A GPS (instrument approach) landing system recently went into operation at Blake. The high-tech navigation gear is a major upgrade for operations and is the result of five years of planning, acquisition and installation, according to Blake Field managers Mark and Cheryl Husmann.
The county commissioners explained on Monday they believe the City of Delta is the jurisdiction that should be "leading the discussion" on having CDOT assume some $22 million in outstanding debt and take over ownership of Delta's new alternate truck route.
District 1 Commissioner Doug Atchley explained the truck route "is in the City of Delta and its citizens approved a bond to pay for it. It is a City of Delta indebtedness."
About a dozen crafty women gather at Bill Heddles Recreation Center every Tuesday morning, a tradition that dates back to crochet classes that were offered 18 to 20 years ago.
One instructor moved, another took over but later passed away.
The Fireside is here to stay, says owner Ernst Schopp. He resumed operation of the restaurant formerly known as Cynthia's, changed back the name, and put in place a manager and chef who are committed to the success of the business.
The Colorado Energy Office and GRID Alternatives announce five community solar projects designed to demonstrate the viability of community solar models that serve low-income households. Delta-Montrose Electric Association, Gunnison County Electric Association, Holy Cross Energy, San Miguel Power Association and Yampa Valley Electric Association have volunteered to build low-income projects totaling 579 kW.
Love is a word that comes up frequently in libraries, as patrons exclaim, "I love this book!" or "I love this library!" Fortunately, there is a month designed expressly for uttering such things, as February is Library Lovers' Month.
The Delta County Libraries Board of Trustees is undergoing a search for a new district director. Public feedback is welcome.
Last week, the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Rocky Mountain Region, released the 2015 forest health aerial survey results for Colorado.
Every year the USFS and CSFS work together to aerially monitor forest health conditions on millions of forested acres across the state.
District 3 County Commissioner Mark Roeber has told the DCI he is filing the required paperwork and announcing his intention to run for a second term as county commissioner.
The U.S. Forest Service is expanding its search in Delta for a new headquarters.
Scott Armentrout, GMUG forest supervisor, in a report to the county commissioners on Monday, said the agency's search area for a new home now extends north from the Delta-Montrose Technical College to the Gunnison River. East and west boundaries are approximately one block on either side of Main Street.
As the political season heats up as we enter a volatile presidential election year, I hope you have the oil and gas industry on your mind as we select our new leaders.
Traditionally, Republicans and Democrats rarely see eye to eye, but it appears the strength of our country's job-fueling energy industry is where they do find some common ground.
Randall B. Allsup, 47, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged third degree assault.
Patricia E. Penfield, 51, of Paonia was issued a ticket for alleged failure to yield right of way to oncoming traffic after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at Highway 50 and Highway 92.
Regarding the front-page article in the Jan. 20 DCI on potential grant money for economic development and the article Jan. 21 in the Sentinel, "... how arts bleed into other businesses":
Mr. Sutton, in his most recent letter to this publication, this one on the plagiarism of another individual, is attempting to do nothing more than defend the indefensible. There is never any reason, or excuse, for plagiarism of any type or for any reason.
February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month! Yes, it's that time of year and I would like to mention that some of you readers didn't follow through like you promised after last year's awareness notice.
No BLM leases you may be thinking. Don't. This would be somewhat like an event referred to as the subject of this letter.
Another week, another climate denial letter in the DCI. This one, another from Mr. Many who is apparently unaware of what IPCC assessments are and what they are based on; the current status of climate science.
The Cedaredge Bruins picked up a team title at last weekend's Butch Melton Wrestling Tournament hosted by Ignacio. Cedaredge won the title with 205 points with second-place Pagosa Springs scoring 164.5 points.
Cedaredge's girls' basketball team started another winning streak following last week's loss to the Class 2A second-ranked Paonia Eagles. The Bruins demolished Basalt, 61-27, on Tuesday and then rolled over Meeker, 57-30, on Saturday.
Cedaredge High School boys' basketball team is currently fifth in 2A/1A WSL standings. A loss, 61-33, in Basalt and a win, 62-56, at Meeker, has the Bruins showing a 6-1 league mark and 9-5 overall.
The wrestling season is a war of attrition, and the Paonia grapplers are battling through the final part of the campaign.
The state tournament in Denver is two weeks away and Paonia has several individuals who are rounding into top form.
The boys' basketball team from Hotchkiss High School got another win in league play last week.
The Bulldogs beat Plateau Valley last Friday on the road 57-16 and upped their record in 1A/2A Western Slope League play to 4-2 and are 5-8 overall.
The Hotchkiss High School wrestlers keep improving.
The Bulldogs moved up to No. 4 in 2A according to the recent CHSAA online poll.
The Delta Panthers had too much for Palisade last Thursday when the two teams met in Palisade for dual competition. The Panthers prevailed, 54-27.
There were six pins recorded by Delta along with three forfeits for wins.
Delta High School finished fourth in a swim meet hosted by the Panthers Jan. 29. Fruita Monument won the meet with 507.5 points followed by Gunnison with 362, Delta 252 and Cortez 109.5.
So far, everything is going right for the Paonia High School boys' basketball team.
