Great. From the Ground Up - Community
Investigator of the Year
Weld County employee Aleissa Thomas has been named the 2014 Investigator of the
Year by the Colorado Welfare Fraud Council. The award recognizes an investigator
who has made an outstanding contribution or exhibited excellence in the
investigation of fraud and program abuse.
The Greeley Creative District has reached full certification from the Governor’s
office and Colorado Creative Industries. Greeley’s district will now receive
between $10,000 and $20,000 in state grant money, access to state resources for
technical assistance, prominent placement as a tourist and business destination
on Colorado websites and the potential for a matching grant from the Boettcher
Foundation. A new visitor
way-finding system using Smartphones and an upcoming downtown farm-to-table
event helped move Greeley to the top.
Prairie Partner of
Congratulations to Weld County Commission Chairman Doug Rademacher who was named
2013 Prairie Partner of the Year by the National Grasslands Council.
He was recognized for his efforts to improve communication and
understanding related to grassland issues.
National Alliance of
Preservation Honorable Mention
Greeley city government earned the National Alliance of Preservation
Commission’s 2014 Commission Excellence honorable mention award for Public
Outreach and Advocacy for the POW Camp Pillar project. The City was
nominated by Dan Corson of History Colorado.
Tribune staff swept the Outstanding Journalism awards in the annual Swift
Communications competition. The
Tribune won in every news-related category including: Best Newsroom Coverage for
the September 2013 flood; Best Photograph by Joshua Polson; Best Feature Story
by Dan England; and Best Newsroom Excellence/Daily Operations.
by Benjamin Moore
Greeley continues to impress! The
Benjamin Moore “Main Street Matters” project recognized Greeley as one of the
top four “Our Favorite Main Street
Murals” cities. They stated “We
can’t get enough of this brilliant, multi-colored Einstein mural across from the
public library. Its message
encapsulates what Main Street Matters is all about – using a little imagination
and a lot of color to revitalize our communities.”
Setting the Stage
Congratulations to Rhonda Welch, Festivals Coordinator for the City of Greeley.
Rhonda was featured in the “Setting the Stage” e-newsletter for her
festival and event work including the upcoming Greeley Arts Picnic, Friday
Fests, and Festival of Trees – just to name a few.
This e-newsletter is the premier resource for Colorado event managers and
ProRodeo Hall of Fame
Congratulations to the Greeley Stampede committee for being inducted into the
ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame
inductees are selected by a committee of former contestants and rodeo experts.
More than 100 individuals are nominated each year and selection for
induction is based on their outstanding contributions to the sport of
professional rodeo. Credit for the
success of the Stampede goes to the Committee, particularly their leadership and
their many hours of volunteer time.
This year the Stampede runs from June 26 - July 6 with a great concert lineup,
demolition derby, carnival, art show, parade, Kids Rodeo and of course, plenty
of Pro Rodeo including PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls.
Broadcasters Association Awards
The KUNC newsroom was recognized with four Major Market awards for 2013 by the
Colorado Broadcasters Association.
Reporter Grace Hood received 1st place in the Best Single Event News category
for a report on oil and gas and 2nd in the same category for a story on flooding
impacts in the town of Lyons. She
also took home 1st in the Best News Feature, Report or Series.
Reporter Nathan Heffel received 2nd place in the Best News Feature,
Report or Series for a two part series highlighting efforts to educate refugees
who settle in Greeley.
KFKA was also honored at the CBA awards.
Troy Coverdale received 1st in Best Sports Coverage by an Individual or
Team for his coverage of the UNC Men’s Basketball team.
North Colorado Med
Evac Preferred Provider
North Colorado Med Evac, previously AirLife of Greeley, has been selected by
Denver Health Medical Center to become their aeromedical transport preferred
provider. This is the first time in
the regional trauma center’s 150+ year history that Denver Health has signed on
a preferred provider for air transport.
Med Evac was chosen because of its long history of outstanding adult and
pediatric patient care, commitment to quality and service excellence.
Stephen H. Hart Award
The City of Greeley and Historic Greeley, Inc., a local preservation group, have
been chosen to receive History Colorado’s 2014 Stephen H. Hart Award for
collaborative and comprehensive historic preservation outreach and education.
History Colorado began presenting the awards in 1986 to recognize outstanding
projects and individual achievements in archaeology and historic preservation
High Plains Library
District Receives Financial Award
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has
awarded the High Plains Library District with a Certificate of Achievement for
Excellence in Financial Reporting.
Greeley resident Luke Glines took first place in the Rocky Mountain regional
Tree Climbing Championships for the 3rd straight year.
He’s won the competition 7 times, more than any other person. The win
qualifies him for the World Championship to be held later in 2014.
of the Year
Congratulations to Greeley resident Jennifer Wilger who was named a 2013
Outstanding Airmen of the Year by the Air National Guard.
Jennifer grew up in Greeley, graduated from Greeley West and attended the
University of Northern Colorado.
Volunteer of the
City of Greeley Purchasing Manager Adela Gain has been named as the Rocky
Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association Volunteer of the Year.
Adela has been a volunteer for the organization for many years serving on
committees, actively participating in conferences, and other professional
IMSA Board Re-Election
City of Greeley employee Ken Balltrip has been re-elected to Director-at-Large for the International Municipal Signal Association Board. Ken will serve in this capacity for the Rocky Mountain Division.
FEMA Recognition for Staff
City of Greeley staff received kudos from FEMA Direct Housing Group Supervisor Dennis McNeer. Mr. McNeer expressed his gratitude for the extra support given to FEMA as they worked to find homes for those impacted by the September flooding near Greeley. Staff recognition included: Denise Tenorio, Building Inspection Technician; Steve Gregory, Building Inspector; Matt Wagy, Plans Examiner; Tim Swanson, Chief Building Official; and Vicky Barr, Greeley Fire Department Administrative Specialist.
Governor's Code Council Re-Election
Congratulations to City of Greeley Chief Building Official, Tim Swanson, who as re-elected as an officer to the Governor's Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council. The Council is dedicated to the improvement of building safety in Colorado.
The Freshest Spot in Town
Greeley's Farmers' Market at the Depot was featured as a success story in a recent article published by the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council. The Market's use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP was featured as a model program.
Kaiser Permanente Bike Grant Awarded
The City of Greeley has received an $85,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente. The grant will be used to create a new Greeley bike plan.
Former Central Runner Wins U.S. Marathon
Former Greeley Central runner Annie Bersagel took first at the 2013 U.S. Marathon Championships in October with a time of 2 hours, 30 minutes, 53 seconds and finished eighth at the 2013 U.S. National Road Racing Championships. A fun bit of trivia...the shorts that Annie wore at the U.S. Marathon were from her high school uniform.
Festival of Trees Listed #2 by Denver Post
The Denver Post recognized Greeley's Festival of Trees event as #2 on their "31 days of celebrations for the whole family" list.
Athletic Hall of Fame
Willis Holland of Greeley has been inducted into the Colorado State University Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition of his wrestling accomplishments in 1955 and '56.
Physician of the Year
Dr. Keith Thompson, on-site physician at Life Care Center of Greeley, received the Physician of the Year Award for Life Care Centers of America's Mountain States Division. His oversight has helped reduce the number of hospital readmissions, leading to better patient outcomes and less stress for residents and their families.
Greeley Water Facility Earns Award
Greeley's Water Pollution Control Facility received statewide recognition for sustainability and energy use reduction. The WPCF was recognized as the Partner of the Year by the Colorado Industrial Energy Challenge for reducing energy use by 11.5% from 2011-2012. The Colorado Environmental Leadership Program awarded the facility with a bronze award for this accomplishment.
