After just a year on the job, Leslie Workman, executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, is moving on. She has accepted a position with Delta County Memorial Hospital, as materials manager in the purchasing department, where she'll be putting her financial/inventory experience to work.
Two new members were appointed to the Delta County Fair Board by the county commissioners last week.
In addition, three present members were appointed to new terms.
The commissioners have recently issued 17 specific comments critical of the BLM's work on Gunnison sage grouse.
In addition to the 17 specific points addressed in the BoCC's Sept. 24 comment letter, the county commissioners have expressed their strong disappointment with the agency's procedures in creating its Gunnison sage grouse Rangewide Resource Management Plan Amendment/Environmental Impact Statement.
The Board of County Commissioners has issued position statements recently on various local issues. They include ending the long-running wilderness study area (WSA) status for local public lands, and ideas for inclusion in Colorado's Water Plan.
The annual vehicle and equipment auction for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests will be held Nov 11-18. Vehicles that have been replaced and/or are surplus will be auctioned off through a bid system online.
The Delta City Council has announced four candidates for the city manager vacancy, selected from 46 applicants for the position.
The finalists are Don Gaeddert of Larned, Kan., Dan Hamsmith of Parker, George Korthauer of Petoskey, Mich., and David Torgler of Hayden.
A special offering conducted by the Gleaners at Delta Christian Church went to Haven House this year. During the month of October, members of the church were invited to drop donations in a handmade pink pig.
A $547,000 grant will enable local environmental health personnel to assist residents in learning more about the risks that threaten the safety of drinking water from area private wells and will provide well water testing for local property owners.
Ken Nordstrom, Delta County director of environmental health, is a member of the six-county West Central Public Health Partnership that applied for and secured a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control to help address private well water concerns in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties.
If you smoke, chances are you've thought about quitting. In fact, roughly 70 percent of smokers say they want to quit.
You've probably thought about several important reasons to quit: for your health, for your finances, for your family and friends.
Small game season for several rabbits and hares, fox, pine squirrel and beavers is underway. These animals can carry tularemia, a bacterial infection that can be fatal in humans and animals.
The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) is set to deliver Colorado's Water Plan to the governor on or before Dec. 19.
At the October meeting of the Colorado River District board, general manager Eric Kuhn said that the major policy question is "what happens next?"
Jill Jurca and Pete Blair will be sworn in as school board members at the board's Nov. 19 meeting. In the Nov. 3 election, Jurca earned 62 percent of the votes in a contest with Genevieve Novinger.
Sarah N. Davis, 26, of Montrose was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.
Walter E. Spor III, 22, of Montrose was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $300 bond.
Colorado's Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) began accepting applications for its 2015-16 season on Monday, Nov. 2. With an increase in applicant income qualification this season, more Coloradans will qualify for assistance with paying their home heating costs.
The City of Delta has wrapped up fall cleanup, but Steve Glammeyer, public works director, says city crews will continue to pick up bags of leaves that are left where you would normally place your trash receptacle.
The annual fall cleanup netted 75.73 tons of junk, requiring 70 trips to the landfill.
The 2016 Voices of Rural Colorado Denver legislative trip hosted by CLUB 20, Action 22 and Progressive 15 will take place Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21 and 22.
In a special meeting of the board of trustees for the Delta County Public Library District on Nov. 4, the trustees voted to place district director Annette Choszczyk on administrative leave, effective immediately.
Board president Laura Earley declined to provide any details, saying she and fellow board members are committed to protecting employee privacy.
Last year, the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) improved operations and Change Your Peak Drive campaign helped achieve a 35 percent decrease in fatal and injury crashes and a 46 percent decrease in weather-related crashes along the I-70 Mountain Corridor. Working to build upon last year's success, CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), I-70 Coalition and Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA) are joining forces to decrease congestion and increase safety and reliability along the Mountain Corridor.
The National Park Service will soon begin conducting pile burns near the Grizzly Gulch area on the North Rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Pile burning is a type of maintenance burn whereby wildland fuels are cut through the year, piled, allowed to dry, and then burned during the winter when there is snow on the ground.
Pediatric Associaties is teaming up with the Abraham Connection to collect warm clothing for the less fortunate.
Drop off your gently used coats, gloves and hats at the Pediatric Associates, 242 Cottonwood Street, Suite 101, in Delta.
Local businesses have been contacted by a sales firm soliciting advertising on posters for Delta High School. Jeremy McCormick, the school's assistant principal, advises area residents that the posters have not been authorized by DHS.
Presentations on two important pending water issues were featured as the Delta County Farm and Livestock Bureau held its annual meeting and banquet at Bill Heddles Recreation Center on Nov. 6.
Area ag producer and Colorado Farm Bureau board member Hugh Sanburg updated members on the EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule.
Early darkness has arrived and the wind is picking up, but on a Tuesday evening in November, the Paonia Library glows invitingly, welcoming people who arrive to participate in an after-hours write-in. This event, designed to coincide with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), provides a venue for writers to gather for inspiration, motivation and a quiet place to put words together.
There is hope. That is the message being brought forth as we go forth in preparation for the upcoming Paris climate talks in December.
"Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems."
My letter to the editor (Oct. 28) must have touched a few nerves: the following week there were five climate change denial response letters. Bill Sutton felt my comparing the tactics of the tobacco industry to the fossil fuel industry to be unfair because tobacco use was an "individual choice" and petroleum use wasn't.
Last weekend's volleyball regionals produced some exciting matches for local teams. Cedaredge High School won in Region C with victories over West Grand, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-19 and Dolores, 25-16, 25-17 and 25-13.
