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Jay Seaton



Carefully straddling the iron divide between the newsroom and the business operations.



Jay holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and received his juris doctorate from Kansas University in 1996.


Jay is a native of Manhattan, Kansas. Prior to his arrival at the Sentinel in August 2009, Jay was a corporate and commercial litigation partner at the law firm of Lewis Rice & Fingersh in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to his position at Lewis Rice & Fingersh, Jay worked in toxic tort litigation at the law firm of Shook Hardy & Bacon.


Jay has two children, Kate and Beck. Jay enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, cooking, travel, cycling, college sports, wine and reading.


Bud Winslow


Administration/Director of Operations

Bud manages a dedicated staff of talented newspaper production folks while trying to maintain efficiencies with aging equipment and new technology. Bud is also a part of the executive committee and editorial board — so he does a lot of listening.


Education: Bud obtained a bachelor’s degree in American History from Princeton University in 1981.

Bio: Bud grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. Before coming to The Daily Sentinel in 1995, he worked in the circulation department of The Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas, from 1981 to 1995. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Museums of Western Colorado.

Personal: Bud is married to Donna Winslow and they have two sons – Evan and Sean. Bud enjoys travel, camping, hiking and is an avid golfer.


Sandra Rogers

Administration/Director of Human Resources

Plans, directs, supervises and coordinates work activities relating to employment, compensation, safety and employee relations. Serves as member of the Editorial Board.



Bachelor’s degree in Business from Mesa State College in 1991.

Bio: Sandra moved to the Grand Valley in 1978 as a child from her native state of Michigan. She has worked at The Daily Sentinel since 1990. Prior to that time she was a counselor for teenage runaways at Mesa County Social Services.

Personal: Sandra enjoys hiking, gardening, golfing and traveling. She is an avid baseball and football fan.


Sam Black


Chief Financial Officer

Sam is responsible for the accounting and business office operations.

Education: Sam earned bachelor's degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from Elon University in 1980 and his CPA license in 1982.

Bio: Sam grew up in North Carolina and moved to Colorado in 1993. He has significant experience in a variety of industries including textiles, construction, distribution, foresty, oil and gas, and health care. He joined The Daily Sentinel in April of 2018.

Personal: Sam lives in Cedaredge, is married and has three children. He enjoys working with his children on their athletic strengths and conditioning, as each of his children are serious about sports! He and his family are also involved in 4-H in Delta County.


Kathy Rodgers


Accounting Specialist


Bio: Kathy lived in South Dakota and Wyoming prior to moving to Grand Junction in 1981. She has been employed with The Daily Sentinel since 1988. She started out in the Composing Dept (now Graphics) and worked there for 3 years before moving to the Accounting Dept in 1992 as an accounts payable and data entry clerk. In January of 2007 her duties were expanded to include payroll.

Personal: Kathy is married to Matt and they have 2 boys. She enjoys camping, ATVing, boating, hanging out with friends and family, reading, running and the summers!


Sam Walker


Accounting Associate

Manages cash and check transactions, reconciles payment systems, and researches as necessary in the circulation and advertising systems.


Education: Graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelor's in Accounting, and a minor in speech communication.


Personal: Born in Steamboat Springs, Sam is a Colorado native that enjoys playing music, watching football and hockey, and spending time with his wife and daughter.



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Linda Wilson


Advertising/Department Coordinator/

Sells, schedules and maintains all advertising business for big box stores, national advertisers and political advertising as well as city and county government. Linda also provides customer service for the display advertising and Special Sections departments.

Bio: Linda was born in California, and moved to Grand Junction in 1983 to follow her husband’s job at the VA Medical Center. Prior to starting work at The Daily Sentinel in 1995, Linda worked at Wakefield Property Management, Grand Junction Housing Authority, and Mesa County Road and Bridge Department.

Personal: Linda is married to Eugene Wilson. They have two sons and five grandsons. Linda enjoys spending time with her husband and grandchildren, hiking, fishing, camping, travel and crocheting.


Darrel Allen


Advertising/Director of Business Development

Project manager for new opportunities, oversees IT operations, and assists the Human Resource Director.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Mesa State College.

Bio: Darrel is a native of the Grand Junction area and currently lives in Fruita. He has worked for The Daily Sentinel since 1991. He also served his country for 16 years in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves including a yearlong deployment to Iraq in 2003–2004. He attained the rank of Sergeant First Class.

Personal: Darrel is married to Amy Allen. They have two sons attending Fruita schools. Darrel’s interests include his kids’ activities, the outdoors, golf, hockey and beer. He believes, “One should never be afraid to try the local fare.”


Carol Clark


Advertising/Event Coordinator

Coordinating events throughout the year for The Daily Sentinel and its business and non-profit partners. Events include The Daily Sentinel RV Show, Senior Fair, High School Sports Awards & Best of the West Happy Hour.


