Partner rides into the sunset

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Partners director Joe Higgins gets a standing ovation during the Partners Thanks-For-Giving dinner in the Grand Ballroom at Colorado Mesa University in this Nov. 20 file photo.

Longtime youth advocate ending his 33-year career

Joe Higgins was supposed to be a Catholic priest, not a layman.
At least that’s the direction that life was going for the now-longtime head of Partners of Mesa County when he entered into seminary school in 1967.
Yet now as he retires after 33 years at the helm of Partners, Higgins said he is thrilled to have contributed his life’s most meaningful work to the local nonprofit agency.

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