Miles F. Porter IV
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December 30, 2013
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Life on the Summit: Local youths do our community proud

As we close out another year, 2013 has been one of accomplishments.

For longtime Summit visitor and skier Harrison Cochran’s daughter, Savanna Harrison, the year started with her winning a scholarship to the Washington Inauguration Seminar and acceptance to the Peace Corps.

In May she graduated with honors in marketing and management from the University of Montana, dad reports. The day before commencement U.S. Sen. Max Baucus offered an internship with the Senate finance committee and 10 days later she reported for work on The Hill.

“I was able to visit her in DC this fall while lobbying for the National Council for Behavioral Health,” he reports. “The Aurora Mental Health Center, Unitarian board and Friendship Force have added meaning to a third retirement year of hiking, biking, skiing and fishing as much as time and an aging body will allow.”

Harrison was the publisher of the Sentinel newspapers in Denver for many years before buying — and later selling — the Aurora Sun.

“Highlight of my year was a Friendship Force humanitarian mission to Myanmar (Burma), where 24 of us from the U.S., Canada, England and Australia took medical supplies to monasteries and orphanages in Yangon, Mandalay and Inle Lake,” says Harrison. “The trip culminated with a sunrise balloon ride over the Buddhist temples at Bagan.”

Meanwhile, Savanna returned to Colorado, and two weeks later landed a job as children’s ski school supervisor in Breckenridge and a week after that the Peace Corps called with an assignment to Nicaragua.

“If all goes as hoped — and planned — in 2014 Savanna will head south next spring,” Harrison says.


Back home for the Christmas holidays with family was Cristina Tuso, daughter of John and Dede of Frisco. The Denver University graduate is a news and sports reporter for Savannah, Ga., WTOC-TV, a CBS affiliate.

The photo was taken in front of Chris Miller’s Silverheels and Kemosabe restaurants, which are located in the Sixth and Main building owned by John Tuso and a couple of partners.

Behind the daughter and dad team, who were taking a break from Christmas shopping, is a TV production crew shooting a Coors Banquet beer commercial.

Also home was Cristina’s brother, John Paul, a University of Colorado student and Buffalo football lineman.


In other social highlights, we offer congrats to Shannon Nicole Sonnett, daughter of Gary and Dawn, who became engaged to Mike Antalek.

A Summit High grad, Shannon went to the University of Northern Colorado and is now teaching at a private school in Denver. Mike, formerly of Steamboat Springs, is a personal trainer. Both are in top-notch condition.


And for Friscoites Mark and Liz McManis, this was a busy year as daughter Niki graduated in April from Pepperdine, with a degree in international business and marketing.

“Niki was invited to join Teach for America, a program that takes recent non-education graduates and places them in underserved schools around the country,” reports mom. “Teaching middle school math in Charlotte, Niki likes it there and is enjoying new friends.”

Younger sister Caity graduated from Summit High in May, a year early. Before graduating, she had taken classes at Colorado Mountain College, with psychology being of most interest. She plans to continue with classes there, studying art and psychology.

Caity is interning with a local welding shop that does structural and artistic works.

A CPA, Mark turned 60 this year. The couple owns the River House on Frisco Main Street.

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

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