Ten Years The State Engineer Dick Wolfe Celebration — Greg Hobbs

Greg Hobbs was one of the guests at the celebration of Dick Wolfe’s retirement as State Engineer hosted by the Colorado Department of Natural Resources at the Governor’s Mansion’s Carriage House. He sent in this short poem and gallery of photographs.

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Ten Years The State Engineer Dick Wolfe Celebration

Invite Dick Wolfe to his farewell party,
you’d expect somewhere out there
along a Colorado creek

A water commissioner on the other end
would be holding up a cell for

The Mother of Rivers dialing-in
to say, “Well done, my
faithful friend!”

Greg Hobbs 6/28/2017

Adiós Dick, it has been my great honor knowing you. I really appreciate your support for Coyote Gulch over the years. Keep on trucking. Here’s a quote from that blues guitarist we both loved. I think he could be talking about your service to Colorado:

“I don’t like to feel that I owe anything. I like to feel that I pay my own way — there’s no free lunch. And when people give me all these great compliments, I thank them but still go back to my room and practice. And a lot of times I say to myself ‘I wish I could be worthy of all the compliments that people give me sometime.’ I am not inventing anything that’s going to stop cancer or muscular distrophy or anything, but I like to feel that my time and talent is always there for the people that need it.” — B.B. King, from an interview on Slate.

Photo: The commissioners of the Republican River Compact Administration sign the long-term resolutions on August 24, 2016: (from left) Commissioner David Barfield, Chief Engineer, Kansas Department of Agriculture; Commissioner Dick Wolfe, State Engineer, Colorado Division of Water Resources; Commissioner Jeff Fassett, Director of Nebraska’s Department of Natural Resources, via Governor Hickenlooper’s office.

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