Summit Up 4-8-10: For the Citizens of Colorado … |

Summit Up 4-8-10: For the Citizens of Colorado …

Summit Up
Special to the Daily/Rich Seeley
ALL | 03-18-10 Sleeping Fox Wildernest

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s feeling bitter we didn’t make it over to Vail yesterday for what one Staffer just told us was one of the “top powder days of the decade.” Yep, 19 inches, and it wasn’t even the heavy spring stuff, we hear.


We have a couple of notes here from schoolchildren in other states looking for skinny on our fine state. The first one goes as such:

“Dear citizens of Colorado: Hi my name is Robert. I’m studying your state of Colorado. I’m really interested about how you live and what you do. I hope to visit Colorado some day. It would be really helpful if you could please send souvenirs such as maps, old license plates, postcards, outdoor samples, or pictures. Any items you can send would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

Robert – Mrs. Donaldson’ class, 21 Laker Lane, Meredith, NH 03253″

Alrighty then! We like how Robert kicks it off with the big Julius Caesar-style statement to all the citizens of Colorado. But we can’t help but wonder what, exactly, he means by this mysterious item “outdoor samples.” Are we talking dirt, pine cones, bear scat, Walmart bags, or what? Anyway, if you can help him out, there you go.

A more modest request comes from Simone at Oak Point Intermediate School in Eden Prairie, Minn. Simone is in fifth grade and she has adopted our state as a class project. Obviously, Homeland Security has gotten to the Eden Prairie schools, because Simone says they can’t accept packages or even letters – only postcards!

Do they still sell postcards? We reckon they do at the gift shops and places like that. So if you’re of a mind, shoot a scenic one off to Simone at the above-mentioned school 13400 Staring Lake Parkway, Eden Prairie, Minn 55347. Hopefully there aren’t too many Simones in the fifth grade there.


We have here a Lost Dog Alert! from Mary D’Antoni:

“Hey, on Monday around 3 p.m., my friend who was puppysitting my dog Beethoven in Frisco, around the corner from Walmart, let it out to romp with his dog. His dog came back about an hour later, but my dog never returned. He has never lost his way before, and has a very good sense of direction. I am afraid someone puppy-napped him. He is an unfixed purebred 3-year-old St. Bernard. He’s highly intelligent and calm. I love my dog, he means the world to me and I want him back. Please be on the look out and help me find the person who took my dog.”

We don’t have a phone for Mary, so we guess if anyone sees Beethoven, they should call the Animal Shelter: 668-3230.


We have a note here calling attention to the fact that our list of scholarship winners printed in Wednesday’s paper missed the name of Miranda Sprague. Miranda won a scholarship from the High Country Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, so we’re correcting that here. Congrats to Miranda and all the SHS seniors who won local scholarships this year!


We have something here from the Palisade Chamber of Commerce, out there by Grand Junction, letting us know that, while we are still enjoying powder days in the hills, our neighbors to the west are diggin’ into spring. Did you know that the apricot trees on the Western Slope are in the initial stages of bloom, and that the peach tree blooms are expected by the third week of April? Here’s the full list, for those of you who follow this sort of thing:

-Apricots are projected to be in full bloom April 15th

-Redhaven and Elberta Peaches – April 21

-Bing Sweet Cherries – April 28

-Bartlett Pears – April 27

-Prune/Plums are projected to be in full bloom April 29th

-Tart Cherries – May 4

Red Delicious Apples – May 6

MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: Cool! What should we do about this?

SU: We’re not sure. But it’s colorful and smells nice, we hear, so if you’re out that way, take a look-see and poke your nose at the window on your way to Moab or wherever.

Well folks, it’s Thursday and that means it’s time to get ready for Friday and all that. Have a good one …

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