Growing up on the Front Range, Megan DiGirolamo considered two different jobs for her future – police officer or sommelier.
Dr. Nathan Varley, wildlife biologist and eco-adventure guide, will present the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series Lecture “Tracking Wolves in Yellowstone: Lessons for Ecotourism and Conservation” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at the Salida SteamPlant, 220 West Sackett Ave.
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Giving Trees to benefit shelter dogs and cats are up at Salida and Buena Vista locations of Gone to the Dogs. The holiday trees are decorated with photo ornaments of the current resident dogs and cats at Ark-Valley Humane Society. Each ornament has a photo of the dog or cat on the front and …
“We actually came through BV,” he says. “I remember we stopped, we got fishing tackle, my dad got a fishing license at Hi-Rocky. We camped in the mountains west of here. We came back almost every year for Colorado vacations and camping in the mountains while I was a kid. When I was grown and got married, we continued to come out here and camp.”
Co-coordinator Susan Wood has been a key driving force that brought the idea to fruition this weekend. “What started off as a round table discussion has turned into the inaugural shoulder season event known as the 14erFest.”
Originally from Wisconsin, Pingitore had visited Buena Vista many times previously. After his good friends Bill and Cheryl Mehaffey came out and started Bongo Billy’s off the highway, he decided to follow along.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly…”
“After several years, I thought this isn’t really what I want to do. I figured I would go back and get a PhD in chemistry or biochemistry or something. When I saw what it was really about, I thought ‘Hmm, maybe that medicine thing isn’t so bad.’ So that’s the point at which I applied for medical school and went back.”
Sarah Haughey’s golden smile invites you right in. The owner of The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar on East Main Street since last July, she says, “I grew up visiting Buena Vista every summer. I have always loved these mountains and I’m so lucky to be able to run a business here and play here.”
Business manager Jacob Mueller, who co-owns the business with Mike and Francie Allen, says, “There aren’t many places serving craft coffee, also known as third wave coffee, (a term coined in 2002), once you go west of the Front Range mountains in Colorado. Nor are there many places serving made-from-scratch authentic Italian gelato, but The Midland Stop’s five-star rating is a testimony to its success since opening in 2015.”
“I got my first taste of what mountains were really like when I climbed Mount Washington in New Hampshire and Mount Katadin in Maine. But it was my trip down the West Coast from Washington state to Baja California in 1971 that convinced me I had to move to the West.”
“I always wanted to be a writer, and I’m still hoping to find that missing piece for the part of my soul that can do good and be of real help to someone.”
Jones self-published his book “How to Find your Dream and Make it Come True” in 1990.
“In one Columbian 26-story apartment building that we lived in, there were five neighbors who were major cocaine traffickers,” he says. “I loved being around bad guys and jails in my work. I was never the type for pinstriped suits and silk ties. I loved the adrenaline rush of being in the middle of the action.”
When his dad started designing and building homes and commercial buildings around 2003, Rodriguez helped out. “It was good,” he says. “It’s just, for me, it didn’t fulfill everything I wanted to do. I could do it for the rest of my life, but opportunities came up.”
Once complete, the new operations center will be used to store equipment and tools used by volunteers who serve as the primary stewards of the trail that stretches from Denver to Durango.