Over $800,000 seized

Off I-20

32nd Judicial District Investigators have seized over $800,000, several vehicles and pounds of methamphetamines over the course of the last few weeks off I-20. Get the details in this week's Record.

50% AR goal completed

Pizza party time!

Colorado Elementary 1st graders reaching 50% of their Accelerated Reader goal celebrated with a pizza party with Mrs. Merrell's FCCLA class.

Wolves & Lady Wolves are in the playoffs!

Games coming up

The Lady Wolves will play Peaster at Cisco High School at 7:30 pm on Friday in the area round of the playoffs. The Wolves will take on Coleman in Merkel on Tuesday, February 21st at 6:00 pm for the bi-district title.

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  • Texas Game Warden Dillan Conley came to the weekly meeting of the Colorado City Lions Club, as he was the guest speaker. He reported to Lions about what it’s like to become a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden.Conley said that applicants need to be aware of certain requirements before applying. All applicants must be at least 21 years old, be a U.S. citizen with a bachelor’s degree. T...
  • Colorado High School’s FCCLA students attended the Region 2 FCCLA Conference in Waco last weekend. The theme of the conference was “Rise. Lead. Succeed.” Part of the conference is a contest, and several CHS students competed. The following students will advance to the state competition in Dallas on April 5th -9th.Caleb Chaney placed 1st in Leadership, and Esmeralda Carlos placed 1st in Teach and T...
  • CLYDE - As a general rule, coaches spent hours every season preaching the importance of effort and playing good defense. Looks like the Colorado City Lady Wolves have been listening … a lot.Colorado City certainly stepped up the effort – and because of that, turned in a smothering defensive performance – on Monday evening in their Region I-3A bi-district showdown with the Comanche Maidens. The Lad...
  • Last week, officials from the District Attorney’s office tried a State Jail Felony case, and David Kelsey was convicted of Possession of a Controlled Substance. By law, Kelsey was mandated to get probation.On Tuesday, February 7th, Kelsey went before a judge and jury to be tried for a possession charge. With the trial continuing into Wednesday, the jury found him guilty and sentencing was handed d...

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Daisy training to serve community

nicole and daisyNicole Lauriano moved to Colorado City from the northeastern part of the United States at the end of April. Now, she’s already working to bring a valuable service to the citizens here.
Lauriano has been involved in K-9 Therapy Training, Animal-Assisted Activity Training and Therapy Dogs International since 2003, and she’s just adopted her next dog that she will train to be a therapy dog. She plans to use the dog as therapy for residents of area nursing homes, school students, hospice patients and just about anywhere the happiness of a dog would bring smiles and peace of mind.
The young woman was found introducing Daisy, the female half border collie-half Labrador mix, to the citizens of Colorado City last week. She’s working on socializing the young pup who’s estimated to be five to six months old.
Daisy, short for Sunny Days of Enlightenment, had a rough start in life. She was taken to a vet clinic in Sweetwater after being hit by a truck. It was a long recovery, but she survived. She’s been living at the clinic for the last couple of months.
Lauriano, who had been missing her last therapy dog, Trooper, stopped by the clinic to tell the staff that she’s looking for a smart dog with a friendly personality to train. Trooper passed away last year. The vet said that they had just what she was looking for and introduced her to Daisy.
While Daisy is full of energy and is easily distracted like most pups her age, Lauriano isn’t worried about it. She said that her first therapy dog was considered a “wild child”, but when in the presence of an ailing person he gravitated right to them to share his gentle spirit.
The future for Daisy looks bright, but she’s got some work to do before she’s earned the right to call herself a therapy dog. She will start Star Puppy classes, offered through the American Kennel Club, in Abilene soon. Then, she will begin training to get her K-9 Good Citizen certification.
When she’s a year old, Daisy will be eligible to take the test to receive her therapy dog certification.
The black and white energetic canine will learn the basics first. Lauriano said she already knows sit, stay and down. Some of the most intense part of training will come when she learning to stay calm and avoid distractions.
With some training programs, trainers have to give up their trainees once the program has been completed. Not so for Lauriano.
Daisy will stay with her and she will use her for community service right here in Mitchell County and the surrounding area. Lauriano has already received the okay from nursing home officials, and Daisy will get to visit the residents of Mitchell County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center once she’s fully trained.
Lauriano is always looking for dog-friendly places to visit, and she’s hoping people will welcome Daisy into the community.
“I hope the response will be good,” she said. Lauriano expressed her gratitude to the senior citizen coffee club for welcoming Daisy for a visit. The group meets at a local bank for coffee most mornings, and they will be getting regular visits from Daisy and her trainer.
If you know of a place where Lauriano can take Daisy to help with socialization, you can contact the pair on Daisy’s Facebook page: CCity Daisy. If you see them, be sure to give Daisy a quick pat and welcome Lauriano to town.

