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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column giving the Poolitzer to Alison Stewart of the Powell Tribune, who proved this week she’s willing to go to great lengths to get the scoop.According to the Associated Press, she reported that her recent survey of 3.6-acre Washington Park revealed at least 108 dog poop piles. The city passed an ordinance in 1991 requiring owners to pick up after their dogs, but Stewart’s on-the-ground reporting proved that some owners weren’t paying attention.Anyway, does this sound familiar? In the recent months, we’ve printed several letters to the editor about ill-placed dog poo, and we’re getting back into the poo-revealing season. This morning, we walked into work and found a newly uncovered piece of sidewalk, which had nurtured a small pile of dog poo all winter. So, we can relate.

Yet, we think Ms. Alison Stewart was onto something with her well-intentioned reporting. And we challenge our readers who have expressed such displeasure with poo to start a coalition – The Poop Snoops – which would count and report to us here at Summit Up counts in our area parks. If you do, we’d publish them. We do think it’s gross.***Special Instructions for a very conscientious reader who chose to stay anonymous: Just a warning to let Peak 7ers … know that it seems that a bear has awoken early and is roaming our yards for food, and by the size of his footprints he’s a big one!

Keep those picnic baskets (and garbage) wrapped up tight …***Oh yeah, back to the poop snoop Alison. Bill Fields, superintendent of the Powell Parks Department told Stewart he’s frustrated by the situation. City officials are considering plastic bag dispensers, banning dogs from city parks, or possibly encouraging residents to turn in scofflaws, just like us here in Summit Up land.Stewart enlisted a friend to help with the survey. She also said the assignment wasn’t the worst she’s ever faced.

“I didn’t have to ask anybody any questions they were avoiding,” she said.There you have it. Counting poo is easier than interviewing city officials. Who knew?***We out, pooped …

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