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George and Kathy Glasier: Welcome to the Silver Hawk Ranch

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George and Kathy Glasier call their spread in western Montrose County the Silver Hawk Ranch for the way the sun reflected off the feathers of the raptors as they passed over the pasture one bright, clear, high-country day. It was two decades ...


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Paolo Bacigalupi has made a name for himself as a science-fiction writer

By Melissa Humphrey

The tight-knit community of Paonia is home to a science fiction writer whose work recently caught the eye of a Time magazine reviewer. “The Windup Girl” by Paolo Bacigalupi was named one of the Ten Best Novels of 2009 by Time, and ...


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Doug Lichty is known as the Duke of Main Street

By Laurena Mayne Davis

Everywhere Doug Lichty goes downtown, he’s treated like royalty. It’s fitting, considering he has a T-shirt proclaiming him “The Duke of Main Street.” Since retiring to Ratekin Tower, Lichty has made the shops and ...


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With four kids and two jobs, Tanette Mucino still finds a way to be artistic, journalistic

By Robert McLean

Tanette Mucino can pour you a pretty good cocktail. And she can sell you a house. The longtime Grand Valley resident has made her mark on many facets of the local community, but what’s most impressive is the way she spreads her ...


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Suzanne Cucchetti has used German to build a career spanning two continents

By Gretel Daugherty

For Suzanne Cucchetti, teaching German wasn’t a decision. It was a calling. While in school, Cucchetti was thumbing through a book of possible college majors, trying to figure out what to do with her life.  She finally asked God ...


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Possibilities seem endless for teen Axel Urie

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It was in the hour before dawn, as the snow piled up and the wind howled and the icicles formed at the end of his gloved fingertips, that Axel Urie felt the most hopeless. A family snowmobile outing on Grand Mesa had gone awry, and Urie, then ...


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Award-winning collage artist Gayle Gerson expresses herself through mixed media

By Sherida Warner

Grand Junction artist Gayle Gerson would never “cut off my ear” like the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, but she does share some of his personality traits. She has studied all the old masters and finds she has the most in common ...


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Brigitte Sundermann works hard and dreams big

By Bob Silbernagel

Dreams are an important part of Brigitte Sundermann’s life — dreams and hard work. In January, Sundermann became vice president of community college affairs at Western Colorado Community College, a branch of Mesa State College. ...


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Head of Mesa State music program Calvin Hofer loves to combine his passions

By Carrie Marfitano

On June 19, Calvin Hofer, head of Mesa State College’s music department, will hop on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and ride south to Albuquerque, N.M., where he will referee a soccer tournament. The trip will combine three of ...


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Hospice volunteer coordinator Sue Settje finds people with talent

By Amy Hamilton

Strings of colorful baubles, sophisticated purses and vases in voluptuous shapes grace one shelf at the Miller Homestead’s Cups Coffee House. The items are impossible for most women to miss and, sure enough, on a recent morning one ...


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Steve Soychak is on the front line when it comes to preserving energy

By Dennis Webb

When Steve Soychak started his job 11 years ago, things were far different from today. “At the time, we had only 20 employees in this building right there,” he said, pointing to a structure just outside the window of his office at ...


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When it comes to visiting the Grand Valley, Barbara Bowman is your guide

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

In the early ’90s, Barbara Bowman never would have guessed that nearly 20 years later she still would be living and working in Grand Junction. “I absolutely love my job,” Bowman said. “It’s been such a wonderful ...


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Bryan Miick’s best-known trademark may be his own handlebars

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It’s important for any successful business to have a recognizable trademark. For McDonald’s it’s the golden arches, Nike has the swoosh, and The Bike Shop at 10th Street and North Avenue has the handlebar mustache. The ...


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Nakanos share life, medical profession together

By Dave Haynes

It’s a quiet weekday afternoon at the Nakano home, but with two doctors in the house, it doesn’t stay quiet for long. Jeff Nakano is on call, and the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital’s emergency room is well aware of the ...


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Debbie Hutchens is Pizza Hut’s prized employee

By Steve Beauregard

Debbie Hutchens isn’t afraid of hard work. Yet when she nervously walked into the First Street Pizza Hut that warm August morning for her first day on the job, she wasn’t sure if she had what it took to be a good ...


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