Drive Smart Weld County Awarded $20,000
Drive Smart Weld County was awarded a $20,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for providing the Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth, know as the P.A.R.T.Y. program, to Weld County high schools. As part of the program, volunteers travel to high schools to engage every teen and help them realize they're not invincible. The Allstate Foundation is also providing funding for the Parent-Teen Driver Classes.
Smart Marketing Winner
The Irrigation Association's Smart Irrigation Month Committee has named the City of Greeley as one of the winners of its fourth annual Smart Marketing Contest. Greeley won the Landscape category for promoting efficient outdoor water use. The contest awards organizations that demonstrate outstanding efforts through targeted marketing ideas and campaigns.
Dispatch Center Named "Center of Excellence"
The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch recently announced that the Weld County Regional Communications Center has been awarded accreditation as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Center of Excellence. This accreditation, the industry's highest distinction, has only been given to 179 other centers in the world. The accreditation process began when Greeley was the lead agency for the dispatch center.
Sister City Donation for Flood Relief
Here's an update from a previous Council announcement. To date, Greeley's sister city, Moriya, Japan, has raised more than $1,400 for Greeley area flood relief. The money was donated to United Way of Weld County's Flood Relief Fund. Moriya and Greeley have been sister cities since 1993.
Senior Resource Small Transit of the Year Award
Senior Resource Services in Greeley has been honored as the Small Transit System of the Year by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies. Senior Resource serves all of Weld County. Besides an extensive transportation program, the organization provides grocery shopping, respite for caregivers and other services.
2013 Leadership Award for VP
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) presented its 2013 Leadership Award to Horace C. Elliott, National
Board of Chiropractic Examiners Executive Vice President, during the ADA's House of Delegates meeting in Greeley on September 28. The National Board's headquarters are in Greeley and ACA's Leadership Award is presented to those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership to the chiropractic profession.
CPRD Wins Two Awards
Greeley's Culture, Parks, and Recreation staff as well as volunteers on Greeley's Art Commission received awards from the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association. The Association awarded the "Columbine Award for Programming" to the Rodarte Community Center for the Bus Wrap project, which was a collaboration with the Greeley Art Commission. Art Commission members received a special "Community Champion" award for their work on the project.
Summer Teen Employment Program Award
On September 27, the City of Greeley's Youth Enrichment staff accepted the Governor's Summer Job Hunt award for the Summer Teen Employment Program. Greeley is the only community in Colorado to receive the award - having done so annually for the past 40-plus years.
Meritorious Recognition for IBMC Student
Celestino Plascencia, a student in the paralegal program at IBMC College in Greeley has received the Meritorious Recognition award in the category of specialized trades from the Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools.
Art Commission "Community Champions"
The Greeley Art Commission has been recognized by the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association with a "Community Champion" award for their outstanding volunteer service in the delivery of parks and recreation programs. In addition, the Columbine Creativity Award was received for Greeley's Rodarte Center Bus Wrap art project.
World Police and Fire Games
Congratulations to Greeley Police Officer Becca Ries who took gold in archery at the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Overall, USA took home 526 medals.
INTEROP Advisory Board Selection
Client Services Manager in the City's IT department Phil MacHendrie has been selected to serve as a member of the INTEROP Advisory Board. INTEROP, which stands for interoperability, provides 4 worldwide technology conferences each year offering a strong combination of educational content, technology exhibits, and peer networking to educate IT professionals all over the world.
Greeley Resident Appointed to State Plumbing Board
Congratulations to Matt Wagy for his appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the Colorado State Plumbing Board. The Board licenses, registers, and regulates plumbers, apprentices, and plumbing contractors. They also conduct regular inspections for plumbing and gas pipeline installations and review special requests for exceptions to the code.
2013 Women of Distinction
On August 7, Assistant City Manager Becky Safarik was honored as one of the 2013 Northern Colorado Women of Distinction. The award honors achievements in business, philanthropic and government activities and organizations.
State Grant to Support Water Facility Projects
Greeley's Water Pollution Control Facility is one of 21 municipal wastewater and sanitation districts to be awarded a state grant. The grant includes $80,000 to be used for planning and $1 million for design and construction efforts.
Book of Golden Deeds Recipient
Lola Lucero from the Assistance League of Greeley has been awarded the Book of Golden Deeds. The Book of Golden Deeds is the National Exchange Club's longest running project. It recognizes volunteers who give many hours of their time making their communities better places to live.
J. Sterling Morton Award
The City of Greeley was presented with the J. Sterling Morton Tree City USA Award, the highest honor granted by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The award was given in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. This prestigious designation is based on education, partnerships, planning, tree planting and maintenance achievements. Only ten other communities in Colorado have received the honor.
Service Vision Leader of the Year
Rebecca Horn has been awarded the Jean Nidetch Service Vision Leader of the Year Award through Weight Watchers. The annual award goes to one outstanding leader in each region who embodies the core philosophy of exceptional customer care.
"Find Your Inner Chef" Contest Winner
Greeley resident Karen Gulkin was named the second week winner in Del Monte's "Find Your Inner Chef" contest. The contest encourages consumers to participate in a fun and fresh culinary experience, using their own favorite recipe or by creating a new recipe using Del Monte fresh fruits and vegetables. Karen will take her blackened orange steak tacos with citrus guacamole to the Cook Off Challenge in Miami.
Greeley Pilot Honored
Greeley resident and pilot Steven Weingandt was honored by American Airlines for successfully landing an airliner after a serious engine malfunction. No passengers were injured in the emergency landing.
The 233rd Space Group in east Greeley recently became the first military installation in Colorado to be certified as a StormReady Supporter by the National Weather Service. As a StormReady Supporter, Guard Station personnel help alert the community about severe weather. This can help save lives and reduce property damage. The program also encourages communities to establish severe weather safety plans and actively take part in a and promote weather safety activities.
7Everyday Heroes in Greeley
A Greeley family has been recognized as Channel 7Everyday Heroes. This family has made a huge difference by donating blood - more than 125 gallons. Three generations of the Fagerberg family, including Greeley firefighter John Fagerberg, have donated blood, some so often they have been inducted into the Blood Donor Hall of Fame.
Top 10 New Product of the Year
Greeley's DVM Systems' Temp Track Plus software has been selected as one of the Top 10 New Products of the Year at the 2013 World Ag Expo. The software predicts ovulation for dairy cows and has a temperature monitoring bolus that continuously monitors each cow's temperature and alerts producers to key health or breeding events.
Colorado Press Association Awards
The Tribune won 34 awards at the 2012 Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, including sweepstakes awards for general excellence in editorial, photography and design. The awards included first place in the categories of: Best agriculture story, best advertising campaign, best sports photograph, best education story, best small space ad, best photography portfolio, best newspaper/house ad promotion, best editorial layout & design, best sports event story, and best business feature story.
Syntax Spirits Win Good Food Award
Syntax Spirits in Greeley is one of 7 Colorado companies that took home honors at the 3rd annual Good Food Awards. Syntax won in the spirits category for Powder White Rum. Their rum was chosen from about 1,400 entries across the country. The Good Food Award seal, found on high quality cheeses, chocolates, coffees and more, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.
First Rehab Center of Excellence
Life Care Centers of America recently named Life Care Center of Greeley as its first Rehab Center of Excellence. The Greeley center earned the distinction after a series of steps, beginning with an 111-point audit, followed by the creation of a specialty program based on the community's needs.
Whatever It Takes Award Nominee
Greeley's North Range Behavioral Health Multi-Systemic Therapy Team received an award nomination for successes with troubled youth. The annual "Whatever It Takes" award is given by the International Multi-systemic MST Institute. The team was co-nominated by the Director of The Center for Effective Interventions in Denver.
