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Life on the Summit: Hey Spike! says NRO’s a big deal

by Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the DailyNRO's Laurie Barr and Kerry Farrell

Laurie and Terry Barr hosted a well-attended National Repertory Orchestra gala event at their Keystone Resort residence on Wild Irishman on Sunday.

Laurie is to be the next president of NRO board, succeeding Bonnie Kirschenbaum.

In addition to those named above, others present and accounted for were Terry and Carlie Barnhart, Steve and Pat Larson, Sandy Mortensen and Lou Wagner, Laurie and John Williams, Joey Terriquez, Brian and Beryl Edney, Nancy and Bob Follett, Reginald and Pam Gray, John and Polly Loewy, Jim and Anita Kreider, Bob and Cynthia Benson, John and Gretchen Swift, Mike and Libby Bortz, Robin Hadley, Gary (nice to have you back home as county manager) and Phyllis Martinez, Gerri Cohen, Flodie and John Anderson, Ann Brewster, Sam Kuller, Betsy and Don Sather, Marilyn and Marc Hogan, Steve and Kathy Corneillier, Lee Zimmerman, Lynn Sullivan, Kimberley Nicoletti, Mark Fox, Susan Juergensmeier, William and Paula Leake, John Fielder, Ted LaMontagne, Ellsworth and Maureen Keil, Steven R. Smith, Hey, Spike!, NRO Executive Director Kerry Farrell, Jim and NRO Development Director Julie Chandler, NRO PR/Marketing Director Connie and Jerry Gruber.

NRO alumni solo violinist Michelle Davis delighted the crowd with several classical selections on her centuries’ old Italian instrument. With her was husband Ben Stafford.

Catering the high profile function under the direction of Kevin C. Clarke, who heads the Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute, were Luke Moser, Kevin McElroy and Jordan Dykes, third-year culinary students graduating in May. Luke and Kevin work at the Keystone Conference Center and Jordan works at the Keystone Ranch.


Even though it would be difficult to confuse them, two well-known uniformed guys with flashing lights are back on the streets of Frisco:

1. Frisco Police Department’s Larry Waetjen, who went to the Summit County Sheriff’s Department a while back, has returned to his job as the town’s code cop, officially titled the community services officer. You’ll see him in the little white SUV with yellow lightbar on top.

A longtime favorite with locals, Larry has 41 years in law enforcement and 26 of those here. Welcome home, Larry. And thanks, Chief Tom


Larry replaces Karla Bastidas, who had replaced him. Karla is now in the Frisco law office of Esteban A. Salazar.

“We are glad to have him back,” says Town Clerk Deborah Wohlmuth.

2. Street “skipping” evangelisto Brother Nathanael is back from a retreat to the St. Isaac of Syria Skete Monastery for men in the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia, located in Boscobel, Wisc.

“Bronat,” aka Milton Kapner, is a member of the Russian Orthodox Christian Church following his East Coast successful career selling industrial chemicals. He also was member of a five-monk monastery in Buena Vista, where the outside world was shunned.

While he was in cold and damp Wisconsin, the Town of Frisco put up flashing LED solar system stop signs at Main and Madison, similar to those Brother Nathanael wears for his (and your) safety.

In the spirit of lightness, Hey, Spike! asked Bronat for his reaction.

“People have been coming up to me asking me what I think of the new lighted stop signs,” he responded. “These signs are competing with me.”

Another person said, “Every time I pull up to the new lighted stop signs I think of you, Brother Nathanael.”

 His reply, “This is the first time someone told me that I resemble a stop sign.”


SDN readers may recall police reports of that recent spate of (apparently not-so) safe thefts from Dillon and Frisco professional offices.

Well, confidential sources say authorities have located a rental storage unit in Lakewood filled with safes. A ring of suspects is suspected. Hopefully, more details later.


We note with sadness two passings:

Jim Temple, who with sons Jamie and Jeff, developed Water Dance here and the ski area at Steamboat Springs.

Another Summit County impact agent was Ted Uhlaender, a MLB player and later coach, and the father of world-class Skeleton competitor Katie, died at his Kansas ranch.


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. He is an award-winning investigative reporter who, with wife Mary E. Staby, owned newspapers in Summit County for nearly 20 years.

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