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See part of western Colorado’s agricultural side at livestock auction

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/29/2015

Buying a cow is a very adult thing to do. That was my impression growing up in Iowa, where I would occasionally hear my parents mention it was time to buy half a cow. I learned quickly that was lingo for the quantity of meat cut and packaged as opposed to a grotesque new pet. “No, dear,” my mom would say in her most practical voice, “we aren’t buying the front half of a cow for the yard.” At these times, I also learned that half a cow is a lot of meat. It ...


Fun Family Flicks

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/27/2015

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Quick Picks: Maverick Hoedown; Back to School Bike Rodeo; and ‘Big Blue Live’ on PBS

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/27/2015

Friday, Aug. 28 Go Mavs! Help support the scholarship fund for Colorado Mesa University student-athletes by attending the Maverick Hoedown from 6–11 p.m. at the Meyer Ballroom in the University Center. Tickets cost $75 per person and include a barbecue buffet, beer and Colorado wine. People will dance to live music from a country band so Western attire is encouraged. Go to coloradomesa.edu/hoedown to purchase tickets. Saturday, Aug. 29 Fun on two wheels Whether your child ...


Visiting ceramics artist talks about Cuba, raw clay

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/27/2015

Steve Hilton felt badly. As he sat and talked, everyone around him cleaned. Hilton is visiting Grand Junction as an exhibiting artist at Colorado Mesa University’s Art Gallery, and he isn’t accustomed to sitting and watching while others — there were several students and CMU assistant art professor KyoungHwa Oh, the woman who invited him to show — busily clean and work on his ceramic installations. Hilton, a ceramics and art education instructor at Midwestern ...


Press play: Create your own family friendly movie night

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/27/2015

Katie Hadar remembers when her movie and TV-watching life was changed. She was watching Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 1995 film “The City of Lost Children,” a “visually stunning film,” the type she normally watched in the evening. She realized that her daughter, 1 1/2 at the time, was suddenly reacting to what was on the screen. “That as sort of my cue to shift viewing habits,” Hadar said. “I’ve been in love with film forever and watch a ...


Gross! But you’ve got to look. Why is that?

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/26/2015

The YouTube video “Biggest Zit Cyst Pop Ever {Gross Pimple Popping}” posted by Kris Honey has been viewed by nearly 6 million people. Perhaps you are one who has seen it. Perhaps you wish you hadn’t. As the title suggests, the nearly six-minute video chronicles an 11-year-old girl squeezing out whatever-you-call-that-gunk that’s been in her ear FOR SIX YEARS! “Is this seriously what it looks like?” the girl says on the video, describing the grossness ...


Independence Academy starts year at new location

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/24/2015

Lacey Weber took a selfie. She’s sorry. As the Independence Academy librarian put books on shelves at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, the sun’s rays came through the school’s east-facing windows with such force that Weber had to wear sunglasses indoors. She took a picture with her cellphone and updated her Facebook status: “With a book in hand, your future’s so bright you gotta wear shades.” Weber spent the previous seven years working in a library with ...


Smoke in your eyes? Relief by midweek

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/23/2015

Although air conditions have visibly improved since last week, the haze is expected to linger in area skies through today and possibly until Wednesday. At that time, a new front with moisture in the forecast is to move into the region, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said Sunday. Megan Stackhouse, who is located in the Grand Junction office, said upper-level winds have carried smoke from wildfires in California and Pacific Northwest states into western Colorado, and ...


Quick Picks: ‘The Love Bug’ event; Blue Pig Gallery birthday party; Mic Fight Rap Battle

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/21/2015

Friday, Aug. 21 Kid food It’s a special Food Truck Fridays event from 5–9 p.m. at St. Kathryn Cellars, 785 Elberta Ave., in Palisade. The theme is “Family Fun Night” so food vendors will be serving special kid-friendly items and there will be games, activities and live music. Friday, Aug. 21 Bug love Disney’s original 1968 film “The Love Bug” will be shown at dusk at Allen Unique Autos, 2282 River Road, in a special night for the family to ...


