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Attorney Nathan Keever relishes standing up ‘for the little guy’ in oil and gas cases

By Dennis Webb

Grand Junction attorney Nathan Keever is driven by a competitive streak. It is what helped him win several state titles in master’s swimming events last year and make it into the top 20 nationally the last few years in his age ...


As the jobless rate rises, people like Gilbert Lujan are a saving grace

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Gilbert Lujan goes to his job every day hoping to help those who have no job. As supervisor of the Mesa County Workforce Center, the 26-year-old helps people prepare for job searches, oversees the center’s growing number of programs ...


Neil and Diane Guard start winery adventure with their East Orhcard Mesa farm

By Dave Buchanan

Between fostering 3,000 peach trees and cultivating and selling nine varieties of grapes, Diane and Neil Guard of Avant Farm on East Orchard Mesa have their lives well-immersed in the agricultural world of the Grand Valley. Add to that mix ...


Family’s flying business spans four decades

By Paul Shockley

Leonard Felix Jr. averages 400 hours annually flying aircraft about 10 to 20 feet off the ground while dodging power lines at 135 mph. Felix understands why most people would consider this to be a treacherous way to make a living. But ...


Allison Blevins turns love of knitting into a career

By Tammy Gemaehlich

Surrounded by soft skeins of yarn in a rainbow of colors, Allison Blevins is living a dream come true. The self-taught knitter is the co-owner of Tangle, a yarn and knitting supply store, at 525 Main St. Customers are welcomed at the door ...

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Donald Tyler: Carving out a niche

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Donald Tyler spends the majority of his days in a narrow utility room, working on his favorite hobby — woodcarving. The retired physician spends several hours a day carving bird sculptures. It usually takes 50 to 60 hours for each bird, ...

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Jeanne Urbach turned a life of music into a career

By Melinda Mawdsley

Her path into music was perhaps nontraditional. Jeanne Urbach neither started on a musical instrument as a young child nor was inspired to perform by listening to others play. Instead, Urbach picked up the cello at 14 years old because she ...

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If there’s a group she believes in, Rose Pugliese is either in it or running it

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The list of groups Rose Pugliese is involved in is so long it’s the length of some people’s grocery lists. The attorney is the president of the 6-month-old Mesa County Young Republicans group, third vice president of the Mesa ...

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Don Espeland: Toying with reitirement

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Many view retirement as a time to learn a new job, find a hobby or just relax. Don Espeland is toying with his retirement years. And he takes it seriously. Toying is making toys that go around the world to places where toys are almost ...

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Sherry Clingman is without question a die-hard Broncos fan

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Shawn Clingman and a friend were heading into Denver’s Mile High Stadium to take in a showdown between the Broncos and divisional rival Kansas City when they came upon a group of Chiefs fans in the parking lot. The men were bad-mouthing ...


Ex-pilot Floyd Keller a witness to history

By Paul Shockley

When President Richard Nixon spoke, Floyd Keller listened. And in doing so, Keller lived history. Embroiled at the time in the middle stages of a scandal that ultimately would end his presidency, Nixon didn’t blink and Keller ...

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From sunrise to sunset, Melvin Rettig is hard at work

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Melvin Rettig does more hard work in one day than some people do in a week, month or even year. Rettig’s job requires him to put in physical labor seven days a week from sunup to sundown beginning in the early spring and ending in the ...


For author Patti Hill, home is where the heart is

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

One of the passages in local Christian author Patti Hill’s first novel talks about how a house is reshaped by its owners. “The house became more a part of us, the Garrett family, than anyone else. It reflected our movements and ...

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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 ...

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