Immigrant Stories

You have probably heard Immigrant Stories weekday afternoons at 5:44 during All Things Considered. Now you have the opportunity to listen to an extended Immigrant Stories version. Tune in on the third Tuesday of the month from 4:30 to 5 when the host Walter Gallacher sits down with one of our valley's storytellers as they relate their family's journey to America.

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Ernie Gerbaz is the grandson of the Gerbazs and the Arbaneys who came to the Valley in the 1890s. Here he remembers growing up in Coal Basin and the life of Italian immigrants in the early 1900's.

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Eric Petrocco was born during the pandemic of 1918 in the mining town of Lime, Colorado. He grew up in Marble and was drafted into the Army in 1941. In this interview, Eric remembers his life in mining towns and his near death experiences as a soldier in World War II.

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Roz Turnbull died on July 4th. She was a woman with a generous loving spirit. This month's Immigrant Stories honors her memory with an episode from the archives, speaking with Roz' mother Ditty Perry.

John Goodwin is a career peace officer and retired professor of Criminal Justice at Colorado Mountain College. John reflects on his life, the death of George Floyd and the importance of community centered police work.

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Beatriz Soto is and architect, environmentalist and Latino Outreach Coordinator for Wilderness Workshop. She recently co-founded Voces Unidas, a network of Latino and Latina leaders in Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties. Beatriz talks about traveling to the US with her parents as a two year old and adapting to new places. She also talks about work with Wilderness Workshop, Voces Unidas, and the impact of COVID-19 on the valley's Latinos.

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Lucia Ponce Campbell grew amidst the Nicaraguan Revolution and started teaching literacy classes when she was thirteen. Today she teaches young immigrant students English at Glenwood Springs Middle School. Tune in as she describes how she and valley residents help students learn English using their journey stories.

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Nancy Bo Flood is a child therapist and celebrated author of 20 books, many of them for children. Tune in as Nancy reflects on her life, her work in the Navajo Nation and the power of storytelling.

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Eleven years ago, Crystal Mariscal was living in a shelter with her four children. Today she is a city council woman, an award winning radioproducer, and a community organizer. Tune in as she describes how she overcame every challenge that life sent her way.

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Lucy Moncada-Arcila immigrated from Cali, Colombia in 2010 and left behind a life of community service. Here, she talks about the dangerous encounters that prompted her to leave.

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Anayeli Espinoza was twelve when she and her parents and her brother tried to cross the border from Mexico to the United States. It would be the first of five tries for Anayeli. Hee, she describes her harrowing journey and the emotional price she had to pay. For the web exclusive second part of this interview, click here.

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Zalmai Salahai grew up in Afghanistan, the son of an Afghan general. When he was fifteen, his father sent him to live and work on his own in New York City. Here, Zalmai talks about why he was forced to leave and how he survived on his own.

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Alex Sanchez is the new Executive Director of Valley Settlement Project. Here, he talks about the project, his childhood in Mexico and his journey to the Roaring Fork Valley as a young boy.

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Molly Hemmen had to struggle to survive her premature birth. But that challenge didn't slow her down. In this interview she talks about her Dutch ancestors, her family and her interest in genealogy.

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Brigitte Heller was ten years old in 1945 when allied forces leveled her town of Magdeburg, Germany. She shares her memories of a time she will never forget.

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Ed Grange is the son of Italian Immigrants. He grew up on a farm outside of Basalt in the 1930's without electricity. Here, he shares with Walter Gallacher about his career at Holy Cross Energy and tells the backstory of how Vail got started.

On this month's episode of Immigrant Stories, José Miranda describes his life in Venezuela and why he and his family had to leave their water buffalo ranch and start over in the United States.

On this month's edition of Immigrant Stories, local attorney Claire Noone contrasts her recent work with Central American refugees to her experience with the war widows of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia.

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Lizbeth Jacobs was born in Guatemala in 1976 amidst the country's 36 year civil war. Here she describes her family's escape and reflects on why people are still fleeing.

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Francisco Nevarez Burgueño is the Director of the Folklorico Dance Program at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Here he shares about his love of dance and his journey from the mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico to New York City and the Roaring Fork Valley.

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What's it like to grow up in a country that doesn't embrace you as one of its own? Angeles talks about her search for a place she could finally call home.

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Jim Mason spent twenty-five years as a firefighter, first as a volunteer and eventually as the fire chief for Glenwood Springs. Here he remembers the Storm King fire and other major events in his firefighting career.

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Sandra Lopez has lived in the valley for twenty years but for the last nine months she has had to live in sanctuary to avoid deportation. Sandra and her son, Alex, describe how living in sanctuary has affected their family.

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In 1997, Diane Kenney opened the Carbondale Clay Center and invited people of the Valley to come make something with their hands. Listen as Diane talks about community art, growing up in Illinois and her early years in the convent before coming to Colorado. That's Immigrant Stories at 4:30, only on KDNK.

Penny Pappas's Greek immigrant parents were busy creating a life together and then the unthinkable happened. Join Penny as she talks about how her family struggled to carry on after the death of her mother.

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Fred Haberlein has dedicated his life to taking art to the streets. His sweeping landscapes adorn halls and buildings across Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Here, Fred talks about the importance of community art and the joy of painting in public. For part 2, follow the headline...

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Many people know Kristina Mace from her days at the Pine Creek Cookhouse at Ashecroft where she and her husband, Greg, served Hungarian cuisine to guests from around the world. But, most have never heard her harrowing story of escape from Hungary as a child. Here, she talks to Walter Gallacher about the winter of 1956 when Soviet tanks rolled into her neighborhood and changed her life.

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Join host Walter Gallacher and guest Bill Barnes for stories about Bill's dad and how he made a living in the Roaring Fork Valley in the late 1940s.

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Today Alex Alvarado works as a paralegal for a Denver law firm but twenty-two years he came to the United States from Mexico, as a toddler. He came with his parents and his five year-old brother. They joined many of the working homeless ​in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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Every November, we in the US set aside a day to remember our veterans and thank them for the sacrifices they make to protect us. But for people like John Tripp, remembering is a constant thing. Tune in as John remembers his band of brothers, Camp Hale and the assault on Italy's Mount Belvidere.

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Marsha Weigum grew up in Jamaica, watching her mother struggle to raise five kids on her own. And then one day, Marsha realized she was thirty and the same thing that happened to her mother was happening to her. Here, she talks to host Walter Gallacher about her journey to create her own life.

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