Several local high school athletes, and coaches, were able to participate in this year's Colorado All State games in Alamosa.
Check out this slideshow of photos submitted by friends and family.
Citizens from across Colorado and the West are expected to show up in force in Grand Junction June 23 to protest the Interior Department's moratorium on new coal leases from federal land and its attempt to stop existing mines through increased royalties on production.
Mental health, the Affordable Care Act, and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements/mandates were the leading topics when hospital employees met with Congressman Scott Tipton last week. Rep. Tipton toured the hospital with CEO Jason Cleckler, chief clinical officer Jody Roeber, hospital board member Bill Hellman and other members of the leadership team before meeting with department heads. Tipton was joined by his wife Jean, which he said is "a real rarity." He was also accompanied by two staff members, George Rossman, constituent services field representative, and Brian Meinhart, regional director/policy advisor, both from his Grand Junction office.
The previously established accountability committee of the Delta County Republican Central Committee has been tasked with conducting a "complete, thorough" investigation into the fallout from a Facebook meme characterized as racist. The meme appeared on central committee chairman Linda Sorenson's Facebook page, spurring cries of outrage as the story spread across the country through social media, newspaper accounts and TV broadcasts.
Delta County Economic Development has announced a new business is moving to Delta County.
Waste Farmers, a sustainable agricultural company manufacturing bagged soil products, recently closed on the Hi Quality food processing building at 215 Silver Street in Delta. They will be moving their manufacturing operations to Delta from the Front Range.
County planning staff reports that a specific development proposal for a poultry processing plant on Last Chance Road has been withdrawn by the applicant. The county planning commission's hearing on the application had previously been pulled from its May agenda.
The county commissioners dealt with a planning agenda of seven items at their regular meeting on June 13.
During planning discussions, commissioners heard from Marla K. Ensley Cinnamon about the high cost of "just drawing some lines" to create a small lot for her daughter's home.
A conceptual plan for development of the Gunnison River corridor east from Confluence Park generated a great deal of excitement when it was unveiled last week. When -- and if -- fully implemented, the plan would clearly run into the millions and would require the purchase or acquisition of right-of-way along both sides of the river. But as a "vision" with no price tags attached, the concept appeared to have the support of most of those gathered to hear a presentation from the engineering firm contracted to complete the study.
The Solarize Delta County team will host a solar cocktail hour at CB's Tavern in Delta on Wednesday, June 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. This social event is a great way to meet the installers from Empowered Energy Systems and volunteer program coordinators of Solar Energy International as well as Delta County Economic Development to learn how you can "go solar" and make your own clean and local energy. Short presentations about the program will be held at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to discuss the process and the tiered rebate structure that increases savings as more neighbors sign contracts to install PV systems.
Tayshen Automotive celebrated a recent expansion, as well as its ninth anniversary, with food, a remote radio broadcast and giveaways June 3.
The auto repair business recently expanded into the building that adjoins the shop at 105 1/2 Eaton Avenue. The spacious building formerly housed the Raising Hope Thrift Store. Owners Jami Taylor and Rob Shenold explain they bought the building two years ago, with a long-range vision of expansion.
Members of Tunget Gymnastics had an Xcel Meet in Grand Junction on the last Saturday in April.
The Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests has two fires burning on National Forest System lands. These fires were detected in the evening of June 14 and are the result of lightning.
The "Kelso" fire, is located on Kelso Mesa, approximately 40 miles south of Grand Junction. The fire is burning in a remote, fairly inaccessible location. Currently about 16 acres in size, the Kelso fire is burning in ponderosa pine, oak brush and manzanita brush.
Delta County has been the subject of recent news articles stemming from a meme that was posted on Facebook. Linda Sorenson, chair of the Delta County GOP Central Committee, has stated she exercised "bad judgment" in sharing the meme.
The fact that Linda Sorenson is "stunned" at the vitriol and hatred directed at her for posting a racist meme on Facebook points to her obvious need to educate herself on the history of civil rights in America. Her suggestion that she is somehow the victim in this incident would be laughable if it wasn't so pathetically sad.
To have an opinion and voice it or to keep it to yourself -- what would you do?
Our First Amendment right to free speech is under attack in an organized, subtle and clever way.
In the June 1 DCI, Mr. Stucker defined three reasons to direct your vote to Bentley. In the June 8 DCI, Mr. Sutton defined his reasons why your vote should be for Bentley. A closer, logical evaluation of this reasoning would indicate that Mark Roeber is the one for your vote.
I can't imagine how big the pile of sand is that the Delta County Republican Central Committee has its collective head stuck under. Where are elected county leaders who seem to have their lips stitched up tightly? Enough is enough! The damage that Linda Sorenson has done to this county is beyond comprehension.