Education: Attended Mesa College business program with an emphasis on business management and marketing.

Bio: She has worked for The Montrose Daily Press, Riverside Press Enterprise in Riverside, California and currently, The Daily Sentinel.

Personal: Carol is a Grand Valley native and is married to Olan Clark. They have two adult children.


Greg Campbell


Advertising/Graphic Artist

Greg is a graphic artist for the Sentinel’s advertising department.


Education: BA in Art Education from the University of Wyoming and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Mesa State

Bio: Greg is originally from northwestern Wyoming and has lived in Grand Junction for eight years with his wife Sandy, two cats and Molly the wonder dog.

Personal: Greg’s interests include music, reading, art and hiking. He is also lead guitarist for the local country-rock band Desert Moon


Jennifer Campos


Classifieds/Classifieds Manager

Works with the sales team to bring new advertising and marketing solutions to help businesses in the Grand Valley grow.

Education: Attended elementary through high school in the Grand Valley. Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Colorado in Boulder, School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Bio: Jennifer was promoted to Advertising Manager and helps to oversee the Advertising Department. Previously, Jennifer worked as the Classified Manager, and as an Account Executive at The Daily Sentinel. Before joining the Sentinel staff, she worked in San Francisco and Yakima, Washington.

Personal: Jennifer grew up in Grand Junction and returned to the Grand Valley with her husband, Omar, to raise their children. When not at work, she can be found playing tennis, hiking or cheering on her kids at their activities.


Heather Colton


Advertising/Graphic Artist

Heather works with sales representatives to design ads for clients and help promote businesses.



Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree for Animation and Print Design from Colorado Mesa University.

Bio: Heather has lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Amarillo, Texas.

Personal: When she is not designing, she enjoys spending time with family, good friends and dancing.


Terry Flanagan


Classifieds/Legals, obituaries and announcements coordinator

Terry helps customers with their announcement needs including legals, obituaries, marriages or engagements, and other milestones.


Bio: Terry Flanagan has been with The Daily Sentinel for nine years.

Personal: She moved to Grand Junction from California with her two sons, David and Dale. In her spare time, she enjoys singing with her band, No Outlet.


Beckie Giles


Advertising/Retail Advertising Executive


Bio: Before coming to the Sentinel, Beckie was a sales manager with Mervyn’s Department Store and Herberger’s for 13 years each. She is a Grand Junction native, growing up on North Seventh Street. Later her family moved to Appleton where she graduated from Fruita Monument High School and met Alan, her “wonder husband” of 32 years.

Personal: She and Alan have raised three children: Mike, Jimmy and Meagan. Becky enjoys gardening, quilting and enjoying good wine with good friends and family.


Lori Henricksen


Advertising/Advertising Director

Works with the Sentinel’s print and online sales and support teams to provide new advertising and marketing solutions to help customers grow their business.


Education: Bachelor’s of science in journalism & mass communication from Iowa State University.

Bio: Lori grew up in Lake City, Iowa (where there’s no lake). Her newspaper career began as a college intern at The Ames Daily Tribune. After graduating from college, she joined The San Antonio Express News as a retail advertising salesperson, then was promoted to retail advertising Supervisor. Drawn to the mountains of Colorado, she began a 13-year career at The Denver Rocky Mountain News, progressing through a series of retail sales and classified management positions to assistant classified director. The opportunity to enjoy quality time instead of commute time at a newspaper dedicated to community news brought her to The Daily Sentinel in 2000.

Personal: Married to Pat, they have two “awesome boys,” Alec and Corey. They love all the outdoor activities available in western Colorado, including skiing, hiking and a little golf (when they have the patience).


Melody Henni


Advertising/Retail Advertising Executive

Responsible for maintaining and growing current and new advertisers on the local level. Sells advertising products including display newspaper ads, special sections, inserts and online advertising.


Bio: Born in Denver and raised on the Western Slope.

Personal: Melody is married to Randy Henni. They have two daughters and one son. Melody enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Hiking, boating, fishing, travel and shopping are some of her many hobbies.


Patty Hoisington


Advertising/Graphic Artist

Uses creative skills to produce effective and attractive ads that please all involved: the graphic artist, sales representatives and, most importantly, the customer.

Education: Patty holds three bachelor’s degrees: Advertising/Visual Communications, Fine Art, and Sociology with an emphasis on Cultural Anthropology.

Bio: Patty is a native of western Colorado. She has worked with the Sentinel and related publications for 12 years. She has held positions as Graphic Artist for three publications: The Penny Pincher, The Nickel Want Ads and The Daily Sentinel. In addition, she volunteers for School District 51 schools, does costuming for local community theater, and has managed two art galleries.

