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Hey, Spike! reports on Frank Walter’s return

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily
Copper Mountain Resort president Gary Rodgers, left, welcomes Frank Walter, Tom Malmgren of Carbonate Real Estate, and Frank’s son, Larry, a California yachtsman.
Miles F. Porter IV / Special to the Daily |

Just like that — smacko, we have a great start to winter on The Summit.

And bouncing back just in time to start the ski season is 92-year-old Frank Walter, a longtime Copper Mountain Resort resident who logs more ski days in a winter than most of us do in a decade.

Spike! readers will recall Frank sustained four broken ribs when he crashed his golf cart at Copper Creek.

Following his hospitalization and more recovery in Evergreen, Frank was honored the other day at a party hosted by the resort’s president, Gary Rodgers.

“Knowing Frank’s sincere desire to always have first chair at Copper, I am very pleased to announce that Copper is dedicating a special plaque on American Eagle Chair #1 for Frank,” Gary told those assembled. “The plaque will alert American Eagle Chair #1 riders for years to come that they are in fact riding ‘Frank’s Chair.’”

Frank responded by skiing the next day, getting first chair on opening day.


Getting in some major traveling just before the ski season’s start were Friscoites Bruce “Popeye” Cochran and Pam McCain, who enjoyed boating and biking islands in the Adriatic Sea.

They booked their Croatian trip through Tripsite.com for Pack and Pedal Europe Inc., listed as Kvarner Bay Plus aboard the “Andela Lora.”

“The local Croatian company managing the tour was Islandhopping.com,” says Bruce. “We started and ended our tour in Omisalj, Croatia, on the island of Krk.”


Also traveling was Charlotte Clarke of Bill’s Ranch.

“I recently completed a 5,000+-mile road trip to the Great Lakes in my MBCruiser motorhome,” reports history buff Charlotte. “I visited 12 states and my dogs got to swim in Lake of the Woods, Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie. Great solo trip with just my dogs.”


Frisco homeowner Marilyn Leuszler, an artist who also lives in Trinidad, in southern Colorado, has two artworks hanging in the state Capitol, marking the gold dome’s new covering.

“I had two paintings selected to be part of this exhibition,” Marilyn writes. “This is the second time I’ve had work displayed at the Capitol and am honored to be selected again as one of the artists to show in this wonderful venue.”

Marilyn motored to Denver for the ceremony Oct. 2. The exhibition will be up for six months.

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In more traveling news, TC3 architect Tom Connolly is back from a six-week drive that covered 6,333 miles in the south and southeast U.S.

The Frisco town councilman, who is also a hot air balloon pilot, took in the annual Albuquerque Festival and then headed to Florida for some beach time.

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. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com

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