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Quick Picks: ‘Dracula’; Hitched in GJ; ‘Gray Mountain’

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/17/2014

Friday and Saturday, 
Oct. 17–18 Bite into this Get into the mood for Halloween with Grand Junction High School drama department’s presentation of “Dracula” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the high school’s auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St. A matinee is at 2 p.m. Saturday. The play has mature themes and situations so parental guidance is suggested. Tickets at the door cost $10 for adults or $7 for students/seniors. Saturday, Oct. 18 To do for ‘I ...


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By Melinda Mawdsley
10/17/2014

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Chorale celebrates 30th anniversary

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/17/2014

The Western Colorado Chorale has pulled out all the stops to honor its 30th anniversary during upcoming concerts at Colorado Mesa University. The chorale will present “A Celebration with GJ Stars” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Recital Hall of the Moss Performing Arts Center. In addition to the chorale, the following local performers will appear: Elise Helmke, harp; Javier de los Santos, guitar; Jim Werner and Jeena Williams, vocalists; and ...


Rolled into art: Students ready for Road Roller Printmaking project

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/16/2014

Tom Brooks has a lot riding on his elephant skin. After he was gifted the material from a fiber artist, Brooks used the skin on his collagraph graphic design project that will not only be graded by his professor but also will be seen by the public. Brooks, 31, a junior at Colorado Mesa University, is one of dozens of university and high school students participating in the second Road Roller Printmaking project hosted by the university’s art department. The project will engage not ...


Country Jam 2015 tabs The Band Perry

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/15/2014

The Band Perry, the reigning Academy of Country Music Vocal Group of the Year, was named a headliner for Country Jam 2015 on Wednesday, joining previously announced headliner Tim McGraw as part of the four-day country music festival outside Grand Junction. The announcement that The Band Perry will headline one night of festivities comes one week before Country Jam tickets and VIP packages go on sale, at 8 a.m. Oct. 22 through countryjam.com. A four-day general admission pass starts at ...


The Band Perry joins Tim McGraw as Country Jam headliner

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/15/2014

Reigning Academy of Country Music Vocal Group of the Year The Band Perry was named a headliner for Country Jam 2015 today, joining previously announced headliner Tim McGraw as part of the four-day country music festival outside Grand Junction. The announcement that The Band Perry will headline one night of festivities comes one week before Country Jam tickets and VIP packages go on sale at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22 through countryjam.com. A four-day general admission pass starts at ...


Road Trip: Make plans for Oct. 31–Nov. 5

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/15/2014

Here are some events coming to Colorado and Utah. ■ Danger Kitty “Dead or Alive” Halloween Party — Belly Up, Aspen, Oct. 31. ■ Halloween Ball at the “Haunted Hotel” — Beaumont Hotel, Ouray, Oct. 31. ■ Method Man & Redman — The Gothic Theatre, Denver, Oct. 31. ■ Mimosa — Fox Theatre, Boulder, Oct. 31. ■ Widespread Panic — 1stBank Center, Broomfield, Oct. 31–Nov. 2. ■ Nora Jane Struthers ...


Clifton man arrested after probe of child pornography networks

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/13/2014

A 63-year-old Clifton man was arrested Friday on suspicion of 64 counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Ronald William Kolpin, 602 35 Road, was arrested on a Mesa County Sheriff’s Office warrant after an investigation that started in 2013 showed Kolpin stored dozens of child pornographic movies and images on his laptop and several thumb drives inside his residence, the warrant alleged. When asked whether he knew viewing and possessing child porn was illegal, Kolpin told ...


12,000 donated books offered for sale

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/13/2014

As the leaves continue to change and fall settles into Grand Junction, people may be ready to find a new collection of books to pull them through the prime reading months ahead. Thousands of donated books from a variety of genres will be for sale for as little as a quarter during the upcoming 2014 Friends of the Mesa County Libraries Fall Book Sale. The sale runs 9 a.m. to 
7 p.m. Friday, and again 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at First Congregational Church, 1425 N. Fifth St., across ...


LaDuke stresses new paradigm 
on oil, energy


By Melinda Mawdsley
10/13/2014

Winona LaDuke doesn’t consider herself an activist for sustainable development and environmental justice. She prefers the label “responsible human being.” LaDuke, a Native-American resident of northern Minnesota and Ralph Nader’s vice presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in 1996 and 2000, was the guest speaker at Sunday’s annual meeting of the Western Colorado Congress, addressing the audience of more than 100 about, in her mind, this ...


