Here's a tale of two girls gone to the big city.
First up is Barb Cobb, who worked at Copper Mountain Resort in 1982-89, where she started as a cashier and ended up as the director of revenue accounting for Marty Hammock, who later became the chief financial officer. He's now in Centennial.
Barb was the equestrian coordinator for the Colorado State University County Extension in the summers of 1985-86.
Your scribe met Barb when she shared a house with Bruce Stoff, who worked as a Copper Cable editor and later became the editor for Ski Racing News.
"I now do the accounting for The Gathering Place, a nonprofit in Denver, and do some freelance writing and photography," explains Barb, who has a son Alex.
"I met Kristie Basica in 1982 when I needed a haircut - she would cut everyone's hair in the old employee locker room in the Mountain Plaza. We roomed together the next winter at Togwotee and people still talk about the 'Po Folks' New Year's Eve party we had in 1983. Tons of people showed up (I still have pictures somewhere) and were doing back flips off our balcony because the snow was so high," adds Barb.
Second, it's Kristie Basica, who landed in Summit County in the fall of '78, starting as the front-desk receptionist under the helm of Chuck Lewis, Fred Jones, Andy Daly and Diane Colman.
During her years at Copper she sold lift tickets, ski school lessons, season passes, organized the on-snow trade fair and ended her employment in '84 as group sales coordinator.
Later, Kristie moved to California and then to Seattle, where she married Dan and had two sons.
Upon returning to Summit County in 1999, Dan chaired the Ten Mile Planning Commission and recently opened "Premier Bass Guitars" in Superior.
Today, Kristie is the retail manager of "The Fall Line" in Lakewood at The Belmar. The original store opened at Copper Mountain in 2001 under the ownership of Steve Nelson.
Spike got to visit with the ladies at the 22nd annual Golden Art Festival, where Miss Mary won Best of Show.
Others making their presence known included ex-Friscoite Patty Siudzinski; Pam Zupancic, Butch Elich's cousin from Denver; Lane Wyatt and Jean MacKenzie Wyatt, now of Golden; Dillon's retired pharmacist Bill and retailer Kay Henkhaus, who are bouncing back and forth between Dillon and Padre Bay, Texas. Grandchildren have them visiting Denver frequently.
Former Summiteers Bill and graphic designer Michele Messenger stopped by the show along Clear Creek.
Among other artistic types we chatted with included Peter "Piano Boss" and painter Susan Simon, who spent some of summer up here from Evergreen before Peter took a tumble off his bike and sustained five broken ribs. He's healing fine, thank you. His national concert tour picks up shortly.
We also visited with Karen Bentley Pollick of Evergreen. She is an internationally acclaimed violinist and played at Lord of the Mountains Church in 2011 and will again on March 17.
In some other Golden news, Bob and Carrie Foth of Custom Eyes report daughter Rosa has started her second year at Colorado School of Mines, majoring in environmental water.
Over in Crested Butte recently we spotted those good-looking Richmond brothers, Andy (the blonde) and Peter (long dark hair), both grads of Western State College in Gunnison.
Andy has just landed a job with Luke Danielson's law firm in Gunnison after graduating from the University of Denver Law School. He'll take the bar exam in February. Luke is also a professor at DU and WSC.
The boys have rented a home in CB.
Mom and dad are longtime Friscoites Colleen, the former county clerk, and lawyer Mark.
We also saw Summiteers Shauna and Mark Bocksch; Bonnie Brown and Cheri Divine, who were on their annual wildflower tour, going over Cottonwood Pass from Buena Vista and returning via Kebler Pass, McClure Pass and Carbondale; and Sharon Dobson of Green Mountain Falls.
Making a stop by Bagali's Wednesday night, we bid farewell to SDN editor Alex Miller at a get-together hosted by Publisher Matt Sandberg and David Cunningham. Alex, who used to work for us, is headed to Highlands Ranch to work as a content writer for high-tech firm ViaSat.
Among those present included Kasey Geoghegan, Tom Glass, David Cunningham, Mark Hurlbert, Jeff Huntley, Steve Smith, Susan and Gil Smith, Jimbo Deines, Sandy Briggs, Sandy Greenhut, Phil and Janelle Kopp, Biff America, Gary Wilkinson, Bill Efting, Bo and Bernie Zurbriggen, Larry Stone, Austin Miller, Cindy Bargell, Karen Mason, Michelle Knight, Shana Koenig, Karn Stiegelmeier, Bruce Brown, Jen Miller and daughter Michaela, who is leaving for Thailand next week to teach English.
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed "Spike," a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to firstname.lastname@example.org