I've never written before but thought it might be a good time.
Recently in Hotchkiss, a father, husband and great friend was hurt very seriously. His children went to the Paonia school. The kids had a bake sale for this friend and it was awesome to see these teens (high schoolers) do this almost on their own. They raised a very substantial amount of money for Mike Hillman and his family.
The annual Paonia Summer Duals took place over the weekend at Paonia High School and the Eagles welcomed over 315 wrestlers for the matches.
"It broke out into 24 teams. Just a really good turnout," Paonia coach Andy Pipher said. "There's a lot of local kids which is nice, then there are teams here from Wyoming, kids here from Utah and Nebraska. Just a lotta fun."
Action at Mountain View Park features play in four divisions of slowpitch softball. All four leagues have leaders with unblemished records following last week's play.
A review of the Delta Barracudas swim season was received from Gary Gibson recently. The following article reflects his reports from several sites this summer.
The Delta Barracudas swim team has started their 2016 summer season. Currently, there are 33 swimmers involved with the Barracudas program, including five new swimmers this year.
The 101st Army rock band and Dixieland jazz band will be at the Cedaredge Town Park Tuesday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The full concert band will also be performing free concerts for other towns around Colorado this June. The band will also perform at the Montrose Pavilion Wednesday, June 22, at 7 p.m., and Thursday, June 23, in Centennial Plaza (433 S. First Street) in downtown Montrose at 6 p.m.
Last fall, the Paonia Library received two backpacks from the Colorado State Library. These packs contained such contents as binoculars, wildlife guides, Colorado State Parks information, and, most beneficial to local residents, passes to Colorado State Parks. These passes were offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife as a way to promote the incredible outdoor opportunities available throughout Colorado. Paonia Library was one of only eight libraries selected around the state to experiment with the pilot program, officially called CheckOutColorado.
Ben Thompson and Krystle Sonmore exchanged wedding vows May 1, 2016, at the Manor House in Littleton.
The bride is the daughter of Tim and Jennie Sonmore of Erie. The groom is the son of Rev. Mark and Ruth Thompson of Delta.
Corey and Pamela Wong of Delta are happy to celebrate the first wedding anniversary of their daughter, Pilar, and Cyrus Navabi, son of Reza and Marjan Navabi of Vancouver, Brithish Columbia.
A June 2015 wedding was held at Stanford University Memorial Church in Palo Alto, Calif. The couple met while attending Stanford University. Pilar is a 2007 graduate of Delta High.
Jerry Lehl's home is a museum for horseshoe art.
The driveway is marked by horseshoe stands that look like flowers. Wind chimes with horseshoe ends clink and clang in the breeze. Signs with letters made out of horseshoes greet visitors.
Betty Lu Waggoner died Sunday, June 12, 2016, at her home in Eckert. She was 81.
She was born in Denver Nov. 18, 1934, to Tommy and Lola Marie (Grosbeck) Thompson. Her biological father Tommy died before she was born and she was raised by Gordon and Lola Clayson. She spent her childhood and attended school in Denver, graduating from East High School in 1953.
Delta resident Alice Thompson died Saturday, June 4, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 75.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 9, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta.
Alice Faye Thompson was born in Grand Junction May 16, 1941, to Cecil Locke and Minerva Morford. She spent her childhood in Grand Junction and graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1959.
Garry Michael Breckenridge of Crawford died at his home June 7, 2016. He was 52.
At his request, no service will be held.
Lois Hileman of Irving, Texas, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Flower Mound, Texas. She was 75.
She was born in Cedaredge Jan. 21, 1941, to Alfred and Etta Mae (Hawkins) Lloyd. The family moved to California when she was a child.
Former Delta resident Maria Hatton died Nov. 28, 2015, in Pottstown, Pa., at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Robin and Steven Smith. She was 81.
She was born in Friedburg, Germany (now Czech Republic), to Ludwig and Maria Wagner.
Shirley Mae Brandt of Cedaredge died June 13, 2016, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 92.
She was a teacher.
Services will be held at a later date.
Wayne Earnest Curry of Cedaredge died Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 85.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 16, at First Baptist Church in Cedaredge with Pastor Dik Abbott officiating.
One measure of the success of the 38th annual Pioneer Days celebration is the more than 60 parade entries, which topped the old record by four, said Pioneer Days committee chair Tristan Pfeffer. "It went really well," said Pfeffer.
This year's theme, "So True... Red, White & Blue" was demonstrated throughout the parade. King and queen Robert Keenan and sister-in-law Henrietta Keenan were honored for their military service.