Another Ebola case in TX?

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/12/2014

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City’s annual Leaf Removal Program to begin Monday

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/11/2014

A glance along Grand Junction’s streets indicates trees have started to turn color but many are not yet ready to drop their leaves as the city starts its annual Leaf Removal Program Monday. The program lasts through mid-December, however, so there will be plenty of time to rake your leaves to the curb for pick-up if this week seems a little too soon to think about fall cleanup. The annual Leaf Removal Program is the city’s way to eliminate excess leaf buildup that can clog ...


LaDuke, former Green Party VP candidate, to speak at CMU Sunday

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/09/2014

Western Colorado Congress welcomes internationally known environmental activist and former Green Party vice presidential nominee Winona LaDuke as the featured speaker during its annual meeting Sunday at Colorado Mesa University. LaDuke will speak in general terms about national conservation and environmental challenges and their relationship to Western Colorado issues, said WCC’s Donna Page. Page said she’s only heard LaDuke, a Harvard University and Antioch University ...


Press play: Remembering the glory days of the mixed tape

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/09/2014

Inconsolable, a teenage girl sprawled across her bed devastated that the love of her life was gone. She couldn’t eat. She could barely breathe because her high school boyfriend had just broken up with her beneath the parking lot lights of the local McDonald’s. Eventually, with the bedroom door shut because she was not taking visitors, she cried herself to sleep. The next morning, with cheeks still stained red from the tears, our heroine awoke with an idea. She would make her ...


Road Trip: Make plans for Oct. 23–29

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/07/2014

Here are some events 
coming to Colorado. ■ Taylor Williamson — Gothic Theatre, Denver, Oct. 23. ■ Pimps of Joytime — Bluebird Theater, Denver, Oct. 24–25. ■ Glenn Miller Orchestra — Paramount Theatre, Denver, Oct. 25. ■ Comedian Nick Swardson — Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Oct. 25. ■ Rusted Root — Gothic Theatre, Denver, Oct. 25. ■ Trick or Treat Train — Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden, Oct. ...


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By Melinda Mawdsley
10/03/2014

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Quick Picks: Marching band competition; cereal murder mystery; and Ouray Oktoberfest

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/03/2014

Saturday, Oct. 4 March it out For 37 years, high school marching bands have taken to the Grand Junction streets and fields to compete as part of the Colorado West Marching Band Parade and Festival. The competition starts with a parade at 10 a.m., but this year the parade route is different. The route will go from Eighth Street and Colorado west to Fifth Street then north to White Avenue before turning east to R-5 High School. The marching bands will then go to Stocker Stadium for the ...


R-rated musical comedy ‘Avenue Q’ takes CMU stage

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/03/2014

Although puppets are the stars of “Avenue Q,” the first show of Colorado Mesa University’s Main State Theatre Arts Season is far from a children’s performance. “Avenue Q” is an edgy, R-rated musical comedy that spoofs “Sesame Street,” with some of its main characters based off “Sesame Street” ones. On “Avenue Q,” the puppets are adults, dealing with real-life issues “Sesame Street” avoids. The musical, ...


‘Maker of genius’ cello maker makes impact in GJ

By Melinda Mawdsley
10/02/2014

Dressed in black, sitting amidst small piles of sawdust, Grammy-award winning cellist Lynn Harrell lifted his bow to his recently adjusted instrument as Christopher Dungey, the cello maker himself, listened intently. Dungey’s shop was filled with rich, classical music. Harrell was pleased. “He’s a maker of genius,” Harrell said. Dungey, 58, represents a new breed of instrument builder who embraces both traditional methods and technological advancements to make ...


Medal recipients arrive for hunt honoring veterans

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/29/2014

Gary Littrell hasn’t fired a weapon in 20 years, but the former Army Ranger is confident that when he picks up a gun today it’ll be “sort of like riding a bike.” Littrell, 69, is one of four Medal of Honor recipients and seven veterans who are in Grand Junction this week to participate in the 2014 Base Camp 40 Chris Kyle Seal on the Mountain Memorial Hunt, which honors military veterans. Littrell, who lives in Florida, isn’t sure how his name ended up on the ...


