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By Melinda Mawdsley
04/18/2014

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Celebrate Record Store Day in GJ

By Melinda Mawdsley
04/18/2014

Celebrate music with more than 700 independent record stores across the country, including Grand Junction’s Triple Play Records, during the seventh annual Record Store Day. Triple Play, 530 Main St., will have free giveaways and a $2 sidewalk sale in addition to new inventory of special-order vinyl, CDs, seven-inch or 12-inch singles. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19, and store owner Rock Cesario will have goodies for customers, as well. “Think of it ...


Watch it! Binge-watching TV is a pleasure worth the guilt

By Melinda Mawdsley
04/18/2014

It’s possible, particularly this time of year, to have this exchange with friends or co-workers. Go-Getter No. 1: “What did you do this weekend?” Go-Getter No. 2: “Ohmygosh! We drove to Moab to hike to Delicate Arch. The sun was shining. The temperatures were glorious. We had to get out and enjoy it. Go-Getter No. 1: “We took our bikes to the Colorado Riverfront Trail. It was so beautiful. I couldn’t get the kids to stop riding. It was great to be ...


Plan a road trip: Ideas for May 1-8

By Melinda Mawdsley
04/16/2014

Here are some events coming to Colorado and Utah. ■ RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons — The Depot, Salt Lake City, May 1. ■ Mickey Avalon — Bluebird Theater, Denver, 
May 1. ■ Stephen Ragga Marley — Belly Up, Aspen, 
May 2. ■ Ellie Goulding — Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, May 2. ■ The Nadas — Bluebird Theater, Denver, May 2. ■ Little Hurricane — The State Room, Salt Lake City, May ...


Don’t e-waste a treasure

By Melinda Mawdsley
04/10/2014

Josh Crosby isn’t sure why he fell in love with vinyl, whether it was the unique sound or the ritual of putting needle to record, but he remembers how he felt the first time he heard Journey’s “Escape” in its entirety. “I thought it was incredible,” said Crosby, 21. For the past several years, the Grand Junction man has tried to quench his thirst for vinyl by going to yard sales and perusing second-hand stores — he bought a broken 1961 Magnavox ...


Road trip: Make plans for April 24–30

By Melinda Mawdsley
04/09/2014

Here are some events coming to Colorado and Utah. ■ Hauschka — Boulder Theater, Boulder, April 24. ■ Spring Ska & Reggae Bash — The State Room, Salt Lake City, April 25. ■ Micky and the Motorcars — Grizzly Rose, Denver, April 25. ■ The Glitch Mob — The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, April 25–26. ■ Mobb Deep — Belly Up, Aspen, April 25. ■ Colorado Symphony presents: “Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms” ...


Making change: Real change makes weight room a hit

By Melinda Mawdsley
04/09/2014

The goal: I want to add muscle and get my upper arms to stop jiggling when I wave. The result: Muscle added — YES! — but arm jiggle remains, although it’s not as awful as it once was. For the past six months, I’ve been on a consistent strength-training program outlined in Dr. Doug McGuff and John Little’s book “Body by Science” to add muscle and tone up, then figured I’d join the Making Change experiment three months ago since I was ...


For Mustang lover, a dream ride

By Melinda Mawdsley
04/08/2014

Shawn Trumble smiled and clasped his hands together at the side of his face. He was going to ride shotgun in a Ford Mustang, the dream of a lifetime. VIDEO: See a video of Shawn Trumble’s ride in a Mustang Trumble, 37, was born with cerebral palsy, but the disorder that forced him into a wheelchair and limited his ability to communicate from a young age never stopped the Grand Junction man, a client with Ariel Clinical Services, from developing a love of classic cars, particularly ...


You Knew Me When on tour in GJ after quitting day jobs

By Melinda Mawdsley
04/03/2014

Cie and Karisa Hoover made a difficult decision in June 2012: they quit their full-time jobs with Gibson Guitars and in music education, respectively, to tour the country as musicians. The Nashville, Tenn., couple called You Knew Me When brings its indie-folk-rock harmony and sound to Grand Junction and will play at The Member Show art opening from 6–10 p.m. Friday, April 4, at The Raw Canvas, 507 Main St. The husband and wife duo are touring to promote their second album, ...


