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By Melinda Mawdsley
02/05/2016

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Quick Picks: World Music Salon; White Iced Party; and Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/05/2016

Friday, Feb. 5 Global style Paonia’s Blue Sage Center for the Arts, 226 Grand Ave., will host various Western Slope musicians such as Javier de los Santos, Beth Quist and David and Arlyn Alderdice in a World Music Salon concert to highlight numerous styles of world music. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range in cost fro $17–$22 for adults and $12–$17 for students by visiting Blue Sage Center, calling 970-527-7243 or ...


Heartsongs — Melodies of Love presentation on tap at Avalon

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/05/2016

Love songs from Broadway and pop music are the heart of the BYU Ambassadors’ new production Heartsongs — Melodies of Love, which will stop in Grand Junction in time for Valentine’s Day. The touring group of students from Brigham Young University will perform their 90-minute show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St. Tickets cost $12 through ldseventsgj.org. The show is a non-stop mix of singing and dancing all to live music, said BYU Ambassadors ...


The latest buzz: Pair daytime TV with wine for know-it-all fun

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/05/2016

Daytime television could drive a person to drink. Just ask co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford or Hoda Kotb, who famously sip wine during the final hour of NBC’s “Today” show from 10–11 a.m. that is commonly referred to as Happy Hour. They laugh and talk and take the occasional sip live on air much like a couple of friends would. But why should Gifford and Hotb get to have all the fun? In the spirit of the ladies who drink wine on their daytime show, Rick Rozelle, wine ...


Don’t get caught in your own version of ‘Groundhog Day’

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/03/2016

The plot of the movie “Groundhog Day” is relatable even if a bit far-fetched: Phil Connors, a Pittsburgh TV meteorologist is sent to quaint Punxsutawney to cover Groundhog Day only to get stuck in a time loop that forces him to live the same day over and over again. The plot of the 1993 comedy, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, has remained popular through the years and a new musical based on the film will debut this summer in London before moving to Broadway in 2017, ...


Super talking points: Haven’t been paying attention? Read this

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/03/2016

So, this is the first time you’ve sat down to watch a football game this year. We understand. While some spent the past five months worth of Sundays in front of a TV occasionally getting up to use the rest room to confirm they were alive, you kept the family home operational. Maybe you napped. But the Super Bowl is different. We understand that, too. The Super Bowl is the ultimate social experience. It’s more than a football game. It’s a chance to eat, party and care ...


Sexually transmitted diseases have spiked in Mesa County

By Melinda Mawdsley
02/01/2016

First dates often involve dinner and a movie. Rarely does a new couple break the ice with a stop at the Mesa County Health Department to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. If officials with the local Health Department had their way, however, that would change. The number of reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, three harmful or potentially fatal STDs if left untreated, have increased in Mesa County in the past few years, according to the Health Department. ...


CMU moving onto hospital’s site

By Melinda Mawdsley
01/29/2016

Colorado Mesa University has taken the next step in an ongoing process of relocating its Health Sciences Department into the current Community Hospital location. On Friday, construction crews worked in a small patch of land south of the existing hospital building where CMU will install fiber optics and cables for technical support for students and staff. When construction is complete — something not projected until August 2017 — the block of 12th Street between Orchard and ...


Daytime buzz

By Melinda Mawdsley
01/29/2016

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Quick Picks: Snowflake Afternoon Tea; Winter Throwdown

By Melinda Mawdsley
01/29/2016

Sunday, Jan. 31 Tea time Mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers and others are invited to Snowflake Afternoon Tea from 2–4 p.m. at Collbran’s Plateau Valley Resource Center, Building B, 59128 Colorado Highway 330. There will be games and an authentic afternoon tea. The event is recommended for those age 5 and older, who are encouraged to wear their favorite “dress up hat.” Cost is $10 per couple, $5 for each additional person. Space is limited. Make reservations ...


