Top 5 most-read stories last week: Oil trucker charged, Mind Springs Health faces allegations and Bob Dylan comes to Dillon

Summit County Commissioner Tamara Pogue has been working to fill the gaps in mental health care left by Mind Springs, the local community mental health center.
RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post

The stories on this list received the most pageviews on over the past week.

1. Oil truck driver who crashed in Silverthorne is charged with reckless driving and endangerment

Recently, workers from various Summit County entities worked for hours to clean up oil that spilled after a tractor-trailer lost control on an off-ramp in Silverthorne, and the driver is now facing to charges of reckless endangerment and reckless driving, according to the Silverthorne Police Chief. John Miner.

The driver, identified as Antonio Ramos Lopez Jr., 44, of Wyoming, reportedly lost control of the trailer brakes while driving down the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels.

Eliza Noah

2. Bob Dylan will perform at the Dillon Amphitheater on July 3; Tickets went on sale Friday

Bob Dylan’s career spanned the better part of 50 years – bringing songs such as ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’, ‘The Times They Are a-Changin”, ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ and more – to audiences. of the whole world. Summit County guests will hear his music live in July at the Dillon Amphitheater for his Rough And Rowdy Ways Tour.

Dylan is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 3 at the Amphitheater, 201 W. Lodgepole St. in Dillon. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

—Jefferson Geiger

3. Thousands of Colorado patients put at risk due to risky prescribing of psychic drugs

Heavy benzodiazepine addiction in Mind Springs has been extremely common in Colorado, with state reports identifying thousands of patients as potentially life-threatening due to unsafe prescribing practices, according to an investigation by The Gazette. Known as “benzos,” anti-anxiety drugs include trade names like Klonopin, Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and others, and they’re growing in popularity.

Even as state officials seek to curb the use of benzodiazepines, prescriptions for the drugs have nearly doubled in the past two years at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has hit people hard, Dr. Robert Valuck, executive director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, housed at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus.

– The Gazette

4. Short-term rentals, inflation and rising interest rates all impacted the Summit County real estate market in Q1 2022

When real estate agents evaluate the performance of the Summit County market that year, they generally do not base their forecasts on the first quarter of the year. Many agents point to all the properties that are still being used by owners for the ski season as the reason there aren’t as many transactions this quarter compared to other quarters.

During the summer and fall months – busy seasons for many agents – there could be a few hundred transactions within a 30 day period. But reports from Land Title Guarantee Co. for January, February and March show much less than that. In January, the county recorded 124 transactions, in February there were 107 transactions and in March there were 165 transactions.

—Jenna deJong

5. Local leaders react to the findings of an unprecedented tri-agency audit of Mind Springs

“I disagree with the characterization that we need Mind Springs,” Summit County Commissioner Tamara Pogue said. “I think what we need is care that meets clients’ needs. I think there are a variety of different strategies that could get us there.

Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said the same thing.

“It’s six years later,” FitzSimons said, referring to when Summit County began to split from Mind Springs. “What do we do? Wash, rinse, repeat – nothing has changed and we haven’t learned anything new. So if they fail on these courses of action, then what? Are we really going to pursue them?

Both Pogue and FitzSimons said they were grateful for the Mind Springs audit conducted by Rocky Mountain Health Plans. Pogue said their findings highlight issues she’s heard from community members about their experience with Mind Springs. But with these new corrective action plans now in place, she expressed concern about how long it would take to resolve some of the issues.

—Jenna deJong

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