Quick Picks: Festival for Creative Pianists; toddler storytime dance performances; Palisade clean-up

By Melinda Mawdsley
04/03/2014

Friday and Saturday, April 4–5 It’s play time Celebrate the piano during the two-day Festival for Creative Pianists that includes judged performances and recitals in the Recital Hall of the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University. The registered pianists will perform throughout the day Friday and Saturday, and those adjudications are free and open to the public. A guest artist concert featuring the Luke Gillespie Trio is 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is $15 ...


Digital artist talks of career start in GJ, work on ‘Captain America’ film

By Melinda Mawdsley
04/03/2014

Logan Watkins has always loved the movies so imagine his excitement about turning his lifelong passion into a career. At 24, Watkins, a 2007 Fruita Monument High School graduate and a recent graduate of Vancouver Film School, has worked at two Vancouver visual effects companies. At Gener8 he did stereoscopic rotoscope for “300: Rise of an Empire,” and then he moved to Scanline VFX in August 2013 to be a digital artist. Scanline VFX has three offices worldwide and is contracted ...


Nuclear Weapon Accident Incident Exercise (NUWAIX) drill

By Melinda Mawdsley
04/01/2014

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Powderhorn extends its season by one weekend

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/30/2014

Thanks to a hefty snow base with more snow expected this week, Powderhorn Mountain Resort will reopen for a bonus weekend Saturday and Sunday. Powderhorn Marketing Manager Dave Smith said the idea to extend the season was seriously tossed around once officials looked at the forecast and saw chances of snow through mid-week, with highs near 40 for the first weekend in April. The original closing day was supposed to be Sunday. “We’re excited,” he said. “If the ...


Palisade festival entertains palate

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/30/2014

From dessert cups to savory appetizer bites to samples of wine, beer and liquor, Edesia offered a little bit of something for everybody Sunday at Wine Country Inn. Now in its fourth year, Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure has grown since its inception, bringing in new vendors, new chefs and new ideas to create a unique experience for the hundreds who turn out. A portion of the proceeds every year goes to Marillac Clinic, which offers a wide range of health care ...


Rifle pair accused of making, distributing counterfeit $100 bills

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/28/2014

A 23-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman, both of Rifle, were arrested Tuesday after an investigation showed they allegedly made fake $100 bills, giving one to a panhandler near Interstate 70, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. Jeremiah John Michaelis and Tia Marie House were arrested on suspicion of forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument and criminal possession of forgery devices. The Police Department was called at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday to a liquor store on ...


Edesia to showcase good food from valley

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/28/2014

Richard and Jean Tally wanted to host a signature event to highlight western Colorado and generate support for a local nonprofit. Four years ago, they created Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure that raises funds for Marillac Clinic. Edesia allows people to sample food from area restaurants or caterers, local wine, beer and spirits, as well as offerings from title sponsor Remy Martin, in one location on one afternoon. The event has grown in popularity, and the ...


Nelson: ‘Music always captured me’

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/28/2014

Melinda Mawdsley: How long have you been a musician? You are a young guy and already have released a couple albums. Lukas Nelson: Since I was 16 or 17, maybe earlier than that. Mawdsley: How did you and Promise of the Real get together? Nelson: I had a bunch of bands before Promise of the Real. I had a band like a reggae band at 13 or 14 in Hawaii. I had another band with same percussionist I have now. He used to be my gardener. Then, we started hanging out. I met my drummer Anthony at a ...


Darren Hall: ‘I’ve found my voice’

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/28/2014

A California music promoter and a producer were out one night in Venice, Calif., a couple years ago when they first heard this singer/songwriter named Darren Hall. Although he was the son of Daryl Hall, lead vocalist of Hall & Oates, he was a relative unknown outside Southern California and Duluth, Minn., where he grew up. Darren Hall, 30, will gain exposure to a new group of music fans during his upcoming show with rockers Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, a band that also ...


Quick Picks: SHARK-E performance; Edesia; Nickel Creek new release

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/28/2014

Saturday, March 29 Free show Local Christian rapper Marcus Gallegos, also known as SHARK-E, will perform a free show at 4:30 p.m. in the Hastings parking lot, 2401 North Ave. CDs and other merchandise will be for sale at the show, which Gallegos is using to promote two albums and to raise awareness about homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness and other issues in the Grand Valley. Sunday, March 30 Go gourmet If you like good food and drink in a casual setting, consider ...


Leading men: ‘Noah’ and ‘The Ten Commandments’ offer career comparisons between actors

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/28/2014

It was billed as “Moses vs. The Gladiator” as actors Charlton Heston and Russell Crowe raced each other up the Tower of Terror for the chance to survive. Both strong male leads in epic films — Heston as Moses in 1956’s “The Ten Commandments” and Crowe in 2000’s “Gladiator” — the duo seemed an even match for the claymation world of former MTV series “Celebrity Deathmatch.” Although Heston and Crowe had a significant ...


