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Hey, Spike! tells of warmer temps

Miles F. Porter IV
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It was one of those postcard “Wish you were here” messages from Grand Junction.

What a difference a couple of hours and a drive of less than 200 miles can make from our continuing wintery onslaught of Summit County: The temps were lovely – in the mid-80s.

We were over that way for the annual Jazz and Arts Festival in downtown Grand Junction.

As a bonus to the trip we got to see numerous folks with longterm attachments to The Summit.

Here’s the lineup:

Glen Buchan, who lived in Summit from 1974-92, leaving to live in Boulder for two years.

“I was general manager for Rec Sports and then Norway Haus ski shops,” Glen recalls. “Jodi and I got married in Breckenridge in 1984 and, yes, Jim “JB” Besterfeldt was my best man.”

The Buchans have one daughter, Katie, who is 24, and a Special Needs person and is the reason for the Grand Junction move, because of the great programs they have.

“We have been in GJ about one-and-a-half years, and we lived in Steamboat Springs for the previous 13 years, where I was the director of design for a company called SmartWool,” says Glen. “They make the finest Merino wool socks and outdoor apparel.”

With his MountainSource.com firm, Glen is now an independent sales rep for SmartWool, along with Vibram Fivefingers and several small outdoor accessory lines, and travels western Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

An ex-Summiteer there again with his traveling booth show was John “Tie-Dye John” Busscher, now of Carbondale in the Roaring Fork Vallley.

John began living in Frisco in the ski season of 1977-78, and moved away a few years back, when “the live and let live mentality” began disappearing, he notes.

“I wasn’t so excited about all the growth, when the county was basically becoming just a suburb of Denver,” he explains. “But what a gorgeous, beautiful place, filled with some great people – skiing A-Basin over 100 days a year was my life in the winter back then.”

Doing about 22 shows each year, John finds strong market demand for his Dye-namics.com products like T-shirts, dresses, skirts and sweatshirts. This summer you’ll again find him with his tent booth next to the Moosejaw for a couple of shows.

Others living over in the Grand Valley we visited with included Bob and Claudia Alster, Ron Wilson and son Jed, Tim Kral and Teri Roth, Roberta and Mark “Sharky” Fish, Bert and Shirley Snyder, Betty and Craig Robillard, and Dick Armey.

We also ran into still-Breckenridgers Tony DiLallo, and Robin and Patty Theobald.

Friscoite Steve Smith was over that way for a round of golf and some road-biking around Palisade.

Coming up from Montrose was really bigtime mountain bike racer Laurie Brandt, a leading geologist, and daughters Paige and Abby.

In some other news about former High Country locals who now call western Colorado home, Hey, Spike! got some info from Reba Cox Novotny regarding the annual Summit County Picnic in Palisade, slated for Saturday June 4, 11 a.m., to 4 p.m., with potluck lunch at noon, at Church of the Nazarene, 3595 Front St.

“Anyone who is interested is welcome,” says Reba.

Cups, plates, silverware, napkins, ice tea, coffee, water and lemonade will be provided (no alcohol allowed), Reba explains.

If you have questions, contact Reba at 970-241-5925, rrn1227@-yahoo.com; and Patsy Cox, shtgranny@-yahoo.com; or Wanda Christiansen Fifield at pwfl@sisna.com


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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