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To the person who was smoking a cigar and carelessly threw it into a planter outside of the Summit Daily News office building. The planter caught on fire and flames began to shoot out. Summit Daily News staff smelled smoke and a customer just happened to be walking by the planter in time to see the flames.

Luckily, staff extinguished the flames. But, the planter was less than a few inches away from the side of the building, which nearly caught on fire.

So, thanks to the person who decided to discard his/her cigar into the Summit Daily planter.

This is a perfect example of the carelessness that causes catastrophic fires in the High Country.

Next time, leave your cigar at home – or better yet – try choking on it.

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Speaking of fires … here’s a hearty high-five to the men and women firefighters who have been keeping our state safe over the past several days fighting wildfires in Glenwood and Hayman.

Next time you see a firefighter, give them a pat on the back.

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To all the Summit County hockey players and volunteers who participated in the BOEC second annual Hockey Ultrathon. After 101 hours of playing hockey, you all deserve a Stanley Cup. (Or at least a lookalike).

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To Gov. Owens for commenting that “the entire state is on fire.” We certainly didn’t need any help discouraging visitors from coming to Summit County this year. Next time Governor, leave the breathy and sensational quotes at home.

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While we’re at it … Another thumbs down to Gov. Owens and staff for cutting funds to Colorado arts, as well as cutting money to the juvenile diversion program – which had kept at least 28 Summit County youths out of the court system and away from the permanent stigma of a criminal record.

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