Summit Up 10-11-10 |

Summit Up 10-11-10


Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that gives a shout out to the hundreds of Summit County volunteers who showed up to make a difference at Make a Difference Day.

We’ve seen pictures of the crowds who gathered by the buses for some grub before dispersing to various work areas.

Kudos to you all for picking up everyone else’s trash, fixing our trails, beautifying common areas and generally just showin’ some love to our favorite mountain towns.

We appreciate your work on 31 – yes 31! -projects across the county and hope it inspires even more people to be a part of next year’s national community service day.

Speaking of which, keep on the lookout for a feature on one of the area’s big difference-makers – Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. With its season concluded, we’re taking a look at what was done this summer.


Well, yesterday was all about tens.

The 10th day of the month on the 10th day of the year in 2010.


Too bad we’re not thinking in terms of tens. We would be if 10 inches of snow had fallen in the last few days… Sigh. At least we’re on the way with snowmaking starting up there along the Divide.


We are, however, thinking in terms of 4.

While we’re handing out kudos, let’s give some kudos to Denver Zoo’s new caiman lizard quartet, hatched on Sept. 22 and 23 and Oct. 3. We’re not sure if they’re all from the same mother. If we find out, we’ll get back to you.

We’ll also get back to you on their genders, which are also unknown… as is, apparently, a lot about caiman lizards. So said the Denver Zoo’s press release, which seems to say zookeepers are pretty psyched to be able to watch these newbies grow, crunch snails, swim, change color, mate and die.

You, too, can see them at the Tropic Discovery nursery there at the zoo. Something to put down on next weekend’s to-do list.


Speaking of to-do, despite the chilly onset of winter and a bit of mud with the recent precip, we’re still out doing!

While out and about on the Mount Evans mountainside, we were startled to hear rapid gunfire from somewhere in the valley below. It reminded us of this… we suppose the best word for it is interesting… news piece from the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Seems they’re trying to slap the hands of whoever the culprits are out there in Montrose.

Scouting for big game before the hunting season has apparently taken a new shape: using aircraft.

Using planes, choppers and ultra-lights to scout isn’t exactly illegal, but using them

to harass animals and move them into a specific area IS! And punishable by upwards of a $2,000 fine, no less.

Who are these folks? Really? Don’t we chat all the time about what we’re doing to our wildlife neighbors? Now, this.

Sheesh. What’s next, fully automatic weapons, shot from a helicopter? We thought that was just a Wasilla, Alaska adventure.


Before we depart, we just want to share a favorite quote from the weekend.

Our friends at Pika Bagel enjoyed a Sunday morning mishap: “I left the snake in the bathroom!”

The image brought a smile to everyone’s face that cloudy, chilly, sleepy morning.

With that, we’re out. Happy Monday!

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