CMU music professor publishes his first solo composition for piano

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/29/2014

Although Arthur Houle is an acclaimed pianist, sought after clinician and professor of music and director of keyboard studies at Colorado Mesa University, he has had limited opportunities to be a published composer. Until recently, Houle’s only previous works were published in 2008’s “Cowboy Jazz” by The Hal Leonard Corp. That changed this summer, however, when Abundant Silence Publishing issued the first of five original solo compositions Houle wrote for piano ...


Reknowned historian to portray J.W. Powell

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/28/2014

Historian, author and award-winning humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson, who recently appeared in Ken Burns’ PBS documentary on the Roosevelts, brings his knowledge and interest in the life of explorer John Wesley Powell to Montrose for a one-man performance early next month. Jenkinson will appear as Powell at 2 p.m., Saturday, at the Montrose Pavilion. Doors open at 1 p.m., for a short book signing. A meet-and-greet reception with Jenkinson, considered a co-founder of the modern ...


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By Melinda Mawdsley
09/28/2014

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DIY fall wreath-making a decor success

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/28/2014

Fall wreaths hang outside many homes this time of year, serving as an invitation to come inside for freshly baked pumpkin bread and a cup of chai. Or so I’m guessing. As the non-crafty, non-baking member of The Daily Sentinel’s features department, I have never made a wreath, let alone hung one on my front door. But our Creative Endeavors series has pushed my artistic limits, which is how I recently ended up on Pinterest and was promptly sucked into the world of autumn ...


Music Scene: Q&A with George Thorogood, other shows Sept. 26-Oct.2

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/26/2014

Known for hits such as “Bad to the Bone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over” and “Who Do You Love,” George Thorogood and his longtime rock band The Destroyers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St. It will be the first national act to play in the renovated space. Tickets cost $46 and can be purchased at ticketswest.com, Triple Play Records, Back Porch Music and by calling ...


Quick Picks: Legends sculpture unveiling; Mountain Harvest Festival; car show

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/26/2014

Friday, Sept. 26 Legends in sculpture The latest sculpture in the Legends of the Grand Valley historic sculptures project will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Seventh and Main Streets. The sculpture “Chet & Vernie: Mixing a Legacy!” features Chet and Vernie Enstrom, the founders of Grand Junction’s famous Enstrom Candies. It was made by award-winning portrait sculptor Karen Templeton. A public reception will follow at Avalon Theatre.  Friday ...


VA hospital begins work on parking expansion

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/26/2014

Construction has started on an approximately $7.2 million two-story parking garage at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center that when complete will give the facility nearly 190 additional parking spaces. The parking garage is west of the main hospital building and is scheduled to take about 12 months to complete, according to Grand Junction’s VA spokesman Paul Sweeney. During construction, patients, patient families, visitors and staff can expect road closures or ...


‘Always a big deal’ Fruita Fall Festival marks 100 years of history

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/25/2014

The dust kicked up around Blanche Fisher, Don Weimer and nearly a dozen other mounted cowboys as they led their horses down East Aspen Avenue during the 1921 Cowpunchers’ Reunion. Started in 1914, the reunion was a two-day celebration and competition for area cowboys and residents to celebrate the end of the cattle round-up and harvest season, according to an article in a 2007 edition of the Fruita Times. The article and the black and white image of cowboys are part of a collection ...


Music Scene: Gordon Lightfoot, other shows for Sept. 19–25

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/19/2014

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, with a career that spans more than five decades, stops in Grand Junction for a show at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Two Rivers Convention Center. Tickets cost $40–$65 and can be purchased at ticketswest.com, 866-464-2626 and area City Market stores. Lightfoot, 75, said he still enjoys touring and performing, having released 21 albums and received five Grammy nominations during his career. In advance of his show, Lightfoot spoke in a ...


Home sweet art gallery

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/19/2014

Chelsie Roth lives in a downtown Grand Junction art gallery. If she chose, the 21-year-old Colorado Mesa University student could walk barefoot each day through the downstairs rooms, looking at original art from sculptors, painters or photographers while sipping on a cup of tea she brewed in the nearby kitchen. Or, if she chose, she could wear shoes and eat a bowl of cereal. “It’s awesome!” Roth said. “I don’t feel like I’m living in Grand Junction, ...


