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MEET THE PUBLISHER BROOK CALHOON

I founded Relocating to Colorado’s Grand Valley magazine four years ago to tell the stories of our valley, not only for the people considering a move here, but also for current residents — to further their knowledge of all Fruita, Grand Junction and Palisade has to offer. I love the fact that while enjoying the peace and beauty that residing in a small town offers, I can still experience world-class dining, and a wide array of cultural events — such as the renowned Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade. In this issue you can read about the interesting people behind homegrown businesses such as Enstrom Candies and Suehiro Japanese Restaurant and Sushi. Learn how the Business Incubator Center assists new entrepreneurs. Check out the abundance of live outdoor music performances that take place each summer — including the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival. Discover why the Copper Club has become known as “Fruita’s Living Room.” If you’re a golfing fan, you won’t want to miss Jodi Buchan’s Tee it Up article beginning on page 26. In short, I love western Colorado and seek to share with you, the readers, some of the many reasons for choosing the Grand Valley as a great place to live. #westslopebestslope Founder and publisher Brook Calhoon happily resides in Fruita with her husband Cody and their three sons. A fourth son recently left for college.

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Brook Calhoon

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Kristal Rhodes / Kristal Graphics

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Sharon Sullivan

KRISTAL RHODES Creative Director

A Colorado girl through and through, Kristal made her home in Fruita in the summer of 2011. Being independent and with a keen eye for design, she founded Kristal Graphics in 2004. Kristal loves travel, golf, camping and spending time with friends and family.

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Ken Redding

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Brook Calhoon, Carol Morrow Abbie Blossom, Glenda O’Halloran

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SHARON SULLIVAN Editor and Writer

Sharon Sullivan is a Grand Junction-based freelance writer and editor. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, backpacking and attending western Colorado’s outdoor music concerts with her husband John.

KEN REDDING

Director of Photography

Renowned photographer Ken Redding has a diverse portfolio of images ranging from sports and landscapes to golf and interiors. He has an extensive collection of stock photography as well as a wide range of clients that include ad agencies, golf and apparel companies, magazines, annual reports, and interior designers and builders. kenreddingphotography.com

ABBIE BLOSSOM Office Manager

Abbie Blossom is the Office Manager for both Relocating to Colorado’s Grand Valley magazine and Welcome Home. She is also a stylist and planner for many local weddings and events.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Amanda Arnold, Patrick Bland, Grace Bubulka, Jodi Buchan, Jeff Dershem, Suzanne Hanzl, Evan Linko, Sandy Nelson, Nancy Ruspil, Carrington Schaeffer, Jay Stooksberry, Sharon Sullivan, Robbie Urquhart, Randy Wyrick

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Ken Redding, Danielle Hage, Robb Reece, Allison Blevins, Bailey Bollin, Josh Hudnall

FRONT COVER PHOTOGRAPHER Ken Redding

THANK YOU

A big thanks to the “Relo” team: Kristal – once again, your creativity and design leave me in awe. Sharon – I appreciate your editing, writing, and proofing skills. Ken – I am blessed to have you on this project. Your photography is second to none. To Carol and Glenda – for your hard work in sales and all your love and support. Thanks to Abbie Awesome Blossom – for being the best assistant I could ask for. Thank you to all the writers for sharing your time and talent, and last but not least to the advertisers who make it possible for us to share this wonderful publication with others.

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16 Cycling the Colorado National Monument The Grand Mesa Tee It Up The Bland Family

ARTS & CULTURE

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Sounds of the Grand Valley

GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO

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Downtown Grand Junction Grand Junction Calendar of Events Downtown Shopping & Dining

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GRAND VALLEY DINING

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Suehiro Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Enstrom’s Candy Co.

EDUCATION & SCHOOLS

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Spirit of Adventure Ranch

KIDS & FAMILY TO-DOS

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Western Colorado Botanical Gardens Moon Farm

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Fruita Community Rec Center Fruita Calendar of Events Downtown Shopping & Dining Copper Club Rim Rock Rodeo

PALISADE, COLORADO

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Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival Colorado Mountain Winefest Palisade Calendar of Events Downtown Shopping & Dining

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Unaweep Canyon Visit Vail

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20 Colorado National Monument Map 21 Camping/Biking/Hiking/State Parks 30 Activities/Golf Courses 54 School District 51 Map 58 Kids & Family To-Dos 78 Orchards & Fruit Stands 79 Wineries & Tasting Rooms 82 Grand Valley Real Estate 90 Helpful Information


THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY FOR 75 YEARS OF SUPPORT

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MEET THE CONTRIBUTORS AMANDA ARNOLD - WRITER With her first screenplay at 13, Amanda was born to write. She has written professionally for 10 years, and still enjoys writing screenplays and fictional stories. When Amanda is not writing, she explores the backcountry of Grand Canyon National Park with her son.

MARNIE BINGHAM - WRITER Marnie has been a registered nurse for 18 years. Originally from Utah, she relocated to Fruita 11 years ago with her husband, two boys and two dogs. Marnie and her family love the Fruita area for its vast outdoor activities.

ROBB REECE - PHOTOGRAPHER Robb Reece is an accomplished photographer and Colorado native. When not shooting photos, he’s out trail running, cycling and adventuring around the globe with his wife and two children. Contact: Robb Reece 970.261.8103 or robb@robbreecephotography.com

GRACE BUBULKA - WRITER Grace Bubulka is a published author and lectures widely on health related topics. Previously a trauma nurse and camp nurse, Bubulka was adjunct faculty at California State University in Fresno, California and Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.

NANCY CROWELL RUSPIL - WRITER Nancy Crowell Ruspil has been enjoying the Grand Valley’s people, nature and music for nearly 20 years. This California transplant follows her passions of writing, marketing and nonprofit work throughout the community.

JODI BUCHAN - WRITER Jodi Buchan is a story explorer who came to Colorado by way of North Dakota. She is the author of numerous local and national magazine articles. Her book Western Colorado Fruit & Wine: A Bountiful History takes readers on a journey where the peach dictates time, and vines are cause for celebration.

CARRINGTON SCHAEFFER - WRITER Carrington Schaeffer is a writer, podcaster, actress, and creative based in Fruita. In 2005, she and her husband launched Hoptocopter™ Films, a creative video production company for which she is the principal copywriter, editor, and voice over artist. In her spare time, Carrington is a mother of two little boys, a freelance writer, and a baker of cakes and pies.

JEFF DERSHEM - WRITER Jeff Dershem is a native of Grand Junction. His writing has appeared in The Fence Post, Our Backyard, GV Magazine and Things To Do magazine. When not writing, Jeff can be found teaching astronomy classes through Western Colorado Community College or playing trombone.

JAY STOOKSBERRY - WRITER Based in Delta, Colorado, Jay Stooksberry is a freelance writer, marketing consultant, business owner, and activist. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son in his free time.

SUZANNE HANZL - WRITER Suzanne Hanzl, born and raised in Northern California, relocated to the Grand Valley over 20 years ago. She attended Colorado Mesa University where she earned degrees in Political Science and Culinary Arts. Suzanne owns Tourne, a recreational cooking school and writes a food column for The Daily Sentinel.

ROBBIE URQUHART - WRITER Robbie Urquhart is a freelance writer living in Fruita, CO where she enjoys all that the area offers. You may find her on the trails, in the pool, or sitting on one of the many benches in town.

EVAN LINKO - WRITER Evan Linko is a freelance reporter who has lived in Grand Junction for more than 20 years. Linko attended Grand Junction High School and later Colorado Mesa University, where he studied journalism.

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SANDY NELSON - WRITER Sandy Nelson started a freelance writing, editing, proofreading and public-relations business 10 years ago on the foundation of a 26-year career in daily newspapers in Washington state and New Mexico. She moved to Grand Junction in January.

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RANDY WYRICK - WRITER Randy Wyrick is too old to slam dunk and too young to have made the Nixon Enemies List. He has been a journalist in and around Vail since 1988. He has come to understand that The People Who Must Be Seen go to Aspen. The People Who Own the People Who Must Be Seen come to Vail.


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THE PEOPLE IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS I want to thank the individuals — all from the Grand Valley — who we used as models for the beautiful photography you see throughout this magazine. We are grateful to the adorable children and their families, the young adults dining in downtown Grand Junction, the Fruita residents hanging out at their favorite pub… you are what make the Grand Valley such a special place to live. 14

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HEAVEN ON WHEELS CYCLING THE COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT

WRITTEN BY SANDY NELSON

It takes powerful legs and high-efficiency lungs to cycle the 23-mile historic Rim Rock Drive that links one side of the Colorado National Monument to the other—mostly because of the steep climb to the summit. Whether you start in Fruita or Grand Junction, the road gains 2,300 vertical feet in elevation from the park entrance to where the pavement goes from a slant to a relative horizontal at 7,200 feet, allowing you to pay more attention to the view and less to your pounding heart and burning quadriceps.

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The people who’ve done it say the perspective from above — panoramic scenes of Monument Canyon, the Grand Valley, Grand Mesa, the Book Cliff Mountains, and numerous sandstone monoliths — are ample reward for the physical exertion.

From Fruita, the incline is more gradual, which makes it a longer ride. Entering from Monument Road in Grand Junction, on the other hand, you’ll encounter a series of switchbacks and a grueling grade that’s more fun to descend than ascend.


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Unless you’re training for a pro or semipro race (the route, nicknamed the Tour of the Moon, was a stage on the Coors Classic International Bicycle Classic in the 1980s) or you want to loop 10 more miles back to your starting point along Colorado Highway 340, allow about three hours to complete the journey. The road features multiple scenic overlooks where you can hydrate, snack and enjoy the surroundings. And it’s not really cheating to haul your bike to a parking spot at the top so you can savor the winding, hilly route without suffering. This is a course that’s easy to customize. Grand Junction native and retired teacher Laine Greenhill says she appreciates having the spectacular ride in her backyard. “Riding your bike over the Colorado National Monument is a feast for your mind and body,” says Greenhill,

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who cycles Rim Rock Drive two to five times a month, often when training for long-distance events like Ride the Rockies. “The Monument loop combines climbing, rolling hills and an exhilarating descent. The downhill is worth everything you just rode through. Riding the Monument in the opposite direction gives the rider a little different workout and a different perspective of all the beauty.”

The road has nothing that could be called a shoulder, so cyclists should always ride to the right as far as possible. If you’re in a group, ride single file. You’ll be sharing the road with recreational vehicles whose drivers are mesmerized by the view and with large trucks making deliveries to the topside community of Glade Park.

Whatever you do, start early, when it’s cooler and traffic is thin. Bring plenty of water and some type of nourishment to replace the expended calories.

Heed the posted speed limits, especially when riding downhill. They’re there for a reason. “We try to emphasize that cyclists should stay within the speed limit,” says Arlene Jackson, the Monument’s chief of interpretation. “You should always be able to stop within the distance that you can see.”

From the east entrance in Grand Junction, the first four miles to Cold Shivers Point are the most challenging, with an altitude gain of 1,800 feet.

Rim Rock Drive has three tunnels. The two west-side tunnels (236 feet and 182 feet) feature curves, while the 530-foot east-side tunnel is a straight stretch. To be seen by motorists,

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though, riders must be equipped with a white light that’s visible for 500 feet in front and a red light that can be seen for at least 200 feet behind them. It’s against the law (and a complete violation of common sense) to pass cars in the tunnel. Adding to the reward — and risk — of Monument rides are the coyotes, bighorn sheep, rabbits and reptiles that occasionally appear on and near the road. Such sightings are unannounced, so it’s up to you to stay alert. Off-road cycling isn’t allowed in the Monument, but there are trails on nearby Bureau of Land Management property. R The cost for bicyclists to enter the Monument is $5. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/colm/planyourvisit/bicycling.htm.

Whether you are thinking of starting, growing, or relocating your existing business to Colorado’s Grand Valley, the Business Incubator Center is here to help! Our programs include: • Free business coaching & low cost classes through the Colorado Small Business Development Center • 3 Incubator Programs, including a Traditional Program, Fast Track 2.0 program, and Commercial Kitchen Program • Access to capital through the Business Loan Fund of Mesa County • State tax credits through the Mesa County Enterprize Zone • Innovation through the GJmakerspace We’re here to help you find your success - come visit us, you’ll be glad you did!

