Erin writes compelling features and human-interest stories, mostly in the Trending and Lifestyle sections of the newspaper. She has also been The Daily Sentinel’s Home & Garden columnist since 2012.
Erin graduated from Colorado Mesa University (then Mesa State College!), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a minor in political science.
Erin is a Grand Valley native who never felt the need to leave this beautiful place. She comes from a long line of Coloradans and is proud to say she grew up on a farm in Fruita, home of Mike the Headless Chicken. She’s gained a lot of life experience here - working as everything from a radio news reporter to an elementary school teacher and small-business owner. But reporting is her absolute favorite job in the world.
She lives with her husband, dog and chickens and enjoys hiking, traveling and cooking.
When Jim Jeffryes started brewing beer, he created his first batch of English-style ESB from a homebrew kit given … more
Reading 1,000 books sounds like a lot. … more
We took the dog for a walk along the Colorado Riverfront Trail by Connected Lakes last week, and all these tiny … more
When Jan Castle saw the pigeon knocking on her sliding glass door, she knew it was no ordinary bird. The pigeon, … more
The night Marcus and Crystal Kissner met, they were cruising North Avenue for fun, avoiding their parents and … more
When George Lucas made the film “American Graffiti,” he preserved the uniquely American teenage … more
Teddy Jordan started cruising North before he graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1963. … more
At the end of every gardening season, there are winners and losers. … more
Ray Bradbury once said, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop … more
Like many western Coloradans, I’m all about preserving the harvest. We have a very short window of time with … more
Most people call Triandafilos Patsantaras by the nickname Trian, or the name on his driver’s license, … more
With a whoop and a holler, bike riders took their turns christening the new Palisade Bike Skills Park on Saturday. … more
The person ticketed for allegedly causing a 50-acre wildfire last month in a popular rafting canyon is 36-year-old … more
I blamed the deer that jump the fence into our yard for destroying my tomatoes. … more
Smart use of bacteria is helping Fruita’s public works department turn sewage into something useful. Roughly … more
He wipes his forehead with the side of his arm, trying to keep the sweat from dripping down his face. He … more
We have had a monumental shake-up in the Poulet Chalet, folks. … more
Doctors have warned for years that parents should keep peanuts away from infants, but a recent study has changed … more
There’s something about watching a dog and its trainer, working in a choreographed performance that looks … more
I hate to say it, but fall is just around the corner. … more