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093010 Vintage West

Window dressing for high school memories

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

One downtown display window is being used for more than just window shopping — it’s providing a way for people to share memories of homecomings past. Vintage West, formerly known as the Blue River Trading Co. at 441 Main St., has ...


Achievement gap in Mesa County is narrowing for some, but still there

By Emily Shockley

From the time he started work in a restaurant at age 12, Mathew Zamora knew he had to graduate high school. His co-workers told similar stories of dropping out when drugs or alcohol or life got in the way. Grades were never much of a topic in ...


092910 LS cancer 1

Their stories: ‘I never doubted I’d make it through’

By Rachel Sauer

Debbie Cole had breast cancer seven years ago, or maybe eight. She can’t remember, exactly. Oh, she could dig out the box of medical records and rifle through it, but ... why? She’s Debbie, not Cancer. She found the lump, she had ...


092910 LS cancer 4

Their stories: ‘I’m getting ready to move on’

By Rachel Sauer

“My name is Megan Kemmis, I’m 25, I’ve been married three years and I have a 2-year-old son…” (“Ooh, thank you, honey. Do you want a ball? How’s that?”) “...and I’m stage four ...


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Their stories: ‘You’ve got to laugh’

By Rachel Sauer

Somewhere in the post-mastectomy fog, lying in a hospital bed and having a meandering chat with her two best friends, Kate Holmes realized the conversation had turned to religion. Keep in mind, one of the friends had lost her mother to cancer ...


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Their stories: ‘It’s hard being the sick person’

By Rachel Sauer

Well, here comes a tall drink of water. She doesn’t walk so much as glide, adding a pinch of boom-chicka-boom to keep it interesting. You want to look at her chest? Go ahead. She’s got nothing to hide, none of this “eyes up ...


092910 LS cancer 3

Their stories: ‘I am a completely different creature’

By Rachel Sauer

Once the word is out there, once “cancer” is said, life is neatly sliced into BC and AC: Before Cancer and After Cancer. Before cancer, Mary Vaughn worried. About everything. She fretted over work, her daughter, her life, things ...


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Their stories: ‘If she can do it, so can I’

By Rachel Sauer

She has a small black photo album, and in it are pictures of a baby who held on. Swaddled in tubes and wires, weighing less than 2 pounds, born almost three months early, the baby never let go. She flips through the pictures, past the tiny ...


Bush, Cheney set to speak at Colo. insurance forum

By The AP

COLORADO SPRINGS — Former President George W. Bush and his Vice President Dick Cheney are set to be in Colorado this week to speak at an insurance forum. Cheney is listed as the keynote speaker today at the 97th annual Insurance ...


Small plane crashes near Durango, 2 injured

By The AP

DURANGO — The crash of a single engine plane has left its pilot and his passenger with minor injuries. La Plata County Sheriff’s spokesman Dan Bender says the Cessna 172D had just taken off from Animas Airpark Sunday morning when ...


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