Hey Spike! visits with some great folks
What a July Fourth, wouldn’t you agree?
In a variety of recent social settings, Hey, Spike! has visited with lotsa interesting people.
Two of those included Diane and Don Hunt, who were watching the Frisco Fantastic July Fourth Parade from the Main Street office balcony of Steve Smith of Rightpath Investments and Lawyers Jim Bull and Gary Sandblom.
The Hunts have owned a residence in Frisco since 1990, first a townhome, and then building a home over near the Frisco Post Office in 2002.
Don is now the executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), appointed by our recentlyelected Democratic governor, John “Hick” Hickenlooper, the former mayor of Denver.
Like his friend the guv, Don is a businessperson. This is the 60-year-old Minnesota native’s first “government” job, although he’s had plenty of dealings with political agencies as an engineer consultant.
Splitting their time between Denver and here, Diane and Don have a condo in the old Denver Dry Goods store.
Don is enjoying the meetings with businesspeople and many groups like the Colorado Municipal League.
While admitting “we live in a time of mistrust of government – for many reasons – CDOT is doing a good job with its limited funds.”
When introduced to new people, the CDOT chief says he gets alot of “congrats and condolences.” He’s finding his staffers are really committed, which has earned his “respect – a lot more respect.”
Don notes that Colorado has 37 mountain passes over 8,000 feet above sea level, the most in the US, and CDOT has about 3,000 employees, is responsible for a 9,000-mile highway system and about 3,400 bridges.
In the late ’90s, Don was president and CEO of BRW Inc., a transportation and urban development consulting firm. He was involved in the redevelopment of the Stapleton International Airport site after DIA opened.
Also, Don is on the board of Denver Union Station Project Authority.
Don and Diane, avid golfers, skiers and hikers, have been able to spend three-quarters of their time up here over the last decade.
“We love Frisco,” Don says.
Among the many we spotted:
Tom and Cindy Massaro, Jenny Houx and daughter Natalie, Dennis Boyd and Jodie Wiedl, CMC Dean Alton Scales, Jan Shackleford, Rick Hein and Linda Roberts, Phil and Lindy Wilson, Mark Helton, Dr. (and unicyclist) Jim “JB” Bachman and Amy Nelson, Michael and Cheryl Simmons, sisters Vicki and Kathy Archer, Mountain Arts Festival’s Mark Beling, Judith Pollack and Karin Bearnarth; Rollie Jordan, Sandy Mortensen and Lou Wagner, Jim and Connie Bull, Rick and Karen Jablonski, Jen Miller, Rob Philippe and Val Weber, Hoosiers Matt and Kris Moore and daughters Maddie, Aden and Gretchen, Ross and Buffy Perkins and daughter Nora; Pat Butler, Pat and Don Angel, Jeff and Connie Angel, and Lisa Angel; painters David Richey Johnson and Thomas Elmo Williams of Helper, Utah; Randy Smith, Dick Cunningham, Guilloume and wife Gladys, daughter Salome from Albuquerque, and Gladys’ mother, Lid, from Columbia, South America; Ada and Harold Anderson, Mary and Ken Deshaies, Nick and Mary Logan, Mary and Harold Wilson, Bette and Steve Levine, Gala and Sam Eppstein, Kim and Dominick DiLallo, Cole Currier, Kim Adams, Rick and Karen Russell, Susan Doering-Smith and Robin Smith, Karen Lampe and Dr. Jeff Allen, Cindi and Scott Gelman, Nancy Reichman and her mother; Margaret, Kelly, and Mike Smith; Ann and Frank Amorosa, Cindy Beer and Paul Austin and nephew, Tyler, and wife Rachael Austin and their 1-year-old son, Landon from Seattle; Jeff (Rec Sports) Stapleton, Marcia and Joe Newhart, Carre and Dr. John Warner, Phyllis and Gary Martinez, Carrie Balma, Dick Orwig, Paul Pittman and daughter Allison; Kay and Bill Henkhaus (son Jason competed in the Firecracker 50 bike race); Bob Mayerele, Debbie Murphy, Donna Franzen, Teresa Silcox and Eric Fisher, Mary Margaret Motsinger, Mollie McCarthy and Scott Thomas, Nancy and Matt Wyatt, Chad Most, Rob and Brenda Hughey and cousin Margaret and nephew Tyler; Barbara Marcus-McKenna, and Mark and Liz McManus.
Sam Sherstad provided the photo of friend Rick Tidwell of Dallas, as he was waiting to see Frisco’s big parade.
“Rick’s run 57 full marathons, but yesterday he relaxed by simply running the Copper Mountain Half Marathon,” says Sam. “He sat in the empty easy chair just long enough for this photo then he was off to see more of Frisco.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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