On July 24, Delta resident Ernest Abachiche plead guilty to distribution of a controlled substance (Schedule 1 or II), a class three drug felony, for selling heroin. The case was investigated by the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force. He also entered pleas of guilty to vehicular eluding, two cases of domestic violence and probation violations. Montrose District Judge Keri Yoder sentenced Abachiche to prison for the stipulated eight years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, plus parole upon release.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.