Citizens for a Healthy Community, a local nonprofit organization working to prevent the development of oil and gas in the Delta County region, is hosting two events in October. The first, dubbed the Frack Free Wine Tasting and Art Auction, is on Oct. 8 and the second, No Frackin Way! benefit concert is on Oct. 16. Both are fundraising events to help fund efforts to inform and educate the public about the issues of health, economic and recreational impacts that fracking could impose in the area.
The Frack Free Wine Tasting and Art Auction on Oct. 8 will be held at the Blue Sage Center of the Arts at 226 Grand Avenue, Paonia. Viewing of the art and the wine tasting will begin at 5 p.m. and go through 7 p.m. There is no entry fee for this event. Proceeds from the art auction will go to CHC.
The benefit concert is Oct. 16 at the Paradise Theater in Paonia starting at 7 p.m. Local musicians Beth Quist, Gustavo Brett, Dave Sheppard, The North Fork Flyers and The Scones will provide the entertainment. Tickets can be purchased from Hardin's in Hotchkiss, Hightower Cafe in Paonia and Lizzy's Market in Paonia for $20 or at the door for $25.
For more information about Citizens for a Healthy Community go to www.citizensforahealthycommunity.org.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.