Edi Sheldon, former Mayor of Walsenburg, has joined the Journal staff as a writer. She brings extensive experience in newspaper publishing and community service.
Sheldon, born and raised in Walsenburg, graduated from Huerfano County High School in 1959. She attended Pueblo Jr. College and CSU in Greeley. In 1964, she married John M. Sheldon and has two sons, Michael and William.
From 1974-1994, she has worked in numerous news organizations: the Valley Courier, Colorado Press Association, Villager Newspapers, Littleton Times, and the Denver Parent Newsmagazine.
During these years, Sheldon has also been active in community service in Alamosa and Denver, serving on the Advisory Board for Emily Griffith Opportunity Schools Parenting and Young Child Program, the Governor’s Advisory Board on the Education of Young Children and also on the Parenting Advisory Board for Rose Hospital’s family program staff.
After moving back to Walsenburg in 1995, Sheldon continued to contribute. She served as president of Huerfano County Historical Society from 1995-97. She has worked for the Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce and Huerfano County Economic Development as well as served as a member of the Citizen Advisory Board for Trinidad Jr. College, a member of advisory committee for Walsenburg Care Center and a member and vice chair of Huerfano County Hospital Board. In addition, she has been on the SE Council of Governments Board of Directors and served as a member of the E911 Board.
In 2004 Sheldon was included in the Marquis Publishing series – 2004 edition: Outstanding Women In America.