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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column asking why nobody cares if environmental dangers kill off the men in this world.From time to time, we get e-mails from environmental groups which have, for the most part, their minds and hearts in the right place. We like our environment and, in fact, think it’s pretty much why we live here.So we want to protect it – and even the men we know want to save it, too – so we read the press reports. But today’s environmental group sent us a warning about mercury levels on the rise in drinking water. They gave their bit of shocking news and then, without hesitation, demanded we “Save the women and children!”Ah, yes. The women and children are important. But we just wonder why men always get left out. We think we know, but we’re just not sure …***Valerie from Atlanta is counting down the days. Five, she says, until she gets to move here. While she’s waiting, she’s checking out the mountain cams on our website.She wrote:”Thanks for the link to the mountain cams! The communist company I work for has blocked about 80 percent of all websites, so I can’t use a ‘direct route’ to that site. However, if it’s linked from your home page, I can get to it without that #@*! filter system blocking it. What kind of company would want to keep me from looking at the mountains!? I’ll see ’em in person in seven days …”Communist or not, we think the folks in your office need more mountain air. Perhaps, Valerie, you can send them some once you’re settled. We hope your note doesn’t burn too many bridges …***Joy Epifanio from Elmhurst, Ill., sent us an Angel Alert! Angel Alert! for a whole slew of folks. She wrote:”On Aug. 19 while having lunch at The Horseshoe Restaurant in Breckenridge, our friend collapsed. I want to sincerely thank the bartender for calling 911, the wait staff for quickly moving the other patrons and furniture so the EMTs could do their job. The professionalism, patience and humor during our crisis was appreciated. Thank you also to the ambulance personnel and police who attended. We also want to thank the staff at Breckenridge Medical Center.”Even though we were so far from home, we felt we received the best possible care. Thank you all.”Wow. That’s a lot. We’ll scrape the pan clean of wings and halos, and then we’ll order some more. (It’s all catalog sales these days …)***It’s Thursday, and we’re digging all this snow on the peaks. Leave us a voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or drop an e-mail to’re out skiing in our minds.

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