Hey, Spike! tells of a Powdr-ful guy | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! tells of a Powdr-ful guy

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily/Don ButlerJoe King and Hey, Spike! in PV

It is a good news week with the announced pending sale of Copper Mountain Resort to Powdr Corp of Park City, Utah.The private company owns a bevy of other areas, with the list being topped by Park City Mountain Resort, Mount Bachelor in Bend, Ore., and Killington, Vt.While you likely read ace reporter Bob Berwyn’s piece on the announcement, with more coverage in coming editions, here’s a few colorful tidbits about the man who heads the growing conglomerate.His name is John Darnaby Cumming, a very fit 42-year-old who has a 1993 CU-Boulder degree in French. He was a founder in the Mountain Hardwear clothing and equipment firm which was later sold to the motherly Columbia.John has climbed Mount Rainier 69 times as a lead guide for Rainier Mountaineering and summited three other continents’ peaks.He and wife Kristi Terzian Cumming have three kids: son Shane and twin daughters Carina and Quinn. John’s latest Twitter posting reads: “Excited about the @CopperMtn announcement! Great people there! Fantastic mountain! Unbelievable conditions! Perfect for us! Go ski!”***Hey, Spike! and Mary were recently South of the Border, taking in the Puerto Vallarta scene again at the invitation of her cousin Arlette Butler and husband Don, staying at their Sheraton Buganvilias timeshare. The Butlers reside in Clayton, Calif., and Grants Pass, Ore. Their daughter, Marcelle, lived here for a few years back in the ’90s.We arrived Halloween, on a flight that included Friscoites Lynda and Jim Colety and Polly and Dave Schwan, who were headed up to Sayulita and their Casa Blanca.That first night had us seeing Mex-Tex recording star Joe King Carrasco In the US, it’s Tex-Mex, but down south they reverse it.We first saw him in (muy apropos) the Kingdom of Breckenridge back in the ’80s. Joe, now a popular local in PV, was the headline entertainment at the grand opening of the tricky-named Nacho Daddy Bar and Restaurant in the Zona de Romantica. If Joe’s playing, you’re dancing.The scene drew heavy, rave coverage in the pubs. Joe is playing the seaside resort at Nacho’s during the high season – November-March.Spike’s sister soc/biz scribe, Barbara Sands, wrote in her Vallarta Today column: “…and in poured the crowd of mischief makers, miscreants, and uni-boob misses who joined up to make quite a pair.”Nacho Daddy’s owners are Sean Moore and Greta Fuentes-Gouthro.A former slalom and GS ski racer, The King recalled playing Breck and says he loved the place.Joe’s song list includes: “Adios, Mexico,” and “Caca de Vaca.” He has expanded his resume to include filmmaker of his “Rancho No Tengo” (Ranch I don’t have).His earlier group was Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns. Now it’s Joe King Carrasco and the Mexi-Cubanos.Joe’s website: http://www.joeking.comAlso enjoying Joe that night were Freedom Crawford of Bellingham, Wash., and buddies Scott and Luke.Freedom’s mom, April Jones, owns the Passion Flower Gardens B&B and Restaurant in the boat-only-to Yalepa, just south of PV.See the place at: http://www.passionflowergardens.com***And in more “it’s a small world category,” we visited poolside with Colorado Springs residents Lori Thomas and husband Bruce Bettke, photographer Chris and Janet Waldron, and Tom and Willene Merri-man, Lori’s parents.They are friends of Breckenridge Realtor Julia Waldorf of Benefits Choice Real Estate Group, and often visit The Summit to ski.Two other couples enjoying the PV heat were Dave and Nancy Iselin and Bob and Delores Ethier.Dave used to own the Little Swiss Valley Ski Area in Dellafield, Wisc. His cousin (a Swiss native now deceased) was the Sun Valley, Idaho, and Aspen ski instructor, posterboy and author Fred Iselin, a member of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.The couples split time between the Milwaukee area and Sun City, Ariz. The guys are bigtime Pickleball-ers.***To clarify a recent post here: Wendy Yates’ Colorado Design Center is next to the Balance Sheet, while the Kim Cancelosi Studio Inc., is right around the corner into the alley and is the second garage. “Each business is separate and distinct of the other,” says Kim.••••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.Your social info may be emailed to milesfporteriv@aol.com

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