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GRAND VALLEY CAMPING  ureau of Land Management-Grand Junction including Mcinnis B canyons and Dominguez-Escalante National conservative areas Colorado National Monument Colorado State Parks Reservations Fruita State Park Grand Mesa National Forest Highline State Park Island Acres State Park Junction West RV Park KOA Mobile City RV Park Uncompahgre National Forest Vega State Park

LOCATION www.blm.gov

970-244-3000

Colorado National Monument Colorado State Parks I-70 & Exit 19, Fruita Grand Mesa National Forest 1800 11.8 Road, Loma I-70 At Exit 47, Debeque 793 22 Rd., Grand Junction 2819 US-50, Grand Junction 2322 Hwy 6 & 50, Grand Junction Uncompahgre National Forest Box 186, Collbran

970-858-3617 800-678-2267 970-858-9188 970-242-8211 970-858-9188 970-858-7208 970-245-8531 970-242-2527 970-242-9291 970-245-8531 970-242-8211

GRAND VALLEY BIKING TRAILS Colorado Riverfront Trails Horsethief Bench Loop Joe's Ridge Trail Kokopelli's Loop Trails Area Lunch Loop Bike Park Mary's Loop Trail - Kokopelli's Loop Trails Area Rattlesnake Arches Loop Rustler's Loop

LOCATION 544 Rood Ave, Grand Junction Loma Exit #15, Loma 18 Road Trail System, Fruita Loma Exit, Fruita Monument Road, Grand Junction Loma Exit #15, Loma 10 Miles West Of Grand Junction Loma Exit #15, Loma

BIKE SHOPS & RENTALS Bicycle Outfitters Brown Cycles Colorado Backcountry Biker Grassroots Cycles Over The Edge Sports Rapid Creek Cycles & Paddleboards Ruby Canyon Cycles The Bike Shop

LOCATION 537 N. 1st St, Grand Junction 549 Main St, Grand Junction 150 S Park Square, Fruita 401 Colorado Ave, Grand Junction 202 E Aspen, Fruita 237 S Main St, Palisade 301 Main St, Grand Junction 950 North Ave, Grand Junction

GRAND VALLEY HIKING 18 Road Trails Area Audobon Trail Bangs Canyon Trailhead - Mica Mine Trail Devils Kitchen Trail Liberty Cap Trail Lunch Loop Bike Park Monument Canyon Trail Mt. Garfield Trail No Thoroughfare Canyon Old Spanish Trail Ottos Trail Rapid Creek Trail Serpents Trail Tabeguache Trail Ute Petroglyph Trail

LOCATION Fruita Grand Junction Little Park Road, Grand Junction Monument Road, Grand Junction Wildwood Drive, Grand Junction Monument Road, Grand Junction Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction Mount Garfield, Palisade Colorado National Monument, Fruita Orchard Mesa, Grand Junction John Ottos Trail, Colorado National Monument Northwest Side Of The Grand Mesa, Palisade Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction Monument Road, Grand Junction East of the town of Palisade

CITY AND STATE PARKS City of Grand Junction Parks & Recreation Department Canyon View Park Lincoln Park/Stocker Stadium/Suplizio Field Colorado State Parks James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park Corn Lake Section James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park Connected Lake Section James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park Wildlife Area Section James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park Fruita Section Highline Lake State Park James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park Island Acres Section Vega State Park

PHONE 970-245-2699 970-245-7939 970-858-3917 970-243-2453 970-858-7220 970-464-9266 970-241-0141 970-243-0807

LOCATION/PHONE 970-254-3866 (All Facilities) 24 Road at I-70 (Exit 28) 12th St & Gunnison Ave 800-678-2267 (For Reservations) Exit 37 Off I-70 Exit 28 Off I-70 Exit 37 Off I-70 Exit 19 Off I-70 Exit 15 Off I-70 Exit 47 Off I-70 Exit 49 Off I-70 RELOCATEGV.COM

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THE GRAND MESA MAKES THIS A GRAND PLACE TO LIVE

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The Grand Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world. Spanning some 350,000 acres and over 300 lakes, the Grand Mesa, affectionately nicknamed “The Mesa” by locals, provides a plethora of outdoor recreation. The park is a popular destination for fishing, camping, and hiking. You will see brilliant wildflowers in the summer and gorgeous colors of Aspen trees in the fall.


In the winter, Grand Mesa, which is home to Powderhorn Mountain Resort, offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Colorado. There is plenty of cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing to be done also. The Mesa is sprawling with wild life. Be on the lookout for elk, bears, falcons and many other kinds of wildlife. The Mesa Scenic Byway winds through 63 miles of the national forest. It is accessible from the north on I-70 at exit 49 east of Grand Junction via the breathtaking Plateau Creek Canyon or from the south from Colorado Highway 92 east of the city of Delta.

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Tee it Up THE GRAND VALLEY IS A PLAYER’S OASIS, WITH SIX GOLF COURSES SPORTING MONUMENTAL VISTAS AND HOMETOWN VALUE NO MATTER WHAT YOUR HANDICAP

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Yards of manicured fairways stretch from tee to pin in contrast with the rugged Western Slope landscape. Panoramas of the Grand Mesa, the Book Cliffs range and the Colorado National Monument are the backdrop for five public courses and one country club. What began as dirt courses with sand “greens” (with rakes in lieu of flags) has matured into destination treasures for visitors and home turf for locals. 26

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Newest of the Valley’s six is The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa. It opened in 2001 and launched straight into award status, garnering Golf Digest’s #1 Best New Affordable Golf Course in America. Legendary architect Jim Engh— whose signature style is to work in harmony with untamed terrain—designed the course. He shaped a verdant gem in the rough sandstone, working with the rock outcroppings and optimizing its challenges. The result is elevated

tee boxes with sweeping vistas, undulating fairways and tiered greens occasionally harbored by a rock amphitheater.

Johnson suggests you snap a photo, enjoy the ride and play to the 150 markers where the course “sets up nicely.”

“Every hole is a picture, every tee box a different vista,” says Redlands Mesa General Manager Shad Johnson. He adds that to some, the initial sight of the spectacular layout can also look a little intimidating: a 150’ tee to green drop, 41 bunkers, blind approaches.

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“Every hole is a picture, every tee box a different vista.” - Redlands Mesa General Manager Shad Johnson

Recreational golfers, however, are not his only repeat customers. Raters from Golf Digest, Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazine and Golfweekly play there, analyzing and comparing it with courses around the state and country. Their enthusiasm and respect for Redlands Mesa reflects in over fifty awards of varying recognitions, the latest of which is Golfweekly’s 2017 winner for Best Public Course in Colorado. Local fan favorites are Grand Junction’s municipal courses Tiara Rado and Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park is situated in the middle of Grand Junction’s pulse, near downtown and just a few blocks from Colorado Mesa University. This centralized location affords time-crunched golfers a chance to get in a few holes right before or after work. The city chose the site back in the day when the now-prime real estate was a sage strewn vacant parcel. In fact, when Lincoln Park opened in 1926 there was no grass. Dirt fairways that became unplayable mud in wet weather connected tee boxes and greens made of sand. Today the grounds are well established and the condition of the mounded “postage-stamp” greens rival those at any country club. Head PGA Professional for the city Mike Mendelson says it’s a fair course.

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“[Lincoln Park] can play a little long,” he says, adding, “but there’s not a whole lot of trouble.” The greens do slope from back to front, though he notes, making the approach tricky. Mendelson’s advice? “Don’t miss to the left or right.” The oldest course in the area, Lincoln Park is a classic style nine-hole that holds its own among modern designs. It is a hub of local league competition and the original venue for the Rocky Mountain Open and Pro-Am Golf Tournament (RMO). The RMO event began in 1939 with sponsorship from the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce and community support, including the founder of Enstrom’s Candies. Organizers chose the “open” format in the spirit that competitive golf was anyone’s game. Players from states across the west sign up, participating in the social 18 hole Pro-Am with sponsors and the 54 hole three-day tournament. Winners have included PGA Tour players Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Orville Moody and hometown boy Jack Sommers. As the number of competitors grew, organizers spread the competition over two venues. Lincoln Park, Redlands Mesa, Bookcliff Country Club and Tiara Rado have hosted the RMO, with Tiara Rado holding the latest honors where their signature hole, #18, provides spec-

tators a hillside view of the finish from behind the elevated green. Course Condition. Affordability. League activity. Playability for women and seniors. Location, location, location. These are some of the criteria ColoradoBiz uses to determine the top muni courses in the state. Tiara Rado meets all that and then some, garnering a “2016 Colorado Golf Gems (To-Die-For-Scenic-Gems)” award due in part to its close proximity at the foot of the Colorado National Monument and its views of the Book Cliffs and Grand Mesa in the distance. Another feather in their cap is certification as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program member with grounds that fledge more than ninety birds each year. For golfers wanting to post a “birdies,” Mendelson has a putting tip. “Keep in mind where the monument is,” he says. “It doesn’t run in one direction … greens roll away from it and toward the river.” Lyn Frazer is a Grand Valley golf archetype. Frazer learned on Chipeta’s shorter par-3 course, and plays in Ladies Leagues at her home course Lincoln Park and at Tiara Rado. She’s golfed at every course in the Grand Valley and says she has enjoyed them all. Her local’s tip? “No matter how you’re playing,” she says, “enjoy the view.” R


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Rock climbing, rappelling, canyoneering, mountain climbing Canvas painting experience while enjoying Palisade wine River rafting, skiing, snowboarding, camping, biking, climbing and organized trips for the "physically challenged or disabled" Colorado Mesa University 1100 N 7th St, GJ 970-248-1020 Concerts, live theaters, movies, special events, and lectures Colorado Riverfront Trails 544 Rood Avenue, GJ 970-683-4333 Recreational paved trails along the Colorado River Colorado State Parks 361 32 Road, GJ 970-434-3388 Island Acres, Corn Lake, Colorado River Wildlife Area Cross Orchards Historic Site 3073 F (Patterson) Rd, GJ 970-434-9814 Exhibits, historic farm and railroad Dinosaur Digs 462 Ute Ave, GJ 970-242-0971 Discover fossil treasures on a dinosaur quarry expedition Dinosaur Museum 550 Jurassic Ct, Fruita 970-858-7286 Dinosaur museum, exhibits, interactive Eagle Rim Skateboarding Park 2746 Cheyanne Dr, GJ Open year-around Funshares RV and Sport Rentals 2583 Hwy 6 & 50, GJ 970-241-2702 Motor homes, jet skis, ATVs and snowmobiles Gateway Canyons Air Tours 817 Falcon Way, Ste 213 970-243-4359 Experience an amazing flight above the unique American West Gateway Canyons and Museum Highway 141, Gateway 970-931-2895 Over 40 autos span 100-year history Get Air at the Silo - Trampoline Park 715 S 7th St, GJ 970-361-3630 7,000+ square feet of trampolines Glacier Ice Arena 2515 Riverside Pkwy, GJ 970-242-7465 Ice sports, hockey, public skating, and private events Grand Junction Harley-Davidson 2747 Crossroads Blvd, GJ 970-245-0812 Harley-Davidson rentals Grand Junction Motor Speedway 3002 North I-70 Frontage Rd 970-256-0107 Kart racing facility, rentals, instructions, and scheduled events Grand Junction Rockies Baseball Stoker Stadium 12t St & 970-255-7625 Minor League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies Gunnison Ave, GJ Grand Junction Symphony 414 Main St, GJ 970-243-6787 Symphony orchestra, concert band, jazz orchestra Grand Mesa & Uncompahgre 970-242-8211 Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling National Forests Grand Valley Climbing 611 25 Rd, GJ 970-644-5821 14,000 sq ft building for climbing and fitness Kid's Meal Loop CO Nat’l Monument, Fruita The easiest loop in the Tabeguache Lunch Loop Kidzplex 609 25 Rd, GJ 970-245-3610 Indoor soft playground, climbing gym Lincoln Park-Moyer pool 12th St & Gunnison Ave, GJ 970-254-3848 Outdoor pool and waterslide Math and Science Center 2660 Unaweep Ave, GJ 970-254-1626 Explore science through hands-on displays (Tues- Sat) Mesa County Fairgrounds 2785 US Hwy 50, GJ 970-255-7107 Rodeos, concerts, motorized sports and the Mesa County Fair Museum of the West 462 Ute Ave, GJ 970-242-0971 Regional history, research library and exhibits Orchard Mesa Community Center 2736 Unaweep Ave, GJ 970-254-3885 Indoor pool Palisade Wine Country Float Trips 237 S Main St, Palisade 970-260-5848 Float trips through fruit and wine country Powderhorn Mountain Resort Grand Mesa 970-268-5700 Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing Rimrock Adventures 927 Highway 340, Fruita 970-858-9555 Half- and full day float and raft trips, rentals, horseback riding Rocky Mountain Gun Club 545 31 Road, GJ 970-523-7642 Premier indoor shooting range open to the public Spin City 637 24 1/2 Rd, GJ 970-263-6930 Family entertainment, roller skating, arcade, laser tag, bowling Suncrest Orchard Alpacas 3608 E 1/4 Rd, Palisade 970-464-4862 Tours of Alpaca farm and fiber mill, and gift shop The Palette 441 Main St, GJ 970-640-8569 Instructor-led painting on canvas and wood Volleys 1130 N 3rd St, GJ 970-255-6666 Outdoor, sand volleyball facility with 4 sand volleyball courts Watson Island 639 Struthers Ave, GJ Disc golf Western Anglers 413 Main St, GJ 970-244-8658 Fishing, Fly Fishing Western Colorado Dragway 115 32 Rd 970-523-1720 NHRA sanctioned drag racing Westlake Skateboarding Park 325 W Orchard Ave Skateboarding park, disc golf, open year-around GRAND VALLEY GOLF COURSES Adobe Creek National Golf Course Chipeta Golf Course Lincoln Park Golf Course The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa Tiara Rado Golf Course

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The Ohio State Buckeyes were having a stellar year, poised for a championship finish in the Fiesta bowl, but Tiffany and I weren’t focused on examining the football season like we usually were. In late 2003, we were focused on answering our deep calling to live in Colorado. After many discussions and map dwelling to find the place that had it all, Grand Junction became an unexpected target on our list of potential places to relocate. Looking to find a small to mid-sized town that was community focused, with low crime, and loaded with outdoor opportunities, and located 100 miles from endless adventure in

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any direction, Grand Junction became the unforeseen answer to a long sought dream for us to live “in the West,” and start a new life. I was soon hired at Crossroads Fitness as a trainer, which fit my career search, and Tiffany was hired at a salon as an esthetician. Every

weekend was either an opportunity to work like crazy which was an accustomed attitude of the Midwest, or answer a call to escape into the hills--Moab in the spring, Glade Park in the early summer, and Grand Mesa or some other breathtaking place on the Western Slope the rest of the year. We enjoy bike adventures,


climbing and hiking, and of course the winter array of skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. We were in heaven. In late 2004 we opened our own training facility called Core Life Systems. Our gym quickly became known as the go-to “Functional Training” facility in Grand Junction. Soon, the Climbing Gym that owned the space CLS was operating in became available, and we purchased it. Tiffany and I found ourselves furthering our dream of connecting with recreational lifestyle through opportunity.

