Welcome to La Sal!
I often tout the greatness of our community of Sierra La Sal. Also, I think I mention from time to time that “it takes a village...” in this case, not only to raise a boy, but evidently to help a young man complete his Eagle Scout project.
If you drive into La Sal from the west, you will now notice a beautiful new “Welcome” sign as you approach the town.
It has been a while since La Sal itself produced an Eagle Scout. Tyler Beshoner recently completed his project – the “Welcome” sign as well as a second sign nearing completion at the La Sal Cemetery.
Evidently, a whole slew of community members came together to bring this project to fruition. That’s the way the Eagle Scout program is supposed to work.
Instrumental in making suggestions for the project were Lee Palfreyman and Kelly Green. In addition, Tyler queried community members for their ideas for his project. Once an idea was decided upon, the project got underway with the help of a whole lot of folks.
The signs are metal cutouts mounted on sturdy pipes. The welcome sign features “The Mountain” and a cowboy on horseback while the sign at the cemetery shows two Sego Lilies which grow in profusion here some years when conditions are right. These are good representations of our area.
The sign was welded by Lee Palfreyman and the design was cut by R&S Steel in Grand Junction.
Tyler’s scoutmaster was Cary Knecht. He and his sons, Isaac and Jacob, also helped with the project. Local builder Joel Storland headed up the concrete work.
Lots of folks came together to help coordinate and complete Tyler’s project, especially his family: mom Amber, Grandma Carmen, and sister Sarah. I know they helped a lot with organization, record keeping, and especially encouragement.
Others in the community who helped were Robert Blankenagel; Kelly and Verl Green; Jerrick, Javlin, and Jarom Robinson; Owen Oliver; Crispin Johnson; Brian Ballard; and Titus Welch.
Wow, it really does take a whole village!
Next time you are in our neck of the woods, come admire our new signs welcoming you to our village. Some of us are not quite ready to be welcomed to the cemetery; that will come soon enough.
While you’re at it, notice the pretty sign for Ana’s La Sal Store. I think it may have been part of the inspiration for the “Welcome to La Sal.”