Summit Up 6-18-10: Geared up for BBQ!
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that is already gettin’ all Pavlovian about this Frisco Barbecue Challenge that starts today. We’ll be out there in the thick of it, with some of the Summit Up Central Staffers learning to judge barbecue, another one doing some kind of whiskey tour and the rest of just trolling for beer and ribs whenever we have a spare (get it?) moment. The Radiators kicked off things last night in a free show on Main Street, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage play play Saturday at 12:30. There’s the Swifty Swine – those cute li’l racin’ pigs – doing their thing next to the Moose Jaw at the top of the hour today from noon to five and Saturday from 10-4. But you can find out all the other details in today’s Scene section – along with all the other cool stuff going on in the county this weekend.It’s gonna be a humdinger, b’golly!***OK, tis the season for a whole bunch of Smarty Pants Alerts! Here goes:Secia R. Klocke of Glenwood Springs graduated with honors May 12 from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with concentrations in Vocal Performance, Music Business and Visual Culture. Secia’s very proud parents are Merle & Kelly Klocke (Step-Mother) of Silverthorne and Harold (stepfather) and Rosario Young of Glenwood Springs. Next up, Braden R. Shoop of Breckenridge was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.Also, Macaela M. Holmes graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa on May 24. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in American Studies. Holmes is the daughter of Bill and Michelle Holmes of Breckenridge.And Brittany Anderson of Frisco got her Master of Arts in Adaptive Sports Management from Prescott College in Arizona. Congrats to all!***Are you a lift nerd, endlessly fascinated by bullwheels, sheaves, the subtle (but important!) differences between a Poma grip and a Doppelmayr grip? Then you will no doubt be thrilled to know that the good folks at A-Basin are putting up photos of the ongoing project this summer to replace the old Exhibition lift with a high-speed detachable named the Black Mountain Express. You can log on to http://www.arapahoebasin.com and click on the “mountain” tab to see the latest construction activity. As always, we’ll be there to photograph the towers when they get flown in later this summer. But in the meantime, lift nerds can enjoy the ongoing progress on the Basin’s website.***Recently we grumped about the price of vending machine items going up, and that’s a standing grump. We know taxation on these items was bumped up a few percentage points, but the price increases are wildly disproportionate to that (an increase from, say, $1.00 to $1.25 is a bump of 25 percent). But we also are noticing that the packages of stuff are getting smaller and smaller, even as the prices go up. This bag of peanut M&Ms we just enjoyed contains the odd amount of 1.74 ounces of M&Ms – or 49.3 grams. At $1.00 for the package, that’s 2.03 cents per gram! The moral of the story, of course, is don’t buy stuff out of vending machines if you can help it. But sometimes, ya just gotta!Enjoy the weekend, folks, and be safe!
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