County election officials report that ballots should begin arriving in voters' mailboxes this week. In the coordinated election, two school board seats will be filled (see related story) and there is one statewide measure: Proposition BB, which asks voters to decide if around $66 million in excess marijuana revenue should go back to taxpayers, or should be used for projects such as school construction.
Due to safety concerns, the tennis courts at Cleland Park have been closed indefinitely. The tennis courts at Confluence Park provide an alternative for local players.
When considering the health of Delta County, our thoughts often turn to the loss of providers, the wait time for appointments, or the escalating cost of health insurance.
Karen McNeil-Miller, president of the Colorado Health Foundation, takes a broader approach.
For 11 years, Kit Rynerson has lived in a 1975 trailer house on the Huffington property in North Delta. Rynerson is 62, disabled and lives on SSDI payments of $726 a month. The arrangement she made with Bonsall Huffington prior to his death, to pay $200 a month to rent the land for her trailer, has served her well.
The Center for Mental Health, headquartered in Montrose, has been awarded $93,895 from The Denver Foundation's Colorado Health Access Fund to help advance efforts to integrate behavioral health care into primary care practices across the region. The award to the center was based on the rationale that the Center for Mental Health provides services to the most vulnerable and underserved populations in the region and that the Center for Mental Health is implementing a strong model of integration.
The League of Women Voters reminds us that voter registration is the key to ensuring that all Americans can engage in our political process. Don't forget, if you have moved or changed your name since the last time you registered to vote, you will likely need to update your voter registration information at www.govotecolorado.com.
Ronald M. Tabor, 76, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged careless driving after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 50 at 1600 Road. No injuries were reported.
A release signed by Robert Thomas, former chief of police for the City of Delta, has been disclosed by order of Judge Steven Schultz. The document was the subject of a court hearing last week after a Colorado Open Records Act request was filed by the DCI and other media.
Taxpayers who did not submit their income tax filing by the April deadline are reminded that the extension due date for Colorado's 2014 income tax filing is Thursday, Oct. 15.
Complete the paper Colorado 104 form and appropriate schedules first.
A response to Mike Mason's global warming science denier letter in the Oct. 7 DCI:
Apparently Mr. Mason should be the most famous acclaimed climate scientist in the world today since he has figured out that global warming isn't happening.
In Eckert on 2100 Road and Fruitgrowers Road every morning and every afternoon at the same time, a bus stops to pick up children for school. Kids line up to wait for the bus on the side of the road.
The Paonia management team is on a PR blitz to convince us the town needs more of our money. By their own data, it just isn't true.
Let me get this straight, I made 20 scarecrows, spent three days putting them together, giving each a lot of thought and time, making each one pretty specific to where they were placed, the cost of around $20 in straw, misc., not counting what the Cedaredge Methodist Thrift Shop and the Shelter Shoppe donated in clothes, my guess at least $100 and someone took them! They were only taken down on Main Street.
Cedaredge High School's softball team clinched a league title a week ago. Last week's loss to a determined Gunnison team, on Oct. 8, spoiled a perfect league record but did little else. The Bruins enter this week's post-season play with a 12-7 overall record with some quality play against tough opponents that could help pave the way for Cedaredge to go deep into the playoffs.
Another solid performance on the gridiron kept Cedaredge High School's Bruins on top in the 1A WSL standings with a 2-0 league mark and 6-0 overall. Paonia is in second place with records of 2-0 and 5-1
Delta County golf teams had a banner year as five players earned trips to this year's state tournament Oct. 5-6.
Delta's Panthers, after getting their golf program back, qualified two players who attended this year's state championships at Fox Hill Country Club in Longmont.
Last week's non-conference play against Olathe, Oct. 6, was anything but easy for 2A/1A WSL leader Cedaredge. The Pirates came out with their traditional trademark of hustle and determination as they looked to deal Cedaredge a loss.
With last Friday's 15-2 win over the visiting Eagle Valley Devils, Delta vaulted into the 2015 post-season softball playoffs.
The Panthers, despite winning their third straight 4A WSL title, find themselves shunned for a chance to host a regional playoff site.
The 4A WSL volleyball standings show hotly contested play, with the top four teams separated by a mere win or loss in the league race. Steamboat Springs is leading with its 7-1 league mark and 14-2 overall record.
The 1A Western Slope Conference still has three weeks to play, but last Friday's game between Meeker and Paonia went a long way toward determining who will be the conference champion.
Paonia put itself in the driver's seat for a third straight conference title after defeating the Cowboys 34-30 in a wild game at Paonia Town Park.
The Paonia High School volleyball team saw a little of everything last week.
The Eagles fell to a very strong Delta team, marking its third loss in four matches.
Warren and Crystal Sanford of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Alice Marie Sanford, born Sept. 29, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 7.1 ounces and was 21 inches in length.
Delta Emblem Club met at the Delta Elks Lodge Sept. 28 with president Diane Martinez officiating.
