It's a familiar story. A traditional ranch changes hands. Machinery and livestock are auctioned off. Structures are bulldozed. The acreage is carved into lots for modern houses and what was once open country is swamped by an ocean of subdivision rooftops.
Bird enthusiasts gathered last weekend to celebrate the seventh annual Eckert Crane Days. Although the sandhill cranes proved somewhat elusive, the human attendance was comparable to past years.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.
When I was a cub reporter in high school, they gave me advice. And when I worked as a journalist in the Army, they said the same thing.
In October 2017 Eckert Presbyterian Church welcomed Rev. Nancy Howarth as interim pastor, and her husband, Steve Howarth, also a pastor.
"We appreciate being able to share life and ministry with Eckert Presbyterian.
Horizons Care Center has received a donation of a handmade quilt to its "End of Life, Discharge with Dignity" program from Pam Howe, daughter of a Horizons Care Center resident.
"We now have the most beautiful quilt designed to honor those who are leaving us and sincerely appreciate this heart-felt gift," admissions and marketing director Karen Crump said.
The Surface Creek school district once covered an area from the Gunnison River on the south to the upper crossing of Kaiser Creek on the north, and from Rogers Mesa on the east to Doughspoon Creek on the west. A Captain William Spalding taught the first school in the Eckert area at his home in 1884.
The very best fudge in the state of Colorado is right in your backyard -- and, more than likely, it was handmade just a few hours before it appears on the shelves -- using real butter, sugar, cream and chocolate, of course. Mark and Lisa Hill, owners of Drost's Chocolates in Eckert, won first place last week in the 2017 Chocolatier Championships at the Colorado Chocolate Festival for their chocolate pecan fudge.
The Eckert Cemetery Board of Directors has initiated a program to improve landscaping at the cemetery. The effort will be officially launched on Memorial Day with the start of a fundraising drive.
On Friday, April 6, Rose Zaldivar, 51 of Eckert was reported missing by a friend to the Montrose County Sheriff's Office. It was believed she had gone hiking on April 2.
The annual Crane Festival was held over the weekend at Fruitgrowers Reservoir in Eckert.
An Eckert man has taken his talent for art, merged it with lessons his dad taught him years ago and created a vocation for himself and a distinctive type of craftsmanship.
John Good found early in life that he had a talent and love of art which he pursued into his adult years.
Annual community activities are scheduled to take place this week in Cedaredge as Irish stew and crane watching events are on the calendar.
The local Zeta Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority is hosting its traditional Irish stew fundraiser on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March, 17. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Masonic Hall.
Beef producer Hugh Sanburg of Eckert has been elected to serve on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion & Research Board Operating Committee. The election took place in early February during CBB's annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.
The home of Dave and Edie Burgess -- and the site of the Graystone Restaurant -- was originally an apple packing shed. The Burgesses purchased the building in 1996, intending to covert it into a house.
Therapeutic recreation is a practice of utilizing a wide range of activities and interventions to improve physical, emotional, cognitive, social and leisure skills for a wide range of individuals. The intervention is personalized and based on a person's past, present and future leisure lifestyle.
Charles Morris of Grand Junction, a Colorado native and an accomplished artist, gave a seminar on his work to other artists in the PACE fine arts program at the Eckert Horizons facility last week.
It was a presentation with a true family flavor as Morris' sister, June, participates in the three-times-weekly art program at PACE, and she served as the model for Morris' demonstration.
Volunteers of America and Horizons Care Center are pleased to announce the new additions of Lora Weber, PT as director of rehabilitation and Karen Crump as director of admissions and marketing.
Volunteers of America National Services Foundation and Horizons Care Center announce that current employee, Joe Kersen, LPN, has received an educational scholarship for 2016-2017.
The purpose of the educational scholarship is to support and encourage employees to pursue learning opportunities through education and training, as this is a core value and a strategic imperative within the non-profit organization.
Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Cuthbert as the new life enrichment coordinator for Horizons Care Center. The life enrichment coordinator works with all residents to support their social and emotional well-being in positive and constructive ways within the community.
Senior CommUnity Care, a Volunteers of America program, is celebrating its eight-year anniversary for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) which features comprehensive, coordinated care for adults age 55 and older.
The PACE program is currently serving a total of 306 participants in both Montrose and Delta counties with the care, medical treatment and support they need to achieve the highest quality of life -- while remaining independent as long as possible.
Competitive 4-H shooting sports participants from four counties arrived at the Eckert Shooting Sports Range on Saturday for the Delta County 4-H Invitational Shoot. 4-H'ers from Montrose, Mesa and Garfield counties joined local youth for the event.
The Red Hats of Horizons recently collected donations of clean, gently used clothing as a community service project. Numerous bags of men's and women's apparel were handed over to Kimberly Burns, assistant manager of the Salvation Army thrift store in Delta, at a special event last week.
Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of John Norris as the new executive director for Horizons Health Care & Retirement Community.
Norris said he applied for the management position because he identified with the mission-based organizational structure of Volunteers of America, where resident care is a first priority.
The Volunteers of America programs located in Eckert have received new phone numbers due to a necessary telephone system upgrade.
The programs affected are:
Every March brings the distinctive sound of the sandhill cranes calling in their big flocks circling high above the Surface Creek Valley.
The annual Eckert Crane Days, an event that observes and participates in the seasonal migration of the cranes, has been scheduled for March 18-20 this year.
Horizons Health Care and Retirement Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Lyn Lawhead as social services director, Ashley Krebs as admissions and marketing director and Amy Bryant as memory support director.
The annual end-of-the-season fruit sale at Fritchman Orchards netted a total of $2,693.65 this year.
Proceeds from the annual event will go toward a fund established for Tyler Clymo, a youth in the community who is undergoing treatments for a type of cancer.
The county's choice for a haul route from its yet-to-be-opened North Road gravel pit has been decided.
The county intends to send its ten-wheel end-dump trucks and its 18-wheel belly-dump trucks through Eckert's congested SH65-at-North Road intersection.
Trent Ashby, 37, of Austin suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident at about 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.
Ashby was traveling southbound on Happy Hollow Road when he went through the "T" intersection of Happy Hollow and North roads
Editor's note: With students, teachers and friends gathering on Wednesday, Sept. 16, for an all-school reunion of Eckert School, Norm Kehmeier wanted to share a history of the schools with our readers. The reunion is at the Eckert Presbyterian Church, 13025 Highway 65, Eckert, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Anyone who attended Eckert School at any time is invited.
When you hear the word "doors" do you think of entering your home or job or storefront, a hidden passage, or something more abstract and emotional? Twenty-four members of the Grand Junction Art Quilt Association (AQuA) submitted their fiber interpretation of "Doors" for a special exhibit to hang in October at both the Quiltfest Oasis in Palm Springs and the 24th annual Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) in Santa Clara, Calif.
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