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(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the last week in March.)

100 Years Ago – 1913

A feeling of apathy having overcome our people in the matter of the town election in a degree that no convention was held to put up a ticket for the election next Tuesday, makes it necessary for those who feel interested enough in town affairs to vote, to vote blank tickets, writing in the names of whom they desire to vote for, for mayor and trustees. In this connection we will state that we know of no better town officers than our present mayor and the three trustees – Messrs. Beardsley, Stewart, Schneider and Falkenberg.

The voting place for the ensuing election will be in the Merriam building, one door east of the bank.

Our county commissioners have purchased the George Chetelat residence across the avenue from the court house and will convert it into a home for county dependents. This move is made with a view to economy as the matter of caring for the county poor has become a heavy and growing expense.

Appropriate Easter services were held at the churches here last Sunday at both the Catholic and Protestant churches. A larger congregation at the Presbyterian Church in Westcliffe enjoyed the sermon of Rev. S.H. Sperry, and his sermon in Silver Cliff in the morning was also pleasing to his auditors. Both churches were ornamented with vines and flowers.

Colorado has had some windy, cold, miserable weather the past week or so but when compared with the storms in the Middle and Southern states, where hundreds of lives and heavy property damage resulted, it is hardly worthy of mention.

50 Years Ago – 1963

Don Svedman is on the job serving Custer and Fremont counties as extension agent. Bob Seaton is assistant agent, a post he has filled for some time. Svedman grew up in the northern part of the state and graduated from Colorado State University. Since his graduation he has served as assistant county agent in Boulder County. Svedman and his wife, Dee, have one son, Alan Lee, who is eight.

Westcliffe’s West Central League basketball champion Bobcats were guests of honor at a steak dinner given by the First National Bank of Canon City at the Paradise Restaurant in Canon City last Thursday evening. Hosts for the occasion were bank staff Nelson Moorhead, Ralph Tomberlin and Pat Cowan. The dinner recognized the excellent record (18-3) compiled by the Bobcats in the ’62-’63 basketball season. Attending were “A” squad members Ray Lewis, Roy Berry, Dwight Kastendieck, Bud Piquette, Carrol Kastendieck, Larry Kleine, James Littrell, James Seifert, Jerry Hall and John Camper; team manager Dennis Crow; coaches Earl Everett and Gordon Thornton; Supt. David C. Miles; and Danny Kersey, Fred Luthi and R.W. DeWall.

25 Years Ago – 1988

The Colorado Department of Education has announced a $43,200 grant to the Custer County Library. The funds will be used for an expansion of the library facilities. “I’m just really excited,” said county librarian Alice French when notified of the grant.

Don McCalla has announced plans to rebuild his Lunch Box Café at 7th and Main just west of the school. The original 1899-era stone structure was gutted by fire last year and the last of the stone walls are being torn down this week. McCalla said he plans to be back in business within eight weeks.

Voters in Westcliffe will be going to the polls next Tuesday to elect a new mayor and six town trustees. Seeking the mayor’s seat are Janice Squire and William Walker; trustee candidates are George Colgate, Don Hammack, Dale Kelling, Sharon Lange, Irene Neermann, John Vimont and Jay Zeller.

Funeral services were held last Thursday in Canon City for the Rev. H. Laurence Spencer, former vicar of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He died at his home in Canon City on March 17 at the age of 77.

10 Years Ago – 2003

Heavy snow remains from the St. Patrick’s Day blizzard in the Wet Mountain Valley March 17-19 though most county roads are now open for traffic.  County road and bridge supervisor Gary Havens said his crews worked around the clock and that the estimated clean-up costs exceeded $89,000. He said crews measured more than seven feet of snow in the Lake Isabel area, nearly five feet in the Rosita area, and four feet in the Hardscrabble and southern Valley areas. Clara Reida and Margaret Locarnini of the Singing Acres Ranch in Silver Park were able to find some humor in the storm: a large sign posted at their ranch along Highway 96 reads: “Free Snow – You Load.” Clara and Margaret had no takers on their offer.

Sheriff Fred Jobe said his office received some 1,000 calls daily during the storm, primarily from residents wondering when roads would be opened. A number of residents also called Search and Rescue, saying they needed groceries, pet food and other provisions delivered. “Most folks were just ill-prepared for the storm,” said Search and Rescue captain Cory Phillips. Crews used snowmobiles to reach at least three homes where residents were experiencing medical emergencies though no deaths were reported. CenturyTel issued a warning during the storm that the local phone system was reaching a critical point and was at a risk of failing, though that never occurred.

5 Years Ago – 2008

Silver Cliff town trustee Jeff Banning is challenging incumbent mayor Allen Butler in Tuesday’s town election.

Three local artists – Lynette Williamson, Sarah Woods and Lorie Batson – have works on display in a juried plein air show at the Sage Creek Gallery in Santa Fe.

Two apprentices from the acclaimed Santa Fe Opera will appear on stage at the Jones Theatre here next Sunday in a performance sponsored by the In Concert organization.

Valley native Angela Lankford and daughter Sonam Ana Mira – who turns one today – are here from their home in Tibet visiting proud grandpa Len Lankford and other family members.

1 Year Ago – 2012

In an act of reprisal, the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District has cut off water service to the Custer County Courthouse. The C-1 school district has received the first of three wood-fired steam engine school buses. And the artist Christo has announced that he’s seeking permits for an art installation here that will involve draping bed sheets over Grape Creek. April Fools!

More than 120 residents packed the community room at Cliff Lanes Monday to learn more about the Custer County Medical Center’s pursuit of federally qualified health center (FQHC) status. That status would provide more funding for the clinic, more services for its patients, and would require more federal mandates to support those additional services. Public response ranged from full support to full opposition to the proposal. This forum was much different from the first one held last year to discuss the FQHC status, when not one single resident attended.

Sales tax revenues here are on a roller coaster ride. While Silver Cliff saw a nearly 20 percent increase in revenues in 2011 compared to the prior year, and Westcliffe reported a 2.2 uptick during that same time frame, Custer County experienced a 13 percent decline.