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.
One of my favorite things about gardening is sharing and the anticipation. For gardeners, planning the BEST GARDEN … more
The Delta County Sheriff’s Department arrested two people in connection with a home invasion in Cedaredge, in … more
The fad of taking photos on train tracks is a trend that Union Pacific Railroad wants to die out, before more … more
There are a lot of things Fruita is famous for: Mike the Headless Chicken. Legendary mountain biking. The big … more
Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton tapped into something magical when he decided to interact with regular … more
Welcome back to our seed- ordering survival tips. This week I want to talk about dealing with a consequence … more
I cannot believe I still have it. … more
On the first day of school, Mildred Ruiz walked with her daughter to class. … more
So, you’re shopping for seeds. Before you get too deep in this oohing and ahhing over the glossy photos in … more
It’s a solitary job, churning along through the sea of white, winding through the cathedral of trees. … more
Welcome back to our seed- ordering survival tips. … more
Behold, the hipster in his natural habitat. … more
Willie Hernandez was feeling a little down one day. … more
This is a public-service announcement to my fellow gardeners or potential gardeners. Especially those of you out … more
In the midst of this frigid, dismal inversion, it is hard to believe that winter has only officially been here … more
If you’re dreading putting away all the ornaments, dragging the dried-up Christmas tree to the curb and … more
Now that Christmas is over, we can get back to our regularly scheduled programming. … more
One less set of presents under the tree at the Burns house made Christmas especially horrible for the family this … more
The holidays just aren’t the same this year for Randy Mendenhall. … more
Firefighters suppressed a blaze at a Grand Junction apartment building early Sunday morning, preventing the spread … more