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Olathe Cottonwood Cellars

Olathe: Planning for growth, counting on corn

By Penny Stine

If the potato grower’s co-op, the corn festival and the irrigated fields surrounding the town don’t make it abundantly clear that Olathe is a farm town, perhaps a visit to the local hardware store will. At Olathe True Value ...

Moab Diner

Moab: A resort in progress

By Penny Stine

If you hear the name ‘Moab’ and immediately start singing, ‘Mo-ab, U-tah, adventure at its best,’ you’ll probably agree that Moab has been successful in their attempts to get the word out about its recreational ...

Mesa: Mountain Living

By Penny Stine

There’s no McDonald’s, but the Drive-In near Collbran serves up a mean burger. There’s no mall, but the Padilla’s General Store in Mesa sells everything from doll clothing to fishing gear, groceries and dishes. There ...

Northeast Area 29 Road

Northeast: Facelift Brings Change

By Penny Stine

The northeast area includes some of the oldest parts of the valley and some of the fastest-growing areas. North Avenue has been a main drag for years and unfortunately, it shows. Some of the buildings and parking lots look like they’re ...

Loma Boat Launch

Loma and Mack: The Ruler Out West

By Penny Stine

Loma and Mack, two rural communities west of town, are struggling with the basic urban convenience of a sewer system. Residents are being asked if they want it, and if they do, they may need to allow for a higher housing density to help pay ...

Gateway Cafe

Gateway and Whitewater: Grappling with growth

By Penny Stine

Whitewater and Gateway are small communities south of the Grand Valley. Both are trying to grow and carve out their identities. On the surface, they don’t share many similarities. Whitewater is an easy commute into the Grand Valley; ...

North Area Holiday Inn

A Mixed Bag: Some north-area projects are moving right along. Others wait for better days.

By Penny Stine

The economic woes of the rest of the country have surfaced in Grand Junction, although not on the scale seen in some rust belt towns and neighborhoods. In the north area, where residential lots are hard to find and the hospitality business ...

Montrose Mall

Montrose: Southern edge of town attracting commercial development

By Penny Stine

With two state highways bisecting the town, a regional airport that serves ten times as many visitors as residents, and a location that puts it an hour’s drive from almost every available recreational activity offered in the state of ...

Fruita Doohickeys and Dinosaurs

New hospital, library and rec center are changing the face of Fruita

By Penny Stine

Access to both health care and recreation can be powerful draws for a community, and Fruita has stepped up to the plate in both areas. Family Health West anticipates that its new hospital will open its doors on July 1, offering better ...

Delta Downtown

Delta: farm town becomes a regional destination

By Penny Stine

Like most towns on the Western Slope, Delta is growing. And yes, some of their growth can be traced to the energy industry. Coal mining has been a steady contributor to the Delta County economy for years, and now Delta is starting to see ...

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