Preston Troutman for Mayor

I am running for Mayor of Cañon City to help improve the economic stability and wealth of our area.
I have been a Realtor in Cañon City since 1974.
For the past six years I have been on the City’s Planning Commission and for the last three years I have been the chairman of the City’s Planning Commission.
During this time the city has developed three master plans to help develop the river corridor, Hwy 50 and the downtown area. If elected to mayor I would seek community involvement to develop these plans.
If elected, I would be available to the citizens of our city, and would actively work to improve the city’s financial health and improve the city’s relationship with the business community.
Preston Troutman is currently the President of the Royal Gorge Board of Realtors and President of the Cañon City Chamber of Commerce.
Troutman has a master’s degree in Real Estate and a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Management.

AN OPEN LETTER TO PASTORS

Dear Pastors and friends – I attended the memorial service for a good friend of mine, who passed away a little over a week ago, after taking his own life. I have to say that I was really angry with him for doing that, because he was such a terrific person, and have so much to offer. He left behind a beautiful family, including three children who loved him dearly. It just angers me when it seems that the devil wins another battle for somebody’s mind and heart. It makes it all the more imperative that I, and we, both remind people of the great hope and peace that they have in the Lord Jesus. I want to acknowledge Pastor Jim Thulson here for an excellent job of handling such a delicate situation, someone passing via suicide. He reminded all of us that once we give our hearts to Jesus that no one can snatch them away from him, and even though at times we may let go of our grip on Jesus, he never lets go of us. Thanks Jim. Trudy and I were both moved by your message.
It’s always good, and very intentional, at funerals and memorial services, when the pastor leaves the loved ones of the deceased with the hope and joy in knowing the assurance of salvation for the loved one who passed. Knowing that your deceased loved one is now in Jesus’s arms, is a beautiful picture and a comforting thought. And that message and comforting thought is not just for the loved ones of the deceased, but obviously for all those who are in attendance at the services, many of which are hearing the gospel for the first time. Certainly a great opportunity, which should always be utilized.
If you would indulge me for a little bit more though, I do believe that the way in which that message is delivered  is in need of correction, and I would ask that you allow me to make my case of what I believe needs changed, and more importantly, why. At nearly every funeral I attend, the message is always that “your loved one is with Jesus right now”. Although a very comforting sentiment, it is not entirely accurate. We do not go directly to heaven (or to hell for that matter) when we die. We rest in the grave and await our resurrection, just as Christ did after He was crucified.
Now we would all have to admit, including myself, that whichever way we believe on this subject, is really not impactful to somebody’s salvation. If I believe that I go straight into Jesus arms when I die, or if I believe that I rest in the grave until the resurrection, it really doesn’t affect my salvation. I don’t believe the subject will ever be a litmus test for any of us. So the harm in continuing to teach either way, may not be directly significant. However, I do believe there is serious collateral damage and indirect harm caused by teaching that we go to heaven, or into Jesus’s arms, directly upon death. I will not burden any of you by expecting you to read some long dissertation regarding why I believe what I believe, so I will keep it brief and summarize my concerns. Right now to me, it’s more important to talk about the damage I think is being done by not correctly teaching on the subject. In all due respect to each of your degrees, learning, and experience, all of which exceed mine, there are three areas that I think you need to strongly consider in this argument:
I know you are all very familiar with first Corinthians 15, and in that chapter Paul dealt with the exact same problem. The church in Corinth at the time had started to adopt beliefs and practices of some of the pagan religions that they were surrounded by. One of those beliefs was that there is no resurrection of the dead.  The belief was, that upon death a person went in to an intermediary realm waiting to be called into their deity’s good favor and presence. Paul very firmly dealt with this subject in his letter to the Corinthian church, reminding them that there is indeed a resurrection of the dead. It is in this lesson Paul is teaching them, where will we get the crucial point that really needs to be considered. That is, if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ himself was not resurrected, and because of that , our faith is in vain.  If we indeed teach that when those who belong to Christ go straight to heaven to be with him upon their death, we are excluding the possibility that they will be resurrected at his second coming. First Thessalonians 4. What we are telling people, is that there is no need to look forward to the resurrection. If I go to heaven when I die, I am just that, in heaven. Why would I want anything else? If all good Christians go to heaven when they die, there is not one single person who will be available for resurrection when Christ returns. And if there is no resurrection, Christ is not resurrected, and therefore no hope for eternal life. Also, if there is no resurrection, then what is the point of his second coming?
This brings us to my second concern, and that is the second coming of Christ. If I, as a good Christian, go to heaven when I die, I have no need or desire for Christ to return, if I am already with Him. Again, I have no need for that event.  And by extension, why would the church as a whole be eager to see his return if we just going to be with him right away anyhow? Obviously, yes there will still be those who are still alive at His coming who will be the great benefactors of that event, but it sure seems to gut the urgency of the message of His second coming. In both cases, if I get my heart’s desire when I die, being with Jesus, why do I need either the resurrection or his second coming? Therefore I, and the church, have no real need, or urgency, to preach on the importance of those two subjects.
Lastly, and maybe on a lesser level, is the idea that our loved ones are alive and well in heaven. Several problems arise from this thought, including the possibility of our loved ones watching over us. I would hope that my deceased loved ones are not  watching over me, because if they were, they would see all of the heart ache and pain that I’ve been through in my life. I can’t see how that would be “heaven”, (no more pain….)  for them watching a loved one go through tragedy. I hear people all the time saying, maybe metaphorically, that they talk to their loved ones when they’re having trouble in their lives, and that at times they depend upon their loved ones in heaven to help them and to watch over them. At this point, it’s as though they are sending their thoughts and prayers to their loved ones, instead of to God, when God is their only source of remedy. To a greater extent, there are even those who have been caught up into mysticism, and believe that we have the ability to talk to the dead, obviously leaving the door open for the devil to deceive them.
Again, I did not want to belabor any of you with lists of Bible verses with accompanying arguments, and so I have kept this very brief and summarized. My main concern is for items #1 and #2.
I am just very concerned that teaching from the pulpit, that we go to heaven when we die, minimizes the importance of the resurrection, and of Christ’s second coming. Also, those who hear that message, no longer see the resurrection and Christ’s coming as of any importance or relevance to them. Why would they? In comparison, there is no such collateral damage in a biblical version that tells us we rest in the grave until our resurrection, an occurrence that will, just as beneficially, happen in what seems like a blink of an eye to those who pass.
When the resurrection and second coming, two extremely important gospel items, are ignored or reduced, we all, as the church, lose our sense of urgency in spreading the gospel. And right now, at this point and time in history, we just don’t have time to be lacking urgency for the deliverance the Gospel message. I hope that all of you can see that our Christian faith is closing in on it’s foretold climax, and we need to be very efficient in our work.
Thank for your valuable time, and I ask that you prayerfully consider spending a little time evaluating my case and point. At any time, I would love to sit and discuss this with any of you.
Titus 2:13  while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.  Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
In Great love and respect, Kurt Zerby from the Courtyard Ministries.