Road Trip: Make plans for Sept. 20 through Oct. 8

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/17/2014

Here are some events coming to Colorado. ■ Cloak & Dagger Musical Festival featuring Cashmere Cat, Holy Ghost!, Gigamesh and more — Club Vinyl and City Hall Amphitheater, Denver, Sept. 20. ■ J Boog — Bluebird Theater, Denver, Oct. 1. ■ George Thorogood & the Destroyers — Boulder Theater, Boulder, Oct. 2. ■ Casting Crowns with Mandisa & Sidewalk Prophets — Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Oct. 2. ■ Parker Millsap — ...


Country singer Jo Dee Messina ready for Pork ‘n Hops Challenge

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/12/2014

Multi-platinum selling country music singer/songwriter Jo Dee Messina, the Academy of Country Music’s 1999 Top Female Artist of the Year, is the headliner for the first day of this year’s Colorado Pork ‘n’ Hops Challenge. As the air above Lincoln Park takes on that distinct aroma of competitive barbecue, Messina will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, to perform original hits such as “I’m Alright,” “Bye Bye” and ...


Second Saturday art sale to benefit suicide prevention

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/12/2014

A Second Saturday art sale and silent auction at +1 North Gallery and Studios will benefit the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation after numerous artists offered to donate money from the sales of their pieces to support the local organization. Cash donations also will be accepted at the event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the gallery located at 2500 North Ave. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Martha Graf, executive director for Western Colorado ...


Props to you: Which movie or TV prop would you like to own?

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/12/2014

It’s been called THE Little Black Dress because no other black dress is as famous as the Givenchy number actress Audrey Hepburn wore in 1961’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The dress was so memorable, in fact, it reportedly sold at a Christie’s auction in London in 2006 for nearly $921,000 to an anonymous European, according to a 2006 StyleWatch article at People magazine’s website. But speaking of memorable, don’t forget Dorothy’s ruby ...


Noisy clarinet allegedly upsets neighbor

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/11/2014

A Clifton woman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of four counts of felony menacing, seven counts of reckless child abuse without injury and one count of prohibited use of a weapon after she allegedly pointed a gun at several children in her neighbor’s backyard, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. Cheryl Ann Pifer, 60, 647 Middle Ridge Drive, was arrested about 
5 p.m. Wednesday after an 11-year-old boy told deputies Pifer pointed a gun at him because she was ...


Boy’s noisy clarinet prompts alleged gun threat from neighbor

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/11/2014

A 60-year-old Clifton woman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of four counts of felony menacing, seven counts of reckless child abuse without injury and one count of prohibited use of a weapon after she allegedly pointed a gun at several children in her neighbor’s backyard, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. Cheryl Ann Pifer, 647 Middleridge Court, was arrested at about 5 p.m. Wednesday after an 11-year-old boy told deputies Pifer pointed a gun at him because she ...


Young man illustrates his lifelong pathway to career

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/08/2014

An idea of what Jake Below wanted to be when he grew up surfaced early, before the young Grand Junction man was old enough to even go to school. “I’d wake my mom up and show her this drawing I’d do,” said Below, 21, a 2012 graduate of Grand Junction High School and recent recipient of an associate degree in visual communications from Colorado Mesa University. Below’s interest in drawing, particularly drawing illustrations and cartoons, led him to illustrate a ...


Reunited: Central High class recalls signing off on the fifties with hayrides, sock hops

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/06/2014

They were special, the Central High School Class of 1959. Sure, the 96 students in the group enjoyed the music of Elvis and The Everly Brothers and spent time “dragging Main” like other Central classes, but the Class of ‘59 was the first senior class to move out of the old adobe building at 29 Road and North Avenue and into the brick building where present-day Central High School sits. Of course, in 1959, the building didn’t look the same as it does now and it was ...


The Deciduous Trio opens series

By Melinda Mawdsley
09/03/2014

A trio of harp, flute and viola will open the 16th season of the Western Slope Concert Series. The Deciduous Trio, comprised of Stephanie Mientka on viola, Hope Cowan on harp and Amulet Strange on flute will play two area shows. The first will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Recital Hall in the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University. The second show will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Montrose Pavilion. Tickets to each show cost $9 in advance at ...


And the Song of Summer is ...

