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.
Though the event this year is being billed as the 81st anniversary, the Deltarado Days celebration started as a week-long event in 1920 and was called "The Annual Farmers Spree." It was held from 1920 to 1936 and was instituted when Holly Sugar was built in Delta.
Orton Family Foundation executive director David Leckey announces the hiring of Alexis Halbert as senior associate of programs in the foundation's Arvada office.
"As the Orton Family Foundation brings our resident-driven community development method to towns across the country, Alexis will play a key role on our programs team," Leckey said.
The Delta County Commissioners have dealt with a number of business matters at recent meetings including the following:
• Commissioners approved the budgeted purchase of a tandem axel dump truck for road and bridge district 3.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife says that it found a deer that was infected with Chronic Wasting Disease just east of the city of Montrose in Game Management Unit 65.
The deer, found last spring, died on private property.
In an effort to spur economic growth, improve the city's tax base and increase property values, the City of Delta has worked with Delta County Economic Development and county officials to develop an economic incentive policy.
Incentives will be offered, on a case-by-case basis, to new or expanding businesses.
Pioneer Road, between Cherry and Frontier Delta, will be closed to all traffic on Tuesday, July 19, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., to allow for utility work involving water and sewer taps
The board of county commissioners is pushing for a speedy review of the Colorado Roadless Rule Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Shaun Donovan, director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, has delayed final approval of the U.S. Forest Service Supplemental EIS calling it "a significant regulatory action."
During the recent 94th annual Colorado Municipal League (CML) conference, CML recognized municipal elected officials statewide who reached milestone levels in its MUNIversity program -- a leadership program for Colorado's municipal elected officials. This program was started in January 1991 by the league's executive board to recognize the efforts of officials who go the extra mile to increase their knowledge of municipal government and their capacity to lead.
A 15-year-old male of Delta is being charged with alleged second degree burglary and obstruction of government operations.
Spencer D.L. Bachman, 27, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged violation of a protection order.
The Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council will meet on July 13 from 3-6 p.m. at the Mesa County Courthouse Annex to discuss the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement.
The advisory council provides guidance to the BLM in its management of the NCA through open meeting format with an opportunity for the public to comment.
Since soon after its earliest settlers moved into Colorado's North Fork Valley, the area has relied on two major forces to drive its economy: energy and agriculture. This week community leaders from one of Colorado's top coal-producing regions are taking a message to the nation's capital that energy and agriculture should remain a top focus for its prosperous future.
The accountability committee charged with investigating Delta County Republican Central Committee chairperson Linda Sorenson, and evaluating "the quality of the chair's apology" released its findings at the monthly committee meeting held July 5.
Sorenson, and by association, the local Republican party, was the subject of local and national news coverage in the wake of a Facebook meme portraying President Obama as a chimpanzee.
The Center for Mental Health, headquartered in Montrose, has been awarded $600,000 from the Department of Local Affairs, Community Development Block Grant program to help remodel a portion of the Delta clinic at 107 West 11th Street. These funds will make it possible to renovate an unused portion of the existing building currently owned by the organization.
Delta County Memorial Hospital has received a second national award as one of the "Top 50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know" from Becker's Hospital Review. The Delta hospital is not officially recognized with a critical access designation, but is defined as a district, rural community hospital serving Delta County families.
Delta County Libraries administrative assistant Susan Hamrick holds up her arm to display a red bracelet that could easily be mistaken for a watch. "I was finally inspired to take my new Fitbit out of the box to record my steps for the fitness challenge week."
"There's a crisis in our communities, and it's affecting nearly every family, our schools, our libraries, our hospital, even county adult/child protective services," says DCMH emergency room manager Misty Sakala. She's referring to the lack of resources to appropriately care for individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis or psychiatric emergency.
With the fiscal year beginning July 1, Delta County Joint School District staff members received a two-pronged boost to salaries called a "step and roll."
The "step" entails a bump in the salary schedule for current employees; the "roll" is an adjustment to the salary schedule that moves up starting salaries for beginning teachers, while also supporting existing staff. Between the two, staff members receive an estimated salary increase of 4 percent for 2016-17.
Aug. 8 is the deadline for backers of proposed ballot initiatives to turn in petition signatures to try to get on the November ballot.
To get on the ballot, proponents need to submit 98,492 valid voter signatures -- 5 percent of the total votes cast for all candidates for Colorado secretary of state in the last general election.