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The economic climate in 2008 brought new challenges and an opportunity to abort waste and overhead and ultimately to simplify. We decided to affiliate with a very new fitness and business model called Crossfit. A competitive team was born, and we started traveling to the nearest boxes in the region to deliver proof that our Crossfit programming and talent had the will to outperform others. Eventually tiring of a struggling but successful Crossfit box competing with new gyms popping up around town, a decision seemed crucial for us to redefine our goals. We decided to focus on spending family time together, remodeling our house, and handling some ghosts from the old business. It seemed like the perfect recipe from the outside in, but there was an unfulfilled void growing in my soul like a shadow from the past. The twenty or so scraps of equipment that I kept from the sale of the gym, were self confiscated to design a no frills garage gym at the house, sparking the neighbor’s suspicion of the maniac doing kettlebell snatches and burpees in the driveway. It attracted some attention and periodic stares but also kept my fat and fire burning, so I didn’t mind. Friends and curious folk started jumping off the sideline to join in on the fun, and it wasn’t long before I realized that working from home meant strength training small groups, and that was a passion I couldn’t resist. Months later after reconnecting with my old pal Adam Ford, a conversation we had led to an innovative and evolved approach to a functional strength-training program. We decided to partner to create what we believed could become the next revolution of group training. We focused on the outdoor athlete. Ridgeline Fitness, Adam’s founding business, started taking a different shape from what was previously a “private training facility only” to a small group strength coaching program designed to ready the outdoor enthusiast for any adventure that requires a good base level of fitness. Preparing for outdoor fitness became the primary goal while knowing a good program could also cater to the “newbie” or the renewed athlete or even to an injured or unconditioned person. Quickly, the non-athletic type came in to get great results without fear of injury or the intimidation that came with attempting a Crossfit program. After three years, Ridgeline has grown its membership from 30 to more than 100 members. We have a mission to be the best training facility in western Colorado, designed to enhance the outdoor lifestyle. We’re located at 805 South Ave., in what we consider the future of Grand Junction’s downtown expanded area. As long as you have the desire to positively impact people, are willing to work a little harder than the average, have the attitude that attracts good people, and have a heart for outdoor recreation Grand Junction can become your dream home. The Western Slope is the best. R

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How do you like it? By a river? On a sunny field? In a dark theater? On a lively main street? With good wine or cold beer?

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Music lover, welcome to the Grand Valley. From Palisade to Grand Junction to Fruita, the tunes are flowing, indoors and outdoors, all year long. You’ll hear most all genres in this valley – including jazz, country, blues, classical, rock, indie, reggae, hip-hop, folk, and roots.

Throughout the weekend, 16 bands played on three different stages along Main Street.

And, you’ll find lots of spaces for enjoying music - buzzing nightclubs, intimate restaurants, elegant concert halls, laid-back cafes, and sprawling, vibrant festivals.

Additional free concerts are offered in Fruita, during its Thursday Night Concert Series at Civic Park, 325 E. Aspen St. Live music is offered in the park from mid-June to mid-August, starting at 7:30 p.m.

At the May 2017 Grand Junction Off-Road and Four Peaks Downtown Music Festival Main Street was bubbling with every genre of music and humanity. Couples and families, teens and toddlers, artists and cyclists, engineers and chefs were singing, while perched on hay bales and garden walls, chatting beside sculptures, sipping drinks by a fountain - everyone happy to be surrounded by music. The festival is one of several annual live music events in the Grand Valley that are free.

Also in Fruita, at the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park – a gorgeous venue under the stars – at $3 a ticket, the concerts are practically free. The events raise funds for the Colorado Riverfront Trail through the sales of beer and wine and Pablo’s pizza. The concert series draws national acts such Tab Benoit, Nancy Griffith and Otis Redding. Last year, blues musician Tinsley Ellis, New Orleans’ horn band Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and Texas’ legendary Fabulous Thunderbirds performed.

On the main stage, a bluegrass band rocked the street while the crowd cheered and swayed. Two blocks down, a jazz group was tuning up for an eager audience. Two more blocks and people were dancing to an indie band inside an atrium.

This is just a sampling of the musical events that come to life here in the Grand Valley. This area is rich with vocalists, musicians, soloists, bands, an esteemed symphony orchestra, and a spectrum of music from classical to alternative.


HEAD OUTSIDE FOR FANTASTIC MUSIC UNDER THE GLORIOUS GRAND VALLEY SKIES! MAY 18-20, 2018 Four Peaks Downtown Music Festival, downtown Grand Junction. Three days of free music by local and national musicians, on three separate stages. Details at downtowngj.org MAY - JUNE Riverfront Concert Series, James M. Robb Colorado River State Park, Fruita. Blues, jazz, Americana. Details at riverfrontproject.org MAY 15, JUNE 19, JULY 17 and AUGUST 21, 2018 Music in the Grapevines Summer Concert Series, Two Rivers Winery, Grand Junction. Bluegrass, jazz, reggae and more. 7 p.m. Details at tworiverswinery.com MAY – OCTOBER Garden Groove Concert Series, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, Grand Junction. All types of music. Details on Facebook/Western Colorado Botanical Gardens MAY – OCTOBER Cross Orchards Summer Concert Series, Cross Orchards Historic Site, Grand Junction. Folk, jazz, country. Third Fridays of May, June, July, Sept, October (no concert in Aug). Details at museumofwesternco.com JUNE 14-17, 2018 Country Jam, Mack. This four-day mega-event is called “the biggest country music party in Colorado,” featuring a stellar list of country stars. This year’s event included Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Sasha McVeigh, Justin Moore, and many others. Details at countryjam.com JUNE 8-10, 2018 Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival, Riverbend Park, Palisade. Three days of fantastic fiddles, guitars and vocalists, featuring regional and national artists. Past acts have included Elephant Revival, Dave Alvin, The Travelin’ McCourtys, the Dave Grisman Band, and Front Country. Details at palisademusic.com JUNE – AUGUST Hear it Through the Grapevine Concert Series, Grande River Vineyards, Palisade. Jazz, Latin, bluegrass, classical. Food and wine are available for purchase at this fabulous outdoor event that benefits local nonprofit organizations. Details at granderivervineyards.com JUNE – AUGUST Free weekly concerts at Civic Center Park in Fruita. Thursdays, June through August. Bluegrass, classic rock, country, Americana and folk. Details at fruita.org

The will to live. A family to live for. The morning Teri went to the ER, cancer was the furthest thing from her mind. A diagnosis of Stage IV colorectal cancer changed all that. But

LATE AUGUST Evening Under the Stars, presented by the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Junction Centennial Band, Sherwood Park in Grand Junction. Details at gjso.org

Teri found the strength to survive from her family,

SEPTEMBER – MAY Community Concerts of the Grand Valley presents jazz, pop, traditional, gospel, and folk performances, Grand Junction High School auditorium. Details at communityconcertsgrandvalley.org Sat Sept 9, 2017 – Mandy Barnett, Sweet Dreams Thurs Oct 5, 2017 – 3 Redneck Tenors Sun Nov 19, 2017 – Paul McDermand Mon Dec 4, 2017 - Jim Curry, Rocky Mountain Christmas Thurs Mar 15, 2018 – Lezginka Dance Co Tues April 3, 2018 – Glenn Miller Orchestra Tues May 1, 2018 – The Nelons

and spiritual support. Now, a healthy Teri is

and from her cancer care team, who combined the latest treatments and technologies with emotional showing the world how brightly her life can shine. To learn how St. Mary’s Medical Center provides compassionate cancer care focused on you go to stmarygj.org/oncology.

You can also find an abundance of live music at these indoor venues: •C  olorado Mesa University, including Rockestra, the Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra and Guest Artist Series performances. Details at coloradomesa.edu •M  esa Theater and Club, featuring rock to reggae to bluegrass performers. Details at mesatheater.com •A  valon Theatre, regional and national musicians and performances. Details at tworiversconvention.com •C  lubs and restaurants throughout the Grand Valley •C  heck these sites for more ideas: Visitgrandjunction.com, fruitachamber.org, visitpalisade.com

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Downtown Grand Junction is more than just a great place to grab a bite to eat or to buy that perfect gift for your girlfriend. It’s the heart and soul of Grand Junction, the place where the atmosphere and casual vibe foster and grow community. It’s a space for sharing ideas, for collaborating, for celebrating — a space where, visitors and residents alike, can come together and enjoy the best Western Colorado has to offer. Where else can you enjoy one of the largest public art collections or shop at the oldest shoe store in Colorado? Where else can you grab lunch with friends downtown and mountain bike some of the most famous terrain in the world all in the same hour? Year-round, Downtown Grand Junction offers events to get you into the swing of the season. Downtown Grand Junction is home to one of the largest public outdoor sculpture collections in the nation. With more than one hundred unique art pieces, Art on the Corner curates art from many local artists in a variety of styles and mediums. The event is always free; just stroll along Main Street to enjoy both the permanent collection as well as the temporary exhibit. Every Thursday evening from June 22 to Sept. 14, Downtown Farmers’ Market will showcase its full array of locally grown, farm-fresh fruits and veggies as well as other sundries from local artisans and vendors. Buy your produce

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for the week, grab a slice of Pablo’s pizza, sink your teeth into a juicy peach (we’re famous for them!), and enjoy the live music on nearly every corner. From Sept. 28 to Oct. 26, enjoy the final harvests of the year at the Downtown Fall Produce Market, our farmers-only market that allows you to stock up for your fall preserving. Downtown is also the perfect place to spend time with your family. There are several children’s play areas sprinkled around downtown for your convenience. Several businesses are tailor-made for children such as Candytime Shoppe, eBricks (your one-stop shop for all things Lego™), and Gelato Junction. Stop by Enstrom’s Toffee & Confectionary, sample their exceptional chocolate, and watch them make their world-famous toffee. Race through epic, high-desert scenery with 2,000 other participants at Tour of the Moon on Sept. 30. Considered to be one of the premier recreational bike rides in the Western United States,

the Tour of the Moon race begins and ends downtown and is one of the best ways to take in the breathtaking views of the Grand Valley...all from the comfort of your very own bicycle seat. During the holidays, Downtown Grand Junction is the place to be to get into the spirit. Bring the whole family to meet Santa and enjoy a carol of two at the Downtown Tree Lighting on Nov. 17. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and prepare to be enchanted by hundreds of lighted floats at the annual Parade of Lights on Dec. 2. With over 35 restaurants and 80 retail shops, Downtown Grand Junction has everything you need for cuisine, shopping, art, and entertainment. But we’re more than that. We’re a place where community comes together and celebrates the gift of living in Western Colorado. No matter if you live here or are just visiting, whether you’re racing through downtown at Tour of the Moon, sampling toffee at Enstrom’s, or having a glass of wine at Bin707, we hope you feel at home here. R


