Summit Up 6-25-12: Where a little rainfall is like manna from heaven

Summit Up
Special to the Daily/Jack MathewsJack Mathews, 13-year carrier for the

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that enjoyed the rainfall yesterday afternoon but wish it stuck around a little longer.

That soil is so dry, it might just blow away in the wind. That little bit o’ rain helped a bit, but not as much as we’d a liked, seeing as a fire’s a-burnin’ quite nearby.

Those blokes are running up and down the other side of the Mosquito Range, saving our lives.

Over at the Dillon Bluegrass and Brews fest on Saturday, Twitter was abuzz as folks snapped photos of the smoke blowing over the Tenmile Range and posted it online. With everyone wanting to know what’s going on and make sure everyone else knew they knew something was going on, SC Alert went live telling folks to chill out and stop calling dispatch; officials were aware of what was happening.

We speculate on that: Perhaps it’s a good idea, so the lines get free. But on the other hand, it sends the message of omnipotence on behalf of the Summit County emergency response agencies, which is far from the truth, just by standards of humanity (we are not omnipotent).

Either way, we wish the firefighters the best as they squelch this blaze and keep our lives safe to drink beer and listen to bluegrass on a hot afternoon in June.


In other news, we have a Smarty Pants Alert! Smarty Pants Alert! from Ithaca College, where Breckenridge’s Amy Gordon graduated recently.

Thus says the news release: “Amy Gordon, a resident of Breckenridge, CO, graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a major in Clinical Health Studies. The degree was awarded in May 2012.

“Coeducational and nonsectarian, Ithaca College is a nationally recognized independent college of some 6,300 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. Located in Ithaca, N.Y., the college offers more than 100 degree programs through the Schools of Business, Communications, Health Sciences and Human Performance, Humanities and Sciences, and Music as well as …”

Wow. Now there’s a nice advertisement for Ithaca College written in there. Regardless of your thoughts on that, we extend our congratulations to Ms. Gordon and good luck in all your endeavors.


Speaking of congratulations, we’d like to personally extend a note of thanks and gratitude to all those ladies (and gentlemen!) who took up residence in pink tents on the lawn of Summit Middle School this weekend for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

How encouraging to see so much pink around town (see photo), indicating so much money and support for research on the disease.

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