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The story of the first quarter of the year was a story of average citizens standing up for things they believed in.
In February an intense debate involving lots of people in multiple hearings by the Colorado City Metro District revolved around a proposed shooting range. The Greenhorn Valley Sportsmen’s Club proposed a range in Graneros Gorge. As opposition mounted the club dropped the proposal and leased some property in Huerfano County.
Later in the month over 100 people braved a blizzard to attend a meeting to voice their opposition to gun control measures being proposed in the Colorado legislature. WWII veteran Bob Eden, County Sheriff Kirk Taylor and Commissioner Liane “Buffie” McFadyen spoke to the group at the meeting sponsored by the Greenhorn Valley View. Organizational efforts continued until several Colorado legislators, including Angela Giron were eventually recalled in a historical election that sent tremors through political circles throughout the nation.
A benefit dinner for Gretchen Heyn was held January 26. Heyn was fighting cancer. That battle continues with continued treatment and some trial studies. Another benefit for the Colorado City native was held December 20.
On March 10 slightly before 2 p.m. Harley Barrickman was accidentally killed in a tragic accident. Later in the year the community banded together to memorialize the youngster who touched the entire valley not only in her life, but also in her death.
In the business community, Healing Hands, owned by Jo Forell left her office in the True Value Hardware Plaza and moved it to the Stop the Cycle of Abuse Ranch. In March, Family Dollar opened in Colorado City. J&L Grocery opened in March. Lisa and Joe Unander moved from Minnesota to Rye and opened the store. Janice Melby retired in March from 19 years with the post office at Rye. She transferred to Osborne, Kansas
Amy Martin was chosen as the new librarian for the Colorado City library and the public got the opportunity to meet many of the library staff and the general contractor at a public meeting. The library cleared one hurdle when the County Commissioners exempted four acres of the Greenhorn Meadows Park for community use.
David Shipley, VP and General Manager of Rye Telephone Company, spoke at the Greenhorn Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on February 27. Late in the first quarter the chamber appointed Benny Asklof and Corinne Skinner.
Jack Highberger, 2008 Rye High School graduate, spoke at the Arizona State graduation of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. D70 enrollment increased by 11%. Locally, Craver Middle School added 21 students.
The Colorado City Architectural Control Committee elected Larry Coursey as chairman. But the rejuvenated committee was short lived and shut down again later in the year.
The Town of Rye raised their water rates 8% and based sewer rates on the December, January and February usage, like their compatriots in Colorado City. They also increased security at the Rye water plant.
The Rye High School girl’s basketball team finished 2nd at Regionals and advanced to the state tournament. The boy’s basketball team fell at districts. The wrestling team sent three to state.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife sponsored a free ice fishing seminar at San Isabel Lake on February 2. Four days later the Rye Fire District conducted ice/cold water rescue training.
Ten-year-old Wylee Anderson won five tournaments in Parker, Colorado, taking first or second in each and earned the title of American Freestyle Karate Blue Belt.
In March the Greenhorn Valley View moved their publication date from Wednesday, as it had been for years, to Thursday.