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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk
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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column giving props to our big-city neighbors to the east.Living in the serene, peaceful and quiet (well, if your condo doesn’t back up to I-70, that is) environment that is the Rocky Mountains, we don’t really find many opportunities to say much good about city dwellers in Denver. After all, they drink our water and clog our highways. But, perhaps we’ve been remiss in not slapping a few high fives to the folks on the Front Range. A national road rage survey found Denverites the least likely to talk on a cell phone while driving. That’s right, out of people interviewed in 20 U.S. cities, this survey found that those in Denver would be the last to start chatting while behind the wheel.Only 50 percent of drivers in Denver admitted to talking on their cell phones while driving every day. That’s compared to 80 percent of the drivers surveyed in Houston who ‘fessed up to regular cell phone usage on the road.The survey doesn’t speculate as to why Denver drivers are more hesitant to gabbing while passing other cars or negotiating turns. It could be that motorists are more laid back in the Mile High City, or maybe the elevation messes with peoples’ minds so much that they don’t even think to start gabbing while in their cars. We guess there’s always the possibility that Denver drivers were just less truthful during the interview than those in Houston.Whatever it is, we just want to say your mountain neighbors couldn’t be more proud. We usually dread driving on the Front Range, what with the bumper-to-bumper traffic, and really just the sheer volume of people down there. It can all be a little frightening for those of us who drive through two traffic lights per day maximum, and get our panties in a bunch when we miss the left-hand turn from Main Street onto Summit Boulevard in Frisco.

But, now that we know that our chances of an encounter with a preoccupied cell-phone chatting urban driver are decreased, we’re almost looking forward to our upcoming jaunt to the airport (yeah, right).Denver also managed to stay out of the survey’s top five cities with the worst road rage. That recognition went to Miami, Phoenix, New York, Los Angeles and Boston.We’re feeling much more comfortable already.***We got some Smart Folk Alerts!! going on again. These locals just graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder:• Travis Scott Fletcher of Dillon, major in Communications• Vanessa Lynn Harding of Dillon, major in Architecture Planning

• Nelita Jane Hodson of Dillon, major in Communications• Bradley Ryan Shults of Dillon, major in Mechanical Engineering• Julie Ann Johnson of Frisco, major in Broadcast News and Spanish• Cindy Diane McCann of Frisco, major in Studio Arts• Kelly Ann Moberly of Frisco, major in Environmental Studies• Andrea Elizabeth Naftz of Frisco, major in Psychology and FrenchAlso, Ashley LeTourneau would like to show her lil’ sis some love for her splendid academic achievements:

“I was wondering if you could give a shout out and a big congratulations to my little sister (Lauren LeTourneau) in your daily column. She recently graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She’s going to make a GREAT nurse!!! I am so proud of her!”Congrats to all. ***Ah, the ongoing dog poop saga in Summit County. Annette sent us a suggestion to the problem:”I was wondering how things would change if perhaps we shot photos of people violating laws regarding their dogs? I pick up after my dogs no matter what or where I am and I witness many professional people working right on Main Street allowing there dogs to run free in Walter Byron Park and over behind the middle school over their lunch hours.”***Comments? Thoughts? Other suggestions? Let us know at summitup@summitdaily.com, or leave us a message at (970) 668-3998, ext.13600.


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