Twenty years ago in May, Jim Wetzel was named curator and director of the Delta Museum. Because of unscheduled emergency surgery, he arrived on the job in a wheelchair and with just one day to learn everything he needed to know to take over.
Everyone talks about the weather and the affect it has on people. Cedaredge High School's boys track team noted last weekend's weather was some of the best of the season. With the exception of a few distance runners, who said it was too hot, most track participants were grateful to have sunshine and gentle breezes for most of the two-day track meet.
Delta High School's track teams collected some season best marks at last weekend's Western Slope Multi League Meet in Grand Junction.
Delta's boys scored 77 points to finish fourth in the 11-team 3A field while the Panther girls picked up 81.25 points to place sixth in their 3A division.
The Hotchkiss boys scored 88 points to place second in the 2A Western Slope League.
Senior Darren Young was the sole gold-medalist for Hotchkiss.
Over the two-day meet the boys and girls teams combined set about 40 personal records, said Paonia head coach Brian Mitchem. "Some of them were what we'd been waiting for."
Through the courtesy of Joel Magnuson of Orchard City, let's visit today with Joel's great-grandfather, Samuel Edwin Iams, who was born in 1844.
Joel has at his house a handsome, very old, Iams family trunk, which holds many treasures.
After attending the cornerstone dedication at the West Elk Clinic in Hotchkiss last fall, Wendell Koontz, then mayor of Hotchkiss, wondered why there was no cornerstone at the Hotchkiss Town Hall. The building, which was completed in 1984, also houses the community's senior center.
More than a hundred years after his death, Hotchkiss Constable Robert G. Lewis has been honored as a fallen peace officer.
In 2017 Hotchkiss Marshal Dan Miller was contacted by Keith Cameron, historian for the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial to verify the circumstances of Constable Lewis' death in the line of duty.
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