The Board of County Commissioners recently discussed two specific development proposals that involve equestrian projects near Crawford among four planning items overall.
The commissioners approved a specific development application for an eight- to 10-bed residential treatment center, Rights of Passage.
On Jan. 18, the Delta County Commissioners ratified the county's position on reinstating the North Fork Coal Mining Area Exemption to the Colorado Roadless Rule.
The county had commented during the scoping period for the Forest Service's Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS).
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of a Cedaredge man, 68-year-old Steven McElmury, for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
McElmury was arrested Thursday, Jan. 21, after a sheriff's K-9 indicated the odor of narcotics coming from McElmury's 2014 Dodge Ram pickup, which was found unoccupied in a business parking lot in Lincoln, Neb. The pickup had been observed driving eastbound on Interstate 80 a few minutes earlier.
National CRNA Week is the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist's annual celebration of anesthesia patient safety and the nation's 49,000-plus certified registered nurse anesthetists.
CRNAs (certified registered nurse anesthetists) are registered nurses educated, trained and licensed to administer anesthesia.
Dale J. Scarrow, 37, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged displayed fictitious license plates, driving after revocation prohibited, drove uninsured motor vehicle and obstruction of government operations.
Everyone who has gone through public school is familiar with the unique role of the substitute teacher, a brave man or woman who enters unsuspecting classrooms at the last minute, expecting to be challenged, questioned or taunted.
After interviewing two applicants, the Delta City Council appointed Mark Lee to the Delta Planning Commission. The commission is comprised of seven members.
The Senate last week passed a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and fellow senators to extend a Medicare demonstration program that helps rural hospitals in sparsely populated states keep their doors open.
"This demonstration has helped several hospitals in Colorado's rural communities, like Delta County, Steamboat Springs, and Sterling, continue to serve their communities," Bennet said. "This bill will help maintain access to critical health care services in these rural areas."
I would like to thank Senator Donovan for introducing Senate Bill 21 -- the Public Lands Day bill -- into the state legislature recently. This is a great effort to designate a state holiday celebrating our public lands and recognizing all that they provide us as a community and as a state.
In my Dec. 30, 2015, letter, I submitted a 1922 AP article stating that the Arctic zone was experiencing temperatures so warm that ice was melting and seals were leaving. Steve Lyons charged that the report represented only a selective area and time.
I read with interest a letter (DCI, 1/20/16) stating that schools should not expect single moms to have time to help their children with homework. I agree that it must be very difficult for single parents to do it all.
Last Saturday, my husband Les and I took a motorcycle ride from our home in Montrose to the C&J Restaurant in Delta for lunch.
We met up with five friends of ours from Grand Junction, all who ride with Patriot Guard Riders -- those who protect the honor of our fallen servicemen and women.
I would like to respond to your article "Hotchkiss, Paonia may see cannabis on the ballot 2016."
Both towns already had a "discussion from the board and from the public" in 2014, and the impact on our communities was very divisive.
Delta County is faced with many challenges. Our county is a great place to live, but many residents, myself included, see our economic future going downhill and these trends will be difficult to stop without taking action.
Cedaredge High School's Bruins finished last weekend's Screamin' Eagle wrestling tournament with 136.5 points and placed fifth. Hotchkiss won the tournament with 229 points with Meeker second (210.5), Centauri third (204) and Paonia fourth (203.5).
Delta had few answers for the Bulldogs in a rematch game. Palisade took advantage of numerous mistakes and poor shooting by the Panthers to sweep Delta in its two-game series for the season.
Delta High School's swim team participated in two meets recently. On Jan. 8 the Panthers were in Gunnison for what was to be more than a dual between the Cowboys and Delta.
Hotchkiss entered the week fifth in 2A, just ahead of Paonia and behind Rocky Ford, Centauri, Meeker and Norwood/Nucla, respectively.
The Bulldogs got up-close and personal looks at every one of those teams but No. 1 Rocky Ford this past week, and Hotchkiss showed that it can compete on the mat with all of them.
Both basketball teams from Paonia are firing on all cylinders.
The Eagles boys' and girls' teams are both 11-1 and undefeated in 1A/2A Western Slope League play. At the end of a five-game road stretch, Paonia is at Meeker on Friday and at Hotchkiss on Tuesday.
Had it not been for a forfeit at 113, Delta's Panthers might have posted a shutout against Eagle Valley last Thursday night. The Panthers went on to win 71-6.
After a 60-34 win against Hotchkiss' boys on Jan. 19, Cedaredge was looking for a sixth consecutive win heading into last Friday's encounter against Paonia's Eagles. Paonia, after starting the season with six straight wins, was dealt a loss by Grand Valley on Dec. 19.
Delta's Panthers returned to the hardwood this past week with three games being played in six days. A Jan. 19 contest at home with Palisade started the week off. The Bulldogs took advantage of a 34-7 third quarter to blow the game open for a 79-47 4A WSL victory.
Hunter education classes are scheduled Feb. 15-19 in the Enterprise Room of Delta-Montrose Technical College.
Class will be held Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m., and again Friday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. Total class time is approximately 14 hours.
