Reporters’ Notebook |

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

“We’re going to get weapon-detecting smelling dogs. They can sniff everybody’s crotch.” – Breckenridge Mayor Sam Mamula, regarding a new ordinance

allowing the town to ban concealed weapons in designated areas.

“Maybe we should make the town all smoke-free and dog-free and solve all our problems.” – Breckenridge Open Space Advisory Commissioner Turk Montepare, regarding the controversy about allowing leashed dogs in Cucumber Gulch.

“Have you called Mr. Theobald? Any time you get stuck, call Robin.” – Montepare’s advice to open space planners who are

having difficulty figuring out the history behind a pond near Warrior’s Mark.

“I think we should put up “no kayaking’ signs. They’d be there day and night.” – Montepare’s advice to increase

participation at the whitewater park.

“You should never marry a woman who is a good shot.” – Summit County

Commissioner Gary Lindstrom.

“I want to know why we have a machine to teach people how to act.” – Lindstrom on plans to put an ATM script machine in the county jail to facilitate payment of fines and bonds.

“If they knew how to act, they wouldn’t be there.” – Mike Phibbs with the

Summit County Sheriff’s Department.

“Go forth and swipe.” – Commissioner Bill Wallace when approving the plan for the ATM script machine.

“We’re going to the whip. We’re beating our slaves.” Commissioner Tom Long on how the county would avoid hiring

consultants and outside labor resources to achieve some of its goals for 2004 under

current budgetary constraints.

“There will be trucks there, and they can put their hands on all of our equipment.” – Rescue mission coordinator Dan Burnett talking about features at the Search and

Rescue story night that was held last Thursday at the Dillon Amphitheatre.

“It’s interesting how many people ask for the “Vagina Monologues’ and how many ask for the “Monologues’ when they’re calling for tickets. There’s still some issues there.”

– Backstage Theatre artistic director Jeremy Cole about the taboo of using the word “vagina” – even when ordering tickets for the Backstage Theatre’s Aug. 29 production of “Vagina Monologues.”

“We’re in this big God thing.” – Brent Smith, pastor of the new One Community Church in Dillon.

News Nuggets

n The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board has begun looking for a new executive director. The 17-member board, which includes Summit County Manager Ron Holliday, oversees the distribution of more than $45 million annually in state lottery proceeds for open space, outdoor recreation, trails, wildlife and community park projects.

The executive director position was previously held by John Hereford, who resigned this month to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

n Turk Montepare has withdrawn his name from the list of folks interested in being appointed to the Breckenridge Town Council to fill out the rest of Dave Hinton’s term.

Hinton left for Denver; his term is up in April 2004.

Montepare, who sits on the county and Breckenridge open space boards said, under county guidelines, elected officials aren’t allowed to sit on the open space board. Montepare asked the county attorney if that guideline still applied if he was appointed and didn’t run for the town council seat next year.

The guidelines say a county open space board member can’t retain that seat if he or she also holds an elected seat. So it’s the seat, not the act of elections, that disqualifies him from vying for the council position.

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