On Oct. 31, 1517, in Wittenberg, Germany, Martin Luther posted his thoughts about some theological topics and the practices of the Church. That simple action began the Reformation -- a movement that changed Western society.
An agreement to allow Region 10 the use of excess fiber moves the City of Delta one step closer to opening its broadband network to the providers who will deliver high speed internet service to homes and businesses in the community.
The intent is for Region 10 to actively market the fiber to last mile internet service providers for low cost, high quality and high speed broadband services.
The Center for Mental Health is pleased to announce that it has opened its newly renovated and expanded space in its building in Delta to include a partnership with River Valley Family Health Center to offer complete health care including mental health, substance abuse services, primary care and dental services. Although final touches are still being made to the building, the offering of expanded services began on Sept. 25.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Uncompahgre Field Office released the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Bull Mountain Unit Master Development Plan, providing direction for the development of approximately 19,670 acres of federal and private mineral estate near the town of Paonia.
Big changes are in the works at Delta County Economic Development. The nonprofit has moved to a new home in Suite 107 of the Delta Professional Building at 540 Main Street, Delta. DCED will be located there until the ENGAGE Innovation Center is renovated and open for business.
The Delta City Council authorized $26,810 for a design to repair seepage on the city-owned auxiliary dam of the Big Battlement Reservoir on Grand Mesa. The bid was awarded to Colorado River Engineering.
Delta County Ambulance District (DCAD) is hosting a series of community meetings to discuss the mill levy question on the November ballot. DCAD is seeking a mill levy increase of 3.50 mills, for a total of 5.750 mills.
About 20 elected officials, local government staff and planning commission members attended a presentation by Elizabeth Garner of the state demographer's office last week.
Delta County's population experienced a decline from 2010 to 2016, "but we are starting to see a turnaround" to that trend now, Garner said.
An autopsy has determined Melvin Arterburn, 75, of Delta, died of accidental drowning. His body was recovered from the Gunnison River Sunday after he failed to return from a fishing trip.
The Delta branch of Guild Mortgage held its inaugural client appreciation event at Delta Family Fun Park last Thursday. Guild customers from Delta and surrounding areas attended.
HopeWest has been ranked number 26 of the Best Places to Work in Health Care nationwide and number 5 in the Family Friendliest category among the 150 healthcare providers and insurers recognized by Modern Healthcare. This is the third year HopeWest has participated in this recognition program and the third year to be named as an outstanding employer in the health care industry on a national level.
CDOT has been reviewing the intersection of Highway 50 and 92 to improve traffic movement. CDOT will host a public open house at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Shawn L. Darosett, 43, homeless was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $0 bond.
Jamie L. Lebeau, 34, of Delta was issued a summons for shoplifting.
Delta County Libraries is the recipient of a $35,000 grant from the State Historical Fund (SHF) to draft revised construction documents for Delta Library. The grant is an important step in an ongoing, multi-phase project to preserve the Delta Library, a site designated as historic by the State of Colorado.
An update on the master plan being developed for the city's parks, trails, recreation and open space was provided to members of Delta City Council and a citizens' advisory group last week.
The city contracted with the Fort Collins firm of Logan Simpson to develop the plan with input from a community survey, public visioning sessions, focus groups and city staff.
The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $3.9 million contract for construction of the GK Lateral and Silt Pump Canal Pipelines. The contract was awarded to ESCO Construction Company from Evergreen.
State representatives and senators visiting Delta recently were interested in hearing how Delta County Joint School District #50 is spending the one-time funds authorized by the Colorado State Legislature last spring.
The funds were included in SB17-267, the bill titled "Sustainability of Rural Colorado" that preserved the hospital provider fee.
Crawford residents recently received a flyer in the mail for "Notice of Election to Increase Taxes" in Crawford, from Teri Stephenson, Delta County clerk and recorder. It contained summaries filed by persons FOR the issue, and summaries by persons AGAINST the issue.
