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Mac on the mic: DJ on KEKB 99.9 FM loves working for her listeners

By Amy Hamilton

Mackenzie Dodge is just a waif of a thing, but her personality is as big as a country music star’s tour bus. You’ll never have to guess what’s on the mind of the effusive 37-year-old. It’s easier for her just to tell ...


Miss Vinje lives and breathes her bold, bright art

By Greg Ruland

Through Vinje’s eyes, art is the heart of the matter. She consumes it and it consumes her in a loop of self-propelling energy. In person, Vinje’s eyes twinkle. Her name (pronounced vin-yuh), like Cher’s or Madonna’s, ...


Pershing Devore, a true hero: World War II veteran not afraid to talk about his past

By Gary Harmon

Pershing Devore wears a smile and will say without giving it up that he has left behind the days that took the youthful grins — and, in long and painful fashion, the lives — of so many of his buddies in the opening attacks of World ...

Tricks of the trade: watermelon’s colors make it one of Tuz’s favorites

By Dave Buchanan

Ask Willy Tuz about spending hours contentedly turning carrots into edible roses and sculpting pumpkins into ghouls and the subject always comes back to watermelon. “My favorite is the watermelon because there are so many ...


Culinary Carving: Willy Tuz has a special talent for turning fruit into masterpieces

By Dave Buchanan

Like a medium waiting for divine intervention from a higher spirit, Willy Tuz has magic in his hands. Not literally — maybe — but the way Willy Tuz wields a small carving knife, turning watermelons into baby carriages, carrots ...


Longtime shoeshine master reflects on his path to Grand Junction

By Dale Shrull

Sammy Hudson works the rag vigorously to get a polished shine. Working the wax into the leather with his hands, he rubs and massages the shoes to get that perfect shimmer. The man in the chair is relaxed, eyes closed, enjoying some down ...


After run with sled dogs, Ted Schanen returns to Cedaredge, helps revive wrestling program

By Tim Harty

He lived in a tent on an Alaskan glacier one summer because his life had gone to the dogs. Literally. Six years ago, after several years as a science teacher at Cedaredge Middle School, Ted Schanen responded to the call of the wild and ...


Off-road driving instructor takes care 
of clients, environment with program

By Greg Ruland

Managing a “butt-scratcher” without “boiling the balonies” might come naturally to some novice four-wheelers, but most are just spinning their wheels without a little coaching from an expert, high-country ...


Work with victims is DA staffer’s ‘dream job’

By Paul Shockley

For three decades, Mary Sommerfeld has put out her best for those at their worst in Mesa County. “This was always my dream job,” explains Sommerfeld, who has served as the victim assistance coordinator for the 21st Judicial ...


Small-town feel, stunning surroundings draw Nathalie Ames to Grand Mesa hamlet

By Melinda Mawdsley

Born and raised in Chicago, Nathalie Ames had never heard of Mesa until she went to, of all places, the Grand Canyon. It was 2000. She was rafting the Colorado River and a few guides on the trip happened to be from this tiny, unincorporated ...


Skiing school: Elite skier Clint Roberts glad to share wealth

By Rachel Sauer

Barly on a summer morning when he was 11, Clint Roberts ran up a mountain. It didn’t begin as a race to the top, and he couldn’t have known that stepping onto the summit would open the door to so much of what his life would ...


Teaching at-risk students brings balance, fulfillment to R-5 luminary Al Kreinberg

By Amy Hamilton

For a couple hours on a recent afternoon, Al Kreinberg’s classroom had all the pent-up tensions of a courtroom drama. Students unaccustomed to dressing up often stood more erect and sat a little taller in their chairs in dress shirts ...


Engineering his future: Jose Morales will be first from family to graduate college

By Gary Harmon

Jose Morales is looking to build a professional life around unconventional energy — a fitting pursuit as the 22-year-old Colorado Mesa University senior has already built his life around defying convention. To say nothing of the ...


A bloody good time: Drew Hanlon’s alter ego is a facilitator of euphoria

By Erin McIntyre

Step right up and be mesmerized by the waggling eyebrows, the devilish grin and the smooth-talking hyperbolic speech. Belly up to the bar and let Col. Clifton DeBeQue rattle off his cure for the common ailment — a bloody mary ...


Hayden at the helm: Former Palisade player aims to turn Central into powerhouse again

By Matt Meyer

When Ryan Hayden was an all-state basketball player at Palisade High School under then-coach Mike Krueger, he was such a competitive player that he earned a nickname not fit for print. As an assistant for former Palisade coach Keenon Clement, ...

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