Saturday September 20, 2014

Following on last June’s court stoppage of Arch Coal’s expansion of the West Elk Mine, Federal District Judge R. Brooke Jackson last week overthrew the mine’s lease expansion approval granted in 2012 by the Forest Service and BLM.
In addition, Jackson’s ruling permanently stays  temporary road construction on 73 total acres of the 1,700-acre Sunset Roadless Area for drilling mine safety methane vent bore holes.

a03 candidatesDuring a local candidate forum held on Sept. 11, the federal government’s overreach of regulation, executive order and judicial activism was identified as a main campaign issue for this election season.
Ten candidates for  office representing local residents were present or represented at the forum, which was held at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.
Third Congressional District incumbent Scott Tipton participated via speaker phone link. He sounded the main theme of the evening and got the ball rolling saying, “The federal bureaucracy is literally out of control.”

County clerk and recorder Ann Eddins reports that registrations of newly-purchased vehicles here are “up considerably” and stand at their highest levels since 2010. That could indicate an uptick in the car selling business.

a03 cawsDelta County Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter (CAWS) is partnering with the City of Delta to expand the CAWS Adoption Center, a no-kill shelter at 640 West 4th Street. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned Friday, Sept. 26, at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate a major expansion of the existing facility that will add a 6,000-square-foot exercise yard and improved visitor parking.
With the help of Alpine Fencing, the yard construction will begin on Sept. 29 with the building of an 8-foot-tall fenced area and access gates that will expand the current, smaller yards 10-fold.

The Rev. Kurt Van Fossan was installed as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1000 Pioneer Road, Delta, on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 7, in a 4 p.m. service.
The Rev. Allen Anderson of Boulder was the preacher and conducted the rite of installation.

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