At their March 5 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes made two appointments to the county planning commission. Steve Shea was reappointed for a three-year term.
Senior CommUnity Meals, a program of Volunteers of America, is assembling emergency "blizzard boxes" to distribute to their homebound older adult clients beginning Dec. 15. The emergency food boxes will contain enough food for six meals in the event a storm hits the area.
The Brickwall Eatery has opened under a new name and with a new chef/owner. At the Wild Flower Bistro, 305 Main Street in Delta, Gretchen Morfogen is offering "timelessly crafted freshly made comfort classics."
Twenty immigrants from Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam will take the oath of allegiance and become U.S. citizens Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the federal courthouse in Grand Junction. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher will preside over the ceremony with assistance by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Although voters approved a combined parks, recreation and golf department in November 2014, the City of Delta continues to transfer funds from utility accounts to offset golf course expenditures.
While all three departments are now under the supervision of Wilma Erven, funds cannot be combined because of the golf course debt, interim city manager Glen Black explained at a recent council meeting.
A former employee has found her way back to the Delta County Libraries, and her return will be evident in all five libraries over the next few months.
LaDonna Gunn started working for Delta County Libraries in 2007.
Hilltop Community Resources has received a $60,000 Daniels Fund grant to support its domestic violence emergency shelters in Mesa, Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties. This grant also funds Hilltop's Senior Daybreak program, located in Grand Junction.
There's a new twist on municipal elections in 2016. To allow enough time for ballots to be delivered to voters overseas, the timeline for ballot preparation has been moved up.
Veronica R. Munoz, 26, of Clifton was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $1,000 bond.
Summer M.S. Adcock, 21, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged harassment.
Do you care for a loved one with dementia? If so, you are not alone! Delta County Senior Resource Council and Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado, sponsored by Region 10, offer support groups for caregivers.
Progress to secure a new lease for the forest headquarters office for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests is occurring. A pre-solicitation notice announcing a 10- to 15-year lease for approximately 13,000 to 15,000 square feet of office space, warehouse storage and parking has been posted on the Government "FedBizOpps.gov" website and legal notices were placed in area newspapers.
Thursday, Dec. 10, was a wonderful day for academics in the Delta County School District.
The morning started with the sixth-eighth grade math competition (Math Counts.)
In response to the two letters that appeared in the Dec. 9 DCI questioning the urgency of dealing with climate change, I would begin with a couple of statements. One: climate change caused by human-caused global warming, caused in turn mainly by our adding new CO2 to the carbon cycle through the burning of fossil fuels, is the very most important issue of the present and will continue to be so for several generations.
Interested in a strong and diverse Delta County economy?
Delta County businesses know that our economy is difficult.
There is a huge unrecognized asset that we need to support in our community for our survival in dark times. ISIS, Iran, and other terrorist organizations want to destroy the United States.
Several times in world history a simple lie has been widely accepted with earth-shaking results. The flat earth lie is one example.
Cedaredge High School's basketball team is now on top of the 2A District 5 girls' standings. A loss by Paonia to Olathe last week has the Bruins listed in first place with a 5-0 record.
Cedaredge High School's wrestling team had three athletes place in the top three at last weekend's Delta Invitational. The Bruins scored 85.5 points to place fifth in the 12-team field in Delta.
The Paonia High School girls' basketball team saw the highs and the lows this past week.
The latter came last Tuesday on the road in Olathe, where the Eagles suffered their first loss of the season.
Dallyce Marchbanks and Jeff Vincent of Delta are the parents of a son, Brantley Allen Vincent, born Nov. 25, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 13.4 ounces and was 21 inches in length.
Clare James is one of two recipients of the 2015 Colorado Clinical Laboratory Undergraduate Student Scholarship provided by a number of clinical laboratory professional organizations, including Colorado Association for Continuing Medical Laboratory Education, American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Colorado, and Clinical Laboratory Management Association Centennial Chapter.
Evan Watson and Tyler Myers are seeking $363.93 to develop a pneumatic projectile launcher for a high school physics project. They got it.
Delta resident Bridget C. Mannon died of complications from congestive heart failure Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. She was 83.
Longtime Hotchkiss resident David Lars Hanson died Dec. 5, 2015, at the VA Hospital in San Diego, Calif. He was 78.