2012 Livestock Leader
Greeley's Dick Monfort is being honored by the CSU Department of Animal Sciences as the 2012 Livestock Leader. He will be presented with the award at the National Western Stock Show recognizing his role as champion of the beef industry and for high-impact philanthropy that benefits agriculture.
Santa Cops Keep Season Bright
This holiday season, Weld County Santa Cops delivered packages to families throughout Weld County. Thanks to the generosity of the community, and many volunteer elves, the Greeley Police Department delivered a 5 foot high and 12 foot long pile of gifts. Greeley cops delivered a lot of smiles.
State Board and Commission Appointments
Governor Hickenlooper has announced the appointment of two Greeley residents to state board and commission positions. Dick Monfort was reappointed to the Economic Development Commission and Dr. Todd Sundeen was appointed to the Interagency Coordinating Council, which gives advice on educating the handicapped.
Festival of Trees a Must See Event
Greeley's Festival of Trees is receiving more and more positive attention around the state. The Denver Post covered Greeley's tree-mendous festival in their Bring It Home section as a "must see" event.
Colorado Advisory Council Appointment
Tom Muniz of Greeley has been appointed to the Colorado Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities by Governor John Hickenlooper. Mr. Muniz will serve as the advisory council's chairman.
Water Environment Association 5-S Award
Dennis Schump has received the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association 5-S Award. The Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers recognizes outstanding service above and beyond the call of duty. Congratulations to Dennis who has worked for the City of Greeley for 32 years.
Two World Arena Records Set in One Day
Congrats to Nica Digerness for breaking the World Arena record for most skating tests taken in one day and for breaking the World Ice Arena record for highest score ever awarded on a freestyle test. Nica is a student of Kristin Hoort-Conroy at the Greeley Ice Haus. Nica's goal is to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Rodarte Center Dedicates Bus
Congratulations to Greeley's Rodarte Community Center on the dedication of their "Every Drop Counts" Mobile Mural. The project was made possible by 1% for Art water funds and local artists Ann Martinez and Armando Silva and the Rodarte kids. The theme "Every Drop Counts" helps raise awareness of the importance of water to the community with this high visibility educational art recognized by area water officials.
M.A.D.D. Hero Award
Greeley police officer Brian Hunziker has been selected by Mothers Against Drunk Driving to receive the M.A.D.D. Hero Award for his D.U.I. enforcement actions over the last year. Brain has been with Greeley PD since January 2009.
Victim Advocate of the Year
JoAnn Holden, Victim and Witness Coordinator for the Weld County District Attorney's Office, has been recognized as the state's 2012 Victim Advocate of the Year by the Colorado District Attorney's Council. Victim advocates help victims and witnesses navigate the legal system. JoAnn has worked on several high-profile cases in Weld County.
Governor Hickenlooper Board Appointment
Governor Hickenlooper has appointed Greeley resident Lola Fehr as a member of the State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners, which regulates addiction counselors in Colorado. Her term will run until the end of 2015.
Governor's Award Goes to Greeley Downtown Development Authority
Greeley's Downtown Development Authority received the Governor's Award from Downtown Colorado Inc. for Best Downtown Management Program for cities with over 5,000 residents. Downtown Colorado Inc. is a nonprofit that supports communities by assisting downtowns, commercial districts and town centers.
Gold Peak Performance for Greeley's Water Pollution Control
The City of Greeley Water and Sewer Department's Water Pollution Control Facility staff have earned the Gold Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. The award is given for the facility's 100% compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits for 2011.
Lee Iacocca Award Goes to Greeley Car Enthusiast
Greeley resident Bud Wells has earned the Lee Iacocca Award which honors recipients for their dedication to perpetuating an American automotive tradition through classic cars. Congrats!
Greeley Teen Wins National Model Search
Congratulations to Greeley resident Micayla Tetiva for winning the 2012 Maurices' Main Street Model Search national contest. Micayla is a graduate of Dayspring Christian School in Greeley and was selected out of 1,500 applicants.
NCBR 2012 Women of Distinction
The Northern Colorado Business Report has announced their 2012 annual Women of Distinction Honorees. The honored women in Greeley include Pam Bricker, president of the Downtown Development Authority and owner of Mariposa Flowers; Nancy Patton of Public Service Credit Union Banking and Finance; and DeeAnn Groves of Senior Resource Services. Awards were officially presented in August.
National Recognition Given to Weld County Health & Environment
The National Association of County and City Health Officials has recognized the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment as "Project Public Health Ready." This includes readiness in emergency preparedness, workforce competency and emergency response practice exercises. The recognition affirms that the emergency response plan is effective, and department staff is trained and ready to respond locally and regionally during a public health emergency.
Greeley Police Officers Certified as Crisis Intervention Team
Greeley Police Officers Anthony Coleman, Rene Mason, Ryan Ottinger and Ken Gillette recently became certified as Crisis Intervention Team members during a regional training held at the Greeley Police Department. The class was attended by students from all over Northern Colorado. Officers Coleman and Mason were named by the coaches as the top students in the class. The Greeley Police Department currently has over twenty officers certified. The training helps officers recognize mental illness, enhance their verbal crisis de-escalation skills, and provide better access for residents to mental health services.
Golden Gloves National Champion
Greeley Rodarte Boxing Club member Tara Weisshaar has won her weight class in the Women's Golden Gloves National Championship. Tara is ranked 3rd in the nation in her weight class by USA Amateur Boxing.
Water Environment Federation Announces Fellows
The City's Wastewater Treatment Division Manager Tom Dingeman is one of 23 outstanding professionals who were named as 2012 Water Environment Federation Fellows. Tom has worked for the City of Greeley for 34 years.
Greeley Gang Unit Receives Gangbuster Award
The Greeley Police gang unit has been given the Gangbuster of the Year award by the Colorado State Threat Intelligence Network Group for their efforts to bring down the leadership of a prominent Colorado gang during the last 4 years.
High Plains Library Receives Financial Award
The High Plains Library District has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the highest recognition possible in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Andrew Romero, finance director for the district, also received an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement.
Colorado Municipal Judges Association Selects Frick
Congratulations to Greeley Municipal Judge Robert Frick for being elected as Secretary for the Colorado Municipal Judges Association Board of Directors. The CMJA is made up of municipal judges from across Colorado and works to maintain the strength and independence of the judiciary, share resources, and serve as a voice to the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Municipal League and the Colorado Legislature.
Greeley Wins Mayor's Water Challenge
Way to go Greeley! Thanks to residents, Greeley won the Mayor's National Water Challenge for communities with over 100,000 population (Greeley was placed in this category even though there are only 95,500 residents!). Residents' pledged to save energy and reduce pollution.
White House Honors "Champion of Change"
On April 20th, Dr. Richard Kemme was honored by the White House as one of the ten US Rotary Club Champions of Change who are improving the lives of others through volunteer work. Dr. Kemme is a member of the Rotary Club of Greeley and uses his background in orthopedic surgery to train surgeons in the southeast African nation of Malawi. His work has earned him the President's Call to Service Award, Rotary Service Above Self Award and the Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award.
Appointment to International Code Council
Congratulations to Greeley's Chief Building Officer, Tim Swanson, for his appointment to the International Fuel Gas Code Committee, a sub-committee of the International Code Council. Most U.S. cities and many global markets use the International Codes.
Council Member Appointed to State Judicial Commission
Congratulations to Greeley City Council member Donna Sapienza who has been appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor John Hickenlooper. This commission selects nominees for district and county judges in the 19th Judicial District.
Emerging Creative District Grant
Downtown Greeley and the University District have received a $2,000 Emerging Creative District grant from the Colorado Creative Industries division of the state's Office of Economic Development. The grant is designed to invite new energy and innovation into the community and neighborhood by providing resources for advanced planning for the district.
