Portrait 2010

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A lot to Admire: Living link to Avalon’s rich history

By Duffy Hayes

At 80 years old, Diann Admire proves that game-changing isn’t exclusive to the younger set. As a board member of the Avalon Foundation — the group at the center of a renewed effort to rehabilitate the iconic Avalon Theatre on Main Street downtown, to the tune of some $16 million potentially — Admire is perhaps its most important link to the rich history of the theater. Her personal story is inextricably linked to the Avalon, and she is passionate today about ...


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Need for Bead: Neal Beidleman enjoys life as an Aspenite, engineer and inventor

By Dennis Webb

It’s not all that unusual to meet Aspen-area residents who have climbed Mount Everest. The town’s surrounding mountains both attract climbers and serve as a training grounds for them. But there’s only one Aspenite to have reached the top of the world who also is an engineer and inventor who owns or is named on about a dozen patents, is an accomplished skier and endurance athlete, and played a pivotal role in saving lives during the 1996 Everest disaster in which eight ...


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At last, a home: Carei focuses on self sufficiency

By Rachel Sauer

Of basic human needs fulfilled — a big drink of water, a stomach full of food, a clean set of clothes — it could be argued that a roof overhead offers the most complex emotional fulfillment. For all the platitudes about home being an attitude rather than a place, there’s tremendous security in sturdy walls to keep out the rain. Home may be a state of mind, but it’s also a safe place to sleep, a haven at the end of the day, a necessity for a healthy, happy life. ...


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Former newspaperman Fowler enjoying submarine life at Which Wich

By Amy Hamilton

One giveaway that Robert Fowler loves what he does is the erratic red marks on his hands. Those smudges can be traced back to the same red Sharpies customers use on brown paper bags to cast their sandwich orders at his shop, Which Wich. “It’s an occupational hazard,” he said sheepishly, looking down at his hands. “I don’t even notice it anymore. I used to get red Sharpie all over my pants.” Those Sharpie marks are just the beginning. Fowler’s ...


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History to new heights: Peter Booth has a plan for Museum of Western Colorado

By Gary Harmon

Peter Booth’s career path of ever-expanding horizons drew him to the Museum of Western Colorado, where he says the future of the museum is taking shape. A south Texas native who worked in Salem, Ore., before taking over in January as the executive director of the Museum of Western Colorado, Booth found himself on the forefront of what he said is a new direction in the way museums view their role when one of his first official duties involved a function for the Western Investigations ...


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DJ Daytona: A game changer in world of EDM

By Melinda Mawdsley

Jeremy Velasquez isn’t trying to become famous. He’s just trying to be himself. It just so happened that on the way to being himself, the young disc jockey and electronic dance music producer became, arguably, the most talented musician/composer in the Grand Valley. Proclaiming his composition talent and musical ear isn’t the sort of thing Velasquez, whose musical name is Daytona, would ever do. But others will. “He’s probably, in my opinion, the one who ...


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Atop the mountain: Fry making impact in biking industry

By Allen Gemaehlich

Tim Fry had enough. The avid cyclist and mountain biker had enough of fighting over litigation and wanted to pursue his passion. Fry spent a year and a half traveling, looking for different opportunities — more specifically, sales. “My wife’s family gave me the confidence to do it,” he said. “For me, coming from my background, this sounded crazy.” “Part of it was being naive.” The Mansfield, Ohio, native moved west to Grand Junction and ...


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Bowl reversal: Ace forced to switch throwing hands, but rolls with the changes

By Charles Ashby

For most people, it’s all in the wrist, but for Grand Junction resident Cory Bennett, it took both wrists. At least, that’s when the 48-year-old is in the bowling alley. When the longtime resident started to get carpal tunnel-like symptoms in his right wrist a few years ago, he naturally became concerned. After all, he did have a relatively high average and has even bowled six perfect 300 games in his career, helping his four-man team win several statewide tournaments in the ...


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A is for Alfaro: Spanish school founder provides forum for students hoping to bridge societal gap

By Duffy Hayes

Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, the demographics of the United States are undergoing a major change. That’s true for Colorado in particular, as people with Latino heritage — speaking predominantly Spanish — gain as a percentage of the state’s population. Like it or not, in the shadows or right before our eyes, a cultural shift is happening. In short, the societal game is changing big time, and that makes people who are bridging the gaps ...


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Fodder for 
the blotter: Kobi Parker has fun at Palisade Police Department

By Paul Shockley

“It was a cold but beautiful day in Palisade.” — Palisade police blotter, Jan. 1, 2013 “A female reported that a male friend was suicidal. The male was watching football and said that he was not suicidal.” —Palisade police blotter, Jan. 2, 2013 ■ Kobi Parker’s work space reflects her personality: Quirkiness fit for small-town police life. Parker, a records manager who fills other roles for the Palisade Police Department, keeps an ...


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Hope Carlton enjoying life as fashionista

By Amy Hamilton

Take a seat at Hope Carlton’s work station and you start to feel a bit glamorous even before the pampering begins. A cluster of white globe lights mix with the sunlight flooding in from generous windows. Sizing up a client, she pulls brushes and a palette of makeup off a nearby shelf, organized neatly. A smattering of rose to fuchsia-colored home accents set off the studio, friendly shades of pink that might elicit a giggle from the most earnest tomboy. Her new current music fav, ...


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Rifle bird migration expert Kim Potter finds her way to dream job

By Dennis Webb

A woman who helped determine the unlikely winter destination of a certain Colorado bird also took an improbable path to her current job. Today, Kim Potter is a White River National Forest wildlife technician who has become a nationally acclaimed bird researcher due to her work involving northern black swifts. But the 58-year-old employee in the Forest Service’s Rifle Ranger District spent her 1980s in Vail skiing, doing carpentry and drywall work and running a snowplowing ...


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The Milholland Way: Cedaredge coach gives respect, gets it in leading Bruins to title

By Tim Harty

The game film he watched three years ago told an ugly truth: The attitude of the Cedaredge High School football players stunk. But Brandon Milholland, after seven years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Central High School, wanted to be a head football coach. And what he saw on film, he believed, he could change. Oh, yeah, things changed. When Milholland in 2010 became the Bruins’ fourth coach in six years, players immediately learned new ways of doing things, starting with ...


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Jackson Trappett captures local birds in perpetuity

By Dave Buchanan

Until Jackson Trappett showed up with his camera, birding in western Colorado mostly lacked the show of “show-and-tell.” A few local birders — Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright of Nucla, Dennis Garrison of Paonia and Steve Bouricius on Orchard Mesa come to mind — occasionally enliven their written reports with photos of unexpected birds spotted on their jaunts, but what is a mostly visual adventure consisted largely of words and not many pictures. This, of course, ...


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No Reimer reason: Hotel-building brothers buck trend by locating downtown

By Emily Shockley

New hotels didn’t belong downtown. That’s what brothers Steve and Kevin Reimer were told when they moved to Grand Junction in 1994 and 1997, respectively. Stores and restaurants went on Main Street, they were told, and hotels went on Horizon Drive. Mixing up the order of things would surely lead to financial ruin. Three downtown hotels and 250 rooms later, the Reimers are proving they were right to thumb their noses at that advice. They opened what is now the Fairfield Inn in ...


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