Guitarist Ottmar Liebert’s Aug. 20 concert has sold out

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/14/2015

A message about nature, music and enlightenment will fill an area of the Colorado National Monument during a unique upcoming concert. Grammy-nominated classical guitarist Ottmar Liebert will perform with The Luna Negra Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Area near the east entrance to the monument. This concert has sold out. Liebert performs Spanish influenced classical/flamenco guitar music he describes as “instrumental nouveau ...


GJ Rockestra rehearsal

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/14/2015

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Key changes

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/13/2015

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Quick Picks: ‘Star Wars’ on Glade Park; Radio Daze; ‘The Day the Crayons Came Home’

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/13/2015

Friday, Aug. 14 Starry night Channel your inner Luke Skywalker and head to the Glade Park Volunteer Fire Department, 16400 DS Road, for the outdoor showing of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.” That’s right. Star Wars under the stars. The grill opens at 6 p.m. and entertainment starts at 7 p.m. The movie stars at dusk. Take blankets and chairs and maybe your lightsaber. The movie is rated PG. Saturday, Aug. 15 In a daze It’s a day of music, drinks and fun ...


‘We want it all’ M City Lounge promises variety of events

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/13/2015

Jesse Daniels and Jake Sheridan hear it all the time: “What is M City Lounge?” The short answer, as soon as their vision is realized, will be: “What isn’t M City Lounge.” As co-owners of the business at 515 S. Seventh St., formally occupied by Burkey Lumber Co. and more recently by Grand Junction Flea Market & Swap Meet, Daniels and Sheridan want the cavernous building and adjacent outdoor space to be a venue for events such as concerts or galas and a ...


Key changes: GJ Symphony, GJ Rockestra both set for big changes

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/13/2015

The next nine months will bring a wave of change to the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. The most notable one comes at the top as the organization spends the 2015–16 season saying goodbye to longtime music director Kirk Gustafson. If that wasn’t change enough, modifications also are coming this month to Wells Fargo’s An Evening Under the Stars and Grand Junction Rockestra’s “Director’s Choice” show. CHANGING AT THE TOP Gustafson’s ...


Peach Poll

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/10/2015

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‘We want it all’

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/07/2015

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By Melinda Mawdsley
08/06/2015

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Get Movin’

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/06/2015

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Quick Picks: Palisade Field Day, Smokey Bear’s birthday; and Downtown Deltafest

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/06/2015

Friday, Aug. 7 Fun and games Get out and have fun with the family during the Palisade Field Day from 4–7 p.m. at Peach Bowl Park, where numerous games will be set up, including volleyball, bocce ball, relay races and more. Admission is $5 per person. Children age 4 and younger are free. Anyone 6 or younger needs to be accompanied by an adult. Saturday, Aug. 8 Cake, skip the candles Celebrities who are 71: Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, actor Robert De Niro, Smokey ...


Portrait Gallery: Betsy McLoughlin to present watercolor skills at gallery

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/06/2015

If local artist Betsy McLoughlin could write a personal ad detailing her passion for art, it might read: “Has watercolor kit and sketchbook, will travel.” McLoughlin, a self-taught watercolorist who also enjoys creating pen and ink sketches, never leaves home without a small kit of paints and brushes and her sketchbook, ensuring that no matter where she is — even if the sketches are miniature and informal — she always can draw and paint. Her sketchbook ...


So sorry… Miscues in entertainment can be entertaining

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/06/2015

Maybe it’s entitlement. Maybe it’s boredom. Maybe it’s the heat. Whatever the reason, July has been a rotating door of entertainer miscues and subsequent apologies. From insensitive comments to inappropriate photos, several entertainers spent their month releasing statements about foolish things they did, perhaps forgetting that actions have consequences. More likely, they weren’t really thinking things through. Like your mother said, “If you don’t ...


Quick Picks: Uncorked Wine Festival; Olathe Sweet Corn Festival; Colorado Day

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/31/2015

Saturday, Aug. 1 Sip away Enjoy wine in a different setting at first Uncorked Wine Festival from 5–10 p.m. at Powderhorn Mountain Resort on Grand Junction. Sip on tastings from dozens of area wineries and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres in the calm setting of the summer slopes. Tickets cost $40 in advance at Talon Winery in Palisade, Fisher’s Liquor Barn and mix1043fm.com. Tickets cost $50 at the door and $15 tickets for designated drivers and those younger than 21 also are ...