Matthew Steven Brown a finalist for GJ Symphony job

By Melinda Mawdsley
01/21/2016

Matthew Steven Brown has experience conducting, composing and cultivating interest in orchestral music among all ages, and he is the second of four finalists to appear in Grand Junction in the hopes of being named the new music director of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. His concert “Brown Conducts Sibelius” features the local symphony along with guest flutist Rachelle Crowell, winner of the symphony’s Young Artist Competition, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, and 3 ...


Local ties: Knot a bad gig for Fruita grad in fashion world

By Melinda Mawdsley
01/20/2016

It was dinner time at the Steeles’ Grand Junction home. Tacos were on the menu, so most arrived casually dressed because it was, you know, family dinner. Not Benjamin Steele. While some in his household came to the kitchen table in T-shirts, Benjamin, 22, showed up in a blazer, slim-fitting button up shirt and tie. “And I’m not talking about a plain, boring blue blazer,” said his mother Melanie Steele about the December dinner. “I’m talking a corduroy ...


Just for laughs: Comedian Brian Regan on career, interests and field of comedy

By Melinda Mawdsley
01/20/2016

Comedian Brian Regan has enjoyed a long, successful career in stand-up, and it has garnered the attention and praise from peers. In the past few years, Regan made a cameo in comedian Chris Rock’s film “Top Five,” was featured in comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s project “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and appeared for the 28th time on the Late Show with David Letterman during Letterman’s final year on air. He also was given the first live broadcast of a ...


Quick Picks: Harry Potter’s Yule Ball; Trace Bundy concert; ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ ballet

By Melinda Mawdsley
01/20/2016

Friday, Jan. 22 Potter dance Take a beginning and intermediate Viennese waltz lesson at 7:15 p.m. then dance the night away at the Harry Potter’s Yule Ball at GJ DanceSport, 421 Colorado Ave. Harry Potter-themed music will play and costumes are encouraged with a costume contest winner announced at 9 p.m. All types of dances will be part of the dance party, including Foxtrot, Country and East Coast Swing. Cost is $12 for adults and $10 for students. Friday, Jan. ...


Martin Luther King Jr. to be commemorated with march, award

By Melinda Mawdsley
01/17/2016

On a day set aside to honor Martin Luther King Jr., Colorado Mesa University and several community members have collaborated on a series of events today to recognize several locals who embody the spirit of King and give the public a chance to show its support of the slain civil rights leader’s dream of equality. Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day across the country, and local festivities begin at 12:30 p.m. with a Symbolic March from City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St., to Handy Chapel, 200 ...


The wetter, the better

By Melinda Mawdsley
01/17/2016

After a relatively dry start to 2015 that forced Powderhorn Mountain Resort to close early due to lack of snow, Mesa County saw a surge in precipitation for the record books. Last year, the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction received 13.25 inches of precipitation, making 2015 the sixth wettest year in history dating back to 1893. The wettest year on record was 1957 when Grand Junction recorded 15.71 inches of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service. Up at ...


Collected works: Art collectors share how original art becomes a passion

By Melinda Mawdsley
01/13/2016

Sue Phillips was 22, fresh out of college and living in a Raleigh, North Carolina, duplex decorated with photographs ripped from National Geographic magazines. Her taste in interior décor changed, however, after a co-worker invited Phillips over for dinner and she immediately was struck by what she saw in the house. “There was art on the walls,” Phillips said. “I was blown away.” Phillips remembers how special the original art made the place feel. Those ...


New and improved: Mesa Theater ready for remix

By Melinda Mawdsley
01/06/2016

Brett Strong works in the oil fields, but his hobby is music. The Mesa County resident travels the country to see upward of 30 shows a year, so the opportunity to purchase Grand Junction’s Mesa Theater and resuscitate one of the largest music venues between Denver and Salt Lake City is a dream realized for the local man. After closing on the 538 Main St. location in September for $425,000 — a price Strong considers a steal for the site — he and a team of managers ...