Count me among the disappointed: a political sign has been stolen from our front yard.
Having voted in the 15 previous presidential elections, I am undecided about this current 2016 contest.
Advocating for extractive industries at the expense of local communities or living, sustainable ecosystems, a tone-deaf BLM continues its long, outcome-proven tradition of ignoring the concerns of citizens. Releasing its long-awaited Uncompahgre RMP, a document laying out a blueprint for decades of activity in our resource area, the agency has muted citizens' issues regarding oil and gas development on thousands of acres in and around our cherished North Fork Valley.
Recently, I've noticed an influx of people not knowing how to operate a four-way stop. TWICE this week I've pulled up to the stop sign, and while waiting for my turn, a vehicle would squeeze in on the right and then turn right.
I am a licensed and insured driver of a motor vehicle. In a scenario of me NOT intending to violate a traffic law by failure to stop at a stop sign but the traffic officer cites me anyway into court to face the charge.
A special thank you to the persons of Delta County who wholeheartedly carried the message of Roger Bentley in the election effort for county commissioner District 3. Many hours were spent by numerous folks in planning, writing and distributing my message to the Republican voters in Delta County.
Our priority at the Colorado Gerontological Society is providing seniors with the best care possible, which is why we are joining the community in recognizing June as Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. One in 10 Coloradan seniors suffers from Alzheimer's, and many more family members and friends are impacted by the illness.
Getting too emotional about any issue will always result in exaggeration and distortion, and the failure to place things in any type of a proper perspective. We even lose track of reality.
The Dream Team, a group of local youngsters, ran in the Cherry Days 5k last week during Paonia's 70th celebration of the fruit. The 5k was a fundraiser for the Paonia High School cross country team, which was able to raise enough money to buy much needed new uniforms in time for the upcoming season.
Cornerstone Home Lending drew a bye in the first round of Tuesday night's Gold Coed League tournament on June 28. Number four Delta Metals (3-9) and number five Twist Off (1-11) opened the tournament with first-game honors, and the right to face Hometown in round two.
This year's men's slowpitch league title went to Dynamic with its 10-2 record. Moralez Trucking finished second (9-3) and River Bandits and Delta Metals Crusaders listed third and fourth respectively.
Paonia long-jumper Brianna Van Vleet has qualified for national competition in the U.S.A. Track & Field Junior Olympics.
Van Vleet, the daughter of David and Tracy Van Vleet, is a state record-holder in the long jump.
Thursday night's women league titlest, Cornerstone Home Lending, won the title without much difficulty with an 11-1 record. Crested Oak Dentistry was a distant second with a 5-7 mark followed by Overholt Sheds and H & R Block with identical 4-8 records.
"The Devastation of Bartholomew Ka" is a work of fiction written by local author Susan Knight. It was published on June 15 by Knight IndiePub through CreateSpace, a division of Amazon. It is book one in The Ka Series Trilogy.
Take advantage of our mild fall weather and extend your summer fun by registering your team for the City of Delta's fall softball league.
Register now through July 31 for the coed, women's or men's leagues for only $225 per team, plus a $20 player fee.
The City of Delta is eager to run the youth soccer program this season. Registration is open through Sunday, July 31.
Soccer is for ages 5-14 with birth dates from Jan. 1, 2003, to Dec. 31, 2012.
The annual Sheep Day outing is being offered this year on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to everyone!
Bill Heddles Recreation Center is offering volleyball skills and games for grades K-4. The registration fee is $30.
The wineries of the West Elks Wine Country invite you to a special weekend of touring, premium wine tasting and winemakers' dinners during the eighth annual West Elks Wine Trail Aug. 5-7. Set your own route for a fun and relaxing day or weekend and come home with delicious wine and memories.
Mariela Garcia and Justin Trujillo of Delta are the parents of a son, Julius Justin Trujillo, born July 1, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 18.75 inches in length.
Dennis and Nancy Doerer of Delta announce the engagement of Joel Doerer to Dana Czarnota, daughter of Jay and Patty Czarnota of Pueblo.
In a ceremony on Saturday, April 30, Skylyn Webb of Delta, Theodore Wecker of Hotchkiss and over 500 Fort Lewis College graduates and their families packed Whalen Gymnasium for spring commencement. The commencement address was delivered by Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia.
Gerald "Jerry" VanderVelde of Cedaredge died June 21, 2016. He was 82.
Arlene Angeletti died Sunday, July 3, 2016, at her home in Delta. She was 75.
