Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams had visited before — although Joan Roberts was a staffer back then and not the clerk, a job she was appointed to last year.
Hinsdale County is tiny — its population in 2015 was 774.
And Roberts prefers it that way. She and her husband honeymooned in the area 30 years ago and liked it so much she cried all the back to California, where she had grown up in Thousand Oaks. They sold their house and moved to Hinsdale County without jobs or a place to live.
The line at the Huerfano County Clerk’s counter never seemed to subside on Friday and Clerk Nancy Cruz said it’s not just because of Tuesday’s election.
Marriage licenses, recording documents, Motor Vehicle registrations, the growing population of Huerfano County has lots of business to do and Cruz’s staff make sure it gets done.
Of course, the election is the big thing right now and the staff and election judges were taking in ballots and scanning them on the new equipment from Dominion Voting Systems.
“What a good system,” Cruz said.
Myrna Falk used to work for the clerk’s office and now is an election judge. When asked her age, she replied, “I’m older than dirt.”
“I can remember when we hand counted ballots in the basement,” she said. “I’ve been through a lot of (election) systems, believe me. But being able to run 25 ballots at a time through (Dominion), that’s something.”
“The world’s greatest air force” turns 70 today. On Sept. 18, 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act, which established the U.S. Air Force.
Full disclosure: The Air Force is near and dear to my heart. My younger sister, Justine, is an airman serving at Kadena Air base in Okinawa, Japan. More on that later.
My boss, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, helped those stationed at Peterson Air Force base obtain affordable housing when he served as chairman of the board for the Housing Authority in Colorado Springs in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Williams, who practiced law at the time, worked with the board on a development where monthly rent would equal the enlisted members’ housing allowances. At the time, there was a housing shortage for those assigned to Peterson.
The Air Force has a huge presence in Colorado. The Air Force Academy is in Colorado Springs. There are four air bases in Colorado: Buckley, Cheyenne Mountain, Schriever and Peterson.
And then of course, there was Lowry. During World War II, Lowry became so critical in providing trained personnel to the U.S. military that the base population reached 20,000 and operated in three shifts, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, according to a Lowry website.
During a ceremony Friday honoring the Air Force as it approached its 70th birthday, President Trump praised the organization as he addressed the military at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
The president said he was “honored to join you on this really, really historic occasion, the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force. The greatest air force on the face of this Earth. By far.”
As for my sister, Justine enlisted her senior year at Lakewood High School, Class of 2015, and went off to basic training just a few months after graduation.
She works in armament, so basically she loads missiles on to fighter jets. She is a little over two years in to her six-year contract, I couldn’t be more proud of her.
Check out the video of some of the SOS staff and their experience in the Air Force.
Two of my favorite men in blue — the Colorado State Patrol’s Mike Fohrd and Jeffco Sheriff’s Tom Acernio — were honored at retirement parties last month.
I made it to Tom’s party, which was held July 15 just down the street from my house at the Potenza Lodge in north Denver. I had to skip Mike’s party the day before at the Governor’s Mansion, and for that I blame Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach because I was working on a news release about the White House’s election commission.
I met Mike in 2000 when I first started covering the state Capitol and he was assigned to the crew guarding then Gov. Bill Owens and his family. Through the years I always delighted in seeing him, whether he was ferrying around a governor or handling security at the Capitol south door. “You can let her through,” he would tell the security folks. “She practically lives here.”