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Kelly Koepke
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Kelly Koepke

As an Air Force kid, Kelly Koepke lived in eight states and a foreign country before coming to Santa Fe for the Great Books program at St. John’s College. She left after graduating, but felt the irresistible pull of the light, culture, and green chile. “I returned with my Midwest-born-and-bred husband and hung out a freelance shingle. They don’t call it the Land of Entrapment for nothing,” she says. Celebrating 21 years as a writer (and of marriage) this year, she jumped at a chance to cover the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad’s restoration of a historic steam engine and several passenger cars. As for her own summer, she plans plenty of travel “and sharing exceptional views with friends on our Santa Fe patio.” 

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