Meet a Westsider:
Dawn Sandoval

Profession/Occupation... Administrative Assistant for Alpine Consulting, Inc. (A Westside business.)

What I like most about the Westside is... it feels like a small town. Everyone seems to know everyone, people prefer to shop at local Westside businesses, and neighbors are really friendly.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... I would like to see focus on the preservation and revitalization of the areas alongside of Highway 24 from 1-25 to Manitou since this is the gateway to the Pikes Peak region and the Westside.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... I haven’t been to the movies lately, but the last really funny one I saw was “The Hangover.”

I'd like to discover... I’d like to figure out how to fit more hours in the day so I could get everything done that I really need to do!

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Brad Paisley (country singer) and have him write a song about my life.

The next time I travel, I’m going... take a family cruise during Thanksgiving to the Caribbean.

My favorite childhood memory is... spending Saturdays with my grandparents who lived on 25th Street. We always went “treasure hunting” at Goodwill and ate lunch at Furr’s Cafeteria – usually followed by a movie night at the SkyVue Drive-In. I’m a native of Colorado Springs, and my dad’s side of the family were Westsiders. I grew up in the Palmer Park area, but moved to the Westside about 20 years ago. My grandmother, Dora Kennedy, was very involved in the revitalization of Old Colorado City in the 1970s.

My favorite summer pastime is... camping with my family. My favorite locations in Colorado to camp are the Cuchara and LaVeta Pass areas, and I also love Mueller State Park.

Something good I’ve read is... “The Last Lecture,” by Randy Pausch. I liked it because it made me reprioritize what’s truly important in my life and it made me realize that I need to live life in a more carefree manner.

My pet peeve is... people that are habitually late.

If I didn’t have to work for a year, I would... travel around the world. I would probably start my world-traveling in the Fiji Islands and then just spin a globe to decide where to go from there.

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