Cheers and Jeers |

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Summit County Sheriff Joe Morales and deputies for cracking down on speeding on Highway 9 north of Silverthorne. The accident-prone stretch of road claimed four lives in late July. Morales figures people just need to slow down and stop passing. The problem is, it’s part of a lot of people’s commute, and when people drive it every day, care tends to wane. Already, more than 100 people have been ticketed.

Jeers: To all those who let their automatic sprinklers activate Friday morning after Thursday night’s heavy rains.

Jeers: To the perpetrators who stole the Summit Lake Dillon Optimist pancake grill from the Summit Recycling Project’s Frisco Drop-Off Center. The grill still hasn’t showed up. This is bad news for the SRP, the Optimist Club and everybody else who’s borrowed it for fundraisers.

Cheers: To the great crowd that showed up for the annual Frisco summertime mixer Wednesday sponsored by the town of Frisco, the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and the Summit County Chamber of Commerce. The cooperation among the organizers was outstanding and the results showed at the Historic Park gathering.

Cheers: To the Summit School District maintenance folks for making the Summit High School football field look better than it ever has.

Cheers: To the Summit Fat Tire Society for its effort today to complete a portion of the Continental Divide Trail above Montezuma. If you read this in time, meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Peru Creek Trailhead just before the town of Montezuma.

Cheers: To Steve Paccagnan, the new vice president and general manager at Copper Mountain. Paccagnan is due to arrive from his current post at the Panorama Resort in Canada in the coming weeks. He has a big job ahead of him at Copper where a new resort development plan and a new mountain master plan are nearing approvals – not to mention the fact ski season is nearing.

Cheers: To Summit Daily sportswriter Shauna Farnell who broke her collarbone while riding the Peaks Trail and did not miss a second of work. Tyler Hamilton would be proud.

Cheers: To letter-writer Thomas R. Gagnon for proposing a water ethic for our state to keep water in our streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands. Gagnon writes, “Watering a lawn is terrorism; just ask a fish.” A new attitude about conserving water is what Colorado needs to stay healthy in terms of water.

Cheers: To County Commissioner Gary Lindstrom for being our watchdog. Lindstrom is awake, and his eyes are open. Lindstrom currently is keeping his eye on Revised Statute 2477, which allows roads to be built on federal land, even in wilderness areas. Without proposed amendments to the statute, counties could potentially build roads through Colorado’s “protected” wild lands for such reasons as natural resource extraction or even ecotourism. We can sleep at night because Lindstrom is carefully watching to see what happens with this controversial issue.

Opinions published in this space are formulated by members of the Summit Daily News editorial board: Michael Bennett, Jim Pokrandt, Jason Starr, Rachel Toth, Reid Williams, Aidan Leonard, Shauna Farnell and Martha Lunsky.

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