EDITORíS DESK: Plucky start for West Elementary

       It looks as if West Elementary will open on time after all. There was a bit of a close call on that this week, with teachers getting ready to set up classrooms only to find construction workers still installing ductwork, building cabinets, laying floors and so forth. An innocent bystander has to like Principal Terry Martinez' can-do attitude in the face of such adversities. But is it asking too much of citizens to help District 11 staff move furniture at the new school so that a contractor's schedule slip can be rectified? Some school families, still irked by the district's closure decisions last spring, may just say, "Move the stuff yourself." Still, I won't be surprised if there's a strong turmout of volunteer helpers. It's amazing how many parents, nostalgic for the old small school or not, will put aside hard feelings in their desire to do whatever is necessary to support the educational process their children are a part of.
       With that subject addressed, let's move on to history. I know, I spent all of this space last week on that subject, but with the actual sesquicentennial event coming up this Saturday, Aug. 8, followed by the time capsule burial on the actual Founders' Day (Aug. 12) and all the other glittery aspects the Historical Society has attached to such proceedings, it's hard not to bring it up again. To me, at least, the cool part is not so much that it's been 150 years since Colorado City started; it's that a significant number of Westside people still feel some connection with such long-ago times. I think it helps give us a sense of place, an identity. And after feeling that way, who would ever want to move, for example, to the faceless eastside, where "history" amounts to little more than the timing of the traffic lights last week.

- K.J.