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Good snowy morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only newspaper that was able to get off the press and into boxes near you.

We didn’t see the Denver Post anywhere. Nor the Rocky Mountain News. Nor any of the other publications that have sprouted up in recent months.

So our Summit Up Headquarters tams, bowlers and Dr. Seuss hats are off to our hard-working crew: Ed Pankevicius, Chris Albright, Bernie Alvarado, Andrejs Filpovs, Susan Hess, Eddie Mason, Wendi Mason, Brennan Rathbun, Devin Church and Jack Matthews. You guys rock!


We’re slightly amused by the random locations in which some of our staffers and sources are located on this snowy day. Staffer No. 390 is stuck at DIA, with 3,999 other people, who are gathered around to watch as the sheer weight of this wet snow rips through the “roof” of the airport. An avid, fanatical snowboarder who has been out of the country for two weeks, 390 is surely jonesing for face shots in all this white gold.

Staffer No. 442b is stuck in his driveway.

Staffer No. 918 has called in “sick.”

Staffers 300, 274, 2.7, 149, 442, 560 and 534 are all out on the slopes.

Breckenridge Police Chief Rick Holman is stuck in Idaho Springs, but we have been assured that Breck’s finest is taking care of what needs to be taken care of in that little burg.

We’re glad we have that mag chloride hard at work keeping our lanes of commerce open!

No, but seriously … Kudos should also be bestowed upon the state, county and town snowplow operators who – despite what some yahoos from Shreveport, La., think – are doing one heck of a job keeping up with this mess. Keep up the good work, ladies and gents!

Friendly reminder! Friendly reminder! Folks, one of these days, we will be out from under this snowy mess. You must remember it is Colorado, it is winter (official season: July 5-July 3) and snow is apt to fall from the skies – sometimes in buckets.

You might not be catching that plane out of Denver today – or maybe even not tomorrow – but you will, some day. There’s not a damn thing anyone can do about it, so pack a snowball and pick a fight with someone. Kick back and read a good novel. Get thee to a ski resort! Extreme weather is like white wine. You need to chill and enjoy.

Oh! And don’t forget! The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep, down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers.


We want to hear your Stuck Stories! The Breck police chief was stuck in Idaho Springs, A-Basin’s spokesgal got stuck in Dallas – where did you get stuck? Send your narratives to, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just do a Jack London-style account on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.

We’re out shoveling …

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