Police suspect 2nd case of hash oil blast; one man injured

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/27/2014

No arrests have been made as the Grand Junction Police Department continues its investigation into the second suspected hash oil explosion this month. Officers were dispatched to a residence about 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 1700 block of Roubideau Street after a person reportedly found a PVC pipe burning in a neighbor’s backyard and extinguished the blaze, the Police Department said. After no one answered the residence’s door, the neighbor called authorities. Emergency personnel ...


Road trip: ideas for April 10–16

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/26/2014

Here are some events coming to Colorado or Utah. ■ Solo exhibit “Senga Nengudi: The Material Body” — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, April 10–July 13. ■ G. Love & Special Sauce — The Depot, Salt Lake City, April 10. ■ Tinariwen — Bluebird Theater, Denver, April 11. ■ Rodney Atkins — Grizzly Rose, Denver, April 11. ■ Beats Antique — The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, April 11. ■ Chelsea ...


Palisade watershed will be most visible of prescribed burns

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/23/2014

The arrival of spring has triggered federal fire officials to order multiple prescribed burns in the area to reduce potential fuel before peak wildfire season. The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit has scheduled four nearby blazes to burn more than 1,500 acres to “reduce fuel loads that have accumulated in areas vulnerable to wildlife,” according to a recent release from the agency. There is no specific timetable for when these burns will start, but Chris ...


5 people feared dead after plane plunges into Ridgway reservoir

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/22/2014

Five people were believed to have been killed when the small plane they were in crashed Saturday into Ridgway Reservoir, but no bodies have been found, an official with Ouray County Emergency Management said. The crash was reported shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday and crews spent most of the afternoon retrieving the plane and looking for survivors before ending the search at 7 p.m. Recovery efforts will resume this morning. The identities of those on board were not released Saturday ...


Theater gets funds to stay open

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/22/2014

Amy DeLuca was confident the Paradise Theatre would meet its fundraising goal, but there was still relief and excitement when the words “Kickstarter Success!” were posted last week on the marquee outside the Paonia theater. “It’s the spring, and we’re about to give birth to this new Paradise,” said DeLuca, theater manager. “We are really, really excited.” After starting a 45-day campaign in early February through popular crowdfunding website ...


Student/teacher show at The Art Cellar

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/20/2014

Sarah Winder is thrilled the debut show at The Art Cellar will highlight the work of a Colorado Mesa University professor and the artistic development of two of his students. Joshua Butler, the printmaking professor at CMU, will show some of his pieces alongside work from students Candace Marolf and Matt Farrell, in a student/teacher show at The Art Cellar, 301 S. Main St., in Palisade. An opening reception with Talon Wines and hors d’oeuvres will go from 5:30–8 p.m. Friday, ...


Spring Break Survival Guide 2014

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/20/2014

For some families, spring break is an excuse to flee Mesa County, preferably to a locale with a beach or a ski area. For other families, spring break is a time when parents and children stare blankly at each other with palms raised as if asking, “What should we do now?” No matter which category you fall in, spring break has arrived. Both School District 51 and Colorado Mesa University start vacation at the end of the school day Friday, March 21, and although CMU is back in ...


easy trails: Mica Mine Trail a favorite for spring hiking

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/19/2014

Spring has sprung. With that in mind, fellow features writer Rachel Sauer and I thought it would be the perfect time of year to go hiking, highlighting how great conditions can be — not too hot, not too cold — for someone wanting to get outside for a couple hours. We solicited suggestions on short, easy-to-access hikes, where people could spend a long lunch or a leisurely afternoon without the fear of getting lost or the bother of packing copious amounts of food and gear. We ...


Road Trip: Ideas for April 3–9

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/19/2014

Here are some events coming to Colorado and Utah. ■ WhiteWater Ramble — Belly Up, Aspen, April 3. ■ Volbeat — The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, April 3. ■ Christina Perri — Ogden Theatre, Denver, April 4. ■ Kathleen Madigan — Paramount Theatre, Denver, April 4. ■ Colorado Symphony performs with Chris Botti — Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver, April 4. ■ Gary Numan — Gothic Theatre, Denver, April 4. ■ Colorado ...