For those who missed the June 1 meeting in Paonia, the nonprofit A Little Help North Fork Valley (formerly Aging in Place) will hold informational meetings in Crawford and Hotchkiss on Thursday, June 23.
Group representatives will briefly describe the grassroots efforts that led the group to the Denver-based A Little Help, and give an overview of the organization and how it works. The nonprofit, which seeks to help seniors remain independent and living in their homes for as long as possible, also seeks members, volunteers, paid service providers, and individuals willing to help with outreach and fundraising.
In her 12 years with Delta County Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter (CAWS), JoAnn Kalenak has seen the fallout from the neglect, abuse and abandonment of cats and dogs in Delta County. She recalls four dogs abandoned in Hotchkiss when the family that once cared for them walked away from their house. On their way out they tossed a bag of food onto a concrete floor and turned a garden hose on.
Kalenak recently announced she would be stepping down as volunteer and board member for CAWS. On Sunday, CAWS board members, volunteers and supporters honored Kalenak for her commitment, sacrifice and dedication.
A Hotchkiss High School athletic team has its collective hopes set on winning a state title, and it's working hard year-round to reach that goal.
The squad competes in Class 2A spirit and cheer, sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Last fall they won the Western Slope regional title and became the first Hotchkiss cheering squad in history to make the final four at state competition.
A long-term plan to create a baseball/softball facility at Crossroads Park is starting to gain momentum.
The board of directors for Hotchkiss Home Plate, a program providing baseball and softball opportunities for North Fork area youth, is focusing on making the facility a reality, said board president Terry Pagone. "We're a new board and we're learning a lot of new things, and we're starting to move in the right direction."
The 70th annual Cherry Days celebration is almost upon us, and early registration is either required or encouraged for some of the events.
After learning recently of a 2006 town liquor ordinance, the Paradise Theatre's board of directors made a quick decision to temporarily cease sales of alcohol during movies, and is asking town trustees to repeal the ordinance. If the ordinance remains part of town code, theatre representatives say they will be hard pressed to keep the historic theatre in operation.
The issue arose after town manager Jane Berry and clerk Corinne Ferguson attended a liquor licensing workshop in Ouray last month. Colorado's liquor licenses are overseen by the Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue.
A project that will analyze water demands and create a planning framework for future infrastructure improvements on the North Fork of the Gunnison River is now underway.
This undertaking is the result of collaboration between Trout Unlimited, North Fork Water Conservancy District and Western Slope Conservation Center. All of these groups hope to produce a planning document that can help guide water projects on the North Fork in the years to come.
The Delta County School District Board of Education has officially opposed the Town of Cedaredge allowing alcohol sales 60 feet from Cedaredge Elementary School.
Great Blue Heron
There he goes again ... flying toward the Grand Mesa. I've often wondered, is he flying homeward? Is he out to raid someone's fish pond? Or has he eaten already and just headed for his roost?
This bird appears regularly and I always wonder.
Classes in blacksmithing will begin on Monday, June 20, at the Pioneer Town Blacksmith Shop in Cedaredge.
Classes will be conducted by Pioneer Town's in-house blacksmith Paul Michaels, assisted by apprentice Ella Kelly. The classes are restricted to participation by women only.
The Cedaredge Town Board is scheduled to take a second look at the alcohol near school ordinance (2016-04) it adopted on May 19.
Strong public interest along with opposition to Ordinance 2016-04 since the DCI first reported it on May 25 have given trustees second thoughts. The town board will consider a measure to rescind the ordinance at its meeting, Thursday, June 16, beginning at 7 p.m.
The annual Edge of the Cedars Art Exhibit and Sale concluded its largest event ever last weekend with 88 artists displaying at least 263 individual works of art, organizers told the DCI.
The show, hosted by the local Zeta Omicron chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, marked its 44th consecutive successful year. Artists were awarded cash and gift certificates from 18 local sponsors.
Organizations of all kinds along with local businesses, families and individuals, are invited to enter the first annual Military and First Responders Parade in Cedaredge on Saturday, July 2.
Since last summer, the Orchard City trustees have been negotiating with the Colorado Water Conservation Board over new floodplain regulations that affect the town.
The CWCB provided an ordinance that it said the town was obliged to adopt, or else Orchard City residents would not be able to buy flood insurance and would be cut off from FEMA assistance in the event of a disaster.
The Grand Mesa Visitor Center on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests is open for the summer season. Summer programs will be offered on various nature topics every Saturday at 2 p.m., starting June 18 through Sept. 10.
This Saturday's program will feature Mike Gauthier, talking about weather.
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