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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that wants to know why anyone would want to be called “The Chicken from God.”

We were watching a boxing match the other night (we like to root for the cut doctors). In this particular fight, one of the “gentlemen” had “De Dios” emblazoned on the back of his shorts. Being that he was of Latino descent, we assumed this was his last name, as opposed to a literal statement that he was “from God.”

But then, as he circled around the mat, we could see emblazoned on the front of his shorts, “El Pollo,” or “The Chicken.”

Well that blew all our boxing stereotypes right out of the water. Most fighters liked to be called “Iron,” “The Real Deal” or “Marvelous” – something tough, or else something that tells you how great they are. But “The Chicken”?

How exactly does one hope to inspire fear and awe in an opponent when the announcer introduces you as “The Chicken From God”? It seems to us you’re only asking for a lot of bad omelette jokes from the commentators.

Somebody, please, sign us up to fight this guy. You can even introduce us as “The Swiss Bunny.”


Take a moment, if you will, in memory of Robert A. Silva. Robert lived in Silverthorne for eight years, working at Keystone’s ski shop and golf course, as well as at Precision Ski in Frisco. Originally from Maryland, he moved here, fell in love with the mountains and even convinced a few friends to join him here. He died Jan. 8 last year, after a 15-month battle with cancer, and was buried in Dillon. Today would have been his 32nd birthday.

His mother, father, sisters and all his friends here and in Maryland miss him.


Our favorite erudite bus driver sent us this e-mail:

“Let’s start a rumor: “Tenmile Creek’ is about to be renamed because of its low levels and the fact that it has to go much farther to reach Lake Dillon. Henceforth, it will be known as “11 Mile Seep.’

“And Summit County hopes to have the old Dillon Road open in time for school buses to make the shortcut across the erstwhile lake.”

“It’s the heat, jadestreet.”

Ah, sometimes fact is stranger than fiction, our friend.


Don’t know about you, but one of the worst smells in our book has to be that pungent carboniferous one that tells you your vacuum cleaner has sucked up something two sizes too big and is browning it quicker than the Mountain Lyon does our O’Briens.

We just thought we’d share that with you.


License Plate of the Day That We Can’t Understand In the Least: CKBOOKS.

Do you sell them? Use them? What exactly is this vanity plate supposed to tell us?


The best old wives’ tale we heard lately: It’s not duct tape, it’s duck tape. Why? Because it was invented by hunters who needed something to hold all their ducks together while they’re out slinking around the marshlands.

While it pained us to hear such a theory, we were comforted to discover someone we could turn to if we ever needed to sell a bridge.


We’ve got a couple Congrats! to hand out.

Fork Union Military Academy (in Virginia) is pleased to announce that Jarvis Clifton Johnson received his middle school diploma recently. Johnson is the son of Daniel and Kate Johnson, of Breckenridge. He finished the year on the academy’s President’s List, requiring all A’s and excellent conduct status. Johnson also received numerous awards.

Two Summit High School graduates earned dean’s list honors at Fort Lewis College. Zonna Barnes, an anthropology major, and Suzanne Gingrich, a humanities major, were able to keep their GPAs above 3.4.

And, Deborah Hunter has been awarded a fellowship to study educational leadership and policy at Iowa State University. Hunter was an assistant principal at Summit High and will collect her Ph.D. from Iowa State in August.


It’s Thursday, so let us know how we can serve you at, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just place your order and super-duper-biggie-size it on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237.

We’re out eating ourselves sick on yogurt-covered

raisins …

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