Portrait 2010

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POR: Jose Iglesias March 08, 2009

By Melinda Mawdsley

Jose Iglesias is as comfortable climbing a mountain as he is walking around his house. Actually, he might be more comfortable on a mountain. “Everything’s safe,” Iglesias said. “You feel at home.” Iglesias is technical director of the Mesa County Search and Rescue Technical Rescue team as well as one of the best mountain climbers in America. The Technical Rescue team saves people or recovers bodies from some of the county’s most extreme terrain. When ...


POR: Heidi Hoffman Ham March 08, 2009

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Every time Heidi Hoffman Ham peers outside her office window, the executive director of the Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority sees one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Grand Valley. She takes in the view of an area that is generally holding up against the recession while it attempts to transition from a part-time place to eat, drink and be entertained to a full-time neighborhood. But she also senses something is missing from downtown Grand Junction: an element that ...

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POR: Dick Bell March 08, 2009

By Allen Gemaehlich

Dick Bell was a practicing lawyer and professor, when he saw an ad in an airline magazine and discovered his true passion. “I was on an airplane somewhere and opened up a magazine and saw a big ad about sports management,” Bell said. “It was the mid ’90s and I’d never heard of it. I started investigating it. It became real attractive to me. I started looking into teaching careers in sports management. I knew I needed to teach at the college level when I ...


POR: Charles King March 08, 2009

By Staff

At the start of a concert, Charles King flashes his toothy grin to the packed bar and the song starts with sound rising in his belly, it builds in the lungs, moves up his throat and bursts from his lips like a burp that tastes like rock ’n’ roll. “Ha ha, I’ve been waiting a long time for this, baby,” he starts. King’s eyes scan the crowd from behind dark sunglasses. The rest of the show is a lively mixture of disco, rock, soul covers and some ...


POR: Corey Jo Aday March 08, 2009

By Staff

If marching band was easy, they would have called it football. That is one of many marching band jokes Corey Aday, 14, has Googled. That saying makes her giggle and then say something to the effect of “no offense” to football players. But seriously. “If a bee lands on your head, you tolerate it,” she said while holding her trombone in the air, practicing like she’s back on a football field in her marching band uniform. “I don’t know if ...

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POR: Bob Anthony March 08, 2009

By Allen Gemaehlich

Most people love animals, but there may be no one who loves them as much as Robert Anthony. Anthony grew up in Elgin, Ill., and his family always owned at least one dog. “I love animals,” Anthony said. “I’ve been involved with organizations my entire life. I belong to more organizations than I can count.” After some more thought, Anthony figures he belongs to about a dozen animal organizations. One of them is Best Friends Animal Society out of Kanab, ...


POR: Sheryl VanHole March 08, 2009

By Melinda Mawdsley

At 60 years old, Sheryl VanHole claims she has never been healthier or more physically fit. VanHole attributes her health to her diet, morning walks and fitness classes at Rocky Mountain Health Plans, where she works. But equally important to VanHole’s overall wellness, she said, is the emotional and mental joy she gets from volunteering in Mesa County. VanHole volunteers or has volunteered in various capacities for about 25 different organizations, such as Marillac Clinic’s ...


POR: Dave Fox March 08, 2009

By Patrick Bahr

Dave Fox is one of the enduring faces of coaching in the Grand Valley. Since 1981, coaches have come and gone at the four area high schools, but one constant has been Fox coaching some sport at Fruita Monument High School. “It’s a love of kids and sports in general,” Fox said. “I like being around it, I like the competing and trying to help kids any way I can.” Fox is currently the head boys basketball coach for the Wildcats but has coached baseball, girls ...

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