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Broadcast pioneer

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

It may seem like communication is advancing more rapidly than ever before. But the telecommunications industry is constantly evolving, and broadcast pioneers like retired CNN manager Dan Gannon, now living in Paonia, led the industry. At the ...


Sewing the seeds of love

By Melinda Mawdsley

The first thing Michelle Cools sewed was a peach plaid scrunchie. She didn’t love the color. She didn’t love the stitches. The reason Cools vividly remembers that fabric-wrapped elastic hairpiece was because it was hers. She made ...

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Pat Mora: Promoted to manager of new City Market store after 30-year career

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When the time came to choose a career path, Pat Mora let the practical side of him overrule the fun-seeking one. Fresh out of high school in his native Alamosa, Mora was working as a motorcycle mechanic for the local Kawasaki dealership when ...

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Jermaine Williams: The man on the mic is the voice of the Mavericks

By Patrick Bahr

Jermaine Williams works the microphone at athletic events like a natural. Beginning in a low monotone voice he respectfully introduces the opposing team’s starters. Then he flips the switch like he has since he was first handed the ...


Sadie Conklin: She finds familiarity at the VA Medical Center

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Sadie Conklin is a full-time college student with two full-time jobs: one at Grand Junction’s Veterans Administration Medical Center and the other as mother to 3-year-old Sofie. “I don’t sleep, hardly,” Conklin ...

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Julie Diers: She formed Hippie Chicks Hops into a ‘Cinderella Story’

By Laurena Mayne Davis

This is a story about a go-getter school marm who bought a little Palisade farm and started to grow beer — or at least one of the ingredients for beer: hops. She had lots of fun friends — and they liked to work on the farm, ...

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Jennifer Walder: She’s living out a childhood dream on stage

By Melinda Mawdsley

When Jennifer Walder grew up, she knew she wanted to be a pilot, a princess or, maybe, European. It didn’t matter that she lived in Longmont. Walder knew she could be everything she ever wanted. All she had to do was act. Walder, 21, ...

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Nick Lopez: The one word that describes him is ‘passionate’

By Patrick Bahr

A neck and back injury robbed Nick Lopez of his life’s passion a few short weeks into his freshman year at Mesa State College. But his devotion to football was soon replaced with something he’d end up loving even more: ...

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Ben Miller: Mr. Tech designs state-of-the-art technology for law enforcement

By Paul Shockley

The guy with the big idea at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department couldn’t buy one a decade ago. “Ten years ago, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and to be honest I don’t know how law enforcement came ...

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Dillon Ragar: He may be just 15, but he’s already riding the airwaves

By Amy Hamilton

After a while Dillon Ragar’s middle school principal started to wonder why the seventh-grader occasionally scooted in late to class. For his age, the reason for the tardiness would have been a stretch of the imagination. At 12, the ...

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Mike McBride: St. Mary’s CEO’s career has led him to the place he’s meant to be

By Rachel Sauer

At a 50-bed hospital in Pocahontas, Ark., if there’s snow on the sidewalk and nobody else around to deal with it, the CEO grabs a shovel. If there’s trash (or worse) on the floor and the CEO sees it, then the CEO cleans it up. At ...

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Leah Adams: She stumbled on her career after attending skating championships

By Melinda Mawdsley

Only when Leah Adams begrudgingly attended the 1996 U.S. Figure Skating National Championships was she introduced to the sport that would change her life. Adams hadn’t even made it to her seat before the sight of the athletic skaters ...

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Davy Lindig: Steady on the still, he brews and cooks perfection

By Paul Shockley

Davy Lindig is alone on a Monday morning at Palisade’s Peach Street Distillers doing his favorite part of the job. Birthing bourbon. The front door is still locked to the public. Lindig, production manager and head distiller at Peach ...

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John Jones: If it ain’t Volkswagen, forget about it

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John Jones loves his 1957 Volkswagen Bus so much he would rather drive it than his wife’s comfortable Suburban. Ever since he owned his first one, he’s had a fascination with Volkswagens. That fascination has turned into an ...

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Glen Dean: Longtime GJ dentist feels for those who struggle to get insurance

By Rachel Sauer

Jacob was not happy. His breath came in the “hup-hup-hup” that follows a big cry and his face was crumpled with misery. “Hey, Jacob,” Dr. Glen Dean said, smiling. Scowl. “You did a really great job ...

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