I was born in 1953, the youngest of six children to Alphonse and Helen Amman - I am a Beulah native! My father, an air traffic controller from Denver, was inspecting airports and was assigned to inspect the Pueblo Airport in 1949. He met up with a photographer from The Pueblo Chieftain and together they flew his plane over Beulah. In his pilot log, my father wrote “Flew over a little valley named Beulah, Colorado. Looks like a nice place to raise a family.”
Little did he know a year later, Pueblo would be searching for a chief of the Pueblo control tower. With Beulah calling, he took a cut in pay, loaded up my four older siblings, Larry, Loretta, Lorraine and Leonard (Dick), my mother was eight months pregnant with Linda (I would come three years later), and moved to a log cabin up Middle Creek, where my brother Dick and his wife Ona live today.
I had an idyllic childhood - attending Beulah School, and active in Brownies, Girl Scouts, and 4-H. My parents allowed me to have many animals with the understanding that I take good care of them. Today, animals are my primary passion. I attended Seton Catholic High School for girls in Pueblo. I took an unconventional road and pursued anything of a creative nature. I tried my hand at numerous artistic classes in pottery, watercolor, weaving, calligraphy, to name a few. I fell in love with floral design, trained in Denver to be a certified designer for FTD and Telaflora. I worked at several floral shops and greenhouses, and even owned my own at one time. In 1996 it was time to seek another adventure, and I was a lucky “Beulah-ite” to be able to work at Pine Drive Telephone Co. for 19-1/2 years. I loved my non-commute, and retired in 2016.
I love to garden on my North Creek Cutoff home, which I share with my partner Bob Thompson, and llamas, goats, geese, chickens, cats and dogs. I am one of four vendors at The Market in Beulah, active in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and take part in the liturgical worship environment. I have held various offices for the Beulah Arts Council, Beulah Yule Log Festival, 1976 year long Bi-Centennial celebration with the Historical Society, re-publishing and update of the Beulah History Book From Maces Hole the Way It Was, to Beulah the Way It Is, the Beulah Community Cook Book, Beulah Reunion and Beulah Community Center.
My father was editor of the Beulah Bugle in 1950’s and I am excited to work with my long time friend Greta and spread the word about BEULAH…Not a Place, but a state of mind!
I first called Beulah “home” in 1972 when my parents, Charles and Diane Hanson, and my siblings, Holly and Eric moved just outside of the valley to Owl Canyon Ranch. My dad, a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Pueblo (Hanson Clinic, Pueblo West) left much of the ranch management to my mom, and we kids.
We spent much of our time outside; general ranch chores, including milking cows, farrowing sows, riding to gather cattle, fixing fence, haying, or caring for 4-H projects. Most of our friends also had horses, lived on ranches, were members of the Beulah Valley Saddle Club or took part in 4-H. I was on Beulah School’s basketball, volleyball and track teams, and in high school, I loved art and performing in musicals. We learned to ski at San Isabel Ski Area and Conquistador, now considered ghost ski towns. Eventually I could drive to Monarch Mountain, where I learned to ski race. We kids showed cattle at the local Pueblo County Fair and around the country. We learned practical things, common sense and even a few book smarts. I graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs with a B.A. in English literature, and a minor in Southwest Studies.
I met the love of my life, Steve Maurer on a blind date (an avid outdoorsman, skier, and chef extraordinaire) and we have been married 30 years and have two girls - Meghann and Hannah, and now a son-in-law, Max.
While working with a professional photographer in Boulder, I really figured out how much I loved graphic design. Now, 28 years later, I’m still doing what I love, and working with a wide range of people and industries. Whether it’s a website, a magazine, a brochure, or a business card, each project always presents something new.
In 2017, the stars aligned, and after thinking hard for less than 24 hours, we put a contract on our Beulah home and moved down from the Front Range and our small farm in Berthoud. Now that we’ve settled in, the timing seemed right to 1) start something new, 2) offer the diverse Beulah community a hub spot in hard copy form, 3) meet more people, and 4) see what Laura A. and I can uncover about this very special place called Beulah. I feel lucky to call it “home,” again!
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