Personal: Patty is married to Jason Popish. She has two children, Megan and Ian, both young adults. Patty enjoys fine art, theater, wine making, reading, all forms of design, jogging, and spending time with the great people in her life.


Aundrea Jones


Classifieds/Account executive

Aundrea works with businesses and agencies to provide the best possible solution for their employment advertising needs, and provides customer service to phone and walk-in customers.


Bio: Aundrea was born in Johnson City, New York, but has lived in Colorado most of her life. She grew up on the Front Range, and has enjoyed living on the Western Slope.

Personal: Aundrea is married to a great guy, has two wonderful daughters, and a rambunctious dog.


Brittany Klements


Advertising/Retail Advertising Executive

Handles sales accounts with their retail display advertising.


Education: Brittany graduated from University of Northern Colorado a degree in Human Communication and brings a high level of organization to helping customers determine and achieve their advertising goals. She has worked in automotive, real estate, inside and outside advertising sales at The Daily Sentinel.

Personal: Brittany enjoys spending time with her family and their three dogs. She moved to Grand Junction from the Front Range and loves the beauty Colorado offers on both sides of the Rockies. She loves to attend GJ Rockies games, run, bike and anything water-related.


Jeff Kuhn


Advertising/Retail Advertising Executive

Helps clients grow their businesses by effectively utilizing the newspaper and its many other products such as online advertising and targeted special magazines, directories, etc.


Education: Graduated from Mesa State College in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Bio: Jeff grew up in Delta. Before joining the Sentinel in 2006 he was a sales representative for Callaway Foods. He also has experience working in the banking industry.


Jodi Moore


Classifieds/Classified Manager

Making sure the Classifieds Department runs smoothly


 Joy Pope


Advertising/Advertising Logistics Coordinator

Joy assists department supervisors, sales reps and graphic artists with daily operations including scheduling ads, billing and problem solving in addition to coordinating large projects and events. She also takes photos for ads including automotive, real estate and product shots.

Education: Joy earned an Associate’s Degree in fine arts from Mesa College, now known as Colorado Mesa University. She has worked in the printing industry since the late 70s when she started with Cowden Niehues Advertising, then worked at various print shops and newspapers from Grand Junction to Durango.

Bio: Joy grew up in Denver with a strong interest in all aspects of the arts as well as spending time at The Rocky Mountain News with her dad who retired after 32 years of working at “The Rocky.” She is convinced she has ink in her blood.

Personal: Although being outdoors is great here in western Colorado, Joy’s love of textiles, sewing and knitting, as well as drawing and painting.


Judy Shay


Advertising/Account Advertising Executive, specializing in Real Estate Advertising



Tobynn Spurlin


Classifieds/Classified Advertising Representative

Works with local businesses and their ads. Thriving to provide excellent customer service to walk in and phone customers of The Daily Sentinel.

Education: Tobynn attended Central High School in Grand Junction and graduated in 2012.


Cindy Whalen


Advertising/Lead Graphic Artist

Cindy works closely with sales representatives and clients to create effective display advertising. She also manages the workflow of the Ad Design/Graphics Department, insuring quality and completion of display advertising for the daily newspaper as well as various special publications.


Education: Cindy achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fine Art from Washburn University, in Topeka, KS.

Bio: Cindy is a native of Osage City, Kansas. Previous to joining The Daily Sentinel, she worked for The Topeka Capital Journal and the Colorado Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle.

Personal: Cindy enjoys singing and numerous artistic endeavors.


Tracy Gibson


Circulation/Circulation Director

Tracy manages the day-to-day operations of the Circulation and Transportation departments which sell, manage, maintain, distribute and deliver the newspaper across western Colorado and eastern Utah. Tracy also serves as the manager of the Newspapers in Education effort at The Daily Sentinel to facilitate the use of the Sentinel as a learning resource in local schools.


Bio: Tracy is a native of Grand Junction. She began working for the Sentinel as a customer service representative in June of 1980 while still attending Central High School. Within a year she was promoted to the data processing department and later named to the position of business systems computer supervisor. In 1999 she rejoined the circulation department as sales & marketing manager. She was subsequently promoted to circulation manager, and then later to her current position of Circulation Director.

Personal: Tracy has three children: Landon, Bryan and Kenady. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking, camping and riding her ATV.


Karan Brickey


Circulation/Circulation Manager

Karan supervises the customer service staff of the circulation department and assists the circulation director in all other facets of the circulation operation. Customer service staff field calls from the loyal subscribers of The Daily Sentinel about subscriptions and delivery. Karan also manages subscription sales and renewal efforts — including managing a booth at numerous festivals and farmers markets throughout western Colorado.


Education: Karan graduated from Broomfield High School in 1977 and has attended several courses at Colorado State University.

