“GORGE” YOURSELF!

By Caitlin Switzer MONTROSE—(March 16)  Al DeGrange of Delta has been guiding backcountry expeditions for more than 30 years. Since 2003, he has owned and operated Gunnison River Expeditions-Gunnison River Outfitters. Ask him about the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, however, and a note of awe still creeps into his voice. “We’re talking Class II-IV whitewater, so remote that we …

Community Supported Art, Montrose, CO

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED ART—AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME?

REGIONAL—(March 16) Anyone who has ever joined a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project knows the joy of paying a set fee, and receiving a regular, delicious box of fresh fruits and vegetables from a local farm in return. Just imagine if that box contained a one-of-a-kind painting or sculpture instead. Community Supported Art is the concept, and the art-friendly community …

1918 Colorado Flu Pandemic

WHEN THE FLU CAME TO COLORADO…AND THE WORLD

By Caitlin Switzer REGIONAL—(March 16) From the viewpoint of history, all’s well that ends well—and indeed, those who did not die eventually got well. For those who lived through it, however, there was only darkness and fear. When people around the world began falling ill in 1918 with what became known as “Spanish Flu,” nobody knew when or how it …

Haven House, Olathe, CO

HAVEN HOUSE A REFUGE FOR FAMILIES, BENEFIT FOR COMMUNITY

By Caitlin Switzer OLATHE—(March 16)  For someone living on the streets or in a car, just getting safely through the day—and night–can be an overwhelming burden.  Attaining a new job or an independent lifestyle can seem like impossible dreams. Lending a hand up when it is most needed is the idea behind Haven House, a 501(c)3 non-profit housed in the …

REGION 10 LAUNCHES SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER

Special To The Mirror (Montrose CO 4-9-13) With 41 years of experience serving local communities with programs and services that make the most of available dollars by leveraging resources, Region 10 was a natural fit when it came to developing a new satellite office to serve the Montrose-Delta communities.  The Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) is a collaborative effort among …

USE WATER WISELY NOW, OFFICIALS SAY

By Caitlin Switzer REGIONAL—(March 2) Although winter snows brought welcome precipitation—and powder snow– to the high country, snowpack levels in the Gunnison River Basin have dropped to just 72 percent of an average year when it comes to snow water equivalent and just 69 percent when it comes to accumulated precipitation.  Although the Western Slope is not facing the dire …