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Reporters Notebook

“Reporters Notebook” is a roundup of quotes, notes, bits and bites gleaned from meetings, events, press releases, e-mails or simply overheard on the street. Some of it is just for fun, and some of it is newsworthy tidbits that did not find a home in the other pages of the paper. Look for “Reporters Notebook” each Monday in the Summit Daily News.

Quotes of note



“The Big Straw sucks.” – County Commissioner Bill Wallace, summing up the Board of County Commissioners’ view of a water project to pump dirty Colorado River water from the Utah border to the Front Range, via Dillon Reservoir



“We might have a full lake level, but you’ll have a large scum ring on your boat after sailing around it.” – County Commissioner Tom Long, predicting the effects of Big Straw water in Dillon Reservoir – if the project is ever built

“It’s the county commissioners’ haircut.” – Wallace, explaining away his new close-cropped look. Wallace said he and fellow commissioner Tom Long, who likes a buzz cut, go to the same barber, and his mistake was walking into the shop right after Long had walked out.

“There aren’t any stop signs or red flags.” – County manager Ron Holliday, reporting on the continuing talks with St. Anthony’s/Centura and High Country Health about building a new hospital in Summit County at the County Commons

“I don’t know the definition of price-gouging, but it seems like price-gouging to me.” – Dillon Mayor Barbara Davis, on the 20- to 30-cents difference a gallon in gas prices between the lower-priced Denver metro area and Summit County

“It’s more like price-fixing,” – County Commissioner Gary

Lindstrom, offering his analysis on gas prices

News nuggets

– Copper Mountain has a standing offer to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office to house a deputy at the resort’s employee housing complex, the EDGE.

The EDGE is the former Club Med building the resort bought for $8 million last year after the vacation company decided to move its North American ski experience to Crested Butte.

Speaking to the Board of County Commissioners last week, Intrawest Colorado senior vice president David Barry said the law enforcement unit was renovated.

“It’s a nice apartment. It’s not a dump,” he said, suggesting were the department to recruit a young, single officer, he or she might enjoy being around 500 other young people.

Barry said the resort also is offering a substation to the Sheriff’s Office.

The EDGE offers residents a discounted meal program, a computer room and other amenities. Copper residents are saying the former Club Med building was quieter as employee housing than as a Club Med, Barry said.

– The survey stakes along Highway 9 by the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area mark where the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) plans to build entrance and exit lanes to the Dickey fishing access to Dillon Reservoir.

“We had no say on this,” County Commissioner Bill Wallace told Frisco Mayor Bob Moscatelli and Town Manager Alan Briley. “We were driving to the courthouse, and all of a sudden the survey stakes were there.”

Wallace said he’d rather see CDOT use the money to build an extra lane on the Interstate 70 entrance ramp at Summit Boulevard, a choke point on high traffic days.


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