"Pam is that rare journalist who can fully empathize with subjects and who listens with her heart."

—Doug Bell, former senior editor, news desk, for the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News



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Beckoning grace
A father's devotion brings soothing melodies to the life of his
autistic son

It's an exhilarating experience when a father hears his son's first
"Da-Da." But the experience can be crushing if a child stops saying it.
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One man's legacy

Norm Meyer raised a family and shaped a valley over half a century

Hanging against flocked, scarlet-colored wallpaper in the study of Conifer resident Norm Meyer is a quote from Charles Lindbergh. (read more)

Holding back the darkness
Homeless woman nurtures a flicker of hope

No moon was in sight on a late summer night in 2004 when Pam Deedon sat in a canvas chair sipping hot tea at a campsite in Clear Creek County, her four dogs at her side. (read more)

A Doc's Tail
Unconventional vet heals pets

The chatter of veterinary assistants and visitors, resembling the hullabaloo of a New York diner during breakfast rush, engulfs Arleen Shkapich. People and their pets from Centennial to Broomfield to Bailey pack the waiting area, some come bearing gifts of donuts, bagels and fresh tomatoes for the attentive staff of 10. (read more)

True Love

Hank and Eva Bentsen were no Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire when they met at a naval base in Oxnard, Calif., in 1952. But they did love to square dance. (read more)

Man meets robot
Search-and-rescue operation pits humans, robots against challenges

John Blitch has more pictures than he can count of missions with his remotely operated vehicles: Post-9/11. Post-Katrina. Or, when his technical crew was deployed last December to Oregon’s Mount Hood one week after three climbers had gone missing. (read more)

Sweet inspiration
Child Garden students share cookie recipes

Here’s a recipe for cookie connoisseurs, complements of a young cook named Clay at Child Garden Learning Center:
3 chocolates
1 green bean
Directions: Bake at high enough for 4 hours ...
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Tears fell like rain
Scores of teens gather to mourn pair who died in Jeep accident

As a gray sky let loose a pelting hailstorm across a grassy hillside of Meyer Ranch Park at dusk Monday, more than 100 teens, there to honor 16-year-old friends Justin Dorrance of Evergreen and Clyde “Rusty” Gallegos of Pine, vanished into a stand of trees to wait for a shift in the weather. (read more)

Paying it forward
Teacher opens eyes, minds of his students

Joe Cushing comes from a family of educators that date back three generations on his father’s side. But his decision to teach eighth-grade American history was inspired from outside that circle of influence. (read more)

Passing into history: Jack Green dies at 90

By the time Jack Green arrived on this Earth in 1917 - at an elevation of 6,762 feet, on a parcel of land purchased in 1890 by his grandfather - native Americans no longer camped there during summer months. (read more)

The land, and those who love it
Members of the Schoonhoven family were disturbed by the county’s changes to their beloved Flying J, but those who now enjoy the open space cherish it

The late John and Marguerite Schoonhoven offered sage advice when their young daughters made a bad decision while growing up at the Flying J Ranch in the 1950s — such as riding their horses through the meadow where the family grew hay. (read more)

The Bridges of Jefferson County
Structures span the spectrum from functional to elegant

Peter Montoya analyzes each eating utensil he loads into the dishwasher at his Denver home.

He places heavy stoneware toward the back of the tray, plastic containers toward the front, large glasses toward the back, smaller ones toward the front.

Thinking efficiently is as natural as breathing for this structural engineer, who designs bridges for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
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A day lived bravely
Five who responded to the Platte Canyon standoff share memories of an event that changed their lives

On Sept. 27, lives and fates converged in Bailey when a gunman entered Platte Canyon High School and took seven hostages in a second-floor classroom. Here are the personal stories of five of the law enforcement professionals involved in the response that day. (read more)

Touched by the sea
Colorado woman leads double life in mountains and ocean

Olivia the octopus loved to hold the hand of diver Dee Scarr. Spooky, a moray eel, hugged her. And Scarr has had her fair share of spooky manicures by ghost shrimp. (read more)

The world as classroom
Teen finds knowledge, adventure in Traveling School

Phoebe McGuire was sitting in senior study hall during a 90-minute free period last November, when the Evergreen High student became restless. (read more)

Finding awareness in the mountains
Buddhist monk brings his experiences, teachings to local monastery

Fourteen-year-old Antonio Phan and his younger brother breathed in the pungent smell of the sea as they lay hidden beneath fishing nets on a boat in Vietnam in 1984, waiting for their father to spirit them out of the country.
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Mercy's messenger

It was the flicker of the Columbine torch that distracted the drunken man from his aimless stumbling through the rubble of the school siege in Beslan, Russia, in 2004. (read more)

Hitting cleanup
Regional administrator ends 37-year career with EPA

It’s appropriate that the deputy regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency would have an epiphany on his 40th birthday while fishing in a wilderness area on Bear Mountain.
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Trail back in time
Indian Hills landmark passing on

In the summer of 1997, a medicine man visiting the home of Judy McWilliams and Rosemary Aitken saw a band of Ute Indians walking across their land. (read more)

And suddenly, a family
Colorado couple share the rhythms of their lives with two young sisters

There is a rhythm to childhood that, if eloquently experienced, can move a young person along with poise and purpose. (read more)

A Dog's Tale
Storied sausage has had a spicy history

Marcus Shannon, a Denver security guard, had a dream in the early 1960s. He and a few business partners would develop America's most unique franchise system—selling hot dogs from a giant fast-food structure that replicated the real thing. (read more)

Well cast
Bamboo Bill fishes for mysteries in the river of life

On a Monday evening in June at Pine Valley Ranch, on a lake painted with shadows and glimmers from the slow-setting sun, Bill Hensel held his breath.
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