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Farmers Market June 23-September 15 Main St. – 5:30-8:30pm Cross Orchards Farm & Ranch Market June 14-October (dates subject to change) Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:30-12pm FREE admission Dinner, Shopping and a Movie Every Tuesday night – Avalon Theatre Shop or dine downtown anytime on Tuesday and bring in Your receipt to see the 7:30pm Movie for free . One admission for every $5 spent. $7 without valid receipt. Cross Orchards Summer Concert Series The 3rd Friday of May, June, July, September and October at 7pm – Tickets $25 artists TBA 7pm-9pm Downtown Car Show September 23 Annual car show – Downtown GJ Free admission 9-3pm Color Weekend at Powderhorn Ski Resort September 23-24 Come see the beautiful fall colors on the Mesa West Star Aviation Air Show September 30-October 1 Grand Junction Regional Airport Ticket prices vary Downtown Art Festival October 6-7 – Free Admission Empty Bowl 21st Annual October 14 Downtown – Catholic outreach – You’re invited for a simple meal of soup & bread in exchange for cash donation, guests keep a bowl as a reminder of the empty bowls in the world – Admission TBA – Hours 11am-1:30pm Oktober Fest October 14 Come sample 10+ breweries in a celebration of beer, music, and wursts. Las Colonias Amphitheatre Admission varies – 2-6pm

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Trick or Treat Street October 31 Mesa Mall– Come dressed in your best Halloween costume and trick or treat from shop to shop Free from 4:30-6:30pm Downtown Tree Lighting November 17 – From 5-7pm Grand Junction Turkey Trot 5k & Little Gobbler Run November 23, Thanksgiving day 9:30am – Downtown GJ Christmas Craft Fair by the Lavender Association of Western Colorado December 2 Redlands Middle School – 10 am-4 pm Free Admission – Variety of Vendors selling fine quality hand crafted, Lavender items, unique arts & crafts. Parade of Lights December 2 Downtown – Starts at approx 5-7pm Cookies and milk with Santa December 8 Mesa Mall The Nutcracker GJ Symphony Orchestra December 9-10 Grand Junction High School Auditorium See website for ticket info Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker December 11 25th anniversary tour Avalon Theatre – 7pm

For more information, or if you don’t see the event you were looking for: visitgrandjunction.com, downtowngj.org or gjchamber.org All event dates are subject to change without notice. Photography by Josh Hudnall and Allison Blevins.


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Grand Junction’s Original Hand Crafted Seasoning Blends and Spice Company since 2007! A unique culinary destination for foodies with over 40 different spice blends, BBQ rubs, sea salts, hot sauces, pasta, mustards, jams, honey, cheese and more. Visitors can watch us making our products and participate in cooking demos and tastings. Complimentary tasting daily at our Olive Oil Tasting Bar. It is our passion, our dedication and the unique experience we provide that keeps guests coming back! Visit our website for Marketplace hours or to register for cooking classes!

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At Cafe Sol you will see your meal being prepared, from scratch, in our open kitchen. Our food is not only delicious and filling, but also nutritious.

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From skiing the Colorado backcountry to relaxing on the patio with a few friends and some frosty cold beverages, Summit Canyon Mountaineering has the equipment and clothing to suit. We have a great selection of camping, backpacking, climbing, and paddle boarding gear. From sandals and flip flops to running shoes and hiking boots, we have your footwear needs covered. You will find clothing from the top brands in stock for every activity. We back that up with a knowledgeable and friendly sales staff who are passionate about helping you find just the right products to fit your individual lifestyle.

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At Cafe Sol our goal is to serve fresh, wholesome foods to customers who are searching for something unique. We are passionate about sourcing local, organic and high quality ingredients.

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WRITTEN SHARON SULLIVAN

As any entrepreneur will tell you there’s more to starting your own business than having a passion and a desire to work for yourself. Meredith Newell, owner of Taproot Wholefoods, a catering and personal chef company, already had the knowhow when it came to cooking good, wholesome food. Wanting to

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provide healthy and delicious meals for people was a natural evolution for the 34-year old nutritionist and wellness coordinator at Integrative Wellness Center in Grand Junction.

After starting her business last November, Newell realized she needed to learn bookkeeping and marketing skills. There was also licensing to acquire and a website to build.


The Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction helped Newell learn those skills while also providing plenty of networking opportunities. The Business Incubator Center is there to help people tackle the more tedious tasks of entrepreneurship, while at the same time offering a supportive and inspiring environment where staff, volunteer business coaches and peer entrepreneurs give valuable feedback and cheer you on. The Incubator has helped just over 1,000 new companies over the past 30 years by offering low-cost workshops, free business counseling, affordable rental space and much more. Newell first attended the Incubator’s “Pumping up the Dream” – a class that gives a general overview of the steps you need to take, and what to consider when starting a business. She also signed up for the Bookkeeping Boot Camp course.

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Newell says the support and advice she’s received from the Incubator has been invaluable. “There are many facets to owning your own business – it can quickly become overwhelming,” Newell says. “You can have a great idea but if you don’t have the nuts and bolts, you won’t succeed long-term. The Incubator is great at gently prodding you at being responsible with the business aspect of things. They hold you accountable. They hold an annual review. We have individual meetings. They help you set goals. They celebrate your victories with you.”

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The Incubator’s commercial kitchen is a huge asset for food businesses like Newell’s. A $35 a month kitchen membership gives you access to the commercial kitchen 24 hours a day. Newell pays an additional $12 an hour when she’s actually using the kitchen. Clients bring their own pots and pans, knives and spices. The walk-in coolers, stoves and ovens are community equipment. “I’m super grateful for the ability to work out of here,” Newell says. With such low overhead, her business is already profitable.

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On Fridays, Newell is in the kitchen preparing a week’s worth of freezable meals for a variety of clients – working mothers, single men who travel for their jobs, people with food sensitivities, and those who simply don’t care to cook. She spends the next two days delivering meals and doing her bookkeeping. Her niche is “natural”– she uses grass-fed beef from the nearby town of Rifle, and locally grown, organic produce as much as possible. And it’s not standardized fare – she customizes her menus to suit the client. “I ask people what their all-time favorite foods are,” Newell says. “For example, for a healthier version of macaroni and cheese, she makes a similar version with lentil pasta, and a “cream” sauce made from sweet potatoes, cashew milk, mashed cauliflower, and a dash of honey and garlic. “I get people’s general likes and dislikes, their health goals, and then choose menu items that respect those specifications,” she says. Newell has at least a month’s worth of recipes so customers can enjoy a different meal every day of the week for a month. The Incubator kitchen program allows food entrepreneurs to receive technical training plus research and development opportunities without incurring the prohibitive costs of constructing their own commercial kitchen, said kitchen manager Annalisa Pearson. “It’s a good place to come and find out if an idea is feasible or even if it is something they want to pursue.”

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HISTORY

Community members founded the Incubator in 1986, in response to the Grand Valley’s 1982 economic bust. The Incubator’s goal was to stimulate the local economy and retain and create sustainable jobs. The 46-acre campus at 2591 Legacy Way on Orchard Mesa, includes 35,000 square feet for light manufacturing, service-oriented, and technology businesses. The 2,500 square foot commercial kitchen was added in 2002 to help support the local agricultural community. The kitchen supports caterers like Newell, food trucks, packaged food and beverage companies, and people who produce specialty foods like salsas, jams, candies, and baked goods. In 2013, an Incubator satellite office opened in Fruita. In 2014, the Incubator added GJMakerspace, where, for a monthly fee ranging from $25$50, community members can come design a product, or prototype, with the help of a handful of engineers, a couple of physicists, and Colorado Mesa University students who are there inventing or designing their own products while also volunteering to help others learn how to use the equipment. Glideware is an example of a local company who used GJMakerspace to design an innovative hook system to hang pots and pans inside cabinets. The company later received a patent for the product. Another person designed a sushi maker, for which she has a provisional patent. GJMakersspace has several 3D printers, micro-electronic equipment and an Epilogue laser cutter, and supports electronics, robotics and other tech industries.

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The International Business Innovation Association recognized Grand Junction’s Business Incubator in 1996, and again in 2013, as the “Number one mixed-use Incubator in the World” – out of 7,000 incubators. “We’re unique in that we do a good job helping entrepreneurs access capital, plus clients get world-class coaching through the Small Business Development Center, and we provide affordable space to lease through our Incubator programs,” executive director Jon Maraschin says. “We can help with the uncertainty piece.” Whether it’s helping someone open a hot dog stand, or providing the equipment and support in developing nanotechnology particle adhesion processes inside the GJMakerspace, the fundamentals of starting a business are the same, says Maraschin. “That’s what we’re good at. We get to see the diversity in the community. It makes it fun.” Tenants of the Incubator – typically 50-60 at any given time, often say one of the most valuable aspects of taking classes or basing their companies at the Incubator is the community of peer entrepreneurs and staff and the synergy created being part of a group of like-minded businesspeople. The Incubator-based Business Loan Fund of Mesa County will often make business loans when traditional banks will not lend the money. The Business Loan Fund recycles loan fund dollars by lending money back to other businesses, as principal and interest from past loans are repaid. Government grants and private donor funding add to the amounts available for lending.

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

The Incubator’s Small Business Development Center is part of the nationally accredited America’s Small Business Development Centers. It is through the SBDC that the Incubator offers its array of low-cost classes and workshops and free business counseling. A dozen professional and retired business owners volunteer their time and expertise as certified business coaches. “All of our coaching is confidential,” SBDC director Julie Morey says. “We sign non-disclosure agreements with all of our clients.” Morey, who has directed the SBDC for more than 20 years, says she is starting to see clients she helped a couple of decades ago with a business plan, or possibly a business loan, or rental space – now returning to the Incubator for advice for retiring their business. “Now we’re assisting them with exit strategies, and possibly selling their business,” Morey says. “It’s pretty neat – it’s come full circle.” R

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SUEHIRO JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI

A LONGTIME LOCALS’ FAVORITE POPULAR EATERY LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN GRAND JUNCTION WRITTEN BY SUZANNE HANZL

If you like sushi, you need to know Sumi. The cuisine at Suehiro Japanese Restaurant & Sushi speaks for itself – ask any local. However, the story behind the long standing successful Grand Valley restaurant beckons to be told. 44

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Sumiko Boyd (locally known as Sumi) is a petite Japanese woman with an enormous heart. Shy, yet gracious she is a delightful, strong businesswoman through and through.

formal culinary or business training, and while raising three children as a single mother. When asked if she would change anything she smiles, and says, “No, I am happy.”

Born and raised in Okinawa, Japan, Sumi has lived in the United States since 1975, (except for a three-year stay in Greece). While working for Suehiro Steakhouse in Colorado Springs, she was asked to assist with the opening of a second Suehiro restaurant in Grand Junction. For three years, Sumi traveled between the Springs and the Grand Valley, eventually resulting in her taking over the Grand Junction restaurant in 1989.

Exceptionally talented and creative in the kitchen, both of Sumi’s sons have followed in her footsteps. Sumi’s youngest son, Steven Boyd, currently works at the restaurant, and says he cannot remember how young he was when he first learned to wrap fish. At age 12, Steven began working as a dishwasher. At age 13 he began working in the kitchen; and by the time he was 15, he nervously moved into the sushi bar. Sumi says both of her sons are born chefs. Christopher Boyd, Sumi’s eldest son, also began working in the kitchen at a young

A feat in itself, Sumi has solely owned and successfully run Suehiro for 28 years, despite no


age and is prized by Sumi and his brother as an amazing natural talent in the food industry. Christopher has worked on and off at Suehiro and is currently working in Aspen’s food and wine scene. Suehiro Japanese Restaurant is by far one of the Grand Valley’s longest operating eateries. Sumi attributes the restaurant’s success to high quality fresh food, loyal customers, hard work, and hiring good employees. Head sushi chef and manager, Joel Thatcher, is native to the Grand Valley and a graduate from the Culinary Arts Program at Colorado Mesa University’s Western Colorado Community College campus. Joel has worked for Sumi for 14 years and loves his boss. Joel takes pride in the freshness and the quality of Suehiro’s food and family atmosphere. Early photos of the restaurant show Sumi posing beautifully in a traditional teal Kimono, and one can see that not much has changed in almost three decades. Yes, carpet has been removed, the sushi bar enlarged, and the front remodeled to be more comfortable for eagerly waiting patrons, but overall the energy has remained at a constant high. “People love it here. Customers are family. Everyone is welcome,” Steven states. “Come in sweats or come in a tuxedo, no one is out of place here.”

The Tokyo Peach Roll was first created to highlight and support local Palisade peaches and was only offered seasonally. However, due to customer demand – some patrons going as far as bringing their own peaches to the restaurant – the Tokyo Peach Roll is now on the menu year-round.

