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Life on the Summit: Polis rents office in Frisco

Hey Spike!
Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the DailySierra Gale Anderson

Breckenridger Sierra Gale Anderson, a very cosmopolitan senior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, needs our help to become one of two 2009 interns for the world-renowned Student Travel Agency (STA).

A daughter of Dean and Susan Anderson, and older sister of Whitney, Sierra is a marketing major in the Cox School of Business at SMU, and is already well-traveled.

To help Sierra reach her goal of being a STA intern, watch her YouTube video at:

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Here’s Sierra’s story:

“All the way from the Alaskan bush to the mountains of Colorado to the great city of Dallas. From Europe to Asia to Africa to Australia and soon to come ” South America. From racing up the Great Wall of China to riding ostriches in South Africa to commercial fishing off the Aleutian Chain or just skiing in the Swiss Alps, my studies and travel have taken me to many parts of the globe.

“My love for the outdoors and adventure began to unfold while growing up in Summit County. A native of Breckenridge, I spent many years involved in Alpine ski racing. As most all you skiers have discovered, the mountains here are a magnet for those of us who crave an active and outdoor lifestyle. Just as competing has instilled in me that ‘get up and go’ vibe so has traveling. A vibe that has taken me out of my own comfort zone and into new self-discoveries.

“Extended traveling overseas as a young girl gave me my first taste of the joys of travel, new ways to see the world, different understanding of cultures and traditions, and some interesting cultural exchanges along the way, such as when I was offered a wood carving in Victoria Falls in trade for the socks on my feet.

“Summit County offers its own opportunities for international interaction with people of different backgrounds. Breckenridge is a hub for tourists who come from all over the world for the main attraction, skiing and boarding. No matter where you go ” the sidewalks of Main Street, the local coffee shops or the gondola ride up to Peak 8 ” you are surrounded by different languages and cultures.

“As a senior in my home stretch at SMU, I’m hoping to build on my hometown adventures and inspire others to do the same. If I am chosen by STA, I’ll be back in touch with Summit County through blogs and video ” from who knows where?”

In a you-read-it-here-first: Newly-minted U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Second District, has leased office space in Frisco at the 101 W. Main Westmain Professional building. Welcome, congressman.

Breckenridge’s Relish got a nice write-up recently in the Denver Post from foodie critic Tucker Shaw. Owned by Matt and Lisa Fackler, and managed by T.J. Messerschmitt, Relish features “Colorado Inspired Cuisine.”

You can find them at 137 S. Main, and

Congrats to Bank of the West’s Vice President and Senior Commercial Relationship Manager Julieanne Cobb in Frisco, who plans an April wedding to Bill Gilchrist of Gilchrist Catering.

The statuesque Julieanne has lived in Summit County for 12 years and worked nearly two decades in banking, and used to be with Wells Fargo.

Hey, Spike!, with a quick stop at Bobby Starekow’s Silverheels-Kemosabe Sushi, ran into former GOP county commissioner Dan Ulmer and Lanelle Barnett visiting with Alpine Bank Regional President Larry and Beth Reavis, and Alpine Vice President and Frisco Branch Manager Merle and Kelly Klocke.

Alpine Bank, based out of Glenwood Springs, will mark 36 years in business this year, and is still under the watchful eye of founder and Chairman Bob Young, a very remarkable feat in today’s financial world.


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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