The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.
The Black Canyon Barbershop Chorus announced "Barbershoppers of the Year" for 2016 at the annual installation banquet, which was held recently at Daveto's in Delta.
Jennifer and Tyler Valdez of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Kami Brooke Valdez, born Jan. 13, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 0.8 ounces and was 19.25 inches in length.
Isaac Fisher, a veterinary medicine student from Hotchkiss, and Benjamin Smith, an animal science major from Paonia, were named to the Dean's List at Iowa State University.
Luke Tembrock received a Ph.D. in botany from the School of Biology at Colorado State University at commencement exercises on Dec. 18. Dr. Tembrock attended Hotchkiss schools, graduating from Hotchkiss High School in 1997.
Raymond Rowland, former resident of Rogers Mesa in Hotchkiss, will turn 100 years old Feb. 6.
An architect is putting the finishing touches on a design for a Delta Middle School project that will enhance student safety and address the aging infrastructure of the sixth grade wing.
School board members reviewed preliminary designs with 50J maintenance supervisor John McHugh at a Jan. 15 work session.
Up to four college scholarships and two high school scholarships are available through the Colorado Press Association's scholarship program, run by the Denver Foundation.
The Colorado Press Association is a trade association dedicated to the preservation, progression and modernization of the state's news media.
Aubrey Dale Pierce of Delta died Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center. He was 85.
William "Pete" Albert Sisson died Jan. 8, 2016, in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 66.
Selena Pedersen died after a two-year battle with cancer Jan. 2, 2016, at her home in Cedaredge. She was 80.
Photographer Ben Lehman doesn't want people to just look at his images. The Paonia resident wants viewers to find inspiration to venture out into the natural world and "get to know it personally" through their own camera lens.
Big B's, the local organic juice company, received national attention at the 2016 Good Food Award. The North Fork-based company garnered medals for two of its hard ciders, Orchard Original and Pear Supply.
Hotchkiss trustees voted at the Jan. 14 council meeting to approve two liquor license renewal applications.
The license for Pat's Bar & Grill, 140 N. Bridge Street, was recently suspended by the state liquor licensing board for two incidences of serving after hours.
The Hotchkiss Town Council doesn't have to address all the issues related to the upcoming vote on cannabis unless voters approve in-town operations in the April election. But trustees do want to ensure that ballot language gives the town the ability to impose taxes and pass additional regulations, such as setback and zoning laws, which they will need to address if it passes.
Hotchkiss will welcome a new community celebration this summer.
"Farm to Fiddle" is scheduled for Aug. 12 and 13. The group formed as "Destination Hotchkiss" is behind the celebration.
North Fork Ambulance, which serves a 1,500-square-mile area including Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford, is seeking area residents interested in serving a two-year term on the board of directors. NFA seeks people experienced in business and finance and nonprofits, said executive director Kathy Steckel.
In what Paonia town manager Jane Berry described as a "very, very positive tool for managing, working with and rewarding (town) employees," the board of trustees adopted the "Town of Paonia Pay Plan."
The resolution implements a document outlining job classification and compensation pay ranges, based on salaries paid by towns of similar size and according to position title, pay grade and pay range.
In a special study session held Jan. 12, the Paonia Board of Trustees began the process of cleaning up language associated with the town's emergency water ordinance, which was adopted Dec. 8.
All three North Fork municipalities received enough petitions for councils and board of trustees to hold elections in April.
In Hotchkiss, council seats currently held by Larry Jakubiak, Dustyn Foster, James Roberts and mayor pro tem Carrie Wingfield are up for election.
West Elk Mountain Rescue is happy to announce the new slate of officers elected at the monthly meeting on Jan. 6. Steve Morris of Paonia is president, James McCain of Paonia is vice president, Cedar Keshet of Paonia is returning secretary, Tanya Gallob of Crawford is returning treasurer, Ira Houseweart of Hotchkiss is training director and Wally Nelson is the returning equipment manager.
Another day of snow. I keep thinking of Mesquite, Nevada!
Every Monday at 7 p.m., the Cedaredge Community Band meets at the Assembly of God to rehearse. The group usually welcomes between seven and 10 members, including director Grady Weiszbrod.
The Cedaredge trustees heard a report from Lea Hart on recent staffing changes at the Cedaredge Public Library at their Jan. 21 meeting.
Hart has been named interim district library director as a search for a permanent director is conducted.
Cedaredge Police Sergeant Roy Spiker is being credited with sharp observation skills, quick action, and determined follow-up that may have helped to save a local man's life.
Police Chief Dan Sanders recounted the incident for the town trustees during their regular monthly meeting on Jan. 21.
There will be mayoral races in both Cedaredge and Orchard City in the April 5 municipal elections.
At the Jan. 25 deadline, in Cedaredge there are two candidates.
The Cedaredge Town Board, during its regular meeting on Jan. 21, gave the go-ahead for staff to work out an agreement with an experienced local listing agent to find someone to operate the golf course restaurant.
One problem that was discussed in marketing the business and finding a qualified operator will be that management has changed hands several times in the past decade.
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