In spite of economic headwinds from the Bowie Mine shutdown and declining sales tax, severance tax revenues and mineral leasing payments, the county commissioners last week appropriated $31.5 million for the 2017 budget -- an amount $3.79 million higher, or 13 percent more than the county's 2016 budget.
The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) board awarded Delta County a $100,000 trail planning grant last week as part of GOCO's new Connect Initiative trail planning grant program.
The grant program provides funding for trail projects for design, engineering and master planning.
The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by Hendrika Cegielski in the dining hall located at 247 Meeker Street.
Cegielski was born in Vookhout, The Netherlands. Her family immigrated to the United States to Pennsylvania when Hendrika was a small child.
It's amazing what a little paint can do. The children's area at the Delta Library has gone from "blah" to "wow" with the help of the Kiwanis Club of Delta.
Last spring, club members undertook a community service project to transform the children's area in the lower level of the library into a friendly, welcoming spot.
Edwin Benitez-Medrano, 20, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged speeding 10-19 over, school zone, failed to present evidence of insurance, driving motor vehicle without a valid driver license and displayed fictitious license plates.
Melvin Randall, a 49-year-old Delta County resident, was sentenced to eight years in prison for an act of domestic violence that left his victim in a medically-induced coma.
A sentencing hearing was conducted in Judge Steven Schultz's courtroom Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Joseph Dahlin, DPM, is now seeing patients in Delta. Dr. Dahlin specializes in reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery, foot and ankle injuries and/or deformities, sports medicine, pediatric foot/ankle conditions and foot/ankle arthritis.
Politics in the small town of Crawford has become a travesty of political bullying brought on by two individuals that show behavior that is not carefully considered nor sensible. Do they want a pot shop in Crawford?
During the past six months I've written several letters to this editorial page regarding issues I've had with the Town of Crawford and its mayor. None of those letters sought to disparage, assassinate anyone's character, or destroy their careers.
As usual, Tom Huerkamp makes an emergency out of nothing (Dec. 7 letter wanting to tax internet purchases). How does collecting more sales taxes help or protect "traditional brick and mortar retail"?
The Cedaredge Bruins' basketball teams have gotten off to a successful start in 2016-17.
The Bruin girls are 3-1 on the season and the boys match that record.
The boys basketball team from Paonia High School saw a little bit of everything last week.
The Eagles fired on all cylinders in a 75-45 win at home against Olathe last Tuesday.
Brittany Kendall became the third member of the senior class at Paonia High School to commit to play sports in a college setting next year.
Last Wednesday Kendall signed her letter of intent to attend Dodge City Community College in Kansas and will play softball for the Conquistadors.
Fans got their first glimpse of the wrestling team from Paonia High School last Friday night and the Eagles gave them a lot to cheer about.
Paonia hosted its first home duals of the year.
TRX Rip Trainer delivers fast, effective results using resistance training. Get a full body workout with just one easy-to-set-up piece of equipment. Bill Heddles Recreation Center is offering a TRX circuit training class Wednesdays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.
All Saints Lutheran Church in Cory closes down the Christmastide season with a huge bonfire of real, undecorated Christmas trees. This annual event will be held on Friday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m. Along with the huge bonfire, everyone will enjoy singing Christmas carols.
The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.
Camron Brentise and Jaime Steinbeck of Cedaredge are the parents of a son, Jaxson Lee Brentise, born Nov. 7, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6.42 pounds and was 18 inches in length.
The Plant & Dig Club of Cedaredge met on Nov. 18. Joan Kennen graciously filled in as hostess after a family emergency prevented our original hostess from providing our meeting destination.
New officers were elected at this meeting and are as follows:
Chanukkah (also Hanukkah, pronounced "haw-nuk-kah") is approaching quickly! But just what is Chanukkah?
At the Dec. 6 meeting of the Delta County School District 50J board, board members voted to certify to the BoCC for the counties of Gunnison, Montrose, Delta and Mesa, $8,693,771 in net property tax requirements and an assessment of 22.656 mills necessary for the general school fund.
