Thursday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar, 7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. program, the Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America presents Harriet Hamilton, deputy Coroner, Summit County, with a topic of "Death in a Ski Town." Cost: $20 for members; $25 for non-members. RSVPs are necessary.
Please email RMMWA Caterer Director Donnell Bell or call 719-540-8632 to make your reservation. The reservation deadline is Monday, Sept. 8. (Donnell confirms all reservations. If Donnell does not reply to your e-mail, she does not have your reservation). (NOTE: No shows and anyone not cancelling their reservation 72 hours in advance will be expected to pay since RMMWA will be billed for their reservation.)
Program: Hamilton will speak to the duties of a coroner in Colorado, as well as share anecdotes of some of her most unusual cases.
Coroner's cases: All victims of homicide or suspected homicide or violent means; suicide or suspected suicide, persons dead on arrival at a hospital (DOA); victims of accidental death or suspected accidental death; unattended/unwitnessed deaths, cases of overt or suspected child, elder abuse; persons dying in aircraft crashes, vehicular crashes (auto, motorcycle, boat or adjunct vehicle); All deaths occurring while the decedent is in police custody, or during transport; cases of recovery of skeletal remains; postmortem decomposition; industrial or employment accidents; death by poison or suspicion of poison; cases where the victim dies suddenly when in apparent good health; All deaths associated with diagnostic or therapeutic procedures; patient who has sustained an injury (fracture, fall, concussion, etc.) prior to or during hospital admission; and exhumations (disinterment) performed for the purpose of establishing the cause of death or clearing up a question relating to the cause of death.
Additional duties include but are not limited to: Scene investigation and follow-up investigation, includes possible notification of next of kin; conducting follow-up interviews; documenting findings; providing testimony at depositions or in court; releasing of information to public via press releases; assisting at autopsies; assisting DA, local law enforcement, ambulance, and fire departments; and reporting to various agencies.
Miscellaneous duties include: Attending continuing education seminars, and providing training to law enforcement, schools, health agencies or other community service agencies in the field of Death Investigation.
Thursday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., the DENVER BOOK CLUB meets at the Denver Press Club to discuss "Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Death," by Jon Krakaur. The cost is $3 per person.
It tells the true story of a savage 1984 double murder by two Mormon brothers following a "revelation from God." Through prison interviews, historical segments and extensive research into The Church of Latter Day Saints, Krakaur presents a gripping and disturbing account of the cultures and religion that give rise to fundamentalism.
Josephine Jones, director of programs & Center for the Book for Colorado Humanities, moderates the conversations. Info: http://tinyurl.com/n4j5ruu
Friday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner/program start. The 19th Annual Denver Press Club HALL OF FAME induction dinner, which will be held upstairs at the club. Tickets cost $65 per person and MANDATORY RESERVATIONS must be made by Monday, Sept. 15 at http://tinyurl.com/mzpp466
The inductees are MARK STUTZ, senior media representative at Xcel Energy and a longtime staunch supporter of the Denver Press Club, including one term as president; VINCENT CARROLL, editorial page editor and columnist for The Denver Post, who also served many years at the Rocky Mountain News; PEGGY LOWE, a veteran of the News, Post, KBCO and the Associated Press who today is a public media journalist in the Midwest; ROBERT THRELKELD, also a veteran of the News and Post who later had a career in public relations; and the late AL NAKKULA, a legendary police reporter at the News, where he worked for 46 years until his death in April 1990. The Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting, which is co-sponsored by the University of Colorado and the Denver Press Club, is named after him.
Our master of ceremonies is club member JIM BROSEMER, who was a television anchor and reporter for most of his career in South Florida before retiring and moving to Denver a few years ago. He now teaches at the University of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver.
The menu: chicken cordon bleu with alfredo sauce, mixed vegetables, roasted potatoes, salad and cheesecake.