Cheers and Jeers |

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To the people who still walk down the Wildernest Road and don’t use the new multi-million-dollar sidewalk, putting themselves and others at risk. Cheers: To County Commissioner Bill Wallace and Summit County government for getting behind fuel-efficient, hybrid cars. Wallace drives a personal hybrid vehicle, and his experience fueled the county to buy its first one. Our view is that anything reducing reliance on fossil fuels is a plus for the environment and bolsters our national defense by reducing our reliance on foreign oil.Cheers: To the top-notch quick thinkers and fast talkers who make up Summit High School’s speech and debate team, the No. 1 team in the state for the second year in a row. Those talkin’ Tigers are establishing a tradition of excellence for which all of Summit County can be proud. Congratulations to the students and the coaches. Cheers: To the Summit School District’s willingness to look at a year-round calendar. Students lose too much ground during long summer vacations, and teachers use too much precious time in a 174-day school year reminding students of what they’ve forgotten. A year-round calendar does not increase the time in school, but it shortens up the long summer vacation while increasing other midterm breaks.Cheers: To Frisco local John Fayhee for putting together today’s Spontaneous Combustion community gathering at the entrance to the Frisco Bay Marina. Kids events start at 3 p.m.; adult activities start at 6 p.m. Just look for the huge pile of wood the self-described pyromaniac has ready to go up in blazes. Might want to bring your sunglasses.Cheers: To Summit Public Radio for keeping rock station KBCO on its translator system. Now, KBCO needs to deliver on its support of the nonprofit that runs our important translator system.Cheers: To the Breckenridge Ski Resort and Backcountry Access of Boulder for putting together the Beacon Basin above the Vista Haus restaurant on Peak 8. The Beacon Basin allows backcountry enthusiasts to practice their use of avalanche beacons and increase the chances they could save a life.Jeers: To our visitors who rent vacation houses and believe they have to leave outdoor lights on all night, and sometimes all day. The light pollution is ruining the solitude for those of us who live in the woods, and the waste of energy is responsible.

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