On Oct. 2, the Western Slope Democratic caucus converged on Denver to join our colleagues at the state capitol for the first special legislative session held since 2012. The six of us arrived united in our resolve to help correct a mistake that, left unaddressed, will have negative consequences for many hard-working people in rural Colorado.
After seeing the picture of the Delta High football team in last week's DCI all standing in line hand over heart and helmets at their feet for the national anthem, I had to write and congratulate the players, parents, coaches and school officials. In this day and age all we hear about our youth is the bad things, but I have renewed faith in the future of this great country by the actions of a small but dignified group of players.
Cedaredge High School's softball team won two of three games played this past week. The Bruins cruised past Gunnison, 11-3, on Oct. 3 and played a doubleheader against Gunnison Oct. 6.
Match details for three volleyball contests played by Cedaredge High School were not available prior to deadline.
The Bruins had some tough luck this past week winning just one match and losing two others.
The Delta High School soccer team is still on a roll of no losses after a second-game loss to Montrose Aug. 29. Since that time the Panthers have won nine straight contests including a 4-0 win Oct. 3 in Basalt and escaped injury, and a loss, in Aspen last week with a 0-0 tie after playing two overtime periods.
Delta High School's softball team faced a brutal schedule its final week of regulation play. The Panthers were in Cortez on Monday (Oct. 2) where they split a doubleheader, losing 12-2 and winning 10-9.
Delta's back was to the wall and it needed a gridiron win last Friday night in Alamosa. The Mean Moose, ranked 11th in Class 2A football, had impressive credentials coming into the game.
In cross country, this time of year a new personal best time can mean everything. With state-qualifying regional competition less than two weeks away, Hotchkiss senior Sam Rodriguez couldn't be happier with last Friday's performance at the Delta Pantherfest invitational meet.
The North Fork Bowl trophy will remain at Paonia High School for a fifth consecutive year after the Eagles defeated rival Hotchkiss Friday night by a score of 28-21.
Eagles quarterback Caden Meilner had one of his best nights of the season, completing six of seven passes for 127 yards and one touchdown, running for two touchdowns, and going four-for-four in PATs.
There's no denying Hotchkiss and Paonia are rivals, but the Bulldogs will have to wait another season to attempt a win over the Eagles after playing to a 3-0, 25-21, 25-7, 25-18 home loss last Friday.
Hotchkiss coach Peter Nethington said that while it was a tough loss, he wasn't unhappy with the team's performance.
Meeting times have changed for Delta Fine Arts. Until further notice the club will be meeting every other month which means there will be no October meeting.
The Delta United Methodist Church, 477 Meeker Street in Delta, will sponsor a trick-or-treat for UNICEF Halloween party and haunted house in the church basement Sunday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. This fun party, set up like a carnival, will feature a pumpkin walk, balloon darts, fishing booth, fortune telling and more.
Delta Elks Lodge is pleased to present "A Salute to our Veterans" Saturday, Nov. 11. The day will start with a free lunch for all veterans, their spouses and those currently serving our country from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge.
"Giving poets exposure to audiences in far-flung Colorado communities, and giving local audiences examples of performance poetry in action, has been the motivating impulse behind the Telluride Institute's Traveling Gourds Tour," explained Talking Gourds co-director, Art Goodtimes.
Luis Lopez of Grand Junction and Val Szarek of Louisville, will share the spotlight as featured guest poets in Telluride, Norwood, Paonia and Fruita, Oct. 24-27.
The Montessori School at Crawford will be hosting a 5k Zombie Run on Saturday, Oct. 28, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Adam and Kristi Scheibler of Olathe are the parents of a son, Kyle Richard Scheibler, born Oct. 1, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds and was 20 inches in length.
Twenty-six professionals shared their stories with Delta High School juniors last week, exposing the students to careers in education, engineering, natural resources, health, the military, communications, cosmetology and more. School counselors organized the event so students could gain insight into possible career pathways from real life professionals.