Bio: Karan grew up in Broomfield, where she spent many years working in law enforcement. Shortly after moving to Grand Junction, she began working for the Sentinel redelivering newspapers to subscribers’ homes. Later she was promoted to Customer Service Rep and then Circulation Sales and Marketing Manager and then, finally, to her current position. Karan has been with The Daily Sentinel since 1999.



Mike Wiggins

Editorial/Managing Editor


Leads a team of talented and dedicated journalists.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Mesa State College in 1998.

Bio: Mike grew up in Aurora, but the slow pace, laid-back nature, natural beauty and friendliness of the Grand Valley makes this place his home. He has been an employee at the Sentinel since 2001. Prior to joining the Sentinel, he worked for two years at the Glenwood Post in Glenwood Springs.

Personal: Mike is married to Erin, a Fruita native. They have Maxwell, a dog. Mike enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, golf and travel.


Patti Arnold


Editorial/Senior Sports Writer

Patti is a sports columnist and covers Colorado Mesa University sports, plus leads coverage of the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series and the Grand Junction Rockies.


Education: University of Kansas, School of Journalism, 1981.

Bio: Patti grew up in Overland Park, Kan., and is the only member of her family to leave the greater Kansas City area. She worked at the Lawrence Journal-World and the Olathe (Kan.) Daily News before heading West in the fall of 1985. She has covered everything from trapping snapping turtles to Major League Baseball and the NFL, and among her career highlights are covering the World Series in Denver and photographing a Kansas-Kentucky basketball game, sitting on the sideline of Naismith Court at Allen Fieldhouse.

Personal: Patti shares her home with Sneakers, the world’s happiest yellow Labrador. Sneakers also loves the Jayhawks, but doesn’t like it when Patti yells at them during basketball games. Patti and Sneakers spend lots of time at the park and playing fetch or just chasing birds in the backyard, and like to take road trips together. Patti enjoys playing really bad golf, reading and movies, especially when the popcorn is fresh.


Charles Ashby


Editorial/Legislative/Political Reporter

Charles covers state and local politics and the Colorado Legislature.


Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado in 1986.

Bio: Charles has worked in newspapers across Colorado and in a handful of other states since graduating from college, but has covered politics and the Legislature in Colorado since 1997, working at the State Capitol Building in Denver for various daily newspapers in the state. Now he lives in Grand Junction, but still goes to Denver during the legislative session.

Personal: Charles is an unaffiliated voter who has never been registered in a political party since he became eligible to vote.


Chancey Bush



Chancey loves documenting the human experience and sharing the stories of people and events with the community through visual storytelling.

Education: Graduated with a bechelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Metroplitan State University of Denver in 2012.

Bio: A Colorado native, she has always been curious about the lives of others. Her passion for visual storytelling has lead her to travel in Peru, Cuba and Mexico. Chancey believes documenting what is happening in our communities is important and telling the story through images can speak louder than words. She joined the Daily Sentinel stafff in 2017 after working as a photojournalist and photo editor at Evergreen Newspapers in Jefferson and Clear Creek County.

Personal: Chancey loves to travel and experience the cultures of people that make up the world. She enjoys nature, backpacking, camping, dancing, music, painting and loves to attend concerts. She enjoys spending time with her fiance along with two dogs and two cats. Her favorite animal is a fox and she has a minor obsession with gnomes. Chancey's most favorite thing, of course, is documenting life through her lens.


Tess Furey



Copy Editor/Page Designer



Education: Bachelor’s degree from University of Florida.

Bio: Tess is a native of Eustis, Fla. Previously worked at Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, Pensacola News-Journal, USA Today, Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, Boulder Camera and Rocky Mountain News.

Personal: Broncos and SEC college football fan.


Tammy Gemaehlich


Editorial/Community News Coordinator

Coordinating all aspects of community news through numerous columns, calendars, briefs and stories.

Bio: Tammy joined The Daily Sentinel in 1980, working in the circulation and accounting departments. After a 13-year absence from the Sentinel, she returned to the newspaper’s accounting department in 1998, joined the newsroom in 1999, and was named the community news coordinator in 2004.


Amy Hamilton


Editorial/City Reporter

Covers issues that generate from Grand Junction City Hall and general assignments.


Education: Graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon’s journalism program in 1998.

Bio: Amy grew up in Oregon. She was bitten by the journalism bug in high school writing for the school newspaper. Since then she has worked as a reporter at newspapers in Stayton, Ore., Crested Butte, Fort Collins and Steamboat Springs. She has worked at The Daily Sentinel since 2006.

Personal: Amy is married to Mitch Hamilton and the couple have two darling girls. Amy enjoys photographing people, exploring new trails with her dogs, and long road bike rides with friends and family.


