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Hey, Spike! salutes Breck’s Saloon Lady

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the DailyJohn, Saloon Lady and gunslinging Dave

Yep, that’s the Saloon Lady Lauren Lewsadder at Fatty’s up in the Kingdom of Breckenridge.

Pictured with Lauren in her get-up as the Saloon Lady are Fatty’s Pizzeria owner John Daisy and Dave Mihm of All The Fix-uns.

In one of her frequent and very informative email “blasts” to Chamber members and the media, Lauren announced she is leaving the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce as its membership director to accept a “generous offer” from Dr. Timothy Nary’s dental practice that will allow her the time to pursue other projects.

“Thank you so much for the generous support you have given me and the Chamber during my short reign as membership director,” says Lauren. “I am not going far and will continue to assist the Chamber until my predecessor is in place.”

She promises to continue to be involved with the events as Happy Hours, 2 for 1’s, Kingdom Days, Oktoberfest, Dew Tour, Ullr (her favorite), Snow Sculptures, Mardi Gras among others.

“It has been a pleasure to work with you on marketing ideas, making the most of events and as a resource and a sounding board for your business strategies,” says Lauren.


Some of the recent visitors to the 10th Mountain Division Hut System report having to break trail through 18 inches of new snow on Tennessee Pass over near Leadville.

Staying two nights at the Jackal Hut at 11,660 feet above sea level were Patrick Haskin of Denver, Sara Boyd of Frisco and Vail Resorts-Keystone Resort Property Management; Randi Boyd of Parker, and Susan Chin of Colorado Springs. 

“Jackal Hut is a replica of the Fowler-Hilliard hut that burned down last year,” reports Sara. “We stayed at the Fowler-Hilliard hut last April before an electrical short burned it down – we weren’t the last ones in it.”

Sara, who overnighted at the Eiseman (Dr. Ben) Hut in 1998, is already making plans for next year’s trek.


It’s that time of year again when college graduation announcements hit the post office boxes.

Local Shannon Nicole Sonnett will be handed her BA in education diploma from Greeley’s University of Northern Colorado on May 8.

Shannon, who attended the Summit School system from preschool to her SHS graduation, is the daughter of Gary and Dawn Sonnett of Breckenridge, who own Colorado Mountain Activities.

And graduating from Regis University in Denver on May 9 is Ashley Lynn Bass, daughter of Donna and Vern Bass.

She will also get a BA in education, graduating summa cum laude. In June Ashley will go into the Peace Corps and head to Honduras. She is fluent in Spanish and has spent a few months in Costa Rica.

Ashley is the granddaughter of Don and Jane Peterson of Frisco, and the niece of Lyn and Dave Philips of Kremmling. The Peterson-Philips Clan owns Summit Gold.


We got this from ex-Copperite Rudy Papaco recently:

“Hey, Spike!, saw your column in the SDN when I was back visiting the county a few weeks back – it brought a smile to my face.”

Rudy’s living in the Southern California wine country, near Temecula, and still works in events and concert productions. He stayed with friends Greg and Susan Johnson over in Avon, and saw former Copper lift op Paul Duprey, who is one of the lead lift mechanics at Beaver Creek.

“It’d been since ’84 that Paul and I saw each other. We skied one day with my 14-year-old son, Tyler,” Rudy says.


Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner and a resident of Summit County since 1982. He and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers in Summit County for 20 years.

Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com.

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