Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! reports odds, ends and hyperlinks |

Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! reports odds, ends and hyperlinks

This week’s Spike! offers a variety of informative pieces that, while not earth shaking or worthy of a full story, deserve mention in the pages of life.

In his role as a staffer for the summer Mountain Art Festivals staged in Breckenridge for decades, Spike! heard from former Summiteer Sara Strozinsky, now a watercolor artist in Baraboo, Wis.

Sara moved to Colorado from California in 1976, three years after her future husband, Michael.

Our phone conversation prompted more questions and an email interview.

“Michael hired me (no, we did not know each other) at the Silverthorne Ramada Inn, where he was the bar manager and I became a cocktail waitress,” Sara writes. “He went on to greater things and became manager of the Old Dillon Inn. I went to work there as well, as a waitress — my claim to fame. We worked with Bernie and Buddy. Michael and I were married in 1978. The reception was at The Last Lift out at Keystone and Tumbleweed played at our reception.”

A few years later it was back to the West Coast for Sara and Michael.

“We moved to Santa Barbara in 1981 and bought the Cold Spring Tavern. You may know Mark Larsen as well, a longtime Summit County resident; he was our business partner. We were there for six years and then moved to Wisconsin in 1987.”

Sara is hoping to return this summer to show her colorful artworks.

“Hope to see you in Breckenridge,” Sara writes.

Her artistic website is:


In some other “was here and is now someplace else” news, we’ve learned via Ken Deshaies’ Summit Social Club that Loren Stone, who used to be the general manager at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, and a former president of the Summit Chamber, wants to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Loren is now CEO of, based in Columbus, Ohio.

Recently, he says, “I was humbly surprised to learn I made the finalist group as one of the world’s leading technology entrepreneurs.”

To get to his latest summit, Loren needs our help. Today is the final day for voting for him.

“I hope to make it to the final round, which is an interview with a panel of judges. They will select two winning entrepreneurs to accompany the expedition group this June, which is bringing awareness to the global lack of clean water for 1 billion people daily.”

Learn more and vote at this link:


Over the winter, one of abundant, well-above-average snowfall, we’ve gotten frequent depth reports from Jim Bull, a lawyer who lives over at Larson Lane in Frisco.

Here’s his latest:

“Official report by tree: Last year on April 6 — 16 inches; today, same place — 32 inches. Over and out.”

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

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