Sound Check: Remember When Music Group

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/14/2014

Remember When Music Group’s goal is simple: Never turn down a request because it’s unfamiliar with the song. As a cover band, Remember When Music Group has in its repertoire more than a hundred songs from 1950s classic rock to modern-day pop and country. The band is always working to add more. “The variety of music makes it enjoyable for the crowd,” said Ray Bonelli, lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player. In March 2012, Remember When was featured in Sound Check ...


Quick Picks: Paradise Theatre, ‘Stars’ struck, local Sir Elton John show

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/14/2014

Saturday, March 15 ‘Goin’ 70 in a 55’ Mike Gwinn and The North Fork Flyers are having a CD release party for “Still Goin’ 70 in a 55” at 8 p.m. at Paradise Theatre, 215 Grand Ave., in Paonia. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25 at the door or $20 in advance at Paonia Farm & Home, Homestead Market, Backcountry Bistro or at mikegwinn.brownpapertickets.com. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Paradise Theatre’s ...


Historic Palisade building burns

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/13/2014

No one was injured when a historic, vacant building caught fire Thursday in Palisade. The wooden building at 392 W. Fourth St. was a total loss, The adjacent brick structure at the same address appeared to have roof damage, said Palisade Fire Department Chief Richard Rupp. The cause of the fire is being investigated but Rupp noted the building, which has been vacant for years, had no utilities on to spark the blaze. A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she called in the ...


Remember When Music Group

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/13/2014

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031414 OA Sound Check Tease

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/13/2014

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Road Trip: March 14-20

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/12/2014

Here are some events coming to Colorado and Utah. ■ New Orleans Suspects — Fly Me To The Moon Saloon, Telluride, March 16. ■ Robert Earl Keen — PAC3, Carbondale, March 27. ■ St. Vincent — The Depot, Salt Lake City, March 28. ■ Cesar Millan — Paramount Theatre, Denver, March 28. ■ Utah Symphony presents: “A Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration” — Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, March 28–29. ■ Colorado ...


Carlson sets stage in local theater scene

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/07/2014

After seven years of dating, Lyzz Willms thought she knew Bryan Carlson pretty well, so even she was confused when her boyfriend crawled out of a giant plant while the cast of “Little Shop of Horrors” took its final bow. It was Aug. 2, 2013, the last show before closing night of The Theatre Project’s staging of the kooky musical. As the cast turned to thank Audrey II, the oversized plant that feeds on human blood, Carlson, who wasn’t in the show, emerged from the ...


Music Q&A: Young Dubliners’ Keith Roberts

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/07/2014

Although it’s heavily influenced by Irish music, the rock band Young Dubliners is more than an Irish band. In fact, most of the members — Bob Boulding, guitar and vocals; Dave Ingraham, percussion; Chas Waltz, violin, keyboard, harp, mandolin and vocals; Brendan Holmes, bass and vocals — aren’t even Irish. The only Irishman is vocalist and acoustical guitarist Keith Roberts. Born in Dublin, Roberts moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s to be a journalist. (More on ...


Quick Picks: Western Colorado Chorale, Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/07/2014

Friday and Saturday, March 7–8 Sing for spring Join the Western Colorado Chorale for an evening of song during its two 7:30 p.m. “Spring Celebration: The Rio Grande and Easter” concerts in the Recital Hall in The Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University, 1231 N. 12th St. The overall theme is spring and Easter, featuring the chorale, as well as pianist Kathryn Mientka, saxophone player Cody Krieger, and Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra Executive Director ...


Cover story: Daylight playing time

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/07/2014

You are so close, western Colorado. Winter is almost over! Although spring technically begins March 20, one of the first signs of the changing seasons arrives at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 9: Daylight Saving Time. This annual event on the second Sunday of March means people across America — except for Hawaii and parts of Arizona — move their clocks forward one hour to gain more daylight in the evening hours. It also represents one less hour of sleep. Hey, you can’t have it ...


Road Trip: March 7-13

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/05/2014

Here are some events coming to Colorado or Utah. ■ Telluride Theatre presents “Urinetown” — Palm Theatre, Telluride, March 11–15, 16. ■ Umphrey’s McGee — The Depot, Salt Lake City, March 20. ■ Lake Street Drive — The State Room, Salt Lake City, March 20. ■ Steel Pulse — Belly Up, Aspen, March 21. ■ Delta Rae — Bluebird Theater, Denver, March 21. ■ Queensryche — Gothic Theatre, Denver, March ...