“Come in sweats or come in a tuxedo, no one is out of place here.” - Chef Steven Boyd The Tokyo Peach roll has crispy tempura fried shrimp, tender tuna, creamy avocado, cream cheese, spicy siracha and sweet peaches, rolled in a pink soy wrap with savory unagi (eel) sauce. It is wrapped in a soy wrap instead of seaweed to as not mix the sweetness of the peaches with the slight fishiness of nori. A perfect balance of flavors and textures, it’s not surprising it’s a favorite. Dynamite Shrimp, another local favorite, is crispy tempura fried shrimp, tossed in spicy mayo, baked and served over steamed white rice. The K.A. (Kick Ass) Roll has eel, avocado, Kanikama (Japanese imitation

crab meat), cream cheese and spicy siracha, and is tempura fried and topped with unagi sauce. Need I say more? Once you have visited Suehiro, you become family. Steven says he gives 40 hugs a day to customers as they pop their head into the kitchen to say “hello.” Joel says the only problem he has experienced during his career at Suehiro, in an occasional “hangry” patron waiting to be seated. Suehiro regulars have become a large part of the restaurant so much so that many of the menu selections have been named after them. The RV Roll was named after frequent patrons Ray and Vikki, and the White Star is dedicated to the owner of a long-standing downtown barbershop. The popular R.V. Roll has Ahi tuna, creamy avocado, and bright orange masago (roe). The White Star is comprised of spicy Yellowtail tuna, avocado, and masago with crispy tempura crumbs on the outside. R Suehiro is located at 541 Main Street in Grand Junction’s historic downtown. Open Monday thru Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch; and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner. (970) 245-9548

Though it was difficult for Sumi, Steven and Joel to come to a consensus, the trio agreed that Suehiro’s signature sushi roll and top customer pick is the Tokyo Peach, followed by the Dynamite Shrimp and the K.A. Roll. Pictured is the Rainbow Roll: Inside and out Tuna, yellowtail, salmon, masago, separated by avocado and sushi rice.

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OH, HOW SWEET IT IS AFTER FOUR GENERATIONS, ENSTROM TOFFEE AND CONFECTIONERY IS A GRAND VALLEY INSTITUTION WRITTEN BY JAY STOOKSBERRY

Enstrom is a name often associated with holiday gift giving because it is the perfect gift for a loved one with a sweet tooth—and it is made right here in the Grand Valley. 46

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“A box of our toffee takes people back to memorable times with family and friends. Our customers have an emotional attachment to our product.” - Doug Simons

A FAMILY AFFAIR

Enstrom’s website proudly advertises “four generations of artisans”—a tip of the hat to the family lineage that made the company a household name for nearly a century. The company’s heritage traces its roots back to Chester K. Enstrom in 1919. At the age of 17, “Chet” Enstrom got his first job in a Colorado Springs confectionary. From a young age, he learned the craft of candy making. He and his wife Verni, relocated to Grand Junction in 1929. With the help of his new partner, Harry Jones, they launched the Jones-Enstrom Ice Cream Company. This business grew and thrived for 30 years. But even the most well-established businesses need to rebrand after a while. For years, the ice cream guru was experimenting with another product: toffee. And this toffee was earning a reputation. As a result, Enstrom branched off and founded Enstrom Candies. The original plan for Enstrom Candies was to be a small-scale operation; however, supply and demand had a different plan. Orders were flying in—faster than they could fill. This was the era of the home catalog, circa Sears and Montgomery Wards. Enstrom Candies had cornered the mail-order market, shipping their toffee all over the country and even a few packages internationally.

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By 1965, Enstrom Candies grew beyond its founder’s wildest dreams, but his ambitions were taking him in a different direction: politics. In 1966, Enstrom was appointed by Governor John Love to a vacant seat in the Colorado State Senate. After winning the election, he served until 1974. He earned the nickname “Friendly Chet” during his time as Senator. To better focus on his political career, Chet sold the company to his son and daughter-in-law, Emil and Mary Enstrom. In 1979, the third generation came into the fray. Emil and Mary’s daughter, Jamee, and her husband, Doug Simons, joined the company. “Usually, it’s the third generation that kills it,” Doug jokes in a moment of self-deprecation. Obviously, that hasn’t been the case, as demonstrated by the company’s success since their purchasing of the company in 1993. Since then, their sons Doug Jr. and Jim have both joined the team. The company – which now goes by the name of Enstrom Toffee & Confectioner – currently operates its main manufacturing operation with a retail store where you can watch the toffee being made. There are two retail outlets in Grand Junction, and several seasonal kiosks. Enstrom also owns two retail shops on the Front Range, which are managed by Jamee’s brother, Rick, and his wife, Linda. The Enstrom Empire has never looked stronger.

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Throughout their nearly 40-year tenure, the Simons family carries on the Enstrom legacy of generously giving back to their community. “We try to support our community at every level,” Simons notes. “We feel a great responsibility to do so.”

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Simons recognizes that a tree is only as strong as its roots, so working to improve the community is a high priority. Simons currently serves on the board of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP), an economic development organization that promotes the Grand Valley as a destination for business owners. And their work is paying off. Grand Junction was recognized by Forbes.com as one of “The Best Small Places for Business and Careers.” In addition to economic development, the Enstrom family has supported health care, tourism, education and many other areas of the community with their philanthropy. Simons also currently serves on an advisory committee for Colorado Mesa University. Enstrom functions as an economic driver for the Grand Valley. Maintaining over 100 employees year-round and bumping up to 200 during the seasonal rush, the company is a large-scale employer that is vital to the local economy. In addition to employing many people within the community, Enstrom also attracts individuals from outside the community. “We’ve been our own little visitors’ center for four generations now,” Simons laughs. “When our customers are traveling, they come through Grand Junction, because they want to see where the candy is made.”

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THE FUTURE IS SWEET

Growth and development lay on the horizon for the company as it expands its reach into a variety of markets. The Enstrom facility, which includes its main factory, corporate office and retail outlet, is currently nearing capacity. “We may have to look into possibly starting a new campus,” Simons says. The company is carefully striking a delicate balance by tapping into the national candy aisle, while still maintaining their products’ allure as a high-end, exclusive, holiday gift.

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“A box of our toffee takes people back to memorable times with family and friends,” Simons notes. “Our customers have an emotional attachment to our product.” Interestingly enough, the nature of the market has come full circle for Enstrom. As an innovator during the mail-order catalog days, Enstrom is thriving in the new digital age of e-commerce. Fans of their toffee can easily login, click, and order from the comfort of their homes. But even before it can expand into national markets, Simons hopes to strengthen Enstrom’s already strong position in Colorado. “We run the risk of spreading ourselves too thin if we don’t own the Colorado market first,” Simons says.

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Regardless of new branding efforts or market strategies, fans of Enstrom’s products can rest easily knowing that the same commitment to quality will be available for many holiday seasons to come. R For more information about Enstrom, visit www.enstrom.com.

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EDUCATION & SCHOOLS

HIGH COUNTRY, HIGH ADVENTURE

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IN WESTERN COLORAD O’S HIGH COUNTRY YOU’LL FIND SOAR, SCOUTING’S STEVE FOSSETT SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE RANCH WRITTEN BY RANDY WYRICK PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBB REECE

The late adventurer Steve Fossett said repeatedly during his life that he “caught the adventure bug” as a Boy Scout. Fossett was a successful American businessman, adventurer and Eagle Scout, who set 115 world aviation records. “As a Scout, I learned how to set goals and achieve them,” Fossett said. “Being a Scout also taught me leadership at a young age where there were few opportunities to be a leader.” Boy Scouts and other campers around the West are pouring into the Steve Fossett SOAR Spirit of Adventure Ranch to catch the same adventure bug that drove Fossett throughout his life. The camp is located near the confluence of the Colorado River and Sweetwater Creek, in Gypsum, Colorado. Scouts ages 11 years and older can participate in adventures ranging from mountain biking, orienteering and backpacking to Class IV whitewater rafting, and climbing fourteeners. Fossett’s world records include the first solo nonstop round-the-world aircraft flight and the first solo nonstop round-the-world balloon flight, as well as records for gliding and sailing. He completed the Boston Marathon, the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, Alaska’s Iditarod Trail

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Sled Dog Race and the Leadville Trail 100. He swam the English Channel and scaled the highest peaks on six of the seven continents. When Fossett was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame, he said: “Set your goals high, put your team together, figure out how you’re going to do it and get it done.” That’s now etched onto a plaque in the Spirit of Adventure Ranch dining hall, to remind Boy Scouts that the secret to success is no secret. Fossett was chasing adventure when he disappeared flying above the Sierra Nevada Mountains on Sept. 3, 2007. His adventurous spirit lives on in the camp that bears his name. In addition to regular scouting activities such as hiking, fishing and horseback riding, attendees can sign up for special excursions including mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and rappelling. “At most camps, that’s only an option for the older scouts. Here, it’s for all ages and it’s already included in the fees,” says Mark Switzer, Scout Executive and CEO for Scouting’s Western Colorado Council. There’s also shooting and archery. Glenwood Adventure Company provides professional guides for many of the adventures, including whitewater rafting, kayaking and caving excursions. “Some of these excursions we are offering for a week would cost $1,500 for a day if you booked them independently,” says Eleanor Anderson, SOAR camp director. Between participating in adventure treks, Scouts keep busy working on traditional merit badges and other activities. Before SOAR, the site operated as a summer camp, beginning in the 1960s. When the facility didn’t open for the summer of 2013 the Scouts worked out a lease. The Boy Scouts added three-dozen 20-foot teepees where the Scouts sleep. “We are the only Scout camp in the nation that can offer that,” Anderson says. The Steve Fossett Spirit of Adventure Ranch opened in 2014 with the blessing and assistance of Peggy Fossett, Steve’s wife. “Since we’re leasing an existing camp, we aren’t tying up funds to purchase and build it from the ground up. That means the fees that the scouts pay will go directly toward their programs, and we’re able to offer some things that most camps don’t,” Switzer said. R

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Camp registrations are still being accepted. For additional information visit www.bsasoar.com, or email mailto:eleanor.anderson@scouting.org.

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3. Fruita Middle School 239 North Maple, Grades: 6-7 4.

Fruita Monument High School 1102 Wildcat Ave, Grades: 10-12

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Fruita 8/9 School 1835 J Rd, Grades: 8-9

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2387 Patterson Rd, Grades: K-12

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588 251/2 Rd, Grades: K-5

12. Grand Junction High School

1400 North 5th St, Grades: 9-12

13. Tope Elementary School

2220 North 7th St, Grades: K-5

14. Orchard Avenue Elementary School 1800 Orchard Ave, Grades: K-5

15. East Middle School

830 Gunnison Ave, Grades: 6-8

16. Nisley Elementary School

543 283/4 Rd, Grades: K-5

17. Chipeta Elementary School

950 Chipeta Ave, Grades: K-5

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18. Independence Academy

675 29 Road, Grades: K-8

19. R-5 High School and Summit School Program

455 N. 22nd St, Grades: K-12

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This map is not to scale. Many roads are not labeled or may be incomplete. Boundaries are approximate. The purpose of this map is to show the general location of schools in School District 51.

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29. Thunder Mountain Elementary School

21. Grand Mesa Youth Services Center

3063 F1/2 Rd, Grades: K-5

360 28 Rd, Grades: 5-12

30. Grand Mesa Middle School

22. Dos Rios Elementary School

265 Linden Ave, Grades: K-5

23. New Emerson School At Columbus

585 311/2 Rd, Grades: 6-8

31. Central High School

2660 Unaweep Ave, Grades: K-5

550 Warrior Way, Grades: 9-12

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24. Orchard Mesa Middle School

32. Pear Park Elementary School

25. Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School

33. Chatfield Elementary School

2736 C Rd, Grades: 6-8

2888 B1/2 Rd, Grades: K-5

26. Mesa View Elementary School

432 30 1/4 Rd, Grades: K-5 3188 D1/2 Rd, Grades: K-5

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2967 B Rd, Grades: K-5

34. Clifton Elementary School

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3276 F Rd, Grades: K-5

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35. Rocky Mountain Elementary School

28. Fruitvale Elementary School

36. Mount Garfield Middle School

540 29 1/4 Rd, Grades: 6-8

3260 D1/2 Rd, Grades: K-5

585 30 Rd, Grades: K-5

3475 Front St, Grades: 6-8

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3679 G Rd, Grades: 9-12

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2200 Broadway, Grades: 6-8

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2248 Broadway, Grades: K-5

42. Wingate Elementary School

351 South Camp Rd, Grades: K-5

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WESTERN COLORADO

Botanical Gardens WRITTEN BY JEFF DERSHEM

I’m guessing that most people would bet that an area classified as “high desert” would not be the place to find plants more common to a tropical rain forest as well as numerous butterfly species. The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, located at 641 Struthers Ave., is home to five themed gardens. Founded in 1994, the botanical gardens are located on twelve acres that was previously a junkyard filled with used tires, car parts and dead batteries. Thousands of volunteer hours and three years later the Tropical Greenhouse opened in 1997, followed by the Butterfly House in 1998. Parking is on the east side of the garden’s entrance. Look for the red-stone carved sign that says “Las Colonias Park, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens.” Winter hours (October through March) are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Summer hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The admittance price of $5 for adults, $4 seniors, and $3 for children 3-12 is payable at the gift shop register. Guided tours are available, but as far as ease of access goes there is really no need. Straight out the back of the gift shop is the Tropical Garden. Here you will find specimens including “flowers of Hawaii.” Continuing out the opposite door a short walkway leads to a dirt path and Ernies Cactus Garden, a wonderful display of the finest cactus and succulents

