National Western Stock Show

January 8, 2011 by USA Post 

National Western Stock Show, The National Western Stock Show begins this weekend for his run of 16 days and, as always, he was preceded on Friday with the annual “Boots’ N Business” luncheon held on the floor of the equestrian center of the show stock.

The Chamber of Commerce Denver Metro, U.S. Bank and a host of local businesses sponsor it. It’s always a big problem. Speaker of the House Kelly Brough, no stranger to farming and agriculture (she grew up in Montana), was among the speakers at the huge lunch. She thanked the thousands of participants to support the issuance of shares.

Among the people she paid tribute to outgoing Governor of Colorado was Bill Ritter for his support to agriculture as governor, stating specifically use the National Guard if needed to help ranchers and farmers in snowstorms and bad, etc.

It reminded me a story years ago, during the administration of Governor Dick Lamm, in early to mid 1980s, when a snowstorm paralyzed the eastern plains of Colorado. It was calving season, and drifts blocked thousands of animals upwards. A helicopter from Fort Carson has been called to help rescue efforts.

Well, as Lamm’s press secretary, the late Sue O’Brien, told the story, a New York radio station had seen the story on the news of son’s terrible storm in Colorado and Sue has called on the phone to tape a live interview. He wanted an update on relief efforts.

So Sue, a former radio newswoman, gave the New York radio guy exactly what he wanted – with lots of detail and color about it being the season of calving and all animals and blocked by huge snowdrifts, and mentioning Of course, a Fort Carson helicopter was called to assist in relief efforts.

The radio guy was very impressed with Sue thanked on the air … then stopped. It was just another question for her.


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