Grand Valley fares well in royalty pageant |

Grand Valley fares well in royalty pageant

Submitted PhotoBattlement Mesa girls in the Garfield County pageant, from left, Emily Williams, Chantelle Cooper, Dani Gonzales and Sarah Mead.

The Garfield County Royalty Pageant took place on Sunday, Aug. 7, at Rifle High School. There were more than 20 young ladies competing in this event. Girls came from almost every town in our county to participate in the pageant. They were judged on several categories including style, poise, talent, public speaking and essay writing. Two of the judges were local Battlement Mesa/Parachute residents – Mandy Crawford and me. And I can assure you we had an extremely difficult time making decisions because all the girls were just wonderful. Kelly Diaz, of Rifle, and Charlene Mead, of Battlement Mesa, have organized the pageant for two years, and this year was even better than last year. Thanks to the Garfield County Fair Board for making this event a part of the fair.The contestants spent all Sunday morning with the preliminaries and practice for the evening’s presentation. Sunday evening the 2004 Miss Garfield County, our own Dani Gonzales, crowned the 2005 winners. The Battlement Mesa/Parachute girls represented us very well and came home with honors. Chantelle Cooper, who will be a sophomore at Grand Valley High School, was crowned the 2005 Miss Garfield County. Two years in a row our community has had the queen – we must be raising these girls the right way. Emily Williams won best hair in the Lit’l Miss category, and Sarah Mead won best hair and second attendant in the Mini Miss category. All the queens and attendants helped distribute ribbons and trophies to the 4-H events held during the fair, and they participated in the parade last Saturday. Chantelle will be available for community service events this coming year; if you have something you would like her to help with just contact me at my e-mail address. Skatewave Skate Board ParkThe Skatewave Skate Board Park concrete slab (8,000 square feet) was poured and finished on July 19. The modular units were moved and reassembled on Aug. 9. The good new is: The skate park is up and operational. Two signs will be placed at the skate park on Friday, Aug. 19, and a porta potty will be placed at the park on Sunday, Aug. 21. The concrete area will be fenced with an 8-foot chain link fence in the near future. A grand reopening is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1.Parents are encouraged to provide their children with helmets for both skating and bike riding. The Park and Rec District is implementing a fund-raising effort to purchase a larger unit – like a half-pipe. The participants who use the skate park are encouraged to monitor the activities and call the Park and Rec District at 285-0388 to report violations. Our community is so fortunate to have a skate park, and the participants really should respect the area and follow the rules that are posted.The following businesses contributed funds and/or a discounted price for materials. A big thank-you from the Park and Rec District and the residents of Parachute/Battlement Mesa to:EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.MB Construction Inc.LaFarge West Inc.Mt. Callahan Community FundUintah Engineering & Land SurveyingSpeedy Heavy Hauling Inc.Beattie Wildlife Consulting Inc.Roustabout Specialties Inc.SEM Construction Co.Stateline TruckingWillbros. Mt. West Fabrication Inc.Cook ExcavatingKuerston ConcreteMac’s Dirt WorksTISCO Inc./Energy Equipment Supply & ServicesActivity CenterThe Battlement Mesa Activity Center will be closed for annual heavy maintenance from Tuesday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 11. Also note the pool complex will be closed for the entire month of September for resurfacing, repair and maintenance. Annual Photography ContestThe Viewfinders Camera Club and the Battlement Mesa Activity Center sponsor an annual photography contest. The subjects for the contest this year are Colorado Scenery and Colorado People. The categories will be black/white, 35 mm, digital or scanned. Contest information and entry forms are available at the front desk of the Activity Center. All entries must be at the center by Sept. 22 and will be on display Sept. 26 through Oct. 10. School OpeningsDon’t forget that the schools in District 16 will be starting Tuesday, Aug. 23, so slow down and watch for our greatest assets – our kids.Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” runs every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, e-mail her at

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