‘American Idol’ curtain call

By Melinda Mawdsley
01/04/2016

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Grand finale: Crawford teen plays for famous ‘American Idol’ judges

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/30/2015

UPDATE WATCH JENEVE’S IDOL AUDITION HERE: Crawford’s Jeneve Rose Mitchell didn’t think she was ready to take her small-town voice to the biggest of stages, but the final season of “American Idol” was too good an opportunity for the 15-year-old to pass up. With a cello draped across her body — you’ll have to see it to believe it — Mitchell stood out in a crowd of nearly 10,000 this fall in Denver and was selected to play in front of ...


Quick Picks: College bowl games and Community Family Dance

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/29/2015

Friday, Jan. 1 A bowl-full College football fans, it’s going to be a long day. Long considered the highlight of the college football season, New Year’s Day features five games starting at 10 a.m. with the Outback Bowl on ESPN2 and lasting through prime time with the Sugar Bowl on ESPN. (Author’s note: I may never have a chance to write this again, but my alma mater the Iowa Hawkeyes are playing in the Rose Bowl! Go Hawks!) Saturday, Jan. 2 Dance night Take the ...


Mix it up with wild game, under a chef’s watchful eye

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/26/2015

The kitchen is my least favorite room in the house. Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat, so I see value in having a kitchen. It’s just that mine is the site of so many un-fun things (dirty dishes, dirty oven, dirty counters) and so many missteps (destroyed pots because I forgot the stove was on, shattered glass dishes because I forgot the stove was on, a trip to the ER because I dropped a chef’s knife on my foot) that it is tough to get excited about going in there. Plus, ...


Time for Christmas: Grand Valley residents share family holiday traditions

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/23/2015

As you awake from a peaceful night of slumber — or pour an extra cup of coffee because your children have been bugging you since 5 a.m. TO GET UP ALREADY — we at Out & About want to be among the first to wish you a merry Christmas! This holiday, perhaps more than any other, is steeped in traditions. Whether it’s the things they watch on TV, the food they eat or the decorations they hang, locals have specific entertainment traditions this time of year. And ...


Quick Picks: Zolopht CD release; Harry Potter and ‘Frozen’ parties; Powderhorn New Year’s Eve celeba

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/22/2015

Saturday, Dec. 26 ‘Flexor’ is out Don’t miss popular local band Zolopht as the group hosts a CD release party for “Flexor” at 9 p.m. at Sabrosa Restaurante, 122 S. Fifth St. “The songs on this album are a bit more in-depth, perhaps more progressive than their previous release. It’s an album made to hear from start to finish, over and over again,” said Taylor Riley, Fusion Audio Solutions sound engineer, in an interview with The Daily ...


Giving Christmas

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/19/2015

Sarah Keddy and Jason Baldwin had bills to pay. They couldn’t afford luxury things like Christmas. That’s when Vicki McGee, executive director of HOPE of the Grand Valley, stepped in. Since 2009, the local nonprofit has run an Adopt-A-Family program, connecting local families who need help at Christmas with people in the community wanting to help others. Four years ago, while the program was still relatively new, McGee reached out to local Habitat for Humanity homeowners, ...


Sensory Christmas creates calming visit with Santa for those with autism, special needs

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/17/2015

Children know the deal with Santa Claus. He has a white beard, a jolly disposition and delivers Christmas presents to good little boys and girls. It’s a pretty sweet deal. But for some local kids, going to see Santa can be unnerving. Before they get to Santa, they may have to navigate noisy crowds and wait in a long line as upbeat background music plays. It can be sensory overload, particularly for those on the autistic spectrum. With these children in mind, Strive, a local ...


‘That’s Christmas to Me’ a nod to Brady Bunch by local artists

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/16/2015

Local musician Shea Bramer wanted to get some of his peers together for a holiday collaboration. He just didn’t have a song. Then, while driving around two weeks ago, he had his radio on and heard the a cappella group Pentatonix’s original song, “That’s Christmas to Me.” “I said, ‘This is the song we’re going to do. This is awesome,’” Bramer said. He did some rearranging of parts and called in some favors from musician friends, ...


