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Hey Spike! gathers news on the run

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily/Miles F. Porter IVSee that fat little ptarmigan in the golden aspen grove above Dillon?

This is how – sometimes – news becomes news, especially in a small community.

While running our regular route out on the recpath and back into Frisco on Second Street, by the Bob and Deb Helton residence, we stopped briefly to chat with Deb, who asked if we had any info on Dr. Erin Van Gundy.


Seems the athletic 28-year-old dentist, daughter of Woody and Melinda, suffered a stroke while riding her bike in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she is a dentist with Fairbanks Public Health. Erin was assisted by several passersby who saw her get off her bike and slump down on the path. One of the folks had a medical background and called 911, and Erin was rushed to the hospital.

Continuing our run, we stopped by the Main Street RE/MAX office where Melinda is a veteran broker. A few more details were gleaned there from her concerned fellow Realtors. Brokers Kim Hebron and Jeff Angel were handling the initial info.

Next was a visit further down the street at Blue River Pottery and owner Kathy Schmid, whose son Drake is close friend of Erin’s and had visited her in Alaska.

Erin’s parents were up that way a few weeks back to visit, and Melinda’s with her now in Seattle’s Harborview Med Center.

The Van Gundys found out while riding bicycles in Yellowstone National Park with fellow Friscoites Peter and Alicia Dunn.

Quick medical attention and Erin’s excellent physical condition has doctors and family feeling positive about her recovery.

She’ll be transferred to Craig Rehab in Englewood next week to continue her therapy.

Speaking with Woody – back for a couple of days – yesterday, he reiterated an earlier email, saying:

“Hey, Spike,

“Thanks for the kind words. Erin is improving daily – people can follow her progress on http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/erinvangundy and view pics and comments. Will touch base when back in Frisco, maybe end of next week for a few days. She most likely will rehab in Denver or Summit County after her release in Seattle sometime in the middle of October.

“Regards, Woody”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Erin and her family.


Lunching with Pooh Bishop at the Arapahoe Cafe over in Dillon on Wednesday allowed us to catch up with the former newspaper owner (she and Sarah Jones started the Copper Cable, which we later owned) and is now a literacy expert and tutor.

We chatted about her and husband Ray’s trip to Macau to visit son Warren, a lighting projectionist of international renown.

Now back for a break here, the Summit High and University of South Dakota grad spent a year working on the House of Dancing Water production. He also worked two seasons on the nationally touring Wizard of Oz show.

Here’s the link to Macau: http://tinyurl.com/3tygfh6

Accompanying the Bishops to Macau were Ray’s sister, Peggy Seeley of Brownfield, Texas, and Garry and Jane Tapp of Silverthorne and Denver.

When we left, Pooh pointed out the golden aspen grove on Ptarmigan Mountain that looks like the little birds which do very little flying, from whence comes the name.

Earlier, on arriving at the corner cafe, we chatted with Keystone’s Joe “Captain Video” Kellie, who was enjoying a glass of wine with friends.


We heard from Breck’s Ben Gordon, who hosted an art opening involving three spaces right next to each other – 200, 202 and 204 S. Ridge St.: Janis Bunchman’s acrylics and mixed media at Zoe’s Hair Design, digital and traditional artwork at Gordon Arts, and that new restaurant called Twist – on classic comfort food.

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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