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Art of  giving
Art of giving

Art is part of life, and life is about giving. Cedaredge area artist Ella Kelly has found that art and giving have been center points in her personal and professional life.

"We are so blessed to have people in our lives who teach and help us with their talents," Ella says.

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Red carpet fashion right here at home
Red carpet fashion right here at home

Paris, Milan, New York . . . you'd hardly think that Cedaredge, Colorado, belonged on the list of cities known worldwide as fashion meccas. But then again, only a handful of people have seen the clothing that Mitchell Gronenthal makes, creations gorgeous enough to make grown-up girls long for the days of dress-up.

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Actions speak louder than words
Actions speak louder than words

Middle school can have a profound impact on young lives. As a teacher at Delta Middle School, Bret Hamilton has not only seen how adolescent lives are shaped by their experiences in and out of the classroom, he also recognizes the impact middle school had on his own life.

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Treasure  trove  of history
Treasure trove of history

There's an old adage that says if you don't learn from history you're bound to repeat it.

In the North Fork Valley, a small group of locals have a slightly different perspective on that: if you don't teach people about their history, that history will cease to exist.

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From Delta to the big screen
From Delta to the big screen

In mid-November a Warner Brothers movie will be released which co-stars a 1924 Dodge Brothers four-door touring car that formerly traveled the streets and roads of Delta and surrounding countryside.

The movie, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," is a new Harry Potter spin-off and stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne.

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An emblem of school pride
An emblem of school pride

Just how is community pride measured? In Hotchkiss, look no further than the Hotchkiss High School "H." For almost 65 years the 100-foot-tall, 60-foot-wide hillside letter has signaled that one is in Bulldog territory.

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A passion for youth ministry
A passion for youth ministry

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.

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A class act
A class act

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.

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Crazy for Corvettes
Crazy for Corvettes

Not long after the first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the production line in 1953, one of the original models was totaled in a single-car accident near Ron Austin's childhood home in Redding, Calif. The accident drew a crowd of curious neighbors, none of whom knew what a Corvette was at the time.

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Musical storyteller
Musical storyteller

There are those who believe that music is religion, and going to live concerts is like going to church on Sundays.

If you are one of those people, you'll want to worship at the Paradise Theater on Saturday night.

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Back to Basics: An All  Natural Mama
Back to Basics: An All Natural Mama

When her first child, Lilyanna, was born in 2009, Leslie Workman went through what a lot of new moms go through. "I went onto this all-natural kick," she said, and soon was looking for healthier food choices, household cleaners and skin care products.

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Branching out
Branching out

If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, then you might say that Ryan Strand's artistic journey begins with picking up a single stick.

Strand is the artist behind the many stick art sculptures found in the North Fork area, including in yards, businesses and inside The Paradise Theatre.

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A touch of elegance
A touch of elegance

Nancy Giordano is one of those crafty individuals who never runs out of ideas for beautiful, unique items, whether she's turning a pair of old blue jeans into an apron or stitching a colorful piece of fabric into an "on the go" purse.

She paints rocks, embellishes clothing with beads and creates magnets, but finds the most joy in jewelry making.

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Pickleball, anyone?
Pickleball, anyone?

The Grand Mesa Picklers is a growing circle of local friends and newcomers who quickly become friends. They share their enthusiasm for quality of life, for physical fitness activity, and for playing together on a regular basis.

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Classical Conversations  lays foundation for learning
Classical Conversations lays foundation for learning

"Kids enjoy learning. They have a passion to learn about the world from its beginning.

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Mules add muscle to trail project
Mules add muscle to trail project

The Dark Canyon Trail is getting a makeover thanks to some U.S. Forest rangers, tons of volunteers and a pack string of tough old mules.

Rangers working out of the U.S. Forest Service office in Paonia coordinated Dark Canyon Trail Days, a multi-agency, multi-phase project to upgrade and repair a section of the popular trail about a quarter of a mile up from the trailhead at Erickson Springs Campground.

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For the moral good of the people. . .
For the moral good of the people. . .

Paonia United Methodist Church Pastor Steve Dunkel is a third-generation coal miner, but he's not from the North Fork area. He grew up in Creede. At age 26 he was called to serve the United Methodist Church, and a year ago he was assigned to Paonia.

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Forged in steel
Forged in steel

A lover of history, John York volunteers at Fort Uncompahgre once a week. As a docent, he shares the history of the original fort, which was built by Antoine Robidoux in 1828. The Indians and trappers brought furs to trade for sugar, coffee, beads and other goods brought in from the United States and Mexico.

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A model  of success
A model of success

With local economic development ideas turning once again to themes of rural gentrification, lifestyle marketing, recreation and tourism there is one local economic development asset that provides a model and foundation of success to build on.

It is the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway.

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A godly man
A godly man

James Conley grew up on a farm in Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in agriculture.

He had a career in agriculture banking for eight years. That career led him to Chanute, Kan., the home town of his future wife, Vicki Starr. James and Vicki were married in 1988.

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Living history: Paonia seniors open doors to the past
Living history: Paonia seniors open doors to the past

In 1919, the mayor of Paonia was C.T. Vincent. J.E. Deatherage and Fred Hofer were elected to the town council and Bert Bross was the new town marshal.

In 1919, there were 19 graduates of Paonia High School.

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Beat the heat!
Beat the heat!

When Mother Nature turns up the heat, it's time for some family fun at an area lake. Fortunately for Delta County residents, the three state parks -- Crawford, Sweitzer and Paonia -- provide a boatload of options. From water skiing, fishing, swimming, to picnicking under shady trees, these parks provide welcome relief from the hot summer sun.

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In a class by herself
In a class by herself

Sheryl Williams has taught hundreds of students the art of painting with alcohol ink, but only one has actually stepped foot in her Delta studio. The remainder are online students who follow Sheryl's instructional videos via the internet.

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A dog's eye  view of  Lewis & Clark
A dog's eye view of Lewis & Clark

The story of the Lewis & Clark expedition is among the most well-known and studied voyages of all time. It has been told and retold from the human perspective. But what did the dog see?

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The ties that bind us
The ties that bind us

Justine Forster of Delta gives life to her art through the medium of crocheting.

Several years ago as a teenager, Justine observed a family friend, Somneang Chan, crocheting and the lovely creations that Somneang produced.

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