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Robinson, beloved leader of university’s theatre department, dies at 92

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/30/2015

Whether it was the amaryllis flowers inside his Grand Junction home or the theatre department at the former Mesa Junior College and Mesa State College, Bill Robinson was always growing things. Robinson died at home in his sleep over the weekend. He was 92. “I don’t even know how to describe him, because there is no one else in my life like him,” said longtime friend and former colleague Maggie Robb. “Never will be.” As chairman of the school’s theatre ...


Loma girl wins Miss Teen Colorado competition

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/30/2015

Loma’s Erin Roney needed more cow bell. Any time the Fruita Monument High School senior appeared nervous during the recent Miss Teen Colorado United States pageant, Janice Roney, Erin’s mother, rang the cow bell she bought at Fruita’s Hot Tomato to help her daughter relax, maybe even smile. It worked. Erin, 18, was named Miss Teen Colorado United States after a two-day competition March 21-22 in Loveland, beating nearly 30 other contestants from across the state to earn ...


Green chili, a celebrated dish of the Southwest

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/28/2015

Green chili was not a dish I grew up eating. As a native Iowan, my chili was red. It always had beef. Sometimes it had beans. At one point, I distinctly remember following a recipe that called for sugar and that V8 vegetable drink. I know. When I moved to Mesa County in 2007, however, I was introduced to new chili varieties. Sure, there was red chili with beef and sometimes beans, but there was white chicken chili and this amazing green concoction of pork, green chilies and spices. As ...


Behind the Lens

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/27/2015

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GJ Symphony mixes it up with Variety Show

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/27/2015

Board members, staff members and musicians with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra will treat audience members to a show unlike any other they do all year during the second annual Variety Show at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, in the Love Recital Hall in the Moss Performing Arts Center on Colorado Mesa University’s campus. This is not an April Fool’s Day joke. A variety of acts, from a Victor Borge skit to the performance of original music, make up the show, with the only two ...


Enjoy best of regional food, wine at Palisade’s Edesia

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/27/2015

Edesia, billed as “A Palisade Culinary, Wine and Spirits Adventure,” returns to Wine Country Inn from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 29. Now in its fifth year as a benefit for Marillac Clinic, Edesia offers people the chance to sample some of the best food, wine, beer and spirits of the region, according to the event website at edesiapalisade.com. In addition, people have the chance to watch celebrity chefs demonstrate various dishes and techniques during the event. This ...


Some surprises in Elite Eight of Sentinel’s bracket contest

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/26/2015

With one week left in our Greatest Love Song Ever bracket, we are ready to unveil the final eight songs that will duke — no pun intended as top-seeded Duke University remains a legit contender for a national championship in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament — it out for our title based on your votes. Some of the songs we expected to fare well. Some of your favorites, however, left features writer Rachel Sauer and me surprised. In the top left quarter of the bracket, ...


Ute Water working to repair broken waterline

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/24/2015

An unknown number of Ute Water Conservancy District customers are without water after an early morning waterline break near 10 Road and R Road. Ute Water spokesman Joe Burtard said an eight-inch waterline broke, and it’s estimated that it may take all day to repair it.  ...


What’s for Breakfast?

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/20/2015

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‘I Cross My Heart,’ ‘Something,’ surge 
in popularity in Daily Sentinel bracket

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/20/2015

Although George Strait and the Beatles don’t have much in common, they do share one very important distinction: each recorded a very popular love song among western Coloradans. As our Greatest Love Song Ever bracket competition moves into the Sweet 16 and more brackets filter into the Out & About mailbox, Strait’s “I Cross My Heart” and the Beatles’ “Something” have surged in popularity. Thanks you to everyone who has entered the tournament ...


What’s for Breakfast?

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/20/2015

They called themselves a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal who learned a lot more about each other and subsequently themselves while serving detention in director John Hughes’ 1985 film “The Breakfast Club.” Although the movie was about high school — actors Emilio Estevez and Judd Nelson playing the roles of high school boys?!? The 1980s were the best! — it struck such a chord with its comedic and sincere look at teen life that ...


