Crawford Country News
June 2017

So far we have 5 planter boxes scattered around downtown Crawford…1) Wild Country Keepsakes; 2) The Hitching Post; 3) Two at the Town Hall; 4) Crawford Library.  Two more planters are being constructed for Don’s Directory.   Thanks to the participation of all these businesses, all these boxes will be filled with flowers prior to June 8th’s Pioneer Days Festival.  A special thanks goes out to Larry Valdez, Curtis Hartley, and Tony Vervloet for the construction of these planter boxes.  Without your assistance this project would never have been fulfilled.   Another special thanks goes to all of these businesses who were willing to participate in this project.  This completes this phase of our Beautification Project…more information to follow on what comes next!!!  We are still looking for Sponsors of these planters. Once we decide on the parameters we’ll let you know and anyone interested will have a plaque placed on one of these planter boxes as special recognition.

Returning & New Members

Your participation this year will help us realize some of the “wish list” items we’ve planned for 2017!  Your support is greatly appreciated.

Kevin Parks Insurance Inc
Ed & Sue Rozman
Crawford Family Chiropractic
Crawford Fitness
Crawford South Storage
Western Slope Conservation Center






This business is located in the recently renovated Boardwalk Cafe and it’s terrific! 
Their hours for business (for now) are:
 Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am to 9 pm 
Sunday 10:00 am to 2:00 (Brunch) - Closed Monday
Future plans may have them open for breakfast…more information to follow
Ph:  921-5000 - They do love reservations, especially for large parties.

SEI Selected for Technical Committee Representation NFPA 70 / NEC 2020

SEI is proud to announce that our non-profit school has been selected for official technical committee representation for the NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC) 2020 edition! SEI Curriculum Developer and Instructor, Rebekah Hren, was recently appointed to represent SEI as a Principal on Code-Making Panel 4 for the NEC. CMP-4 is assigned Articles 690, 691, 692, 694, 705, and 710 - including solar PV, Large-scale PV, Wind Systems, Interconnected Electric Power Production Sources, and Stand-Alone Systems. Rebekah is currently working with the PV Industry Forum to draft public inputs to the 2020 NEC. SEI would like to encourage alumni and students to become more involved in the Code-making process by joining the Industry Forum. Through participation in the technical committee as SEI's principal representative, Rebekah is in turn representing SEI's alumni and student body - don't forget you have a voice in the Code-making process!

What's Happening

North Fork Pool

Water Aerobics ALL SUMMER

Monday - Friday 8:45-9:45am
NEW! Tuesday and Thursday 6-7pm
Free with entrance to the pool.
Stroke Improvement
Make swimming more fun!

Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7pm
drop in, ages 14 - adult
$3 plus pool entrance
Kids Pasta Project Dinner!
June 12 - 6pm at the pool
For reservations, call Lenore at 970-985-9220 by June 11
Western Slope SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards) will be here to demonstrate and let you try out paddleboarding!
Plus, we'll have a singing gondolier to serenade us through yummy KPP dinner.
Proceeds benefit Hotchkiss Home Plate.
SIGN UP NOW for Swim Lessons
Full swim lesson schedule here.
Sign up at the pool NOW by calling 872-4244 or stop by. We'll also be here if you have specific class questions during these hours:
June 5 - 9, 9am - 1pm at the pool
July 5 - 7, 9am - 1pm at the pool
Pickleball at Apple Valley Tennis Courts
Join the game Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10am.
(We'll start earlier later in the summer!)
For more information, call Thomas at 497-0909

Check out their website for fees/pool passes/scheduled events and lessons.

Blue Sage Center for the Arts

Help your children have FUN this summer...and learn a thing or two...

Chorus, June 5th-9th
Circus Arts, June 26th-30th
Movie Making and Animation, July 10th-14th
Summer Strings Orchestra Program, July 17th-21st

P.S. Classes start SOON!


Theme:  Heritage, Family & Friends

June 8th thru June 11th, 2017

2017 Schedule of Events


Thursday, June 8th

Old Fashioned Dessert Theater Melodrama... “Pillow Talk In Mattress Spring – or – No Rest for the Wicked”

Doors open at starts at 7:00pm

Friday, June 9th

Crawford - First State Bank Appreciation BBQ

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Baking Contest

Judging: 3:00-5:00pm

Drop baked items @Town Hall between 10am & 2pm. (Baked items NOT taken at bank this year.