Duffy Hayes

(970) 256-4213

Editorial/City Editor

Education: Bachelor’s in history, Tulane University, New Orleans.

Bio: Your typical non-native Coloradoan, Duffy grew up in Chicago, went to college in New Orleans, and moved to Denver as a journalist covering the broadband internet industry in 2001. After joining the staff of the Summit Daily News in Frisco in 2005 — first as a copy editor, next as a reporter, and finally as the News Editor — he joined the Daily Sentinel newsroom as an assistant editor in 2007.

Personal: Duffy and his wife are world travelers. They enjoys hiking, biking, skiing and snowboarding every chance they get.


Katie Langford


Editorial/Education reporter

Katie writes about education issues and stories coming from Mesa County Valley School District 51, Colorado Mesa University and surrounding area schools.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado.

Bio: Katie is a Colorado native and joined the Daily Sentinel in 2015 after working as an education reporter at the Montrose Daily Press.

Personal: She loves live music, being outside as much as possible, coffee, cooking, baking and travel. Her Mini-Australian Shepherd, Cooper, is responsible for at least 50 percent of her sanity on a daily basis.


Erin McIntyre



Erin covers everything from daily stories to human-interest features and long-term projects. You’ll find her writing about everything from dinosaur bone thieves to corrupt funeral homes, or the separation of church and school to runaway pet snakes. She also has been the Daily Sentinel’s Home & Garden columnist since 2012. Her award-winning work has been recognized by the Colorado Press Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Colorado Broadcast Association and Garden Writers Association.


Education: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.

Bio: 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.

Personal: She lives with her husband, dog and chickens and enjoys hiking, traveling and cooking.


Robert McLean


Editorial/Copy Editor/Page Designer

Makes the Sentinel’s pages appealing, accurate and easy to navigate.


Education: Bachelor’s of science degree in journalism and a minor in sports management from Central Michigan University.

Bio: Robert joined the Sentinel in May, 2008, only 21 days after graduating from Central Michigan University.

Personal: Robert grew up in a small town in Northern Michigan. He received several awards during his time at Central Michigan. Robert is engaged to Amanda Jean and they have a daughter, Anna Lou, born in September of 2012. Robert enjoys spending time with his family and anything sports-related, especially the Detroit Tigers.


Matt Meyer

(970) 256-4228

Editorial/Sports reporter

Matt covers prep sports along with the occasional Colorado Mesa University or community sports events. His is also a backup page designer/copy editor and a high-volume tweeter (@jmattmeyer).


Education: Bachelor’s in Mass Communication, Colorado Mesa University

Bio: Matt was born in Wheat Ridge, Colo. but grew up in Cody, Wyo. After spending his formative years in a town with just under 10,000 people, he moved to the “big city” to go to school at what was then Mesa State College. He was a part-time writer at the Daily Sentinel for a little over two years before officially joining the sports department during the summer of 2013. He loves covering prep sports, and is the only reporter in the department that understands mixed martial arts fighting.

Personal: Matt is a caffeine addict who enjoys snowboarding, reading and marathoning shows on Netflix.


Jon Mitchell


Editorial/Sports Reporter

Jon is a sports reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel who covers high school and Colorado Mesa University sports. He also takes photos and writes an occasional column, doing whatever is needed on a day-to-day basis.


Education: Mesa State College, bachelor’s degree (2000) in mass communications with triple emphasis in news/editorial, broadcasting and public relations.

Bio: Jon is a Colorado Springs native. He’s worked at several newspapers during his career, including the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, the Greeley Tribune and The News Review in Roseburg, Oregon. He was a truck driver when the economy was bad from 2009 until 2013 but freelanced for the Glenwood and Grand Junction papers during that time.

Personal: Jon is extremely, happily married to his wife, April. They have a daughter, Kahlan. His hobbies include skiing, hiking, running, photography, playing with their dogs and spending time with his family.


 Gabrielle Porter


Editorial/Cops and courts reporter

Gabrielle covers the courts and cops beat for The Daily Sentinel.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in international multimedia news from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Bio: Gabrielle joins The Daily Sentinel from the Front Range, where she covered public education for a combined total of three years. She also recently spent nearly two years in Southeast Asia with her husband Paul, where she mostly worked as a freelance copy writer.

Personal: Gabrielle is almost a Colorado native, and grew up on the Front Range with six boisterous brothers and one tough sister. She enjoys listening to live music, hiking, reading, playing chess and exploring new places with her husband.


Dale Shrull


Editorial/Sports Editor

Dale supervises the five-person sports department. He also writes, edits and plans for local sports coverage.

He is always looking for cool story ideas in the areas of sports, recreation and outdoors. Call or email tips and story ideas to


Education: Bachelor’s in journalism, Metropolitan State College of Denver

Bio: Dale is a Western Slope Colorado native born in Glenwood Springs and raised in New Castle.

