I am a 1972 graduate of Delta High School. I have been an active coal miner nearly 30 years mostly as a state and federally certified electrician repairman with mine fire boss and mine foreman qualifications. I am now forced retired and disabled. I spent a bit of time back in Delta County this past month finishing with the funeral of my mother-in-law, Mary E. Draves, Cedaredge.
Delta should be proud in what I've been reading in the DCI. Specifically the "below the fold" reporting of criminal cases working their way through the courts. This is severely lacking in my hometown paper here in the Price, Utah, Carbon County area. Delta County being a coal mining community and Carbon County, Utah, being a coal mining community, there are a lot of similarities and this brings to mind comparisons. Carbon County has one of the highest drug use and suicides in the state on a per capita basis. A big reason in my opinion is the historical lax law enforcement and the public eye not being on what is going on court wise. The lax law enforcement is slowly changing with new leadership at the county commission level and a new sheriff. All Republican for a previous Democratic stronghold.
I also appreciate the law enforcement blotter. The detail is good and to a defendant may be somewhat embarrassing. However this is important for a free press to keep the public informed, to keep the public's eye on what is going on law enforcement wise.
The other area that I appreciated in the DCI was the many, many letters to the editor. We have had a change of publisher. Our local paper has devolved to irrelevant drivel. Today's editorial page was discussing lipstick on pigs. The letters to the editors are what makes a paper good. Written thought takes time and a bit of education to create. The letters to the editor in the DCI show a concerned committed populace and from my perspective are very much appreciated. Keep up the good work DCI.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.