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Mary Moore

The place to be last Saturday evening was at the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s Chili Cook-off and Oktoberfest. Thanks to chamber president Sandy Yeager, the event was a huge success and just a lot of fun. It was held on the patio at the Activity Center, the weather was wonderful and the moon was full.

Jeff Gonzales, Teresa Snyder, David VanSyckel, Jim Warren and Willy Williams judged 19 chili entries. There must have been some “hot” ones because Teresa’s face turned several shades of red plenty of times, and Jeff didn’t seem to understand the taste concept – he was so full he skipped dinner.

And a great dinner it was. Besides the chili entries there were brats cooked by Sandy Yeager and Rose Kender-Cose. Easy Cuisine served up German potato salad, sauerkraut, and red cabbage. I’ve never liked red cabbage before, but this stuff was great!

The judges did finally come to an agreement and placed Elaine Shepherd’s entry as first in the adult category with the El Rio Restaurant second and Caroline Patscha in third place. Dani Gonzales won the Kid’s category.

The Alpine Echo provided music, which is Gerhard Rill’s Bavarian band. The band members were in authentic costume, and the sound was superb with Gerhard singing a few songs in German. Everyone especially enjoyed the Chicken Dance. Ron and Joan Quest were honored for their 35-year wedding anniversary with a waltz.

Sandy would like to thank all the volunteers for helping with the event: Bonnie Gibson, Juanita Satterfield, Denise Gallegos, Bob Ackerman, Judie Chapin, Shirley Brewer, Mary Moore, Dani Gonzales, Rose Kender-Cose, Jennifer Casey, Jack and Danice Hazelhurst, Fran Storm and Alain Senac.

Kids Voting

Once again the students in Garfield School District 16 will be participating in Kids Voting in the Nov. 4 election. This program was implemented in the presidential election of 2000, so this will be the fourth consecutive year of participation.

Dick Doran, who has been instrumental in establishing and continuing this program in our schools, explained the program to me.

The program is geared towards educating youth about the right, privilege and responsibility of voting. It is hoped that the program will help to increase civic participation and improve voter turnout when the youth reach legal voting age.

All students – kindergarten through 12th grade – have the opportunity to vote on the candidates and the issues. To be eligible, each must “register” just like their parents and vote at the appropriate precinct or submit a write-in ballot, as the case might be. As in the past, there will be contests and various activities at each of the schools to promote the Kids Voting program and to generate enthusiasm among the students.

Kids Voting is a joint effort of the schools and the community, with the schools implementing the program’s curriculum and various businesses and organizations acting as sponsors by providing the necessary funds.

Dick has been appointed as a director of Kids Voting Colorado, representing Western Colorado. In addition to District 16, both Mesa and Eagle Counties are involved in the program.

Dick is working hard to enlist both Roaring Fork Re-1 and Garfield Re-2 school districts into the program. But all of this means that Dick really needs help. We need a volunteer from the Parachute/Battlement Mesa area who can make Kids Voting in District 16 their highest priority. Please contact Dick if you have interest in helping out with this program.

Recently, I was manning a voter registration table, and I can tell that Kids Voting is working because more kids than adults asked if they could register. Thanks, Dick, for making a difference in our kids’ lives!

We’re sorry

Anne Huber and Fran Storm would like to apologize for inadvertently leaving out some volunteer names for helping with the Kid Curry Scurry. These volunteers were: Pat Bailey, Jennifer Casey, Anita May, Kay and Bill Brechtel, Anne and Garland White, Charlie Smyth and George Bowden. It couldn’t have been done without each any every one of you.

– Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8515, ext. 108, or e-mail to

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