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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…

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…

Cedaredge’s Art Lindsey is a gentleman. Greeting visitors with a firm handshake, the 94-year-old radiates Western Colorado values, and it’s easy to understand that his long life has been distinguished by a history of business success and a legacy of military service. Recently the alert and a…

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…

Isaac Daye has faced many trials in his life and through it all he still has a heart for helping others in his country. His home? Monrovia, Liberia, Africa. He thanks God that he and his family survived living in a war-torn country and later during the Ebola outbreak.

A Back Page subject should generate a thousand words and half a dozen photos and Katie Greenwood and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) certainly meet those requirements. Greenwood is a Cedaredge High School (CHS) teacher who serves as agriculture (ag) instructor and FFA advisor. Asked to i…

Growing up in Olathe, Ron Pottberg never dreamed he'd leave. But for the past 33 years he has been a teacher for the international World Bible School traveling the globe, meeting ambassadors, dignitaries and community leaders.

George and Sandra Barrie share distinctive Scottish accents, as well as a love of music, but their forms of expression are wildly disparate. Sandra is a vocalist who sang with the Del-Rose Chorus of Sweet Adelines International for 25 years. When the local female a cappella group joined forc…

Asked a few years ago to create a personal mission statement, Cedaredge resident Phyllis Hoffman knew just how to begin. "I have known ever since I was a child," she wrote, "that God gave me a special purpose."

To many Delta County residents, Don Chapman is the pharmacist in the white coat who not only fills prescriptions, but also offers helpful advice about possible side effects and how a new prescription might interact with other medications.

With summer heating up and the Fourth of July imminent, thoughts of patriotism inform the holiday alongside the parades and the fireworks and the ice cream. In the North Fork Valley there is an ever-increasing group of dedicated workers who show their regard for country and home by donating …

This Friday, "My Western Life: Paintings of a Tree Hugging Cowgirl," opens at The Cirque Cyclery in Paonia. Featuring paintings by Paonia artist Cedar Keshet, the show takes its viewers on a journey of the west's landscapes, but not in a typical, beautiful landscape-painting way.

The list of Virginia Blackstock's creative accomplishments and honors are nearly as tall as the petite artist herself. In addition to her considerable talent as an internationally-recognized watercolorist, she has a background of performance in dance and theater, plus she's an extensive trav…

If you think yaks are only found in the Himalayas, think again. Forty years ago yaks were virtually nonexistent in the United States but their numbers are climbing. As a ranch animal, the yak is a jack of all trades. With proper training yaks can be ridden, packed for backpacking, pull a plo…

When Ty Gallenbeck saw David Blaine's "Street Magic" while a student in college, he was so intrigued he was determined to figure out how the world-famous magician was able to pull off his spectacular tricks. He bought a book that explained a lot of the moves he saw on TV, and he watched the …

How many people get to return to scenes of their childhood and share those idyllic spots with young and old alike? Cedaredge resident, Alma Stewart Evans, PhD is one of those lucky few.

Our mission as an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) nonprofit organization is to unite Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts and supporters in an environmentally friendly atmosphere by promoting an attitude of public service, volunteerism, and safe responsible OHV riding practices, "while using not …

He's known as a builder of bamboo fly rods, a longtime fly fishing guide, fly-tying expert, author, and authority on the history of fly fishing and antique fly fishing equipment.

With a life filled with family, a chiropractic practice, music, sculpture, Dr. Mary Kleinsorge -- known to most people as Dr. Mary -- says purpose is of primary importance.

(Editor's note: This piece is excerpted from "Heroes of the Dark Staircase," written by Helen Denison while she recovered from her Labor Day accident in the rugged mountains east of Paonia.)

Ranching isn't easy, nor always profitable, but for two Delta County ranchers, Piedmontese cattle may be the key to agricultural success. Gayle Ware, Hotchkiss, first learned about Piedmontese cattle from her father. At that time, the breed had been in the U.S. for only about 10 years.

As Rene Janiece and Wayne McKinzie prepared for their 2011 wedding in northern New Mexico, things were rolling smoothly along -- like a well-planned road trip. Then, two weeks before the ceremony, they encountered a pothole. The wedding band cancelled and the couple couldn't find a replaceme…

The March 6 Back Page feature on bird dogs incorrectly identified some of the hunters featured in photos. The photo of father and sons putting their bird dog through his paces was actually son Nate, father Charlie, and son Ian Rehfeldt. The Rehfeldt family lives in Montrose. Their bird dog, …

Addressing a roomful of bird dog enthusiasts last week, organizer Scott Johnson emphasized what the diverse group has in common: "We like bird dogs. We like birds. And we like to deliberately train dogs to be good hunters."

For much of his life, Ray Veatch has been interested in airplanes, particularly World War II fighters and bombers, but he avoided actually climbing into a small plane. "I get airsick," he told Pam Smythe when she invited him for a ride in her plane.

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