Local History Thursday: Flash Flood at Cross Orchards

In the days prior to adequate floodplain and stormwater management in Mesa County, flash floods could be an issue for valley residents. Charles Buttolph, former manager for the Red Cross Land and Fruit Company (and then-owner of his own fruit farm on adjacent land), talks about one such flash flood that swept through Cross Orchards […]

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Fiesta De Los Tres Reyes Magos

Día de los Tres Reyes Magos

On the sixth of January, people across Latin America celebrate a holiday called Día de los Tres Reyes Magos or The Three Kings Day. According to tradition, children leave hay inside a shoe overnight so the camels that belong to the three kings have something delicious to eat. In the morning, children wake up to find […]

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Get busy creating in 2019

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop, you know. Why not learn a new craft or hobby this year, so as not to fall prey to laziness and possible evil-doing? It’s easy, with books from the library. I, my own self, have been wanting to learn paper-mâché, weaving, and natural dyeing. Here are few I’ll try:     […]

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Julia March Crocetto is new 970West Artist in Residence

Julia March Crocetto, the new Mesa County Libraries 970West Artist in Residence, blends printmaking, painting, and stitching to create intricate and unique interpretations of the Western landscape. Crocetto will host a variety of workshops for adults and teens during her 970West residency and also will host weekly studio hours where the public can drop in […]

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Palisade Branch joins Dog Ears lineup in 2019

Dog Ears, the popular children’s reading therapy program offered through Mesa County Libraries, is coming to the Palisade Branch in 2019. Registered therapy dogs will visit the Palisade Branch, 119 W. Third St., at 4 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, beginning Jan. 4. Kids can sign up in advance for a 15-minute […]

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Christmas Camel Ride

Local History Thursday: Holiday Traditions

The scramble to prepare for the big winter holiday season started weeks ago.  There have been moments of joy while visiting with relatives and loved ones, or finding that perfect gift for your kiddo.  Then there’s moments of stress when realizing the strings of Christmas lights you’ve spent hours draping over your roof won’t turn […]

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My favorite books of 2018

End-of-the-year booklists are here again, with their unattainable “3,000 Best Crime Novels of 2018,” designed, I feel sure, to make me feel under-read and inadequate. I am only one woman, and I cannot keep up with these professional bookworms. Also, these lists trigger my book-related FOMO, which leads to the inevitable realization that I am going […]

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