Reporters’ Notebook |

Reporters’ Notebook

Gary Lindstrom

“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.

“We could have put all three names in a hat and the name we picked would have made a good sheriff.” – Summit County Commissioner Gary Lindstrom, commenting on the decision to appoint Silverthorne Police Sgt. John Minor over Summit County Sheriff’s Captains Derek Woodman and Mike Phibbs to replace Sheriff Joe Morales, who was appointed as the director of public safety for the state branch of Homeland Security.

“If you want to buy a used car, take Millie with you.” – Schools superintendent Lynn Spampinato on assistant superintendent Millie Hamner’s haggling skills. Hamner is negotiating a price for the purchase of the district’s new K-6 reading program from the Houghton Mifflin publishing company.

“I think that’s Dale Earnhardt. He wasn’t at the crime scene.” – District Attorney Mark Hurlbert, objecting to the presentation of a poster depicting the race car driver used to ensure the jury all agreed what a “white jumpsuit” looks like. The jumpsuit was worn by a purported fourth man in the assault and subsequent death of Cody Wieland. Three men are charged in his death.

“Amazing what chasing violators down the street will do for you.” – Breckenridge town manager Tim Gagen to code enforcement officer Chris Neubecker after Mayor Sam Mamula complimented him on his weight loss.

“That’s because of people like me.” – attorney and Breckenridge Town Councilmember J.B. Katz after comments from SmokeFree Summit representatives noting that ventilation companies say their systems are for “comfort and convenience,” and not health.

“Abigail is 6 months old, and every time I say “secondhand smoke,’ she bursts out crying.” – SmokeFree Summit representative Don Parsons.

“One thing you didn’t learn – because you didn’t go to law school – is that when you win your argument, sit down. Sit down, Jim.” – Katz, the sole councilmember against a smoking ban in Breckenridge to Councilmember Jim Lamb, who is adamantly in favor of such a ban. Council decided to draft an ordinance enacting a ban in public places.

“Raises! Raises! Raises! Raises! Insurance! We want our insurance back!” – Mamula again, during discussion about town council and board benefits. The council voted against increasing their pay.

“Marriage licenses are becoming uniform across Colorado. They are going to be really ugly – like a birth certificate.” – Summit County Clerk and Recorder Cheri Brunvand. She went on to tell county commissioner that maybe newlyweds could buy a souvenir marriage certificate – “something nice to hang on the wall or use as a dart board later.”

The Town of Frisco appointed Thad Renaud as the town attorney to replace Patricia Tisdale, who passed away recently. Renaud said he would do his best to carry on and live up to the expectations Tisdale set for the town.

Frisco Town Council appointed Jim Wheeler to the Frisco Planning Commission.

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