Show your Colorado pride in style by lighting up an entry for the Delta Parade of Lights. This year's theme is "A Colorado Christmas."
A speaker who encourages students to put sex on hold until they're married generated controversy last week -- controversy that superintendent Caryn Gibson says was largely put to rest after parents were assured the speaker would not be imposing her religious beliefs on the students.
The county government has finished its round of department budget presentations and has completed its proposed budget for 2016.
A public copy of the proposed budget is available from the Delta County administration office located in Suite 227 of the Delta County Courthouse.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association recently issued its first ever variable speed drive rebate.
Randy Meaker of Montrose installed a 50-horsepower variable speed drive pump on his irrigation system, which resulted in a $2,350 rebate from DMEA.
Fruit growers in Delta County lost an estimated 70 percent of their apples, peaches, pears, apricots and sweet cherries when temperatures dropped below freezing repeatedly last spring.
As a result of the frigid temperatures between April 2 and 19, Governor John Hickenlooper has approved a primary county disaster designation for Delta County.
Bert Sargent would like to thank the young person who found an item he lost in the parking lot of City Market on Oct. 27. The young man or young lady who found the item took it to the store.
Fees charged at the county landfill will be going up on the first business day of 2016.
County administrator Robbie LeValley said the current per-ton charge of $25 for commercial and general waste disposal at the landfill is not covering actual costs, which are pegged at $31 per ton.
A 16-year-old male of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.
Nancy J. Clairday, 52, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged unsafe backing after being involved in a two-vehicle crash in the 100 block of E. 4th Street.
Libraries around the country observe numerous occasions which promote awareness about topics that are relevant to different age and patron groups. Programming jumps from banned books to privacy to teenagers to volunteers, always with the intention of helping patrons to understand and appreciate subjects that are important to libraries and the communities they serve.
As daylight savings time ends, Coloradans are reminded of the sacrifices of war on the home front. During the Great War, Congress established a law to "preserve daylight" and conserve energy, thus ensuring ample electricity to produce the aluminum for building airplanes.
Although he pleaded guilty to felony child abuse with an underlying sexual basis, Jeremias Quintero maintained his innocence throughout a sentencing hearing in Delta District Court last week. Ironically, his continuous denial played a factor in the four-year prison sentence handed down by Judge Stephen Schultz.
Those who have been working to develop and expand broadband in western Colorado received good news this month.
The Partnerships for Opportunity, Workforce, and Economic Revitalization (POWER) program awarded Region 10 -- the six-county council of governments representing Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties -- a $1.2 million grant to go toward its continued efforts in increasing access to affordable and abundant high speed Internet services.
The Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests plans to burn piles within the Porter Mountain and Eggleston Lake areas of the Grand Mesa, possibly beginning as soon as Nov. 4, and continuing for several weeks until the project is complete.
Once again, as usual, responders to my letter about climate and data misinformation come back with the typical slurs against both individuals and organizations that are trying to educate the populace. Both responses appeared in the DCI on Oct. 28.
A group of individuals recently appeared before the Delta County Board of County Commissioners asking for public funds to set up what they called "citizen juries," claiming that the Constitution provides for them.
Were they better informed and intellectually astute, they would have realized that we already have citizen juries.
Since the climate change believers, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the media have decided carbon dioxide, an essential for life, is a pollutant, coal-fired power plants and coal mines are closing. Delta County has lost hundreds of good paying jobs.
Steve Lyons in his Oct. 28 letter makes my point. There is controversy over global warming and climate change (he said, she said).
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 would like to add some details to the story of the Paonia trustees' payments to their auditor. While quick to denigrate "past councils" for poor management decisions, the majority of the current trustees seem to have learned nothing.
Those who question the validity of global warming are called "climate change deniers." The same should be said about those who cling to the expert opinions of famous scientists Al Gore and Michael Moore.
All the technical talk aside, references are not necessary to analyze global warming. Anyone with a lick of sense understands that it's not happening, never mind what a conservative newspaper's opinion page I regularly read refers to as "climate cluckers" would like to think.
Thanks to a four-win weekend, in tournament play, Cedaredge High School earned first-place honors in Class 2A District 5 tournament play in Parachute. The Bruins faced tough competition on both days (Friday and Saturday) and scored wins in each match.
Delta's final soccer match of the season was a 1-0 win over Palisade, in a contest played on the campus of CMU.
Sophomore Ian Downey scored the match's only goal at the 27:05 mark of the first half.
Last week's loss to Palisade could have cost the Panthers a chance to host this week's round of volleyball playoffs. The Bulldogs played aggressively and determined in a 3-0 win against the Panthers.
Volleyball rivals Paonia and Cedaredge met in the finals of the 2A District 5 Tournament last Saturday, and just like the regular season matches between the Eagles and Bruins, fans at neutral Grand Valley High School were treated to an outstanding match that needed extra points to decide the victor.
In a fiercely competitive match, Cedaredge (19-4) won the five-set nailbiter 25-20, 25-23, 18-25, 13-25, 18-16.
The Hotchkiss girls' cross country team capped a great season of running with a fourth place finish at the state meet last Saturday morning.
The Bulldogs finished fourth for the second straight year and were led by two seniors and two freshman.
Good news for volleyball fans in Delta County. Two teams will host regional play beginning Saturday, Nov. 7.