River Fitness “New Exercise Features to Placed on Cañon City River Walk ”

For all the fitness enthusiasts who frequent the Cañon City River Walk, it is obvious that a great exercise routine is best complemented with a stunning view of nature. Nothing beats fresh air, tranquil songs of our avian friends, and a healthy dose of cardio! Soon, a more complete exercise experience will be available at the River Walk. Eight new exercise stations and two new warm up/stretching stations will be added, hopefully in the next few months. The idea was originally submitted to the city last October by the Canonland Walkers and Hikers Club. A committee was formed and Jerry Beatty was chosen as chairman to oversee the project. The new structures are set to be placed along the south side of the River Walk between Raynolds Ave. and Sell’s Ave. Trailhead, spaced at intervals. The materials used to build the structures will be pressure treated lumber covered with composite decking materials for a splinter free and maintenance free exercise station. Each exercise station will have a posted sign instructing proper use of the station. The Canonland Walkers and Hikers have, at their disposal, dozens of retired engineers and contractors whose combined skills will be responsible for the planning, building and installation of the exercise stations and signs. A personal trainer will submit the information to be displayed on the station signs. It is now up to the community to help see this project through. An estimated 5,000 dollars is still needed before construction can reach completion. Donations are extremely appreciated, and can be made online at gofundme.com/wc2nucy8. Community members that donate will be recognized on a plaque placed at the beginning of the fitness course. Please take pride in your community and donate today!