Greeley Firefighter Published in JEMS
Congratulations to Greeley firefighter/paramedic Troy Valente for having this article entitled, "The Smoke of Metabolism" placed in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. This is the second time that Troy has been published in JEM. The first time was for his book, "Capnography, King of the ABC's: A Systematic Approach for Paramedics."
Colorado Country Life Magazine Highlights the Sugar Beet Leagues
The April edition of "Colorado Country Life" magazine highlights the golden era of semi-pro baseball in Greeley and the book "From Sugar to Diamonds: Spanish/Mexican Baseball, 1925-1996." The book, written by Greeley residents Jody and Gabe Lopez, covers the Greeley Grays baseball team, the Sugar Beet League and the sugar-beet laborers who made up the teams.
2012 Colorado Blues Society Youth Showcase
Greeley Blues band 'Bad Brad and the Fat Cats' won the 2012 Colorado Blues Society's Youth Showcase. All four band members attend the University of Northern Colorado and are music and jazz majors. The win earned them a trip to the 29th International Blues Society Challenge in Memphis.
Carnegie Medal for Heroism
Colorado State trooper, Daniel Harrison Haley of Greeley has received the Carnegie medal for heroism by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. Daniel was off duty with his family when he saw Brenndan Daviet fall through the ice and into a pond at the Family FunPlex. The medal, created by Andrew Carnegie in 1904, is given throughout the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.
Greeley Tribune Takes Home CAPER Awards
The Greeley Tribune placed first for General Excellence in the annual Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters contest. Other first place winners were Sherrie Peif, Beat Reporting; Sharon Dunn, Business Story; Dan England, Environmental Story, News column and Feature Story; Jim Rydbom, General News Photo and Photo Illustration; and Sam Mustari, Sports Column. Eric Bellamy, Jim Rydbom and the Greeley Tribune also won Best of Show for the photo essay, "Delaney's Life." The Tribune also took home 28 awards from the Colorado Press Association newspaper contest, including general excellence awards for advertising and editorial content in its circulation category.
Weld County Accounting Earns Achievement for Excellence Award
The accounting department for Weld County government was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This award marks the 30th year the department has received this honor.
Outstanding Family Medicine Award Given
Doctors Sarah DeMoor and Lisa Young have received the F. William Barrows Award for Outstanding Family Medicine Resident from the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. Both serve as administrative co-chief residents at North Colorado Family Medicine in Greeley.
Humphries Joins Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame
Scott Humphries, born and raised in Greeley, has been inducted into the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame. Scott is considered one of Colorado's best-ever tennis players receiving the number 1 ranking in the state when he was just 12 years old. In 1994, he became the first American in over 12 years to claim the Boys Wimbledon Championship. He then moved on to work with number 1 ranked women's player Jelena Jankovic.
Xcel Energy Achievement Award Goes to City
Greeley's Water Pollution Control Facility has received the Xcel Energy Achievement Award for being the largest successful 2011 participant in their Customer Efficiency Program. The City installed new high-speed turbo blowers at the plant which significantly reduces electrical consumption and greenhouse gases. The City received a $121,000 rebate from Xcel Energy.
Local Writer Receives Grand Master Award
Congratulations to local writer Connie Willis for being honored with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer of America Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. The award recognizes lifetime achievement in science fiction or fantasy and will be awarded during the 2012 Nebula Awards in May. Connie's works have earned numerous awards including 7 Nebula awards, 11 Hugo awards and 5 Locus awards.
Junior Roller Derby Team Goes Viral
An inspiring video about Junior Roller Derby was recently made viral by "HDNet Movies" showing Greeley's own Slaughterhouse Derby Girls' "Butcher Babes", a junior league for girls under 18 who want to get into the sport of roller derby. The video highlights the 30 plus skaters ranging in ages from 7-17. Several talk about how they got into derbying and what it has done for their self-esteem.
City Attorney Named Outstanding in Colorado
Greeley City Attorney, Rick Brady, has been named the 2011 Outstanding Colorado City Attorney by the Metro City Attorney's Association and Colorado Municipal League. Rick has served in the Greeley City Attorney's office since 1988 and is well known for his expertise in oil and gas matters, long time mentoring of City Attorneys across the state, and his dedicated service to community efforts such as the Guadalupe Shelter and the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area.
Santa Cops Make the Season Bright
Santa and his elves are at it again! The 2011 Santa Cops project is providing well over 3600 presents to children in Greeley, serving more than 1,150 families - a 15% increase from last year. Referrals come from throughout the community and multitudes of toys and presents are donated by businesses and individuals for this effort. Numerous volunteers from Greeley assist every year demonstrating the caring and generous nature of residents.
Emergency Service PIO of the Year
Congratulations to Weld County government's information specialist and special projects manager, Jennifer Finch, who was named the public information officer of the year by the Emergency Services Public Information Officers Association of Colorado.
Clerk of the Year Goes to Greeley's Betsy Holder
Greeley City Clerk Betsy Holder has been recognized as Clerk of the Year by the Colorado Municipal Clerk's Association. Ms. Holder earned the recognition through multiple accomplishments, for example her leadership role in CMCA's Train the Trainer Program, development of the Colorado Municipal Records Retention Schedule and CMCA's Managing Municipal Records in Colorado publication; serving as chair of the CMCA Records Management Committee and a Task Force leader. Ms. Holder also serves on the Weld County 19th Judicial Review Board and on CMCA's Records Management Committee. Ms. Holder's collaborations with other jurisdictions and the State of Colorado have lead to improvements in records management throughout the state.
Outreach Project Honored for Excellence
The Consumers United Association has awarded the Faith Community Service Fund of Greeley the "Right on the Money" award and $3,000 for providing excellent financial education to Greeley residents. The award will be used for the Getting Ahead program, which helps participants get on the path of self-sufficiency by learning about personal finance, behavior changes and improved money management.
City's Real or Rumor Show Earns National Award
Congratulations to the City of Greeley's GTV8 staff and to the hosts of the 'Real or Rumor' show, Cheryl Aragon and Aimee Freeland, for earning a national award from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association. Real or Rumor was selected for recognition from among 101 video entries and 18 entries in the talk show and news programming category. Judges' comments included "Great concept! Greeley nailed it! The talent is lively and engaging. The entire judging team loved this entry!"
Local Residents Earns Historic Preservation Medal
Greeley resident Chris Ruth has been honored by the Centennial Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution with the 2011 National Historic Preservation Medal. She received the award for her efforts to map and record data on grave markers in cemeteries in Weld County, as well as her efforts to erect historical markers, and locate and repair existing historical markers. In 2004, Ruth and two other members of the Centennial State Chapter undertook a digital photography project to record all of the markers and monuments in Weld's cemeteries. The images were placed online where they are available to researchers and genealogists around the world. When Lakeside Cemetery in Windsor was devastated by a tornado, the digital images helped in the post-tornado reconstruction work.
Greeley Attorney Reappointed to Lawyers Association
Greeley City Attorney Rick Brady has been reappointed as Regional Vice President for the International Municipal Lawyers Association which represents City Attorneys across the U.S. He will represent the 10th Circuit which includes Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. This will be his 3rd term as Regional vice President. Rick has served for the past 22 years as Greeley City Attorney.
Museum Receives Coveted Award
The Greeley History Museum has been chosen to receive the Miles Bancroft History Award from History Colorado for the Museum staff's collaborative exhibit called Ghost Towns and Boom Towns and the subsequent book, Weld County Towns: The First 150 Years.
USA Triathlon Magazine Highlights Greeley
Greeley was recently highlighted in USA Triathlon Magazine. With one of the most competitive groups of young athletes in the country, the Rocky Mountain Region decided it was time to create a Regional Junior Championship event. The Greeley Triathlon was proud to host the 2011 USA Triathlon Rocky Mountain Region Junior Championship. The race was organized by members of the Greeley Triathlon Club with help from the Greeley Police Officer's Association, Greeley Central High School athletes and coaches, and numerous other volunteers. The event was 100 percent volunteer driven with all race proceeds being donated to local youth groups and agencies. The next Greeley Triathlon is scheduled for June 10, 2012.