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in the valley. Benches are available at intervals for those who get tired or for those who just want to sit for a while and soak in the natural beauty of the flora or admire the spectacular sculptures dotting the path. Next is the Shoren Eu Garden where you’ll find a pond of the biggest, most colorful Koi fish you’ve ever seen and perhaps a turtle or two. From here the path continues to the Western Heritage Garden before winding back to the Hemmerich Memorial Rose Garden. Here you will find numerous varieties of roses and a very pretty fountain, the perfect venue for that special event (say wedding or anniversary celebration). In fact you can reserve any of the separate gardens or the Children’s Castle and Secret Garden for special occasions. Check with staff at 970-245-3288 or e-mail at info@ wcbotanic.org for availability and price. There is still more to see. To the right as you go past the gift shop cash register is the Butterfly House. A double set of doors and a blast of high-pressure air assure that these beauties stay where they belong. All the occupants are native to the U.S., but not necessarily Colorado. To the right as you enter is a wood case with glass front housing a number of un-hatched cocoons. If you’re lucky, you might just witness a butterfly’s entrance into the larger world. As if all this weren’t enough, facing the rose garden is an outdoor amphitheater. This is the perfect venue for the “Garden Grove Concert Series.” As you listen to the live music you can sip on an adult beverage provided by Talon Winery or nearby Edgewater Brewery. R For more information visit: westerncoloradobotanicalgardens.org


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GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS AND SPORTS FOR KIDS 4-H Bookcliff Activity Center Botanical Gardens Boy Scouts of America Colorado West Gymnastics Eagle Rim Skateboard Park Fruita Rec Center Get Air at the Silo - Trampoline Park Girl Scouts Girls On The Run Glacier Ice Arena Golf Instruction Grand Junction Climbing Center Grand Junction Motor Speedway Grand Junction Parks & Rec Grand Junction Rockies Baseball Grand Junction Soccer Club Grand Junction Tennis Club Grand Valley BMX Grand Valley Climbing Grand Valley Lacrosse Grand Valley Moms for Moms Ice Skating Kidzplex Fun & Fitness Center Lincoln Park-Moyer Swimming Little League Baseball Math & Science Center Maverick Aquatics-Swim Team Mesa County Junior Football Mesa County Library (Story Time) Mesa County Tennis Program Junior League MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) Orchard Mesa Pool Powderhorn Racing (skiing) Rugby Thunder Mountain Soccer Western Colorado Volleyball Youth Basketball WRESTLING Fruita Monument Mat Cats Lil Mavs Little Warriors Tiger Paw

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Moon Farm ENCHANTS PEOPLE OF ALL AGES

PLAYHOUSES EXHIBIT AN ECLECTIC COLLECTION OF MEMORABILIA

It began in the early 1960s, when the late Wallace Moon and his son Mike built a tree house together. Then, one of the daughters wanted a playhouse; and shortly after that Wallace’s wife Ella, requested a play schoolhouse for all of their seven children (David, Earl, Anna, DiAnn, Mike, Mary Joan and Nick). For years, Wallace, who was a carpenter, would add a playhouse each spring. There are now approximately 25 playhouses, including a church with hand-built pews and stained-glass windows. Proud of his family’s growing collection of playhouses, in 1965, David invited his kindergarten class to his home for a field trip. Area schools have continued to visit Moon Farm every year since. David and his wife Jannae continue to manage the family farm, while Mary Joan helps with the daily operations. In addition to the small houses with their various exhibits, there’s also a petting zoo, which includes bunnies, goats, a horse and several peacocks. Mackenzie Dodge, who grew up in the Grand Valley, has wonderful memories of going to Moon Farm on class field trips. “I loved touring the animals, collections, playhouses, castles and ships as a child,” Dodge says. Now, we take our son for all of this, plus pumpkin patch picking, corn mazes, “haunted” buses and hayrides.”

WRITTEN BY AMANDA ARNOLD

When visiting Fruita consider a trip to the Moon Farm for some old-fashioned charm. For five decades Moon Farm has brought smiles to children of all ages who walk through the property’s eclectic collection of small, whimsical houses and buildings all hand-built by the Moon Family. Some of the buildings house souvenirs that Wallace Moon brought back from his service during World War II. There are statues, artwork and portraits in the Far East House and the Italian House. The Dutch House contains a fascinating collection of wooden shoes. In the Mini Museum you’ll find the 2002 Winter Olympics relay torch from Salt Lake City. It’s rich in nostalgia with old telephones, cameras and a typewriter. Grand Valley resident Vanessa Gross says she enjoys taking her family to Moon Farm. “When they first started going, they loved the little houses, and of course the animals,” she says. “It’s just a great little adventure place that takes the kids to another place.” Visiting the pumpkin patch has become a family tradition.

IF YOU GO

Hours: April-Sept; Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. October — 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Seven days a week Address: 1360 18 1/2 Rd. Fruita, CO 81521 Phone: 970-858-7176; or 970-261-6490 Cost: Farm - $5 per person 4 and older; Pumpkin patch - $7 per person 4 and older Web: moonfarm.net Facebook: Moon Farm Pumpkin Patch, Moon Farm Vacation Rentals, Moon Farm

During the month of October, Moon Farm turns into the pumpkin patch headquarters of the Grand Valley. There are more than a dozen varieties of pumpkins, including small decorative ones, Cinderella pumpkins for that yummy pie, and many large varieties. Visitors may grab a wagon and head to the pumpkin patch to choose their perfect pumpkins. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch are available for school-kids. There are also many types of gourds, a haunted straw maze, a themed corn maze, a haunted castle and a very scary clown house. Additionally, Moon Farm is home to what might be the largest Barbie collection in Colorado. With over 1,800 dolls on display in the Barbie House, it’s definitely something to check out. The collection includes Barbie dolls decked out in fashions by such icons as Juicy Couture and Christian Dior. The Barbie collection has something for everyone with characters representing such movies and TV shows as Twilight, Scooby Doo, Star Trek and the James Bond 007 movie series. The Moon Farm vacation rentals are the perfect place to stay the night. It’s close to downtown Fruita, mountain bike trails and other outdoor adventures. There’s plenty of room for large families and events such as reunions, weddings or cycling groups. There’s even a camping area with outdoor bathrooms and a fire pit. R

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REC CENTER SERVES ALL AGES

WORK OUT, HAVE FUN, SO CIALIZE AT THE FRUITA COMMUNITY CENTER

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WRITTEN BY MARNIE BINGHAM

The desire for a community recreation center in Fruita, Colorado was so strong that its senior citizens collected aluminum cans for 10 years – raising $90,000 for construction toward the Fruita Community Center, which was completed in 2011. The Fruita Rec Center, as it’s commonly called, has been a thriving success, as well as a model for other cities considering a community recreation center. Located at 324 N. Coulson St. in Fruita, the rec center is popular with Fruita residents of all ages. The rec center features an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a pool party room, indoor playground, an adult basketball league, a gymnasium, meeting rooms, a senior center, locker rooms, fitness and aerobic areas, an indoor track, and a new Mesa County Library branch. The indoor pool includes lap lanes, a leisure pool, spa, slides, diving boards, climbing walls and a tot area. Next door to the Fruita Rec Center is Raptor Skate Park, where kids explore the world of skateboarding and scooter riding. Also for kids, “Night at the FCC,” held four times a year, provides supervised fun for 5th to 7th grade students – including live music, games and swimming. Seniors ages 55 and older can use the Senior Center for free. Adults come to socialize, share recipes, play games such as bingo or Bunco, and swim in the indoor pool.

dedicated to keeping the arts alive in Fruita. The event includes music, samples of local wine and beer, appetizers, local artists and a silent auction. All proceeds from this event go to keeping the arts alive in Fruita. Numerous other programs and events are hosted throughout the year in conjunction with the Fruita Parks and Recreation Department, which is located inside the community center.

The vision for the Fruita Community Center started with a feasibility study in 2003. In early 2008 a citywide sales tax was on the ballot to fund the FCC, but did not pass due to a tied vote. It went back for a vote in November 2008, that time passing by 118 votes. The city received grants from “It has Great Outdoors Colorado become the and $2 million from the Colorado Department of Local heartbeat Affairs. The total cost for of the the facility was $12.1 million. The 55,000 square foot community” building came together through partnerships with - Ture Nycum, Fruita’s the City of Fruita, Little Parks and Recreation League, and the local hosDirector, pital, now called Colorado referring to the Fruita Canyons Hospital and MedCommunity Center ical Center.

The Fruita Rec Center has experienced steady growth and community support since it’s opening. “I have no idea where these kids and families were going before (the community rec center was built), so it has been awesome to see so many of them coming here,” says Ture Nycum, Fruita’s Parks and Recreation Director. The Fruita Rec Center is host to the annual ‘Evening of Art in Fruita – a gala fundraiser

Even people’s dogs enjoy the Fruita Rec Center during “Dog Daze,” held at the end of summer, when the canines are allowed to jump into the outdoor pool. The catch? A donation to help the Roice-Hurst Humane Society It is easy to be active, socialize, and enjoy community events when you have such a strong and successful recreation center. “It has become the heartbeat of the community,” Nycum says. R

We started our journey in the Grand Valley in 2005 and have since grown into an award-winning brewery with three local restaurants each featuring a unique menu.

Kannah Creek

1960 N. 12th St. • (970) 263.0111

(Across from Colorado Mesa University)

Serving up small batch tap specials and a variety of hand-crafted pizzas, salads and sandwiches.

Edgewater Brewery 905 Struthers Ave. • (970) 243.3659 (Next to Las Colonias Amphitheater)

Our main production facility serves up the best burgers in town and has a great lineup of concerts and events during the warmer months!

Kannah Creek West 456 Kokopelli Dr., Fruita • (970) 639.8296 (Just blocks from the Dinosaur Museum)

With 12 tap lines, a wide variety of pub fair and unique menu items there is something for everyone!

For more information or full menus check out

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Fruita

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2017

Fruita Fourth Fridays Monthly – Evening – Downtown Fruita Businesses stay open late & entertainment will be provided at various locations. Farmers Market June 24-September 16 – 8:30am-12:30pm Downtown Fruita – Buy local products and connect with friends. Food Truck Fridays August 26-September 30 – 5:30 - 8:30 pm Downtown Fruita Dog Daze September 9 – 10-12pm – Fruita Community Center – Now that the outdoor pool is closing come let your dog enjoy a swim. Fruita Fall Fest September 22-24 – Open Venue – Downtown Fruita- parade, carnival, crafts, food, music And other attractions. Trunk N Treat October 28 – 10am-noon – Fruita Civic Center Wear your costume and explore unique vehicles. Trick or Treat Street October 31 – 3-5pm – Downtown Fruita Put on your best costume and visit downtown Fruita businesses for treats. Rim Rock Run November 4 – Circle Park – Downtown Fruita Winding over the Colorado National Monument. The race finishes in downtown Fruita’s Circle Park, at a celebration that includes live entertainment, local food and merchandise and a beer garden. Hometown Christmas Parade of Lights December 9 – Downtown Fruita Parade begins at dusk Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair December 9 – 10am-3pm – Fruita Community Center – Enjoy Shopping over 50 vendors at this free show. Cookies N Clause Date TBD – 6pm – Fruita Community Center Wear your PJ’s and enjoy a short film, story and photos with Santa!

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2018

Sweetheart 5k/10k Run & Health Expo February TBD – Fruita Community Center 5k/10k race and health expo. Fruita Fat Tire Festival May 4-6 – Open Venue – Downtown Fruita Kickoff the mountain biking season. Rim Rock Rodeo Tuesday Nights June-September Rimrock Adventures Rodeo Arena – See your favorite cowboys & cowgirls compete in events like bullriding, roping, team roping, barrel racing, mutton bustin’ & more! Mike the Headless Chicken Festival June 1-2 – Open Venue – Fruita Downtown Celebrate the story of Mike. Enjoy dancing, music, food and fun and 5k Run. Thursday Night Concert Series June-August – Civic Center Pavilion Enjoy a FREE concert every Thursday night. Country Jam June 14-17 Country Jam is the largest country music and camping festival in Colorado, featuring the biggest names in country music over four days at Jam Ranch just outside of Grand Junction. Fruita Fireworks July 3 Dusk – City of Fruita – Find a viewing spot in town and enjoy the show. Tour of The Valley August TBD An impressive and classic ride that offers views of the entire Grand Valley and all it has to offer. For more information, or if you don’t see the event you were looking for: City of Fruita Parks and Recreation Department (970) 858-0360 Fruita Tourism gofruita.com • (970) 858-8373 Fruita Chamber of Commerce (970) 858-3894 All event dates are subject to change without notice.


