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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that is appalled someone would steal money from an injured dog fund.

Here is the seriously scummy Scum Alert!! about what happened.

In a previous column, we reported on the community stepping up to collect money for a Blue River dog, Scrappy, who was unbelievably shot and needs surgery. Well, one of the collection sites ” the coffee cart at Photo:13926813,left; City Market ” was ROBBED of collections recently, reports Greg of Lone Star Sports in Breck. Robbed!

Obviously, major karma points are being yanked from the LOSER who did this. Why don’t you just go steal some Tarot cards and throw rocks at little kids while you’re at it?!

Anyway, now that we’ve relieved our disgust, let’s make up for the thief. You can help by making a contribution at that same cart, at Lone Star Sports, or by contacting Scrappy’s owner at


Moving on, somewhere on this page we have a photo sent in by Pat and Jack Thomas of a flock of Cassin’s finches flocking around a local bird feeder. It’s kinda cool that these little feathered friends can hang out here in the winter finding sustenance. This particular species of finch is known for living at high elevations and eating mostly seeds, with a few insects thrown in for good measure. We have also seen first-hand big swarms of these alpine finches cruising just above treeline in the spring, busily plucking dead bugs out of the melting snowpack, and we’re sure they are thereby filling an important ecological niche, though we have no idea what that might be.


And, lastly, we have a big birthday wish to send out to Judi W., of Silverthorne. It is slightly belated, but just as heartfelt, as it comes from the celebrator herself.

Judi writes, “I have spent many birthdays in other places ” in a Swiss Chalet, in Washington D.C., on the California Big Sur and many other places. But the best birthdays are celebrated here in Summit, with blue skies and beautiful snowcapped mountains. Happy birthday to me!”


We out, enjoying the weather.

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