It is so sad that Montrose has to change its mascot. Governor Jared Polis signed a bill to make this happen. Now the Montrose administration and the community has to come up with a new mascot by the fall of 2023. This is going to be very expensive to replace uniforms and many other items. I hope they come up with a good new mascot.

The bill titled “Prohibit American Indian Mascots” bars the use of Native mascots by public schools, including charter and institute schools, as well as public institutions of higher institutions.

Public schools that continue to use a Native mascot after June 1 2022 would be subject to a monthly fine of $25,000, payable to the state education fund. But the fine would not apply to schools that have an agreement dated prior to June 30 of this year with a recognized tribe.

In addition, I would like to thank the boy and girl athletes, Lyle Wright, Jim Barnhill, Matt Jenkins, Heidi Voehringer and all the Montrose coaches for the respect I get from them.

During the basketball season, only 50 fans were allowed and mostly family members. I got to go to two games thanks to Coach Voehringer and Luke Hutto.

Thank you!

Tom Hoganson

Montrose