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 he sees monstrous, 10-foot-tall weeds the size of Christmas trees growing on the side of the road, Dr. David … more
I have a love-hate relationship with earwigs. OK, who are we kidding? I have a hate-hate relationship with them. … more
What’s in a name? A lot, some would say. Names are full of social expectations, identity issues and … more
When ReBecca Hunt-Foster delivered her baby boy at St. Mary’s Hospital last month, she had to make the newest … more
Say it ain’t so, Kate. … more
Before we get into this “uniquely western Colorado” activity, I have a short disclaimer. … more
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Some uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Grand Valley backyards … more
Who knew a dot and a comma could mean so much? … more
It’s often said that cats have nine lives, but sometimes dogs have more than one to spare as well. … more
I love shopping for plants. But I rarely start at the garden center or nursery. … more
When July arrives, my garden reaches a crossroads. … more
Welcome to the recap of “All my Chickens,” the real-life soap opera staged in my backyard. … more
I came home from a trip to find one of my favorite chickens not acting quite right. … more
DELTA — The year was 1828, and boy, was life different back then at this little fort along the banks of the … more
It’s nice to see what it’s like to garden in the Pacific Northwest. … more
One of the things about being a master gardener that annoys me is the vast amount of terrible gardening advice that … more
There’s a reason spurge rhymes with scourge. … more
These hands bear the evidence of hard work. These hands are cracked at the fingertips — they are tiny … more