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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A job far from home

Murphy Tuni looks warm and comfy after a hot shower. Watching TV in a T-shirt and gym shorts, he had finished off a big bowl of chili earlier in the dining room. After a long day of work at the...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2012 | CATEGORY: Living

Waiting and Hoping

They wait. They hope. They wait some more.Some dressed in thick wool caps and heavy work boots — with winter coats and work gloves sitting on a shelf — ready if a call comes in.Others come without...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Compassion, hope, frustration

It's been two nights since Mary Rose Shay froze to death in the park. A park just a few hundred yards away from an open door and a warm bed.Shay's death left the Bridge Emergency Shelter stunned...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Home until morning

It’s a somewhat typical night at the Bridge Emergency Shelter. If there is such a thing.Amanda Carlton is suddenly energized. Excited about the possibility of returning home to Tucson, Ariz. Back...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Christmas cookies

With the meticulous precision of a sculptor and the care of a surgeon, Gerry Brunk dabs red and green icing onto sugar cookies.Splendid stars made of icing — the finishing touch.Her cookies are...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

A Professional Honor Guard

Poise, professional, polished, the American Legion No. 75 Honor Guard is a proud group.Standing at attention, their posture radiated respect. Steely gazes, chins up, all with a rigid stance — a...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Living

Pride & Pain

The year was 1966. Somewhere in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. A remote region with rugged mountains, thick forests and plateaus with rich soil.A region filled with violent battles. Death and...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Living

A Polished Honor Guard

Poise, professional, polished, the American Legion No. 75 Honor Guard is a proud group.Standing at attention, their posture radiated respect. Steely gazes, chins up, all with a rigid stance — a...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Living

Porter recalls tough times

John Porter was raised on a farm. His grandfather moved to the Lewis area west of Cortez in 1909 and worked a 310-acre farm. Through the years, the Porter family raised cattle and sheep, and grew...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farewell Comrade

His Navy dress uniform is neatly pressed and pristine.A sign of respect.His voice strong but racked with emotion.A sign of pride and sadness.His words are filled with touching sorrow and powerful...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Alamosa downs Panthers, 35-20

It was a great start but a disappointing finish for the Montezuma-Cortez High School football team Friday night.In the middle, the Panthers did what they had to do to stay in the game in front of...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Celebrating 90 years

When it comes to those painful times when a loved one passes away, there’s nothing more important than family.To lean on, to cry with, to remember — family provides support during those very...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

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