Hey Spike! has news from Climax, Summit Chamber
In some good economic news, the Climax Molybdenum Mine atop Fremont Pass is gearing up for a re-opening as the price of “moly” climbs.Started back around WWI, the underground and then open pit operation hit a high point in the early ’70s with about 3,200 miners laboring on three shifts, churning out the gray substance used in the strengthening of steel and for lubrication.Hey, Spike! was one of those for almost two years – 1973-75 – way down on the 600-foot level.The Lake County mine has gone through a host of ownerships over the decades. Now it’s FCX Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold. All those owners have demonstrated a supportive corporate attitude and many of the workers called Summit County home. Their healthy wages boosted the standard of living.Most recently, Tara Hosick, Climax community relations manager, announced 145 job openings in the open-pit preparation are being listed, with total employment nearing 400 at full operation.Company plans call for spending $350 million this year, with the anticipated opening in 2012.For more job info, see the Colorado Work Force Center in Frisco.****The Summit County Chamber of Commerce hosted its monthly mixer at the Bank of the West in Frisco on Wednesday, additionally sponsored by Knight Accounting and Technology, Harvest Catering, Coors Light and Woodward at Copper.Among those Hey, Spike! spotted in attendance were WMI Territory Manager Jeanne Severson, TheRoundtable.com’s Pam Brodt, Bank of the West Loan Officer Candy Heide, Lawyer Rob Waterman, Kevin Mastin of The Mastin Group; Edward Jones’ Mark Nunn, the Summit Chamber president; Affinity Wealth Management Group’s Aleda Kresge, Rightpathinvestments.com’s Steven R. Smith, Summit County Surveyor Gary Wilkinson, Bank of the West VP Julieanne Cobb-Gilchrist, Bob Bloch of Bob Bloch Photography; Bank of the West Insurance’s Heidi Bowen Maike, and Payscape Advisors’ Loriann DeAngelis.And High Country Real Estate’s Bo and Bernie Zurbriggen, Summit Daily News Publisher (Bossman) Matt Sandberg, NRO PR maven Julie Chandler, skier Lou Wagner, CPA Larry Stone, Lawyer-Judge Ron Carlson, Lawyer Felice Huntley, activist Sandy Briggs, Wells Fargo Bank Mortgage Broker Rolando Cuadrado, president of the Summit Rotary Club; US Bank-er Jenny Kempner and baby Logan; Howard Hallman of Our Future Summit; Mountain Ghost Business Broker Thom Beckett, Colorado West Regional Mental Health’s Del Bush, and Michele Knight of Knight Accounting and Technology.Other Bank of the West-ers included: Melissa Marquez, Chris Crisler, Rica Dymond and daughter Celide and grandma Celide; Lily Batey, Juanita Coy, Beth Bartling and Brittany Balderston and daughter Taryn.****Bob and Roseann Hausman and daughter Christine Voutour, with son-in-law Stewart, are back in the ski and bike biz after selling Team Managers over by the Holiday Inn a few years back.”Hey, Spike!, you are not aware, since we have not yet advertised, Team Managers Ski (will be and Bike this summer) is back,” says Stewart. “Bob and Roseann ‘got’ it back in early fall. I am the general manager and Chris is doing the accounting. Putting in long hours to make it work, we are actually glad to be back.”****Mark and Liz McManis, owners of the River House Lodge by the Frisco T. McGeehan Post Office, hosted a swell Super Bowl party.Attending were Jon, Claudia and Ali Kreamelmeyer, Rick and Judi Amico, Pauly Connelly, Mahnaz Ilgen, Sherry Gaede, Dave Sebastian, Donna Skupien and Gary Moore, Steve and Jennifer Brauns, Scott Holzer, Mike, Connie and Matt Schultz, Pat and Leah Baxter and Linda, Geoff Hamilton, Richard Gannon and Cathy, Peter Siegel, and M&M.****Here from Coeur d’Alene Idaho, and living in Dillon for the winter are Ivan and Jeri Ostfeld. Welcome.Avid touring motorcyclists in the warmer months, they are retired from the outdoor sign business. They have the popular EPIC ski passes and are regulars on area slopes. ****While out standing on Old Main Street Frisco for the annual Gold Rush fireworks, we met Bastiaan and Rebekah Pot, a young couple who have BastechComputers.com in the McCrerey Building. Bastiaan is from Holland.****Hey, Spike! and Miss Mary were joined by Frisco/Longmont-ers Brenda, Rob Hughey and cousin Margaret for some “sliders” and drinks at Ollie’s Pub and Grill, downstairs in the old Barkley’s.Owners Rob Pantle and Alan Bullock were working a busy place. The very long blonde-haired Kristen Russell was attentive and told of her Clear Creek rafting guide fun.****Michiganders Dale Phelps and Mark Fisher enjoyed our deepening champagne powder recently with high school buddy Dave “Petey” Petersen of RE/MAX. All three were teenage ski instructors at Cannonsburg Ski Area, up near Belmont.Dale owns four Village Bike Shops in Grand Rapids. Mark lives in Glen Arbor, where he’s the high school ski coach and sells real estate for Coldwell Banker.••••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 email@example.com
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