As construction of the homeless shelter moves toward completion, The Abraham Connection finds its building fund depleted. Board members have approached the city for help in ensuring the facility can open as anticipated on Nov. 1.
On April 24, a badger den near Bayfield was destroyed by gas well drilling. At the end of the day, district wildlife manager Stephanie Schuler arrived at the site to pick up the one out of the den, and then she reached way into the den and retrieved the remaining two.
Wildlife officers from the Grand Junction area have completed their investigation of the reported bear attack and mauling on the Grand Mesa Saturday evening, concluding that the injuries to the individual were not caused by a bear.
With the completion of the truck route, the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed the unique opportunity to close down a portion of Main Street for special events such as parades and street fairs. The intent -- to draw area residents downtown to enjoy music, food and vendors, and to see what Main Street merchants had to offer.
The City of Delta has been asked to increase its membership status and commit an additional $3,000 for special events.
The request was made by executive director Leslie Workman during a city council work session.
Charles E. Foley, 79, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged disregard a stop sign after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at 4th and Meeker. No injuries were reported and one vehicle was towed from the scene.
The county elections department conducted a public test of voting equipment last week to help ensure voters that their votes are being counted completely and correctly.
Although the upcoming coordinated election will be conducted via mail ballot, there are still voting booth terminals and other electronic ballot counting equipment that must be tested and certified in proper working order before any voting takes place.
The Forest Service announces that road maintenance work on Owl Creek Pass (Forest Service Road #858) from the forest boundary on the Ridgway side to the top of the pass is occurring. Road maintenance activities will be active on Mondays-Thursdays.
After a favorable performance evaluation, the Delta County Board of Education approved a contract extension for district superintendent Caryn Gibson.
Gibson is a 26-year employee of Delta County Joint School District and has served as superintendent for four years.
Mark Valdez, one of two defendants charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Trevor Rawson, has pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter and transfer or alteration of a hunting/fishing license. The plea was entered Sept. 18 before Judge Jeff Herron in Montrose County.
Success -- it always feels like it should happen for both the individual and the team (group). It sure takes both halves to make success be complete and feel as good as it can.
As parents, we see enormous value in providing young children with the opportunity to love education before they even start kindergarten. We are extremely lucky to have BELA (Backpack Early Learning Academy) preschools in Delta County to start our kids on the right foot.
The price of unleaded gas in Grand Junction has fallen to $2.40 per gallon. On Monday it was $2.70 per gallon in Delta.
Labor Day has come and gone. Did anyone even notice, or remember what it once meant?
Monte Vista's Pirates came into last week's contest against Hotchkiss with a 1-1 record and in third place behind Center, 3-0, and Dolores, 2-1.
The Pirates' win elevated Monte Vista's record to 2-1 and it remains in third place in the 1A Southern Peaks League.
The Bruins have played up a few times this season and have recorded an overall mark of 5-4 with a 4-0 3A District 5 League record.
All of the Bruins' opponents this past week involved 4A and 5A division schools.
Cedaredge's homecoming festivities included a 35-0 football victory over the visiting Aspen Skiers last Friday night.
The Bruins scored three times in the first quarter and were never threatened in the game.
Delta High School's soccer team picked up its first win of the season last week against Palisade. The Panthers got three goals from sophomore Danny Mendoza and another two from sophomore Brandon Harper. Junior Luka Htoo and sophomore Ian Downey scored goals as well.
Paonia had all the motivation it needed going into last Friday night's football game against visiting Centauri.
It was the Falcons who last beat Paonia, a little over two years ago, handing head coach Brent McRae and star quarterback Taylor Walters their only high school defeat.
Last week's Ramble at the Reservoir in Ridgway did not attract a large number of teams. Only eight varsity teams were listed.
The Paonia High School volleyball team is putting all the pieces together.
After beating Plateau Valley and Gunnison last week, the Eagles are up to 5-0 and are rolling into the middle portion of their schedule with some tough challenges ahead.
The Paonia tennis team is small in numbers but big in heart and enthusiasm.
The Eagles, featuring a combined team of players from Paonia and Hotchkiss, have improved steadily over the course of the season despite having to forfeit doubles matches because of a small turnout.
The team of Kindra Spiker, Jim Farmer and Jock Kallsen placed first in the Desert's Edge Triathlon near Fruita.
The Olympic distance triathlon was held at Highline Lake Sunday, Sept. 13.
Megan Collins and Dave Todd of Crawford are the parents of a son, Leo Boyd Todd, born Sept. 5, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.
Rebecca Deal of Eckert is a resident assistant for Fort Lewis College for the 2015-16 academic year. Deal is majoring in elementary education.
Access for children and their families to needed services of mental and behavioral health are improving greatly for Delta County residents, the county commissioners were told on Sept. 21.
The Families Plus program founded in 1998 by psychologist Brenda Holland and directed by her, along with an associate, John VanDenBerg, presented the Board of County Commissioners with an encouraging update of progress during the BoCC's regular meeting.
