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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.



“I had little kids following me around on bikes yelling, ‘Puke, CJ, puke!'” – CJ Mueller remembering the year he won the Pub Crawl. The event ended this year after a 27-year run in Breckenridge.



“I have to wear this patch because I was putting on my pin and Republican Tom Long bumped me.” – Democrat and arts activist Sandy Greenhut, joking about why she was wearing a patch on her eye that intimidated town council candidates in election forums last week. The pin said, “Anyone but Bush in 2004.” Greenhut accidentally scratched her cornea.

“Grinding’s my thing now. Trashing used to be my passion.” – Summit County Commissioner Tom Long, talking about extending the life of the landfill by chipping wood products for residents free of charge. Long used to work in the refuse industry.

“The marriage is not off to a good start.” – director Chris Willard at the Lake Dillon Theatre’s dress rehearsal of “I Do, I Do,” as actor Chris Alleman lifted his new bride (actress Kelly Renoux) into his arms, then tripped over her train as he carried her up the steps. Both actors came crashing down on top of each other.

“To start sending out greenhouse police to see if Greg’s (Abernathy) mother-in-law is starting out in April rather than May … I don’t think anyone wants to do that.” – Breckenridge Mayor Sam Mamula, commenting on a new greenhouse ordinance and whether it should pertain to private residences, as well.

“The so-called Daisy ordinance looks fine to me.” – Breckenridge Town Councilmember Ernie Blake in giving his approval to the greenhouse ordinance. The ordinance got its moniker from John Daisy, a restaurateur who grows flowers in a greenhouse on his restaurant’s deck.

“So if you’re really mad at a tree, you can leave that one out.” – Breck Town Councilmember Greg Abernathy, commenting about the town’s plans to address pine beetle problems.

“The town of Breckenridge was the leader in drinking establishments during this era.” – Town historian Rebecca Waugh.

“And still is.” – The entire town council.

Waugh was introducing the town’s newest book “Behind Swinging Doors,” about the saloons of Breckenridge.

“There are a series of rails you can probably pop a cheek on.” – Breck Ski Resort lift director Jon Mauch talking about “bum rails” on which people can lean in panoramic gondolas. That type of gondola is being proposed in lieu of a traditional – and more expensive – gondola. Traditional gondolas have seats; the panoramics do not.

“We couldn’t get the golden urinal.” – Frisco Town Councilmember Jon Zdechlik during a discussion on signs directing visitors to public restrooms.

“I am so glad my kids aren’t in elementary school anymore, so I don’t ever have to sit in these little seats.” – Summit School Board member Jay Brunvand breaking the tension during an emotional school board meeting at Summit Cove Elementary School. The meeting was held in the school cafeteria, where the 6-foot-plus Brunvand and other attendees sat in children’s seats.


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