The late Tillie Bishop is perhaps best known for his political exploits after serving as one of the longest-tenured lawmakers in the Colorado General Assembly.

But, as we all know, he was much more than a politician. He was passionate about education, having served as long-time administrator at what would eventually become Colorado Mesa University, and as a regent for both the University of Colorado and CMU.

The CU Board of Regents will honor Bishop with a posthumous honorary doctorate at its spring commencement.

“It’s a measure of Tillie’s influence and accomplishments that he is receiving such a prestigious award after his passing,” said Glen Gallegos, the Grand Junction resident who replaced Bishop on the board and now acts as its chairman. “His legacy is the tremendous impact he had over decades of countless numbers of students in Colorado and beyond at every level of education.”

It’s a shame Bishop didn’t receive the honor while he was alive, but it’s another well-deserved and overdue laurel for a man who spent a lifetime in service to others with the help and support of his beloved widow, Pat Bishop.

Here’s hoping the Colorado Transportation Commission will take the advice of Club 20 and make Kathy Hall its vice chair this week.

In a letter sent Tuesday to commission chairman Bill Thiebaut, the Western Slope coalition of business and community leaders asked the commission to consider someone from outside of the big cities to be the vice chair, particularly given the commission’s new mandate to focus on smaller, rural projects.

The vice chair traditionally becomes the chair of the powerful 11-person panel that decides what transportation projects get funded each year.

“Having previously served two terms as a Mesa County commissioner and as the Western Slope director for two U.S. senators, Kathy has an intimate knowledge of the transportation challenges facing the region,” Club 20 director Christian Reece wrote. “This knowledge coupled with years of leadership experience make her a highly qualified candidate for the vice chair position.”

Hear, hear. We couldn’t agree more.

There was no shortage of heart-warming holiday stories to share with readers this year. One took a little time to develop.

In the weeks before Christmas, Grand Junction Media, Inc teamed up with Coloramo Credit Union for a “Christmas Wish” promotion.

GJMI radio stations invited listeners to nominate people to receive one of 10 $250 cash gifts from Coloramo. The idea was to find families for whom $250 would be the difference between a merry Christmas or a blue one.

One of the recipients was profusely thankful. The family didn’t have the resources to fix a leaky roof, much less buy Christmas presents, she said in a radio interview.

Hearing her story, Skyler Sharrar, owner of Renew Roofing and Services, decided to do whatever he could “to keep them dry.”

“Just hearing how appreciative she was as a mother of four kids made me want to help,” Sharrar said. “I’ve been fortunate to be in business for two years as a roofing contractor and I wanted to do a good deed.”

He reached out to Coloramo before Christmas, but it took awhile to connect the roofer with the family. They met last week, with Sharrar finally getting to make good on his desire to be a difference-maker.

Well done, Skyler.

It’s always exciting to see a native son or daughter working at the highest levels of their chosen field.

So it is with Bill Musgrave, the former Grand Junction High School standout quarterback who has carved out a nice career as a professional coach.

He won the 1985 Gold Helmet as the top football player in the state his senior year at Grand Junction, then played at the University of Oregon before spending six NFL seasons backing up John Elway, Joe Montana and Steve Young.

Since his playing days, Musgrave has held numerous coaching positions, including offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos in 2017-18. Now he’s headed to the University of California at Berkeley to be the Golden Bears’ offensive coordinator and quarterback coach.

Go get ’em coach.

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