Island Grove is Going to the Dogs
Greeley's Island Grove Park has received kudos in the September edition of Dog News for the facilities' and staff's role in hosting the recent Affenpinscher Club of America National Specialty dog show. The writer commented, "Island Grove Park is . . . a mass of spacious picturesque lawns, ancient trees, and excellent event centers."
Finance Director Appointed by Governor
Congratulations to the City of Greeley's Finance Director, Tim Nash, who has been appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Fire and Police Pension Association Board of Directors as a representative for Colorado municipalities. The Board administers a statewide pension plan for full-time paid police officers and firefighters.
East Africa Community Center Considered Everyday Heroes.
Colette West and Asad Abdi from the East African Community Center in Greeley received the Denver Channel 7 "Everyday Hero" award from Mitch Jelniker. The community center, located at the former Cameron Elementary School, works with Greeley's East African community to improve their quality of life through programs on education, health, finances, cultural integration and civil and human rights that lead to self-sufficiency and self-reliance.
Another Award for Local Sci-Fi Author
Greeley author Connie Willis has won another award for her two-volume science fiction work "Black/All Clear." Connie has won the Hugo award for Best Novel for her story of time travel and the London Blitz during World War II. She has now won 12 Nebulas and Hugos, more than any other science fiction writer.
Greeley Police Receive State Accreditation
The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police has granted the Greeley Police Department State-Accredited status. This accreditation certifies that the Department has successfully met more than 100 standards of professional excellence. Of the more than 200 local law enforcement agencies in Colorado, fewer than forty have attained this recognition. Congratulations to Chief Garner and Greeley Police personnel.
Colorado Governor Honors City Youth Enrichment Program
On August 10 at the Governor's Mansion in Denver, Greeley's Youth Enrichment Division was awarded the Governor's Summer Job Hunt Award. City staff earned the award for Greeley's Teen Job Fair and Summer Teen Employment Program. This is the 5th time that the Youth Enrichment Division has received the award.
Weld County Leads the State in Employment
Employment rose in all nine large counties in Colorado from December 2009 to December 2010 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Weld County led the state with a 2.9 percent gain and is ranked 11th among the 326 large counties in the nation. Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2009 annual average employment. In addition, Weld County's wages grew 6.2% which was 9th in the country and well above the national average of 3% and the state's average of 3.7%.
City Water Pollution Facility Tops in Performance
The City of Greeley's Water Pollution control Facility has earned the 2011 Plant Performance Merit Award presented by the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association. One award is presented annually to a wastewater plant in the Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico region recognizing outstanding efforts in plant operations, maintenance and public relations due to the concerted efforts of all personnel associated with plant management and operations. This is the 4th time Greeley WPCF staff have received this prestigious award, winning previously in 2005, 1999, and 1992.
Regional Forensic Lab Given Award for Collaboration
The Northern Colorado Regional forensic Lab has been awarded the 2011 August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award in the collaboration category. The Vollmer Award honors the proactive, innovative use of forensic technologies by law enforcement. The award will be presented at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual conference in October. The Regional Forensic Lab is a partnership that includes the City of Greeley, four other law enforcement jurisdictions and two District Attorney's offices who work cooperatively to improve the scope, efficiency, effectiveness, and value of forensic services in Northern Colorado.
Senator Udall Promotes New Initiative
On June 2, Senator Mark Udall visited Greeley to promote the National Kids to Parks Initiative. He recognized Greeley's Leisure Services staff and their youth programs that encourage good physical health for local youth.
Author Receives Nebula Award
Greeley author Connie Willis has received her 8th Nebula award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The SFFWA's 1,500 members awarded best novel honors to her epic two-volume work "Blackout/All Clear". Connie has collected more Nebulas (the Oscars of science fiction) and Hugos (People's Choice) awards than any other science fiction writer, a total of 11.
Weld County Receives Obesity Grant
The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment has received a $186,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to support local programming to prevent obesity, while educating and encouraging residents of Weld County to live healthier lives. The grant supports the Healthy Weld 2020 program, which takes the leading role of obesity prevention in the county by creating healthy environments where residents live, work, learn and play. Examples of efforts in Greeley include healthy food and drink options at Lozano's Market and the 18th Street Discount Grocery as well as the community garden project in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club.
Greeley Philharmonic Named Winner
The Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra was recently named a winner in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The book, "The Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra: A Century of Musical Magic, 1922-2011" was written, shot and designed by a group of volunteers to honor the Philharmonic's 100th season. The Indie Book Awards program was established by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group to recognize and honor the best independently published books of the year.
Greeley Fire Fighters Honored for Accomplishments
Two Greeley Fire Department personnel have been honored for their accomplishments and hard work. Lieutenant Brian Kuznik was selected by the VFW as the 2010 "Firefighter in Blue" for his outstanding accomplishments. Besides his regular duties, Brian is the lead instructor for the Emergency Response Diving Program. Paramedic firefighter Troy Valente received an endorsement from the Journal of Emergency Medicine on his recently published book, "Capnography King of the ABC's: A Systematic Approach for Paramedics".
Local Attorney Considered Up-and-Coming
Greeley attorney, Jennifer Lynn Peters, has been named one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state for 2011 by the Thomson Reuters Legal Division. Each year, Thomson Reuters undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates and a good-standing and disciplinary check.
Former West Student A Professional of the Year
Congratulations to Abbie Adams, a 1999 Greeley West High School graduate. Adams earned the Young Professional of the Year Award and the Young Engineer of the Year Award from EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.
Colorado Press Association Awards Tribune
The Greeley Tribune staff took home 27 awards at the 2010 Colorado Press Association newspaper contest, including the general excellence award in its circulation category. The Tribune also won the sweepstakes award in Editorial and Photo & Design categories.
City Attorney Published for Water Article
Congratulations to Jessica Pault, Assistant City Attorney with the City of Greeley, for her recent article published in the February 2011 issue of "The Colorado Lawyer" entitled 'Section 404 Regulation of Irrigation Ditches in Colorado'. The article reviews the implications of potential federal regulation of irrigation ditches.
Weld County Attorneys Named Lawyers of the Year
Three Weld County District Attorney's Office prosecutors have been named Lawyers of the Year for 2010 by Law Week Colorado. Michael Rourke, assistant district attorney; Mat Maillaro, chief deputy district attorney; and Sadie Medrano, deputy district attorney, were honored for their work last summer on the John Sandoval case.
CDOT/Greeley Listed Among America's Healthiest Companies
Congratulations to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) office in Greeley for being listed among America's healthiest companies and winning a Silver Standard Award by the Wellness Councils of America for their comprehensive employee wellness program. CDOT offices now join NCMC, the City of Greeley, Weld County Government, State Farm and Weld Schools Credit Union as another business in Greeley to receive the award.
Sunrise Health Winner of Excellence Award
Sunrise Community Health has been named the winner of the Large Health Care category at El Pomar Foundation's Awards for Excellence earning the center a $15,000 prize. Sunrise has provided health care to Greeley and the surrounding areas for more than 35 years. Working poor families can receive primary and dental care, substance abuse, laboratory and X-ray services, case management, pharmacy and health education.
Greeley Historian Now a Hall of Famer
Charles W. "Chuck" Holmes, a Greeley archivist, historian and retired teacher, has been inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame. Chuck has preserved Colorado aviation history through his service to the Colorado Aviation Historical Society and other organizations. He sponsors an aviation library at a retirement home and has collected more than 2,190 original autographs of aviation pioneers such as Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. A teacher for 38 years, Chuck taught for School District 6, as well as at the University of Colorado and University of Northern Colorado. Chuck was also recognized in 2000 by the OX5 Aviation Pioneers as "National Historian of the Year" and in 2001 was awarded the "Special Recognition Award" by the Colorado Aviation Historical Society.
