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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, ...


Entertainer’s old-timey show proves a hit in tourist town

By Dennis Webb

When John Goss debuted a vaudeville show in Glenwood Springs some five years ago, he just wanted to be up on a stage entertaining people for a living, rather than continuing to pay the bills by painting houses. Turns out, he ended up creating ...


Stampede leader: Hinkle enjoying role at Colorado Mesa University

By Gary Harmon

Feel free to tap your toe as you read along ... you’ll see why soon enough. Inside a rehearsal hall lit up by sunlight bouncing off snow piled up outside, Jonathan Hinkle leads 32 Colorado Mesa University musicians through a ragtime ...


Dan Linsacum building a better breed of Mavs

By Nick Walter

In the constantly changing field of strength and conditioning, Daniel Linsacum brought even more change to Colorado Mesa University, staying ahead of the trends like a kayaker out-paddling a current. In the fall of 2009, Linsacum became ...


People person: Bob Sammons enjoys a life involving others

By Melinda Mawdsley

Looking for Bob Sammons? Try Fiesta Guadalajara, where he typically lunches multiple times a week at the same table in the southwest corner overlooking North Avenue. Not there? Try Mesa Behavioral Medicine Clinic, 1400 N. Seventh St. ...


Sending a message: Rev. Mike Burr blends religious, social sentiments

By Rachel Sauer

S o many things began making sense that day on campus, but to put them in perspective, head farther back, to the Sunday School room of a conservative Baptist church in Jerome, Idaho. Mike Burr’s mom had dropped him and his two older ...


Rock star treatment: Tim Ray makes you feel at home as GM of Grand Junction Rockies

By Patti Arnold

Tim Ray doesn’t know a stranger. “Hey, there, young man!” is the greeting a fan will likely receive from the general manager of the Grand Junction Rockies when he comes into the offices at Suplizio Field looking to buy ...


Serious seller: Real estate is serious, just ask Dave Kimbrough

By Charles Ashby

Selling real estate isn’t a sideline job, a retirement gig or just some part-time thing. To Dave Kimbrough, it’s serious business. The 42-year-old returned to the Grand Valley in the late 1990s — he lived here when he was a ...


A lot to Admire: Living link to Avalon’s rich history

By Duffy Hayes

At 80 years old, Diann Admire proves that game-changing isn’t exclusive to the younger set. As a board member of the Avalon Foundation — the group at the center of a renewed effort to rehabilitate the iconic Avalon Theatre on ...


Need for Bead: Neal Beidleman enjoys life as an Aspenite, engineer and inventor

By Dennis Webb

It’s not all that unusual to meet Aspen-area residents who have climbed Mount Everest. The town’s surrounding mountains both attract climbers and serve as a training grounds for them. But there’s only one Aspenite to have ...


At last, a home: Carei focuses on self sufficiency

By Rachel Sauer

Of basic human needs fulfilled — a big drink of water, a stomach full of food, a clean set of clothes — it could be argued that a roof overhead offers the most complex emotional fulfillment. For all the platitudes about home being ...


Former newspaperman Fowler enjoying submarine life at Which Wich

By Amy Hamilton

One giveaway that Robert Fowler loves what he does is the erratic red marks on his hands. Those smudges can be traced back to the same red Sharpies customers use on brown paper bags to cast their sandwich orders at his shop, Which ...


History to new heights: Peter Booth has a plan for Museum of Western Colorado

By Gary Harmon

Peter Booth’s career path of ever-expanding horizons drew him to the Museum of Western Colorado, where he says the future of the museum is taking shape. A south Texas native who worked in Salem, Ore., before taking over in January as ...

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