A new quarterly Palisade-centered magazine "Bushels and Barrels of Palisade" arrived in residents' mailboxes recently — a 24-page magazine featuring local news and events, historical stories and an essay from a Palisade High School student.
Publisher Colleen Scanlon-Maynard, who also is a business partner with Palisade's second retail marijuana shop, Happy Camper Cannabis Co., said she wanted to produce the magazine to help promote the town.
"It's their town magazine, it's not my magazine," Scanlon-Maynard said. "I just wanted it to have the feel of the town and the culture of it."
The cover of the inaugural issue — a picture of a red rock cliff with a river in the foreground — doesn't depict the town, however. Palisade photographer Jim Cox, who owns JC Photography, confirmed it's a photo that was taken in the Grand Canyon.
Maynard said the photo was included in a batch sent by Cox. Magazine designers who are not familiar with the Palisade area chose the photo because it appeared to be the best one, she said.
"He was out of town when it was picked," Scanlon-Maynard said of Cox. "It's the content that really matters."
A locally produced magazine is needed in Palisade after the Palisade Tribune closed, Palisade Mayor Roger Granat said.
Grand Junction Media, the parent company of The Daily Sentinel, purchased the Tribune and the Fruita Times from Bob Sweeney in 2013 and later closed both papers. The Sentinel continues to cover the communities of Palisade and Fruita.
Granat is featured in the magazine's opening page, introducing the publication to residents.
Providing access to local news will help replace Palisade's former hometown newspaper, he said.
"To tell you the truth we have missed the Palisade Tribune so badly. It kept us abreast of what was going on at (Palisade High School)," Granat said. "It's kind of like when the highway goes through your town but then the interstate comes along and takes people out of town."
Granat said he isn't so concerned about the cover photo mix-up.
"There's always people that will pick anything apart," he said.
Linda Findley, assistant director at the Palisade Chamber of Commerce, said the magazine is a welcome addition to spread news and events. It also signals a deepening interest in the town from tourists and others from outside the area who are thinking about relocating or visiting.
"I definitely think it is a sign of what we're feeling," she said.
Scanlon-Maynard has worked in the printing and publishing business for the past 30 years. She also is a partner of the Happy Camper Cannabis Co., which is building a storefront to sell recreational marijuana off Palisade's North River Road. Construction on the building will begin soon, and it may be finished in about three months, she said.
The magazine will help market the town to attract more year-round tourism, and it will also help market the new business, Scanlon-Maynard said.
Content will be produced by locals, featuring Cox's photography, stories by local writer Sharon Sullivan and submissions from high-school students. The town of Palisade will contribute with its events calendar and meeting schedules.
Future issues could be up to 40 pages and the next publication should hit mailboxes in March, Scanlon-Maynard said.