Special Sections - Portrait

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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, ...


Legends: Tales from the Grand Valley

By Gary Harmon

Legend has it that the Utes, who lived in the Grand Valley long before Spaniards came though, advised passersby to take with them a handful of dirt lest they be drawn back to the rough country that sits in the shadow of Grand ...


Western Colorado Portrait Living

By Staff

Maybe it’s because of the 300-plus days of sunshine, the temperate, high-desert climate that allows you to tee off at a Grand Valley golf course in February immediately after you pay brief — oh-so-brief — respects to those ...


Valley boasts variety of health care options

By Staff

Over the years, the Grand Valley has grown into a regional hub when it comes to health care, whether it be medical care, mental health needs or behavioral services. Although they range in size — and services as a result — the ...


Healthcare: An industry that’s showing healthy growth in the area

By Mike Wiggins

While the energy sector continues to retreat, commercial and residential construction lags and unemployment remains higher in western Colorado than much of the rest of the state, the health care industry is one of the few in the region that ...


Educating everyone about CMU

By Katie Langford

Colorado Mesa University has undergone radical transformation in the past 10 years. Whether it’s the new, daylight-flooded library on the main campus in Grand Junction, the gleaming, state-of-the-art culinary lab at Western Colorado ...


Arts & Culture: A surprising depth in the oasis

By Ann Wright

Any night of the week, you can find one or more local bands playing around the Grand Valley. Walk into a doctor’s office or Grand Junction City Hall and you can see local artists’ work hanging on the walls. Swing by a bookstore ...


Stephanie Summar: Helping awkwardness in a handy manner

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Life can be just plain awkward. Just the act of being alive can make some people uncomfortable in their own skin, in every situation and every scenario. That’s how Stephanie Summar views everyday life, and she’s sure there are ...


Jennifer Sullivan: Volunteer helps patients tell their stories

By Erin McIntyre

With a small digital recorder and a little bit of her time, Jennifer Sullivan gives an incredible gift to the families of loved ones who are no longer here. Any patient of HopeWest hospice can tell their story to a volunteer like Sullivan in ...


Emad Shahnoushi: Spreading interest and rallying support

By Matt Meyer

Little Mosque on the Prairie. The title of Emad Shahnoushi’s duo interpretation piece, which he performs with Frankie Spiller for the Palisade High School speech and debate team, elicits a response on the title alone. That’s the ...


Joe Scherr: Helping where it’s needed most

By Dale Shrull

Joe Scherr has seen the worst and best that cancer has to offer for more than a decade. As Joe drifts from one corner of the St. Mary’s Hospital Cancer Center to the next, he’s all about giving back and handing out smiles. When ...


Ky Oday: Gaining by giving from volunteerism

By Patti Arnold

Cyniah Oday doesn’t understand why Daddy goes to so many meetings and is on the phone so much. Then again, she just turned 6. She does, however, get excited when Daddy asks her to help sell Lions Club Carnival tickets, and that makes ...


Jeff Mason: Palisade band leader invests in students

By Amy Hamilton

Students strike the usual poses in a wealth of photographs on Palisade High School band director Jeff Mason’s wall. There they are in formal wear, smiling under arbors or basking in sun-drenched senior photos, leaning against trees or ...


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