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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column wondering when our esteemed Legislature is going to get down to the important business: declaring Colorado’s official mythical creature.No, our elected officials are concerned with silly balanced budgets, water projects, incentives to turn the economy around, transportation funds and all that other hooey. We only need look north for lawmakers who really know why the citizens elected them.The Associated Press tells us that Wyoming’s House of Representatives voted 45-12 on Wednesday to approve the “jackalope” as the state’s official mythical beast. And this is serious stuff, if you listen to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Dave Edwards: “I seriously think this will lend some protection to the jackalope, similar to what happened when Texas tried to take our bucking horse.”Our readers might not know that Douglas, Wyo., taxidermist Doug Herrick created the part-rabbit-part-antelope in 1939 based on his grandfather’s tall tales. The fake creature has been in the state’s marketing materials ever since, and Douglas is known as the “Jackalope Capital of the World.”But you probably knew all that – and that, our friends, is exactly our point. While our lawmakers worry about putting all our economic eggs in the tourism basket, how to revive the tech sector and wonder why all the skiers are heading to Canada instead of Colorado, Wyoming’s had it figured out all along: Nothing piques people’s interest quite like a made-up, stuffed animal.So now the question is, what exactly should our mythical creature be? The easiest answer (and probably the funniest one we’ll come up with) is the lynx – all those greenies who whine and cry every time a ski resort wants to build a new lift or base area say the development will drive off the furry cats, but ain’t no one seen one in a while, you know?There are the typical choices: Dragons, griffins, snow snakes, chupacabras and unicorns. Maybe Breck’s Ripperoo or Vail’s Pork Chop the Safety Pig should be promoted from ski area mascot to statewide celebritydom. Given current circumstances, Avalanche hockey players are pretty mythical right now, too, huh?Dare we suggest the possibility of some of those man-made creatures we hear about down in Trinidad?We’ll leave this open to Summit Up fans: send us your suggestions, drawings and stories of run-ins with mythical creatures out in the woods to, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just explain that you’re surprised we’d ever stoop to making stuff up in our column on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.***Genie asked us to send out an Angel Alert!! Angel Alert!! and we’re happy to do so. Today’s halo and wings go out to Dr. Greg Jungman. The dentist and his staff are donating their time, money and services to help out Patrick Lawler, the unfortunate guy who got a nail stuck in his head doing construction in Breck. Dr. Jungman’s had some hard times of his own, and Genie says it’s wonderful to see him responding so compassionately to others.***Bring it on, Saturday. We’re out proving that we’re not the mythical beasts people make us out to be …

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