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.
Chickens are the worst patients. … more
Maybe you’ve noticed it. … more
Charlie Martinez Kovanda distinctly remembers the pounding on her door at 9 p.m., the night she opened it to find a … more
Natalie Bagnard remembers meeting Joseph Howerton for the first time in 2014, when he helped her with engineering … more
One fire season a year just wasn’t enough for Jeff Colton. … more
The first time C.J. O’Hara decided to write a novel in a month, it was all about finishing the book. … more
More than a year after Joseph Howerton’s suicide, his peers are struggling to obtain closure. Part of their … more
It seems odd to think of next year’s garden already, as I try to keep my kale and lettuce alive for just a … more
There are thousands of self-help books out there about de-cluttering, organizing, arranging your stuff and getting … more
For a too-short 4½ years on this Earth, Destry Stephens-Marner spread joy to everyone she met, like the … more
From the poignant story of a dog and his person enduring hardships together, to a harrowing tale of medical … more
This week, a movie about a man who stood up for his rights, fought the system and refused to be bullied by the … more
Perhaps it’s an effort to keep the vampires away on All Hallow’s Eve, but I’ve always had a … more
I can think of few things more satisfying in this world than rolling up a sheet of bubble wrap and wringing it with … more
Three Mesa County residents have filed a petition in District Court, asking a judge to hold a hearing to determine … more
The great hard cider experiment of 2015 has come to a close, and I’m happy to report there were no exploding … more
Kathy Kimbrough was just sitting in her backyard, enjoying a glass of wine and relaxing, when she noticed something … more
When Mike and Clarissa Tofel saw their twin daughters playing in some pretty yellow flowers in their yard, they … more
The Oct. 15, 1965, entry from Betsy Noice Martin’s diary reads like any other 16-year-old girl could be … more
It was the middle of the winter and Hank Braxtan found himself standing on a frozen river for eight hours a day in … more