Two recent stories struck us for their feel-good quality.
The first was a brief ceremony at a recent Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting recognizing a pair of young hunters from Grand Junction who took part in the first two Justin Burns Memorial Hunts.
Justin, 14, was a beloved Palisade High School student who was killed in a 2015 accident while hunting with his father on Grand Mesa. His family teamed with the CPW to orchestrate big-game hunts on private land for worthy youngsters.
Each young hunter received a “mentorship” from the landowners donating their private land and each harvested a cow elk. It’s a touching way to keep Justin’s memory alive. The hunters were selected for having good character and strong ethics, like Justin.
The other story, on Sunday’s front page, showed how Grand Junction police officer Rocky Baldozier has gone above and beyond his oath to protect and serve. Reporter Erin McIntyre’s story of Baldozier’s touching relationship with a dying resident of a local nursing home is a testament to the power of caring.
Baldozier’s gentle devotion has helped his friend prepare for the end, eased the nursing staff’s burden and facilitated a reunion with the dying man’s estranged son.
“What you do determines who you are,” Baldozier said.
Words to live by.