Mike McKibbin

An award-winning freelance journalist, writer and editor. I help companies, organizations and individuals tell their stories. "Tell me the story that keeps you going."

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Beauty from Ashes

I was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in a dysfunctional home with an alcoholic father, a rage-a-holic mother and three hard-to-live-with siblings. When my mother discovered that Daddy preferred frequenting the local bar rather than working to provide for their growing family, she decided to go to work herself. My parents divorced when I was 11, and I was raised in large part by live-in-babysitters who, more often than not, were pregnant, unwed mothers working in exchange for room and board. The turnover rate was high.

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Societal acceptance + entrepreneurs are growing West Slope hemp

For example, after a year trying to grow hemp himself, David Cox of Palisade now works for other hemp farmers. “I don’t think I knew what I needed to know about the hemp plant and about soil conditions,” he says. “I tried to plant 150 acres but had good success on only about five of them. It’s easier to work for others [at this stage] and learn all I can. I’m understanding things a little better now.”