Local Church Dedication

Pastor Doyle Larkin, Church Board, and Members are pleased to announce the dedication of the newly remodeled Faith Journey Church of the Nazarene of Florence, Colorado.  The community and all those many hands that assisted in the refurbishing efforts are respectfully invited to attend the ribbon cutting, worship service, and ice cream and pie social.
The event is a celebration of the work of human hands under the auspices of God the Father.  Church of the Nazarene Colorado District Superintendent Reverend Dr. David Ralph will be the guest speaker.  The ribbon cutting will begin at 10:30 AM on Sunday, September 6th, 2015 at the church located at 416 W 2nd Street, Florence, CO 81226.  For additional information, please contact Chuck Smith at 719-371-0164.

Remembrance of David Troy Skinner

Remembrance of David Troy Skinner who was born on October 18, 1996 through November 7, 2014.
Sometimes we feel  like time has stopped and at other times, it’s hard to believe that you left us a year ago. A day does not go by without thoughts of you. We will always think of you and remember you as a good, caring person. Although you left us much too soon, we find comfort knowing that one day we will al be reunited in heaven. Your spirit will live in our hearts forever. We miss you
Mom – Rita Skinner. Sister – Brenda Craig. Brother – Michael Skinner. Niece – Amy England.

Local Young Lady Competes For The Miss Jr. Teen Title

Lauren Barnett of Canon City was recently selected to participate in the 2015 Miss Jr. Teen pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, September 20,2015. Lauren learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local Colorado Springs area. Lauren submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Colorado Springs Pageant Coordinator.
Lauren will be competing for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Lauren will be competing in the Miss Jr. Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages of 7 through 19 competing in modeling routines, which include Casual Wear and Formal Wear. Most importantly, Lauren will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.
If Lauren were to win the title of Miss Jr. Teen, she would represent Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities at the National Competition that will take place in Orlando, Florida. Over $30,000.00 in prizes and awards will be presented at the National Competition while each winner enjoys this expense paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando, Florida.
Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals will assist Lauren in participating in this year’s competition by becoming an official sponsor to her. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals, and financial support which will allow Lauren to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year’s Pageant.
Many thanks to all of Lauren’s generous sponsors.  Dee Dee Larson – Bella Capelli Salon & Botique, Dan Schalek –Edward Jones, Graham & Associates CPAs PC, Jolene DeVries at Law and Staff, Harwood Cremation and Funeral Service, James & Helen Graham, and Aurice & Bob Worley.

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Special Thank You to Everyone in Fremont County

The Edward’s family say thank you to everyone in Fremont County, in our time of grief. We not only lost a husband and father, but the community also lost a wonderful friend, leader, business partner, Realtor, councilman and sports fan. Everyone in the community gave their support and offered to help us in anyway needed. We could not have been more humbled by all your support. Through this we found Mel touched everyone in some way. It was nice seeing so many friends again and hearing old stories we completely forgot.
Thank you for all the cards, letters, gift certificates, flowers, food, paper goods, etc. We will not forget the generosity. A special thanks to Brady’s Garden Center (Dean), for the special legends Roses; Pastor Thulson and E-Free church, for a wonderful service; Holt Funeral Home, for being so helpful all hours of the day and for dinner; Shadow Hills golf Club, allowing us to celebrate Mel’s life; Keller Williams Hope Realty and Re/Max Royal gorge Realty, for their dinners; Johanna Patterson, for her family dinner; and Lori Dille, for her special meatball dinner.
Thank you to the Federal Bureau of Prisons staff for all of your contributions, sympathy and understanding; and the Florence Police Department and Florence volunteer Fire Department, for being professional and following protocol. Thank you again, it is such a honor to be part of a strong community where we all care and look out for each other.