Thanksgiving smiles…

*Crested Butte’s Jingles the cat made Denver’s 9News as the coolest cat in Colorado this past weekend. Just the idea of that television news story brings a smile. You can see the video on the 9News website. It’s worth a look.

*All the numbers indicate summer was busy and even set some new records. People who like this place, really like this place and will come back. Being 100 degrees in Texas all summer and 75 up here probably didn’t hurt.

*CBMR is developing its new Master Plan to submit to the Forest Service. The resort planners have discovered a possible on-mountain expansion that looks to be pretty fun and interesting skiing. I hiked it this fall and the upper park area is filled with magical boulders and rock formations. It could be another special place to ride in the future. It’s located near Teocalli Bowl; CBMR planning director John Sale says they are open to picking a new, good name for the potential terrain. I’m pretty certain they won’t be calling it Snodgrass South.

*Speaking of names, Crested Butte mayor Aaron Huckstep floated an idea floated by Mt. Crested Butte mayor William Buck called “Mingle with the Mayors.” I think I just tasted some leftover turkey in the back of my throat. The idea of getting the councils and their constituents together in an informal setting is good but I’ll agree with Crested Butte councilman Shawn Matusewicz …the name needs changing.

*Crested Butte high school cross-country coach Connie Hayden was named 2A Coach of the Year. Star runner Ian Boucher was honored with an All-Colorado honorable mention. Good stuff for the valley. Congratulations to them both and to the entire team.

*One of my favorite Crested Butte News features (aside from the April Fool’s edition, of course) is the Alex Fenlon photo montage on page 17. Every year it is a treat. Every year, it is a good reminder to us all.

And best of all, it is winter. The lifts are now turning and it will only get better up in the mountains for skiing. Bring on the attack of La Niña. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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