Find adventure in Galapagos Islands or closer to home with museum trips

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/13/2015

Julia McHugh has always wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands. She just never envisioned taking more than a dozen Grand Valley residents with her. McHugh, the curator of paleontology for the Museum of Western Colorado, will guide an all-inclusive cruise in the Galapagos Islands from 
Aug. 8-17, 2016, as part of the museum’s Passport to Adventure, an annual calendar of guided trips open to both museum members and non-members. The Galapagos Islands trip is one of 26 excursions ...


Clifton Water rates going up in 2016 for improvements

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/13/2015

Clifton Water customers will see a rate increase next year to help pay for all operating and maintenance costs for the district. The rate increases will take effect Jan. 1, 2016. Customers who use the base minimum of 3,000 gallons or less a month will pay $1.50 more per month. Customers at the next level of 3,001 to 10,000 gallons per month will notice a monthly increase of $1.90. Customers who use more than 10,000 gallons monthly can also expect a rate increase. The increases were ...


Quick Picks: Downtown guided tours; Sounds of the Season; Cookies ‘N’ Clause

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/11/2015

Friday, Dec. 11 Get downtown Learn about the Art on the Corner exhibit or the history of the area during guided tours offered from 5:30–6:30 p.m. on Main Street. Cost is $10 for either tour and includes a commemorative mug (while supplies last) that can be filled with Enstrom hot chocolate. The tours start at Enstrom. To ensure you receive a mug, register early by calling 254-3866. Downtown also will be the site of the Spirit of Christmas Celebration starting at 5 p.m. Listen to ...


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By Melinda Mawdsley
12/10/2015

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By Melinda Mawdsley
12/10/2015

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By Melinda Mawdsley
12/10/2015

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By Melinda Mawdsley
12/09/2015

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By Melinda Mawdsley
12/09/2015

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By Melinda Mawdsley
12/09/2015

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Watch or do not watch? ‘Star Wars’

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/09/2015

This past spring, “when the guilt got too strong,” Jamie Somerville sat down to watch “Star Wars.” Every single episode. The 33-year-old social studies teacher at East Middle School spent years listening to students make references to the films while discussing government structures, particularly imperialism, but he could only shrug his shoulders and admit he knew nothing about the movies. Things hit a breaking point at the end of the 2014–15 school year when ...


Watch or do not watch? ‘Star Wars’ not a favorite by all

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/09/2015

This past spring, “when the guilt got too strong,” Jamie Somerville sat down to watch “Star Wars.” Every single episode. The 33-year-old social studies teacher at East Middle School spent years listening to students make references to the films while discussing government structures, particularly imperialism, but he could only shrug his shoulders and admit he knew nothing about the movies. Things hit a breaking point at the end of the 2014–15 school year when ...


Countdown 
to Christmas: From alcohol to LEGOs, Advent calendars move beyond chocolate

By Melinda Mawdsley
12/02/2015

Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like 24 straight days of booze. If tequila, vodka or whiskey isn’t your ideal way to count down to Christmas, consider trial-size beauty products. The three wise men offered gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus, but for just five easy payments of $19.35 to QVC, you can score 24 trial-size items from beauty product manufacturers such as Josie Maran, bareMinerals and Murad. Wait. Take that back. The QVC Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar ...


Townsquare Media: No encore for Loudwire

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/30/2015

Organizers with the Loudwire Music Festival announced Monday in an email and statement posted to the event’s Facebook wall that they are canceling the Grand Valley festival after just one year. “We’ve been working very hard over the past few months to bring the Loudwire Music Festival back to Grand Junction, Colorado in 2016,” the statement read. “Despite our best efforts, we regret to inform our fans that the Festival will not return next year. We understand ...


Quick Picks: Don’t miss the chocolate walk

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/25/2015

Saturday, Nov. 28 Chocolate and art Don’t miss the sixth annual Art & Chocolate Walk in Palisade held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. From 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., people can mill around Palisade to enjoy free chocolate while shopping for holiday gifts at downtown stores. Get a punch at each participating business to be entered into a drawing for a large gift basket of fine art and chocolate. Pick up a map at Blue Pig Gallery, 101 W. Third St., which is holding its ...


