Up and Down El Rio Blanco: Happy Independence Day

Today we celebrate the signing of America’s Declaration of Independence. Our independence has come at a high cost of human service and sacrifice paid for by men and women who are or have served our country in the armed forces.
This is a great day to thank the many veterans with ties to Rio Blanco County for their service by attending the parade, showing respect to the flag and not being afraid to shed a tear when Tom Allen plays “Taps” after the parade and before the patriotic flag burning ceremony on the south sidewalk of the courthouse.
Please join me in thanking all those who have served our country in the military, defending our rights around the world, allowing us to enjoy our freedom to celebrate this day and everyday in America.

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I began my quest last week to interview local business owners and heard a common theme among the few I spoke with and I’m excited because I know I’ll hear more of the same in future interviews.
“We can do it,” I heard one business owner tell a customer.
It is this attitude, the independent, tough “we can do it” with a pioneer spirit, that keeps businesses and traditions going in Rio Blanco County. I didn’t hear the word “can’t” once.
This year we celebrate Range Call for the 127th year in a row because we can. We can because we have men and women who will fight to defend our rights, knowing we can do anything if we are free!
Thank you veterans, happy Independence Day everyone, be safe and may God bless the U.S.A.