The Great Recession officially ended in 2009, but communities on the Western Slope are still feeling its effects.
In Montrose County, unemployment remains high and property values have not returned to pre-recession levels.
Paul Paladino, the director of the Montrose Regional Library District, said low property values affect the libraries.
"We are funded 90 percent from property taxes," said Paladino.
He said since 2013, the library system has faced a $420,000 budget deficit and is dipping into reserves to help make up for that loss.
The Montrose library hosted an Open Mic in early December. Writers shared original poems, short stories or memories. Some of the readers this month wrote on the theme of the evening: "Cycles."
For information about events and future open mic readings at Montrose library, visit montroselibrary.org.
There’s an art project on display at the Montrose Library that seeks to bring awareness to domestic violence.
Hilltop’s Tri-County Resource Center created the exhibit for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
It features a mannequin wearing a vintage wedding dress that was donated by a victim of domestic violence.