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Special to the DailyHere you see (the backsides of) Red, White and Blue Fire Department firefighters (left to right) Jason Kline, Kim Scott and Tim Caldwell. What could they possibly be doing to those Christmas trees? Theyre attaching safety tips tags to these trees outside City Market. The fire department hopes people pay special attention to these tips to keep the family and house safe this holiday season. The tags also list disposal sites for Christmas trees around the county, and we hope people heed those as well.

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that would be moving to Wolf Creek if they had room for a daily column (and if we could take all our good friends and readers there with us).This here’s a Shout Out! to all the Summit Up Land residents who headed down to Archuleta and Mineral counties like we did over the past few days – and believe us, there were plenty of them. Anyplace in Colorado gets 29 inches of snow over two days and, like us, there’s bound to be a few SUV-loads of folks headed there to get fresh tracks. Hard to blame ’em.We won’t bother rubbing in just how good it was. We’re not that cruel. Besides, you probably know somebody who was down there with us, and they’ll punish you enough.We will, however, point out how refreshing it is to be in a place that, A) doesn’t need a terrain park (the whole ski area is a terrain park) so the “rat pack,” if you will, is nowhere to be found; $) really just cares about snow and riding, thus has no condominiums or lodges, no trinket shops and, heck, only one bathroom; and 3) although there were plenty of Crayola families (that’s our new metaphor for the gaggles of snowplowers dressed in vibrant one-pieces with drawls like melting crayon wax), plenty of skiers in jeans and Starter jackets, it didn’t really seem to matter – when you’re busy concentrating on the burning in your legs and that 10-foot drop between the gap in the trees, all that stuff tends to fade to the fringes, if you know what we mean.Let us leave you with these thoughts and a little bit of Mr. Hendrix’s “May this be love” (those who know Wolf Creek know why): “Waterfall, nothing can harm thee at all. My worries seem so very small, with my waterfall …”***A woman in Breck called in this Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!! She says a particular daycare provider down there is snubbing locals – for the week between Christmas and New Year’s, they’ll only be taking tourists’ kids.”So the locals who support them the rest of the year have to find another provider while we work,” she said. Don’t worry, just leave them with us. We have a wonderful slew of field trips planned for that week: the tobacconist, the Moose Jaw, the tattoo parlor … the list goes on. Feel free to sign your child up for Summit Up’s Quality Daycare at, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just whine how that’s not funny on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237. We’ll figure out how much to charge you later.***It’s Friday, and you’re probably struggling with some gastrointestinal issues today, so we’ll leave you alone.We’re out avoiding all the shoppers …

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