BARBWIRE BOB – Ramblin’ Around The corral with Bob Sweeney

A longtime friend, even going back to Craig days, is Larry Brown. Larry worked with the Colorado Water Division out of Glenwood Springs, as I recall, going back about over 40 years.  He would come visit the newspaper office in Craig.

Our friendship has lasted many years while we both moved around. He in Littleton and Denver and myself publishing The Villager for the past 40 years.

His latest move was to Kingman, KS to be near family, where he transferred his Villager subscription.  Here’s a recent note I received from him:

“Bob, lots of bad stuff going on including newspapers diminishing in quality and value then asking for donations as if they are a worthy cause.  They are not.”

“But, your Villager remains among the very best—loaded with community news that is not available anywhere else.  The
makes the villages stronger.  People should not only subscribe for themselves;  they should buy gift subscriptions for friends, neighbors and relatives.”

“Besides a subscription check, enclosed for you personally is our most beautiful greenback, Jefferson, the father of democracy on one side, Declaration of Independence on the other.”

Thank you Larry for the extra $2 bill, going in my files along with your very kind letter.  Looking forward to having another hotdog with you sometime in Denver as our paths cross again.


It seems like a decade since we’ve been able to view football.  Love the sport, be it high school, college and NFL.  I predict that the Broncos will have a good season.

Last Friday night I tuned into the CU/ UNC, game, yes that’s Greeley, the Bears took on the mighty Buffaloes in Boulder’s Folsom field.  The Bears have adopted the McCaffrey family with famed Bronco and Valor football coach Ed McCaffrey at the helm of the Bears with his son Dylan as quarterback.  

Credit to UNC as they only trailed CU by 14 points at halftime. The power of CU rolled onward, and the game score ended 35-7.  Dylan transferred from Michigan to play for his dad, completing 18 of 29 throws for 160 yards with one touchdown and one interception. I think UNC will win some games and I saw some exciting new formations on offense and defense.  Watch the UNC Bears rise in the standings.   Hard to tell about CU, they have some real speedy backs and a new freshman quarterback, Brendon Lewis.  The Buffs play No. 6 ranked Texas A&M at Empower Field (Mile Hi) this Saturday.

Cherry Creek skunked Pomona  31-0, continuing a 25-game winning streak.


Tom Noel with Gov. Dick Lamm

I attended the funeral service of Governor Dick Lamm  Aug. 31 at the Wings Over The Rockies Museum.  A massive crowd bid farewell to the beloved three-term Governor.  His wife Dottie explained how they met decades ago when she was a flight attendant. They celebrated 58 years of marriage and had an exciting partnership.

The audience was a who’s who of political dignitaries, largely famous Colorado Governors such as Roy Romer and now Senator John Hickenlooper.  Ambassador Sam Zakhem  joined the group along with former house speaker Chuck Berry and former Senator Hank Brown,  along with incumbent Senator Michael Bennet.

Purnell Steen and the Five Points Ambassadors played three songs that tell the story about Richard D. Lamm.  First, “Love Changes Everything,” and ”Moon River,” and the final salute, “Rocky Mountain High.”  So very descriptive of the governor who first walked across Colorado to win his first term of office ending 12 years later as he entered the last phase of his life as a professor at DU.


Freda Miklin and husband Jerry and I attended Arapahoe County GOP breakfast forum last week to hear 3rd District U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert speak to a capacity audience at Maggiano’s.  The youthful GOP upstart from Rifle, Colorado wasn’t wearing her six-gun but she had plenty to say with the audience giving her several standing ovations.  Freda, recovering from major shoulder re-construction captured the event with Boebert being featured in this week’s Villager. 


TAPS is this Saturday night at the Grove Ranch and once again will raise money for the families of fallen military members.  If you can’t attend, consider sending a donation: