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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that ate too much funnel cake.

We don’t know why we do it. We know we should stop. They put enough sugar on those things cause instant diabetes. But we do it anyway. And so here we sit, one hand on the gut, one hand pecking out words on the keyboard, telling ourselves that next time, next time we’ll go for the carrot sticks and the fruit smoothie.

But for now, we suppose we should finish this thing. We mean, really, it’d be a shame to let it go to waste.


We’d never heard of a golden birthday – when you turn the age of your birthdate – until this phone call. Nevertheless, Happy birthday to Maggie, who turns 13 today. Lots of love from Mom.


Angel Alert!! Angel Alert!! Awhile back, Summit Up issued a Scum Alert and followups about perpetrators who stole the special red race car shopping cart from City Market in Breckenridge.

City Market’s Russ Paul Rahn called to say the car is returned, thanks to the efforts of “a really nice young man” named Sean Crantz. Crantz found the shopping cart on County Road 450, aka French Gulch Road.

“We are all real happy here,” Rahn reported as co-workers gave the Red No. 5 a bath. “We are indebted to him.”


Attention Summit High grads!

The Summit County High School Class of 1973 is having a reunion the weekend of July 19-20. The class invites anyone from the classes of 1971-75 to join us at the Frisco Best Western Hotel. There will be a pay-as-you-go bar, and food can be ordered. We will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19. They have other events planned for the weekend and will fill in everyone on the details at the kickoff July 19.


This Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!! comes to us from Tony. A year ago, during the Celestial Seasonings Zinger Cycling Challenge, there was a fundraiser for the Chris Ethridge Memorial Fund. Tony bought an art bike as part of this fundraiser. Well, he actually rode it around, and during the Fourth of July parade in Breck this past weekend, somebody stole it right out of his truck.

“Chris and I were friends, so it had some personal significance,” Tony told us. “I’m hopeful it was no one local who took it and I’m not optimistic about getting it back.”

All field agents are asked to keep their eyes open for a red town cruiser bike with chrome fenders and whitewall tires. If you see it, the Breck police would love to hear about it.


How about another Angel Alert!! Angel Alert!! to start your day? Lorinda from Breck called Friday to tell us that she knew two 10th Mountain Division vets who came into town for the Independence Day parade. They went out to eat at the Breck Inn, and when the staff found out these gentlemen’s heroic history, they wouldn’t let them pay for the meal.

Respect for your elders not only gets you a halo and wing set from us, but will also protect your hips and teeth as you age. Seriously, ask your dentist.


It’s Sunday, and today’s password is “dough expands in your stomach.” Tell us about your favorite fair food at, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just do your best corn dog impression on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.

We’re out burning calories …

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