Immigrant Stories

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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.

Los estudiantes y los jóvenes del Valle de Roaring Fork hacen oír su voces al contar sus historias como inmigrantes. / Students and young adults of the Roaring Fork Valley make their voices heard by telling their immigrant stories.

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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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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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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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Yesenia Arreola came to the US from Mexico in 1994 when she was six years old. In the spring of 2017, she graduated from Denver University with honors and an MSW. In this month's show, she talks to host Walter Gallacher about the challenges and opportunities she's faced along the way.

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Don Vanderhoof's family was exiled to the New World from Holland in the 1600s. For this month's Immigrant Stories, Don talks to host Walter Gallacher about his family's early days in eastern Colorado, his brother John's 25-year career as State Representative and Governor of Colorado, and his own memories of a valley in transition in the 1950s and '60s.

 

 

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Tony Mendez is the son of refugees who fled the war in El Salvador. Here, he talks to Walter Gallacher about how his parents' struggle inspired him to pursue a doctorate in law.

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Peter Moscon's dad, Red, was one of those larger than life characters who influenced  the lives of others by the way he lived his. On this month's show, Peter and host Walter Gallacher reminisce about Red.

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Apr 12, 2017
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Elizabeth Velasco moved to Colorado from Guanajuato, Mexico at age 16 to reunite with her father who had been  working in the US all those years. On this month's show, Elizabeth talks to host Walter Gallacher about growing up without her dad and adjusting to life in the US as a teenager.

Please enjoy the second half of Walter Gallacher's conversation with George Stranahan. The first part was aired on KDNK on 2/21/2017.

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Host Walter Gallacher  spends time with Roaring Fork Valley resident and philanthropist George Stranahan. Part 1 of the interview was aired on 2/21/2017.  Click here to listen to Part 2.

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Dr. George Mizner grew up in Austria, enjoying an idyllic childhood until one dark day in 1938.

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Dec 1, 2016

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Sandro Torres grew up on the streets of Mexico without the guidance of mother or father, and eventually became a personal fitness trainer. On this month's edition of Immigrant Stories, he tells host Walter Gallacher about his journey from a kid on the streets to the owner of Custom Body Fitness in Carbondale.

Kit Strang came to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1960. She and her husband Mike had just married and had a dream of raising a family in the West. Tune in as she talks to host Walter Gallacher about her family, ranching and the land.

Immigrant Stories: Mercedes Garcia

Sep 20, 2016
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Mercedes Garcia was fifteen when the civil  war came to her village in El Salvador. Here, she tells host Walter Gallacher about her life, her country and the violence that still haunts her homeland.