During the 2022-23 school year, I was a Planet Forward Correspondent, where I produced multimedia stories on food, animal agriculture, soil health, and water systems.
Below is the story that got nominated finalist for the most creative category for the Planet Forward Summit.
Colorado has been dealing with megadrought conditions for the last 22 years, with an accompanying increase in demand for water from population growth. As a result, water prices in the state are rising exponentially while farmers and ranchers are left with a hefty price tag. Farmer and rancher, Mike Peterson, and irrigation manager, Michael Vicenti, live on opposite ends of Colorado, but their stories are far more similar than one might expect.
To read the rest of the article and the accompanying photo essay, go here . . .
I was a summer multimedia intern for BLDRfly, and this was my best article during the internship.
Driving North on Broadway as the picket fences reappear, houses give way to a third-generation centennial farm. Not the typical place for a 25-acre farm to stake its hold, just minutes away from Pearl Street in the middle of a definite traffic corridor, but then again Boulder isn’t exactly your typical urban center. Read more here . . .
I won a match report contest held by Liverpool Football Club (LFC) for the Cardiff City against Liverpool game on Oct. 27, 2018. Only official members of LFC can see the link, so the entire article is below.
I woke up at 8 o’clock in the morning to watch my Reds in America. I got out of bed carefully, conscious of waking my girlfriend, and turned on the game. I put in my headphones and climbed gently back into bed. Finally, I was all set to watch the Anfield faithful sing You’ll Never Walk Alone.
I hummed quietly along, and soon after it’s time for kick-off. Liverpool came out of the gates with an intense desire to dominate Cardiff. Anfield was quick to erupt to a Mo Salah goal. The Egyptian King was back to his goal scoring best with his fourth goal in three games! I must have yelled slightly too loudly “get in there!” as my girlfriend rolled over with a grunt, but that’s okay ‘cause the Red Men were winning.
The Reds continued to boss the possession throughout the first half but could not find a way to get the ball in the back of the net again. At halftime, I became slightly concerned that we did not get that second goal, and with the way Liverpool came out in the second half, that concern grew.
My palms began to sweat as I rubbed them together nervously. Cardiff were growing in the game, and Liverpool’s sloppy passing was not helping. Then all of a sudden, the net was nearly ripped off its post from an absolute thunderbolt from Sadio Mane! Like the net I jolted from Mane’s strike … shortly after I was left with no covers.
Even though I was a little cold, I could take sigh of relief as the Reds have not conceded in the league at Anfield since West Ham did last season. So the win was obviously in our hands … or at least that’s what I thought. Cardiff clawed a goal back from an unlucky deflection.
However, Cardiff’s goal was their biggest mistake of the game because that triggered a furious response from the Reds. Two lighting quick attacks started by the effervescent Mo Salah and finished off by Big Shaq and Mane saw the Reds up 4-1. The thrilling excitement had me wired with pride and positivity. Liverpool were back to their free-flowing best with an added grit and determination I have yet to see as a Liverpool fan.
When the final whistle went, and I threw some Klopp fist pumps into the air! I closed my laptop and crawled back under the covers full of joy, and I started to dream of what those mystical Anfield nights must be like in person.
I also have a few articles on my Medium that started my dating beat in Fort Collins for the New Scene Magazine, where I was a journalist intern for eight months, and I covered dating in Fort Collins and local music news.
My articles and photos appeared in print and online, but unfortunately, the New Scene Magazine is no longer an active publication.
Love the standard? Then, stop reading. Hate the mundane of fluorescent lighting? Good, this is for you!
In order to make a date great, it has to be unique. Dare to imagine. Create an unparalleled and unforgettable experience. Read more here . . .
When most think of romantic comedies, a sense of joy and positivity comes to mind. This charisma does not have to stay in the movies. I created five dates inspired by romantic comedies, and took them to the streets of Fort Collins over the course of five days. Read more here . . .
It is a surprisingly warm autumn morning and it is time to go fishing with my dad, Michael Forbes. I arrive to his house slightly late because of traffic, but it is okay, we are in no rush.
Like always, he asks me if I have everything that I need, and like usual I have forgotten something (an extra pair of shoes today). A few slightly disappointing grunts later, we move on to packing the car. Read more here . . .