Taco & Salad Bar - (Put on by Crawford Fire Auxiliary to benefit the annual Fireworks fund)

4:00pm - 6:30pm

Annual Live Auction

6:00pm - 9:00pm Featuring items from the North Fork Valley

Saturday, June 10th

Fire Department Pancake Breakfast


Arts, Crafts and Food Booths

9:00am - 4:00pm

Parade - 2017 THEME "Heritage, Friends & Family"

10:00am (Check-in at 9:00am across from Fire Station)

Outhouse Races

Immediately following the parade, in front of parade judges booth

Old Fashioned Melodrama – "Pillow Talk In Mattress Spring – or – No Rest for the Wicked"

11:00am and 1:00pm inside Town Hall

Hay Bale Races

High noon in the park

Live Musical Entertainment

11:30am-12:00pm - David and Tamara Hauze

12:40pm-12:55pm -TBA

1:00pm-1:40pm - TBA

1:45pm-2:25pm - TBA

2:35pm-3:15pm - TBA

3:20pm-4:00pm - TBA

Free Games in the Park

1:00pm - 4:00pm.

Water balloons, Kids Hay Bale Races, Relay Races, Tug-a-war, Watermelon Eating contest and more.

Kids Train Rides

1:00pm - 4:00pm


(Crawford State Park) at Dusk (approx 9:45pm)


Sunday, June 11th

Cowboy Church Service (Non-denominational)


Free Lunch - in the park following church service.

Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation

“Eat, Drink, & Be Very Generous”

June 10th, 2 pm to 6 pm

Live entertainment - Local wine, beer, cider, and food tasting
Fundraiser for DCMH West Elk Clinic in Hotchkiss
Heritage Hall, Delta County Fairgrounds
For more information contact Patti at 970-874-2291

Volunteers of America and Alpine Bank partner to bring Flag Day Celebration to Downtown Montrose 

Volunteers of America and Alpine Bank will present a free, patriotic Flag Day program on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in Centennial Plaza, located next to City Hall on South 1st Street. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a

proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. “That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation.”-- This was the resolution adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777 following the report of a special committee which had been assigned to suggest the flag’s design. The program will begin at 11:30 a.m. opening with an invocation, followed by the Montrose High School Color Guard presentation of the colors, the national anthem by singer Beth Williams, a Flag Day proclamation by Montrose Mayor, Judy Ann Files and a special program from Marilyn Cox, Montrose local. Guest are invited to enjoy patriotic musical entertainment by Beth Williams during a free lunch of hot dogs or hamburgers from noon until 1:00 p.m. “We wish to share the importance of our nation’s flag with the community. It is a symbol of freedom and unity,” said Erin Berge, regional marketing director for Volunteers of America. “We invite everyone to come out and celebrate with us, especially our local veterans, active service members and all others who love and honor our United States flag.” “This should be a great community event. Personally, I am looking forward to hearing reminders of our flag’s history,” said Allison Nadel, Community Relations Director for Alpine Bank. “With our partnership with Volunteers of America our hope is that all come out to hear those same reminders.”

Seeking Vendors:
We are looking for antique, hand crafted,  snack food, and kids activities vendors. Instead of a booth fee we are asking vendors to make a donation to the Alzheimer's Association. 
Do you know of anyone who may be interested? Contact:

Kylynn Wilson - 970-874-1421
Cell: 970-683-8044
Fax: 970-874-8018

- Crawford Library - 

Children’s Summer Reading Kick-off Party.  Discover a world of rhythm at the 2017 Summer Reading Kick-off Party!   Program presenters, The Embodying Rhythm Musical Outreach Ensemble with David Alderdice & Friends, are sure to get you moving!  Wednesday, June 7 at 10:30 am.

Teen Summer Reading Program.  Dynamic presenters, real life stories, fun and engaging activities, and preparing (& eating!) delicious food will be the theme of Crawford Library's Teen Summer Reading Program!  Weekly prizes, comic book giveaways, and a grand prize drawing for a drone!  Every Thursday at 2:00 pm.

Summer Reading Puppet Show: Week two of the children's program will feature the Six Little Critters & the Big, Somewhat-Bad Dragon Puppet Show.  Six little critters create their dream homes, but Dewey the Dragon threatens destruction!  Can teamwork triumph?  Games to follow!  Wednesday, June 14 at 10:30 am.

Storytime for Babies, Tots, and Preschoolers at the Crawford Library.Stories, games, songs, activities, and crafts for kids 0-5 and their parents or caretakers. Thursdays starting at 10:30 am. Contact the Library at 399-7783 for details.


Computer Tutor. Librarians will be available to help you with questions and problems about computers or mobile devices. Just drop in during regular library hours or call ahead for a specific time. Contact the Crawford Library at 399-7783 for details.

Farm to Fiddle

August 11th & 12th, 2017

The Farm-to-Fiddle Summer Festival in Hotchkiss, Colorado announces the Western Colorado Outdoor Expo held in complement with the Delta County Fair and Rodea.

       The Western Colorado Outdoor Expo is an amazing opportunity to showcase all the outdoor adventures available in Delta County and Western Colorado.  Spanning from the depths of the Black Canyon to the top of the Grand Mesa our unique area has some amazing outdoor activities.  From world class hunting and fishing to rock climbing and biking, the activities are endless in Western Colorado and, of course, at the center of it all...Delta County.

