Hey, Spike! knows a few patrollers | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! knows a few patrollers

With great friends like Chuck “CT” Tolten, Sam Parker, Don Riggle, Phil Church, Phil Huff, Dick Jacquemard, Allen Arms, Chris Colman, CJ Julin, Bruce “Popeye” Cochran, Frank Kelble, and Larry Schmidt, how could Copper Mountain Resort veteran patroller Dave Balerud not have retired in style after about three decades of service.

Honored at a party Monday night at JJ’s in the East Village, “‘rud” was the target of good stories and the infamous Copper hymn (“Him, him…”).

There to see their father honored were kids Audrey and Jack. Ex-Nancy Balerud was also there.

Dave is headed to the fertile hills of Iowa, where he’ll put his ability of getting up early and golf course superintendent skills to work as a farmer on S-O Annie’s family place.

Others present in a group numbering a couple of hundred included Patrol Director Hagen Lyle, Ben Way, Mike Russo and family, Mike Stecher, Kristie Huff, Seth Bartley, Jim Deines, John and Sue Hasegawa, Paula Parker, Pam Cochran, Pat Schmidt, David Engdahl, Tyler Myers, Karen Riggle, Jim Sears, Noni Love, Lori Frishette, Todd and Kim Casey, Todd Brown, Dan Wardrop, Sara Call, Will Borg, Bill Blair, Amy Aldridge, Kyle Harden, Kelsey Gray, Nic Pollard, Janie Merickel, Jeff Ogren, and Rocky and Cee Cee Miles with the newest “patroller” Oliver Roscoe in-tow.


You can maintain true love at the Silverthorne Factory Outlet Stores as fellow Pueblo natives Kenn Brantley and Kristen Gregorio have discovered.

Kenn is the manager, and has been for nearly three years, at the Denver Mattress Co., while until recently Kristen was a manager at the Polo Ralph Lauren Store.

They are planning a June 27 wedding in their hometown. Kenn graduated from Pueblo County High and Kristen from Pueblo South. Congrats.


This came in from Sharon “Corkie” Ramey:

“Hey, I thought of a cool segment for your Hey, Spike! column.

“It would be neat to have us oldtimers remember (if we can) some happenings from long ago in Summit County.

 “I was reminded in a letter to the editor recently the name of the restaurant in the Antlers/Breeze building was called Whiskey Creek. 

“Here, I’ll even start it out:

“Who remembers when the entire parking lot at Keystone was a beaver pond?

“And, what was the name of the fellow who had a private house across the street from the lift? It was also surrounded by beaver ponds.

“Does anyone remember when Kurt and Sadie Link cleaned out the culvert at the road going to Loveland Pass village so the beaver dams would not destroy Highway 6? I think they started it in 1969.

“How about when Sunni Teize did pottery? 

“And, the horse stable on Main Street in Breckenridge?

“Remember what a battle was held planting trees on Main Street in Breckenridge?

“Or the rollover of the bird seed truck on Highway 6 just below the spring?

“What year was the highway overpass built allowing the on-ramp from Frisco into Ten Mile Canyon? 1976

“What a fun vignette this would be ” especially for us older ones. I can think up more contest facts if we are having a prize.”

You may contact her at tracks@colorado.net


Happy 66th birthday to Marty Lessow up in the Kingdom of Breckenridge. The actual date isn’t until early May, but lots of his friends got together recently to mark the coming event.


Congrats to Don and Jane Peterson of Summit Gold, who recently celebrated 52 years of marriage. Wowsers!


And now for some names and faces spotted out and about:

Artist Mark Ortiz, Tom Cameron, Val McComb, Jim and Pat Dover, Paul Connelly, Dr. “JB” Bachman and Amy Nelson, Molly McCarthy, Sharil Caffery, John Davis, Tim Cardamon, Jim “Stick” Cancelosi, Frank Pfeiffer, Bob Mayerle, Tom Prentiss, Kris Le Crozier, and Tom “TC3” Connolly.


Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a resident of Summit County since 1982. He is an award-winning investigative reporter who, with wife Mary E. Staby, owned newspapers in Summit County for nearly 20 years.

Your social info may be emailed

to milesfporteriv@aol.com

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