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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column not knowing where to begin.

So … we start off this beautiful Tuesday with a Local Youth Does Good! Local Youth Does Good! announcement going out to Justin Wyatt, a Summit County native and 1999 Summit High School graduate who graduated magna cum laude with a 4.0 GPA from Metro State University with a degree in aviation science. 

(Phew! That’s a breath-full!)

On Oct. 13, Wyatt finished flight training and is now flying as a co-pilot for Great Lakes Airways. Great Lakes flies 18-seat Beech aircraft under Frontier, United Express and the Great Lakes banners.

We are impressed. And his parents, Mark and Teresa, and brother Colin, who himself is on his way to greatdom during his first year at Colorado State University, are very proud.


Speaking of super heros, we have received a missive from one of our favorite far-flung field agents, now living in the lands of fruits, nuts, vegetables and Ahhnold.

He enjoyed our Summit Up on the angle grinder man, the super hero who cuts boots off cars while wearing bright tights and bearing a powerful saw.

Our field agent writes: “My proposal for a super hero who would be uniquely suited to the High Country is as follows: Cap’n Freshies. With his fleece tights, polypropylene cape and Marmot-sponsored rip-stop panties, Cap’n Freshies patrols the High Country with an eye toward catching ski and snowboard thieves at the same time he’s not averse to chillin’ down at the Jaw for a cool glass of beer or taking the morning off from fighting crime when there’s 18 inches of new on the hill.

“Part scholar, part stoner and all heart, Cap’n Freshies has the work ethic of a frat boy and the attention span of a 5-year-old, so don’t be surprised if he’s not on the scene when your new Rossies turn up missing. At the same time, he’s passionate about what he does and, if you’ve got some free swag to offer or a 2-for-1 coupon handy, he’ll track crooks down with the tenacity of a Sno-Cat shaving moguls.

“Cap’n Freshies powers include immunity from cold and hangovers, the ability to ski, tele and board with equal super-expert ability, and an intuitive knowledge of which local watering hole has free hors d’oeuvres on a given day. His tragic flaws include a bad ACL on his left knee, a disinclination to shower and a prolonged spell of homelessness that makes him arguably the most accomplished couch-surfer in ski country history. Slogan: “Watch out bad dudes; I’m comin’ for you – right after one more run through the trees!’ (Cue theme music: A speed-metal version of “Sugar Magnolia”).”

My, oh my is all we have to say about this new Summit County super hero! The only challenge we see in getting Cap’n Freshies in actions is narrowing down the long list of people who think they qualify.

One “Timeless” comes to mind …


We out, basking in the light of that great orb in the sky …

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