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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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Catching Up With Silverthorne’s Olympians

It’s been just about a year since our community gathered to celebrate the exciting successes of four Silverthorne-based athletes — Red Gerard, Chris Corning, Kyle Mack, and Jimmy Sides — in the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. And if you’ve been following recent headlines, you know that this group of prolific young gentlemen isn’t slowing down one bit. From taking home the gold in the Burton US Open to claiming top honors for the International Ski & Snowboard Federation (FIS) World Cup’s slopestyle season, our Silverthorne athletes continue to …

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A River Runs Through Us

Water is in our blood here in Silverthorne. The Blue River runs through the heart of our community, providing a soundtrack for our daily lives as well as outstanding fishing and water recreation opportunities for locals and visitors alike. The most sweeping lands protection package in a quarter century was recently signed into law, a permanent re authorization — a bipartisan government effort — of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects nationwide. But here in Silverthorne, longtime resident Johnny Le Coq has been …

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Summit County’s Best Powder Stashes and More: A local’s guide to Silverthorne and Summit County

If you tune your radio dial to C-Rock 103.3, you know Meredith Fox, aka “The Fox.” She moved here to snowboard for a few months, and 17 seasons later, she’s a local veteran who has picked up a tip or two along the way. By the way, we’re just kidding around with that headline. As any good local can tell you, no one reveals his or her powder stashes! Fox does have some great insider tips for enjoying your time in the ‘thorne. As the heart of Summit County and …

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The Gift of Public Art

Harold Linke achieves the impossible. As a sculptor, he takes something that will never move and gives it movement; he takes something that will never feel and gives it emotion; he takes something inert and gives it lifelike spirit. If you’ve not seen Linke’s triptych “Ener-Joy” in front of Silverthorne’s Performing Arts Center, stop by to soak up the work’s movement and emotion. “The process of connecting all things together with your heart and your experience is endlessly fascinating to me,” Linke comments on how his art influences those who …

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You’ve heard of POTUS, FLOTUS and SCOTUS, but have you heard of FDOTTOS?  We didn’t think so. Meet Rippy Van Pinkle, the First Dog of the Town of Silverthorne! The K9 companion of Mayor Ann-Marie Sandquist, Rippy takes his role as First Dog seriously. A golden retriever, Rippy turned three this past fall and his main job duty is to welcome folks to Silverthorne, as well as serve as a symbol for the authentic mountain lifestyle that Silverthorne provides.   Throughout the year, Rippy attends official town events from the …

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