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High Country News celebrates 50 years of covering the ever-changing American West. While headquartered in Paonia, Colorado, the iconic magazine’s staff are spread across the country covering stories from the Great Plains to the Pacific Coast.

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At Starbeam Studios, “It’s all about the relationship,” and even during this time of uncertainty, classes and even performances (to an extent) have been taking place.

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The Pine Gulch Fire, a wildfire situated less than 20 miles north of Grand Junction, continues to burn as firefighters from around the state join with regional crews to battle the blaze. In all, nearly 800 personnel are involved in fighting the ever-growing fire. Hot, dry conditions with sin…

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Allison Koehn, 5, stood in the doorway peering at the floor and walls as a smile spread across her face. Her pink house had been delivered and constructed by Make-A-Wish volunteers. Now it was time to move in.

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A few years ago, Mary Bachran met Marjorie True. 

It’s widely known by this point that restaurants and bars are not currently allowed to provide dine-in services, nor is any business supposed to hold more than 10 people. In addition to food and drink, the command, headed by Gov. Jared Polis, has since extended to beauty salons, massage parl…

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Now that Betsy Shepherd, the program director and Delta County case manager, is retiring from Partners Mentoring Youth of Delta Montrose and Ouray, what she will hold dear to her heart is the relationships created and the lives changed.

The North Fork Community and Parade Band gathers in the Hotchkiss High School band room for rehearsal — a mixed group of musicians from all ages, backgrounds, and musical abilities. Directed by Jeanette Carey and David Alderdice and supported by The Learning Council, the band has been in ope…

Towns that were established in the 19th century can’t avoid a certain amount of history and culture, and the City of Delta is no exception. Established in 1882, the city’s website has a page dedicated to just that, telling the story of Fort Uncompahgre, the Egyptian Theatre and the old ML&am…

A marathon is approximately 26 miles and 385 yards. It is normally run by adults, reportedly with an average age of 38.7 years old. It takes months of training and requires approximately a month of recovery time after the fact. The marathoner is then in need of build-up time before he or she…

The photos are black and white, but the stories radiate with color according to Don Olsen author of “The North Fork in the 90’s,” a table book filled with articles, essays and photos recalling day-to-day life in the valley through the lens and pens of area reporters.

In a place like Delta County, the number of attractions and the amount of sales tax produced are normally lower than a place like Mesa County. The Town of Cedaredge is widely accepted as a “retirement community,” sometimes more specifically called a retirement community that doesn’t really f…

The year was 2013 when Lee Tseng first saw her pitbull Roscoe.

Colorado Detours recently celebrated its first successful season of providing geological and other custom tours of the Delta County area and beyond.

Anita Evans and Lynea Schultz-Ela are on a mission to connect area youth with nature through their non-profit Friends of Youth and Nature (FOYAN) organization established in July of 2018.

Whether or not a person believes in spirits, internet websites and local investigators allege that ghosts and other paranormal phenomenon are active locally.

Several sources say that police officers either retire from the police force or move up in rank to a desk position after 20 years on the job. This is due in large portion to the unpredictability and high stress of the job. It’s also due to the fact that a majority of pensions are available a…

For the last five years, every fourth grade student in the North Fork area has been offered a unique learning opportunity. Each fourth Friday in September, buses full of students, teachers and adult and student volunteers travel to Lost Lake in the Gunnison National Forest for a day of outdo…

Fifty-three years ago, Irvin and Miriam Hartig purchased a small dairy in Austin and — thanks to their youngest daughter Polly Jo and her high school sweetheart — the enterprise has been in the family ever since. Andy Wick and Polly Jo Hartig met at Cedaredge High School. The couple married …

When Sandy Wilt and Phil Berghauser ended up as neighbors in Eckert, the two photographers seemed destined to cross paths. Even when Sandy moved up Highway 65 to the metropolis of Cedaredge, they’ve remained friends and colleagues with a shared love of capturing visual images.

It was a cool, crisp morning when Gary Jensen II, pulled onto the dirt runway of the Westwinds Airport in Delta with his powered parachute. It was 6 a.m., Sept. 19, and though most would still be in bed, Jensen II was ready to take off.

Delta resident Cherie Plant developed a love for language, words and spelling as a young girl. She earned a degree in elementary education from City University of New York, where she minored in Latin. Twelve years of Catholic schooling in Brooklyn included a heavy dose of Latin, but her daug…

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