Cheers and Jeers |

Cheers and Jeers


To the Speakeasy Theatre in Breckenridge for bringing back the film, “Crash.” It returns June 24-30. This week, the documentary “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” is playing. The preview looked pretty interesting, although we’re sure moviegoers will leave the film with a healthy amount of disgust and a renewed interest in the Ken Lay trial.

Cheers to the roundabout way that skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender got her sled back after she thought a student had stolen it from in front of Summit High School. It turns out a parent took the sled, not a kid.

That’s the jeer. Uhlaender got the sled back with $500 worth of damages. She won’t press charges as long as the 40-year-old mother who took the sled pays for repairs and writes a letter of apology. Note to crooks: We live in the world of caller ID.

To the eighth-grade graduates of Summit Middle School. The school and parents honored almost 200 students Thursday and wished them well on their Summit High School careers. Thursday evening, the parents teamed up and put on a party for the students at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Surely, many memories were created.

To Keystone resident and businessman Gary Miller for installing post office boxes in the Gateway building to help people cope with the demise of the Keystone post office. The post office is disappearing because Keystone Resort, owned by Vail Resorts, won’t subsidize the $20,000 needed to keep it open.

The current post office has doubled as the resort’s mail room. Anybody wanting to apply for a post office box should go into the Haywood Cafe in the Gateway building on Highway 6 and speak with the cashier. Miller notes that the move will be hardest on Keystone’s own employees who would have to take the bus to downtown Dillon. What does Vail Resort predict its year-end profits will be? Between $22 and $29 million.

To the Summit Middle School for searching every student before Wednesday and Thursday classes. Apparently, the move is to thwart pranksters. We can only suppose administrators are preparing more than 600 reports on each search. What a way to end school ” for everybody. Is this how to show students we are a caring community? Here’s what the school board policy says, in part, about searches.

“Searches conducted by school personnel: Searches may be conducted by a school official who has reasonable grounds for suspecting that a search will turn up evidence that the student has violated either the law or board policy …

“An administrative report shall be prepared by the school official conducting a search explaining the reasons for the search, the results and the names of any witnesses to the search. If the search produces evidence to be used as the basis for disciplinary action, the report shall be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.”

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