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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column perplexed at how one of the biggest stories of the year in our county was portrayed on national television. We happened to catch a special program on the disappearance of Patricia McCormick on Court TV. The show was actually about how McCormick’s daughter hired a psychic to help her track down her mom during the six months she was missing. According to the show, said psychic’s visions were actually pretty accurate (McCormick and the NAPA delivery truck she was driving when she disappeared were found under the ice in Dillon Reservoir in April. Her vehicle veered off the Dam Road after McCormick suffered a medical event and passed away). What was interesting though is the police officers interviewed were from Idaho Springs (not in Summit County the last time we checked) and the producers used mostly footage from Idaho Springs as opposed to, say, Frisco to illustrate the story.We can understand why cops from Idaho Springs were portrayed as the lead investigators in the case. We’re pretty sure our local law enforcement officers gave the show a big fat thumbs down when it came asking for interviews.

But, we aren’t quite sure why they shot very little video in the county. Was it a budget issue? Maybe it’s that much cheaper to shoot on the other side of the Eisenhower Tunnel. This is probably why we don’t work in television, all the logistics are far too complicated for us. We’ll just stick to writing.****We have a major Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!! from Amanda in Blue River. Amanda called to report that her dog was shot on Tuesday near her home on Highway 9 in Blue River. It seems she had her 2-year-old pup, Scrappy, on a runner at about 6 p.m., when he ripped the runner out of the wall and took off, presumably to do some exploring around the neighborhood, as any curious young dog would do.

About 15 minutes later, Amanda found Scrappy sitting on the front porch in a pool of blood. He had been shot in the hip with a 22. Amanda said she thinks the shooting occurred in the neighborhood because Scrappy wasn’t gone long enough to run all the way into the woods. She’s not sure why somebody would want to shoot Scrappy.”There’s no way somebody could feel threatened by my dog; he’s the cutest, most lovable guy, he’s never attacked anybody,” she said.

Luckily, Scrappy lived, but he’s probably going to needs some serious surgery to repair his injuries. If you know anything about the shooting, call the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 453-2232, or if you’re feeling that holiday generosity kicking in and would like to contribute toward Scrappy’s surgery e-mail Amanda at

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