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compiled by Stina Sieg
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Age: 56

Lives in: Glenwood Springs (and has lived in the valley all her life)

Occupation: Job coach for Mountain Valley Developmental Services



What was your most memorable New Year’s Eve experience? “Just being at the pool, with all the people, the excitement, those horns they give you, those party horns.”

Any exciting plans for this year? “I haven’t really decided what I’m going to do. I plan to stay off the roads, maybe stay home, think about what happened in 2008.”



Any resolutions for 2009? “Continue to work and be healthy.”

What was the best thing that happened to you in 2008? “Even though it cost money, we’re doing remodels on our decks on our condos. It makes it easier for shoveling snow off. (Then, she mentioned how she recently joined Glenwood Medical Associates’ health program for preventing heart attacks and strokes.) I think just finding a new pathway to help myself become healthier.”

Age: 44

Lives in: Silt (born in Pueblo, he’s lived all over the state)

Occupation: Works for the water department

What was your most memorable New Year’s Eve experience? “Riding my bike (one of his two Harleys) into the New Year.”

Any exciting plans for this year? “No, nothing, really. Waiting for the warm weather.”

Any resolutions for 2009? “No, not really.”

What was the best thing that happened to you in 2008? “I’d say having a healthy family.”

Age: 30

Lives in: Carbondale (originally from El Salvador)

Occupation: Owner of JA Vasquez Construction LLC in Carbondale

What was your most memorable New Year’s Eve experience? “It was in 2001. Because I got my first son in that year.”

Any exciting plans for this year? “I spent Christmas in California with my daughter and my son, so we just got back home, so we’re going to plan the day together. We’re going to church all night and spend the night with the people in the church. Everyone’s going to be a big congregation and stay together and sing, ‘Happy New Year.'”

Any resolutions for 2009? “I think lose weight and spend more time with my family. And that all people should be created equal, not discriminated. I hope the economy is doing better. With my company, it looks like we’ve been going a little slower in the last couple of months, but I hope Obama can make a difference, stop the war.”

What was the best thing that happened to you in 2008? “I think the best thing was being in the church this year, and we’re doing pretty good at my company this year.”

Age: 21

Lives in: Battlement Mesa (originally from Lubbock, Texas)

Occupation: Orthodontist assistant at Comfort Dental in Glenwood Springs

What was your most memorable New Year’s Eve experience? “Last New Year’s was pretty fun, but that’s just because our son (Tucker) was brand new. He was a month old last year.”

Any exciting plans for this year? “Not that I know, unless Brian’s (her husband) going to spring something on me.”

Any resolutions for 2009? “I guess, just like everyone else, I want to lose weight.” (But, she admitted, that’s a long term goal, as she’s expecting again.)

What was the best thing that happened to you in 2008? “Buying our first home.”


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