Island Grove Has Gone to the Dogs
Greeley's Island Grove Park and Park staff were recently lauded in "Dog News" regarding a dog show hosted in Greeley last month. "Dog News" has been referred to as the "Bible of the Sport", with a staff that includes the most award winning and respected group of informed dog writers assembled in one publication. Readership spans the globe for those who want to stay abreast of the latest news concerning the purebred dog specifically, and all dogs generally. "Dog News" is the oldest and largest published weekly in America today. The author noted the Island Grove facility and staff's dog friendliness and stated, "This seems to be one venue that appreciates the financial benefits to the community of welcoming dog events."
Greeley Emergency Manager Receives FEMA Certificate
Steve Blois, Greeley's Emergency Manager, was recently awarded a Certificate of Achievement from FEMA for completing the agency's Advanced Professional Development series. The certificate reflects training in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery.
Celebrating Women Gala Honors Locals
The Friends of A Women's Place honored local residents at their annual Celebrating Women Gala. Five outstanding women who make our community a better place were honored for outstanding community leadership: Jane Adams for Community Enrichment; Charmaine Coppom for Arts & Community; Ann Lacefield for Community Educator; Rhonda Solis for Community Advocate; and Chalice Springfield for Business and Community Motivator.
Firefighters Remember 9/11
Firefighters from the Union Colony Fire/Rescue Authority were among 343 who climbed the 55 floors of the Qwest Tower in Denver in memory of 9-11 victims. The firefighters, many in full gear, climbed the stairs twice in honor of the 343 firefighters who were killed at the World Trade Center. The UCFRA team, which started 7th, was the first to reach the roof.
County Attorneys Named Top Prosecutors
Michael Rourke, Weld County assistant district attorney, and Matt Maillaro, Weld chief deputy district attorney, were recently named Top Prosecutors of the Year by the Colorado District Attorneys Council.
Senior Program Manager Named Outstanding Professional
Sheri Lobmeyer, recreation program manager at the Greeley Senior Activity Center, has been awarded the Marianne Logan Award for Outstanding Professional by the Colorado Association of Senior Centers. CASC Awards are presented annually to recognize organizations, individuals and volunteers who help older adults live a long, better quality life.
Northern Colorado Women Honored for Contributions
A dozen Northern Colorado women were honored for their contributions to the region during the Northern Colorado Business Report's Women of Distinction recognition event. Congratulations to Weld School District 6 Winograd principal, Holly Bressler, for being selected.
Former Mayor Receives 4-H Award
Dorothy Zabka of Greeley has been named the State Senate Outstanding 4-H Adult Leader Award winner at the State 4-H conference at Colorado State University. A former mayor of Greeley, she has been an active leader with the Weld County 4-H program for nearly 55 years.
Greeley is a Great Place to Retire
"Where to Retire" magazine has again listed Greeley on its top 10 list of great places to retire in its July/August edition. The magazine covers the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities.
Channel 4 Denver Highlights Greeley Freight Station Museum
Channel 4 in Denver has featured the Greeley Freight Station Museum on Colorado Getaways, a half hour program on Colorado outdoors activities, historical places and things to do.
Greeley Resident on Best Sellers List
Greeley resident and UNC Alumna, Connie Willis' new book "Black Out" hit the New York Times Best Sellers List as of February 12th. Congratulations to Connie.
Advocate of the Year
Jay Borgman of Greeley has been awarded the Advocate of the Year award from the Mental Health America of Colorado. Jay received the award for his continuous efforts to ensure that people living with mental health conditions have access to all of the services they need to lead healthy, successful lives.
Lifetime Achievement Award Given
Carl Gerbrandt, a longtime professor at the University of Northern Colorado and director of the Greeley Chorale, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Opera Association.
Colorado Pageants at UCCC
The 2010 Miss Colorado USA and Miss Colorado Teen USA Pageants selected Greeley's Union Colony Civic Center for their official preliminary competitions on October 31 and November 1 leading up to the national pageants.
SBDC Counselor Receives Award
Jesse Esparza, counselor at the Greeley/Weld Small Business Development Center, has received the 2009 Counselor of the Year Award from the Colorado SBDC Network.
Tointon Named Downtowner of the Year
Bob Tointon, chairman of the Greeley Downtown Development Authority, has been named the Downtowner of the Year by Downtown Colorado, Inc. DCI also selected Greeley's Kress Cinema and Lounge as the winner of the Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence in the Colorful Colorado category.
GIS Achievement Award
The City of Greeley GIS team has received a Special Achievement Award from ESRI for the creation of the city's ORIGIN Property Information Map system. The system was developed to address the mapping needs of City departments and the public. Greeley was one of 152 organizations selected from more than 300,000 world-wide to be recognized. Staff who attended the conference paid their own way.
Hornaday Silver Award
Congratulations for Eagle Scout, Mark Chambers, of Greeley who has received the William T. Hornaday Silver Award after completing five Eagle Scout Badge requirements. The purpose of the award is to challenge Americans to work constructively for wildlife conservation and habitat protection.
Greeley Freedom Riders Take Part In Historical Event
For the second straight presidential inauguration, Greeley's Freedom Riders will represent Colorado during a parade for the swearing in of President-elect Barack Obama. The Freedom Riders will take eight horses to Washington, D.C. and are there to salute the military, families and others involved in protecting the country.
Hensel Phelps Lauded by Associated Builders
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. has received an Excellence in Construction award from the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. They were honored in the general contractor category. The award recognizes "outstanding quality excellence in construction, innovations in merit shop construction projects and honors all members of the team." The award qualifies them to compete in the national competition.
Roche Constructors Honored
Roche Constructors Inc. has received an Excellence in Construction award from the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. Roche was honored in the general contractor category. The award recognizes "outstanding quality excellence in construction, innovations in merit shop construction projects and honors all members of the team."
Local Resident Honored as "Everyday Hero"
Greeley resident, Richard J. Bartels, has been honored as an Everyday Hero by the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. He was chosen for his dedication to serving others at the local level through the Weld County Juvenile Assessment Center and globally for his work in helping those less fortunate in India via a product developed at Colorado State University.
Greeley's Public Art "Luminarias" Recognized
The Colorado Council for the Arts has recognized Greeley's Luminarias, located at the Family FunPlex, as one of the top five Public Art Projects in Colorado. A photo of Luminarias is included in Denver International Airport's Art in Public Places new art exhibit now on display on Concourse C.
Greeley Police Chief Receives Task Force Appointment
Greeley Police Chief Jerry Garner has been appointed as the representative of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police to the Colorado State Methamphetamine Task Force. The Task Force has been charged with assisting local agencies response to methamphetamine production, distribution, and use. They will work to develop statewide strategies to assist local communities to prevent, intervene, and enforce laws.
Senior State Champs Right Here in Greeley
Congratulations to the Wheeler Management sponsored senior softball team. Composed of players 70 years old and older, they won a four-game state sponsored championship tournament held in Broomfield. The team outscored its opponents in the tournament 37-10 and finished the regular season with a record of 20-8.
