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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 6, 20182min505
The public is invited to come congratulate those “Saving Places” in our state at the History Colorado Center in Denver on Jan. 31. The Stephen H. Hart Awards for Historic Preservation ceremony is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. as part of Colorado Preservation Inc.’s Saving Places Conference. Here are the awards to be handed out: […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirAugust 21, 20172min192

Bet you didn’t know the hard-working staff at the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office also plays a mean game of softball. Well, at least, it fields a softball team; judging by the team photo (which we borrowed from the blog of office Information Minister Lynn Bartels), the players look pretty friendly. Writes Bartels:

The team is named Hot S.O.S., which is pronounced “Hot Sauce.” Its goal is to have a good time, said Coach Hilary Rudy, the deputy elections director.

Hot S.O.S. participates in the state’s co-ed softball league, which has been around since the 1960s.

As it turns out, there are 14 teams in the state softball league, representing state agencies ranging from the Department of Education to the  Department of Natural Resources. Adding to the fun are the teams’ names, Bartels notes: “The Legislative Council’s team is Capitol Offense while History of Colorado is Relics.”

Our favorite is the Department of Law’s team: Hit & Run.

So how did the Hot S.O.S. do this year? Reports Bartels, it placed fourth in the A league with a record of 4-6 and was knocked out of the season-end tournament. Better luck next year, guys.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchAugust 7, 20174min766
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Lyman Edgar, Centennial Farmer, with his daughter and Gov. John Hickenlooper. The Edgar Family Farm in Rocky Ford in Otero County was founded 1905. (Photo courtesy of History Colorado)

Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown and History Colorado executive director Steve W. Turner are jointly saluting some of the Colorado’s oldest family farms.

Thirty-eight families who have owned their farm or ranch for 100 years or more will be honored at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo on Aug. 25 at  4 p.m. in the Colorado Building at the fairgrounds.

The event marks the 31st year the state has honored these vaunted Centennial Farms.

“These farming and ranching families have withstood the pressures of difficult weather, state growth and changes in the agricultural industry to preserve important pieces of our state’s commercial and cultural history,” History Colorado said in an announcement Friday.

The farms will get one of those metal Centennial Farm  signs to put on their spread.

This year’s class brings the number of inductees to 550 Centennial Farms and ranches across the state.

Here are they are with the year their operation began and the nearest town or community with the county:

  • Bailey Ranch, 1916, Karval, Lincoln
  • Bar 7T Ranch, 1915, Mancos, Montezuma
  • Blackmore Farms, 1917, Otis, Washington
  • Carlson Farm, 1915, Snyder, Morgan
  • Carpenter-Newbanks Farms, 1917, Yuma, Washington
  • Charles T. Neally Homestead, 1888, Burlington, Kit Carson
  • CTL Farm and Ranch. 1902, Yuma, Yuma
  • Darnell Ranch, 1916, Las Animas, Bent
  • Fairview Farms, 1917, Fleming, Logan
  • Fiscus Farm and Ranch, 1917, New Raymer, Weld
  • Floyd Schinkel Trust B, 1913, Akron, Washington
  • Fulbright Family Farm, 1917, Kim, Las Animas
  • Garvey Brothers Land and Cattle LLC, 1912, Nucla, Montrose
  • Glen Doddridge Farm & Ranch, 1917, Kirk, Yuma
  • Hasart Farms, 1915, Stratton, Kit Carson
  • Hogue Ranch, 1917, Steamboat Springs, Routt
  • Hohnholz Ranch Inc., 1917, Glendevey, Larimer
  • Kanode Ranch, 1917, Ault, Weld
  • KOK Ranch, 1917, Salida, Chaffee
  • Long’s Gardens, 1916, Boulder, Boulder
  • M&L Oltjenbruns Farms, Inc., 1917, Amherst, Phillips
  • McCaw Cattle, LLC, 1913, Ignacio, La Plata
  • McCracken Farms, 1917, Anton, Washington
  • Mill Iron D Ranch, 1917, Stoneham, Weld
  • Muhme Farm, 1917, Longmont, Weld
  • Murray Farms, 1917, Brighton, Adams
  • Olsen Farm, 1917, Yuma, Yuma
  • Pearl Farms, 1917, Rocky Ford, Otero
  • Redmond Ranch, 1917, Yampa, Routt
  • Rocking 7K Ranch, 1886, Granada, Prowers
  • Samual C. and Dola B. Coe Homestead, 1915, Cheyenne Wells. Cheyenne
  • Seger Farms, 1915, Haxton, Phillips
  • Sunnyside Farms, 1900, Durango, La Plata
  • Tice Family Farm, 1912, Longmont, Boulder
  • Trautman-Glenn Farm, 1917, Otis, Washington
  • Ugolini Farm Dairy, 1917, Walsenburg, Huerfano
  • Waterfall Ranch, 1917, Durango, La Plata
  • Wernsman Family Farm, 1916, Fleming, Logan


Joey BunchJoey BunchMay 3, 20174min286

History Colorado wants to sell off a little history. The Colorado Senate Finance Committee told them to go ahead on 4-1 vote Tuesday.

The state’s historical preservation agency wants to sell off a vacant cold storage building on the former Lowry Air Force Base in East Denver and use the money to fix up some more significant projects in need of big repairs.

Chairman Tim Neville of Littleton voted against the idea. He said it made more sense to him to sell the property, put the money in an endowment and use the interest to pay for repairs. He was also concerned about liquidating an asset to pay for maintenance costs on other properties.

According to property records, the 21,215-square-foot building at 532 Golfers Way was built in 1960 and is worth about $2.9 million.

Steve Turner, History Colorado’s executive director, said the board had considered an endowment, but if they were able to put aside $2 million from the sale, it would generate about $50,000 a year, conservatively.

“We simply don’t have the resources to make these kinds of investments at this time,” he said.

About that cold storage: The state historical society wound up with the property in 1991 from the Lowry Redevelopment Authority.

It was part of a bigger acquisition at the former military base, sits vacant and “no longer fits within the mission of the state historical society,” according to the bill.

History Colorado had to cut millions from its budget in 2015, which saw the departure of four of its top officials in the wake of declining casino revenues and questions about spending.

A state audit found that millions of dollars that could have been supporting historical projects statewide, were instead steered into expensive projects in Denver, such as recoating the gold dome on the Capitol and putting nearly $111 million into the History Colorado Center.

The need to sell the Lowry cold storage is part of that, Turner said.

He said History Colorado only has one other surplus property, which the State Fair in Pueblo is interested in using for storage, meaning this isn’t the start of a major sell-off.

The historical society mostly owns small-town museums outside Denver.

“These facilities really serve rural Colorado,” Turner said Tuesday, adding that in some cases they are important engines of economic activity and tourism for their communities, which preserving the region’s past.

The bill goes next to the full Senate, then still has to pass the House unchanged — or faces last-minute negotiations between the two chambers — before the session ends on May 10.