Judy von Ahlefeldt is the owner, publisher, reporter, designer, editor, advertising representative and photographer of the Black Forest News and Palmer Divide Pioneer
in Colorado. Even though she lost her home in a June wildfire, she only missed her deadline by two days. “I knew about the fire before most people did because one of my friends called me at 2 p.m. telling me she saw smoke,” the 70-year-old told the Colorado Springs Gazette.
“I went around taking pictures for about an hour and then I went home. When I saw how bad it was blowing up, I started packing up.” Instead of taking her possessions, she took her newspaper archives because “they can’t be replaced.”