Mack’s Family Entertainment & Sports Center

By Caitlin Switzer MONTROSE—(February 19)  Growing up in Montrose, Amanda Nokes loved the family-centered community and small town lifestyle. As a parent herself, Nokes and her husband Chris have chosen to raise their own two children right here. However, they have hopes of making Montrose even more friendly for families with young children. “We have a nine-year-old and a three-year-old,” …

Let Your Creativity Flow at the Pickled Painter

By Liesl Greathouse MONTROSE—(February 19) For anyone looking for some indoor fun on a budget, the Pickled Painter (209 Main St.) aims to please.Eileen DeJulio and Michele Jeffrey are the fun and outgoing owners of the Pickled Painter.  Michele worked as a corporate art consultant for 25 years, while Eileen was a personal trainer.  As friends, Eileen found out about …

CITY OF MONTROSE EXPANDS MARKETS, PARTNERSHIPS WITH REGIONAL APPROACH

By Caitlin Switzer  MONTROSE—(February 6)  The City of Montrose encompasses 17.8 square miles, with an average of 1,075 people living within each of those square miles according to 2010 US Census data. The city’s resources serve many who live beyond its boundaries, however, and Montrose City Manager Bill Bell believes it is time for Western Colorado to position itself as …

LAVENDER FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ART CONTEST

By Caitlin Switzer  REGIONAL—( February 6) Sunny Howland and her husband Bob Hoinghaus tucked the first 200 lavender plants into the ground at their Austin farm in spring of 2011. Today, Howland is the new board president of the Lavender Association of Western Colorado—and she is thrilled about the growth facing the organization and the industry itself.   “As I …

GREAT NEW HOMES—NOT!

By Caitlin Switzer  MONTROSE—(February 6)Anyone who has ever walked past the trailer court at 131 South San Juan can see that the five empty, crumbling, unsecured units that sit at the entry way to the development are not fit for human habitation. Anyone, that is, except the owners of the property—a Grand Junction-based company called Great New Homes, who claim …

MONTROSE ACT MOVES ON

By Caitlin Switzer  MONTROSE—(February 6)  Scott Beyer can still remember getting his first swat from home room teacher Carol McDermott many years ago.  At the Jan. 21 meeting of the Montrose City Council, Beyer probably had occasion to remember that moment—McDermott was among the city councilors who notified Beyer that the City will no longer fund the tourism promotion and …