The goal of a team title in volleyball eluded Delta's Panthers in 2015. Now that Delta is in the field of 12 for this year's state volleyball championship, there's hope for more than just a league title.
Paonia began its quest for a third consecutive 1A state football championship last Saturday with a 49-6 domination of Ellicott that was in doubt for exactly 14 seconds.
That's how long it took Jeramiah Hillman to take the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, and the Eagles just poured it on after that.
The Eagles are going back to state.
Rebounding from a tough loss to Cedaredge in the District championship, Paonia rallied on the road last Saturday at Regionals to beat Ignacio in three sets, and defeated Ridgway in four sets to earn a fourth consecutive trip to the 2A state championship tournament this weekend in Denver.
The Jonny Ponce show was a big hit last week when Palisade's Bulldogs visited Panther Stadium for a battle for the 3A WSL championship. Ponce ran for 246 yards and a couple of touchdowns, enabling Delta's Panthers to score a 27-21 decision over the Bulldogs.
Two Western Slope Conference Class 1A football teams are still alive in the playoffs as the 1A quarterfinals kick off this weekend.
No. 3 Paonia (9-1) will host perennial playoff contender Burlington (9-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Paonia Town Park.
Jenna and James Zeldenthuis are the parents of a daughter, Jayci Ann Zeldenthuis, born at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction at 8:18 a.m. Oct. 14, 2015. She weighed 7 pounds, 1.8 ounce and was 19.75 inches in length.
With the help of Robert Ownbey, manager of the Montrose Walmart, the Uncompahgre Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution successfully applied for a Walmart Community Grant. The Walmart Community Grant program is highly competitive, with the Walmart Foundation receiving over 150,000 applications every year.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is now accepting applications for its 2016 academic scholarship program. Applicants must be dependents of a DMEA member and planning to enroll in or be enrolled full time in an accredited college, university or vocational school.
The school district's new math curriculum is experiencing some "growing pains," assistant superintendent Kurt Clay says, but he believes the long-term results will help the district meet its goals for student achievement.
The new curriculum more closely matches state standards, which are aligned with Common Core standards, and will hopefully address gaps in student learning that have shown up on state assessments, particularly for Delta County's middle school students.
Paul M. Stewart, formerly of Delta, died of pancreatic cancer May 19, 2013, in Littleton.
His wife of 66 years, Rose Marie (Dodie) Stewart died of heart failure Sept. 29, 2015, in Littleton.
Captain Robert "Bob" Covey died Oct. 31, 2015, at his home in Hotchkiss. He was 88.
Casey Wayne Collard of Cedaredge died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. He was 55.
Juanita Reeder of Delta died Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 75.
Kenneth Alfaro died Nov. 5, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 72.
Delta resident Minnie Bell Anderson died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 86.
With fond memories, Richard Paul Mannon, age 60 of Key West, Fla., passed away on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, due to complications from cancer. Richard was born on Dec. 28, 1954, in Washington, D.C., to loving parents Lacy W. and Bridget Mannon.
Paonia resident Virginia Goins died at her home Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. She was 81.
Of the more than 60 water users who packed Paonia Town Hall Nov. 5, only about 10 percent were in-town residents. They all came to let the town know they are not happy with recently-proposed water rate increases.
In light of passage of the Town of Crawford Ballot Question 2D, which more than 77 percent of town voters approved in the Nov. 3 combined election, trustees continued discussion of funding of the project at the Nov. 4 town work session. Question 2D asked voters to opt out of Colorado Senate Bill 05-152, which calls for voter approval before a local government can use taxpayer money to engage in providing telecommunications services.
Our local public lands are one of the greatest resources we have here in Delta County. That's why the Western Slope Conservation Center is excited to announce it has been awarded a new three-year VISTA position to support a number of new collaborative environmental education and recreation projects in our area.
Some projects seem like they never end, but diligence and perseverance have paid off for the Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce and its member businesses. Back in 2013 at a monthly board meeting the chamber directors were discussing ways to benefit local businesses and encourage more people to visit Crawford.
Where are the Cranes?
I wish I knew! The senior biologist for our Rocky Mountain Flock of Greater Sandhill Cranes, Rod Drewien, shared with me that the number of cranes at the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge was much lower than it has been in the past.
Cedaredge voters casting ballots in the Nov. 3 election expressed strong hope for improved Internet service, but little desire for higher taxes.
The county elections department reported there were 671 votes cast on the town's healthy living lifestyles tax proposal.
Cedaredge's David Starr announced last week that a new music project of his is nearing completion.
In an email, Starr says that he is "just back from a successful fall mini-tour of Texas and a quick trip to Arkansas, and I'm pleased to share with you that my new CD, "Love and Sabotage," is nearing completion.
As we approach the holidays of thankfulness, blessings and renewed hope, we remember families who are still challenged in meeting increased demand during these times.
The Surface Creek Community Services Food Bank in Cedaredge is seeking your monetary donation to help cover the costs of a generous Christmas Box dinner for families.
The annual end-of-the-season fruit sale at Fritchman Orchards netted a total of $2,693.65 this year.
Proceeds from the annual event will go toward a fund established for Tyler Clymo, a youth in the community who is undergoing treatments for a type of cancer.
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge held its October meeting on Oct. 18. There was a full house including five guests (two of whom were spouses) who came to hear Arnie and Cathy Ogden's adventures as beekeepers.
The Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church houses the Zero Gravity Youth Group. Recently, the small organization combined with Delta's United Methodist Church to create new connections and formulate new ideas.
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