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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that crawled straight from our crib right onto a soapbox this early morning in hopes our neighbors to the east can hear us loud and clear: “Don’t be Dumb Doras.”

We heard on our radio this morning that because of the abundance of water this spring, cities and towns up and down the Front Range are lifting watering restrictions. “Don’t be Dumb Doras,” we shout again. We proffer instead that all of us learn from last year’s drought and continue to practice conservation with our most precious commodity. Grass doesn’t need to be watered every day, and nor do streets and sidewalks. People who water at high noon are already Dumb Doras and should be made to sit in a corner and do evaporation experiments. We had the privilege to follow Lower Blue Basin Water Commissioner Scott Hummer down on the Lower Blue walking irrigation ditches last week, and he confirmed our fear that people’s memories grow short on conserving water when the rivers are flowing and the reservoirs are full. The only real thing people know about water is if it is flowing out of their faucets.

We live in an arid state, and water conservation should always be practiced and water be looked at as a valuable resource.


We have just stepped down from our soapbox and now are turning toward the light. A very special man received a very special award in our community last week, and we would also like to recognize Olav Pedersen for his selflessness over the years. Olav wasn’t given anything last week, but rather earned a lifetime achievement award from the Summit Foundation in its annual spring grants awards ceremony. Olav brought Ski for Light – a ski program for the blind – to Summit County decades ago and enlightened a lot of people along the way. We would just like to say “You bring out the Angel in all of us, Olav.” Thank you.


We leave you today with some trivia that might just earn you a spot in the Double Jeopardy round if you can remember this fact. We learned this from Kremmling resident Sue White at the county fairgrounds the other day: “A mule’s mama is a horse and its daddy is a donkey. If its daddy is a horse and its mama is a donkey, well then you have a heney.”

We be out lookin’ for Tonto.

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