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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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What’s A FDOTTOS?

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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Lee Beard

Local Spotlight: A Different Kind of World Champion

Colorado native Lee Beard always said he’d move back to the Centennial State when he retired from a successful career in automobile racing. In the fall of 2017, after winning 55 national events and three world championships, Beard found his home in Silverthorne. Born in Pueblo and a graduate of University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo), Beard studied mechanical engineering before becoming an elite crew chief and team manager with the National Hot Rod Association. Beard worked for all the big elite teams and had major sponsorships from Fortune 500 …

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The Repshers

Coming Home: Dave and Amanda Repsher

They met at a medical class. She was working for Eagle County Ambulance, going to paramedic school, and he was working as a ski patroller at Copper Mountain. For their first date, he took her kayaking. Fast forward a couple of decades, and they are finally finding their way back home to Silverthorne, a place that’s been Dave’s home since the sixth grade, and Amanda’s for more than 20 years. Most everyone in Summit County knows Dave Repsher’s name. In 2015, while he was working as a flight nurse, the …

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Get to Know: SPAC Installation Artist Barbara Baer

Barbara Baer is a current exhibitor at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center (SPAC). Her installation is on display in the lobby of the SPAC. Barbara Baer is a Denver-based sculptor who specializes in big — and we mean big — public art installations in Colorado and across the U.S. Barbara works with metals like aluminum and steel, as well as plastics. Because most of her work is commissioned, she develops art for a specific setting and often creates only a portion of the piece in her studio before finishing the …

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

They call themselves “serious mountain climbers.” After hearing their credentials, you might say that’s an understatement. Silverthorne residents Doris Spencer and Kent Willoughby have achieved the following: They’ve climbed 400 mountains in Colorado alone and achieved the summit of 199 of Colorado’s 200 highest peaks. The couple finished all the 14ers in four years and are now set to complete the list of 14ers again. (“It’s not my idea,” says Spencer with a chuckle.) They’ve summited 49 of the 50 highest points in the United States, with only Denali remaining …

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Take 5 With: Jagger Koch,Teen Motocross Champ

Silverthorne is apparently THE place to be a professional athlete if you’re a teen. This summer, 15-year-old Jagger Koch joined the ranks of elite teen athletes Red Gerard and Chris Corning when he won the 125-cubic centimeter “C” class at the Amateur National Motocross Championships. “Winning was a dream come true,” admits Jagger. “It was a lot to take in at the time, and it still is now.” “This is the biggest amateur motocross race in the world, and it’s a dream just to qualify, let alone win,” says Jagger’s …

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A Session with Coach Cordell

You don’t have to be a kid to take skateboarding lessons from Cordell Crosby. And if you’ve ever seen him coaching on a weekday morning at the Silverthorne Skatepark, you’ll probably want to pick up a board and ride, too. It just looks like that much fun. Cordell has been skating since he was a kid growing up back in St. Louis, and he’s been teaching in Silverthorne for over 10 years. In the last decade, Cordell has instilled some solid life lessons and a good bit of discipline as …

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