CCPD buys equipment with grant money

police grant equipmentThe Colorado City Police Department participated in a DWI initiative that was part of a TxDOT ID mobilization last year. The $3,000 grant was awarded to the CCPD for participation in the Labor Day Impaired Driving Mobilization Incentive.
The initiative was held at the end of August and through the first week of September last year to help reduce drunk driving over the Labor Day weekend. Once CCPD had registered to participate, officers had to increase DWI enforcement, conduct at least two media activities and report the findings by the campaign’s deadline. All participating law enforcement departments were entered into a random drawing for the funds and the local department won the drawing.
Several items have been purchased with the funds received from TxDOT. Chief Luis Aguilar and Sgt. James Barrows have worked together to use the money to buy some items that were not in the budget.
For instance, a laptop computer and flat screen television and mount have been purchased for use in the conference room at the police station. Aguilar said that the room will be outfitted to show videos and training instruction to local police officers.
Other items purchased include six large lockable storage totes which will be used to store single items of equipment such as traffic equipment, cameras and other things. The tough plastic will be durable and keep items dry and clean, as well as preventing them from rolling around damaging the new vehicles.
Seven Medical Go-Bags for officers have also been purchased. The bags have basic medical supplies like a tourniquet, quick clot, gauze and other things that an officer might need to treat injuries in the field. Local EMS personnel will be providing training for the CCPD officers on how to use the go-bags later this week.
Chief Aguilar said that seven LED traffic light batons have also been purchased with the grant money. He said the new batons will put off much more light than the cones on top of a regular flashlight do. Two “stop sticks”, which are tire deflation devices commonly used in car chases, are also part of the grant money purchases.

Animal shelter opens

animal shelter openAnimal Control Officers Justine Lendermon and Donna Overton have been working long and hard to get an animal shelter open in Colorado City, and their dream was realized this week. The Colorado City Animal Shelter opened and took in its first animal on Monday, August 8th.
“Guera”, a two-year-old female Boxer, is the first client of the shelter, and the sweet full-blooded Boxer is getting all the attention. She’s in need of a home, so anyone who’s always wanted a Boxer should call the CCPD at 325-728-5294 to make arrangements to meet her.
The shelter is located on Concho St. in the round metal building that used to be a city maintenance barn. Local businessman David Stubblefield donated several pens, and other citizens have been donating crates, food, blankets and other supplies.
“It’s so exciting,” Lendermon said of the shelter opening.
Overton said that the shelter can house up to 12 dogs and a few cats right now, and that number will be growing as more work is done to the facility and more donations come in. Volunteers Misty Rich and Brandie Allen have been a great help, and there’s always room for more volunteers like them.
City Manager David Hoover has said the building will receive a coating of spray insulation to help control the temperature inside. For now, there is a free standing evaporative cooler and another will be installed in the window soon. Overton said the shelter is in need of box fans, as she has been attaching one to the outside of each pen to help keep the animals cool.
Anonymous donors have supplied two turn-out pens, so that animals can be let outside while their inside pens are being cleaned. The six-foot chain link kennels can also be used for exercise purposes.
Donations are still being taken, and everything is greatly appreciated, like collars, leashes, blankets, towels, pet shampoo, food, bowls, fans, air conditioners, pet beds, brushes, and just about anything else needed for pet care.

