Community Volunteers Re-Roof House

A small group of community concerned volunteers have re-roofed an elderly mans house at no cost to him, he had recently lost his wife to cancer. This elderly man had recently covered his roof with a blue tarp as a temporary measure, to help keep his roof from leaking into the interior of his home.

A husband and wife couple, seeing this tarp, and being inspired by God, have financed and arraigned this re-roofing project and perhaps are the motivation for the rest of the volunteers.

One near by neighbor noticed this re-roofing job and after finding out these people were volunteers decided to help the volunteers, by letting the community know about this amazing group of people as the job was progressing. Consequently the neighbor became the “Go For” for the volunteers and as a result below is a list of businesses who have contributed generously to the cause by donating food mostly and some services to help the volunteers. Dave Pennington and Patty, managers of Domino’s Pizza, Gene Williand manager of Big D’s grocery store in Florence, Florence Senior Center organization, 2 Sisters Restaurant, Gale Kostlny of the Rose Bud Café, and Ricol Park of Carl Jr’s of Florence. This about group of businesses are all located in Florence also a group of businesses from helped, Cañon City, Co. Scott manager of Pizza Hut, Ryan McCalister of Papa Murphy’s, Howard Disposal supplied a dumpster at a reduced price for the removal of the old roofing materials. An unusual aspect about this group of volunteers is that they are not affiliated with any charitable organization or any organized church group and they are not seeking community recognition therefore that is the reason that there are no names of the volunteer group being reviled in this publication.

Hopefully, this true story will help restore the belief that there are still people, in our culture, who care enough about the less fortunate fellow citizen in their respective communities, to physically and financially help those in need, without consideration of tax break or having a predetermined, specific agenda or an ulterior motive.

Thanks for taking the time to read this true story. Perhaps this will stimulate and motivate other good deeds to happen in our communities. Lord knows in these economic times, we need it. Hoping everyone had a “Merry Christmas” and a “Happy New Years”

“The Go For”


George Randolph Douthit

George Randolph Douthit, III passed away January 9, 2015, at home with dignity, grace, and a sense of humor, after living with cancer the past few years. George was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on November 22, 1926, to Ruth Beck Douthit and George Randolph Douthit, II.

George’s career included newspaper reporting for the Gazette Telegraph in Colorado Springs in the early 1960’s; working for the National Council on Alcoholism in the late 1960’s and the early 1970’s. George helped establish Washington House, a treatment center for alcoholics, in north Denver during the mid-70’s.  He was the founder of The Mountain States Collector, a journal for antique dealers and collectors.  George was a talented artist, award-winning author, playwright, poet, and a lover of nature and beautiful colors.  He strove to grow spiritually up to the end of his life.

George leaves behind his wife and soul mate of 61 years, Alice; and his children, Valorie (Garry), Vickie (Mark), Veronica (Gary), George (Cheryl), Kathrine (John); 16 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. George also left behind many friends who shared his love for their mutual friend, Bill W.  In addition George loved his fellow artists and writers with a passion. He was preceded in death by his parents Ruth and George, and his beloved brother, Ronald Douthit.

A memorial service for George will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Canon City, Colorado, on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception following.


Thomas Elbert Paxton

Thomas Elbert Paxton, aged 79, joined God in Heaven on January 21, 2015 in Pueblo, Colorado. Tom is the son of R.H. (Pappy) Paxton and Ruby Paxton. He was born September 19, 1935 in a small house on Main Street in Westcliffe, Colorado. Tom worked most of his life as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator. His love of animals was a huge part of his life, therefore in lieu of flowers his family asks that donations are made to the Humane Shelter in his name. Tom will be greatly missed by his five children and their spouses, Gay Paxton and husband, Norman, Pat Stott, Linda Estep and husband Rocky, Tom Paxton, and Christine Lee and husband, Doug. Tom left behind a legacy of eight grandchildren, Joshua, Jeremy, Shane, Jeremy, Terra, Trevor, Shelbi, and Darr. He also left behind seven great-grandchildren, Joshua, Matt, Hana, Aden, Brayden, Faith, and Masin. His remaining siblings include Rob Paxton and Betty Koch. Tom is preceded in death by two siblings, Rupert (Smokey) Paxton and Clarence Paxton. Instead of a memorial service (per Tom’s request), the family will be celebrating his life on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 2:30 P.M. at the annual Blossom Day party held at Pat Stott’s, his daughter’s, house at 1632 Ash Street, Canon City, Colorado.

Thomas Paxton Obit Pic

Public Meeting Regarding New Trail System

CANON CITY, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office, Fremont County and the Cañon City Metropolitan Recreation and Park District are hosting a public meeting to seek input on a proposal to develop non-motorized trails in the Ecology Park area that connect New York Avenue in Cañon City to the Section 13 trail system off of Temple Canyon Road as well as longer distance trail opportunities. The meeting will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the Cañon City Area Recreation District offices at 575 Ash Street, in Cañon City.

