Thomas “Tom” MacDonald

Thomas “Tom” MacDonald, 68 of Florence, passed away November 7, 2014 in Pueblo after an extended illness.  Tom spent many years traveling the world working lighting, sound and special effects for dance and theatre troupes. If you knew Tom, you understood he was constitutional incapable of passing someone in need without stopping to help.  He was a friendly and outgoing man who knew no stranger.

A special thank you to the people of Florence for the firewood, helping with his pets, patience in the grocery lines and general kindness that was shown to Tom, as well as a big thank you to the person who left a cane on his back gate as that became his favorite. We certainly appreciate all the help that was shown to him over the years.  He is survived by brother, nephew and friends.  Tom will be greatly missed.

Edward Gerald Speer

Edward Gerald Speer, 68, passed away November 10, 2014 in Pueblo, CO. Born in Mt. Kisco, New York on April 16, 1946, Edward was the son of Walter L. and Phoebe E. (Clark) Speer.

Edward was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War. He was a lifetime member of the NRA, DAV, and was a former firefighter. He loved his family, and he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was not only ‘grandpa’ to his family, but many people outside of his family also called him ‘grandpa’.

Mr. Speer is survived by his children, John E. Speer and Charlene F. (James) Cross; grandchildren, Jennifer Cross, Jessica Montoya, Jaime Cross, and Charity Cross; great grandchildren, Bekah Montoya, Austin Montoya, and Kyle Bowser: brother, Sanford Speer; and sister, Nancy Mathews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Winfield Speer, Violet Cantrell, James Speer, Jane Seeley, and Thomas Speer.

At his request, no services will be held. Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home. Online condolences @

Bernard “Bernie” Stenzelv

Bernard “Bernie” Stenzel, 69, of Florence passed away unexpectedly on November 4, 2014.  He was born June 18, 1945 to Theophil and Sophie (Hainka) Stenzel in Albert Lea, MN.   A proud veteran, Bernie enlisted early and served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War.  It was during this time that he met a beautiful young lady and the love of his life, Gloria, whom he married in 1966.  To their union was born three children whom he loved and adored.  After his duty was up, he went to work at Ideal Cement, now Holcim, where he worked in maintenance 42 years.

Bernie was a dedicated family man who was active in his children’s lives and believed that one should be involved and committed to the community in which they lived.  He was a former director of the Re-2 School Board, president of the Babe Ruth Little League, member of the Tuesday Group of PTSD Pueblo, member of the VFW Penrose, American Legion Florence, and volunteer Fireman with the Florence Fire Department and was a lifelong member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church.  When not working on a woodworking project, Bernie would find time to tease you and take time out to watch his Minnesota Vikings and Colorado Rockies.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Gloria, children, Ted (Kris) Stenzel, Tom (Daisy) Stenzel and Annette (Clay) Nimmo; sister, Katherine Erdner; grandchildren, Brandon (Christie) Smith, Tanner (Sharee) Smith, Jenna Stenzel, Desiray Stenzel, Cobe Stenzel, Charles Stenzel, Patrick and Caden Nimmo; great-granchildren, Brooke and Jacob Watley and Philip Smith as well as numerous sisters-in-laws, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded by his parents; brothers, Walter, Louis, Charles, Wilfred, infant brothers, Vincent and Alfonse; sister Theresa Pritchard.

Visitation will be held Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 5-8pm, at the Harwood Funeral Home, 225 E. Main, Florence  with a Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M., on Monday, November 10, 2014 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Florence, CO.  Online condolences at

Deer Mountain Benefit Dinner

The Deer Mountain Community Organization will be holding a fund raising auction and dance in Westcliffe on Saturday, Nov. 15, to help raise funds to build a new community center in the Deer Mountain Community.

Helping to co-sponsor the event will be the Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club and the Timberline Band, which will be performing.

The Event will be held at the Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club building on the county fairgrounds just north of Westcliffe.

The dance will take place from 8 p.m.  to midnight. Tickets are $7 per person. Food and beer will be available to purchase from 7 to 11:00 p.m. In addition, there will be arts and crafts for sale and a live auction during the first band break. Craft booth space is still available.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 719-942-4748 or 720-633-2266.

Fremont County Renovation

The Fremont County Commissioners tabled action today (Monday) on the award of a bid for renovation of space on the 4th floor of the county’s Judicial Building.   Half of the 4th floor is targeted for renovation to house the new Combined Regional Communications Center (CRCA).   Fremont County Manager George Sugars said seven bids were received for the project last Wednesday but they all came in over the design estimate.  Sugars said the bids ranged from a low of $807,700 to a high of $948,889.

Sugars said even the lowest of the seven bids is still some $200,000 over the budget set up by the entities who are parties to the intergovernmental agreement which created the CRCA.   They include Fremont County, the Cities of Cañon City and Florence, the Fremont E 9-1-1 Authority, and the Cañon City Area Fire Protection District.   Sugars said Reilly, Johnson, and Associates of Denver is now poring over the bid documents of the two lowest bidders to see where costs might be cut and lower prices negotiated.    The negotiations will be taking place between the two lowest bidders, Golden Triangle of Colorado Springs and H.W. Houston of Pueblo.

The CRCA governing board is expected to meet later this week to consider their options if prices cannot be brought back within the budget.   The Board of Commissioners tabled consideration of the bid award to their next regular meeting on Monday, November 10th (moved from Tuesday, November 11th due to the Veterans Day observance).