Linn Grove Cemetery Wins First in Competition
Linn Grove Cemetery staff placed first in the Colorado Association of Cemeteries Bi-annual Cemetery Skills competition. This is the ninth time out of ten competitions that Linn Grove has won first place. Participants are judged on safety, appearance, efficiency and time. Winners included: John Gaa (who also won the Rayburn Maxwell Award of Excellence for overall individual performance); Dave Naill, Max Morgan, Gary McCarty, Jack Rossman and Jon Anaya.
|Greeley Golf Courses Are Golf Digest's Best Places to Play
Highland Hills Golf Course has been ranked 4 1/2 stars out of a possible 5 stars in the 2008-2009 edition of Golf Digest's Best Places to Play. Boomerang Links has received a 4 star rating. This year's "Best Places to Play" rated more than 150 courses in Colorado and nearly 6,000 in North America. Boomerang Links and Highland Hills were the only public courses in the area to receive such high ratings. Another course receiving 4 1/2 stars was the Broadmoor Course in Colorado Springs which just hosted the U.S. Senior Open. Just goes to show that the golf courses in Greeley really are Great. From the Ground Up.
Greeley Resident Selected Chairman of Judicial Institute
Greeley resident, Robert N. Miller, has been selected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Judicial Institute. The Colorado Judicial Institute, established in 1979, is a nonpartisan citizen's group devoted to the excellence and independence of state courts. Mr. Miller has a long history in the judicial system. He was the first full-time Weld County District Attorney from 1973-1981.
Tornado Brings Out the Best in Our Community
The City acknowledges all those who have contributed their time, thoughts, prayers and money to the May 22nd tornado victims. Greeley staff assisted in a number of ways; however, it is the outpouring of help from neighbors, businesses and others in and around Greeley who have made and continue to make all the difference as families try to recover from the storm damage.
Economic Development Volunteer of the Year
Greeley resident, Robert Loew, has been named the 2007 Economic Development Volunteer of the Year by the Economic Development Council of Colorado. He was honored during the council's state conference for his leadership in shaping public policy, task force leadership and membership development.
Police Awards Ceremony
At the Greeley Police Awards ceremony, Georgia Le May was recognized as Civilian Employee of the Year for her efforts in leading the Evidence Unit through their move to the new location and implementing bar coding for evidence items. Officer of the Year went to Clay Buckingham for his continued enthusiasm and dedication to the job specifically in the area of Crime Scene Investigation.
Several community members were recognized at the Union Colony Fire Rescue Authority annual awards ceremony. Among the Lifesaving Awards were David Nail and John Gaa for successfully performing CPR on a coworker at Linn Grove Cemetery and Ken Williams and Nicki Edwards for successfully performing CPR on a friend of Williams' at the Highland Hills golf course.
Greeley Police Travel to Afghanistan
Greeley police officer Louie Abuso has headed to Afghanistan to teach U.S. military about bombs. Louie is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable bomb experts in the nation and will teach military bomb specialists about detecting, defusing and investigating bombs.
UCFRA Salutes Garden Square Preparedness
Stephen Blois, Union Colony Fire Rescue’s City of Greeley Emergency manager presented Louise Bates of Greeley’s Garden Square Assisted Living facility, a certificate of achievement for emergency preparedness activities. September was National Preparedness Month. Garden Square demonstrated what emergency personnel call “best practices”, that is, recognizable leadership in protecting a special needs population, specifically senior citizens. This facility serves as a model and inspiration of similar facilities in Greeley and the region.
Special recognition: 4-year-old Hero Saves Mom
The Greeley Police Department presented a Citizen's Certificate of Merit to 4 year old Ariana Evans in connection with her actions seeking medical assistance for her mother. Ariana was also a guest on the Today Show on November 1st for her GREAT deed.
Masons Presents Community Awards
The Greeley Masonic Occidental Lodge No. 20 AF&AM presented its annual community awards on September 24th. The year's winners are Norm and Bonnie Dean (pictured), who were given the Lifetime Community Impact Award, and Judy Knapp who was honored with the annual Impact Award. The awards were started in 1999 to recognize residents who have a significant impact on the community.
Greeley Transit - Transit of the Year
The City of Greeley Transit Services Division was honored by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA) as the Medium-Size Transit Unit of the Year. Transit Division Superintendent, John Lee, was named the Colorado Transit Employee of the Year....and, driver Laura Henry was recognized by CASTA for her selection as the Colorado Safe Driver of the Year.
Greeley-Weld Airport Passes Inspections With Flying Colors
The Greeley-Weld County Airport hit the trifecta as a result of an annual airport safety compliance inspection performed by the FAA. The airport was recently inspected by both an insurance company risk identification team, and the CDOT Division of Aeronautics. In both cases, the airport passed with flying colors. In fact, the insurance risk identification team noted that they had never performed an airport inspection in which they left making no recommendations for improvements to reduce the airports risk. The subsequent safety inspection performed by the State, identified no improvements needed, and that the airport was in great shape. When the FAA conducted its own annual compliance inspection, zero deficiencies were discovered, and the FAA representative noted the good condition of the airport. The representative also noted how the aesthetic appearance of the airport overall has improved in recent years.
Greeley Resident Chosen As Ms. Wheelchair Colorado
Melissa Burroughs of Greeley has been named Ms. Wheelchair Colorado. She is currently a member of the Commission on Disabilities.
Former West Student Wins National Triathlon
Former Greeley West High School athlete, Leah Larson, was named national champion at the USA Triathlon 20-24 Age Group Nationals held June 30. The race qualified her for the September 2007 World Championships in Frankfurt, Germany where she placed second overall in a field of over 600 women. Leah also finished first among women at the Greeley Race for the Cure event. Leah is a two-time All-American triathlete and carries a 4.0
GPA while majoring in finance and economics.
||UCFRA Recruits Graduate from Academy
Four new Union Colony Fire Rescue recruits recently graduated from the Front Range Fire Consortium Fire Academy - one of the premier professional fire academies in the United States. The recruits finished in the top four spots academically overall out of 23 recruits in the class. Congratulations to Bradyn Thomas, Randall Sparkman, Dominic Tatti and Jerod Kilber.
Mayor Selders Named Community Hero
Mayor Tom Selders was recently recognized nationally at the annual Steps to a Healthier US conference in Seattle, Washington, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mayor Selders, one of only 28 Community Hero nominees selected nationwide from the 40 CDC-funded Steps communities, was recognized for his leadership in promoting healthy lifestyles for Greeley residents.
||UCFRA Coordinator Appointed to National Committee
Union Colony Fire Rescue Authority’s Emergency Medical Coordinator, Mary Mast, has been appointed to the American Heart Association’s National Committee on Emergency Cardiovascular Program Administration. The committee will be tasked with rewriting and updating the current Program Administration Manual that is used by American Heart Association training programs nation-wide. This national committee appointment will last for two years. Mary Mast was selected out of 30 applicants from throughout the U.S.
Greeley Police Honor Volunteers
The Greeley Police Department Victim Assistance Unit was recently presented with The President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of over 12,000 volunteer hours. Victim advocates provided around-the-clock support and referral information to victims of crime and/or catastrophic events. The Victim Assistance unit has a long history of volunteer service and more than 30 volunteers perform community service each year. The award is earned by those who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship. We encourage anyone interested in volunteering with the Victim Assistance Unit to call 970-350-9652.
||Huey-091 Memorial Calls Greeley Home
America’s Huey-091 helicopter memorial was dedicated on February 17th at Bittersweet Park. The Weld County Vietnam Memorial Committee has worked to add the monument since the Huey visited in 2004. The Huey-091 was used during the Vietnam war and withstood several enemy attacks. The helicopter is now at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
W.D. Farr Gala Honors Dr. Cook
Longtime Greeley physician Dr. Donald Cook was honored at the 3rd annual W. D. Farr Gala. The program is a part of the W. D. Farr Fund, Greeley Rotary Club’s perpetual foundation that provides funding for projects carried out for the betterment of Greeley.