Alma Jean (Flaiz) Hintz lost her battle with cancer at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction on Oct. 2, 2017.
She was born in Delta Dec. 11, 1939, to Rollie and Nancy (Harris) Flaiz.
Bob Cockroft died Oct. 4, 2017, at his cabin on Upper Surface Creek on Grand Mesa. He was 87.
Charlotte Ann Keough Wilson passed away on Oct. 5, 2017, just hours shy of her 89th birthday at Heidi's Chateau Assisted Living in Montrose. She lived all her life in the Hotchkiss area and is lovingly remembered by friends, family and community as a woman who worked hard, gave of herself to her community and family, and supported those she loved with quiet, unwavering loyalty.
Claudie (Cissie) Frey Helmick passed away Sept. 20, 2017. She left this world in her sleep in Lander, Wyo., where she was in hospice care suffering from cancer.
Lifetime Delta County resident Dixie J. Minear died Sept. 26, 2017, at her home in Pea Green. She was 79.
Dorothy Trebeck Roeber died Oct. 5, 2017, at her son's home in Paonia. She was 91.
Cedaredge resident Kathleen Westlake died Sept. 24, 2017, in Wheat Ridge. She was 91.
Longtime Delta resident Leona M. Dacus died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at her home. She was 90.
Nick Terliamis of Paonia died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at Horizons Care Center. He was 82.
Randall "Randy" Wayne Thompson of Hotchkiss died Oct. 4, 2017, at Horizons Care Center. He was 64.
Lifetime Delta County resident Robert Cole Perkins died in a car accident on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. He was 59.
Wanda Jean Gibson of Green River, Wyo., died Oct. 5, 2017, at her home. She was 62.
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paonia in conjunction with Sacred Heart Church in Hotchkiss have recently formed a new Knights of Columbus Council #16769. A ceremony to formally install new officers will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.
The voters of Crawford will have a large voice in what next year's town budget will look like. On this year's ballot, the town is seeking an increase in its mill levy, looking to replace shrinking severance mineral taxes from the coal industry.
Creation of a public utilities impact fee, an increase in the property tax mill levy, and an increase in sales tax rates are all on the table as the Town of Paonia heads into 2018 budget season. At the first of several scheduled budget work sessions, trustees and staff were presented last week with an intentionally out-of-balance draft budget by town administrator Ken Knight.
This summer, ShadeScapes Americas was named a 2017 Colorado Company to Watch. The award acknowledges the drive, excellence and influence of ShadeScapes Americas as a growing company developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enabling new industries and enriching the community of Hotchkiss and Delta County as a whole.
The Surface Creek community once again turned out in big numbers to show support for its firefighters of the Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department. The 16th annual Five-Alarm Chili Cook-off fundraiser got the events of AppleFest 2017 started with 650 people participating and making donations to the department.
When David Starr was working with the Lions and Rotary clubs to get a stage built in Cedaredge Town Park, Mark Anderson immediately volunteered his construction skills. From setting trusses to pounding nails, he jumped in and helped get the job done in time for AppleFest. It was a remarkable accomplishment, given that the project was handed off to David Starr just 29 days earlier.
Bishop Karen Oliveto will preach at the 10 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 15, at Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church. The church's pastor, Joe Agne, says, "Many of our long-term members say no bishop ever preached here before.
Orchard City has scheduled an hour-long, open house public meeting to discuss the single issue of a town roads maintenance program and its funding.
The session is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at Orchard City Town Hall.
The Orchard City Trustees want to get a clarification from the Board of County Commissioners on the county policy for providing paving services to municipalities.
The presence of county crews and equipment on two Cedaredge street asphalt overlay projects last week has raised eyebrows in Orchard City.
The weather turned out beautiful for the AppleFest Car Show last Saturday and the sunny skies brought out a lot of car lovers and their favorite projects,
There were 118 entrants in this year's event and beautiful examples of the auto rebuilder's craft were on display from Arvada, Craig, points in between, and from the region as well.
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