Horse Center. Serving as executive director since 2008, John works hard helping horses, children and adults.    Located just north of the town of Silverthorne, the Blue River Horse Center has a twofold purpose: to help decrease the number of unwanted horses in Colorado and to provide an educational experience for …

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Patroller and Avalanche Dog

Local Spotlight: Patroller and avalanche dog team on getting ready for another winter at The Basin

The nights are getting cooler, the snow has started falling and the 2019-20 ski and ride season is here! With nearby ski areas already open, we caught up with a Town of Silverthorne employee, who also works as a ski patroller at Arapahoe Basin in the winter. Going into his eleventh season at A-Basin, Greg Dumas shared what he does (along with his hard-working avalanche dog Sasha) to get ready for the season, and what he is most excited for this winter. In years past, Greg has gone back to …

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Silverthorne Welcomes new homeowners to Smith Ranch

The excitement is palpable as Sam and Rosie bound toward the door to welcome us to their new home in the Smith Ranch neighborhood.  Rosie is giving slobbery kisses as new home owners KelLee and Roger Abdella explain that the pups are loving the soft carpeting to roll on and additional play space.  KelLee and Roger are most excited about the in- floor heating, garage space and gear storage. The Abdella’s are the first residents of the new Smith Ranch neighborhood, a 50-acre neighborhood with an estimated 180 – 220 …

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How to embrace the mud season

The snow is quickly melting in the high country and summer adventures are just around the corner.  But meanwhile, it’s mud season. That means fewer crowds, a slower pace and a chance to take a breath and refocus. It might also mean more time on your hands. If you’re looking for a spring project to fill some of that downtime, look no further. We’ve collected inspiring ideas from some of Silverthorne’s talented businesses and business owners. 1. Get in on a community garden plot. Silvana’s Community Garden is taking applications …

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