Local Retired Doctor Receives Presidential Award
Dr. Richard Kemme, retired orthopedic surgeon in Greeley, has been given the President’s Call to Service Award for his time and services in Malawi. The award recognizes individuals who complete 4,000 or more hours of volunteer service over the course of their lifetime. The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to recognize the best in American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service, and civic participation. The Award is given to individuals, families, and groups that have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and civic participation over the course of a 12-month period.
||Greeley Police Department Receives IACP Award|
The Greeley Police Department was highlighted in the January 2007 "The Police Chief" magazine for receiving the IACP Community Policing Award. The award recognized the Neighborhood Building Blocks program (NB2)
Greeley Dancers Perform in France
Greeley West High School dancers, Lindsey Bressler and McKensie Freemole, represented Greeley and the Universal Dance Association (UDA) in France during the New Year's Eve parade. Out of 100 UDA performers, three were from Colorado - Lindsay, McKensie and one student from Niwot High School.2006Local Dairy Farmer Named to National Board
Greeley dairy farmer, Les Hardesty, has been elected chairman of the National Dairy Board. The board, formed under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, carries out promotion and research programs. Farmer's contributions (15 cents for every 100 lbs. sold) to the programs support marketing and advertising campaigns and education programs. One of the programs, the Dairy Checkoff program, is reaching almost 6,000 schools.
||Greeley History Museum Given Steven H. Hart Award|
The City of Greeley has won the Steven H. Hart Award for its project to restore and adaptively re-use the 1929 Greeley Tribune Building for the new Greeley History Museum. Recipients of the award are selected by the Board of Directors of the Colorado Historical Society. The award was presented at the annual Colorado Preservation Inc. Conference in Denver.
Weld Probation Unit Named Outstanding Team
The 19th Judicial District's Weld County Probation Unit, which supervises juveniles, was named Outstanding Team by the Colorado Judicial Branch. The Colorado Judicial Branch annually recognizes a handful of outstanding employees for exemplary work contributing to the high quality of services provided throughout the state's 22 judicial districts. The Probation Unit team initiated a special program for female offenders, funded by grants, which reduced revocation filings by 80 percent.
Greeley Police Receive Community Policing Award
The International Association of Chiefs of Police and ITT Night Vision selected 5 agencies from more than 100 U.S. entries and 11 international entries. Greeley Police Department received the 2006 Community Policing Award for cities with a population of 50,001 to 100,000 residents. More specifically, they were recognized for their community policing best practices. Other winners included: Texas, Virginia, Minnesota and the Bahamas. Greeley Police Department was honored at IACP's annual conference.
Greeley Museum Brochure has Best Design
The Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA) has awarded the City of Greeley Museums "Best Design" in the brochures and rack cards category for museums. MPMA is a regional museum association that provides services to museum professionals in 10 states.
||Greeley FunPlex Winner of Top Public Project Category|
The Greeley FunPlex was selected winner of the Top Public Project category of the Colorado Construction Gold Hard Hats Award. The awards are sponsored by Colorado Construction Magazine/The Daily Journal newspaper. The project was up against many high profile projects including the Denver Art Museum.
Weld Food Bank Receives Grant from Ronald McDonald
Ronald McDonald House Charities awarded a $10,000 grant to Weld Food Bank to help pay for the Kids Cafe programs. Kids Cafe is a charitable service that provides food for needy children. Over 3,000 meals were served at three sites in 2005.
Greeley Operation Safe Stay Recognized by League
The National League of Cities has recognized Greeley's Operation Safe Stay and has added the program to their national database of excellent community programs. The information is available NLC/s 18,000 member cities. Through Operation Safe Stay, hotels/motels, multifamily dwellings and storage units voluntarily agree to engage in education and crime prevention strategies, meth lab awareness, and focused law enforcement in exchange for recognition and other marketing support. There has been a significant decrease in problems requiring police response in participating hotels. Since such an approach might displace illicit activity, Greeley met with other communities in Northern Colorado to explore a collective approach to public safety and response.
||Greeley Icon Inducted in Hall of Great Westerners
W.D. Farr is inducted in 2007 to the prestigious Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Other inductees include: Ronald Reagan, Buffalo Bill, Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower.
United Way Volunteer Awards Announced
The United Way of Weld County announced its Volunteer Award winners during an event held in August. Those recognized included: Dimas Macias - "big brother" and sports coach at Boys and Girls Club and a peer mentor at Weld County's "Youth Explaining Suicide" program; Dorothy Long - working with Hospice patients; Ray Magnuson, Cliff Kahl and Phil Curtiss - members of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) who donated 2,024 hours to build 42 wheelchair ramps and do minor home repairs.
Assistance League Awards Scholarships
The Assistance League of Greeley awarded $34,800 in scholarships to 18 single parents attending Aims Community College and UNC for 2006. Funds are raised primarily through the organization's thrift shop, The Bargain Box. Since the scholarship began in 1991, the League has awarded 164 single parent scholarships totaling $277,796.
Habitat For Humanity Celebrates Milestone
In June 2006, Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 50th home built in Greeley and Weld County. Ten more homes are planned to be built in the coming year.
Story Corps Make a Stop in Greeley
Story Corps, a national project to instruct and inspire people to record each others' stories in sound visited Greeley in June 2006. Reservations and recording schedules were coordinated by KUNC radio. The mobile tour began in 2005; in the first 6 months of 2006, the recording studio visited 25 towns/cities and 16 states. Greeley was the only stop in Colorado! Copies of the recordings will be placed in the archives at the Library of Congress, Greeley History Museum and some will be broadcast on National Public Radio's (NPR) Morning Edition.
Athletic Business Magazine Showcases Ice Haus
The Greeley Ice Haus was featured in Athletic Business Magazine's 19th Annual Architectural Showcase (June edition).
Greeley Ice Haus Featured in Recreation Magazine
In the May/June 2006 edition of Recreation Management Magazine, the Greeley Ice Haus was highlighted as one of the entries for the Innovative Architecture & Design Awards.
Great Things About Greeley Highlighted in Magazine
Lydia's Style Magazine (April 2006 edition) featured an article entitled "Been to Greeley Lately?" The article highlighted Greeley's recent title as "the fastest growing Metropolitan Statistical Area in the U.S." by the Census Department. It also touched upon Greeley's economic and educational opportunities. The magazine also featured a Q&A With Mayors of Northern Colorado. Mayor Tom Selders was selected to be interviewed.
Shoplifting Seminar Raises Awareness to Youth
The District Attorney's office, along with Weld County Partners, has begun a shoplifting seminar as part of the juvenile diversion program. The first shoplifting seminar was held in January 06. The seminars address youth ages ten through seventeen who have committed their first criminal offense, usually involving retail businesses. The classes involve the youth, their parents and representatives from the retail community. Several businesses have participated including: Kohls, Target, Dollar Tree, and Claire's in the Greeley Mall.
Greeley Dog Wins Best of Breed
Louie MacQuiddy-Mellon received Best of Breed designation at the Westminster Dog Show.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
On January 10th, Greeley participated in the passing of the MLK torch. The torch was visiting all 64 counties in Colorado. On January 16th, 200-300 people participated in the MLK parade commemorating Martin Luther King Jr's push for non-violent social change.
Greeley Highlighted in Colorado Municipalities Magazine
Greeley's local laws on methamphetamine use was highlighted in the February 2006 Colorado Municipalities (CML) magazine. City staff, via contact with State Representative Jim Reisberg, urged statewide legislation to limit the over the counter accessibility of pseudoephedrine products (key to the production of methamphetamine). Staff also extended support to Representative Judy Solano who is sponsoring legislation which would add such requirements, among other related matters, to state law.
UCCC Employee Receives Award
Jason Evenson, Union Colony Civic Center Technical Coordinator since September 2005 was awarded the Ovations Award by the Denver Post for "Best Lighting Design" for an open stage theater production of "Copenhagen".