Pastel artist Ortega forced to cancel workshops

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/03/2014

Denver artist Tony Ortega has canceled his upcoming visit to Grand Junction because of a family emergency. Ortega called Connie Robbins-Brady, organizer for his visit through the Art Heritage Speakers Fund, on Sunday to let her know he couldn’t come this weekend because of a serious illness in his family. Ortega was scheduled to speak and paint for the public Friday at The Art Center and at Kurtzman/Lintott Gallery and teach pastel workshops to adults and children on Saturday. ...


Artist Tony Ortega cancels visit to GJ because of family emergency

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/03/2014

Because of a family emergency, Denver artist Tony Ortega will not visit Grand Junction this weekend. Ortega called Sunday to say a severe illness in the family required his attention, said Connie Robbins-Brady, program coordinator for the Art Heritage Program in School District 51. Ortega was scheduled to make several appearances while here, but Robbins-Brady said she’s hoping to reschedule his visit for a later time, possibly next year.  ...


Small-town feel, stunning surroundings draw Nathalie Ames to Grand Mesa hamlet

By Melinda Mawdsley
03/02/2014

Born and raised in Chicago, Nathalie Ames had never heard of Mesa until she went to, of all places, the Grand Canyon. It was 2000. She was rafting the Colorado River and a few guides on the trip happened to be from this tiny, unincorporated community in western Colorado. Ames was intrigued. A single mother of a 6-year-old at the time, Ames thought back to her childhood and how much she loved visiting her father in the Snowmass area. It’d be great to give her daughter Laura a similar ...


Music Scene: Animal Eyes, more local shows

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/28/2014

A self-proclaimed “eclectic, experimental rock” band, Animal Eyes will bring its alternative, fresh sound to Fruita. The band — Tyler Langham plays guitar and vocals; Tyler Figley, guitar and vocals; Colin McArthur, bass; Haven Multz-Matthews, drums; and Sam Tenhoss, accordion, keys and vocals — is on a six-week national tour to Austin, Texas, for the South By Southwest music festival then up to Treefort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho. Langham said the Portland, ...


Pastel Society Show in Montrose

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/28/2014

More than 60 pastel artists from across the country will showcase their original artwork in the upcoming Pastel Society of Colorado Member Show. The Around the Corner Art Gallery, 447 E. Main St., in Montrose, will host the show Saturday, March 1, through Monday, March 31. An opening reception and awards presentation for the month-long exhibit will go from 5:30–8 p.m. Friday, March 7. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served with live dixieland jazz from the Jordan Carls ...


Difficult Reads can expand your mind, or drive you nuts

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/27/2014

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Road Trip: Feb. 28-March 6

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/26/2014

Here are some events coming to Colorado and Utah. ■ Chaka Khan — Belly Up, Aspen, March 13. ■ Toubab Krewe — Fox Theatre, Boulder, March 13. ■ The Motet — PAC3, Carbondale, March 14. ■ Conspirator/YAMN Album Release Party — Ogden Theatre, Denver, March 14. ■ Rick Springfield “Stripped Down” — The Gothic Theatre, Denver, March 14. ■ Utah Symphony presents “Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto” ...


Q&A: Denver artist Tony Ortega talks about pastels, teaching and inspiration

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/26/2014

(Editor’s note: This story originally ran Friday, Feb. 28. Ortega called Sunday, March 2 to cancel the visit because of a family emergency. The plan is to reschedule and bring him back in a different school year, organizers said.) Although he was born in New Mexico, artist Tony Ortega has lived in Colorado for most of his life. Growing up in the Southwest — he maintains strong ties to New Mexico — influenced his paintings, both in the use of bold color and in the subject ...


Death looks suspicious to deputies at scene

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/23/2014

A man was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound Sunday afternoon in the desert east of Grand Junction, an official from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators were dispatched after noon Sunday to Bureau of Land Management land east of C Road and 34 Road on the report of a “self-inflicted gunshot wound,” spokeswoman Cindy Barnett said. When investigators arrived, however, the scene appeared suspicious and officers opened an investigation, Barnett ...


GarCo sheriff will run for re-election

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/23/2014

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario formally announced Saturday during the Republican Lincoln Day Dinner in Glenwood Springs that he is running for re-election. Vallario is nearing completion of his third four-year term. “It was time to announce,” he said today. Vallario said he enjoys being the Sheriff and working not only with people within the Sheriff’s Department but also the communities of Garfield County. In his official announcement letter to county residents, ...


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