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.
Neighbors thought it was bad enough when the Redlands Safeway closed, leaving behind a gaping hole in the Monument … more
After 55 years as a nomadic congregation, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley finally has a … more
It was a case of mistaken identity, and now I’m sorry. … more
We’re two years into the backyard chicken experiment and it’s time to pause for reflection. … more
Federal authorities have ticketed at least one person suspected of causing a fire that burned almost 50 acres in … more
You’ve come a long way, baby. Yeah, subscription services, I’m talking about you. It used to be that … more
Concerns about the spread of a debilitating livestock virus led organizers to cancel a regional horse show at the … more
WHY THEY’RE THE BEST … more
When Kellie Ertz sang karaoke the first time, she had no idea it would lead her to her true love. … more
The singer stands, bathed in blue light from the neon sign. His silhouette takes the microphone, holds it away for … more
Hummingbirds keep a mental map of 5,500 locations of food along their migration route, researchers say. … more
A nationwide grassroots screening of the documentary “Education, Inc.” is coming to Grand Junction and … more
Law enforcement and emergency responders worked Sunday afternoon to recover a body of a man found in a culvert in … more
These days, Niki Hunn-Beightel keeps her phone handy at work, to check the price of gold before every transaction. … more
Elisa Uribe knows about long journeys. She’s spent 32 years getting this far in her career. And along the … more
A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a shooting in Riverside on July 31, in which a man was shot … more
Grand Junction police have arrested a suspect in the July 31 shooting in Riverside, on charges of first-degree … more
Inside the sale barn, folks mill around, choosing their seats around the pen where the cows will trot in later, on … more
I just picked and ate my first ripe tomato of the season this week. … more
It’s a bracelet. … more