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!