Take a moment to enjoy some slope-side people-watching during spring break

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/18/2015

Signs posted at ski areas across Colorado say the same thing: “Know the Code.” Among the highlights of the seven-point Your Responsibility Code are: Always stay in control; know how to use a lift; and avoid skiers and riders ahead of you because they have the right of way. The National Ski Areas Association developed the Your Responsibility Code with the idea that if everyone follows it, things will run smoothly and people will be safe on the slopes. But there is a ...


Create Thyself

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/13/2015

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Get ‘Mind Blown’ at Palisade show

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/13/2015

It has been nearly two years since magician Ty Gallenbeck has performed a public show, which is why the Delta-based magician is excited to bring his bag of tricks to Palisade for a special show with Telluride’s stand-up comedian Andy Konigsmark. Well, technically Gallenbeck won’t have a bag of tricks. He’s more of a cards guy. “Almost everything I do is card magic,” said Gallenbeck, 31. A magician for nearly 13 years, the Western Slope native said “it ...


Greatest Love Song Ever contest continues

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/13/2015

The King reigns, but rocker Joe Cocker isn’t far behind. In the first round of our Greatest Love Song Ever bracket competition, “The King” Elvis Presley and British musician Joe Cocker received nearly every vote on brackets submitted during the first week. Unfortunately, Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful” are headed for a late-round match-up, so only one will to emerge as the Final Four ...


From Lady Gaga to your neighbor, personal branding becomes a national pastime

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/12/2015

Dressed in an ethereal white gown, Lady Gaga delivered a montage of songs from “The Sound of Music” with a voice so angelic it pulled the Academy Award audience from its seats. Even Julie Andrews, who brought the music to life 50 years ago on the silver screen, came out on stage, embraced Lady Gaga and said, “Dear Lady Gaga, thank you for that wonderful tribute. ... It really warmed my heart.” At that moment spectators may have thought, “Isn’t this the ...


Trails, Roads Aplenty for ATVs

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/10/2015

Hundreds of maintained trails and roads on public lands are open for all-terrain vehicle riders in Colorado and Utah, providing summer access to forests of pines and aspens or dramatic backdrops of red rocks and sand dunes. From Glenwood Springs to Moab and Meeker to Telluride, nearly every area of the region has ATV roads or trails open for all levels of riders through the summer. “You can pretty much go an hour in any direction from Grand Junction and be by yourself,” said ...


Channeling love

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/08/2015

Love wins. Not only is that phrase printed on a canvas art piece in Dave and Morgan Hansow’s Grand Junction home, it’s also a motto of sorts for the newest project the couple has undertaken in an effort to inspire others around the world. After successfully raising nearly $100,000 through Kickstarter and private donations, the Hansows recently launched LGHtv, http://www.lgh.tv, with a plan to use the online TV channel to stream both original content and curated videos and ...


Fairy godmothers dress girls for prom

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/07/2015

First, there was a twirl and a smile. Then, Ani Breedlove, 13, stood with her back toward the long mirror as she looked over her right shoulder. The light blue, full-length strapless gown was perfect, but so was the light blue, short strapless one she just tried on. “I like them both,” 
Breedlove said. “It’s totally up to you,” said Christy Breedlove, Ani’s mother and doting shopping partner. “You look beautiful in both of ...


A bracket to love

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/06/2015

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Local bands headed to SXSW showcase

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/06/2015

Grand Junction bands Jack+Jill and Tight Thump are migrating to Austin, Texas, and those familiar with the city’s music scene will understand the decision. Both bands were invited to represent Colorado in an unofficial showcase as part of the SpokesBUZZ Colorado Music Party at The 512 on 6th during the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) from March 17–22. Although the bands won’t appear on the SXSW main stage, they will play in Austin as the festival consumes much of the ...


A March Madness bracket to love

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/06/2015

Love and basketball. Both have winners and losers. Both, when things run smoothly, highlight the importance of communication and working together. There’s even traveling in both, albeit a negative in basketball and a positive (hopefully) in love. This month, love and basketball take center stage in two separate tournaments. Basketball has the NCAA tournament to determine the best collegiate teams. Love? Well, love has the Greatest Love Song Ever tournament, an event features writer ...