He joined the Sentinel sports department on April 1, 2013.

He wrote a book about his hometown of New Castle and its rich history of coal mining, railroads and wild-west roots.

Prior to finishing college at 31-years-old, he worked in a variety of fields, some of those include coal mining, garbage collection, cemetery worker, pizza delivery (Dale was robbed three times!), cook, bartender, janitor, waiter, construction worker, carpenter, forklift operator, truck driver and disc jockey, to name a few.


 Andy Smith


Editorial/Editorial Page Editor

Andy writes editorials and handles letters to the editor and columns. He took over for Bob Silbernagel in 2014 after spending eight years as the Sentinel’s special sections editor.


Education:/Andy earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M.

Bio: Andy attended high school in Farmington, N.M. After college he worked as a reporter and copy editor in New Mexico, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Before joining the Sentinel in 2005, Andy was the editor of the Craig Daily Press. He also spent five years as a public relations specialist in the steel industry from 1998­–2003 and edited a book, “The Heat: Steelworker Lives & Legends.”

Personal: Andy moved to Colorado to be near his parents, who settled down in the Grand Valley in 1996. He has two sons. Andy enjoys snow skiing, mountain biking, golf and coaching youth sports.


Joe Vaccarelli


Editorial/Business and health reporter

Job Description: Joe covers business and health issues.


Bio: Joe was formerly a reporter for YourHub at the Denver Post. He also spent a year at Colorado Community Newspapers as a copy editor and writer.

In addition to working in journalism, Joe has an extensive background in percussion. He has taught students both privately and at Denver-area schools since 2001. He was also a member of the Denver Broncos Stampede and the Denver Nuggets Skyline drumline.


Education: Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Metropolitan Sate University, 2008.


Personal: Joe moved to the Grand Valley in 2017. He enjoys hanging out with friends, trivia, golf, board and card games.


Sherida Warner


Editorial/Copy Editor and Page Designer


Education: Marymount College

Bio: Sherida is a native Kansan. She has been with the Sentinel since 2001 and has written her weekly

Art of Quilting column since 2006. Before that, she worked more than three years at the Colorado Springs Gazette. Previously, she was Lifestyles Editor for 20 years at the Salina Journal in Salina, Kan.

Personal: Sherida is married to Joe Warner. She enjoys reading, traveling and quilt making.


Dennis Webb



Covers energy and natural resource issues, and serves as a regional reporter based out of western Garfield County.


Education: Bachelor’s degrees in political science and communications, minor in Spanish, University of Akron, Ohio.

Bio: Dennis was born and grew up in Ohio, and worked in reporting and editorial page jobs at newspapers in Medina and Canton, Ohio, before moving to Colorado in 1989. Over more than 18 years he served as managing editor and in other newsroom positions at what is now the Glenwood Springs Post Independent before joining The Daily Sentinel in 2008.

Personal: Dennis is married to Joyce Webb, a professional ceramicist. No kids, three dogs. Enjoys mountain climbing, running, biking, hiking, back-country skiing, travel, photography, reading, collecting and playing stringed musical instruments. Long-suffering Cleveland professional sports fan who was there in person for The Drive, but not as a Broncos fan.


 Ann Wright


Editorial/Features Editor

Ann is the editor for newsroom’s various feature pages and publications: Out & About, Lifestyle, You Saw It, Food and Home & Garden.


Education: Bachelor’s degree from Taylor University in Upland, Ind.

Bio: Ann is a Colorado native. She has worked at The Daily Sentinel since 1997 in the positions of Copy Editor, Reporter and Features Editor.

Personal: Ann is married and has two children. She enjoys running, reading, knitting, cycling, skiing, hiking, theater, art and live music.



Michael St. Clair

(970) 256-4330

Special Sections/Special Sections Editor and Real Estate Weekly Editor

Helping readers find interesting things to do, see, or read about, and helping advertisers find those readers by creating informative, eye-catching sections and pages.


Education: A bachelor’s degree in English, with a lot of philosophy and a love of science. Michael learned graphic design and layout at a young age by sitting-in on classes while his mother attended graphic arts courses, with a little formal training later at Mesa State College.

Bio: A young Michael St. Clair quickly learned that being in outer space made everything much cooler. Too tall to be an astronaut, he learned that imagining things was almost as good, so he pursued ways to turn imagination into something tangible.

This course led to being the production editor of his high school paper, one heck of a good bookseller in two local book stores, and finally to a career in newspaper starting in Fort Collins at the Fort Collins Coloradoan, where he made things read well and look good for nearly a decade.

Returning to the Grand Valley, he does his best to continue his goals while being closer to friends and family.

