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Dan was raised in Safford and has lived here most of his life. He was trained in audio engineering at the College for Recording Arts in San Francisco. He spent 12 years in the San Francisco Bay Area working in live sound and recording. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Business and a Master of Science degree in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University.
Dan has worked in radio for more than 22 years. He has written and produced thousands of radio commercials. He is also a musician and has written a handful of jingles for advertising. He also has three music albums which can be found on Pandora, iTunes and Spotify. As technology evolved into the digital age, Dan saw the opportunity to develop an online news service for the Gila Valley and surrounding area. The result of that vision is this website.
Brooke Curley was born in California and raised in the Gila Valley. Brooke Curley is an EAC and BYU-I graduate. Specializing in art and creative writing, she lives in the Gila Valley. She moved back to the valley with her family 2011. A professional writer and reporter, she has completed three books. She is an active dancer and performs yearly at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. She is part of the historical dance troupe, the Danseries. She enjoys meeting new people, learning new things, and experiencing life. She is married and has three beautiful kids and one Rottweiler who thinks he’s a kid too.
Kate is an EAC graduate with a degree in Art with an emphasis on English from Eastern Arizona College. She is working on a bachelor degree in technical writing. She has written articles for The Odyssey Online. One of her posts won, “Most Viewed Article,” in August, 2016. She enjoys creative writing the most, but also enjoys blogging and editing.
Chris Taylor is a 6th generation resident of Safford where he was born and raised. Chris graduated from Safford High School in 2004. In 2007 he joined the U.S. Army where he served in the Special Operations Forces as a Psychological Warfare Team Leader. Chris graduated from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School and the U.S. Army Special Forces Spanish Language School both located at Fort Bragg, NC. He became an Airborne Paratrooper and served two combat tours in Afghanistan for a total of 18 months.
Upon returning home to Safford Chris met his beautiful wife Sarah at Eastern Arizona College. They were married in June 2014. Their adorable baby girl Jordan was born in July 2015. Chris founded Desert Eagle Addiction Recovery where he serves as Executive Director. He enjoys being active in the community and volunteers in a variety of ways such as a state certified Firefighter for the Safford Fire Department, Director of the Gila Valley Recreation Foundation, President-elect of the Safford Rotary Club, Chairman of the Recovery subcommittee of the Graham County Substance Abuse Coalition and as a Safford City Council Member. Chris also serves as a Leader in the Boy Scouts of America where he earned his Eagle Scout Award as a young man.
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