There and back again

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/27/2015

The plan was to get rich and travel the world. Plans changed. Bankrupt and heartbroken at 28, Jamie Bianchini needed a reboot, a way to find passion and purpose in his life after business ventures failed and the love of his life left him. He turned to one of the few things that always made him happy — his bicycle. Fine, Bianchini thought. He didn’t have the money to travel in luxury but maybe he could see the world on a bicycle. Better yet, a tandem bike meant a rear seat was ...


Two Giving Clubs add ‘fun’ to fundraising

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/26/2015

Giving feels good, so excuse Illene Roggensack if she gets emotional talking about it. For the past year, a group of local women — it started at eight, then grew to 87 and is now about 140 — has been a part of The Giving Club, meeting quarterly to select a local nonprofit organization to receive their money. No strings attached. The women recently chose Imagination Library, an all-
volunteer organization that mails one free book a month to registered ...


Q & A with pickleball aficionado George Gerson

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/26/2015

Grand Junction’s George Gerson taught Rachel Sauer and me how to play pickleball at the end of June. He answered a few questions about the sport, its popularity in Grand Junction and how to get started. Melinda Mawdsley: What turned you on to pickleball? Were you terrible when you started? George Gerson: Seven years ago I received a phone call from a friend by the name of Nancy Friedman who asked me to come play pickleball. I had never heard of the game and the name itself kind of ...


East meets West

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/24/2015

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Q & A with acclaimed musician Robert Earl Keen

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/24/2015

Robert Earl Keen has recorded 19 full-length albums, been inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame and even launched a business to sell Bloody Mary mix. Yet the longtime performer, whose debut album came out in 1984, still manages to make roughly 150 tour stops a year. One of those stops is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park, 595 Colorado Highway 340, in Fruita as part of the Colorado Riverfront Concert series. Tickets can be ...


East meets West

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/24/2015

Yoshitoshi. Toyokuni. Kunisada. Each was an acclaimed artist whose name may be unfamiliar to western Colorado art enthusiasts. But thanks to a recent gift by the late Bill Robinson, their talents and the talents of other Japanese artists from the 19th and 20th century will be displayed in the coming months at The Art Center. Robinson, a longtime Grand Junction resident and chairman of Colorado Mesa University’s theater department from 1960 to 1988, gifted his 40-piece collection of ...


Alicia On Air

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/17/2015

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Sound following: Organizers bring in more Christian artist to meet demand

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/17/2015

Landon Balding has six children between the ages of 8 and 14, and he often finds himself questioning what he wants them to see and hear. Unfortunately, there isn’t much he finds suitable for his kids. From musicians using profane or suggestive language and/or wearing provocative clothes, much in entertainment today is not family-friendly, he said. So, as the owner of ticketing company Monumental Events and a local events promoter, Balding has emphasized booking shows and selling ...


All About the Music: Alicia Mitchell enjoys role at KAFM

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/17/2015

Alicia Mitchell gets paid to listen to music. It’s her dream job. Sometimes, however, people say she works at a “fake” radio station because KAFM Community Radio sounds different than other stations on the dial. That’s true, Mitchell said. KAFM 88.1 FM is different. Volunteer programmers with diverse musical tastes select all the music for their shows, creating unique playlists not otherwise heard locally. There are breaks to recognize and thank local underwriters ...


Tomato tale: Local tomatoes take the plate to please chefs, patrons

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/11/2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series of stories following locally grown tomatoes from seed to dinner plate, highlighting the “farm to table” concept. Here are the other stories in the series: PART 1: Follow these tomatoes from seed to dinner plate PART 2: Weekly maintenance keeps plants strong and healthy Michael Aschmann was craving a tuna fish sandwich. But, as executive chef at No Coast Sushi in Fruita, Aschmann wanted something more sophisticated than canned ...


