Just over 100 years ago, and the nation was slowly recovering from World War I. To honor those who had given so much during the conflict and who needed care, a group of 20 war-weary American officers serving in France met to form what would become one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States: The American Legion.
When Kaiya Firor made the decision her sophomore year to run track at Hotchkiss High School, she went all in, setting her sights on winning the 400-meter dash.
On Saturday, Firor topped that goal at the Colorado State Track and Field Meet at Jefferson County Stadium, winning the Class 2A 100-meter high hurdles, 300m hurdles and 400m dash.
In the 110-meter high hurdles junior Jace Peebles won silver with a time of 15.97 seconds. "My start was really good and I was able to get to that first hurdle with enough speed to just carry me all the way through," said Peebles, who was ranked eighth going into the meet and finished sixth in preliminaries with a personal best time of 16.83 seconds.
It was an upset in every sense of the word. The Hotchkiss Bulldogs lost to 15th-seeded Fowler, 12-2, in their opening game of the 2A regional baseball tournament Saturday at Runyon Complex in Pueblo. At 18-2, the Bulldogs were in second place in Class 2A state RPI rankings.
They did it! Monday evening, the 29 graduates of the Paonia High School Class of 2019 flipped their tassels, tossed their caps, and turned the page to the next chapter in their lives.
Their class quote, by Andy Bernard of "The Office": "I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them."
The Paonia men's track team won two silver medals and scored 29 points to finish ninth at the Colorado State Track and Field Championships.
The 3200-meter relay team of Logan Green, Simon Cox, Ethan Bartlett and Harley Ewert cut 20 seconds off its season-best performance to place second with a time of 8:22.33.
Fifteen seniors from the Paonia High School graduating class of 2019 were awarded 49 scholarships totaling $69,200 Monday evening at the annual Senior Scholarship Awards Ceremony.
Among the Clem Audin Jr. and Evelyn Audin Youth Scholarship of $300 was awarded to Sabrina Leighton and Taralee Mautz; a Youth Scholarship of - Jade Ellenberger; and a Youth Scholarship of $900 - Jesse Burns.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs overcame a grand slam and a tough Dolores defense Saturday to win the 2A District 3/5 baseball tournament. They head into this week's state baseball playoff regional bracket with an 18-1 record and in second place in state standings.
At Saturday's Cardinal Invitational meet at Grand Valley High School, North Fork track teams took one last shot at improving times and qualifying for this week's Colorado State Track and Field Championships. The meet runs this Thursday-Saturday at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.
When Emery Townsend first began making swift completion of his appointed rounds as a highway contractor for the U.S. Postal Service in Somerset, a gallon of gas cost 24 cents, cars with big tail fins were popular, and Slinkys and Hula Hoops were the top selling toys. That year the Soviet Union launched the first successful spacecraft, and the long-running television show "Perry Mason" debuted.
Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn that can change one's course forever. For Mark and Joei Malone, that unexpected turn happened two years ago on a road trip to explore the possibility of relocating from Summit County to Montrose.
It's been many years since a full-length musical production came to the Paonia High School stage. Musicals take work and talent. They take training and dedication, costumes, sets, a good stage manager and crew, and hours and hours of rehearsal.
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.
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.
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.
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?
It's hard to imagine that a 15-year-old farm girl living on the side of a mountain outside of Crawford could become a top 14 finalist on the glitzy hit show American Idol. But Jeneve Rose Mitchell believed she could, and so did her family.
Since 1992, photographer Celia Roberts has crisscrossed Colorado and the country documenting the nation's migrant and seasonal farmworkers. As a result, her life has taken on new meaning.
Eleven-year-old Haylee is busy de-stemming and slicing bright red strawberries for lemonade-strawberry slushies. As she carefully cuts with a chef's knife she explains how she helps her mom prepare dinner at home.
Clinton Clock is a strong believer in community service. He taught his family by example.
These days, it seems, each of us knows someone who needs a helping hand. Fortunately, local communities are willing to reach out and help.
Since the early part of the 20th century, seeing movies on the big screen has been an American tradition. The big screen came to Paonia in October 1928, when an enterprising citizen named Tom Poulos opened the Paonia Theatre on Grand Avenue.
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.
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.
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.