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Stephanie Summar: Helping awkwardness in a handy manner

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Life can be just plain awkward. Just the act of being alive can make some people uncomfortable in their own skin, in every situation and every scenario. That’s how Stephanie Summar views everyday life, and she’s sure there are ...

Jennifer Sullivan: Volunteer helps patients tell their stories

By Erin McIntyre

With a small digital recorder and a little bit of her time, Jennifer Sullivan gives an incredible gift to the families of loved ones who are no longer here. Any patient of HopeWest hospice can tell their story to a volunteer like Sullivan in ...

Emad Shahnoushi: Spreading interest and rallying support

By Matt Meyer

Little Mosque on the Prairie. The title of Emad Shahnoushi’s duo interpretation piece, which he performs with Frankie Spiller for the Palisade High School speech and debate team, elicits a response on the title alone. That’s the ...

Joe Scherr: Helping where it’s needed most

By Dale Shrull

Joe Scherr has seen the worst and best that cancer has to offer for more than a decade. As Joe drifts from one corner of the St. Mary’s Hospital Cancer Center to the next, he’s all about giving back and handing out smiles. When ...

Ky Oday: Gaining by giving from volunteerism

By Patti Arnold

Cyniah Oday doesn’t understand why Daddy goes to so many meetings and is on the phone so much. Then again, she just turned 6. She does, however, get excited when Daddy asks her to help sell Lions Club Carnival tickets, and that makes ...

Jeff Mason: Palisade band leader invests in students

By Amy Hamilton

Students strike the usual poses in a wealth of photographs on Palisade High School band director Jeff Mason’s wall. There they are in formal wear, smiling under arbors or basking in sun-drenched senior photos, leaning against trees or ...

Curtis Lincoln: Seeding a church & watching it grow

By Melinda Mawdsley

The way Hannah Lincoln sees it, her husband, Curtis, is “like one of the disciples of the Bible.” The comparison may not be far-fetched. Although the professions of Jesus’ disciples are not mentioned in the Bible, there are ...

Dave Krogman: Bringing the sky to everyone

By Gary Harmon

Once a year, Dave Krogman gets to set aside for a moment the business of running West Star Aviation and take up another passion: taking part in the Special Needs Air Show. Hundreds of children and young adults cover the tarmac during the ...

Dan Kirby: Delicious dreaming made real

By Katie Langford

If the culinary program at Western Colorado Community College was a living, breathing person, program coordinator Dan Kirby could very well be considered its parent. Kirby was there in 1990, when he and Kerry Youngblood, then the principal ...

Gail Howe: Bringing life to the CMU campus & beyond

By Jon Mitchell

For all of the memories Jennifer Stoll has of her good friend, Gail Howe, one of them sticks out from all others. “We were out at the Maverick Classic and she was a volunteer for us,” Stoll, the executive director of the Greater ...

Jim Calaway: Charity key to happiness for incurable businessman

By Dennis Webb

Native Texan Jim Calaway used to own a condo in Aspen, but when it came time to move to Colorado full-time, he was like many others who decided he preferred a cheaper down-valley life. He chose to live in a comfortable but by Aspen standards ...

Arja Family: The whole family is part of this racquet

By Tim Harty

They have been around Grand Junction tennis courts the past decade in any number of capacities. Maybe it’s the kids — Jillian, Nicky and Ben — playing tennis for Grand Junction High School. Maybe it’s the same sibling ...


Mesa County Public Library director Joseph Sanchez 
focused on spreading knowledge in a variet

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Joseph Sanchez is the kid who used to get kicked out of the library. Now he runs it. Sanchez joined the Mesa County Public Library District as its executive director in the summer of 2013. As a boy growing up north of San Diego, he made two ...


Palisade Chamber director Juliann Adams helps grow 
interest in town beyond peaches and wine

By Staff

It’s hard not to buy what Juliann Adams is selling. Wine, lavender, honey, peaches — it’s all part of the enticing package she’s used to hook tourists, travel writers and businesses alike since taking over as executive ...


Local chef Suzanne Hanzl having fun teaching 
the one love that has kept coming back to her

By Erin McIntyre

For Suzanne Hanzl, it’s always been about the food. The fresh ingredients, the connectedness she felt to where they originated. The techniques, the tools of the trade that make chefs seem like kitchen food wizards. “I was always ...

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