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Way Back When: The Duck Pond

By Priscilla Mangnall

For most of us locals, the Duck Pond was a very special place way back when. Our collective memories would most likely look like this: sitting in the big backseat of our parents’ car, going through the drive-up lane of Clymer’s ...


Death Notices, March 3, 2014

By Staff

■ Burt Leroy Burchett, 50, Grand Junction, died Feb. 27, 2014, at his home. Visitation will be at 11 a.m., followed by services at noon Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2881 Orchard Ave. Survivors include ...


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Health law spurs Gardner to enter Senate race

By Gary Harmon

Cory Gardner, the Yuma Republican who shook the state GOP last week when he announced his bid for the U.S. Senate, decided to challenge U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, because of the problems Gardner and other Coloradans experienced with the ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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