Alamosa and the spirit of Colorado

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ALAMOSA — Traveling podcast “Colorful Colorado” will be making a stop in Alamosa today. The podcast is self-described as “a video and voice podcast that will explore the spirit of Colorado through its guests.” All accomplished by host, the University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl, taking the time to visit with “some of the most interesting folks with Colorado connections to celebrate and learn about our great state.”

The soft list of prospective interviewees for today includes but is not limited to former five-term Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen; Executive Director of the Alamosa Chamber of Commerce, Erin Keck; Economic Development Director for the City of Alamosa and former Mayor Kathy Woods.

Confirmed interviews are Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman and Woody’s Q Shack owners Michelle and Kyle Woodward.

Centered on the state of Colorado and the people that make it wonderful both Mayor Coleman and the Woodwards will have plenty to share on the topic.

Michelle and Kyle Woodward are both San Luis Valley natives, Kyle from Alamosa and Michelle from Creede and they met at Colorado State University- Pueblo before having their two kids Dyson, 15, and Keenon, 13. For Kyle, it is much the same for him as it is for many who fall in love with what Colorado has to offer, “I know this sounds cliché but the scenery. And the weather, it’s not too hot.”

Kyle also has plenty of history in our great state,  “Any time we’d go camping as a kid, we’d go camping up in Elk Creek,” says Woodward pointing to one of his favorite places in Colorado, Conejos Canyon. 

A transplant from Houston, Texas, Coleman has been a resident of the Centennial State for nearly 14 years and is quick to mention all that the San Luis Valley and Colorado have to offer, touching on the beauty and climate as well as locations such as The Great Sand Dunes, the Alligator Farm as well as the relaxing convenience of the Sand Dunes Swimming Pool in Hooper.

He is also sure not to discount the people.

“Alamosa and the SLV, during the coldest winter months, it can be the coldest place on earth to live. Especially when you look at the temperature throughout the United States. But the people have the warmest hearts.”

A Republican from Lone Tree, Heidi Ganahl attended the University of Colorado Boulder and earned a bachelor’s degree in business. She went on to earn a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Denver. Ganahl is the current chair of the regents’ Audit Committee at the University of Denver.

“Throughout the summer, she will travel the state in a vintage RV and continue to spotlight these inspiring and heartfelt stories,” says the webpage for “Colorful Colorado.”

To hear from the Woodwards, Coleman and possibly more be sure to tune in wherever podcasts are available – Apple, Spotify, Google, Pocket Casts and RadioPublic.

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