Hey Spike! knows cold when he sees it | SummitDaily.com

Hey Spike! knows cold when he sees it

Olympian Billy Kidd, Paula B. Parker, and freestyle veteran Wayne Wong

Really bitter cold weather has dominated this week’s social chatter around Summit County.

Some reports had the mercury resting almost on the bottom with readings as low as a minus 38.

On Hey, Spike!’s south-facing deck in downtown Frisco, the outside sensor was reading OFL, which means “off line,” or too cold, but we take it as meaning “awful” cold.

Having lived here now for almost 30 years, we know these temperatures don’t come around very often – thank you.

Your scribe has lived in Alamosa, out in the middle of the San Luis Valley; and up in the Colorado Northwest Territory of Craig. Both are frigid locales.

Once it was 44 below zero in Alamosa, and when it got up to zero, we thought it was a heat wave.

Up in Maybell, near Craig, the state’s longtime record low temp is 61 below, and was challenged with this week’s minus 58 in Walden, in Moffat’s adjacent county of Jackson, nearly eclipsing that ugly number.


Friends and fans of local entertainer Arnie J. Green are rallying around him with a series of fundraisers as he battles leukemia.

Here’s the rest of the line-up that started earlier this week:

Tonight, Friday, Feb. 4, at 9 p.m., over at The Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern, has Arnie’s Family and Friends, Fried Grease, and guests.

Saturday at 8 p.m., down at The Other Side in Denver, features Arnie along with Bill McKay, Fried Grease, Mighty High Band, Shakedown Street, Dylan66, Dewey Paul Band, Jack Hadley, and surprises.

And on Sunday, after the Superbowl, around 9 p.m.-ish at The Snake River Saloon, it’s the big finale with Arnie’s Family and Friends.


Longtime local Stewart Voutour, a broker with Slifer Smith and Frampton Real Estate, is also working with heli skiing’s Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), as its North American representative.

Stewart says CMH has slated a K2 Skis Demo Week in the Monashees for March 12-19, offering free K2 skis and the chance for a Warren Miller film cameo appearance.

Call him at 970-409-7938 or click on: http://www.cmhski.com


In the pic at the top is Paula B. Parker of the RE/MAX Butch Elich Team and Podium Sports getting hugs from Steamboat Springs’ Olympic skiing medalist Billy Kidd and Wayne Wong, a Canadian Ski Hall of Fame 2009 member and early-day freestyle skier, back in the days when it was called “hot-dogging.”

“The shot of me with Billy and Wayne is from Winter Park SIA’s On-Snow Show this week. It was just a lucky moment, really, but of course, both were icons when I was a kid,” says Paula. “We also saw skiing author Chris Davenport at WPK.”

“We (and husband Sam) took a couple of runs with Bryon Friedman and Erin Sullivan. Bryon and Phil McNichol (former USST coach) have a cool new product that they’re about to launch, a ski pole made with all recycled or sustainable materials – bamboo shaft, cork grip, hemp strap, recycled rubber basket,” she adds.

Also, Paula reports, cycling’s famous Phinney-Carpenter Family of Davis, Connie, and Kelsey were in Podium Sports recently. Kelsey needed ski boots, and saw the ad on FaceBook, came in and got “styled” by Mike Huberman.

Paula says P-C’s son Taylor is setting up his new home over in Europe, and is now racing for BMC, which is Jim Ochowicz’ team (he was Davis’ coach with 7-Eleven).


Out skiing the other day at Copper with Montana Sports of Switzerland CEO Joe Poletti and Precision Ski’s Jim Deines, Spike saw Fred Harris, Sandy Mortensen, John Price, Rob Hill, Sharon Siler, Katy Perrey, Lady Sofia, Craig Arnes, and Jack’s most personable manager, Jeff Ogren.

We also saw Silverthorners Chip Sanders and Sharron Suzanne Feese; Roger Paluska and Dr. Norm and Renee Stoller with son Andrew.


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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