A dozen members of the Black Canyon Audubon Society toured a 42-acre conservation easement owned by Kevin and Jackie Parks last weekend. In the early morning hours the birders, biologists and conservationists passed through pristine wetlands teeming with wildlife, observed nesting great blue herons, and identified some 30 individual bird species, among them the belted kingfisher, black-crowned night heron, purple martin and western wood-pewee.
"Isn't it funny, how bears likes honey?" Winnie the Pooh once sang.
People like honey, too. According to "The History of the Honeybee & Beekeeping in Colorado," by Niwot-area beekeeper Tom Theobald, humans have been domesticating bees and harvesting honey for thousands of years.
It's funny how some things seem like chance but then end up being the thing that sets your life in a new direction. Twenty years ago, Crystal Decker belonged to a book-of-the-month club, where she received a new book each month in the mail.
Teaching a dog to obey simple commands like "Sit," "Heel" and "Come!" takes dedication and commitment.
But once your dog has the basics down, you might be tempted to teach him a few tricks, like rolling over or playing dead.
At the heart of Todd Laws' story is a handful of teachers who took the time to love, support and believe in a kid, and how far-reaching a teacher's dedication can be. In Todd's case, some of his teachers inspired a 30-year ministry with kids through Young Life.
Music audiences in this area have a new entertainment option to enjoy, a real "Class Act." The group offers a wide range of classic songs to enjoy; a performance style that is at once both engaging and relaxing; and a catalog of numbers presented with a true love of the music they play.
Jerry Lehl's home is a museum for horseshoe art.
The driveway is marked by horseshoe stands that look like flowers. Wind chimes with horseshoe ends clink and clang in the breeze. Signs with letters made out of horseshoes greet visitors.
Just in time for the fifth annual Conservation Days last Thursday and Friday, Ira Houseweart completed work on a new handicap accessible ramp at the Paonia River Park.
"Ira finished it last week," Julia Bowman, Paonia River Park Coordinator for the Western Slope Conservation Center, said. "We're convinced it's the nicest ramp in Colorado."
Cartooning may not be a good way to make a living, but it can certainly keep you entertained. Pencil in hand, you surround yourself with superheroes, whimsical animals and humorous characters who pepper your drawings with witty comments.
Carol Phelps of Delta flew to Nairobi, Kenya, last December to visit Fairmile School and its director, Fern Eshuchi, a family friend for many years.
When Carol told her son, Allen Lindblad, she was going, Allen said, "We'll go too."
The Wheeler Room in Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss came alive last Wednesday as youngsters from the area put their own spin on a tradition that is over 4,000 years old.
About 15 youngsters took part in a workshop that taught them how to dye Ukrainian Easter eggs.
Cedaredge native Keith Loucks has published a novel about adventure and survival -- a book that entertains as it educates, and one that examines deeper questions of living Christian faith in a dangerously fallen world.
In the 405-page novel titled "I Wish I Had An Orange," the normal, everyday American life is reduced in a moment to the level of Third World deprivation when a nuclear device is exploded in the upper stratosphere 30 miles above.
A craft show on HGTV inspired Ruth Ann Hake to try her hand at pine needle basketry.
"I was just fascinated," Ruth Ann said, "so I bought a couple of books and that's really been my only instruction."
Among the many things that bring fulfillment to Dorothy Loyer's life is playing the organ.
Dorothy was 17 when the church organist died and the pastor turned to Dorothy to take her place.
A familiar phrase perfectly describes the scene at last weekend's Colorado High School Wrestling State Championships in Denver.
When Sue Jochum decided it was time to leave the corporate world of high technology and pursue her life-long passion for art, she chose the Surface Creek Valley as home to be near other family who live here.
Now, with her computer programming days behind her, she is finding the time to enjoy plein air painting sessions with friends, to participate with her work in shows and exhibitions, and to develop an enterprise in portrait painting, a discipline that she has discovered a natural talent for.
The golden years are fitter than ever before. Folks are living longer and enjoying activities that they engaged in in their 40s and 50s. Geri-active is in!
Clinton Clock is a strong believer in community service. He taught his family by example.
V ictory is sweet for Melissa Zunich, the winner of Food Network Channel's Cake Wars.
