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It’s all down on Main Street

By Tammy Gemaehlich

Grand Junction’s Main Street isn’t just an address, it’s a destination. Here are some of the highlights and happenings you find downtown. The dust is settling as construction nears completion. Main Street, much of which has ...


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Kickstart it: Plenty of room to ride

By Patrick Bahr

When the dust settles and the smokes clears, it’s easy to see there is plenty for the gearheads in western Colorado. Whether it’s on two wheels or four wheels, there are options for riding. There is plenty of room to ride in the ...


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Rocky Mountain Nat’l Park: ‘A land of contrast and incredible intensity’

By Dave Buchanan

Rocky Mountain National Park, to borrow the phrase of two esteemed naturalists, is “a land of contrast and incredible intensity ... where there is nothing between you and the sky.” Its bony mountains, towering over verdant ...


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Escape the heat, tour a museum

By Tammy Gemaehlich

A convenient way for you and the kids to escape the heat this summer is by touring an area museum. With the exception of the Museum of Western Colorado’s living history site and parts of the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, there is ...


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Lace ‘em up

By Allen Gemaehlich

The Rim Rock Marathon is the crown jewel for many runners in Mesa County, but it’s almost six months away. Until Nov. 12, there are a number of running events to encourage you to prepare for the run over Colorado National ...


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Ride a wave, hit the rapids

By Patrick Bahr

One of the Grand Valley’s best natural resources is the Colorado River. The mighty river offers plenty of recreation opportunities ranging from relaxing tubing trips to whitewater rafting. In fact, Grand Junction is named for the ...


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Grand Valley biking in full effect

By Allen Gemaehlich

Bicycling events have already begun in western Colorado . The annual Fruita Fat Tire Festival was April 28–May 1, the Rose Hill Rally was May 1, the 18 Hours of Fruita race was two weeks ago. But there are still some road biking events ...


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By land or by water, visitors get viewing pleasure in Black Canyon of the Gunnison

By William Woody

Each year, about 200,000 visitors travel to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park to see millions of years of geology combine with some of the best recreational activities on the Western Slope. The park offers hiking, camping, ...


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Grand Valley celebrates it all

By Tammy Gemaehlich

The Grand Valley community heartily celebrates its fruits and veggies, music and heritage. There are numerous festivals and events to attend during the summer. Here are some to keep in mind: Thursday Night Concert Series — These free ...


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Water, wind build Great Sand Dunes

By The AP

MOSCA — Driving up to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, the view seems almost silly: Across from shallow creeks at the base of the 14,000-foot Sangre de Cristo Mountains sit the largest sand piles in North America, kept in ...


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