Frisco mayor to marry in Maui |

Frisco mayor to marry in Maui

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily
Gary Wilkinson and Joyce Burford.
Courtesy photo |

Socially speaking, we might be in a “shoulder” season here on The Summit, but that never stops happenings worthy of noting.

Topping the list is the pending wedding ceremony on Maui, Hawaii, next month for Frisco Mayor Gary Wilkinson and the lovely Joyce Burford, who is the executive director of the Colorado Association of Ski Towns.

His honor, the chief of blasting at the Climax Mine, says the couple is planning a private beach ceremony for Nov. 16.

“We look forward to celebrating in December with friends and family by hosting a party at Tuscato,” Gary says.



In some other traveling news, Precision Ski and Golf manager Seth Bartley and pilot Jessiy Bader are back from a trip to New Zealand, where they rented a small camper van and took in the sights for a couple of weeks.

One of those sights was Copper Mountain ski instructor Steve Trout, who was ambling down the street when they drove into town, hoping for a chance meeting over a beer.

In the summers, Seth is a partner with Thom Emrick at Windrider of the Rockies’ sailing lessons down at Frisco Bay Marina, managed by Phil Hofer.

While down at the marina this week, Spike! chatted with Grant Miller, who has a restored Cal-24 sailboat for sale, since moving up to a 25-footer with more amenities.


Coming in from Narragansett Bay, R.I., is Frisco second-home owner Eva Platt, who will be joined by longtime friend Kris Hoyt of Tulsa, Okla.

We first met Eva, who owns a family diner, and husband Joe when we all were honeymooning in 1987 on St. John and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and had booked a day charter with Silverthorne’s Capt. Mark Schmid’s trimaran “Coconut” out of Red Hook Bay. Later, they came to visit and ended up buying two rental properties here.

Eva, Joe and son Ryan will be back out in February to ski.


Congrats to Frisco Royal Mountain Ranch homeowner Kirsten Lassen-Smith on opening her namesake real estate firm.

This follows the purchase of Sotheby’s Breckenridge office, where Kirsten officed, by Fuller Real Estate of Denver.


Just the other day we had the pleasure of meeting Bill Pessemier and Stephanie DeHart, residents in downtown Frisco.

Bill, a former Littleton fire chief, is the director of the Summit County Communications Center.

Steph, a bubbly dental hygienist from Seattle, has known Bill for decades, and the two have re-connected.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. He and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to

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