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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

“Smoke outside and pull your weeds.” – County Commissioner Bill Wallace in a discussion on weeds that morphed into a scholarly debate of when certain personal issues and the government begin to infringe in citizens’ lives.

“Or, smoke your weeds.” – Commissioners Gary Lindstrom and Wallace in unison.

“That’s the answer – we need to find medicinal uses for all those weeds,” – Assistant County Manager Steve Hill

“The mayor of Frisco is Bob Moscatelli, the mayor of Silverthorne is Lou DelPiccolo and they mayor of Breckenridge is Sam Mamula. So, with you, it’ll be like “The Sopranos.'” – Lindstrom, to Lynn Spampinato, at a joint meeting of the school board and the BOCC.

“When I was going to school, you either went skiing or you went to the bar.” – School board member Jay Brunvand, during a discussion of Summit’s after-school day camp program.

“Which did you do?” – Board member Garrett


“I have never had such an experience in my life – and I’m going to try to forget it.” – Schools Superintendent Wes Smith to the board members at his last school board meeting before retirement

“We’ve gotten you a plaque for your wall. You can’t put in on your office wall, since you won’t have an office.” – Board chair Bill Pelham to Smith

“I have a bathroom.” – Smith

“Well, we could’ve given you a dispenser, but we didn’t.” – Pelham

“I’m only leaving because I have some other things I very much want to do. My heart has been with this district and will remain so.” – Smith (in all seriousness)

“Either I’m coming down West Main or West Colfax – I mean, Summit Boulevard.” – Frisco Councilmember Jon Zdechlik, during a discussion on wayfinding

“The chief and I visited with an older gentleman this morning about mosquito control. I pointed out that those were county mosquitos.” – Moscatelli

“If it has to be longer, it needs to be longer.”

– Copper Metro District manager Elizabeth A. Black on the Copper Mountain land use review before the Ten Mile Planning Commission for about 17 months. The last meeting on the application is tentatively set for August, but Black fears the public benefits aspect of the plan still need debating.

News Nuggets

– To date this summer, 33,200 gallons of mag chloride have been put down for dust control, and 5,923 tons of road base have been laid down. – Statistics from the monthly transportation update to the Board of County Commissioners.

– The Frisco council awarded Myrtle Johnson with an award recognizing her for 20 years of service with the Frisco Police Department.

– Frisco officials appointed Nancy Stone and Ken Howard to the planning commission. Stone will serve a three-year term and Howard one year.

– Frisco council members approved the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the police department to add a surcharge to municipal/penalty assessment tickets.

– Clif Taylor, the skiing legend who at one time was a lonely voice in the wilderness advocating the advantage of shorter skis, will be honored Labor Day Weekend at Copper Mountain.

Taylor’s Crossing, a condo complex named for Taylor, will be the scene of a dedication ceremony and celebration of Taylor’s contributions to skiing.

Taylor is a member of both the Colorado and National Ski halls of fame. He invented the Graduated Length Method of ski instruction where beginners started on shorter skis and moved up in length.

Short skis fell out of favor, but today with short skis here to stay, Taylor feels his point of view won.

The 80-year-old, who is a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division’s 1945 campaign in Italy, recently moved from Copper Mountain to a lower elevation at Evergreen.

– If ever there was an involved, concerned citizen, it is Brad Leonard of Copper Mountain. Leonard has been following the progress of Intrawest Corp.’s build-out plan at Copper Mountain in great detail.

Leonard is an elected board member helping oversee the Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District. After about 17 months of attending Ten Mile Planning Commission meetings, where the so-named Comprehensive Development Strategy land use application has been reviewed, Leonard was incredulous.

He said at Friday’s Metro board meeting:

“This S is the most confusing process I’ve ever seen in a career in or near government for the last 45 years. I’ve never seen a government process I’ve thought so bad S I am just aghast.”

At the same time, Leonard said he thought Summit County planning staff member Chris Hawkins was “doing a good job,” all things considered.

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