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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column glad we don’t have tornado issues.

We read yesterday morning that the Midwest has logged 135 funnel clouds since Sunday. By our math – let’s see, that’s five days, integrated over five states, round to the first decimal point and subtract sightings of Oldsmobile Toronados – and it’s a bad time to be living in a trailer.

Yes, we’d much rather deal with blizzards, avalanches or droughts than winds that make “custom” construction collapse like a house of cards while you clutch the poodle in the bathtub. (Ooh … “clutch the poodle in the bathtub” … will they even let us print that? Sounds kind of naughty.)

And now that we think about it, us residents of Summit Up Land are pretty lucky when it comes to the natural disaster danger. No tornadoes. No earthquakes. No tidal waves. No insect infestations. No hurricanes. When you think about all the people who could have moved here to escape all that stuff, the growth boom seems sort of mild.


You’ll have to forgive us. We’re groping for silver linings lately, what with all these gray skies and snow flurries.

A quick Correction! Apparently, we caused quite a ruckus by making people think that Amy Taylor and Michael Clark were getting married on April 16. No, they’re getting married on Aug. 16 at the Eagles Nest Marina.

Sorry about the confusion. We send you retroactive warm wishes on the former day and pending warm wishes on the latter.


It’s Friday, and we can’t stop eating these smoked almonds. Somebody take these things away. As usual, you can tell us your stories, dreams, quaint observations, measurements, locker combinations and whatever you couldn’t tell your priest in confession at, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just tell us you’re allergic to nuts on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.

We’re out looking for the sun …

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