Hold onto your hat, autumn is here! And to celebrate the arrival of the fall season, area locations are overflowing with fresh produce, corn mazes and pumpkin patches.
Among the gently rolling 'dobie hills in North Delta, Devil's Thumb stands tall -- apparently impervious to the forces of erosion that have worn down the surrounding soft clay hills.
Late this summer, Dr. Dave Noe led an excursion to Devil's Thumb, following a trail that at first climbed gently through an arroyo, then grew steeper as it ascended Petrie Mesa to the landmark that gave Delta's golf course its name.
Ron MacKendrick completed his first wood turning project 58 years ago in a shop class at Hotchkiss High School.
Today he works on his projects in a partitioned-off corner of a former fruit warehouse.
Since coming to Paonia High School four years ago, Scott Burns has documented school life in sketches. He has dozens of them.
History comes to life in the hills near Hotchkiss. Step back fifty years and you come to the start of the Colorado West Gun Club. Step back another hundred and you're smack-dab in the middle of the Wild West.
Cassidy Butler's bedroom is a revelation. An ironing board takes up the center of the room.
Those who know trees, especially cottonwood trees, have said for years that it is "just a matter of time" when the Ute Council Tree gives up its last vestige of life in its limbs and succumbs eventually to the whims of nature. Such appears to have been the fate of this historic tree in 2017.
A fossil uncovered near Cedaredge four decades ago is now on display in a museum on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
While the full mosasaur skeleton is new to the BYU Museum of Paleontology, a cast of the skull has been showcased at the Welcome Center in Cedaredge for years.
For the June 22 concert at Chapel of the Cross in Cedaredge, directors of the summer concert series cautioned the public to arrive early. The concert for these favorite performers sold out in 2016.
Karen Brueggemann has been creating objects of art her whole life. She has been selling her creative works since she was in junior high school.
But it has been only since she and Ted, her husband of 54 years, began their move to Cedaredge 10 years ago that Karen really began to think of herself as an artist.
Last April, Paonia resident David Lorig traveled to Syria with a group of journalists, activists and observers. Lorig gave a presentation on his experience on July 27 for the Paonia Public Library Armchair Travel lecture series.
It's summertime in Colorado, and while the mountains await many, here in Delta there's a truly unique outdoor offering that can't be experienced in many other places across the country, let alone in-state.
The Tru Vu Drive-In is one of only 385 such outdoor movie spots left in America, according to owner Jeanne Dewsnup.
There are five secrets of Japanese Goju Ryu karate: Move quickly; have a sound, calm mind; be light in body; have a clever mind; and master the basics. All of those meld together to form two very basic components of the art and discipline of karate: self-control and self-discipline.
For public safety, and to prevent further damage, two homestead cabins in Escalante Canyon have been closed until June 2018.
The Walker Homestead and Captain Smith's Cabin, along with a historic water wheel, are listed on Colorado's Most Endangered Places List (2013) by Colorado Preservation Inc. Efforts are underway to secure funding for restoration and interpretation of the structures, which represent the pioneer spirit of Escalante Canyon.
David and Tamara Hauze have performed together for 20 years, celebrating the joy of music and life.
They book performances all 12 months of the year, playing for weddings, annual meetings, festivals, fundraisers and musical events. They're generally busy Thursdays through Sundays.
Like the parable Jesus told about searching for a lost sheep, Cowboy at the Church is gathering up strays and sharing the word of God. With sawdust covering the floor and dust settling on the chairs, the church "sanctuary" may seem a bit rustic, but families coming off the farm feel right at home.
A Cedar Mesa couple has taken up the fight against an incurable, debilitating disease and the limiting effects it has on people's lives.
Charlie Farrell and Jan Blue this week bring their personal ministry to the community by making available to Parkinson's disease sufferers at no cost a new therapy regimen. They explain it has shown proven results in helping people overcome symptoms of Parkinson's.
Dirt under your fingernails. The tang of freshly turned earth in your nose. Blue, blue skies as far as the eye can see and sunshine warm on your back. And in your hand: a hammer, or a shovel, or a bouquet of freshly picked salad greens. If you're looking to experience life on a farm, you need look no further than your own backyard.
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.
When Scott Sullivan retired from his career at the Delta Correctional Center after 16 and a half years, art became a much bigger part of his life.
With new-found free time he now had for pursuing his passion, he completed construction of a studio behind his house just north of town in Cedaredge.
Vocalist Carissa Scroggins has performed in opera and musical theater in several venues; however, she is teaching in the Cedaredge Vision Charter Academy this year.
"I teach in the Cedaredge Middle School, seventh and eighth grades, with a combination of 11 students.
After traveling to the Western Slope regularly to fish at Crawford Reservoir, Dee Brown and her husband Joe decided Delta County would be a great place to retire.
Although the move became a reality 10 years ago, Dee has yet to kick back and relax.
"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.
Sandy Wilt's near 30-year-long affection for the photographic hobby has filled her life with enjoyment, adventure and many friendships. She looks forward to a future of excitement from her avocation, a future which, perhaps surprisingly, she views as "a little bit scary, too."
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