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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Samuel Bernal is vice-president of, and radio host at, La Tricolor, the Roaring Fork Valley's Spanish language radio station. In this month's show, he talks to host Walter Gallacher about growing up in Mexico City and the power of radio in the Latino community.

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

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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.