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Special to the news
An early segment of the award-winning Rocky Mountain PBS Spirit
of Colorado features a short video clip, barely more than two
minutes, of the Elbert County Fair, probably taken in 1992, because
Megan Kelly, whose swine is being photographed, is 6 years old.
With her, being interviewed in the swine barn, is a man who has
never worn a tie to the Elbert County Fair since- Extension Agent
Kipp Nye, whose tenure as Elbert County Agent was barely three
“He hit the ground running and watched and learned,” said Jody
Davis, Rural Rustlers 4-H leader. “He asked questions when
necessary and listened a lot.”
If he had only been on the job for three weeks, Nye did not show
any hesitation in the video. He spoke with the confidence and
enthusiasm of someone who had been three years in the job, and his
interaction with Megan Kelly was genuine, not staged.
“I’ve learned a lot from the people of Elbert County,” Nye said,
“And I’ve always tried to make sure CSU and Extension can
Too often, The Elbert County Extension Office has been thought
of as the framework and administration of 4-H programs, but it is
so much more. Agent, Nye tries to emphasize the other programs as
“Among them the informational talks on pasture management,
weeds, water, grass and insect identification, hay production,
small business management, the seminars on the beef industry for
women, and lots more,” Nye said. “Whatever we can provide, we try
to provide it.”
But to Jody Davis, he has done so much more. She said he has
managed to take the job in a different direction, benefiting
Extension, CSU and the rest of the state. Not only has he been
awarded for facilitating what he calls “multi-countyism” a program
whereby Extension Agents from all over the state pool their
resources and strengths for a greater impact on educational and
agricultural needs throughout the state, Nye is responsible for the
creation of Building Youth Through Effective Coaching, and the
Colorado State Patrol Communications Project she said.
As a 1974 graduate of Lamar High School, Nye invested in a
heifer on a friend’s father’s ranch when he was 19 and did chores
around the ranch in order to keep the heifer fed and taken care of.
As he waited for it to mature, he majored in Science at Colorado
State University, perhaps unconsciously watching his own studies
progress as the heifer progressed.
From 1979, with a degree in science with a teaching credential,
Nye taught middle school science in Windsor. Then after attaining
his Master’s in education in 1985, he became the athletic director
and assistant principal in the same middle school, where he served
until the end of school year 1992, when he was employed through
Nye’s family has also had genuine participation in Elbert
County. Susan McMullen, an elementary school teacher at Running
Creek, has often spoken of Diane Nye’s commitment to the students
she has served, and to her skills.
“Amazing. She’s able to zero in on something to do with a kid
and she knows exactly how to fix it,” McMullen said.
As a 1976 graduate of Lamar High School, Diane married Nye that
same year and matriculated from the University of Northern Colorado
in Greeley with a degree in Elementary Education. Not only has she
served the Elizabeth School District with dedication, for many
years, she was the official photographer for the Elbert County
Fair. Sons Patrick and Kyle and daughter Kathryn were all involved
in 4-H and sports.
Now that Diane has accepted a position as principal at a Lamar
Elementary School, Nye has found that his career should take second
place to hers.
“She has always supported my career and now it’s time I
supported hers,” Nye said.
Retirement is a graceful way to do so. The couple has a couple
of acres outside Lamar where the children and grandchildren can
visit after he moves there full time when his retirement becomes
effective October 31.
“There are, of course, many things I’ll take away from this,”
Nye said “Like the late night conversations during fair and what
I’ve gotten from the people, who’ve always been so kind and helped
me learn.” There are things he would have done differently, things
he learned from and things he’d found meaningful.
“What I’ve probably learned the most from this job,” he said.
“Is to judge less and forgive more.”
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