Eleanor "Ellie" Parsons died Dec. 15, 2015, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 85.
Former longtime Delta resident Ernest Greenwood died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at HopeWest in Grand Junction. He was 97.
Mabel "Jeane" Ruby died Dec. 10, 2015, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 88.
John Kukar died Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, at The Homestead in Montrose. He was 87.
Leeanna J. Mewhinney of Eckert died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 53.
Ozella Shea died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at her home in Delta. She was 83.
At the Dec. 9 meeting of the Crawford Town Council, council members unanimously passed the 2016 budget and related ordinances. Councilor Wanda Gofforth was not present.
Several holiday events were held during the December Second Saturday Shop in Hotchkiss Day. The Creamery Arts Center offered workshops. Live music was provided by The Three Tinkers.
The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board announced today a $12,600 Youth Corps grant to the Town of Paonia for improvements to the popular Paonia River Park.
The grant will fund two weeks of work by Western Conservation Corps crews.
"The Friendliest Town Around" stands out among its peers on a website dedicated to recognizing the best of the best in America. Hotchkiss recently took the No. 2 spot among a list of "Top 12 Small Cities in Colorado" by the national website 101usa.com.
Citizens interested in running for election in 2016 take note: Changes have been made in the timeline for submitting petitions.
Petitions for individuals seeking a seat on the Paonia board of trustees or Hotchkiss and Crawford councils can be picked up at respective town offices on Jan. 5, and must be completed and submitted to the respective town hall no later than Jan. 25.
Following almost three months of special meetings, budget hearings and public input, the Town of Paonia passed a balanced 2016 budget and ordinances for water, sewer and garbage rate increases at its Dec. 8 meeting of the board of trustees.
All ordinances, which were passed under emergency measures, were required to pass by a three-fourths majority, and fee increases will be retroactive to Dec. 1.
The Town of Paonia is holding a surplus property sale at 38784 Highway 133 (approximately one half mile west of Delicious Orchards), this Friday, Dec. 18. Auction preview begins at 9 a.m., with auctioneer John Cunningham starting the bidding process at 10 a.m.
As he has done since 1991, Santa Claus arrived early for more than 175 children in the North Fork area, bringing bags of gifts and spreading holiday cheer Saturday at the annual North Fork Children's Christmas Party.
This year's event was a big success, said director Pam Bliss.
Queen Bee Betty Portman hosted a Christmas party for the Red Hat Dolls of the Valley on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Hotchkiss Hightower Café. Festive ladies, dressed in red and purple finery, enjoyed a meal catered by Cary Hightower.
The schools of Cedaredge celebrate Christmas every year by bringing in real trees, decorating classrooms, and most importantly, giving back to the community. All three schools introduced new ideas for fundraisers, donations and entertainment for the town this year.
The Cedaredge Town Board has doubled the monthly paychecks for trustees and increased the mayor's pay while saying it isn't a raise.
Under the plan adopted as Ordinance 2015-10 on Dec. 10, the next members elected to the board of trustees will get 100 percent more money for their service than current trustees do.
According to staff at the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, four new directors have been appointed to the chamber's board of directors.
They were named at a special meeting of the board held on Tuesday morning, Dec. 8.
The Town of Cedaredge will be issuing a request for proposals for management of the golf course restaurant following action of the town board at its regular meeting on Dec. 10.
Any responses to the town's RFP are to be reviewed by trustees at their next official meeting -- a work session on Jan 14.
In April's municipal election at Orchard City, there will be four trustee seats up for election -- three with four-year terms and one with a two-year term -- along with the mayoral seat.
Orchard City town clerk Melissa Oelke announced at the trustees' Dec. 9 meeting that candidate petition packets for the upcoming April elections will be available right after the first of the year.
In drafting its proposed Ordinance 2015-10, town staff endeavored to keep individual elected officials' names out of the document.
However, issues are so intertwined that a generalized wording was found to be impossible.
Over a year ago, I wrote a column on mistletoe. In my mind's eye, I was walking through an oak woodland in Wisconsin.
Orchard City's troubled West Main water transmission line encountered another failure over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to a report from the trustee water committee.
One of the fused couplings which has experienced previous failures on the HDPE polymer line failed over that weekend.
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