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Harlin Wall: A serpentine lifetime of passion

By Erin McIntyre

The first time Harlin Wall caught a reptile and brought it home, he was about 5 years old. He still remembers showing his mother the lizard and what she said: “You better not bring home a snake.” Two weeks later, he caught a bull ...

Scott & Jessica Washkowiak: Field to fork over a long path

By Rachel Sauer

Possibility looks like a lot of things. It looks like a stretch of dark fields in winter that, despite their sleepiness, hint at abundance to come. It looks like tiny green triangles — the very tips of new garlic plants — poking ...

Patric Rostel: Distance drives CMU cycling coach

By Dale Shrull

Patric Rostel’s hometown is about 5,200 miles away, but he now calls Grand Junction home. Growing up in Berlin, Germany, Rostel was a big-city guy until he came to Grand Junction to attend Colorado Mesa University and ride for the ...

Charles Latshaw: Maestro in the middle

By Gary Harmon

Charles Latshaw could have made a living as a trumpet player. Even now he might be able to turn a buck on his prowess with unmanned aerial vehicles. What he’s chosen to do, however, is to be the man in the middle, the person whose job ...

Max Krey: A lifetime of service to the community

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Max Krey is humble when talking about the many large charitable donations he’s given to back a wide-variety of community projects across the Grand Valley in the past 60 years. He simply refers to the contributions as ...

Merecedes Garcia: Immigrant other not just a survivor, but a thriver

By Dennis Webb

Mercedes Garcia doesn’t dwell on the challenges and setbacks that have defined her life, even if they are nearly unimaginable compared to what many people face. She’s usually too focused on the coming day to dwell on the past. But ...

Brian Fuselier: Columbine survivor finds place at the district attorney’s office

By Gabrielle Porter

More than a decade ago, a toddler was found wandering in the road in the Fort Collins area. The child’s mother was accused of abuse and, representing herself, took the case to trial. By the time the judge sent the six jurors into the ...

Donna Fullerton: Photographs, smiles and memories

By Jon Mitchell

Adorning the walls of her Redlands home are pictures of places Donna Fullerton has visited. There’s Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona, with its iconic colors and light streams on display on a metal plate. There are photos of the ...

Frank French: Fine-tuing through life

By Ann Wright

The action is on a bench. The soundboard is spread out in the middle of the workshop. There are parts of something or other over on top of the Steinway, and the case is awaiting a stain job out in the garage. “I picked this up on ...

Bruna Deichmann: From Brazil to basketball

By Patti Arnold

When she was 12 years old, Bruna Deichmann let her mother in on a secret. “I remember telling my mom ‘I am going to play basketball in the United States.’ She said, ‘There’s no way that’s going to ...

Brad Brehmer: The Blue Moon is still rising

By Matt Meyer

In 1972, a young man from Indiana stepped off an airplane in Grand Junction. The temperature had risen to well over 100 degrees on that August afternoon. The overpowering heat was quite a change for a Midwestern boy just looking to play ...

Nadine Bode: International Education

By Gabrielle Porter

Nadine Bode found Grand Junction while in search of a happy medium. With a French mother and a father who “went into the Peace Corps as soon as Kennedy was like, ‘Ask not,’” and headed up the government-sponsored ...

Industry: Building a valley from air, steel, earth, plastic & candy

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

With a growing skilled labor force, technology development and central location, there’s never been a better time to own a business in the Grand Valley. Many of the area’s companies offer surprisingly unique products to worldwide ...

Outdoor Excitement

By Matt Meyer

As the sun peers over Grand Mesa, a lone mountain biker cuts through the Palisade Rim Trail. One of the longest single-track trails in Colorado, the descent can be treacherous for novice bikers and technically demanding for experts. The ...

A Quick Guide to the Grand Valley

By Staff

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS ARTS DANCE Beyond Boundaries Dance Collective: facebook.com/beyondboundariesdance Chatfield County Kickers Square Dance Club: 434-0868 Colorado West Area Square Dance Council: 434-3543, ...

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