Stop by a Farm, Eat Fresh, even Birdwatch: Take an Agritour

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/27/2015

The bounty of farms, ranches, orchards and vineyards in western Colorado has made agritourism an increasingly popular draw for visitors wanting to learn more about agriculture and meet the men and women responsible for maintaining this style of life. Having the opportunity to pick apples, meet a winemaker and tour an alpaca farm are just a few stops agritourists can make while in the region, and the demand is there for farmers, ranchers and growers to share their lives with outsiders ...


Grand Junction

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/27/2015

Walk, run, ride: Miles of paved paths extend along the Colorado River from 33 1/2 Road in east Grand Junction to Walter Walker State Wildlife Area on the west side of the city. The Colorado Riverfront Trail offers ample opportunities to see numerous species of birds — bald eagles! — small animals and even endangered fish. Take plenty of water, sunscreen and bug spray. (Maps and more: riverfrontproject.org) Tip! Mistalynn Meyeraan, marketing director for the Grand Junction ...


‘Following his dreams’

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/27/2015

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‘Following his dreams’

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/27/2015

No cell phones. Director Quentin Tarantino was adamant about it, so Daniel Ford didn’t have the chance to take pictures of his whirlwind day as a production assistant for the movie “The Hateful Eight” being filmed in the Telluride area. All Ford received from the 18 1/2-hour workday were a nominal paycheck and stories of what he saw, and that was fine because the chance to tell stories was the overriding reason the 2005 Central High School graduate went into the ...


Driving season

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/21/2015

Like a tiny yellow bird cutting through a clear blue sky, my golf ball flew — straight I might add — toward the 115-yard marker. I was so excited I wanted to drop the 5-wood and walk off the driving range because how could it get better? The shot looked like the ones on TV. I mean, there was real live air between the ball and the ground. Sure, I never hit a golf ball that well again, but for that one moment Tuesday afternoon at Lincoln Park Golf Course, I was a golfer, and I ...


Tips to making an Internet bundle on your bundle of joy

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/03/2014

Most parents, it could be argued, want their child to live a successful and fulfilling life, but the steps parents take to make that happen — setting up a college fund, purchasing a whole life insurance policy, buying Baby Einstein products — vary or take a while to see to completion. Well, author Rick Chillot, who has contributed to such magazines as “Parenting,” 
“Prevention” and “Psychology Today” has found a faster way to ...


‘Foxcatcher’ executive producer talks about film’s long road to release

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/26/2014

The story of “Foxcatcher” isn’t a happy one, but it was a story Michael Coleman thought would be intriguing to tell, particularly with his familiarity with 1984 Olympic champion Mark Schultz and the murder of Shultz’s Olympic champion brother, Dave, at the hands of the affluent wrestling supporter John du Pont. It took nearly 12 years for the story of the Schultz brothers and du Pont to make it to the big screen, but the opportunity to screen ...


Black 
Friday Bingo: Take this card with you when you shop

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/20/2014

Every hunt starts with a plan. First, determine the prey. Is it toys? A new cell phone? That discounted coffee maker your mother or mother-in-law can’t stop talking about? Now map out the best place to find it. Discount stores? Electronics stores? Department stores? Let the hunt commence. If it seems ridiculous to compare bargain shopping to a hunt, then you clearly have never shopped on Black Friday, where people wait in lines for hours for bargains. It’s with that ...


Sound Check: Collin ‘C.L.’ Reese

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/20/2014

As a teenager, Collin “C.L.” Reese saw Jimi Hendrix play guitar and made one simple decision: “I’ve got to be that guy.” He asked for an electric guitar for Christmas, and his parents obliged. “I basically spent every waking moment trying to figure out how it worked,” Reese said. “As the years went on, I became more acquainted and started to understand how it worked.” Although his interest in rock and blues remains — Reese plays ...


Quick Picks: Trace Bundy, AMAs, Thanksgiving Day activities

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/20/2014

Friday, Nov. 21 Show up See for yourself why musician and entertainer Trace Bundy was dubbed the “Acoustic Ninja.” Once named Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s “Most Promising New Talent,” Bundy performs an all-ages show 7 p.m. at the Palisade High School auditorium, 3679 G Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students. Bundy incorporates a visual show into his performance that “must be seen, not just heard,” according ...


