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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column pulling for the underdogs and the overlooked.

When we think of ourselves in a metaphorical sense, we see ourselves as the guy in the Verizon commercials on the other end of the phone.

You’ve probably seen the ads on TV: The guy is walking across the country with a cell phone to his ear saying, “Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?”

But what about the guy on the other end of the line, the poor sap sitting there saying, “Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Yes. Yes. YES. YESSSSSS! YES, I CAN HEAR YOU NOW, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!”

And meanwhile, his coworker gets to travel all over the country.

The world just ain’t fair, so here’s to the folks on the short end of the stick.


In the world of right-of-way, the priority order goes pedestrian, bike, car. You’d think everyone understands this.

Some people do. That’s why we got a nice note from Donna Nelson, of Cadillac, Mich., saying she was out on the bike paths walking her golden retriever, Tanner, and was touched by the cyclists of Summit Up Land. “People are very mannerly when she gets out of bicyclists’ way and they all say thank you. Fairly unusual. There is the issue of loose dogs, still.”

But then we get a note like the one from Stephanie. She’s mad at all the scummy people who incite car vs. bicycle wars. Cars do not own the road, Stephanie says. “If I were to take a walk on the Dam Road, will you run me down?”

Can’t we all just get along?


Nicole Finnen-Fincham and Michael Pfirrmann announced their engagement recently. The two plan a July wedding at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Breckenridge.

Nicole is the daughter of Sharon Fincham and Ed Finnen of Littleton (her step-father is Jack Fincham). Michael is the son of Karl and Michaeline Pfirrmann of Greensburg, Penn.

Nicole is a Creighton University graduate and Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Both are officers in the U.S. Air Force.


Tom Waymire of Denver sent us a note. “A nice thing happened to me that might find in your column a place among the other halos given out,” he writes. And so we call this an Angel Alert!! Angel Alert!!

On Sept. 1, Tom was heading back to his place in Breck when the light at Valley Brook went to yellow. Tom says he was far enough away to stop, but he didn’t, and it turned red when he cruised through.

“Then I noticed another red light, but this one was moving … and following me,” Tom writes. “It was Sgt. Joe Wray, who gave Mr. Waymire a warning for the infraction.

“He deserves a kudo for giving me the benefit of the doubt,” Tom says.

We agree.


Today was formerly known as

Sunday, but since the calendar companies started selling naming rights for the days, it’s now NFL Sunday. Tell us who you expect to buy naming rights for the other days at, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just tell us your week is not for sale on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.

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