Quick Picks: Street Party in Palisade, Music with the Mustangs, Harper Lee book

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/10/2015

Friday, July 10 Street party It’s time to party in Palisade! From 6–9 p.m. celebrate the re-opening of Main Street with food, live music and children’s games. The downtown Palisade street was expanded during a months-long overhaul. Go check it out. Saturday, July 11 For the horses Local musician Destinee Reed is the featured performer during the Music With the Mustangs event at 6 p.m. at Steadfast Steads Mustang Sanctuary, 1411 South 16 5/10 Road on Glade ...


Sing It, America!

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/03/2015

Americans can be a fiery, competitive bunch. (See: War, Revolution.) But Americans also can be soulful and spirited, artistic and unique. Look no further than our music. Whether it’s the inspired lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner” or the rockin’ tunes of Elvis Presley, the highest-selling individual artist of all time, this country loves its songs. We play music at sporting events, parades and parties, on stages, stereos and cell phones. But how well do you ...


Quick Picks: First Friday events; Plateau Valley Heritage Days; ‘Hansel & Gretel’ preview

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/03/2015

Friday, July 3 TGIF It’s the first Friday of the month, which means it is time to set aside an evening for food, drink and art. Various galleries and shops throughout Grand Junction will host openings for First Friday. Among the scheduled opening receptions are: The Art Center’s Student and Instructor Open Exhibition from 7–9 p.m., with introductions at 6:30 p.m.; and Larry Bennett’s fine art photography exhibit at Aspen Photo Art Gallery, 559 Main St., from ...


ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC

By Melinda Mawdsley
07/03/2015

Alicia Mitchell gets paid to listen to music. It’s her dream job. Sometimes, however, people say she works at a “fake” radio station because KAFM Community Radio sounds different than other stations on the dial. That’s true, Mitchell said. KAFM 88.1 FM is different. Volunteer programmers with diverse musical tastes select all the music for their shows, creating unique playlists not otherwise heard locally. There are breaks to recognize and thank local underwriters ...


Art Center director moves on to new canvas

By Melinda Mawdsley
06/30/2015

Children were in the courtyard preparing for another day of art camp. Volunteers were installing the new exhibit that opens Friday, and in her office, on her final day as executive director of The Art Center, Camille Silverman smiled. Well, first she cussed because when she got to her office Tuesday morning she found dozens of balloons on the floor making it difficult to work. But mostly her last day was about positive reflection. Since taking over as executive director in 2012, ...


Get a unique view of the west (and conquer fear) while on horseback

By Melinda Mawdsley
06/28/2015

I have equinophobia, and I blame Mexico. Well, not all of Mexico, just a tiny stretch of beach on the west coast near Mazatlan because I’m pretty sure that’s where I developed my fear of horses. Of all the things I did while on college spring breaks — foam parties, scaling inflatable ocean toys, dancing on moving boats — riding horses on the beach seemed the most relaxing and safest. Um, no. It wasn’t long after I got on a horse in that supposed idyllic ...


Quick Picks: Mesa Repertory Theatre final performances; P-Town Stomp; ‘Operation Wild’

By Melinda Mawdsley
06/26/2015

Friday and Sunday, June 26–28 Last call Don’t miss the final weekend of Colorado Mesa University’s Mesa Repertory Theatre season with performances at the Mesa Experimental Theatre in Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St. “Stonecutter,” rated G, is intended for young audiences with shows at 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “Time Flies and other short plays,” rated R, is a comedic collection of six short plays from award-winning playwright ...


Loudwire Music Festival seeks to cater to wide variety of fans

By Melinda Mawdsley
06/26/2015

It’s time to rock! After the cancellation of Rock Jam last year, music fans were left wondering what, if anything, might replace the multi-day rock show. Townsquare Media, the new owners of Country Jam, stepped in to create Loudwire Music Festival, a three-day rock event to be held at Country Jam Ranch from Friday through Sunday, June 26–28. The lineup was put together to cater to fans of all genres of rock: hard, metal, classic, alternative and indie. The headliners will be ...


Show Goes On: Meet the local stagehands at Country Jam

By Melinda Mawdsley
06/26/2015

Brad Swenson has never given birth, but if he did, he guesses it would look and feel like Country Jam. For the past 21 years, give or take a few, Swenson, a retired teacher from West Middle School, has been a stagehand at Country Jam, building the stage and sets and running around backstage, thinking to himself the long hours and hard work were too much to handle. But by the time each festival was over, Swenson looked back on the memories and music, forgot about the fatigue and looked ...


