​​​​​​​​​The Blood of Patriots  

A literary journalism piece about an Australian Army veteran struggling to find a balance between his pursuit of an education and family, all the while fighting for benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

The piece was also the winner of the University of Colorado Upper-Division Creative Nonfiction Prize Spring 2015.

"I told him about the first guy that I lost, how he had everything above his jaw-line taken off with an RKG grenade. This is essentially a small parachute-stabilized grenade, that when detonated becomes a shape charge, forcing molten copper and tungsten through an area no more than half an inch in diameter, to tear through the Humvee and through the back of my buddy’s head. Skull fragments splintered off and became shrapnel that wounded the other four Marine passengers.  We both sit in what others might consider to be an awkward silence. We sit, drinking our beer, looking into the glass as we fiddle them around with our hands, reliving these events over and over again in our minds. Sometimes it is best to just say nothing."

​Salida del Sol Academy rallies behind teacher battling cancer 
Students at Salida del Sol Academy wore pink from head to toe Friday.  They wore pink shoes, pink backpacks, pink hats, pink bows, pink T-shirts, pink ties and dresses. Some even wore pink socks.  Students and staff at the school, 111 E. 26th St. in Greeley, donned the attire to show their support of sixth-grade teacher Elodia Lopez, who is fighting breast cancer.

Weld County community and Camp Noah team up to help youth affected by 2013 flood
​During times of disaster many kids find themselves in roles that don’t quite fit.
Often times they are forced to take on some responsibilities of an adult — working or looking after siblings. Other times the parents have to focus on piecing their lives back together, which can leave the children sidelined, scared and confused, said Maryn Olson, a senior program manager with Camp Noah.

Aims Community College trustees pick Leah Bornstein as president after day-long deliberation
​The Aims Board of Trustees spent about six hours in closed-door deliberations Friday as its members discussed the best fit for president of Aims Community College.
It wasn’t until about 4:30 p.m. that the board unanimously selected Leah Bornstein as Aims’ next president.
​“Knowing the personnel, the culture and history of this college, I think she will be a tremendous fit at Aims,” said Aims Board of Trustees President Walt Richter. 

​​Shawsheen students say goodbye to longtime music teacher 

Children in costumes ranging from Indians and fairies to sleepy children and the family dog run around the Northridge High School auditorium, anxiously awaiting rehearsal for their upcoming play, “Peter Pan Jr.”  Volunteer stage crew and parents fix stage props and lighting to help get the rehearsal underway. This is a typical weeknight for Larry Scovil and his Shawsheen Thunderbird choir, and coincidentally, the capstone to his career.

Platte Valley Middle School Hosts First Ever Model UN Conference 

Prairie School seventh-grader Kathryn Shoemaker already has the savvy of a seasoned diplomat.
“If kids are dying in the deserts we can use it,” she said, representing the country of Sudan.
Shoemaker was one of 22 rural northern Colorado students who got the chance to experience world politics Friday in the comfort of a classroom. Ten students from Platte Valley Middle School and 12 from Prairie School out of New Raymer gathered at the Kersey school to practice their debate and diplomatic skills by representing 20 different United Nations countries in the first Model UN conference at the school.

Healthier Colorado connects Colorado schools and local farmers for children’s health 
It was Monday — a time for important thought for local preschoolers busying themselves with painting a shed or drawing barn animals.“What kind of vegetable would you be?”  While George Bonnell, 4, and other children pondered the answers at the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Service Center, team members from Healthier Colorado explained the importance of bringing healthy meals into schools using locally grown foods to their parents, hoping that they would sign their petition to put a bill into place to help farmers provide locally grown food for Colorado schools.​