Last year, a little over $9 million was raised, and at its peak, the district raised almost $11 million at the same mill levy, said district financial officer Jim Ventrello. "So we're seeing a decline."
AP Physics 2 and STEM students from Delta High School hope to reach new heights in this year's high altitude challenge.
Physics instructor Ben Magtutu challenged his students to design a unique scientific payload that can reach a minimum altitude of 120,000 feet and be returned safely to their possession.
Cedaredge Middle School music students entertained parents and the public with their talents at the annual holiday concert held at the high school on Thursday, Dec. 8.
The 6th Grade Beginning Band started the evening's program and got the chance to display its new musical talents with a performance that included selections from 14 holiday favorite melodies.
The Cedaredge High School music department presented its holiday concert to parents and the public at the school on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
The CHS Concert Choir opened the evening's program with seven arrangements beginning with a classic, Exultate Justi in Domino, and ending with two traditional holiday favorites: Away in a Manger and Silent Night.
Darrin Scott Fredlund of Delta died Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Grand Junction. He was 21.
Dorthey L. Schneider died Dec. 4, 2016, at Paonia Care Center, where she had lived for four years. She was 88.
Longtime Colorado resident Emma Lou Bruner died Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at Highland Manor in Mesquite, Nev. She was 90.
Gary Barcus died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, in Crawford. He was born July 10, 1952, and was 64.
Longtime Delta resident Maxine Marie Schull died Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at HopeWest in Grand Junction. She was 83.
Timothy Lee Kuretich Jr. of Wasilla, Alaska, died Nov. 29, 2016. He was 32.
Tom Onis Carroll of Delta died Dec. 7, 2016, at Crossroads Assisted Living Center in Delta. He was 92.
Virginia Ann Shaw-Taylor died suddenly Nov. 15, 2016, in Sun City West, Ariz. She was 81.
Wayne George Sr. died Dec. 9, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 85.
At the Dec. 7 meeting the Crawford Town Council voted to adopt the 2017 budget.
Trustees voted unanimously to adopt a resolution appropriating revenues of $110,912 to the general fund, $83,916 to the water fund, $93,418 to the sewer fund, $1,250 to the Conservation Trust Fund (Colorado Lottery), and no monies to the capital projects fund.
Crawford town clerk Cally Gallegos announced at the Dec. 7 meeting that the petition to recall mayor Wanda Gofforth has been approved. Trustees approved an election date of Feb. 7. Delta County will run the election, which Gallegos said the county estimates will cost the town $900.
A program providing unique financing opportunities for commercial property owners wanting to make energy efficiency upgrades to their buildings may soon be available in Delta County.
Called Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy, or C-PACE, the program provides "a financing tool that allows commercial and multifamily property owners to finance qualifying energy efficiency, water conservation, and other clean energy improvements on existing and newly constructed properties," according to the C-PACE website.
According to a public notice published in the DCI Bowie Resources, LLC has submitted an application for a technical revision to the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety in Denver. Approval of the revision would allow for a change in the permit application to the Bowie No. 2 Mine. The mine is currently idle.
At the Dec. 8 meeting, Hotchkiss Town Council unanimously approved the three ordinances needed to pass the 2017 budget.
For the first time since she became town clerk, Marlene Searle said expenses exceed revenues.
Don and Vera DeGraffen-reid reported to Crawford council at the Dec. 7 meeting that their little dog was poisoned over Thanksgiving.
The DeGraffenreids, who took their dog to Houseweart Veterinary Clinic, said they believe their dog came in contact with methamphetamine while playing in their yard.
The Cedaredge Town Board acting on Thursday, Dec. 8, adopted a 2017 budget totalling $5.11 million across all six of the town's individual budget funds.
However, expenses are projected to exceed revenues across the six funds by $151,934, meaning that five of the funds will have to draw from reserves to achieve budget balance in 2017.
One of the traditional holiday events for Surface Creek Valley is the Little Sprouts Community Preschool cookie walk that was held last Saturday at the Stolte Shed. The cookie walk is one of the two major fund raising events each year for the preschool.
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