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COPPER CLUB FRUITA’S ‘LIVING ROOM’

COME FOR THE BREW, STAY FOR THE COMPANY WRITTEN BY ROBBIE URQUHART

Take folks from a quirky small Western Colorado town whose unofficial greeting is WTF (Welcome to Fruita) mix in a combo of yeast, hops, and grain along with a bit of Cheers, and a lot of Fruita funk to conjure up the Copper Club, a family-owned microbrewery dubbed “Fruita’s Living Room.” Located less than 30 miles from the Utah border on I-70, this cozy community treasure embodies the meaning of WTF. 66

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Copper Club is the local hangout. It’s cozy, welcoming, casual and homey. Much like the taverns of yore, it’s the place to catch up with friends and learn about local happenings over a pint of stout. This is where deals are made, marriages hatched, and help found. Any day of the week will find locals either outside on the patio enjoying the temperate Colorado weather or inside enjoying the comradery of others. Owners Dan and Michele Collins moved to Fruita in 2011 with the vision of opening a home brew supply store, Kettles Homebrew. Within a year, the store was converted into half supply store and half tasting area – giving birth to the Copper Club. Today, Copper Club Brewing Company inhabits the entire storefront and has become a mainstay in the Fruita community. “We created Copper Club to share great beer and have a fun place to hang out in Fruita. We are very fortunate to be a part of this amazing community,” Michele says. Community is very important to the owners, who routinely give back to those they serve by donating or helping in other ways with fundraising events for various causes. The Copper Club is a great way to experience a cross-section of Fruita’s population--retired folks, tradesmen, professionals and young families alike. The second Monday of the month Copper Club hosts a community potluck. Hookers meet on Wednesdays, when crocheters and knitters gather to spend an evening on projects from the simple to the intricate. Chicken Chat, for those who are or want to be chicken owners, meets on the last Tuesday of the month. The Copper Club is a popular meeting space for many other community groups as well. The brewery does not serve food but encourages customers to bring in carryout from any of the many local restaurants. Family friendly, the place offers board games, dice, darts, and a rack full of funky hats. There’s often live music at the brewery, and when the sun is shining and the weather is warm, local musicians will jam on the patio on Sundays. Artwork by a local artist is displayed inside each month. Head brew master Jason Mattingly says the beers are locally manufactured and handcrafted,. The hops and grains are purchased from local as well as international suppliers. Seasonal beers – Including lavender beer, cherry pale ale, and Limey Bastard – are crafted depending on demand and ingredients available. A visit to the Copper Club is well worth the stop to experience the rich tapestry of the Fruita community. Come as you are, and WTF! R

COPPER CLUB BREWS

ABV* IBU** Hoocheweizen 5.4 12 Maibock 7.5 28 Soul Scrubber 10.3 30 Slap & Tickle ESB 5.6 48 72 Shilling 5.0 18 F-Town Amber 6.0 35 18 Road IPA 7.2 66 36 Road Double IPA 9.0 88 Moonlight Rye 5.5 40 Saison 7.2 26 Aspen Street Coffee Porter 7.2 36 *Alcohol by Volume **International Bitterness Units Sold by the glass, growler or squeaker

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GOOD REASONS TO ATTEND FRUITA’S RIM ROCK RODEO WRITTEN BY GRACE BUBULKA

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It’s time for rodeo in western Colorado and the 24th Rim Rock Rodeo in Fruita, Colorado is the real deal! Only minutes from downtown Grand Junction along scenic Colorado Highway 340 West, here are five good reasons to attend the Grand Valley’s summertime rodeo events.


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It is established and well-coordinated. According to producer Jerry Berentis, it all began as a team effort with professional cowboy Brett Tonozzi, Rimrock Adventures founder Alan Baier, and other community members who envisioned a local and tourist rodeo. Says Berentis, “We offer western entertainment – real rodeo at a reasonable price, offering the highest level of professionals. We attract people from as far as France, Israel, Australia and Taiwan.” More than 500 to 1,500 people now attend each event.

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Its athletes are among the best. From novices to highest professional level participants, you can experience first-hand western culture in one evening. The popular “mutton-busting” features young, padded and helmeted buckaroos riding sheep bareback for as long as their little bodies can hold on. Hold your breath as bull riders and lanky rough stock riders display remarkable skills, immersed in eight-second highs. Cheer for the athletic grace and skill of ropers and riders at one with well-trained ani-

mals. You’ll bust a gut at the agile clown antics who dare to keep the ring safe and fun for all.

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It’s competitive. You’ll root and cheer from opening events till closing. This rodeo’s genuine competition is within and among athletes…not versus or against each other, says Stillwater Cowboy Church Pastor Leroy Cowart. Cowart opens every rodeo with a prayer of thanks and for the safety of all involved in the rodeo events – athletes, animals and spectators alike.

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It’s community, generational and family oriented. Western Colorado ranch families have participated for decades, so it is not unusual for grandpa, dad, son, daughter and grandchildren to be lassoed into the wholesome rodeo family. Expect an old- fashioned wood arena, not the typical modern stadium production. The Rodeo Royalty embodies a refreshing country vigor. Five young ladies, dressed in iridescent blue and purple satin sashes and donning rhinestone crowns, love

the tradition. But don’t let their glossy cowgirl appearance fool you. Inspired by royalty who preceded them, these gals dedicate their summers and put in sweat, readying the grounds, caring for the animals and raising funds. They exude the qualities that they say makes them royalty, namely being role models, learning life lessons, and encouraging incoming royalty.

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Choices. You can attend any Tuesday throughout the summer, from June through August with a special rodeo closing in September. Concession stands offer refreshments and the local Lower Valley Fire Department EMT’s are present, in case of injury or illness. Bring your chairs, sunscreen and grub if you like. Check the Fruita Rim Rock Rodeo Facebook page to review the most current schedule of events and action photos. In addition to the rodeo, you are seconds away from the breathtaking Colorado National Monument hiking trails and unique Fruita attractions such as the Museum of Western Colorado’s Dinosaur Journey Museum. R

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RIVERBEND PARK A PERFECT VENUE FOR PALISADE BLUEGRASS & RO OTS FESTIVAL WRITTEN BY SHARON SULLIVAN

One of the perks of living in the Grand Valley is the abundance of live music performed outdoors each summer. With its beautiful views, great music and good vibes, the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival is one event to put on your summer concert list. The music festival features traditional bluegrass as well as “roots” music, also sometimes referred to as Americana, which can encompass all genres, says Josh Behrman, of Mountain Groove Productions. Palisade has welcomed well-known artists such as bluegrass/newgrass mandolinist David Grisman; singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Alvin; and the traditional African-American string band and Grammy-award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Other notable acts have included the indie quintet Elephant Revival, The Infamous Stringdusters, and the Wood Brothers – a trio dubbed “Masters of soulful folk” by Paste Magazine. “A lot of the acts we’ve been fortunate to get over the years have moved on to incredible success,” Behrman says. For example, two years ago Elephant Revival and the band Mandarin Orange played at the Palisade festival. In May, Mandarin Orange opened for Elephant Revival at the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Park outside of Morrison, Colorado. This year’s Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival, which took place June 9-11, featured Shel, a virtuoso indie rock sister quartet known for its classically inspired mandolin, violin, piano, and “glowing vocal harmonies.” The Travelin’ McCourys, and the Jeff Austin Band, each

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played a set on Saturday, with both groups later collaborating on stage for a rousing performance of Grateful Dead songs – a set referred to as “The Grateful Ball feat.” The Lil Smokies, winner of the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, performed on Sunday. And that’s just a small sampling of the great music that was heard throughout the weekend. Festivalgoers may bring food into the festival grounds – but no alcohol. There’s a tent, however, where you can purchase Palisade brewed beer and locally crafted wines, as well as cocktails made with Palisade distilled liquors. “People get to taste Palisade,” says town man-

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ager Rick Sales. There are also food vendors selling pizza, Greek salads, and more. Part of the festival’s magic is the venue itself. Set along the Colorado River amongst mature cottonwood trees, with a stunning backdrop of Mt. Garfield, the park also includes views of the Book Cliffs Mountains and Grand Mesa to the north and east. Throughout the weekend, the town provides free shuttles between the park and downtown Palisade where people go to peruse the various art galleries, find a restaurant, or visit the Sunday Farmers Market, which sometimes

has sweet cherries for sale by the second weekend in June. Palisade also boasts a local brewery and distillery, both popular hangouts with the locals. Campers (there’s camping sites available just west of the stage and main festival grounds) can grab a free shuttle and a shower if they rise early enough before the community swimming pool opens for the day. People can shower later, as well, but there’s a fee after the pool opens. A number of festivalgoers come from the Front Range and out of state. For three or four days,


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Palisade’s restaurants and hotels fill – giving a boost to the small town’s economy. “We invite people to see the riches we have,” Sales says. Not only does the weekend include great music, the town also offers a guided hike on the Palisade Rim Trail – with a boxed lunch – where hikers gain enough elevation for a spectacular view of the valley.

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UNWIND COLORAD O’S OLDEST AND LARGEST WINE FESTIVAL The Colorado Mountain Winefest, held in the quaint town of Palisade, has been voted the best wine festival in the U.S. by USA Today’s 10Best website. This four-day festival includes food and wine pairings, chocolate and wine tastings, wine tours and seminars. The Saturday “Festival in the Park” is the largest attended event, featuring unlimited sips from dozens of Colorado wineries, a grape stomp, live music and cooking demonstrations. The Winefest is held in September each year in Palisade’s Riverbend Park, along the Colorado River. Here is a sample of events you may enjoy at Colorado Mountain Winefest: 74

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Thursday through Sunday, participating restaurants in the Valley will pair a glass of Colorado wine with a delicious appetizer.

WINE, DINE & PAINT

Create your own masterpiece at The Palette in Grand Junction while you sip a complimentary beverage and light hors d’oeuvres.

GATEWAY CANYONS WINE COUNTRY BUS TOUR

Enjoy an all day luxury motor coach tour to Gateway Canyons Resort. This guided tour includes tastings at two Colorado wineries, a multi-course lunch paired with wine, and entrance to the Gateway Auto Museum.

GRAND VALLEY WINE COUNTRY BUS TOUR AND LUNCH

This half-day tour travels through Colorado’s premium wine region, the Grand Valley American Viticulture Area. Cruise through beautiful Palisade vineyards and taste wines at four wineries.

CHOCOLATE AND WINE TASTING

Sample Enstrom and Guittard chocolates alongside a diverse selection of Colorado wines while listening to live music at Palisade’s Wine Country Inn.

TOUR DE VINEYARDS

Tour de Vineyards offers recreational and competitive cyclists alike the opportunity to cycle alongside beautiful and lush vineyards, and enjoy foods and beverages authentic to the region, all while being treated to some of Colorado’s finest Western Slope hospitality.

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Palisade Farmers Market Every Sunday from June 11 – September 17 Downtown select the freshest, just-picked fruit and vegetables - directly from Palisade growers. Food, art, music, close-in parking too. Colorado Mountain Winefest September 14-17 The original and largest Colorado wine festival featuring 50 wineries from across Colorado. Trick or Treat Street October 27 Bring the kids downtown to Palisade Businesses for Treats and a carnival at the Old High School Gym. Blue Pig Art & Chocolate Walk November 25 10am-5pm – Visit shops, studios and galleries downtown Palisade. Olde Fashioned Christmas December 1-2 Downtown – Shopping, gingerbread contest, Santa workshop, soup challenge, Christmas tea, tours and silent auction.

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Edesia Wine & Food April TBD Participating restaurants and wineries have sample tastings of signature dishes from the Grand Valley and Palisade. International Honey Bee Festival April TBD Bee Keeper Demos, Art Demos, Q & A Panel for Beekeepers, Vendors, Spelling Bee, Bee Dancers, Wine Tours, Free Shuttles Heritage Days April TBD CO State Park River Road – This free event offers a variety of outdoor activities that youth and their families can participate in. Barrel into Spring Barrel Tasting April and May TBD – A great opportunity for tasting wines straight out of the barrel & paired with foods and desserts. Grand Valley Marathon May 5 5k, 10k, Half Marathon and Full Marathon. Register at www.grandvalleymarathon.com.

Palisade Brews & Cruise Fest May TBD – Festival to celebrate our craft breweries and distilleries. Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival June TBD Bluegrass and roots musicians, on-site camping, band scramble jam sessions, and workshops, food, artisans, and activities. Colorado Lavender Festival Jul TBD Farm tour, high quality lavender inspired booths, products, music, food, cooking demos and workshops. Peach Festival Aug TBD It’s peach mania: plenty of great food, entertainment, contests and activities. For more information, or if you don’t see the event you were looking for: Palisade Chamber of Commerce palisadecoc.com • (970) 464-7458 All event dates are subject to change without notice.


