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Special to the DailyLiz Hodson sent us this pic of daughter Kelsey Making a new friend (just in case any of her other friends are wondering about that eucalyptus smell!).

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column ordering all groundhogs to return promptly to their little holes.We don’t know about you, but we haven’t had nearly enough winter yet. As such, ol’ Punxatawney Phil, that rascally groundhog, better get back in his den, if he knows what’s good for him.Not that we think Groundhog Day has that much to do with the weather, though. But any bit helps, that’s our philosophy. We’re not the biggest fans of the pope, but if he said he’d pray for us, we wouldn’t stop him, you know?***

We have an Angel Alert!! Angel Alert!! going out to the anonymous person who, well, here’s the story:Theresa Ashton wrote to tell us her husband, Peter, had a senior moment sometime in the recent past and left his medical information and X-rays on top of his car and left the house.As one might expect – or, as we have, actually experienced before – the medical info and X-rays flew off the car.Someone found them and brought them to Vail Orthopedics.Peter and Teresa wanted to say Thanks! We’re sending angel wings and a halo to that person, whomever it might be!

Peter, don’t worry about that senior moment. All of Summit Up Land has them, witness the coffee cups, shoes, gloves – especially ski gloves – and what have you that ends up in parking lots and the sides of roads. In fact, we left this column on the top of our wheels and the dog catcher brought it back to us.***We’ve got some Congrats! to send out to Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry L. Turley II, son of Dillon residents Irene and Jerry Turley. The younger Turley just graduated from the noncommissioned officer academy at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, and he received the John L. Levitow Award, which goes to the student who has demonstrated the highest degree of excellence as a class leader and scholar. Parents, you should be proud. We are.***

Who wouldn’t want to be able to say they helped a Summit Up Lander get to the Olympics? That’s what Brenda Goto is counting on. Her son Justin Goto Reiter is on the U.S. Snowboard Team and, she tells us, was recently the highest American finisher at the NorAm in Canada last week. He’s set his sights on Torino in 2006, but he needs help. Mama Goto is busy fundraising, and there’s going to be a big raffle drawing next week. Twenty bones gets you a chance at a one-week stay in St. Croix (including airfare) and other prizes. Get on over to the North Branch Library in Silverthorne, Wyatt West in Frisco or call Brenda at (970) 468-7814.***It’s Wednesday, dudes and darlings. Let us know what your 20 is (even though that’s CB lingo) at, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just record some of that trucker talk on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, good buddy. We’re out watching one of our favorite Bill Murray movies – 1,000 karma points to the reader who can guess what it is.

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