Summit Up: Where we’re searching for flying firemen |

Summit Up: Where we’re searching for flying firemen

Special to the Daily

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s looking for the C-130 flyer in our midst.

We’ve heard there’s someone out there who flew one of these planes for aerial firefighting, probably in the 1970s, and it awoke a firefighting passion in him that still hasn’t died.

It was state Sen. Dan Gibbs who first clued us in, but so far, the quest to pinpoint this man – who still wants to find ways to volunteer in High Country firefighting – has had zero results.

If you are or know this man, please let us know! We think it would be fascinating to tell the stories of what it’s like have flown one of these aircraft over blazing hot flames. From what we understand, it’s kind of like a legendary sort of thing.

You know our digits.


We’re also looking to commend our Frisco volunteer patrollers for showing how dog-friendly our community is. Yes, we love our dogs. Yes, we think they should be allowed to run free. But yes, we know there’s a leash law.

So it was nice to know that our patrollers aren’t ready and waiting to issue a ticket when the rules are broken by someone not in our midst. Just the other day, one of our staff’s friends took to the back roads with her well-behaved dog who didn’t have a leash.

Sure enough, a volunteer patroller came by and informed the said young lady that there’s a leash law in Frisco. Rather than handing her a ticket, he handed her a cheap leash that did the job during her short visit.

Unfortunately, the young lady (who happens to live in Sun Valley, Idaho) was shocked and somewhat horrified to know her dog had to be leashed while in Frisco limits. But to many of us who understand and want the leash law, we think it’s great that our patroller tried to help instead of hurt the situation.

Thanks this time, Frisco volunteer patrol.

On that angel note, we’re out. Happy Sunday!

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