Can you imagine a future where bookstores have died out completely? Cracking open a book is definitely an experience with no equal. I'm not saying it's better. I'm saying it's unique! I love reading on my tablet, but on the other hand I'm worried that it will break over the years and I'll lose access to some of my eBooks. Then you hear those horror-story cases of...(more)
A Cultural Enlightening
Groups of Tibetan monks travel North America each year to share their culture and increase awareness about Tibet. They’ve been visiting the North Fork Valley for thirty or more years, at the invitation of friends and students here. These monks are exiles from their homeland of Tibet, where the Chinese communists have persecuted the Tibetan people for practicing their traditional Buddhist religion and have forced the great monastic universities into exile in India and beyond. Our community is delighted and honored...(more)
Into The Coal Miner's World
This is the summer that I fulfilled a wish that I’ve had my entire life as a Coloradoan. I went deep into Mother Earth and saw the workings of a coal mine. I wanted to experience, even in the smallest way, what miners do to earn a living.
Mining is a way of life that might not be easily shared in a simple explanation. It’s a workplace in which one could not exist for very long without forming some very tight bonds. A coal mine is a place where one must remain alert, watch each other’s back and a place where...(more)
Annual River Awareness Float Trip
Fundraiser for the Western Slope Conservation’s River Improvement Projects
Every May for the last fifteen years people have flocked from all over the North Fork, the Western Slope, and beyond to float the Gunnison River in support of local watershed conservation. The Western Slope Conservation Center’s Annual River Awareness Float Trip Fundraiser is one of Delta County’s...(more)
Once A Gunslinger, Now A Gunsmith
They say a gunslinger is a man who’s known for being able to handle a gun and shoot well. To some, he’s an outlaw; to others he IS the law but to anyone who has ever spent much time in Crawford, Colorado, it would come as no surprise to see a neighbor sitting at the local diner with a gun strapped to his hip. In an effort to avoid all the recent political hoopla over personal rights, intimidation, protection and who gets to tell whom what they can and can’t do with a gun…(more)
These writings come from various local writers in an effort to showcase our quality of life as well as share the things that are important to us.