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BEACON Senior News - Western Colorado

Unseen wonders of Western Colorado and the wider world

Jul 02, 2024 01:05PM ● By Cloie Sandlin

Our editor Cloie in front of the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden, proudly holding a copy of last June’s BEACON.

I’ve lived in Western Colorado for 20 years and there’s still a lot I have yet to see and experience. Each time I venture outside the state, I get a deeper appreciation for all the wonders close to home, but I’ve also come to value the enriching experiences that come with visiting other cities, countries and cultures. 

It appears that many of you feel the same way. The countless stories I’ve heard from those who settled in Grand Junction or Montrose, often after passing through, suggests that people like it here, yet many continue to explore the world unabated. 

This month’s cover story captures the sense of discovery through the experiences of two senior travelers who have visited Grand Junction’s sister city, El Espino, El Salvador.

Surprised to learn we have a sister city? This story explores how this relationship has enriched the lives of local seniors with new cultural insights, challenges and friendships.


In this issue, we share your must-have travel packing items and travel tips! The response to our recent email request was incredible, and we’ve gathered the top recommendations from our well-traveled readers.

From practical packing lists to some pretty cool travel hacks, you’ll find everything you need to make your next trip smooth and enjoyable. I even picked up a few tips myself.


Stay ahead of the game and your health with this epic week-long competition for athletes 50+. Secure your spot by registering before August 9—find the official program and registration form inside our printed edition of the July 2024 issue or visit


We are currently accepting nominations for exceptional senior volunteers in Montrose and Delta Counties for our 2024 Volunteer of the Year Award. 

Each nominated volunteer will be honored at the stage at our BeaconFest Boomer & Senior Fair at the Montrose Pavilion on Thursday, September 12. Do you know a remarkable volunteer? Nominate them!

Speaking of BeaconFest, we’re gearing up for another amazing show with exciting entertainment, educational seminars, prize giveaways and more! Explore what’s in store in our August issue.

This event sells out every year, so secure a booth today by calling 970-243-8829. 

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