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Sara Donaldson loves passing on family’s tradition 
of serving Motor City pies at Junct’n Squa

By Patti Arnold

Sara Donaldson’s first job at Junct’n Square Pizza was to clean the gum off the bottom of the tables. She was 4. Now, the 36-year-old owner of the 36-year-old pizza joint just off the corner of Seventh and Main streets in ...


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Entrepreneur Dylan Hazelhurst is making waves in Grand Junction

By Greg Ruland

Dylan Hazelhurst tenderly extracts a veiled chameleon from its glass tank and speaks lovingly to its spiky, green head. “Come here, girl, I’m worried about you,” he said, stroking the point of the nameless animal’s ...


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Shades of New York: Angela Lema brings style to GJ

By Rachel Sauer

565 Fifth Avenue in New York City is a long, long way from a garage converted into a salon in Moab, Utah. But less than a decade into her career as a stylist and beauty professional, Manhattan was where Angela Lema found herself. The Redken ...


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Building Palisade: Even as their medical marijuana dispensary grows, Loughmans stay true to customer

By Amy Hamilton

Jesse and Desa Loughman have their fingerprints on just about every aspect of civic life in Palisade. It’s apparent in the freshly painted bridge entering the town’s much-loved Riverbend Park. You can see it across town at the ...


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Cooking up change: Doug Winter 
makes a mean barbecue, but it’s jail ministry that wins over i

By Paul Shockley

Praise the Lord and pass the sauce: Doug Winter is cooking up things at the Mesa County Jail. One inmate at a time. A North Carolina native, Winter started as a volunteer ministering to inmates in March 2014 before he was eventually hired ...


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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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