Cedaredge resident Dale W. Marah died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 86.
Dorothy Blankenagel Kehmeier died at her home in Eckert Wednesday, July 6, 2016. She was 87 years of age.
Frances Louise Dalton died April 19, 2016, at her home in Austin. She was 72.
Longtime Delta resident, Francisco Saenz, Sr., died July 10, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center. He was 74.
Gene Arnold Magill died June 30, 2016.
He was born in Sterling April 18, 1939.
Joan Caroline Queen died Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at her home in Hotchkiss. She was 84.
Michael W. Neden died Monday, July 4, 2016, at his home in Carthage, Mo. He was 63.
Phyllis I. Knorr died July 3, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta. She was 85.
Rosa Lee Coonts died July 7, 2016, at home with her husband at her side. She was 78.
Verla Mae Doyle died July 8, 2016, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta, CO. She was 83.
On July 7, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Uncompahgre Field Office released its preferred plan for environmentally responsible oil and gas development in the Bull Mountain Unit, located in the upper North Fork Valley near Paonia, while addressing potential resource impacts and the public's concerns.
"Shared Space: A Mother Son Collaboration," featuring works by Irie Sentner and Marie Velez Sentner, of Durango, is now on exhibit at the Church of Art.
The show "is an exploration into the creative minds" of the two artists.
The "public non-agenda items" portion of the Crawford Town Council's July 6 meeting made up most of the discussion. Crawford resident Carl Page exercised his First Amendment rights by presenting council with a petition opposing a municipal court that is currently under consideration by the town.
Tammy Geisler, of Paonia, placed the winning silent auction bid of $50 for a youth saddle, which will benefit the Delta County Partners program.
The 14-inch youth saddle and youth halter were donated by Don and Nancy Foster of Hotchkiss and auctioned off during Cherry Days Downtown Day and at the North Fork Bull Ride.
The Town of Hotchkiss recently became the first North Fork municipality to join the North Fork Creative Coalition.
"I am very grateful Hotchkiss would see the value in this and vote their support," said newly-elected trustee Mary Hockenbery.
The project by Williams Construction to re-surface the north section of Second Street is nearing completion, which will mark the end of the town's Sanitation Line Upgrade project.
Contractor Williams Construction estimates that the project to resurface 950 lineal feet of Second Street is anticipated to be complete the week of July 18, according to Hotchkiss Mayor Wendell Koontz.
Grace Healthcare has sold its three remaining skilled nursing facilities in Colorado, removing its presence completely from the western United States.
The three properties, Paonia Care and Rehab Center, Grace Healthcare & Rehab of Glenwood Springs and Pioneer Health Care Center in central Colorado, sold to a California-based investor for $15,300,000 or $67,000 per bed, and will be leased to an operator with a Colorado presence.
There was a time when an entrepreneur wanting to start a cottage industry business sought a small business loan, set up shop in their home or garage, and advertised their business through signs, in local papers and on radio.
Teresa Shishim is a good example of today's entrepreneur.
A citizen's request for information at Crawford Town Hall led to the issuing of a temporary restraining order against a Crawford citizen by the town clerk.
A Motion for Civil Protection order was filed on June 30 in Delta County Combined Court on behalf of Cally Gallegos, 53, who was hired as town clerk in February. Gallegos alleges that Crawford resident Carl Page was a threat to her life or health.
About a dozen evergreen trees planted between Third Street and the decommissioned Paonia Water Treatment Plant several years ago were cut down last week to make way for a new water main installation approved in June by the town board of trustees.
The trees, explained town manager Jane Berry, are being removed as a consequence of that water line project.
The Cedaredge Town Board, at its July 14 work session, is set to review a proposal to allocate by resolution an extra $175,000 for the town's water fund for 2016.
According to the proposed resolution, the extra $175,000 appropriated for the water fund would come from "loans, transfers, or water revenue bonds to be in place by Dec. 31."
Visitors to the Grand Mesa last Saturday got a bonus to their weekend recreation with a program on native peoples of the area given at the Visitor's Center.
The Grand Mesa Visitor Center's summer interpretative programs schedule that began last month is continuing on Saturdays through Sunday, Sept. 25, which is Color Sunday this year.
The Chapel of the Cross summer concert series is providing music lovers with some of the best and unique entertainment ever, organizers say. The two performances last week are perfect examples of the kind of entertainment audiences have enjoyed this summer.
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