Breckenridge Altitude News April '19

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Things to Know About Breckenridge 

1. Breckenridge Puts Moratorium on Building Permits; Don’t believe rumors, this is not as bad as it sounds. The emergency ordinance is for six months and can be lifted at any time. The ordinance resulted from the State Historic Preservation Office recently downgrading a number of buildings in the Historic District stemming from the size of some of the additions being allowed. The moratorium will give the town time to update its design regulations and protect its historic designation. All will be well again soon. 

2. Swan River Restoration Project Receives Awards; In October the project received an Outstanding Ecological Management Program award and recently received the 2019 International Erosion Control Association Presenters of the Year award. To bring you up to speed the project is restoring the riparian environment along a one mile stretch of the Swan River NE of Breckenridge. This area was ravaged and turned into nothing but rock piles during the gold mining era. Success can be seen in the grass and wildflowers that are now thriving along the banks as well as healthy trout and mottled sculpin populations. Trails and parking are in the plans to improve access. Come check out this beautiful area this summer.

3. Fire Mitigation on The Mind; As summer approaches local fire officials are cranking up the awareness of fires and how to protect your home. Summit County has a unique history for an urban-wilderness interface in that we have had no lives or structures lost in modern history. Defensible space means 10-20 feet of sparse vegetation and no trees around structures. It also means cleaning fallen leaves, needles and other debris from the ground that could allow the fire to creep. Firewood should be kept away from decks and structures. Free no obligation mitigation evaluation is available from our local fire districts. Contact either the Summit Fire or the Red, White and Blue fire protection district to schedule an appointment.

4. CMC to Expand Degree Offerings; Colorado Mountain College, a system of 11 campuses spread throughout the western slope of the state, is set to expand on its 4 year degree program. CMC has campuses in Dillon and Breckenridge which currently offers degrees in nursing, early childhood education and business administration. Ideas being brought forward are for secondary education and forestry. This is a great way for you or your offspring to transition into the mountain lifestyle while starting a first, second or third career.

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