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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column passing out accolades, congratulations and general “Wow!”s to people from our favorite place in the world: Istanbul.

No, wait! That’s not right! We meant Summit County! Up here in the purple mountains majesty where the amber waves of grain waft in the icy chill in the wind as the eagles on wing fly in the spacious blue skies!

Here goes:

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jarrod A. Pulliam, grandson of Dale and Velda Pulliam of Silverthorne, recently graduated from the Hygiene Equipment Operator Non-Commissioned Officer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School in Lejeune, N.C.

With his new knowledge in water production, purification and sanitation, Pulliam – excuse us, that’s Lance Cpl. Pulliam – is ready to provide troops with a safe and adequate water supply.

Pulliam is a 1998 graduate of West Grand High School in Kremmling. Happy purifying!

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Announcement! Announcement! Ricky and Rebecca Hawkins of Dillon are ecstatic, they say, to announce the engagement of their bad-girl daughter Sharon Marie to good-guy Scott Guest. His folks, Raymond and Connie are from Hudson, Colo. The bad-girl/good-guy combo plans to get hitched in Mobile Alabama.

Y’all have a whoopin’ good time in Mobile! I do, I do, let’s party! Congrats!

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Local boy done good! Local boy done good!

We have news that Matt Loptien, a 1999 Summit High School grad, has joined the Cornell College (Mount Vernon, Iowa) baseball team. Loptien is a junior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology.

The Rams (Go Rams!) are undefeated in two games this season, but keep in mind, the season has just begun, so tickets to future games still could be available!) The team also has qualified for the past two years to go to the Iowa Conference playoffs and has won 10 or more games five years in a row. Go team! Go Matt!

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We have a long-overdue congratulations to the elementary school students who won the Breckenridge Ski Patrol skier safety poster contest.

Breckenridge Elementary School winners in the Best Safety Message included Codi Seabold (6-8 year olds) and Ashley Ransberger (9-11 year olds). The best art in those age groups was submitted by Cody Cirillo and Justin Holenbeck.

At Upper Blue, Olivia Barry (6-8 year olds) and Alma Martinez (9-11 year olds); Best art was submitted by Emily Briggs and Wil Snead.

The overall winner was Justin Holenbeck, who won a 2002-2003 season pass from the Breckenridge Ski Area.

Congratulations to all! Job well done! Wear your helmets! Ski in control! Give the right of way to the downhill skier! Watch for other skiers where trails merge! Be polite! Have fun!

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