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Miles F. Porter IV
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Down in Silverthorne on Sunday night you can bet Marianna Manning Duford and family will be glued to the TV watching Survivor Nicaragua.

Marianna’s great nephew, Judson Birza, aka Fabio, is in the finals and has a chance to win the $1 million. The 21-year-old Holt High School grad is from Wentzville, Mo.

“He is absolutely brilliant, but has been portrayed as a ditzy blond surfer dude,” says Marianna. “He turned 21 while they were filming the show. I’m sooo proud of his ethics and good nature. It’s amazing how the producers cut and edit to drive the show.”

Later on, Marianna and husband Bill are going to Cozumel and meeting up with Silverheels’ and Kemosabe’s Bobby and Xander Starekow to soak up some sun and sand over the holiday season.

“This is the first time in 30 years we won’t be in Summit County for Christmas,” she says.

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Hey, Spike! wishes a happy birthday today to Breckenridge’s Upper Blue Elementary School first grade teacher

Shelley Flavell.

Husband Jeff writes: “My lovely wife Shelley is celebrating a birthday on Dec. 17 and if you have room in your weekly column to mention it, I would appreciate it. The last couple of years I feel like I’ve been failing in the creative category as far as birthdays go with her. Seeing this in your column would be the perfect start to her day amongst a few other things I and our son Carter have in store for her later.”

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In that photo with Santa Claus in downtown Frisco is the Johnson Family: Joe and Kristy and kids Gabriel and Olivia from Silverthorne.

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Coming up Tuesday, the 21st, the shortest day of the year, a group of Copper Mountain old timers will gather to re-dedicate “Ralph’s Run,” a little run leading into Main Vein.

“Ralph’s Run might be the shortest ski run in North America with the least amount of vertical feet,” says organizer John “Geek” Guenther.

Here’s a list of personalities likely making it: Chris Colman, Bruce “Goose” Hodson, Richard “Don’t Call Me Dick” Thompson, Robbie “Shobbie Gene” Scholl, Andy “Slow Kid” Daly, “Too Tough Tommy” and Eric Malmgren, “Uncle” Larry and “Tornado” Pat Schmidt, Chuck “CT” Tolton and Lovely Lucy Kay, Steve “The Chief” Skulski, CJ Julin, Tim Thompson, Jim “Buzzard” and Marcia “Mooshie” Spenst, Bill “Rodeo” Rode, Duffy “Very Sound” Wilson, Mikey and Betsy Cuthbertson, Jack and Lynn Renard, Bruce “LaRue” Livoni, Al “Both Shoulders?” and Nancy Roman, Mark Sabatini, Bruce “Popeye” Cochran, Scott “Scooter” and “Nurse” Suzy Randolph, Danny “Amos” Moroz, Ray Bishop, Doug “Sluggo” Loring, Mike “Weister” Weise, Mike “Commander” Dorsey, Don Coleman, Karen Rooney Uhlaender, Bob Hartzell, Bill “Murph” Murphy, Don Riggle, “Smokin’ Slow” Joe Fassel, Roger Peart, Bob Winsett, Sam “Alpaca” Parker, John “The Klit” Klitzke, Alex Miller, Skip Otto and mfpiv and mfpv.

The day starts at 10 a.m., with a meet and greet at Jack’s cafeteria area, then free skiing time, followed by a noon gathering at Ralph’s Run for re-dedication ceremony and group photo. At 2 p.m., head back to Jack’s. Join us.

John can be reached at: (970) 318-6736 and jguenther7@gmail.-com 

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It was good to see Brad Johnson’s byline in a local paper again when he penned recollections of the Keystone Teller Lift tragedy. He was reporter and editor of the long-gone Summit Sentinel and now lives in Watertown, S.D.

Brad has been with Johnson Appraisal Inc., since 1993 and took over ownership of the firm in 1997. A graduate of the University of South Dakota, Brad has served as president of the Watertown City Council and Rotary Club.

In 2003, he was appointed by the governor to the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources.

His email: bdjohnson@iw.-net

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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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