Personal: Born a few centuries too late, Michael has a fascination with the Napoleonic Royal Navy in particular and the age of fighting sail in general. Born a few centuries too early, he also enjoys science fiction and speculative fiction of all types, and is an avid reader of many types of books, often including ones that are written during the time period they are set in.

In his actual era, he enjoys drawing and computer art, writing, building his own computers, fixing his and other people’s computer woes, creating gadgets and solutions to make his life easier, and staring back at his dog, Jack, trying to figure out what the critter is thinking. He firmly believes that Jack is attempting the same thing.


Penny Stine


Special Sections/Special Sections Staff Writer

Penny writes feature articles for the special sections department with a focus on promoting business, events and seasonal activities in the Grand Valley. She also writes the feature story in Real Estate Weekly and is the special sections photographer.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of Arizona.

Bio: Penny has lived all across the western United States, growing up mostly in Wyoming, graduating from high school in Alaska, attending college in Arizona, getting married in California and having kiddos in Washington before settling on the Western Slope. Her first job was delivering newspapers at the tender age of 11 for the Cheyenne Tribute-Eagle. She’s worked a variety of jobs since then, but likes her job with The Daily Sentinel best.

Personal: Penny has been married to Kent Stine since 1984. They have three sons and one grandson. Penny enjoys hanging out with her boys, gardening, rafting, skiing, knitting, cooking, camping and riding on the back of Kent’s Harley.


Sheri Ray


Special Sections/Special Sections designer

Sheri assists the advertising and special sections department with designing informative and eye-catching pages for The Daily Sentinel’s special interest magazines.



BA in Mass Communications/ Print Emphasis

Bio: Sheri started her professional career at the Daily Sentinel in 1998 in the Creative Services Department.

She moved to New York City to pursue more design opportunities and was hired as a graphic designer specializing in type-treatments by Metro Creative Services in New York City. She has worked for/with Metro, now on a freelance basis, for almost 20 years.

Sheri returned to Grand Junction in 2010, and was hired at STRiVE (formerly MDS) to work in their Marketing and Public Relations department. While there, she learned a great deal about non-profit business, an array of fund-raising efforts and much more.

Sheri is excited to return to work where her career began - and where her passion remains - in the print industry, at The Daily Sentinel.

Personal: A Colorado native, Sheri enjoys the outdoor offerings of western Colorado including biking, hiking, and camping with her husband and their fuzzy canine companion.


Dan Bennett


Production/Pre-press Photo Editor

Dan tone corrects and sharpens all news and special sections photos, in preparing them for output to the press. He also organizes and updates the weekly and monthly photo galleries for With over 30 years of experience of working with photos and newspaper pages, he’s the Sentinel’s Scanman.


Education: A high school graduate with one year of college courses, Dan chose to further his education by entering the newspaper business in the Camera Department at the Daily Sentinel.

Bio: In the Camera Department, Dan joined a staff of two who were responsible for preparing black and white photos for print before page paste-up as well as making color separations. Duties included shooting full pages onto negatives and readying them for plate-making. As the industry became more digital, the crew saw their duties evolve into reworking photos in Photoshop and becoming involved in the website.

Personal: A long-time bachelor, Dan married Tina Briggs in 2001. They have been busy raising their adopted daughter, Elizabeth. His activities include spending time with the family as they enjoy biking, hiking, homework and movies. His hobbies include maintaining a large yard and caring for his animals. An avid Broncos fan, Dan enjoys sharing time with fellow Broncomaniacs during the season.


Scott Crabtree


Production/Packaging Manager

Scott keeps the packaging machines running and manages all post-press production of everything printed by The Daily Sentinel.


Bio: A native of Ohio, Scott moved to the valley in 1980. He started part-time employment with The Daily Sentinel in 1981 while attending high school, and continued while attending CMU. Since that time he has held several different positions.

Personal: Scott enjoys family, fishing, camping, boating, gardening, golf and good food.


David Drayer


Production/Prepress Manager

Dave gives physical form to all the photos, graphics, stories and text that, within the computer system, make up the pages of The Daily Sentinel each day. The prepress department creates the plates from which the pages of a publication are printed on press, while also ensuring that all data making up each page transfer from the computer to the plate correctly.


Bio: Between stints in Illinois (birthplace), Oregon (twice) and Oklahoma (where he discovered the newspaper industry), Dave has called Colorado home for the better portion of his life. He began working at The Daily Sentinel in 1997 in the Composing department. He has helped to guide the Sentinel, as printing technology has changed, into finding more advanced, cost-effective, and greener ways to produce a newspaper, culminating in 2010 with the introduction of a computer-to-plate system that uses no chemistry of any kind in the making of the plates for the press.

