Things to do in morgan county – fort morgan times

Food is provided free by local businesses and is served by the Brush Lions Club. Residents attending will be eligible for free prizes drawn throughout the evening. Musical entertainment will be by "My Blue Sky," a tribute band to the Allman Brothers. The evening will also offer a tease of the People’s Market. Vendors from last year’s People’s Market will sell wares at the park. The annual Community Appreciation Barbecue is presented by the city of Brush, Brush Area Chamber of Commerce, East Morgan County Library and KFTM 1400-AM.

Ballantine has authored seven books. His latest, "Whirlaway," was released in April. His best-selling title, "Love and Terror On the Howling Plains of Nowhere," was also released as a documentary for television in 2014.

The book and documentary deal with the haunting tale about the disappearance and horrendous death of Chadron State College math professor Steve Haataja. The quiet and well liked Haataja disappeared from the Nebraska campus in 2006. Ninety-five days later, his body was found bound and burned to death on the outskirts of town. The mystery behind his death made national news, and the case still remains unsolved to this day.

Ballantine’s new book, "Whirlaway," is a hilarious tale of a character by the name of Eddie Plum. Eddie insists he has been unjustifiably committed to a California psychiatric hospital, and manages to finally escape after 14 years of incarceration to start his life anew. "Whirlaway" is a roller-coaster ride. The program is free and the general public is invited to attend.

The Colorado Health Foundation and KaBOOM! Inc. awarded Kids At Their Best a grant for building this park and playground at Landmark, according to Jodi Walker, KATB executive director. Also involved in this project are OneMorgan County and Fort Morgan Cultures United for Progress. Now the kids and adults who live at Landmark and around the neighborhood get to help design it.

The plan is for everyone to walk the play path at 2 p.m., then walk through the future Landmark Park site at 3 p.m. At 4 p.m., the kids will start coloring out their ideas for what they would like to see the playground and park include. At 5 p.m., there will be pizza, and from 5:30 to 8 p.m. the adults will offer their design ideas to KaBOOM! representative.

Wood will portray the founding father during the free program, while likely also offering his own commentary on what he has learned from his research into Franklin’s life and accomplishments. A true Renaissance man, Franklin was known as an author, politician, printer, statesman, diplomat, humorist, inventor, postmaster, scientist and freemason. Chautauqua actor Dave Wood is an accomplished performer and also portrays Wild Bill Hickok at Chautauqua events.

The event will start in Brush in the west parking lot at East Morgan County Hospital. Registration is from 8 to 10 a.m., with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. being served by the Brush Lions Club. Cost is $20 for a single driver or $40 for a driver with passenger. The Hot Rod Run begins at 10 a.m. and will go through northeast Colorado and conclude at 5 p.m. at the Brush Moose Lodge at 2310 Edison St. in Brush. Info: Buffie at 970-380-0930.

Aidan is trying to start his own band and it’s up to Meghan and the audience to help him. The nationally known Rocky Mountain Puppets performer is a professional ventriloquist with 14 years’ experience. She last brought her show to Fort Morgan in 2016. This event marks the conclusion of this year’s Fort Morgan Summer Reading Program. All ages are welcome, and it is free and open to the public. Info: Call Library/Museum Educator Sara Reichert at 970-542-4014.

This event is organized by the Jackson Lake Property Owners Association, Colorado Race Fab and All American Drywall. Setup begins at 8 a.m., with people able to bring their cars, trucks, bikes, ATV’s and anything with wheels to show off. Cost is $10 per vehicle or booth. Trophies will be awarded for people’s choice and each category. Info: Gene at 720-297-9489 or

This community event is meant to kick off the 2018-19 school year by equipping students and families with knowledge of local resources and supplies. Students will receive free backpacks filled with school supplies while supplies last, and there will be snacks, face-painting and activities. Community agencies will have informational booths set up.

This event is offered by the Morgan County Interagency Oversight Group, along with: Brush School District, Morgan County Re-3 School District in Fort Morgan, Fort Morgan Workforce Center, Morgan County Golden Stars, S.H.A.R.E. Inc., Morgan County Family Center, Morgan Community College, and Colorado Youth Detention Continuum. Children must be present to receive school supplies. Spanish, Somali, and French interpreters will be available at the event. Info: Mary at 970-867-9606 or Jan at 970-580-1796.

The purpose of the community listening forum is to continue to build on the relationship the police department has with the community, discuss key issues that concern the community, and review current and potential initiatives to enhance relationships between the community and the police department. The meeting will be facilitated by Dr. Patrick Oliver, director of the Criminal Justice Program at Cedarville University. Those interested in attending must RSVP to Michelle Miller at 970-542-3939 or by e-mail at Due to space constraints IACP has limited attendance to the first 30 registered attendees. Lunch will be provided.

There also will be: the purple course for ages 11 and under with a 200-yard swim, a 4-mile bike ride and a .5-mile run; the silver course for ages 12 to 15 with a 400-yard swim, 6-mile bike ride and 1.5-mile run; and the black course for ages 16 and over with a 750-yard swim, 12-mile bike ride and 3.2-mile run. There will be a team division within each age group. Triathletes will be professionally timed, receive a swag bag and awards will be announced for first to third places for males, females and teams. Registration costs are: $35 per triathlete, $15 per team member triathlete and $10 per Try a TRI participant. To register, visit

Volunteer attorneys, by computer, will answer questions, help fill out forms and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veteran’s issues and civil protection orders. Info: Call 970-542-4000 to sign up for a time during the clinic.