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Gail Howe: Bringing life to the CMU campus & beyond

By Jon Mitchell

For all of the memories Jennifer Stoll has of her good friend, Gail Howe, one of them sticks out from all others. “We were out at the Maverick Classic and she was a volunteer for us,” Stoll, the executive director of the Greater ...

Jim Calaway: Charity key to happiness for incurable businessman

By Dennis Webb

Native Texan Jim Calaway used to own a condo in Aspen, but when it came time to move to Colorado full-time, he was like many others who decided he preferred a cheaper down-valley life. He chose to live in a comfortable but by Aspen standards ...

Arja Family: The whole family is part of this racquet

By Tim Harty

They have been around Grand Junction tennis courts the past decade in any number of capacities. Maybe it’s the kids — Jillian, Nicky and Ben — playing tennis for Grand Junction High School. Maybe it’s the same sibling ...


Mesa County Public Library director Joseph Sanchez 
focused on spreading knowledge in a variet

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Joseph Sanchez is the kid who used to get kicked out of the library. Now he runs it. Sanchez joined the Mesa County Public Library District as its executive director in the summer of 2013. As a boy growing up north of San Diego, he made two ...


Palisade Chamber director Juliann Adams helps grow 
interest in town beyond peaches and wine

By Staff

It’s hard not to buy what Juliann Adams is selling. Wine, lavender, honey, peaches — it’s all part of the enticing package she’s used to hook tourists, travel writers and businesses alike since taking over as executive ...


Local chef Suzanne Hanzl having fun teaching 
the one love that has kept coming back to her

By Erin McIntyre

For Suzanne Hanzl, it’s always been about the food. The fresh ingredients, the connectedness she felt to where they originated. The techniques, the tools of the trade that make chefs seem like kitchen food wizards. “I was always ...


Clowning around: Corky Miller’s path to 33 years 
in teaching is an unusual one

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

“If I can’t be a rodeo clown, then I might as well be a teacher.” That’s what Corky Miller was thinking when he set out to find his own way in the world. “My original plan was to go to rodeo clown college ...


On cue: Thomas Brown is a shark on pool table

By Tim Harty

Hunched over the back end of the table, staring intently toward the target where his pool cue is directed, Thomas Brown draws back his right hand, then brings it forward with sudden but controlled force. The white cue ball on the receiving ...


Zach Labine overcomes battle with depression, makes impact for Central basketball team

By Matt Meyer

When his life gets tough, Zach Labine has the basketball court. Whether it’s a concrete driveway, the blacktop at a local church, or the hardwood at Central High School, there’s always been basketball. It doesn’t matter if ...


Romanian baker Mihaela Chiriloaia brings 
European-style pastries to Grand Junction

By Greg Ruland

Mihaela’s Bakery sells no doughnuts. This disappoints practically no one. That’s because Mihaela Chiriloaia is a talented baker whose delicate European-style pastries put bear claws to shame. Chiriloaia glows with the energy of a ...


Horse play: Brian Crandall enjoys life as farrier, horseshoe artist

By Rachel Sauer

Mr. T was not especially inclined to lift his hoof. In fact, he stood with all four of them firmly planted on the gravel, projecting a very clear attitude of “Nope.” Brian Crandall rubbed a gentle hand down Mr. T’s neck and ...


Star warrior: StarTek site director Dennis Foos gets to know employees, 
even when there are a

By Gary Harmon

About 10 years ago, Jenny Lockwood signed up for training at StarTek in Grand Junction. Hers was but one face among 350 to 400 others, all brand new, Lockwood said. In other words, pretty much invisible. On the second day of training, ...


Sara Donaldson loves passing on family’s tradition 
of serving Motor City pies at Junct’n Squa

By Patti Arnold

Sara Donaldson’s first job at Junct’n Square Pizza was to clean the gum off the bottom of the tables. She was 4. Now, the 36-year-old owner of the 36-year-old pizza joint just off the corner of Seventh and Main streets in ...


Entrepreneur Dylan Hazelhurst is making waves in Grand Junction

By Greg Ruland

Dylan Hazelhurst tenderly extracts a veiled chameleon from its glass tank and speaks lovingly to its spiky, green head. “Come here, girl, I’m worried about you,” he said, stroking the point of the nameless animal’s ...


Shades of New York: Angela Lema brings style to GJ

By Rachel Sauer

565 Fifth Avenue in New York City is a long, long way from a garage converted into a salon in Moab, Utah. But less than a decade into her career as a stylist and beauty professional, Manhattan was where Angela Lema found herself. The Redken ...

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