Hey, Spike! serves up a soc-biz menu of sparkling personalities | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! serves up a soc-biz menu of sparkling personalities

Johnny Welsh at Denver Press Club. Welsh, who is the author of “Weedgalized."
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Your serving of Hey, Spike! today provides an array of soc-biz tidbits — pot, music, running and new medical services.

Frisco bartender Johnny “Turtlehead” Welsh, who is also a tender of words on Colorado’s wildly popular marijuana industry as author of “Weedgalized,” is doing book signings here and there.

“The book has a five-star rating so far on Amazon and a 4.2 out of 5 on Goodreads,” reports Johnny, who works at Greco’s Pastaria. “It’s so exciting.

“So far, the book has been in several newspapers around the state, two radio shows, multiple book signings and still going strong. I am currently working on the next book and a screenplay based on the first book.”

Two recent stops on his agenda were at the Denver Press Club (DCP), the oldest such establishment in the country — 1877, presided over today by Bruce Goldberg.

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Once a private club for media types, those interested in a downtown Denver club featuring a quaint bar and restaurant, with rich history, may inquire for membership at denverpressclub.org.

Hey, Spike! has been a member for many years, following his dad, whose caricature is on the wall — one of many metro personalities.

Two other Summit County DPC members are Amy Kemp and Maddie Voutour.


The well-liked and very talented Englishman Len Rhodes of Silverthorne, a pianist, composer, arranger, music director, organist, educator, author and mentor, has published “A New Dictionary of Composers,” at Amazon Paperback Book.

“This composer dictionary is the result of many years of researching the dates and nationalities of composers in the serious music genre,” explains Rhodes. “Listing the composers both chronologically, and also in a separate alphabetical listing, enables the reader to access information quickly.”

“My goal in compiling this book is to provide a complete, accurate and easy reference regarding the timelines, dates and nationalities of the more than 2,200 composers listed,” says Len. “With regard to the ‘nationalities’ of the composers, I determined their country of birth to be the conclusive factor. A great many composers made their reputations elsewhere; however, I feel it is important to identify, where reliable sources are available, the composer’s actual country of origin.”

See lenrhodesmusic.com


Slifer Smith and Frampton real estate photographer Meredith Holt ran her first half-marathon as part of Salida’s 11th Run through Time, put on by the Salida and Buena Vista Running Club.

The race drew 400 competitors — 236 for the half-marathon and 164 for the full.

Meredith’s response: “I don’t think I’ll ever go for a full 26.2 miles, but it was a great course and I’m happy it is over. Perfect weather down there that day.”

Running the 13.1-mile trail and hill course in 2:32:10, Meredith was joined by fellow Summiteers, seasoned runners Maria Teodoru, 3:12:42; Reilly DeSantis, 2:59::23; and Tricia Cole, 2:26:04.


Kaiser Permanente’s open house at Frisco’s Whole Foods Base Camp drew 300 plus well-wishers on March 12, reports spokesperson Susan Fairweather.

“I know KP is happy to be a part of our community with such a positive welcoming by so many community members. The time really flew by. It was a great time and I personally enjoyed planning the party for our community,” explains Susan.

Among those attending included Trygve Berge of Breckenridge, the co-founder of Breckenridge Ski Area and former Norwegian Olympian; Jay Weinstein of Dillon, Fred and Vicki Menzer of Breckenridge, County Commissioners Karn Stiegelmeier and Thomas Davidson, Pine Beetles: Ben Brewer, Dr. “PJ” Perrinjaquet, Eric Fisher and Moose; Tony Pestello of the Summit Chamber, Mark Nunn, County Treasuer Bill Wallace, Phil Huff of Dillon, Patti Welch of Food Hedz, Michael and Sandra DeGarie and the NRO’s Julie Chandler.

Also present for the “official” opening were Dr. Jim “JB” Bachman and Amy Nelson.

A longtime local, JB was a physician here for decades before becoming the chief of staff at St. Anthony’s new hospital. He later moved to Arvada and duties with KP.

Dr. Bachman has pulled recent office hours here with Dr. Pat Dietzgen, and similar visits to Edwards.

JB and Amy still have their Frisco townhome and recently bought a condo over in Dillon Valley East.

The KP Edwards Medical Offices will host a similar event Saturday, March 26, 1-3 p.m.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock 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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