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Week in Summit

Compiled by Jonathan Bowers
jbowers@summitdaily.com

Jeff Graves, senior project manager with the state Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, talks about cleanup efforts at the main entrance to the Pennsylvania Mine on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015.

The STARBUCKS of pot shops?

Another recreational marijuana shop opened in Summit County. But, not just any pot shop. The largest chain in the state decided to open its second location in the county . In fact, given the chance to go public via an IPO, Native Roots would be a company to watch.

One couldn't help but feel as if the chain conglomerate is on the cusp of busting wide open in the business world in the state — that is, to become the go-to cannabis brand in Colorado.

"We'll always strive to be the most competitive in town," stated the chain's co-owner. But, how far would that go? Of course, knocking out or even absorbing the competition is the idea when it comes to going big.

One down, thousands to go

Long described as one of the most toxic abandoned mines in the state, Summit County's own Pennsylvania Mine is about to be sealed up nice and tight — hopefully, once and for all.

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This is a far cry from the 3-million-gallon deadly cocktail of not-safe-for-your-health, Tang-colored, metal-laden mine stew that recently busted forth from a mine near Silverton, located in Southwest Colorado.

Of course, like many mines, including the aforementioned, the Pennsylvania Mine had for decades leaked a similar form of liquid. Penn's unfortunate target was the Snake River, which has become the most impaired watershed in the state.

But, the combined work of the EPA and Colorado's Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety — the two most prominent players in reigning in this mine — have appeared to be almost finished. Two containment plugs in, plus a third on the way will go a long way, in addition to other technology, to lessening this mine's deadly impact on our environment.

Keep it up, gurl

What does 11-year-old Alayna Szuch do to keep beating so many girl and women runners in the county's races?

Part of it has to do with her pre-race regimen: "Good ol' pickled beets and kefir." Yum.

In race after race in the county, it's almost expected to see her in place No. 1 in the standings. And, only 11 years old!

Sadly, she was just squeezed out of qualifying for the national team's competition run in the World (Mountain Running) Championships in Wales.

Her performance is otherworldly. Not Lovecraftian otherworldly, but still otherworldly.

Props to you, Alayna, for being so driven.

How does Bill Linfield get his wild animal shots?

As regular picker-uppers of the paper know, cover photos by Bill Linfield have caught astounding glimpses of flowers, mountains and, quite stunningly, an array of animals.

"People often ask me how I find so much wildlife in Summit County," he commented the other day on his cover photo of a pair of fawns. "I tell them, 'It's there; you just have to be looking!'"

Well, SDN has another theory — that Bill secretly cages and collects the county's plethora of mammals and avians and releases them upon need. An ermine pops its head up upon a your break on Loveland Pass? Sure, Bill. Otters "gleefully playing" in the water as you pass by? Uh-huh. Dogs just happen to be in the park catching frisbees? Yeah, right.

We'll let you keep your little secret, Bill. Just keep up the photo work in the meantime. Everyone loves it, no matter how you get your shots.

One big party

USA Pro Challenge is right around the corner, and that really only means one thing: parties.

Booze, pot and food galore will be lining the roads, no doubt. And, why not? This is a premier race, which will be bring out all the fans — especially in a county with so many active individuals, bikers notwithstanding.

So, while competitors bike 865 miles — day in, day out for 7 day straight days! — make the most of it.

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