Harrison Gold & Silver Honor Roll Students for Quarter 1



Caleb Alexander, Caden Bellew, Colton Bellew, Cade Bellis, Naaman Bender, Evan Bright, Haley Byrne, Thomas Carver, Savannah Cathcart, Jory Coulter, Ethan Davis, Sable Eggleston, Noah Eglinton, Robert Fretwell, Savanna Golob, Ismene Hennessey, Jennifer Henriquez, Ethan Herold, Samantha Hogin, Jaden Kirkpatrick, Jarid Konty, Jordan Konty, Cody Leverett, Kayden Littig, Garett Lopez, Austin Lorance, Faith Martin, Emily Martinez, Ariana McIntyre, Keeley Moses, Emily Nguyen, Auguston O’Seasnain, Ryan Rodriguez, Rikkiann Romero, Tate Rutherford, Arik Schechter, Riley Schmidt, Grace Silverthorn, Caden Smith, Caiden Talburt, Jolie Taylor, Cole Tenorio, Jaylene Valdez, Hallie Webb


Isabella Adamic, Bethany Aldrich, Cailynn Andreis, Nathan Beel, Jaden Bell, Jasmine Dang, Mollin Finch, Lyndsey French, Bryce Hinkle, Samantha Holt, Casey Horne, Hayden Jackson, Logan Jennings, Kaleb John, Jacob Jones, Tyler Konty, Quinn Langley, Zoe Manchester, Pyper Marshall, Cynnthia Martinez, Bethany McCoy, Sydney Meyers, Heather Reisch, Abagail Richardson, Emma Rowe, Roger Sakamoto, Taylor Smallwood, Matea Smith, Zachary Strickler, Kaetlin Taylor-Adams, Tyler Trumbo, Katelyn Vicari, Relena Wood



Sabrina Aicher, Annabella Bender, Emma Bleiker, Gage Bolton, Trace Borrego, Kaela Cates, Dalton Cloninger, Jasper Coleson, Maudie Conley, Wyatt Cosat, Dean Elbert, Dominic Fontecchio, Steven Gardner, Garrett Heifner, Breanna Henninger, Madisyn Kingery, Camryn Loghry, Hollie Miller Minto, Collin Pollington, Keeley Predovich, Steven Purdy, Michole Ramirez, Kevin Richardson, Bella Roberts, Brittany Rudnik, Raymond Schroeder, Daniella Senecal, Macen Shipman-Werner, Sydney Waldero, Alexandra Weaver, Jacob Whitney, John Zalesiak


Grace Baxter, Leiahna Belarde, Christopher Berger, Kaylee Brewer, Andrew Brosh, Dalton Chambers, Briley Christensen, Savannah Esquibel, Branden Gillespie, Alyssa Goff, Ciera Groves, Thelma Hale, Marlaina Hall, Cassidy Heimel, Shaylee Hendricks, Alexandra Hoffman, Mikayla Hoffman, Zachary Jackson, Mackinze Kendall, Victoria Konty, Jacob Lawhead, Peter Manfredo, Caitlen Marrs, Tate Marshall, Briar Martin, Destiny Martinez, Cara McGeeney, Gabriel Morgan, Kelsea Nelson, Olivia Nordyke, Payne Mikayla, Brittney Pratt, Kyrie Pugh-Ortega, Giovanni Ramirez, Jack Roberts, Mackenzie Roberts, Brody Rolf, Angel Seifert, Kalei Smith, Amber Snyder, Dulce Trujillo, Brianna Weikal



Makayla Breunig, Hannah Burton, Brianna Conley, Tailer Cox, Allyssa Crane, John Crawford, Joshua Creany, Emma Enslow, Kylee Heather, Savannah Hicks, Jacob Holt, Taylor Jacobs-Chase, Joshua Jaramillo, Kaylee Jennings, Trinidy Jones, Alexander Jordan, Gavin Koen, Taylor Lee, Malinda Martinez, Login McIntosh, Clayton Melster, Sara Nowell, Jewel Orser, Joesph Perez, Valerie Pershall, Gage Pruitt, James Ruona, Riley Russell, Kaylan Schrank, Marc Tafoya, Logan Vineyard


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Twin Enviro New Recycling Project

Twin Enviro Services recently started construction of Fremont County’s first Recycling Center. The current project is a 50x 100 foot building to house a Material Sorting Line and a huge horizontal Baler. Upon completion of the facility approximately five new employees will be added. The project is expected to be fully operational by March, 2015.

Twin Enviro received a $250,000 grant from the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Fund to help fund the new Material Recovery Facility or MRF. Local government and community organizations supported the grant application, which the firm credits with the success of obtaining this outside funding. At the MRF, mixed recyclables (Single Stream) will be sorted and baled to recover the value of various materials. The grant was written by Mackenzie Liman, daughter of Twin owner Les Liman.

According to Gary Fuselier President of Twin Enviro, the reason he wanted to see a MRF come to Fremont County is because Colorado is lacking behind in recycling and thats unacceptable in his opinion. Colorado’s recycling rate currently is approximately only at 11% compared to 34% to the rest of the country and he’d like to see some changes happen with increasing our recycling rate, and the only way to see changes is to make them happen yourself.

Currently all private trash companies in Fremont County are transporting their recyclables to a MRF located in Colorado Springs. According to Gary Fuseleir, the new facility will add efficiently and environmental benefits to local recycling, keeping trucks off the roads, enable local reuse of some sorted material, as well as baled, volume shipping of higher value material, such as cardboard, HDPE and PET (plastics), and metals. The MRF will welcome business and private individuals for drop off or one can sign up for collection on Twin’s recycling routes. It is expected to be operational by March, 2015 or sooner.

For more information, call Twin Enviro at 719-372-6671 or email them at