Local firefighters attend fire school

fire school picSeveral members of the Colorado City Volunteer Fire Department traveled to College Station to attend fire school on the campus of Texas A&M University, July 25-29. The university has the largest fire school in the world, training firefighters all over the world.
Firemen participating were: Instructor Rick Goodney, Instructor Morris Chaney, Dustin Cox, Misty Rich and Joe Beltran. It was Goodney’s 10th year to serve as an instructor at the training grounds. Chaney said there were 1,800 students attending that week, along with 900 instructors. Asst. Fire Chief Tom Carlock said the university is the site of firefighter training for various countries throughout the world.
Beltran participated in Phase II training, learning about forcible entry, fire control, ladders, search and rescue, and ventilation. He said he enjoyed learning new techniques and he feels like it will better prepare him to help the department in Colorado City.
Beltran also enjoyed meeting new people and sharing information with other departments who were also attending the training. “But, the most fun part are the live fires,” he said Monday night.
Because he has completed the five phases of firefighter training, CCVFD volunteer Dustin Cox took a course called Transportation Emergency Training. The course is the next step following the five phases.
During the class, Cox said he learned about various types of crashes and how to handle them properly, such as train derailments, major truck crashes, plans crashes and more. The course is particularly important for rural departments, as firefighters are often the first ones on the scene to conduct an initial assessment of the situation.
Cox said the class taught students how to stage people, what to look for in an initial assessment, how to utilize personnel over a long period of time, how to put out wheel fires and fuselage fires, and more. There’s much to learn about firefighting, and Cox offered an example.
“There’s a difference between ‘on fire’ and ‘in fire’,” he said. Apparently, if your arm is coated in fuel that is burning, that’s ‘in fire’, but if your arm is what’s burning, you’re ‘on fire.’
According to Cox, a lot of what firefighters learn is how to control themselves no matter the situation. Panic is never good, and the school strives to teach people how to avoid it. Carlock said that Texas A&M works hard on safety to prevent injuries of the firefighters attending, whether it be volunteers or paid firemen.
Chaney served his first year as a certified instructor this year. He taught Project 67 which is all about well head fires and is very applicable in this area with abundant oil wells. Project 67 is part of the Firefighter Phase 4 training.
The veteran fireman said that it was fun to interact with the students, who were all members of municipal departments. “It was nice to see how grateful they were for the instruction,” Chaney said.
He said that one of the students had a plastic fire helmet that he was having everyone sign. The man planned to give it to his child, which is to be born soon.
Regardless of the type of training, every Colorado City firefighter narrowed it down to one favorite thing: Fighting live fires. It’s what they live for… and local citizens are certainly glad they do.

Two Masons awarded 50-year pins

50 year masonsA public ceremony was held Saturday afternoon to honor two men who have served their respective communities as Masons for 50 years. Both got their start and maintained their membership with Mitchell Lodge #563 throughout the years.
Masons and citizens from many locations attended the ceremony which was held at the local lodge on Oak Street in Colorado City. People visited from various places, such as Mason, Marfa, Graham, and even as far away as Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to honor Robert “Bob” Brookshear and David Pope.
Worshipful Master Randy Ruth presided over the ceremony, saying that age is the crowning glory of man. He also talked of the three steps of men: youth, manhood and age.
Brookshear became a member of Mitchell Masonic Lodge #563 on January 2, 1967. He was, at the time, a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Thanks to the help of his father-in-law, Charles Goodlett, he was able to get dual membership with North Star Lodge # 48 in Montana while he was stationed there.
Pope came to the ceremony from his home in Canada. He first petitioned the local lodge for membership on July 2, 1965. He was also granted dual membership, first in Trinity Valley Lodge #1048 in Dallas in 1966, then Bow River Lodge #1 in Canada, and finally in Nanton Lodge #17, also in Canada.
The men received pins, and Brookshear’s wife, Marilyn, received flowers to mark the occasion. Brookshear and Pope shared a few words following the ceremony.
Brookshear said his father-in-law helped him get into the lodge in Montana, where he did most of his work as a Mason. He passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on May 13, 1967 and was raised a Master Mason in Montana on May 29, 1967.
From Montana, the Air Force took him to Europe. He was stationed in Spain, where there are no Masonic Lodges. However, there was a lodge on base and he attended. Brookshear told a story of his in-laws visiting them in Europe.
The couples, Bob and Marilyn and Charles and Frances Goodlett, attended a lodge meeting in London. Brookshear said that, while the meeting was very formal, refreshments afterward were quite different. His father-in-law sent a Masonic Medallion from Texas for the London Masons to include in their display.
Before returning to the U.S., Brookshear had a sword made out of Toledo Steel for the Mitchell Lodge and had it engraved. It can be found there still to this day. He passed along a bit of trivia, saying that when Buzz Aldren landed on the moon, he claimed the moon as part of the Texas Masonic Lodge.
Pope said that his dad’s job of building power plants is what brought him to Colorado City, and his father and grandfather were both Masons. Pope met John Merritt while living here, as the two of them went to school together, hunted together and enjoyed Masonic activities together.
Pope’s family was in the cattle business, and it wasn’t long before he learned about the business himself. He said he always wanted to go to western Canada to raise cattle, so he traveled north. Though he went to Canada to raise cattle, his first job was a science teacher. He would teach school in the day and work ranches in his spare time.
Teaching and ranching were interesting, but Pope wanted more, so he went back to school and became a lawyer. He’s now retired from 40 years as an attorney and 30 years as a rancher.
Pope said he still misses feeding cattle in the -30 to -40 degree weather and breaking ice on the water.
Both men expressed what an honor it has been to serve the Mitchell Masonic Lodge for 50 years. Refreshments were served following the ceremony.

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