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Hey, Spike! finds 2 lost Cajuns

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily/Miles F. Porter IVAbout 25 years ago, this foursome, left to right, Cecil "The Beast" Fell, Kevin "Skins" Fergeson, Edwin Peckem "Pecky" Kibbe, and Phil "No Class" Lacasse offered a toast in the Old Dillon Inn bar.

Hey, Spike! welcomes newcomers Capt. Raymond and Belinda Griffin to the Old Main Street Frisco restaurant scene with their Lost Cajun.

They own Griffin Fishing Charters about 30 minutes from New Orleans, in Lafitte and fell in love with Summit County, buying a condo and renting space at 204 Main from Tom Hallin.

“We don’t go fishin’,” says Capt. Raymond in a gravely drawl of his charter biz where they go after redfish, flounde, bass, and trout. “We go catchen.”

“As the owner of Griffin Fishing, I don’t get to fish as much as the rest of our guides, but most folks that fish with me say that I get so excited they think that I’m going to have a heart attack! I love fishing and I love to see people catch fish,” says Raymond.

The Griffins will soon open the Lost Cajun in the spot where John Henry’s was. The restaurant will feature authentic Louisiana gumbo and beignets. Sounds good!


Jim Hicks wrote a nice note regarding that Buddy Nicholson story we ran.

“One of your best articles – too bad it is such a sad story. I can still taste the chile rellenos at the ODI. We see Ricky Rogers of the Copper Still days here in Dallas. He is with the Black Eyed Pea.”

A long time ago, Jim and Bobbie had A Country Garden, the floral and gift shop at Copper Mountain.


A few weeks ago, during a stop at Martin Green’s Barber Shop, Hey, Spike! chatted with Caterpillar expert Tom Zavodny of Tomcat Service; Three Peaks resident Alan Dale, who works at The Raven Golf Course; and Ron Alexander, a longtime Giberson Ranch-er.


Right now Hey, Spike! and “Maria” are in Puerto Vallarta at the Sheraton Buganvilias Vacation Club with relatives Arlette and Don Butler of Grants Pass, Ore. Their lovely daughter Marcelle Hull will soon join us.

While here we’ve met Joe Racanelli, who once lived in Boulder and Telluride, and takes pride in noting that way back in about 1991 he was the second guy in Vail to be arrested for using someone else’s season ski pass.

He sells timeshares here at the Sheraton, along with Doug Lockett, Jules Ballas, Guillermo Bello, Mariano Silva and Paco Carrillo.

The Sheraton is a huge oceanfront property, offering nearly a thousand hotel and “vacation club” rooms, and is the closest to downtown PV.

Running the show is Jose Luis Garcia Arce, a 30-ish and single grandson of the property’s founding family, which also owns Mexico’s Coca-Cola. He lives here, is very visible, and makes sure things are top-notch.

And like last year, we visited Nacho Daddy’s to hear Mex-Tex star Joe King Carrasco on Halloween.

We’ve also become acquainted with Margo Mendoza and Barbara Wise of Pacifica, Calif., and Lakewood’s Green Mountain residents Julia and George Cole.


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 milesfporteriv@aol.com.

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