Personal: A big proponent of the Great Indoors, David’s interests include reading, NFL football, watching movies (at home), and playing action, shooter and role-playing video games. Despite taking place outdoors, he also enjoys going to Renaissance festivals and mountain biking. He is an aspiring author in the genre of epic fantasy, and hopes to publish his first novel in the not-so-distant future.


 Bob Eicher


Production/IT Manager

Computer management throughout the organization.


Bio: Bob is a Colorado native and a longtime Sentinel employee.

Personal: Bob is married to Deana Eicher. He enjoys golf, bowling, books, movies and music.


Wayne McMacken


Production/Mailroom Supervisor

Bridges the night production in the mailroom and the business operations during the day.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University. It is a multiple disciplinary degree in print, graphic design, photography (physics) and database mailing systems.

Bio: Wayne is a native of Washington State but has lived just about everywhere between there and Grand Junction over the last 20 years. He has 20 years of experience in printing, bindery work, mail data systems and customer service.

Personal: Wayne is married and has two children. He and his family are members of the Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club, the Art Jewelers Guild, and Chinle Cactus and Succulent Club, as well as being avid outdoor enthusiasts. They enjoy camping, backpacking, mountain biking, snowboarding and, of course, Grand Valley wines and peaches.


Lonnie Vincent


Production/Pressroom Manager

Lonnie keeps the Sentinel’s 1984 Goss Headliner Offset printing press operational and printing as well as is possible. He also oversees an expert crew of 11 people who operate the printing machinery.

Bio: Born and raised in Fruita and a graduate of Grand Junction High School, Lonnie traveled to California and worked at the Vallejo Times Herald. There Lonnie met his wife, Sherri, and returned to the Grand Valley in 1985 and began working at The Daily Sentinel in 1987 for then Pressroom Manager Duke Langford.

Personal: Lonnie has six children and lives in Palisade. He enjoys working on cars, riding horses, attending his kids’ sports events, and watching the Broncos. Lonnie and his wife, Sherri, are huge Joe Montana and John Elway fans.



Daniel Donnie Flores


Sentinel Digital Agency/Creative Director

Donnie is the Creative Director for Sentinel Digital Agency, a sister company of The Daily Sentinel. He oversees all creative work from web design to print collateral making sure everything is creatively functional. His time is split between different projects for both the agency and the newspaper. He also reports on media campaigns and website analytics for various clients to help determine trends on their on websites and social media.


Education: Degree in photography and imaging from Long Beach City College.

Bio: Daniel Donnie Flores is a native of Long Beach, California. His love of photography and design started in high school when he was introduced to the basics of black and white photography and design. He has quickly become an expert in creating clean, modern designs for use in print and digital spaces.

His expertise lies in marketing, social media, graphic design, brand identity, creative design, web design and print collateral.

Personal: Avid coffee drinker, Instagramer of things, Photographer, and binge watcher of Friends.


 Nathan Watchman


Sentinel Digital Agency/Digital Marketing Consultant

Nathan is a digital marketing consulting for the Sentinel Digital Agency. He helps customers reach their business boals thorugh website design, search engine optimization, content management and social media strategy.

Education: Mesa State College, BBA - Management/Marketing, BAS - Communications Technology

Bio: Born in Hawaii and traveling extensively as part of an Army family, Nathan moved to Grand Junction in 1998 from the San Francisco Bay area.

Nathan is a vital part of the business landscape, formerly holding positions at Colorado Mesa University, the Grand Junction Free Press, and Family Health West. He is a member of the Grand Junction Lions Club and serves on the the United Way Board of Directors board. Nathan feels it is important to build community through volunteerism and acts of philanthropy. As a Digital Media Consultant, Nathan lives and breathes social media, has been a member of Facebook since its inception, was an early adopter of Instagram and Snapchat, and is well-versed in Ads Manager.

Personal: Nathan enjoys spending time with family, flying his drone, and entertaining people at weddings an special events as a DJ.


Tina Wilson


Sentinel Digital Agency/Marketing Assistant & Designer

Tina is the marketing assistant and designer for the Sentinel Digital Agency. She helps with content creation, graphic design, social media management and website design.

Education: B.A. Fine Arts at Western State College, Gunnison

Bio: Tina is a transplanted New Englander. She started her career with the love of calligraphy and art classes at Western State College. A culmination of designing has taken her to a variety of positions. She has worked in advertising graphics at newspapers in Granby and Winter Park, Colorado, as an ad agency/print shop Mac guru in New Hampshire, and as an art director in Wyoming for a livestock ear tag catalog (seriously.) For 12 years, she was the publisher of a high-quality home and lifestyle magazine — Grand County Living.

Personal: She lives in Grand Junction with her husband, Tim Carter. They enjoy road cycling, Nordic skiing, kayaking, hiking and camping adventures with their T@B teardrop camper.










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