It was very heartening to see how much caring there is in Carbon County this past weekend as the search for the two Colorado men who came up missing on the night of Jan. 28 took place.
While the outcome of the search was not what any of us wanted. It showed that we have a community that cares about people, even if they are people we have little connection with.
This weekend was planned as a busy one for a lot of people. Many in the area were having family gatherings, parties with friends and other events to celebrate the Super Bowl. Still, many locals gave time to the cause of searching for the men and some even gave up at least part of Super Bowl Sunday to do so.
And most importantly, it just wasn't individuals who came across with generosity. The Holiday Inn donated a lot of space and services to the people who were here from out-of-state to look for the pair.
Local stores and individuals also donated a lot of other things to the cause. If you walked into the command center at the Holiday Inn either on Saturday or Sunday you would recognize what a big effort this was. People needed supplies and there were a lot of those kinds of things lined up against the walls of the banquet room that was being used as the command center.
But I think the time that was donated is of the most importance. We all only have so much time in our lives, so when we spend some of that helping others we are giving the ultimate gift of generosity. People took time off work and out of their busy days to spend time looking and advising those that didn't know the area. Some even didn't plan on attending Super Bowl parties they had intended to go to.
Because of the timing of finding the wreck of the Jeep, a number of people who would have missed out, still were able to see the game and go to gatherings. We all did this with a heavy heart however.
But if those same people had missed it because the search went on, I think most of those that were working to find the men, would have just shrugged it off. There are a lot of things much more important in life than any game, athletic contest, movie or television special.
I was surprised by one thing as I went around town and worked to cover the story however. I found that there were a lot of people who didn't even know the search was taking place or that the men were missing. at a convenience store asked me how come there were so many trucks with Colorado plates and ATV trailers behind them tooling around town. I explained to each one I met and they said they hadn't heard. Maybe that is the media's fault, maybe not.
In our case we missed the first reports of the situation in the paper on Thursday because it had already gone to press when we heard about it on Wednesday night. The next morning when we had some information we started posting stories about the situation and also posted links on Facebook. Almost everyone involved in electronic media has the idea that those reach everyone, well this proved to a certain extent they don't. We weren't the only ones on top of the story either. It was being covered by radio and television too.
Nonetheless I am proud of the community we live in. It was an eye opener to see how giving and gracious we can be.
Good work Carbon County.