Top 5 most-read stories last week: Drowning on Dillon Reservoir, drop in summer business, fishing closures


Festival-goers walk up and down Main Street during the June 17 Frisco BBQ Challenge. This summer was supposed to be a booming summer of business, but that may not be the case for some.
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The stories on this list have received the most pageviews on SummitDaily.com over the past week.

1. Summit County Sheriff’s Office retrieves drowned victim from Dillon Reservoir

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office found the body of a suspected drowned paddleboarder on the Dillon Reservoir on July 16.

Around 2 p.m. on July 16, the sheriff’s office responded to a 911 call at the reservoir after a grown man was kicked off his paddle board as a thunderstorm cell created a microburst over the reservoir. The microburst separated the male from his board and he couldn’t keep his head above water. According to a press release from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses said he had a personal flotation device strapped to the board, but was not wearing it.



According to an earlier report, the individual was with a group of friends who came from the Front Range to paddleboard. He said the group saw the storm approaching and were heading towards Dillon Marina when the weather suddenly hit them. Rain, winds and large waves created by the microburst separated the group.

Eliza Noah



2. Dillon Reservoir drowning victim identified as 25-year-old Englewood man

The Summit County coroner identified the body recovered July 16 from Dillon Reservoir as 25-year-old Miguel Mendez of Englewood.

He is presumed to have drowned, the Summit County Coroner’s Office said in a statement, but the office was still awaiting an autopsy for confirmation at 2 p.m. on July 18.

The death comes after the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at the reservoir around 2 p.m. on July 16. A microburst separated Mendez from his paddleboard.

According to a press release from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses said he had a personal flotation device strapped to the board, but was not wearing it.

Luc Vidic

3. Mountain towns, including Summit County, experience a drop in activity over the summer

This summer was to be a booming summer of business.

The pandemic is not as widespread and travel restrictions are less. However, Brian Jones, co-owner of Northside Pizza in Breckenridge, said he has heard from other businesses that reservations have dwindled.

Destimetrics, a business intelligence arm of Inntopia that collects data on different vacation destinations, recently released numbers showing a drop in business at 17 mountain destinations in seven western states.

The report says the shortage is likely due to high inflation, rising interest rates and falling financial markets.

Eili Wright

4. Voluntary fishing closures take effect on the Fraser, Colorado and Eagle rivers until further notice

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking anglers to voluntarily avoid fishing on the Fraser, Colorado and Eagle rivers from noon to 11:59 p.m. daily until further notice.

Hot water temperatures have depleted oxygen levels and made fish vulnerable, causing fish kills in local waterways.

“When water temperatures exceed 70 degrees, fish often stop feeding and become more susceptible to disease,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife reported in a statement. published on July 14. “Warm temperatures and low water levels can also lead to algae blooms in rivers and reservoirs, leading to lower oxygen levels as the algae die and decompose.”

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5. Last 2 drownings on Dillon Reservoir share similarities related to afternoon storms, use of life jackets

The last two men to lose their lives on the Dillon Reservoir died in similar circumstances. The pair were separated from their ships during afternoon storms, and both were without their life jackets when crews recovered their bodies.

One death occurred in June 2020 and the other on July 16.

The Summit County Coroner identified the body recovered from the Dillon Reservoir on July 16 as Miguel Mendez, 25, of Englewood. He is presumed to have drowned, according to the Summit County Coroner’s Office, but authorities are still awaiting an autopsy for confirmation.

Luc Vidic

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