Sound Check: Collin “C.L.” Reese

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/19/2014

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111914 Sound Check Front Tease

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/19/2014

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111914 Sound Check

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/19/2014

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By Melinda Mawdsley
11/17/2014

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Cutting your own Christmas tree? Where to buy permits

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/16/2014

With Thanksgiving — and the month of December — still about two weeks away, it may be too soon to put up a Christmas tree, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to plan where this year’s is coming from, particularly if you want a real tree. Starting today, the U.S. Forest Service offices for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests and Bureau of Land Management offices in Grand Junction, Gunnison, Silt and Montrose will sell permits for people ...


Shoebox Surprises

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/16/2014

It was nearly impossible to wipe the smile off Gloria Clement’s face as she packed a shoebox with gifts she thought a 2-year-old girl would love: a doll, a stuffed animal, candy. “Every year, I cannot wait to do this,” Clement said. “I think I enjoy it because I didn’t have any kids.” Clement was one of nearly a dozen Mosaic clients — Mosaic works with and provides opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities — who spent Friday ...


Shall we dance?

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/14/2014

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MountainFilm, nature photographer on tap

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/13/2014

Outdoor adventure, the environment and Colorado wilderness are among the topics to be celebrated during two upcoming events put on, in part, by Western Colorado Congress. The MountainFilm on Tour, with select movies from the 2014 MountainFilm Festival in Telluride, is the first event and will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St. Nearly a dozen films varying in length from several minutes to 48 minutes will be shown during this film festival geared toward ...


Naturally wild: The Wild Dogs bond with painting, outdoors

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/13/2014

Admittedly, there isn’t much that’s wild about Redlands artists George Callison, Dan Logé and Charles Morris, except for their shared love of the outdoors and passion to recreate that wild scenery in their artwork. However, when it was time to think of a catchy group name to promote their upcoming art sale, Morris kept coming back to Wild Dogs. “That name stuck with him,” Logé said with a smile. “It is catchy, even though we aren’t very ...


Shall we dance? Get ready for variety of dance events with this primer

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/13/2014

Whether it’s the romanticism of a classic ballet or the street vibe of hip hop, dancers have entertained for years with their musicality and movement. In the next month, the Grand Valley hosts a number of dance performances in a variety of genres, from Colorado Mesa University’s eclectic Fall for Dance concert on Nov. 21–22, to the traveling “So You Think You Can Dance” performances Dec. 18 at Avalon Theatre. In between, you can enjoy two different versions ...


Dance primer

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/13/2014

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111414 OA dance tease pic

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/13/2014

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Linkin Park booked for summer jam

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/13/2014

The Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling band Linkin Park has been named a headliner for next summer’s inaugural Loudwire Music Festival, a new area rock festival that will replace the former Rock Jam. Linkin Park is the only act announced so far, according to loudwiremusicfestival.com, but additional acts, including two other headliners, will be named in the months ahead. The Loudwire Music Festival is June 26-28, 2015, at Jam Ranch in Mack. Loudwire, one of the ...


University pays back act of Love

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/11/2014

As a way to honor the late Carolyn Love’s memory and passion for art and music, her husband Bill Love established an endowment at Colorado Mesa University to provide up to eight annual scholarships for music and fine art students. And on Tuesday, CMU responded to that generosity by naming its Recital Hall at Moss Performing Arts Center the Carolyn D. Love Recital Hall in recognition of the “very substantial endowment” the Love family gave to the school. “We want to ...


Road Trip: Make plans for Nov. 28–Dec. 3

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/11/2014

Here are some events coming 
to Colorado and Utah. ■  Colorado Ballet’s “Nutcracker” — Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver, Nov. 28–Dec. 27. ■  “A Christmas Carol” — Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, Nov. 28–Dec. 27. ■  The Green — Belly Up, Aspen, Nov. 28. ■ Sturgill Simpson — The State Room, Salt Lake City, Nov. 28. ■ Colorado Symphony presents “An ...


Naturally wild

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/07/2014

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School tests are cause for concern

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/07/2014

Concerns about the implementation of two relatively new state standardized tests drew more than 300 people from across the Western Slope to a meeting Thursday with members of a task force, a group crossing the state to get input about the effect the tests will have on public education in Colorado. Administrators, teachers, parents, grandparents and even students attended the roundtable discussion as Durango School District Superintendent Dan Snowberger, one of three administrators assigned ...


Long Live the Zombie

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/31/2014

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