Hey, Spike! sees ’em coming and going | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! sees ’em coming and going

by Miles F. Porter IV
Summit Daily/Miles F. Porter IVNetworking at the Summit Chamber of Commerce mixer are, left to right, Pam Brodt, theroundtablenetwork.com president; lawyer Felice Huntley of West, Brown, Huntley and Thompson; and NRO marketing ace Julie Chandler. Hosting a good turn-out of the Chamber members was Mountain Comfort Furnishings, owned by Heather and Bill Jarski, in Frisco.

There has always been a flow and ebb of peoples populating The Summit – from the native Utes, the subsequent miners and railroaders, to our current winter/summer resorts’ staffers and their visitors.

Recently, we’ve written about a few longtimers leaving for elsewhere, and just last week about Mark Finn, who again opened up his Dillon optical shop.

This column edition tells of Dr. Michael “Mikey” Silverman’s hopes of coming back to the mountains.

A popular ski instructor at Copper Mountain, and for his last years (1982-88) he was at Keystone Resort, Mikey, a single guy who now has a Ph.D (USC ’04) in education with emphasis on sustainable communities, and lectures at UCLA about things green along with gender issues.

“I’m thinking about doing a winter on The Summit,” Mikey says. “Not ski teaching, of course; rather being in the county to enjoy the beauty of the place and do some skiing, while I’m teaching an education course online.” 

“One objective is to get involved with Colorado Mountain College or one of its Western Slope campuses,” he explains. “Believe it or not, I had a job offer from CMC in Glenwood Springs in 2005, but couldn’t work it out at that time.”

Email: silvermanmc@gmail.com


Congrats to Rockies Real Estate Network brokers Mike and Peggy Madsen of Silverthorne, who recently auditioned into the Colorado Choir in Denver.

“Beautiful music and people,” Mike reports.

“Casey Jones, my old choral director from Adams State College in Alamosa, started the Colorado Choir 37 years ago,” Mike continues. “Casey retired this year, but Kelly Parmenter, who is our similar vintage with ASC roots, is the new director.”

And writing of the San Luis Valley, the Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church is collecting men’s clothing to donate to La Puente Homeless Shelter and Thrift Store there. Drop off yours by Oct. 21.


Joining nearly 54,000 others in Denver’s annual Susan B. Komen Race For the Cure of breast cancer were locals Maxine Thomas, Jane Peterson, and Lyn Philips.

Walking the 3.1-mile fundraiser event with them were Maxine’s daughter-in-law Carlene and granddaughters Brie Anna and Danielle.


Congrats to Wonderful Woodies’ Bill Tordoff, who stages Frisco Bay Marina’s Rendezvous on the Rockies Classic Wooden Boat Show.

At the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Classics Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society at the Boatyard in Frisco, Bill received the chapter President’s Cup from President Jim McGaughy of Colorado Springs for his efforts.

Bill shared the award with partner Wayne Spaulding.


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.

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to milesfporteriv@aol.com.

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