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Drift through time

By Duffy Hayes

There’s something to be said for taking it slow. After all, it took eons to carve out the spectacular sandstone canyons that stand sentry along numerous stretches of Grand Valley rivers, in particular along the southern flank of the ...


GJ economy showing signs of stability

By Gary Harmon

There’s still plenty of country in the Grand Valley and plenty of room for growth, both as a result of local conditions and national trends, employers and experts said. Health care and social assistance is the largest employment sector ...


Opening doors to a new industry

By Charles Ashby

There’s been a lot of emphasis in recent years to diversify the region’s economy. Some people have focused on outdoor recreation, others rely on a growing Colorado Mesa University, and still others haven’t given up on the ...


Clubs and Organizations Listings

By Staff

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS ARTS — DANCE Delta Hub Wheelers Square Dancers: 856-4187, 773-4495 Chatfield County Kickers Square Dance Club: 434-0868 Colorado West Area Square Dance Council: 434-3543, coloradosquaredance.com High Desert ...


Las Colonias Amphitheater

By Ann Wright

While the music coming from the stage is the main attraction, it doesn’t hurt that the amphitheater at Las Colonias Park also is attractively situated. The red rock monoliths of Colorado National Monument are to the west, the ...


Setting Stock in Trades

By Katie Langford

The shifting national landscape of higher education is no stranger to western Colorado, where universities and colleges try to recruit homegrown students to learn, graduate and enter the workforce locally. But what about the folks who ...


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 ...


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