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Zero Waste Challenge a battle of plastic

By Erin McIntyre

A stupid plastic bottle in the trash caused the first squabble in the Zero Waste Challenge of 2015. I suppose I’m not surprised. I’d spent most of the week digging things out of the garbage, announcing, “This goes in the ...


Prosecutors want photos of theater shooting kept from public

By The AP

DENVER — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case want a judge to keep the public from seeing graphic autopsy and crime-scene photos during the trial. Prosecutors wrote in a Thursday court filing that families of the 12 people ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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, ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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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Building Palisade: Even as their medical marijuana dispensary grows, Loughmans stay true to customer

By Amy Hamilton

Jesse and Desa Loughman have their fingerprints on just about every aspect of civic life in Palisade. It’s apparent in the freshly painted bridge entering the town’s much-loved Riverbend Park. You can see it across town at the ...


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Cooking up change: Doug Winter 
makes a mean barbecue, but it’s jail ministry that wins over i

By Paul Shockley

Praise the Lord and pass the sauce: Doug Winter is cooking up things at the Mesa County Jail. One inmate at a time. A North Carolina native, Winter started as a volunteer ministering to inmates in March 2014 before he was eventually hired ...


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