The public lands in the Ecology Park area serve as an important recreation area for local residents who use a combination of designated trails, social trails and old roads for hiking, biking and riding horses. These lands provide a great ‘backyard’ recreation opportunity that informally connects with neighborhoods, other trail systems, and destinations. The recreation district, Fremont County, local user groups, and the BLM have begun planning efforts to formalize the trails in this area and enhance the trail based opportunities to better serve the community.

The proposed action includes establishing a formal non-motorized trail network in the area between New York Avenue in Cañon City and Ecology Park along with a small trailhead. It is also proposed to construct a trail that connects Ecology Park with the Section 13 trail system along with additional longer distance loop opportunities. There are a number of safety concerns in the area that the partners also seek to address.

Specific details about the project, including description of the proposed new trails and a map, are available on the Royal Gorge Field Office webpage at:

A public input period gives the public a chance to tell the BLM and the Recreation District what issues and concerns they think should be addressed and alternatives to consider. This input period will run from January 28th to February 28th, 2015. Comments concerning the proposed action, alternatives and identification of environmental issues are most helpful. For additional information or to submit a comment, please contact Kalem Lenard at 719-269-8538 or email comments to

City of Canon City Should Buy Shadow Hills Golf Course

An editorial opinion by Gary Minor

The Canon City Shopper has been given a press release from Shadow Hills Golf Course that has announced the closing of the 18 hole golf course on March 1, 2015.

The decision to close the golf course by the Holt Family must have been an extremely hard one. The Holts purchased the golf course to save it from bankruptcy several years ago.

The Holt Family, Bill, Bonnie and Beth Holt have owned Holt Mortuary in Cañon City for many years and have been actively involved in our community for their entire lifetime.

Although Shadow Hills Golf Course is a private business venture, it is a community asset. Cañon City should do everything possible to keep Shadow Hills as a municipal course.

There are many reasons why Shadow Hills is not profitable.  First and foremost the cost of water to keep the fairways and greens in top form is high. I estimate, it costs approximately $150,000 to water this golf course per year. That’s a big water bill!

In addition, because of the location of Shadow Hills and it’s proximity to the Cotter Uranium facility the golf course cannot be developed into a housing subdivision.

So what should be done with Shadow Hills?

A simple solution would be for the city to give a discount for water usage to both Shadow Hills and to the Four Mile Golf Course.

Although, the question must be asked, even if the city could and would give the golf course discounted water, can this course be profitable? Also,  should the city give preferential treatment to a privately owned business?

I don’t believe this golf course can be profitable if it is to be sold to another individual, since this business currently does not have any debt and is still not profitable.

I would hope the city and the Holt Family can come up with a beneficial solution that would include the sale of Shadow Hills to the city. If possible, the sale would include tax credits for the owners of Shadow Hills so they can be repaid for the value of the property. The property’s value would be determined by it’s appraised value.

Cañon City owns an abundant supply of water shares that could be used to water this property.

The final question is: Can the city run Shadow Hills Golf Course as a profitable business? I say yes. Without debt and with a substantially discounted water bill and a new management team, Shadow Hills can survive.

Shadow Hills Golf Course set to Close March 1st

A membership Q&A (question & answer) forum was held at Shadow Hills Golf Course on Monday, January 19, 2015 to discuss the announced March 1st closure of the golf course.  Although the golf course is open to all residents of Fremont County, the members participated in ideas, viewpoints and feedback in the decision to keep the golf going forward.  Although the golf course has been a valuable asset to the community and a source of enjoyment for many, under-utilization has resulted in operating costs surpassing revenue.

As many are aware, this is not just a Canon City economical struggle in the golf course industry – this is a nationwide change in culture and population utilizing golf courses as in past.  There are hundreds of golf courses closing all throughout the country each year due to this shift in recreational disposable income allowances.

There are options being explored including negotiations with the City of Canon City to operate the golf course.

For additional questions, comments or feedback from the Fremont County citizens, please contact Carrie Klassen, CFO at 719-251-7631 or

Fremont County Community Concert

Thursday, January 29th, at 7 p.m. in the Canon City High School Auditorium, the Fremont County Community Concert Association is proud to present Julian Lawrence Gargiulo, named a Steinway Artist, a dynamic classical pianist who performs the compositions of renowned masters with extraordinary passion and precision and fills the hall with his personal brand of charm, humor and charisma.  He has performed in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, China, and Australia, to both public and critical acclaim.  January 11th this year he performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Tickets are available at the door for $20 for adults.  Groups of 12 or more – $12 per person (call ahead).  Children 7 – 12th grades $12, Children K – 6th grade $7 (children’s ticket price includes this concert and two remaining concerts).  For additional information, contact Paula McFarland 275-0144 or Phyllis Koroshetz 275-9616.  See for information for all concerts.