It's Tuesday and Betsy Frank collects book bags from Emily Horn's students. A week earlier the 20 first graders received the bags filled with books and took them home. On Wednesday they will all take home their bags filled with a new set of books.
Betty J. Pallas of Delta died Sept. 4, 2015, at Crossroads Assisted Living in Delta. She was 90.
Delta resident Richard "Dick" Kennedy died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 70.
Neal Knutson died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at his home in Austin. He was 66.
William Alec Calhoun died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at Larchwood Inn in Grand Junction. He was 79.
A small group of people took to the streets of Hotchkiss Saturday morning to put blue ribbons up as part of the national Blue Ribbon Campaign. Michelle Sparks, who has friends and family members working in law enforcement, said she learned about the ribbon campaign through a Facebook group dedicated to support of law enforcement and begun by a group of police wives who want to show their support for law enforcement in light of national negative attention.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mountain Harvest welcomes back the much-celebrated free farm tours. Each farm will have fresh goods for purchase, including gourmet cheese, gorgeous produce, wines, wool and more.
Included on the self-guided tours are:
Enjoy some great entertainment, food and drink at several venues on or near Grand Avenue Friday night. Participants include Revolution Brewing, No Fo Foods, Back Country Bistro, Thomas Waldo's, Paradise Theatre, and Louie's Pizza and Loft.
Enjoy a glass of beer or wine at the festival this year, when you stop by the Drink Locally Pavilion in Paonia Town Park.
The Drink Locally Pavilion features beers provided by Paonia's Revolution Brewing, founded and owned by Gretchen and Mike King.
This year's Mountain Harvest Festival will mark the 14th annual Chili Cook-Off in the park. The cook-off, which has been run by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts for the past eight years, is a signature part of Mountain Harvest Festival that is anticipated by many members of the community.
The popular Grape Stomp Competition is a must-see event at Paonia's Mountain Harvest Festival. The "stompin'" begins at noon Saturday, Sept. 26, in Paonia's Town Park.
"One of the things I like best about local authors is they usually deliver their books by hand, so you get to meet them," says regional manager Lea Hart. This is more than an occasional occurrence at the Delta County Libraries, as western Colorado has a wonderful abundance of local authors, and the libraries work hard to collect and exhibit their books.
Since 2001, the annual Mountain Harvest Festival has brought to the stage an eclectic assortment of handpicked local and regional musicians. This year, you'll have an opportunity to meet the musicians at a meet-and-greet reception to be held at Eccentric Artist, 217 Grand Avenue.
To look at the long list of events planned for this weekend's Mountain Harvest Festival, it's hard to believe that it all began 15 years ago when Rick Stockton and Helen Highwater decided to throw a party. The husband-and-wife duo made a sampler of more than a dozen western Colorado artists at their recording studio and wanted to throw a release party.
Mountain Harvest Festival organizers are pleased to present two new events in 2015:
As part of the Town of Paonia's efforts to maintain existing services and bring outdated fines and fees closer in line with actual costs, a draft fee schedule was recently released to the public.
The draft, available at Town Hall or online at townofpaonia.com, splits fees and fines into three categories:
Masa Holle, a resident of Paonia, is badly in need of a kidney. Holle, 62, is a Naropa grad with a successful counseling practice.
According to Liz Payton, a friend of Holle's from Boulder, Masa has kidney failure of unknown origin.
It may have come 46 years after the fact, but Frank Michael Griffin is officially a high school graduate. Griffin was awarded an honorary diploma from Paonia High School during halftime ceremonies of Friday's Homecoming football game.
The Leroux Creek Area Planning Committee has forwarded a specific development request for the Kuntz Chicken Ranch to the county planning commission with a recommendation for approval.
The county planning commission will hear and review the application request on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the county courthouse. The board of county commissioners will decide on the application at a later date.
The Mountain Harvest Festival 5k Run, Walk, Stroll not only follows a great course this year, it benefits two good causes.
Organizer Dave Knutson said the course follows the route of the early MHF races.
With many of the area's farmers and ranchers reaching retirement age, and much of the area's youth moving away after high school and college, who will be tomorrow's farmers?
If anyone knows, and knows them personally, it's probably Cassandra Shenk.
Trent Ashby, 37, of Austin suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident at about 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.
Ashby was traveling southbound on Happy Hollow Road when he went through the "T" intersection of Happy Hollow and North roads
Cedaredge Police Chief Dan Sanders is asking the town trustees for funds to continue support of a local victim advocate program as they work on next year's budget.
Sanders, at a recent work session, asked the council to include $1,000 supporting the program which has been orphaned by budget constraints in the district attorney's office.
Word of a federal government regulation carrying expensive consequences for the town came as a surprise to Cedaredge trustees on Sept. 3 during a preliminary work session on the town's 2016 budget.
The feds can assess fines of $12,000 per day if rules on how to deal with a piece of town property aren't followed to the letter, trustees learned.
Time is running out to register antique cars, classic cars and trucks for the annual Antique & Classic Car Show at Pioneer Town during AppleFest 2015.
The show will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, (one day only) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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