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DESTINATION FOR RETIREES CLIMATE, CULTURE, COSTS MAKE THE VALLEY A SPOT TO SETTLE D OWN WRITTEN BY EVAN LINKO

In 2015, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine named Grand Junction Number 1 on its list of “Cheapest Places You Will Want To Retire.” A report in 2016 from Colorado’s State Demographer, and testimony from local current and soon-to-be retirees solidifies the evidence, and it isn’t all about money.

Richard Rosenblatt and his wife, Jenny Kellner had visited family in Loma, Colo. multiple times, from their home in Nassau County, New York. “We were sitting out there one night; you could see the monument (Colorado National Monument) and the Book Cliffs (mountain range to the north),” Rosenblatt recalls. Rosenblatt and Kellner felt something far different from the metropolitan east coast of Long Island, the closest Rosenblatt had felt to “remote,” as he put it. They fell in love with western Colorado, and after not much deliberation, sold their home in 2016 and decided to move to the Grand Valley. “We had lived on the East Coast most of our lives,” Rosenblatt says. He and his wife concluded, “Why don’t we just go see the West?”

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Tom Guido initially came to Colorado in 1993 to work in banking in the town of Telluride. “I agreed to come to Colorado because at the time I was in Massachusetts,” Guido says, “Every day was a different shade of gray.” The summer Guido moved to Colorado boasted forty-five continuous days of sunshine. In Telluride, Guido met then-owner of Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Ted Martin, who hired him to be the resort’s general manager. For the last sixteen years, Guido has owned Purified Water To Go in Grand Junction. He plans to stay after he retires next year, in January. In Guido’s free time, he’s a cyclist. The 73-yearold competed in the Palisade Gran Fondo bike

race in June. In the past, he’s participated in other cycling events, such as the Tour of the Moon and Ride the Rockies, and says he hopes to do those rides again after his retirement. “We just really wanted to experience being outside,” Rosenblatt said, “the outdoor life of camping was something we’d never done together,” back east. After picking up on the Kiplinger’s ranking story, Grand Junction’s newspaper, The Daily Sentinel, reported that Colorado residents aged 55-64 get special exclusions on Social Security and other retirement income, and that taxpayers 65 and older can exclude even more. “Where we came from is probably the highest tax rate in the United States,” Rosenblatt said. It wasn’t


Raw stats and money aside, there are fun things to do on the Western Slope.

That, plus the outdoors, a budding wine and food industry and the Grand Valley’s culture made Rosenblatt and Kellner feel right at home. “The wine is as good as anything in California,” says Guido, who also enjoys the fine dining amenities on Grand Junction’s Main Street. “The people are different, they communicate in a different way,” Rosenblatt says. “People want to know about you and your experiences.”

Rosenblatt and Kellner both participated in Colorado Mesa University’s “Golden Scholars” program after moving to the valley. The program allows persons aged 60 and older to audit classes for $25 per credit hour, along with affordable access to campus resources.

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“The people are different, they communicate in a different way. People want to know about you and your experiences.” - Richard Rosenblatt

The 2016 Colorado Population and Economic Overview, compiled by state demographer Elizabeth Garner predicted that Colorado’s 65 and older population with be 77 percent larger in 2030 than 2015.

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One of the greatest things about living in the Grand Valley is the number of day-trips available to those who want to get away from the familiar four walls, but who don’t want to be gone for a week. The Colorado National Monument and the Grand Mesa are two of the most obvious choices. Slightly further away, near Moab, Utah are several national parks. One of my personal favorites, however, would have to be the trip up Colorado State Hwy 141 (just a few miles outside of Grand Junction, off U.S. Hwy 50 towards Delta) that goes through Unaweep Canyon to the town of Gateway. Once used to haul uranium for the first atomic bombs, this winding and at times sloping road (also a favorite with the motorcycle crowd) will take you through red rock formations, and sculpted canyon walls back in time billions of years (the rock at the bottom of the canyon is pre-Cambrian). Some places the canyon has the traditional “U” shape of a glacially carved feature, and although there is other evidence of glacial action (morainal deposits at the west end of the canyon) its formation (ice-cut, or water-cut, or both) remains a bit of an enigma.

Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa developed by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks.

In the spring and early summer months several waterfalls cascade down the canyon walls. These are most easily visible on the return trip (back to U.S. Hwy 50) on the left side of the canyon. In the fall the brush at the side and bottom of the canyon becomes a multicolored carpet second to none. At the end of the road is the sleepy town of Gateway and the fabulous

If cars are a little pedantic for your taste, those so inclined can book air tours in a Eurocopter B-3 helicopter, perfect for providing aerial views of the red-rock scenery. As another option, let the helicopter drop you off for the perfect fly-fishing getaway at the secluded Bar ZX Ranch. You can call 888-427-5986 or (locally) 970-243-4359 with any questions.

There is something for everyone at the resort, but one thing you will want to be sure to take in is the Gateway Canyons Auto Museum. Located behind the Kayenta Lodge near guest parking, this display of nearly sixty cars from Hendricks’s private collection includes a oneof-a-kind 1954 Oldsmobile F-88. The museum is open daily for most of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Winter hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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The resort offers several dining options. Drop in at the Paradox Grille for lunch or dinner (Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.10 p.m.) for staples such as the grilled Angus burger, or bourbon and peach glazed pork ribs. If you’re looking for a little bit more elegant dining experience the Entrada Restaurant & Lounge will likely fill the bill. If you do decide to stay the night, Gateway Canyons Resort has that covered as well. The Kiva Lodge offers thirty-eight luxury rooms complete with fireplace, patio and private spa. The Kayenta Lodge has a variety of only slightly less luxuriant rooms. The resort can on occasion be booked for corporate retreats (I found this out the hard way after I had already made the drive) so it’s probably a good idea to contact resort staff at 866-671-4733 to make sure the date you had in mind for your visit isn’t already booked. As nice as the resort and the drive through the canyon are they are only a part of the Unaweep Canyon/ Gateway experience. Unaweep Canyon offers a multitude of opportunities for rock climbers. Here you will find routes with names such as Juniper Wall, Fortress Wall, and Television Wall to name just a few. Summitpost.org offers a comprehensive list that will help you find these walls and make sure the wall you choose is not on private property. If you’re like me a brisk hike is more your style. Here too, Unaweep Canyon has something to offer. Just 3.2 miles up State Hwy 141 from the Whitewater (U.S. Hwy 50) turnoff heading towards Gateway, a short distance past Mile Marker 151 is a pullout and turnoff to the right. This is the starting point of East Creek Trail. You may park at the turnoff or farther down by the creek. The well-worn trail heads up stream eventually crossing over to the other bank before passing a fairly large swimming hole and finally ending at a small waterfall after about 1.25 miles. The difficulty is rated as “easy.” At the other end of the spectrum, rated “strenuous” is Wildcat Trail. Even the trailhead is more difficult to find as it is secluded in trees just before Mile Marker 133, a little over 21 miles from the junction of highways 141 and 50. Be warned that the trail got its name for a reason, and be on the lookout for mountain lion and even bear. Unaweep Canyon/Gateway can even be the jumping off point for other adventures. One of my favorites at any time of year, but especially in the Fall, starts just a few hundred feet past Gateway Canyons Resort on the right-hand side of the road. This is John Brown Canyon Road that will take you from Gateway to Castle Valley, Utah. If you don’t have an SUV, then rent a Jeep and driver at Gateway Canyons Resort and let someone else do the driving over scenic John Brown or several other routes. The bottom line is there is just too much to do in a single trip. I am convinced that the Unaweep Canyon/Gateway area is one you will want to visit again and again. R

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Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, Vail is an extraordinary mountain resort destination. The Vail vacation experience is exceptional for its awe-inspiring terrain and natural beauty of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch mountains, its world-class events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, and the abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations that line the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail is where outdoor pursuits meet village sophistication.

and snowboarder levels. Signature events like Snow Daze, The Taste of Vail, The Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championship and Spring Back to Vail draw locals and visitors alike to celebrations of music, food and winter snow sports. Guests can also seek adventure snowshoeing up Vail Pass, shopping at the local boutiques and sporting goods stores, or sipping on a drink at one of the numerous après spots that can be found in Vail and Lionshead Village. No one ever said you had to ski in order to enjoy après.

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Landon couldn’t wait to come into the world, but when he arrived at just 26 weeks, it led to lifethreatening complications. His little lungs just couldn’t cope. Luckily, his parents chose St. Mary’s for their baby’s birth, and Landon had the only team in the region capable of saving his life. The people in St. Mary’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are among the many compassionate caregivers here to support moms, dads, and the whole family. For nearly 120 years we’ve been delivering happy, healthy babies… will come to understand after spending any amount of time in Vail during the summer months. Be it fly-fishing on Gore Creek, hiking up Vail Mountain to fly through the forest on a zipline tour at Epic Discovery, taking in the pristine sights and scents of the flowers at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, picking up fresh fruit on Sundays at the Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show, or dancing to the music at weekly concerts and festivals, there is no excuse for not having anything to do come summertime in Vail.

even when there are complications. Learn more about our comprehensive labor and delivery services at stmarygj.org/birthcenter.

Be it January or June, Vail welcomes passersby to the quiet little mountain town that may have started as a winter destination, but has grown into something far more. Vail provides visitors with opportunities for new adventures and memories every season of the year. R

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HELPFUL INFORMATION MESA COUNTY mesacounty.us Waste Management County Assessor

CONTACT 970-241-6846 970-244-1610

Motor Vehicle Elections Health Department Workforce Center Human Services Public Transportation-GVT Grand Valley Irrigation

970-244-1664 970-244-1662 970-248-6900 970-248-0871 970-241-8480 gvt.mesacounty.us irrigationprovidersgv.org 970-242-2762

AIRLINES Grand Junction Regional Airport Allegiant Air

CONTACT gjairport.com 702-505-8888

American Airlines/American Eagle Delta/Skywest Connection Denver Air Connection United Airlines/United Express US Airways

800-433-7300 800-221-1212 866-373-8513 800-241-6522 800-428-4322

TRANSPORTATION A Touch With Class Limousine Absolute Prestige Limousine

ADDRESS 2 258 Kingston Rd, Grand Junction Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)

Amtrak Train Station

339 S. 1st St, Grand Junction

Grand Valley Transit Greyhound Bus Lines

525 S. 6th St, Grand Junction 230 S. 5th St, Grand Junction

JR's Carriage Service K2 Taxi Park West Air Tours

Mesa County Grand Junction www.k2taxi.com PO Box 23184, Glade Park

Sunshine Taxi

1321 Ute Ave, Grand Junction

Three Dreams LLC

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RENTAL AGENCIES Action Rent-A-Car Alamo Rent-A-Car Avis Rent-A-Car Budget Rent-A-Car Dollar Car Rent-A-Car EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals / Motorcycle Accessories Enterprise Rent-A-Car Enterprise Rent-A-Car Funshares RV & Sport Rentals Grand Junction Harley-Davidson Hertz Rent-A-Car National Car Rental Thrifty Car Rental

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CITY OF GRAND JUNCTION gjcity.org Utility Billing Parks and Recreation

CONTACT 970-244-1579 970-254-3866

City Clerk’s Office (Election Info) Police Department Downtown Grand Junction Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor and Convention Bureau

970-244-1511 970-549-5000 downtowngj.org gjchamber.org

CITY OF FRUITA fruita.org Administration Community Development

CONTACT 970-858-3663 970-858-0786

Public Works Parks and Recreation Trash Pickup Utility Billing Fruita Chamber of Commerce

970-858-9558 970-858-0360 970-858-3663 970-858-3663 fruitachamber.org

PALISADE townofpalisade.org Public Works Community Development

CONTACT 970-464-1116 970-464-5602

Palisade Police Parks & Recreation Palisade Chamber of Commerce

970-464-5601 970-464-5602 palisadecoc.com

PHONE 970-245-5466 888-858-3904 970-858-8500 800-872-7245 970-241-2733 970-256-7433 800-231-2222 970-242-6045 719-671-7145 970-242-4652 970-201-4557  00-324-9013 8 970-245-TAXI 970-434-3541

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2599 Hwy 6 & 50, Grand Junction Grand Junction Regional Airport Grand Junction Regional Airport 752 Horizon Dr, Grand Junction 750 1/4 Horizon Dr, Grand Junction 2060 E. Main St, Grand Junction 406 S. 5th St., Grand Junction Grand Junction Regional Airport 2583 Hwys 6 & 50, Grand Junction 2747 Crossroads Blvd, Grand Junction Grand Junction Regional Airport Grand Junction Regional Airport 750 1/4 Horizon Dr, Grand Junction

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