Stories From the North Fork

In early spring of 2021, after a year of pandemic lockdowns, North Fork Senior Connections entered into a collaboration with the Blue Sage Center for the Arts of Paonia, Colorado, to interview (via Zoom recordings) some of the town’s long-time residents about their families, friends, and experiences growing up in the Western Slope communities of the Colorado Rockies.

The results paint a wonderful – if incomplete – portrait of the unique character of the valley and its inhabitants from the mid-twentieth century on. NFSC Program Manager Linda McCone arranged for and conducted some of these interviews. Local videographer David Jacobson also conducted interviews for the project, which became the basis for an evening performance of five of these accounts in a program called Story Share 2021 at an event sponsored by the Blue Sage in late June of that year. You can now view extended versions of all of these videos on YouTube:

Residents of the North Fork Valley may also recall that National Public Radio’s Story Corps project visited and recorded audio interviews in the fall of 2009. You can listen to these interviews by creating a free account on the Archive Story Corps website, and then copying and pasting in the website address. The following is a list of those interviews:

  • Sept. 4: Felix Belmont and Cyn Holder [37:32] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005661/)
  • Sept. 4: Edith Beacham and Viva Kellogg [39:35] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005665/)
  • Sept. 4: Claudia King and Judy Livingston [41:14] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005662/)
  • Sept. 5: Marjorie Johnson and Marylee Hauze [44:20] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005669/)
  • Sept. 5: Kim Schultz and Kevin Dirk [42:36] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005671/)
  • Sept. 5: Smyth Boone, Cassidy Boone, and Marley Boone [39:51] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005666/)
  • Sept. 6: Larry True and Bill Powers [47:57] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005675/)
  • Sept. 6: Ray Taylor and Mary Bachran [39:44] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005676/)
  • Sept. 6: Doris Pickrel and Dee Ann Kropp [40:12] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005678/)
  • Sept. 6: Antje Ludwig and Kari Ritter [24:55] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005674/)
  • Sept. 7: Dave Shishim and Maggie Shishim [38:52] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005681/)
  • Sept. 7: Sarah Bishop and Bill Bishop [37:36] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005685/)
  • Sept. 7: Liz Lilien and Candy Pennetta [48:11] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005680/)
  • Sept. 7: Zella Westerman and Iris Gregson [39:35] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005683/)
  • Sept. 9: Ernest Holder, Tamera Marty, and Karen Marty [37:32] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005687/)
  • Sept. 9: Marie Hinton and Donna Gershten [40:02] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005691/)
  • Sept. 9: Edwin Marston and James Schott [40:34] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005735/)
  • Sept. 9: Hazel Maikka Barnes and Loretha Barnes [38:06] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005690/)
  • Sept. 11: Tara Edna Miller and Marion Conger Stewart [42:44] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005698/)
  • Sept. 11: Jann Ungaro and Bill Power [41:04] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005694/)
  • Sept. 11: Chip Meneley and Sara Sharer [38.49] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005695/)
  • Sept. 11: Gene Lorig and Neal Schwieterman [46:52] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005696/)
  • Sept. 12: Judy Anderson, Susan Nieman, and Shylar Wilson [40:22] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005701/)
  • Sept. 12: Wes Perrin and Jackson (Jack) Perrin [45:18] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005705/)
  • Sept. 12: Hilah Mattern and Racheal Green [29:01] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005702/)
  • Sept. 13: Ellen Kester and Sara Culver [43:33] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005710/)
  • Sept. 13: Luther Pipher and Hugh Carson [40:16] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005707/)
  • Sept. 13: Claressa Fletcher and Jeanette Habenicht [32:24] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005711/)
  • Sept. 13: Cecilio Montes, Bertha Jaramillo, and Alejandro De La Cruz [41:47] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005711/)
  • Sept. 13: Ellen Stapenhorst and Barbe Chambliss [37:30] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005708/)
  • Sept. 14: Alice Logan and Melissa Humphrey [45:31] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005713/)
  • Sept. 14: Dallas Harding and June Harding [40:36] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005715/)
  • Sept. 14: Sally Kane and Robin Alexandra [39:35] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005720/)
  • Sept. 14: Celia Roberts and Marion Conger Stewart [40:05] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005714/)
  • Sept. 14: Amy Griffin and Dorothy Kuretich [41:09] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005719/)
  • Sept. 16: Jamie Bryson and Diane Budy [41:56] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005721/)
  • Sept. 16: Barbara Heck and Michael Heck [41:13] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005724/)
  • Sept. 18: Jeff Regan and Amy Hayutin [36:37] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005733/)
  • Sept. 18: Marion Stewart and Marty Durlin [38:40] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005728/)
  • Sept. 18: Margaret “Peggy” Clements, Tara Budinger, and Karla Tschoepe [41:31] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005734/)
  • Sept. 18: Ross Blackstock and Felix Belmont [38:16] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005732/)
  • Sept. 19: Mary Reilly and Shari Dangremond [31:38] (https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby005737/)