The Delta Emblem Club has been active with the concession stand at Elks bingo on Thursday nights and also with a lot of community service collections, consisting of cancelled stamps, education box tops, glasses, pop tabs, card tops and unused cards.
Elberta #106 held its annual yard/bake/breakfast burrito fundraiser during AppleFest. The weather was great, and lots of people were out to enjoy the festivities.
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge had a picnic and plant sale at Cedaredge Park for its September meeting. Members brought plants, bulbs and seeds to exchange.
Billy Wayne Jones died Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at his home in Delta. He was 59.
Robert Boyd "Butch" Showman died at his home in Grand Junction on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. He was 70.
Former Delta County resident David "Fred" Fernandez died after a short battle with cancer Oct. 3, 2015, at his home in Grand Junction. He was 67.
Delta resident Heather A. Albrecht died at her home Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. She was 39.
William Joseph "Jody" Retherford Jr. of Perkins/Stillwater, Okla., died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at his home. He was 73.
Paonia resident Josephine Walsh died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Paonia Care Center in Paonia. She was 81.
Hotchkiss resident Leo E. Collins died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 78.
Ricky "Rick" Lee Thomas of Paonia died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at HopeWest Hospice in Grand Junction. He was 64.
Eckert resident Ruth Mason Phillips died Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at her home. She was 100.
Hotchkiss mayor Wendell Koontz officially declared the second Saturday of each month, beginning on Oct. 10, as "Shop Hotchkiss Day." The proclamation reads, in part, that small, local businesses are the backbone of the economy and are essential to communities.
When a fire erupted at a house on A Street in Crawford the evening of Oct. 2, Crawford Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Mike Tiedeman was in the right place at the right time and was paying attention.
"There's a lot of people calling Mike our local hero," said Crawford mayor Susie Steckel at the Oct. 7 council meeting.
The town of Crawford has agreed to budget about $60,000 over the next two to three years to pay for its estimated share of installation of "final mile" broadband infrastructure. The project is part of a $5.2 million grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs obtained by Region 10 to provide affordable high-speed broadband Internet services to Montrose and Delta counties.
Colorado community organizations representing impacted residents around the state expressed disappointment and frustration in the newly released COGCC draft rule that allows large-scale oil and gas development in residential areas. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released a draft rule yesterday outlining new regulations to implement the two recommendations from the 2014-2015 Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force.
As a first response volunteer EMT for more than a decade, Christopher Brown has met hundreds of men, women, children, each of whom is memorable in their own way. He says, "Every individual stands out, and yet we have a common connection through our hearts. We take care of our people.
"This is why we ask for seeds to come back in plastic bags," says Sarah Pope, the creator of Delta County Libraries' North Fork Seed Library. Pope holds up a sealed bag filled with round brown seeds.
Residents of the North Fork Water Conservancy District will have a ballot question to consider in this fall's election. To help understand the issue, the district issued the following:
One day each fall, the Paonia High School Eagles volleyball team goes all out for breast cancer awareness. The Colorado High School Activities Association encourages volleyball teams to "Think Pink" in honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month during a home match.
Paonia students who ride bikes to school now have access to a repair station at both Paonia Elementary and Junior-Senior high schools, thanks to a grant from Action for Healthy Kids.
As part of National Walk To School Day, elementary school students who walked or biked to school Oct. 7, which was also National Walk to School Day, were treated to prizes and other incentives, also courtesy of the grant.
At a Sept. 29 special meeting, Hotchkiss trustees voted unanimously to award Double J Disposal, Inc. a five-year contract for trash collection. Double J submitted one of two bids for the service.
Cedaredge Community Gardens has ended its seventh season with fall cleanup, and decided to have a little fun with a presentation of a ceremonial gift basket of produce for Delta County commissioner Bruce Hovde who has been an indispensible help to the garden all these years. Not only has he assisted by earmarking GOCO grants annually, he also comes in on his own time to help disk and plow as time permits.
A benefit concert is being planned for Tyler Clymo, an 11-year-old Cedaredge boy who is battling cancer.
Tyler is a fifth grader at Cedaredge Elementary School.
Plans for a replacement main building at the Surface Creek Animal Shelter got a big boost recently -- not big in monetary terms, but very big in terms of expressing what the shelter's mission to "give 'em shelter" is all about.
The story begins when, as he stopped by the shelter during daily errands, Larry Dumler, president of the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control, checked the change box.
Volunteers spent Saturday, Sept. 26, clipping bushes, sawing tree limbs, clearing trails and generally "sprucing up" the cross-country ski trails on the Grand Mesa National Forest. Over 50 volunteers including the Colorado Mesa University cross-country ski team arrived at the Skyway parking area with gloves and tools ready to be assigned a task!
Cedaredge's Greenwood Avenue water line won't be replaced this year as had been originally hoped.
The leak-plagued water line has kept town crews busy digging and patching at least several times a year the past few years, according to public works staff who delivered bad news on the project to the town trustees at an Oct. 8 special meeting.
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