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New dinosaur mural: Community art reflects youth impact

Thanks to the efforts of two organizations, a vibrant new mural at the Dinosaur Journey Museum recognizes the positive impact of our community’s young people, while welcoming travelers and locals alike to the Fruita area. Unveiled in November, the mural represents a key part of the area’s celebrated history: the dinosaurs that roamed this region millions of years ago. The mural was initiated by Rise Above Colorado, a drug abuse prevention organization that measurably impacts teen perceptions and attitudes about the risks of substance abuse to help youth make empowered, healthy choices. The completion of the

Fruita’s First Hospitals

By Denise Hight Healthcare has always been a top priority of Fruita’s residents. Fruita’s first hospital was opened on South Mesa Street by Dr. James M.G. Beard after he arrived in Fruita in 1895. The hospital was located approximately where the Fruita Thrift Shop stands today. It was for men only, however, and closed when Dr. Beard died in 1912. In 1914 a practical nurse, Hattie Sayles, opened a new hospital, Cloverlawn Sanitarium, at the southeast corner of North Coulson Street and West Pabor Avenue, but it was for women only. There is no visible reminder today that

Edmunds rounds up the BEST BUDGET-FRIENDLY small cars

By CAMERON ROGERS, Edmunds Every year, vehicles become more feature-packed but also more expensive, potentially shutting out buyers on a tight budget. Fortunately, you can find many small, affordable cars that offer good value and don't feel cheap. To help you zero in on the best of those, here's a list of the standout budget-friendly small cars on the market today. We've picked these cars based on Edmunds' expert evaluations and price. Note that the manufacturer suggested prices below include destination fees. 2018 KIA RIO     Starting Price:    $14,795 (sedan)     &

Celebrating Small Town America:  Fruita Fall Festival 2018

Story by Denise Hight Photos by Brian Gatley   For more than 100 years, since it first started in 1914 as the Cowpunchers Reunion, the Fruita Fall Festival has always been about celebrating the unique character of our community. This year’s fall festival, taking place September 21st through the 23rd, with its theme of Celebrating Small Town America, emphasizes the tradition of harvest-themed and fall festivals that are celebrated in many small towns across the country. Among this year’s fall fest events will be the perennial favorites, including the ever-popular parade, the hilarious outhouse race, and the beer

Wanted:  Bakers and Canners - 2018 Fruita Fall Festival

By Denise Hight       The theme for the 2018 Fruita Fall Festival is “Celebrating Small Town America,” and baking and canning displays have been the mainstay of small town festivals and fairs for over a century.     The Fruita Fall Festival has long held a baking and canning contest, but this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better.     “First of all, we are excited to bring it back downtown,” said Shelly Smith of Town and Country Finance, who is organizing the event with Geri Robinson of Robinson Realty