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Red Cross thanks Holy Cross

Everybody knows how important it can be to find a regular parking space. For the Roaring Fork Chapter of the American Red Cross, landing a convenient spot to station both of its emergency response vehicles can help cut the response time for volunteers heading to an emergency.

Luckily, Holy Cross Energy has come through by allowing the local American Red Cross branch to keep both of its vehicles parked at the Holy Cross facility in Glenwood Springs, ensuring that the organization can get the jump on emergencies. Over the last year, the Roaring Fork branch responded to more than 26 emergency calls.

Ex-Glenwood writer recounts

a bizarre journey

If you think it’s tricky trying to make your way in the world of journalism, imagine how tricky it might be to navigate the entire world with nothing but a backpack and an outstretched thumb.

Bryce Yarborough, a former Glenwood Post reporter, has chronicled his harrowing pre-Post adventures in a new book entitled “Close Calls: Narrow Escapes Living on the Road.” Yarborough, who now lives in Overland Park, Kan., worked at the Post in the 1980s.

Prior to his local journalism experience, Yarborough led a troubled, nomadic existence in the 1970s, traveling through the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, South America and North Africa for a decade, working odd jobs and relying on the kindness of strangers to get him from place to place. In his book, he recounts an apparent shortage of kind strangers and talks about his encounters with machete-wielding drug dealers in the Rif Mountains of Morocco, knife attacks in Hawaii and brainwashing religious cults, not to mention nearly freezing to death on several occasions.

Luckily, Yarborough cleaned up his act and returned to the United States and engaged in slightly less dangerous pursuits such as playing in a rock band and working on a cruise ship after his time at the Post.

“Close Calls” can be purchased through or at Yarborough’s own Web site,

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