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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.

“It’s a drunken polka.” – Ron Holliday, Summit County manager, on the county’s efforts to bring high-speed and wireless communications to the area.

“Do you smell asphalt? Is the governor coming?” – Intrawest’s Matt Sugar, at a Colorado Department of Transportation forum where comments about Interstate 70 improvements were being solicited.



“I am so the queen of not being specific.” – CDOT spokeswoman Stacey Stegman, joking about how evasive she can be when answering questions.

“We need to rename the interstate the Greg Fulton Memorial Highway, kick all the trucks off the road, and we’ll free up two lanes.” – Matt Sugar’s suggestion to alleviate congestion on I-70. Greg Fulton is the director of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, which represents truckers’ interests and safe, efficient interstate travel.



“If you want to understand our culture, look in the bag.” – Copper Mountain Chief Operating Officer Dave Barry at the annual preseason ski conference with COOs from all four Summit County resorts. Nearly 200 attendees received Copper Mountain bags with chocolate covered espresso beans, a carbonated high-energy drink and a free ski pass.

“I don’t know how many of you have ridden a mountain bike naked, but I usually prefer to use those biking shorts with about five layers of silicone.” – Keystone/Breckenridge COO Roger McCarthy, recollecting his experience posing nude outdoors with other resort COOs this summer for a Summit Foundation calendar available in the next few weeks.

“I’m not too upset that the Department of Justice says your computers can’t talk to each other.” – Copper Mountain COO Dave Barry, talking to Keystone/Breckenridge COO Roger McCarthy and Arapahoe Basin COO Greg Finch at an annual preseason ski industry conference.

“If water attorney Glenn Porzak is the “dean of water rights’ for the Blue and Eagle water bar, then Patti Wells of Denver Water is the “magic wizard of water rights’ in Colorado.” – Michael Repucci, facilitator of a Cooperative Water Issues panel during the day-long Real Estate Forecast for the Mountain Economy symposium at Keystone Lodge Thursday. Denver Water is the major water buffalo when it comes to water rights across Colorado.

“In times of the French Revolution, it was fun to be Marie Antoinette.” – Denver Water’s Patti Wells, in her introduction Thursday to realtors, developers and business interests at a water discussion panel at Keystone Lodge.


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