If you have half the fun Spike! did reading responses to questions posed to Miles Conway, we’re all going to be happy.
Now a New Mexican, this other Miles grew up in Summit County, graduated in 1989 from Summit High School, where he was senior class president, then went to Colorado College, with a focus in Southwest studies and creative writing. You’ll see some of that creativity in his interview answers.
Miles Dylan Conway, born in Chicago, is the son of James W. Conway of Denver and Phyllis Martinez of Breckenridge.
“Yes, I’m the third Blues Brother — wandering in the desert,” he says of those Chi-town roots.
He got some help in the upbringing department from stepparents Kimberly O’Neill Conway and Gary Martinez, the county government manager.
The “Miles” and “Dylan” originated with musicians Miles Davis and Bob Dylan. Even with those names, his parents still were “surprised when I left college to go to West Virginia with the ‘band,’” Miles says.
On his Facebook page he often throws in another name, “Genghis,” which he explains is a “nod to my imagined Mongolian conquering Khan roots, the original Khanways.”
Turning 42 next month, Miles has been in Santa Fe since 1993, first toiling as an organic landscaper around old Tesuque. Miles is married to Mikahla Beutler and they have two children, Quincy Brave, 14, and Tilman Banner, 11. Thrown into the mix are Rocky the dog and Gato the cat. Mikahla graduated from Colorado College in 1996.
“I left the High Country in search of four seasons; on that count New Mexico’s gorgeous — best weather in the world,” he says of his new home state. “It’s sunny and 80 in the valley, fresh snow and crisp air at the ski basin.”
“New Mexico is a very rural state with little financial resources — we run close to last in a myriad of demographics,” he notes. “Still, it boasts the oldest cultural roots in these United States. That part is special, the ancient spirit of things.”
Rest assured he remains fond of The Summit:
“My spirit continues to be that of a mountain kid — viva John Denver, baby. I continue to fulfill the duties of Ullr Fest Emissary-Southern Command, holding an annual sacrificial ski burning.”
“My father, James W. Conway, taught me to ski the bumps, which is proving to be my most important lesson in life of all, ’cause it applies to politics and marriage alike.”
His career in the Land of Enchantment now has Miles as spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO Union (AFSCME), which boasts 1.6 million members nationally and represents 15,000 public employees in New Mexico.
“I’m the communications director for AFSCME in New Mexico. We are a large international public-sector union standing up for public services and the rights of workers who provide them,” Miles explains. “I am proud to follow my stepfather, Gary Martinez, into the field of public services, albeit from the union side,” he says.
Miles has expanded his job to the Internet.
“My web-based radio show is a brand-new project I’ve launched in an attempt to redefine who union members are in the mind of a public increasingly biased by a sensationalist media complex.”
We welcome you to the 20th annual Colorado BBQ Challenge. This wonderfully popular Frisco event got its start with John “J.D. Colorado” Farr and Gail Abney Carissimi.
Hey, Spike! wishes Bob Foote a happy birthday — 65 of them. The Foote’s Rest family has been our across-the-alley neighbor since we moved “downtown” in 1988.
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, and a Summit local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to firstname.lastname@example.org