        As part of the Farm to Fiddle Summer Festival, the Western Colorado Outdoor Expo has an extensive audience of locals who are an integral part of the outdoor adventure lifestyle and live it everyday.  For two full days in August, Hotchkiss is the hub of all that Western Colorado has to offer on display at the expo and festival.

      This is your opportunity to reach your customers directly at the Western Colorado Outdoor Expo.

Booth Space = $60 (10'x10') – Sponsorship Opportunities Available.  Call Adam at (970) 210-4614 or Lynda at (970) 20-7558  Email:

Business Section

DMEA and Elevate Fiber are holding community workshops prior to our Annual Meeting of Members on Thursday, June 15. 
Attached is a flyer detailing the workshops. These are perfect for the following:

 *   Small businesses looking to "up their game"
 *   Entrepreneurs trying to find their place in rural America
 *   Businessmen and women looking to carve out a market or find new customers
 *   Non-profits searching for effective ways to fundraise or garner support
 *   Individuals who need help navigating our tech-centric world

Please share and spread the word with your chamber members. Each session will take place from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. And seating is limited to 30. Please remind people to RSVP by June 2 to Darleen Carron a or (970) 240-1273. Attendees are also encouraged to stick around for the entertainment, dinner, and meeting portion of the event.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!
Becky Mashburn
Marketing Supervisor
Delta-Montrose Electric Association
o: 970.240.1263
c: 970.596.1898

Business Center

Now offering Office Services to the Crawford Area!
Color Copying & Printing
• Comb & Staple Binding
• Document Scanning
• Mailing & Shipping Services
• Small Laminating
• Layout and Graphic Design
-Business Cards

Office Space for Rent 
Everything your business needs is already here!
Desks, Chairs, Copier, Printers,
Faxes, Phones and more!

Located on Hwy 92!
551 Hwy 92
Crawford, CO 81415

SEI Announces New Board Officers

Solar Energy International is pleased to announce Paul Bony as the new Board President. Paul has a diversified background in marketing and delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy products and services at the utility, manufacturer, distributor, dealer and consumer level and presently works for The Electric Gas Industry Association as their Director of Renewables and Contractor Development.

Enroll Now for July 10th SEI Online Courses!

Community News

CDOT, Contractor Begin Improvements to US 50 Along Blue Mesa Reservoir

GUNNISON COUNTY - The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor A & S Construction Company of Canon City begin work today on a project to improve US 50 along Blue Mesa Reservoir. The work, contracted for $8.9 million, will resurface a 12.1-mile stretch of US 50 adjacent to the reservoir, from mile point 127 to 139. Crews will remove and recycle the top layer of asphalt to remove surface cracking and imperfections, overlay the pavement with new asphalt, make bridge deck repairs on two structures, replace guardrail and restripe the highway.
TRAVEL IMPACTS - Motorists can expect single-lane, alternating traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, through one or more work zones. Please plan for possible traffic holds of up to 20 minutes--delays could exceed 20 minutes as traffic queues are cleared in both directions. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place during work hours through the project’s duration.
“There appears to be some confusion regarding the nature of the work being completed this season on US 50,” said CDOT Resident Engineer, Raelene Shelly. A Blue Creek Canyon future project (MP 123-127) has been awarded funding from the Federal Lands Access Program, however design for the project has not started. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2020, but anticipated traffic impacts have yet to be determined,” Shelly said.
The US 50 Little Blue Reconstruction project is a continuation from last year at MP 121-123. This project will be widening US 50 to accommodate a passing lane in the westbound direction. Expected construction timeline is beginning the week of May 15 to September 2017.


The second project, US 50 Blue Mesa Resurfacing consists of cold-in-place asphalt recycling, 2-inch overlay, and bridge deck repair work at MP 127-139. Expected construction timeline is May to November 2017.


STAY CONNECTED - Those interested in staying up to date on the US 50 Blue Mesa Resurfacing project and work schedule can do so by visiting the project web site at The project public information line is(970) 765-0535.

Communications Manager Region 3 
P 970.384.3371  |  C 970.366.2502  |  F 970.947.5133
202 Centennial St., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601  |  |

Welcome Summer...and Travel...

I-70 traffic shouldn't be a part of anyone's summer plans, and is your resource for a delay free trip!  EveryThursday, posts a travel forecast specific to the coming weekend.  They look at loads of historic traffic data, the weather forecast, construction projects, and what large events are occurring along the I-70 corridor and give you a good idea of the best times to travel. If you are a frequent I-70 traveler, consider having real time info sent directly to you.  Find all the real time information resources listed at

Coming June 3 ~~ Delta County Interactive Trail Guide
Contact Tim Gallegos of the Delta County Tourism Cabinet for details:
In the meantime, check out this article to learn how recreational trails are influencing local economic development around the US.

 Delta County Master Plan Update

 Videos of the community meetings and presentations during the one-year planning process in 2017-2018, are available here: For details and links to sign up for notifications, and find the Survey: 

If you have an event or some news you would like included in our next newsletter please email us at