Special Sections - Portrait

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Woman’s prior hardship served 
as fertilizer for garden project

By Dennis Webb

During seven years of unemployment, Kim Doyle Wille came to rely on cheap but unhealthy food and paid the price. Her weight blossomed, her teeth hurt, she was becoming depressed, she wasn’t eating fresh produce, and none was available ...


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Deputy keeps dad’s legacy alive at jail

By Paul Shockley

Janielle Westermire has joked she didn’t have a name during her childhood. She was always, “Harry Butler’s daughter.” “Growing up,” Westermire said in an interview, “my mom and dad were always taking ...


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Anna Stout shows El Salvador with Foundation for Cultural Exchange

By Matt Meyer

Somewhere along the line, parents of local children decided to trust Anna Stout when she was just 19 years old. “I can’t even imagine,” said Stout, now 30. “Being a parent of a teenager and telling a 19-year-old, ...


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Quiet teen’s charitable actions speak loudly

By Dennis Webb

Chandra Starr prefers doing things for others rather than talking about herself. Those actions speak for themselves, however, as do friends and family who voice admiration over the accomplishments of someone who is just 14 years old, and ...


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Salvation Army volunteer Potts humble to a fault

By Amy Hamilton

Susan Potts doesn’t think this story should be about her. There are plenty of other people who are more deserving, who work much harder and who give more freely of their time and talents, she said. Others disagree. Potts, 67, has ...


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RIDING 
WITH ROD

By Gary Harmon

Rod Harry peddled most anything his customers needed for more than 30 years and, at 80, he is still pedaling — he is a trail host on the Colorado Riverfront Trail. Harry was one of the first trail hosts “hired” in 1998. ...


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CRITICAL LINK

By Dale Shrull

For 20 years, Fidel Garcia was the lifeline for people who needed it most. Now he teaches others how to serve as that critical link. The emergency medical technician and flight paramedic has countless memories — and stories — of ...


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Even as she fights her own cancer battle, Delaney helps others in tangible ways

By Erin McIntyre

Standing on a street corner with a cardboard sign is one of the more terrifying things Delaney Clements has ever done. Rushing into oncoming traffic to collect spare change and dollar bills from drivers was no small feat for the 12-year-old ...


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‘Adversity advantage’ Paralyzed woman Boxtel knows attitude is everything

By Dennis Webb

Amanda Boxtel recently participated in a yoga workshop. That might not be so remarkable, except that the Basalt resident’s legs are paralyzed. And her yoga outing experiences serve almost as an allegory for her life since losing her ...


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Smile! Ficklin & Jolley’s ‘Extracted’ a Steampunk operation

By Erin McIntyre

It all still seems fake for Tyler Jolley and Sherry Ficklin. And that’s saying something for two people who spend a good portion of their time in make-believe worlds, creating characters and plots in their spare moments. The writing ...


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Making the grade: D51’s longest-serving principal calls Scenic home

By Emily Shockley

The thought of going to the principal’s office would scare most children. Seeing the principal at your door could spark another level of fear. But for Scenic Elementary students and their families, it’s a welcome — and ...


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Brown’s buddy system: Challenger founder loves making new impact every season

By Patti Arnold

Grown men, tough-guy coaches, are reduced to tears. High school and college athletes let down their guard and realize just how lucky they are. Special-needs children laugh and smile and have buddies for life. All because of a little karma ...


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Carlson sets stage in local theater scene

By Melinda Mawdsley

After seven years of dating, Lyzz Willms thought she knew Bryan Carlson pretty well, so even she was confused when her boyfriend crawled out of a giant plant while the cast of “Little Shop of Horrors” took its final bow. It was ...


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Keeping score: Dave Lister leaves a mark on scoring table

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Dave Lister did not have to think twice about scoring basketball games. He always loved the sports arena and was excited about the opportunity, never mind getting paid. More than 15 years later, Lister is still the official scorer at ...


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The Conductor: After working on the railroad, Phil McCowen engineers future with Mesa baseball progr

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Phil McCowen comes to Colorado Mesa University baseball practice each day simply because that’s where he wants to be each day. He has been a part of the CMU baseball coaching staff since long before any of the other coaches, but ...


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