Your Town, Sept. 11, 2011

Ten years ago today, like most Americans, I watched the horrific events on television, trying to make sense of the tragic, senseless act.

My deadline writing experience at the time was limited, so I was not assigned any of the urgent stories that were produced for our special afternoon edition of The Daily Sentinel. As reporters and editors planned, organized and set out to capture the effects of the tragedy on our smaller, Western Slope community, I was pretty much left alone to absorb the unfolding events, transfixed by the television coverage, while feeling naive, withdrawn, helpless and scared.

Seven years after the tragedy, I visited New York City for the first time, while vacationing with my family.

Our tour bus stopped a few blocks from ground zero and we walked the remaining distance on a busy sidewalk that years before, was no doubt, filled with people running the opposite way, trying to escape the chaos and destruction.

As we neared, the atmosphere took on the feel of sacred ground. Tourists and other visitors spoke in a whisper, their eyes scanned the huge void in the skyline, pointed at various activity, pondered and reflected.

With the sound of cranes droning in the distance, I tried to imagine what it was like that awful day, at that very place, witnessing the initial impact, the billowing smoke, the panic, the collapse, the loss of life, and the subsequent search in the rubble.

It was truly an unforgettable tragedy, but at its core is a strong American spirit that resiliently forges on.

Mesa County Search and Rescue is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will have a barbecue at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22, at Sherwood Park.

The founding members of the Ground Team who are still active members will be honored at the event.

Anyone who has ever been a Ground Team member — even those who are no longer on the Ground Team — is invited and encouraged to attend.

RSVP by calling Audra Stock at 270-0070 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


The annual reunion for any and all who attended the Eckert School in Eckert, is set for noon Sept. 21, at the Eckert Presbyterian Church, in the Fellowship Room.

There will be a potluck dinner. Table service and beverages will be provided. Take a covered dish to share, as well as photos and memories to share while visiting and reminiscing.

Call Jim Vela at 835-3388 or Max Kendrick at 835-5263 for information.


Need a haircut? Want to support Sustainable Roots, whose mission is dedicated to environmental preservation and sustainable development in communities of Latin America?

Big League Haircuts for a Cause is set for noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 18, at two Big League Haircuts locations, 2464 U.S. Highway 6&50 and 510 28 3/4 Road.

All donations will be accepted in return for a haircut.

Call Toni Walters at 462-2860 or Sara Witsken at 314-4229 for information.


GJ Modeleers will host a model airplane open house beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, at 116 32 Road, just east of the Western Colorado Dragway on Whitewater Hill.

Visitors can experience model aviation with static and flying displays throughout the day.

Call Phil at 250-3936 for information.


Sunset Slope Quilters are selling raffle tickets for chances to win a beautiful, queen-sized, professionally quilted quilt, with a value appraised at $3,800.

Raffle tickets are $1 per ticket. Members will sell raffle tickets Sept. 15-16, at the Clifton City Market. Tickets are also available at Hi Fashion Fabrics and Quilters’ Corner and online at

The drawing for the quilt will be at 7:15 p.m., Oct. 1, prior to a piano concert hosted by the organization.

Sunset Slope Quilters, with more than 220 members, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and is sponsoring a visit by Ricky Tims, an international, award-winning contemporary art quilter, teacher and concert pianist. Tims will conduct quilting seminars at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 1, at American Lutheran Church, on 26 1/2 Road, and will perform the piano concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1, at Victory Life Church.

Call 242-6334 or visit the website for information.


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