Position: Special Projects Coordinator/Editor

Email: dales@cortezjournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

About: Dale Shrull joined the Cortez Journal in June 2011 as Special Projects Coordinator. His duties range from working on special sections and projects to writing stories and columns. He is a western Colorado native and has written a book on the early history of his hometown of New Castle, Colo.
Prior to graduating from Metropolitan State College of Denver at the age of 31 and getting into journalism, Shrull dabbled in a variety of professions. Some of his jobs included coal mining, carpentry, truck driving, cook , waiter, landscaping, pizza delivery and cemetery worker.
He enjoys cycling, hiking, fishing, traveling and watching his cat drink out of the toilet.
Shrull has won numerous awards from the National Newspaper Association, Inland Press Association, Colorado Press Association and the Associated Press.
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Bulldogs head to state tourney

After 47 years of coaching the Dove Creek Bulldogs, Ken Soper can still be surprised.When the Bulldogs’ baseball season started, Soper was looking at a team that looked little to the previous...

DATE: May 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

The Hat Maker

THE HAT MAKER In a vanishing craft, Mancos man still specializes in making cowboy hats.

DATE: April 27, 2012 | CATEGORY: Living

Devin Fox had to grow up a little faster than most

Devin Fox gobbles up the sizzling groundball with unmerciful ease and whips the throw to first for the out.The senior shortstop is as polished as porcelain on the diamond. When he’s not cleaning up...

DATE: March 31, 2012 | COLUMN: Dale Shrull

Alive and kicking cancer

Diane Fox watched as the chemical concoction seeped into her body. Clinched and terrified, she waited and braced for the worse.What could be worse than what she’d already endured? After an...

DATE: March 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: Living

Harvesting history

It’s a sound as distinct as a doorbell.Its color is its trademark.Its name is legendary.Winn Westcott sat comfortably on the metal seat of his 1952 John Deere tractor as the recognizable...

DATE: March 20, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Protecting the wondrous willow

It’s quite a tree.Big, sprawling and robust — the magnificent tree at the Cortez Library is an impressive landmark.Officially, it’s a Globe Navajo Willow. With it’s sloped truck, it literally begs...

DATE: March 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Living

Chance Randolph places third for Dove Creek

DENVER — Chance Randolph admitted he was nervous before his third-place match. The nerves may have bothered him early in the match, but by the end, the determined Dove Creek freshman had himself a...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2012 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

‘Rough year’ still results in fourth place

DENVER — It was a struggle. But Wyatt Wade still brought home a fourth-place medal from the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament.After his final match on Saturday at the Pepsi Center, Wade echoed a...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2012 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Third trip finally results in a third for Daves

DENVER — The clock can be an evil conspirator in wrestling.The clock has no heart.Ryan Daves has heart.It came down to 10 seconds — 10 seconds to fourth or 10 seconds to third.Fourth place at the...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2012 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Baughman cruises to regional title

GRAND JUNCTION — Cole Baughman was called for stalling. And he didn’t like it.The one point in the 120-pound regional final cut the Dove Creek junior’s lead to 4-1. It was the only point he’d give...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2012 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Shelter provides a necessary service

The faces, the eyes, the words — all tell stories of sadness, desperation, gloom, melancholy, some drifting into despair, while others beam with hope.It’s obvious that hope is an empty tank for...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2012 | COLUMN: Dale Shrull

A Caring Community

A torrent of brilliant sunshine floods the park as a yellow Labrador bounds after a tennis ball. The rambunctious retriever hones in on his prey and snatches it up with his mouth, gleefully...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

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