Fun for the fans: Grand Junction Rockies ready to play, entertain

By Melinda Mawdsley
06/26/2015

The Grand Junction Rockies will break baseball tradition Wednesday, Aug. 12. Before the game, instead of throwing a baseball during the ceremonial first pitch the team plans to toss a peach for Palisade Peach Night. Fans will notice the presence of peaches everywhere that night. “We’ll have a little farmers market with vendors under the stadium offering different things for sale,” said Tim Ray, Rockies general manager. “That evening, we’ll have peach relish ...


SOUND FOLLOWING

By Melinda Mawdsley
06/26/2015

Landon Balding has six children between the ages of 8 and 14, and he often finds himself questioning what he wants them to see and hear. Unfortunately, there isn’t much he finds suitable for his kids. From musicians using profane or suggestive language and/or wearing provocative clothes, much in entertainment today is not family-friendly, he said. So, as the owner of ticketing company Monumental Events and a local events promoter, Balding has emphasized booking shows and selling ...


Quick Picks: Father’s Day Car Show; tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, Bike to Work Day

By Melinda Mawdsley
06/17/2015

Saturday, June 20 Cars and planes Celebrate Father’s Day early with the Father’s Day Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at A Taste of Heaven Catering, 2817 North Ave. There will be unique and unusual vehicles and motorcycles, plus live music, food booths and more. Cost to enter a vehicle in the show is $20 and space is limited so advanced registration is required by calling 720-934-3588 or email karen.atasteofheavencatering@yahoo.com. Before or after visiting the car show, make ...


Jessica Lynn ready to put on a show in Mack

By Melinda Mawdsley
06/17/2015

A native New Yorker, Jessica Lynn admits her route to the country music scene is out of the ordinary. After performing at last year’s Country Jam during the pre-festival campground party and on a side stage, Lynn, 25, returns with a main stage slot at 1 p.m. Friday, June 19. She also performs at 6:10 p.m. the same night on the Jack’s Place side stage. In advance of her appearance at Country Jam and before she and her nine-piece band travel from New York to western Colorado, ...


A lot to ink about: Tattoo artist lands gig on reality show

By Melinda Mawdsley
06/16/2015

Erik Campbell wanted to be a dirt bike racer, not a reality TV contestant. But, as so often happens, life had a different plan when an accident years ago dashed the Grand Junction man’s dreams of racing and set him on a course toward becoming a respected tattoo artist who will appear on Spike TV’s “Ink Master.” Campbell, 35, is one of 18 people from around the country selected for Season 6 of the show that pits artists against each other in a reality TV competition ...


Bus system seeks input on shifting routes

By Melinda Mawdsley
06/14/2015

In an effort to eliminate duplicate routes and modify routes now that school’s out, Grand Valley Transit is proposing numerous changes for this summer and seeks public input on the route shifts. GVT users are encouraged to attend an open house from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at GVT’s West Transfer Facility, 612 24 1/2 Road, where maps of proposed routes will be available. Staff will be there to answer questions. People can park behind the facility off F 1/8 Road. Those unable ...


Best burger 
competitors 
to square off 
at 2015 Jam

By Melinda Mawdsley
06/13/2015

Celebrity chef David Chang and Budweiser are searching for the best burger, and the nationwide competition includes a stop at Country Jam, where festival attendees will have a chance to pick a winner. The winner of the Bud & Burgers Championship held at Country Jam — April Timboe and Crystal Schlueter are the contestants — will be announced at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, June 21, and will join nine others from around the country in July in St. Louis to compete in the Bud & ...


The Appleseed Collective pumped for Palisade

By Melinda Mawdsley
06/12/2015

The men of The Appleseed Collective, all in their mid- to late 20s, are scheduled to perform at their first Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival in the 11 a.m. slot on Sunday, June 14, at Riverbend Bend Park. The men released “Live at the Ark” in December after recording the album at the nationally known acoustic and folk music venue, The Ark, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the band calls home. In advance of The Appleseed Collective’s first appearance in western ...


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