Pinecliffe, Colorado, has been my home and my roots since birth. I have lived in many places in the State and the United States and have traveled all over the world, but Pinecliffe remains my only real home. My oldest son said it best when he was about 10 and we finally arrived at our cabin after a 12-hour drive from Kansas. “We’re home,” he said.
My grandfather bought the cabin in the Pinecliffe Association to the north of the town in 1945. It has remained in my family since then. I’ve only had the cabin handed down to me for about ten years but we’ve made major progress securing the foundation, adding a metal roof, finishing a new room and upgrading the bathrooms.
On July 5, I handed down a third each of the cabin to my two sons. In the next few years they will have the whole thing, I hope in more time for them to fully enjoy it and add their mark.
Along with Pinecliffe, Nederland has been my second home. It’s always been the place to go for groceries, thanks B&F, and hardware, thanks ACE, oh, and don’t forget fun, relaxation and spectacular events – too many to mention but you were always home at the Pioneer Inn and Miners’ Days were always a highlight. One of the influences for my wife, Anne, moving here with me was the fireworks display.
In addition to Pinecliffe, I have lived in Merino, Ft. Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs, and Springfield in the southeastern corner of the state. I have also lived in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and four different places throughout Kansas, most time spent near Lawrence.
My primary career has been in public relations and communications for about 30 years. I was a reporter and editor for a daily newspaper in Alamosa, Colorado, and did communications work for colleges and universities for more than 20 years.
Stories for The Mountain-Ear while coming and going from Pinecliffe through the years included a full-page spread on the Neder-Nederland. Kay Turnbaugh assigned me that story after graduating from the University of Kansas in the 1980s.
I returned after Barbara Hardt acquired the newspaper. I covered Gilpin County as a reporter before coordinating communications at Arapahoe Community College for a couple of years. Then I went back to The Mountain-Ear as editor.
When we decided we needed more coverage in Gilpin County, I took on that roll. Now we also need more real coverage of Nederland politics than has been done in the last few years, and we’ve found a great person, Terri Metallo, to cover Gilpin County.
I look forward to providing you with the best copy and photographs of Nederland politics you have ever seen. As I saw on a T-Shirt recently, if you don’t believe me, just watch.