A small group of people took to the streets of Hotchkiss Saturday morning to put blue ribbons up as part of the national Blue Ribbon Campaign. Michelle Sparks, who has friends and family members working in law enforcement, said she learned about the ribbon campaign through a Facebook group dedicated to support of law enforcement and begun by a group of police wives who want to show their support for law enforcement in light of national negative attention.
Sparks was given permission from Hotchkiss mayor Wendell Kuntz to place ribbons on stop signs and light poles, and recruited friends, including town trustee Lindee Cantrell and Sheriff's deputy Chad Lloyd, to help with tacking and tying of ribbons. The group also asked local businesses to show their support by displaying a blue ribbon on their doors.
Sparks, the Hotchkiss High School dance coach, said her friend and fellow dance coach, Stephanie Neff, was putting up ribbons in Crawford Saturday morning, too. Part of the reason they chose Saturday, said Sparks, is that it was also National Thank a Police Officer Day.