Zunich, the owner of Sweet Cheeks Cakery in Delta, teamed up with a cousin to design an entry that won the judges over with its impressive details and "wonderful" hand painting.
Norman Vincent knew when he was in third grade that he would become a veterinarian.
He lived on a farm with his family.
The cheerleaders at Hotchkiss High School made history.
The Bulldogs capped a record-setting season by winning third place at the state spirit competition at the Denver Coliseum last month.
The Grand Mesa Nordic Council is marking a 25th year of providing great outdoor recreation experiences for local skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts.
Over the course of those 25 years, the GMNC has also contributed significantly to developing a first-class complex of trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skijoring that is a tourism draw for the county.
An entire room is dedicated to Lois Helgeland's incredible Victorian village, but that's just the beginning ... there are delightful discoveries to be found throughout her house at Christmastime.
To say Christmas is Lois' favorite holiday is clearly an understatement.
These days, it seems, each of us knows someone who needs a helping hand. Fortunately, local communities are willing to reach out and help.
Here on the Western Slope of the Rockies in Colorado, you can tell the history of a town through the history of its prep sports teams.
In 1902, the town of Paonia was founded by Samuel Wade.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, performs about 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions in the U.S. The squadrons search for lost hikers or hunters, locate downed aircraft and transport emergency personnel or medical materials.
Becoming part of a small community means connecting with people.
There is no surer way for someone to know they're making a positive difference and connecting with the heart of a community than to find an avenue of service.
Throughout the history of the United States its citizens have served in the military in times of war, times of peace, to keep the peace. In recognition of Veterans Day, we talked with three veterans about their military service in keeping the peace, and we thank them and all the other veterans for their service to our country.
Before the trains arrived, before high-paying mining jobs, and long before construction of the Paonia Project, the industrious new arrivals to the North Fork area planted fruit trees in the rich soil.
"We have such an amazing and rich history when it comes to fruit-growing in the area," said Jaylene Park, a native Paonian whose grandfather was part of that history.
There are two types of people in this world, we've all heard -- those who love dogs and those who love cats.
Count Pat Gwinn among the latter. Just don't ask her to explain why.
Like the Shakers, Tim and Lyn Hinz express their faith through their craftsmanship. The Shakers believed that the excellence of their work was a form of worship; their furniture and crafts came to be known as "religion in wood."
On Thursday, Oct. 22, seniors from around the area are invited to come together to enjoy entertainment, a tasty free lunch, fun exercises, and to learn more about several matters that affect their lives.
All these opportunities will be available during the seventh annual Senior Expo, held at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 N. Palmer Street in Delta.
Drones have arrived in Delta County -- but they aren't the spying, harassing kind of drones that are reported on the national newscasts.
A Cedaredge company is helping bring the high-tech surveillance craft here for economic development uses that range from marketing promotion to improving agricultural yields.
When it comes to music, David Alderdice wants his students to say "yes" to opportunity.
A world-class percussionist and session drummer, Alderdice has collaborated with musicians from throughout the world.
It was like a family reunion at the Delta County Fairgrounds last Friday when the Colorado Grand Auto Tour rolled through Hotchkiss for the 27th time.
"Hey, the tour's great," community liason Eddie O'Brien said shortly after arriving on the scene in a cherry red 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra.
Hugs for kids. That's how Connie Harris and Terri Brubaker describe the blankets they make through the Binky Patrol, a nationwide effort to reach out to needy kids with a comforting handmade blanket, or "binky."
Don and Beth French were married in 1978 and Don's first job was teaching kindergarten through third grade in the mornings and high school physical education in the afternoons in Douglas, Wyo.
He later moved to the high school in Douglas and taught physical education and coached sports for all the grades, 500 students in all.
One event noticeably absent from Delta's annual cycle of summer activities is a big car parts swap meet.
Last Saturday, that gap in the community events calendar was filled in by a well-attended auto parts swap at Confluence Park.
To say that Katherine Colwell has authored many books is a misnomer.
To explain her numerous works, including her showpiece, "Red White and Blue in Utah 1988," forget that books are made of pages, bound between two covers, read left to right, front to back.
Do you enjoy gardening? Great! What about model trains? Yes? Well do I have a hobby for you! Garden railroading is where you can combine gardening interests with large- scale trains.
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