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Reporters’ Notebook

Compiled by the Summit Daily News

“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. “We’re looking for something in between going to a bar, having a beer and discussing the Copper PUD and the formal public hearing process.” – Commissioner Bill Wallace on the new “interactive” work session the county commissioners can have to discuss a land-use proposal”Seventeen signatures to get on the ballot! It makes a mockery of the caucus process.” – Commissioner Tom Long, referring to the recent addition of Barb Crandall to the Aug. 10 primary ballot for county commissioner. She is running against incumbent Bill Wallace.”It’s the Madonna-dome of Summit County.”- Silverthorne councilmember Peggy Long, about the tent at The Summit Foundation’s 20th anniversary gala event Friday, July 2, at Sharon Magness and Ernie Blake’s Triple Creek Ranch north of Silverthorne.”He thinks it’s a metaphor.” – Dillon Councilmember Lorin Gardner, amending town manager Jack Benson’s comment to the press that Gardner was exaggerating at a town council meeting when he said Colorado water wars won’t heat up until after the summer, when Denver Water brings out the “big guns.” “They have all these ethics I just don’t understand.” – Doug Malkan, trying to explain the complex confidentiality rules involving polygraph test examiners. He took such a test last month to clear his name in regard to last year’s flag burning on Peak 1. The test supported his claim that he didn’t do it.”Tony told me yesterday he’s tired of me, and he’s getting his bulldozer ready.”- Breckenridge Mayor Ernie Blake. The bulldozer reference is to the damage a Grand County man inflicted on 13 buildings in Granby. He used a bulldozer to which he’d welded armor.”It’s like Cher. I don’t know his last name; it’s just Tony.” – Blake, when asked Tony’s last name.”Unfortunately, those wild animals don’t react well to signs and conversation.” – County Commissioner Tom Long, regarding wolves abiding by fences and signs designed to keep them away from livestock. A wolf was found dead by the side of the interstate in Clear Creek County recently. Whether it was killed by vehicles or dumped there has yet to be determined.”I was thinking about a below-ground McDonald’s.” – Breckenridge Mayor Ernie Blake, in regard to a proposed McDonald’s at the entrance to the town.”This issue is to be considered by the liquor licensing authority next Tuesday.” – Breck town attorney Tim Berry, in discussion about a new law that will allow recorking wine bottles at restaurants to take them home.”Is it BYOB?” – Councilmember Larry Crispell”Let’s invite them in.” – Breckenridge councilmember Jeffrey Bergeron, regarding an upcoming meeting with the school district.”We had it here last time.” – J.B. Katz, thinking the council should travel to the administration building in Frisco this time.”Let’s see what they’re having for dinner first.” – Councilmember Eric Mamula”They’ve usually got ’em on the first bounce.” – Silverthorne councilmember Dave Koop, commenting on thrifty recyclers in other states that have a bottle-deposit law after Summit Recycling Project director Carly Wier said Colorado has the third-worst recycling record in the nation.”I know how it works. I even know where my parking place will be.” – Gary Lindstrom, when asked about the learning curve he will face moving from county commissioner to state representative.”Cyclometer, centrifuge – I know all the big words. I even know how some of them work.” – County Commissioner Tom Long, helping another commissioner who was grasping for a word.”Granby used to be ‘fine.’ Now, it’s Marv-less.””Second Annual Dozer Days” A proposed festival for 2005.”Making Tracks for Granby.” (depicted with a set of bulldozer tracks)- T-shirts spotted in Granby after Marv Heemeyer plowed through a dozen buildings in town with a heavily armored bulldozer. The man, angry about zoning regulations in town, killed himself before police could get him out of the dozer.


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