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Hey, Spike! offers a hello and a goodbye

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The hello:

“Belgian Bean. Sippin an americano before a community meeting @CopperMtn. Storm a-brewin!”

That’s what Copper’s new owner, John D. Cumming, tweeted via Twitter as Wednesday’s afternoon spring winds were picking up for our latest storm.

Then the 42-year-old former mountain climbing guide, family man, and increasingly successful ski resort owner across the United States, spoke to a room full of guests, most of whom are older.

John, brother Dave, and father Ian recently purchased the nearly 40-year-old resort from Intrawest.

Copper is extremely fortunate the Cummings and their Powdr Corp. came along. And John D. feels similarly lucky with Copper joining the lineup that includes Killington and Pico Mountain in Vermont, Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor, Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort and Gorgoza Park, Lake Tahoe’s Soda Springs and Boreal, and the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort.

John expressed confidence in the Copper management team headed by Gary Rodgers, who introduced him.

The new owner explained he had skied Copper back in the ’90s as a student at CU-Boulder. He later graduated with a major in French.

Some attending the soiree included:

Greg Finch, Alan Henceroth, Gini Bradley, Thomas Davidson, CJ Julin, Lucy Kay, Chuck “CT” Tolton, Peter Siegel, Kasey Geoghegan, Suzy Randolph, Tom and Diane Malmgren, Chris Colman, Bruce Hodson, Larry Sawyer, Bill Pelham, Gary Wilkinson, Mark Sabatini, Gary Haseloh, Kim Siebenaller, Matt Sandberg, Jim Morgan, Don and Cindy McCoy, Gary and Phyllis Martinez, Steve Smith, Rick Oshlo, Maureen Westerland, Lee Zimmerman, Dr. Phil Freedman, White River National Forest’s Scott Fitzwilliams and Roger Poirier, and Dillon Ranger Shelly Grail.


And the goodbye:

Lawyer-emcee-jokester-musician Jay Bauer was bid a fond adieu following his passing March 2 of cancer.

Your scribe attended lots of social events where Jay’s witty ad libs provided many an evening’s highlights.

You, sir, are greatly missed.

Attending the function were:

Sheriff John Minor, Sheriff Delbert Ewoldt, Harlow Perrigo and Jan Prowell, David Helmer, Judge Terry Ruckriegle, Monica McElyea, Steve Letofsky, Leland and Linda Workman, Don and Betsy Sather, Bernie and Bo Zurbriggen, Art Hyde Jr., Steve and Sandee Smith, Eric Fisher, Mark and Colleen Richmond, Dr. J.B. Bachman, Herb and Judy Allen, Jeff Cooper, Marilyn and Marc Hogan, Felice Huntley, DA Mark Hurlbert and Derald Hurlbert, Gary and Phyllis Martinez, Lindy and Phil Wilson, Kate and Ben Brewer, Fast Eddie O’Brien, Tom Hronek, Linda Roberts, Kim and Ray Slaughter, Bob and Deb Helton, Pooh Bishop, Tom Malmgren, Rick Hum, Jack and Nancy Watson, Mimi Lamson, Sue and Dr. Jerry Peterson, Kent Willis, Gary Wilkinson, Pat and Rick Bly, Sandy Greenhut, Chuck Leathers, Howard and Deanie Zelkin, Monte McClenahan, Don and Jane Peterson, Peter Dunn, Nanci Campbell, Ken Deshaies, Alex Miller, Steve West, Mark McCrerey, Jerry Divine, Sue Feldmann, Ron Shelton, Rob Neyland, Katy and Suzy Marrone, Bonney and Bill Moody, Fred and Joanne Sprouse, Karen and Brian Wray, Janet Carter, Henry Barr, Dennis Krueger, Chris Eby, Gray Pearson, Terry Novak, Nancy Peterson, Gil Smith, Marshall McKinney, Randy Hodges, Rob and Jude Mitchell, Danny McCrerey, Joni Bauer, Bob and Nancy Laurence, Susan Juergensmeier, Rick Jones, Jeff Bauer, Lynn Bauer, George and Joni Potekhen, Sheila Groneman, Sandy Olbright, Ellen French, Ernie and Emily Markey, Cathy and Tony Snyder, Amanda and Daniel Hren, Jeff Burns, Jay’s mother, Gloria, and sister Dori.

SDN’s Robert Allen and Mark Fox provided detailed coverage.


Hey, Spike!

Please say a big hello to a group of Buckeyes – the Ski Patrol and Ski Instructors – from Mad River Mountain in Ohio. Staying in Frisco and skiing The Summit, it is a great group of skiers winding up the season.

C. Richard Ike,

Marysville, Ohio


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. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers in Summit County for 20 years.

E-mail your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com

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