Hey, Spike! points out the fall colors | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! points out the fall colors

Miles F. Porter IV
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This has to rank as one of the latest, longest, and most colorful fall seasons for Summit County.


The aspens are gloriously golden – heading into their red phase – and it looks like it’s going to continue for a little longer, which is most welcome since we got that late start to summer.

Newspapers, tv stations, plus Facebook are offering up photos of our highcountry beauty.

On my FB page, some of those friends providing color shots come from Kim Orr, Matt Krane, Jeannette Gongloff, Tobye Privett, Jonny Greco, Jackie Leech Stoffel , Steve Weidenbacher and Tom Fricke.


And writing of changes this fall, taking the helm of the Frisco Town Hall on an interim basis is Finance Director Bonnie Moinet, replacing Michael Penny, who’s headed to the city manager’s slot in Littleton.

Michael was honored Tuesday at an open house before the regular Town Council meeting.

Yesterday, the town staff all gathered at the Frisco Peninsula Lodge for a luncheon, catered by Lisa and George Tousey’s Deli Belly, to bid adieu.

Bonnie has been with the town since spring 2007, following almost two decades with the City of Alamosa.

She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Adams State College and is a certified public accountant and a certified public finance officer. 

Her number crunching efforts here have resulted in numerous awards from professional organizations.

“I am honored that the council has asked me to serve as interim town manager and appreciate the trust they have placed in me,” says Bonnie. “While everyone will miss Michael Penny and all he has brought to the town and community, the town has an extremely talented staff who all remain committed to performing the obligations of their departments.”

“With the expert guidance of the council and support of staff, I expect the town will operate in the same efficient manner as usual during this time of transition,” she adds, noting she’s not planning on applying for the top job.

While the process of hiring a new town manager is in its early stages, the council hopes to have a permanent title-holder on-board in January.

Deadline for application is Oct. 7.


Another change in the area is that Cardboard Coyote standing guard out at the Copper Creek Golf Course headed by Jeff Ogren and JP Chevalier.

Joined by others in the pack, there were no geese to be seen on Wednesday, but a large raucous raven was checking one out – albeit from a distance.

Please note that mountainside color.


Steve Smith and Hey, Spike! enjoyed a round of nine holes up at Erroll Miller’s Breckenridge Golf Course, being paired up with big hitters Denver’s Stephen Fernandes and TJ Messerschmitt of Relish and Twist. Enjoyable.


Down in Denver the other night, that fiddler of note, Doug Kershaw, known as the “Ragin’ Cajun,” escaped injury when the plaster and sheet rock ceiling of the old Oriental Theater fell right down minutes after he left the stage.

No injuries were reported.

A resident of Greeley, the 75-year-old recording star had a night club here back in the ’90s, over in the Frisco Station, oldtimers may recall.

Here’s some of Denver Post writer John Moore’s report:

“Most of his equipment, including his guitar and accordion, were flattened. His famous fiddle was still under his arm, safe.

“But she’s such a beautiful old theater, it’s got to be repaired,” said Kershaw, who is volunteering to come back and play the first show celebrating its reopening.”

Kershaw plays the Oriental frequently because it’s in northwest Denver where wife Pamela Eson was raised.

“It’s not a moneymaking thing,” he said. “It’s for my wife, because she can get all her friends out there. She used to see movies at the Oriental as a kid.”


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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