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/29/2014

It was the summer of 1996. Theaters welcomed “Independence Day,” “Trainspotting” and “Courage Under Fire.” Baseball fans watched New York Yankees rookie shortstop Derek Jeter, and Americans celebrated the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where they fell in love with Kerri Strug and her one-legged landing off the vault that gave the U.S. women’s gymnastics team the gold medal. And, in the background, at every break in the action, from the smallest of ...


Great music at GJ Off-Road

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/29/2014

Mountain bikers won’t be the only ones entertained during the Grand Junction Off-Road. The event that brings mountain bikers to this area’s world-famous trails to compete for cash and prizes also offers an excuse for visitors and locals to party in downtown Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29–30. The Sierra Nevada Beer Garden will be set up near Fourth and Main Streets from 5–8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. From 7–10 p.m. Friday ...


Frame Depot sponsors annual pet photo and art contest

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/24/2014

Pet lovers unite at the Frame Depot’s sixth annual Dog & Cat Days of Summer photo and artwork contest to benefit Roice-Hurst Humane Society. Artists and photographers of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to enter the contest, which is more of a fun excuse to celebrate pets while collecting donations for Roice-Hurst. “It’s a fun way people can show off their art work or photography,” said Frame Depot’s Jan Falter. “You know how much people ...


Nonprofit’s turnout for golf tourney is in the hole

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/24/2014

Perhaps it’s the allure of a reward or the safety of tipster anonymity, but Crime Stoppers of Mesa County has helped local law enforcement solve crimes on an average of one per week since the nonprofit formed in 1983, a spokeswoman for the organization said this month. Although it’s not a part of the Grand Junction Police Department or the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Crime Stoppers works with both agencies, as well as local media, to share information about unsolved ...


Southern soul, Western rock

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/22/2014

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‘Those fab Beatles’ Fans remember Beatles’ 1964 tour, Red Rocks show

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/22/2014

”...The Beatles said they’d heard of three places for concerts in the U.S. — the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall and Red Rocks. ...” — Verne Byers, Lookout Mountain Attractions, in a Denver press clipping from 1964. It was a whirlwind tour, 25 concerts in 33 days, as the Beatles crisscrossed the United States, popping in and out of Canada during the band’s inaugural North American tour in the summer of 1964. Although the Beatles first arrived in the ...


QA: Jamestown Revival talks about making music and mountain biking

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/21/2014

Influenced by Southern soul and Western rock, longtime friends Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance formed Jamestown Revival in 2011, and the group makes its Grand Junction debut as headliners during the Grand Junction Off-Road day of music in downtown Grand Junction. Clay and Chance, who hail from Austin, Texas, are relatively new arrivals to the national music scene, releasing their debut, full-length album, “Utah: A Collection of Recorded Moments from The Wasatch Mountains” on Feb. ...


Tonight’s Influx jazz concert postponed because of forecast

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/19/2014

Tonight’s Jazz Among the Grapevines concert with Influx at Two Rivers Winery has been postponed until 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 26, because of forecast rain, according to a release this morning from The Art Center. The concert with Influx will be the final of the season for the series that benefits The Art Center. Tickets for next week’s show are $10 and are available at The Art Center, 1803 N. 7th St., or at Two Rivers Winery, 2087 Broadway.  ...


‘Those fab Beatles’

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/15/2014

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Uncompahgre fires burn undergrowth

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/12/2014

No structures or private land was threatened as two small lightning-caused wildfires continue to burn on the Uncompahgre Plateau. The Bench Fire, first reported Saturday, had burned 34 acres and was burning southward Tuesday in manzanita and oak brush amid ponderosa pine, according to a news release from Lee Ann Loupe with the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. The Corral Forks Fire, reported Thursday, was less than an acre and burned in manzanita, oak brush and ...


Subdudes cancel; Murphey steps in

By Melinda Mawdsley
08/12/2014

Multiple Grammy-nominee Michael Martin Murphey has replaced the Subdudes as the main act during this year’s final Colorado Riverfront Concert Series show after the Subdudes canceled because of the unexpected death of one of its members. Bass player Johnny Ray Allen died Friday at his home in New Orleans, prompting the band to cancel upcoming shows as it mourns the loss of Allen. Michael Martin Murphey and the Rio Grande Band were going to be in the area, so Sandstone Concerts’ ...


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