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Political wisdom: Politics a lifelong thrill for Alfred LeFebre

By Charles Ashby

When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was running for his third term as president of the United States, Alfred LeFebre was a mere lad of 10. But unlike other tykes who busied themselves playing marbles or riding bicycles, this San Luis Valley native ...

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Jill Henwood: Girls on the Run founder

By Amy Hamilton

Jill Henwood has been known to churn out a few good ideas when she’s running. A decade ago while running with some friends, Henwood broached the idea of starting a local chapter of Girls on the Run. The nonprofit, after-school program ...


POR Virgil Boggess March 22, 2009

By Carrie Marfitano

The year was 1979. Jimmy Carter was president. Virgil Boggess had moved to the Grand Valley from Evergreen with his wife and was looking for a new career. Virgil read an article that the government would pay for 70 percent of solar energy ...

POR Ruby Stewart March 22, 2009

By Laurena Mayne Davis

A glance out the window to see who’s pulling up to her home-based hair salon west of Palisade sets Ruby Stewart into motion. She plops up three pillows for a petite client, makes sure the seat by the plug-in mug warmer plate is open for ...


POR Dawn O’Grady March 22, 2009

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Dawn O’Grady is rebuilding her life one colorful block, toy doll and piggy bank at a time. O’Grady was a successful real estate agent in New Orleans. She had been married to her husband Corrie Thomas for about a year when they ...


POR Martha Cochran March 22, 2009

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — When Martha Cochran recently set out to write a book, she found her subjects to be people who generally have little to say about themselves. Fortunately for Cochran, they are a lot more forthcoming about their land. ...


POR Konrad Krauland March 22, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

On a midwinter morning carrying a wind almost as cold as the national economy, Konrad Krauland’s warm smile was more welcome than usual. Normally enthusiastic and upbeat, Krauland, founder of Innovative Textiles Inc. of Grand Junction, ...


POR David Starr March 22, 2009

By Staff

CEDAREDGE — Occasionally chords from a guitar lesson at Starr’s Guitars in Cedaredge waft downstairs. Like stew cooking in a slow cooker, the music warms the whole place up. The lone guitar store in a town with only one stop light ...

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POR Donna Gardneri March 22, 2009

By Amy Hamilton

People notice when Donna Gardner enters the room. That may be because the 76-year-old woman with a head of carefully coiffed white hair poised above her small stature is likely to beat them at their own game. Gardner, whose brain is wired for ...


POR Bryan Wade March 22, 2009

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It’s a Thursday evening at the Avalon Theatre in downtown Grand Junction, and Bryan Wade is doing something rare. He’s sitting. And he’s not happy about it. The 1,000-seat auditorium is empty. No one came to see the 5 p.m. ...

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POR Bruce Jensen March 22, 2009

By Carrie Marfitano

When The Packing Shed, 351 W. Eighth St., in Palisade opened in June 2004, owner Bruce Jensen already was dreaming about opening a steakhouse in the old farmhouse that sat back on the same property. It took Jensen two years, and lots of help, ...

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POR Bruce Gordon March 22, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

ASPEN — Peering down on a landscape threatened with change, Bruce Gordon is flying to make a difference. It may be the Roan Plateau, the desert southwest, a mine site in Alaska or a jungle forest in Belize, but if there is a lesson to ...


POR Beth Carlucci March 22, 2009

By Melinda Mawdsley

Retirement isn’t a topic Beth Carlucci talks about much. She still loves her job after nearly 60 years. Plus, Carlucci, 76, is healthy and enjoys staying busy. Then again, Carlucci doesn’t talk about herself much. She ...

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POR John Redifer March 22, 2009

By Staff

John Redifer’s deep passion for politics began literally at the dinner table. Growing up in the 1950s and ’60s in Baltimore, the Mesa State College political science professor said he can vividly remember his father, George, ...


POR: Marilyn Stroh and Gretchen Johnson March 15, 2009

By Staff

Every year the orchards in Palisade and on East Orchard Mesa blossom, bringing prosperity to Grand Valley farmers and a bounty of fresh produce to the rest of us. But without the migrant farm workers, getting the grapes, peaches, apricots, ...

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