Break into song: Test your knowledge of holiday songs with this lyrics quiz

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/25/2015

This holiday music stuff is no joke. Since mid-October, students of all ages from across the valley have been rehearsing Christmas music to perform during a number of programs scheduled for the weeks ahead. Between sacred hymns and popular secular songs, holiday music is so well-known that performers want to ensure tunes sound just right for audiences. “The second half of the (fall) semester is our Christmas rehearsal,” said Monte Atkinson, director of choral activities for ...


An alternative way to give

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/22/2015

Rachelle Neff had grown tired of the holidays. The commercialism of the season had worn on the 15-year-old until Sunday morning when she walked into the Lincoln Park Barn. Rachelle, a student at Fruita 8-9, partnered with fellow Fruita 8-9 students Payton Ball and Ana Acosta to work at the 25th annual Alternative Christmas Fair put on by Grand Valley Peace & Justice. At the fair, locals could shop at booths that were advertising the needs of various local, national and international ...


Many opportunities for giving in Grand Valley

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/22/2015

As shoppers gear up for the holiday season, local organizations are hoping people will consider buying an extra item or two to donate to those in need this year. With Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this week and Cyber Monday next week, people may be starting their Christmas shopping soon, and Mesa County Libraries, HOPE of the Grand Valley and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce are just a few groups offering ways for people to give back by donating toys, food or clothing ...


Four Grand Valley women share unique, strong friendship

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/21/2015

Carol Biskupski was the first to arrive. She’s been to Pam Gardner’s Redlands home so many times her vehicle sort of drives itself there. About five minutes later, Shannon Allen and Penny Frankhouser walked through the door, and Pam’s home immediately filled with laughter. Penny walked straight to the pot of coffee. Pam recently started teaching part-time for Colorado Mesa University’s nursing department so the others wanted details. Pam smiled. She’s ...


From the heart

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/19/2015

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Quick Picks: ‘Fall for Dance; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 2-member show; Alternative Gifts Christmas Fair

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/19/2015

Friday and Saturday, 
Nov. 20–21 ‘Fall for Dance’ Don’t miss Colorado Mesa University dance program’s annual “Fall for Dance” recital held toward the end of fall semester in the Moss Performing Arts Center’s Robinson Theatre. This year, the program features new works by program director Megan Glynn, visiting professor James Wallace, CMU alumnae Allison Duncan and Gabriele Cahill, current student Kacee Montgomery and guest hip-hop ...


‘Roadsongs: Journey Into the Rocky Mountain West’ on PBS

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/19/2015

Western Slope fine artist and photographer Malcolm Graeme Childers has produced and narrated an hour-long TV show “Roadsongs: Journey Into the Rocky Mountain West” that is set to air at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, on Rocky Mountain PBS. The show chronicles Childers’ attempts to learn more about the history and stories behind six photographs he took years earlier for a studio artbook “Roadsongs: A Journey into the Life and Mindscapes of an American Artist” ...


Less is more: Adele had us way before ‘Hello’

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/19/2015

For three years, 
nothing. Then, out of nowhere, that voice. “Hello it’s me,” a woman sang. “I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet to go over everything.” There was no face. The 30-second spot that aired Oct. 18 in the United Kingdom was just white lyrics flashing atop a black screen. “They say that time’s supposed to heal ya but I ain’t done much healing,” the song continued and almost as soon as ...


Painting from the heart: GJ artist recalls sharing watercolors with children in Guatemala

By Melinda Mawdsley
11/19/2015

In 20-plus years teaching watercolor art around the world, local artist Frank Francese has never had an experience like his recent visit to Guatemala. For the first time, Francese paid his own way and received no payment to teach watercolor classes and give public watercolor demonstrations on the Central American country’s busy streets. Typically, Francese teaches adults. In Guatemala, however, children flocked to the 64-year-old’s paintings, calling him “Uncle ...


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