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Week in Summit

Mike Plum, co-owner of the store, demonstrates one of the recurve bows he has in stock.
Elise Reuter / ereuter@summitdaily.com |

A group of longboarders last weekend met atop Vail Pass, suited up and plunged down the recpath toward Vail on a Saturday morning. The speeds they reached? About 60 mph. One had hoped to reach 70 or 80 mph. Tight trucks were on those longboards, for sure.

No reports of crashes were written upon, but the cool side of longboarding that the article clearly — and inspirationally — showed had a dark side that brought about several letters to the editor a few days later, lambasting not only the riders who took such risks, but also the paper for not offering a viewpoint of danger associated with it.

Next time, guys, do it at night with helmet lamps on to keep the longboarding ire away, okay?

Lawsuit emerges from Flight For Life crash

A lawyer for the families of the two survivors of the July 3 Flight For Life helicopter crash has filed a lawsuit against the helicopter operator — Air Methods Corp. — and the manufacturer — Airbus Helicopters, Inc. of Texas and Airbus Helicopters, S.A.S. of France — in Summit County District Court.

The suit lists nine charges against them and two engineering aspects are highlighted: tail rotor malfunction and fuel tank rupture.

Oddly enough, the lawsuit comes months before an investigation into the crash — currently being led by the National Transportation Safety Board — has been completed. NTSB, even with a preliminary report, does not have a definitive ruling as to the cause of the crash.

So, why is the lawsuit filed now instead of waiting for the report?

Cell service, bad

AT&T — after two years of having worked with Summit County and Friends of the Lower Blue River — has decided not to build two additional cell towers in the county. One would have been built on the north end of Silverthorne, and the other would have gone up between Keystone Resort and Summit Cove.

Not surprisingly, those who worked to bring the towers here are furious. Public safety as it related to police, fire and emergency responders was their No. 1 concern.

Verizon Wireless, however, is constructing one at the fire station in Summit Cove, which would allow for multiple carriers to attach in order to provide additional service.

Seems like AT&T didn’t want to put money up for something already being constructed. But still, north Silverthorne could use it. AT&T gave no indication what would happen to its own two lots.

Prepare for the zombie apocalypse

The zombies are coming! The zombies are coming!

One would think that with Summit County’s first military surplus store opened. But, that’s not the case. Or so the store owners want us to believe.

“We have a lot of people who say that we should be a zombie apocalypse store,” co-owner Mike Plum said, laughing.

All kinds of useful and eccentric goodies are carried at Mikes Surplus Store: gas masks, pistol-sized crossbows, camping gear, archery supplies and ready-to-eat meals — and more!

Though they but surplus from the U.S. Army and Navy, don’t expect any firearms.


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