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No Reimer reason: Hotel-building brothers buck trend by locating downtown

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New hotels didn’t belong downtown. That’s what brothers Steve and Kevin Reimer were told when they moved to Grand Junction in 1994 and 1997, respectively. Stores and restaurants went on Main Street, they were told, and hotels went ...


On the right track: Kelley Schweissing lives life on the edge with help from his snowmobile

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Kelley Schweissing’s training to become a member of Mesa County Search and Rescue Control’s snowmobile team began 14 years ago atop
 Grand Mesa. That’s when the then-4-year-old Schweissing enjoyed his first snowmobile ...


A passion for detail

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Fighter pilots and financial advisors have three things in common: a passion for detail, a willingness to spend hours planning, and a love for tackling challenges. Grand Junction resident Tim Sewell pinpointed these parallels after working ...


One dedicated rider

By Amy Hamilton

Seeing a girl ride her bike around the neighborhood recently was a thrill for Amy Agapito. Why the fuss over such an ordinary, everyday occurrence? While the sight may seem commonplace, the truth is the girl may not have learned how to get ...


Must love dogs

By Dennis Webb

When Seth Sachson slips you a business card, the grin on his face tells it all. This is no ordinary business card, but a bone-shaped dog tag imprinted with Sachson’s title: executive director of the Aspen Boarding Kennel and Aspen ...


Couple shares passion for art, music, freedom

By Dennis Webb

After escaping Poland while it was under communist rule and then leaving Florida because of the recession, artists Kristof and Noemi Kosmowski made their way about three years ago to Glenwood Springs. It turns out that they feel right at ...


Mr. Lacrosse

By Nick Walter

Lenny Lang calls it the “fastest game on two legs,” and from the fields at Colorado Mesa University to those at local high schools, and on all the back fields around the valley, lacrosse has taken hold. Lang essentially is the ...


Four decades under the hood

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Stevan Bennett was working part-time at a restaurant in town and looking for something different. He met Nancy Wagner there, who told him of an opening at her father’s garage. “I had a love of cars, even as a small kid,” ...


Tally’s make a dream come true

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When most people reach their 70s, they’re ready to wind down and retire, but Richard and Jean Tally feel like they’re just getting started. The Tallys, both 73, have spent the past five years making their dream of owning an ...


Helping building businesses

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It won’t come as any surprise that Rich Umbel, who heads up United Companies in Grand Junction, first took to the construction industry as a kid with a Tinkertoy set. Umbel still likes the business of pouring concrete, paving roads and ...


A jack of all trades

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If there is a simple explanation for how Steve ErkenBrack’s career path veered off the trial-attorney path and into health insurance, it is this: advocacy. ErkenBrack, who served as Mesa County district attorney before serving as chief ...


Italian food with a passion

By Charles Ashby

Enzo Favali has the perfect Italian name. You’d think he was born to be the owner and chef of a pizzeria and restaurant. Al contrario. The Canadian-born, Miami-reared Grand Junction resident grew up helping at his father’s ...


One cartoon at a time

By Paul Shockley

Laughter served Gil Stone well as a boy, one cartoon at a time. The same was true for three decades in law enforcement. In the cubicles of Mesa County law enforcement agencies, don’t be surprised to find Stone’s ...


For the love of food

By Melinda Mawdsley

Sherri Gregersen remembers her first time cooking. She was 8 years old, and her family was floored. After spending hours in the kitchen, Gregersen served her first from-scratch item to such positive response she was afloat with joy. ...


A love for hockey & history

By Bob Silbernagel

Just because he hasn’t been working since he moved to Grand Junction last November, it wouldn’t be fair to accuse Tim Winegard of skating. Except for the fact that he actually has been skating, as often as possible, engaging in ...

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