The top three teams in 1A football stayed the same most of the year and each squad found out its playoff matchups when the brackets were released last Sunday morning.
Two-time defending state champion and three-time defending Western Slope Conference Champion Paonia (8-1) will play 14th-seeded Ellicott at Paonia Town Park on Saturday.
The University of Pennsylvania women's cross country team split its squad for recent competition. Both turned in solid performances at both the Notre Dame and Paul Short Invitational Cross Country Meets in October.
You are invited to join Phil Ellsworth, his family and friends in commemorating his 90th birthday. An open house will be held Sunday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Stolte Shed at Pioneer Town in Cedaredge.
Anna Edwards and Ramiro Ortega of Delta are the parents of a son, Israel Luther Ortega Peña Edwards, born Oct. 19, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20.5 inches in length.
Army Staff Sgt. Casey Childress has arrived for duty as an Army recruiter with Tucson Army Recruiting Company, Casa Grande Army Recruiting Center, Arizona.
As election time rolls around there is a reminder about the importance of voting. Delta High School senior Cidney Fisk stresses this importance, especially in the youth.
Delta resident Audrey Phyllis Calhoun died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Valley Manor Care Center in Montrose. She was 88.
David Gerd passed away on Oct. 3, 2015, in Delta, Colo.
He was a much-loved son, brother and friend to many. He did lots more favors than he received.
Gretchen Elsa Hamlett died suddenly Oct. 24, 2015, at her home in Delta. She was 82.
Hollie Ray Todd of Crawford died of cancer Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, at her home. She was 46.
Cedaredge resident James "Jim" Lee Larreau died Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 83.
The Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the First State Bank Crawford Branch. The chamber is seeking volunteer board members willing to commit to a minimum of a two-year term.
The Crawford Town Council reset room rates for the newly-remodeled town hall after local organizations complained that they were no longer affordable.
"They came up at our last board meeting," said Keith Nichols, a Fruitland Domestic Water Company board member.
Delta County Memorial Hospital is meeting the demand for primary care by opening its DCMH Family Medicine - Hotchkiss clinic on Nov. 2. The clinic is located at 365 Bridge Street in Hotchkiss.
North Fork businesses can start thinking of a theme for their trees after the Crawford Pioneer Days committee announced that it would lead efforts to keep the annual Parade of Lights and Festival of Trees from being canceled.
"We decided we don't want to see events in Crawford dry up," said CPD chair Tristan Pfeffer.
Paonia resident Barb Heck was selected Oct. 27 to fill a vacancy on the Town of Paonia's planning commission. The board of trustees unanimously selected Heck, who also serves on the board of the Rotary Club of the North Fork and previously held an advisory seat on the Delta County Tourism Board.
The conversation regarding bringing high-speed broadband Internet services to rural Delta County has been ongoing ever since Region 10 received grant money from the Department of Local Affairs for creation of a regional broadband network within the region. For the Town of Hotchkiss, much of the focus is now on fiduciary responsibility.
Hotchkiss Emblem Club #306 meets the first Monday of each month unless the meeting date falls on a holiday. The most recent meeting was held Oct. 5 at Hightower Café in Hotchkiss.
At the Oct. 27 public meeting, the Paonia board of trustees voted unanimously to approve a stipulation for entry of judgment related to the civil suit filed in October 2014 against former town finance officer Kristin Chesnik, who has admitted to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the town treasury between 2007 and 2011.
It may be fall, but the North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District board is already planning for next spring and has made recent improvements at the pool and at the Apple Valley tennis courts.
The pool and spa received a brand new coat of white paint along with some necessary surface repairs.
With the 2016 budget deadline fast approaching, the Town of Paonia has scheduled a special meeting to discuss proposed revisions to its water, sewer and trash ordinances, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 at Paonia Town Hall.
While the meeting will focus on the specifics of the ordinances, current rates will be part of the discussion.
The third annual Zombie Run 5k run/walk, sponsored by the Hotchkiss K-8 School for the benefit of the Helping Hands program, attracted 50 participants on Halloween morning, including Spider Man pushing a stroller, Waldo, the Mummy, a ballerina, Wonder Woman, the Grim Reaper, Rapunzel, Gray Beard the Pirate and his parrot and wolf, skeletons, and, of course, zombies.
The AppleShed is hosting a holiday art show featuring the works of Pat Stelter, Lian Canty, Lee Johnson and Roy and Jeff Kastning.
An opening reception is planned Saturday, Nov. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. The art will be on display through December.
I'm driving along this county road that I've dubbed the "low road." It runs down this valley, paralleling Highway 65 that goes from Cedaredge to Delta.
It was a day for the doggies, and also for their owners last Saturday at the fourth annual Dog Jog and Pet Palooza hosted by Surface Creek Veterinary Center at the Aspen Trails Campground.
The event, which filled the morning with fun and fido-ish friendship, is organized by veterinarians Jeff and Susie Hirsch and their staff at the Center.
The Good News Club for Cedaredge Elementary School's K-5th graders, including homeschoolers is underway.
Meetings are held after school, Tuesday afternoons from 3:13-4:45 p.m. in the community room across Cedar Avenue from the school.
The idea that anyone in this world would feel alone is an idea that Phil Ellsworth has not become reconciled to.
Phil is the affable man whose gentle strains of sweet harmonica music are heard at the doorway of FoodTown whenever Cedaredge Rotary Club stages a fundraiser raffle ticket sale there.
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