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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column wondering what seems to be the problem with reading road closure signs.Actually we’re really only referring to the Dillon Dam Road, which if you’ve lived here for more than about a week, you know closes nearly every time a storm blows in.We live off this fine roadway and inevitably, we’re driving behind somebody who doesn’t realize the road is closed until they’re right up to the gate, regardless of the many signs and flashing lights on Summit Boulevard and the Dam Road itself that warned them beforehand. We think that most of the time they’re hoping for some reprieve from the sea of cars all trying to get to Denver on a Sunday evening, so they creep down the Dam Road crossing their fingers that somebody just forgot to change those blasted closed signs.

Alas, they are never correct and must turn around, cutting us off in the process, and return to the interstate to join the rest of the circus.Sometimes drivers just veer their big trucks through the gap in the gate and keep on going as if the rules simply do not apply to them.Whenever that happens, though, we feel pretty smug knowing they’ll be in for a rude awakening when they approach the locked gate on the other side blocking off access to Dillon.Now, we don’t expect tourists to know the road will be closed, even though it’s always announced on the radio, but we would hope for a little more knowledge out of locals.Whew! Just had to get that off our chests.

***Now, onto something a little less reprimanding.We want to give a shout out to Jessica Oberriter, who calls Summit County home, but is studying at Boise State University in Idaho. Oberriter recently made College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Dean’s List. Bravo Jessica!If that weren’t good enough, we also have an Angel Alert! Angel Alert! from Sydney, a Summit High School ski racer, who lost her brand new racing skis this week (they were still in the plastic). They spilled out the back of the car on Summit Boulevard, where Peg from the Little Flower Shop in Dillon found them.

Sydney and her mom didn’t give up, however. They made a bright pink sign and posted it at the stop sign in Summit Cove saying they had lost the skis. That’s when Peg made the phone call, and Sydney got her skis back.Peg, may your flowers never wilt!***It’s Wednesday and we’re out counting down the days until the weekend. E-mail us at’re out following a truck on the Dam Road, just for kicks and giggles …

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