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Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in MTN Town Magazine, Treks & Travels | 0 comments

Great(er) Grand Junction

Great(er) Grand Junction

Story by Kristen Lummis   It’s a hot summer day in Colorado’s Grand Valley and great(er) Grand Junction.   With the mercury pushing 90, I’ve found a cool respite on a shady, breezy patio. Hummingbirds flit amongst flowers and bountiful clouds fill the sky.   I’m biting into an organic peach the size of a grapefruit, trying not to spill a single drop of heavenly nectar, despite the fact it’s running down my fingers to my wrists.   As I savor this peach, just one of the many local delights we’ll eat this summer, I’m pretty sure I live in the center of the universe.    My brother and I were raised just minutes from Colorado National Monument, a national park showcasing a wonderland of red canyons, towering spires and otherworldly sandstone formations.   To the east is Grand Mesa, an enormous alpine plateau rising to 11,332 feet where we hiked, fished and camped during summer and skied during winter. The Book Cliffs, on the north side of the...

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in MTN Town Magazine | 0 comments

2016 Colorado Mountain Town Women’s Business Award Winners

2016 Colorado Mountain Town Women’s Business Award Winners

Five Colorado mountain town women were awarded the Inaugural 2016 Mountain Town Women’s Business Awards from over 100 nominees submitted to MTN Town Magazine and the Northwest Small Business Development’s (Northwest SBDC) in 2016. Five Award winners were honored in the following categories; Legacy Leader, Creative Innovation, Emerging Leader, Legacy Health & Wellness Leader and Emerging Health & Wellness Champion. We are proud to have participated in this amazing event. Presenting the 2016 Mountain Town Business Women Awardees: Amanda Wagner, Emerging Health & Wellness Leader Award Winner Amanda is a Colorado Mountain Girl through and through. Born and raised in Glenwood Springs and a graduate from the University of Colorado with degrees in Psychology and Communication. She learned quickly out of college that she can’t do what she loves if she did not spend time consistently focusing on her personal health and wellness. After 10 years in the hospitably industry, she quit her job, got her Personal Training and Health Coaching Certifications and helped start The Aspen Clinic (TAC). That was 5 years...

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Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Arts, MTN Town Magazine | 0 comments

David Gonzales – Art in Action

David Gonzales – Art in Action

Action. It is immediately apparent in every David V. Gonzales painting. Swaths of brilliant color combine and collide into instantly recognizable forms. They bring forth bikers cruising through aspen groves, skiers flying down mountainsides and bears charging through streams. Gonzales has mastered painting movement, launching a career that now spans decades to new heights. He has been painting professionally for his entire adult life. By the time Gonzales was seventeen he had work hanging at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and in the governor’s mansion in New Mexico. Now long established in the art world, expressing his fascination with relative objects moving through space and time has seen awards come fast and furious for this artist in motion. This year alone, Gonzales won a “Best of Show” award at the prestigious National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY and collaborated with 3 time Tour de France Legend, Greg LeMond and Warren Film Star Chris Anthony to raise money for inner city youth. Just recently, Gonzales has been...

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in MTN Town Magazine | 0 comments

The 2016 Wright Awards – Something Independent

The 2016 Wright Awards – Something Independent

The business community is pretty solid up here in Colorado’s mountain town communities. We have strong corporate representation in the Tourism Industry, Oil, Mining & Gas Companies and the Agricultural field, keeping many employed. A rising trend that has been pushing boundaries is the region’s Startup Businesses. Incredible business ideas are coming to fruition and becoming a reality for many mountain town visionaries. The 2016 Wright Awards are proving that the Colorado Rocky Mountain region is no longer an area ruled by T-Shirt shops and Real Estate offices. For the past five year Something Independent, a progressive Denver-based company that cultivates business opportunities and entrepreneurism, asks the business community to submit nominations for their annual Wright Award. The criteria? A successful Colorado-based company displaying great leadership and commitment to their craft, who are shaping our economy while contributing to the Colorado lifestyle state brand. The Wright judges look for leadership and some grit, they hear from the nominee’s peers to recognize their enterprising spirit. Each year’s class of contenders...

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Bicycling, Gear, MTN Town Magazine | 0 comments

lov Bikes –  Life is too short to ride an uninspiring bicycle

lov Bikes – Life is too short to ride an uninspiring bicycle

When life gives you lemons, make lemon-colored paint out of them and then go crazy creating the bicycles of your wildest dreams. That’s what Nate Picklo, Founder and Creative Head of lov bikes, chose to do after he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma Cancer in 2008. When this dreaded beast bombed his otherwise healthy 28-year-old body, he took the sour setback not as dreary hopelessness but rather as the golden gift of a perspective shift. “There’s something about receiving the heavy-handed reminder that, hey, life’s short,” says the now 35-year-old Eagle, Colorado, resident. “What am I doing? Why am I here?  I couldn’t just sit back and keep going through the motions, so I started dreaming about exactly what I wanted to do with my life.” His vision for a boutique bike manufacturing company gave him renewed energy and purpose to fight the initial battle of extensive, exhausting treatments. During that time, he was not only helping his wife, Tara, run Yeti’s Grind, their hotspot coffee shop chain...

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Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in MTN Town Magazine, Treks & Travels | 0 comments

Fall Fishing is Great Fishing in Colorado

Fall Fishing is Great Fishing in Colorado

Fall is here and with it comes my favorite time of the year to get out and fish! Cooler, clear water with lower flows and vivid yellows reds and greens from the surrounding forest make just getting out a visual treat. You may have a good stretch of the water to yourself as many fishermen pack it in for the year when the weather gets chilly. Various species of fish go into their ancient rituals, some spawning and some following the spawn. Fishing can be epic in the fall if you adjust your tactics a bit. As always, if you are not familiar with the region or the season, get with a guide from a local shop to maximize your time on the water. Kokanee salmon will be spawning. Look for them coming out of the reservoirs that hold them as the temperatures drop. The spawn can start early and last into Thanksgiving. Brown trout will be spawning as well, with rainbows, cutthroat and northern pike following them looking for...

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