The Eagles went to Meeker last Friday and won their sixth game in a row after defeating the Cowboys 67-56.
Cedaredge junior Isaac Swoffer has been invited to play in the Down Under Sports Tournaments hosted on the Gold Coast of Australia. He will be participating in this international event on the Mountain Conference Football Team during the summer of 2016.
One of the valley's favorite music groups, The Metamoocil Mountain Boys, is scheduling a reunion and benefit concert on March 5 with proceeds going to the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control building fund.
Through Our Eyes, an exhibition of new works by members of the Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association, is on display through March 14 at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia.
The show includes a variety of mediums.
June Mills celebrated her 90th birthday during an open house at Crossroads Assisted Living Center Saturday, Jan. 23. About 130 guests joined the celebration.
Anthony Roeber of Paonia earned placement on the Gonzaga University President's List for fall semester 2015. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.
Phaelen French and her parents, Don and Beth French, announce Phaelen's engagement to Mike Seery of Ohio.
Phaelen is a 2008 graduate of Delta High School where she earned accolades in basketball, track and field, and cross country all four years and represented DHS at state competitions each year in track and field and cross country.
Chalmer Swain, owner of Taylor Funeral Service & Crematory, recently qualified for recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Swain is a lifetime member of the academy.
A number of professions grant special recognition to members upon completion of specified academic and professional programs; CFSP is the funeral service's national recognition.
At Delta's home speech and debate tournament, Delta High School showed the Western Slope who was boss! Anthony Streich received first place in extemporaneous speaking. Cidney Fisk placed second, Hannah Owens placed fifth, and Allison Castrejon placed sixth in original oratory.
A new school calendar for 2016-17 eliminates early release days and adds two professional development/work days for teachers.
The calendar formally adopted by the Delta County Board of Education in January is the result of a collaborative effort spearheaded by Marty Rover, a Delta High School teacher who is pursuing an advanced degree and chose the calendar as the focus of a research project for a leadership course.
Delta Opportunity School's Food for Thought and Lincoln Elementary School's College for Every Student team up to sponsor the Souper Bowl of Caring food drive contest this week at Lincoln. The classrooms will compete to see which one will donate the most pounds of food.
Because it is more closely aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards, the SAT college entrance exam will soon replace the ACT for high school juniors.
The shift in the state's college entrance exam is a result of state legislation passed last May (H.B. 15-1323).
Barry Bruce Paull died Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 79.
Charles "Charley" Tyler Porteus died suddenly at home from a heart attack on Jan. 21, at the age of 40. He was born in Grand Junction, Colo., to parents Rod and Arlene Porteus on Feb. 5, 1975.
Clifton Lee Hood died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at his home in Delta. He was 55.
Reverend Clyde H. Townsend died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Amarillo, Texas. He was 81.
Lifetime Delta resident Dale W. Suckow died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. He was 75.
Longtime Cedaredge resident Deloris L. Brewer died from respiratory complications Jan. 28, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. She was 83.
Lifetime North Fork area resident Dale "Gabby" George died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at Horizons Health Care Center in Eckert. He was 71.
Lifetime Colorado resident Gilbert Cox died Jan. 20, 2016, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 86.
Norma Jean Treadway died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 88.
Robert Wayne Hanson of Delta died of a pulmonary embolism Jan. 17, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital, following a recent hip replacement surgery. He was 79.
Wallace William Wright of Pea Green died Jan. 20, 2016, at his home. He was 86.
Since it closed in 2011, a lot of ideas have been tossed about on how best to use the former Colorado State University Extension Research Center on Rogers Mesa. After all, the 83-acre chunk of agricultural land has water rights, hay fields, fruit trees and grape vines, a three-bedroom house, and more than 4,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.
Paonia resident Paul Douglas believes that the proposed Silver Leaf Cohousing project should go back to the planning commission.
Douglas spoke during the "visitors" portion of the Jan. 26 town board meeting after sitting in on a special joint meeting between the town board and staff and planning commission members regarding the proposal.
A new Red Hat Society chapter is forming in Hotchkiss. The Red Hat Society is an international women's organization dedicated to giving its all to family, career and community and was created to connect like-minded women and make new friends through the power of fun and friendship.
The Hotchkiss Planning Commission will schedule at least one more public comment session after hearing numerous complaints regarding proposed changes to the town's "Mobile Home and Travel Home Regulations" ordinance during a hearing at the Jan. 26 planning meeting.
The main concern expressed by the 14 who spoke is the perceived unfairness of the regulations, which were viewed as potentially cost prohibitive to mobile home owners and renters.
Lauren Mann's Facebook page continues to receive tributes and remembrances after the 25-year-old former Paonia resident was found dead in her apartment in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Officials in Vienna have determined Mann died of suffocation. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.
Jeanne Gatto, who directs the community "Loving Spoonful" meal at the Teen Center in Paonia, has had to put all Wednesday meals on hold for the month of February. Gatto has some medical problems that need to be treated and has no one to step in and take over the service in the next month.
At the Jan. 27 meeting of the Paonia town board, a discussion regarding the issue of allowing marijuana businesses within town limits focused largely on jobs and the economy. Trustee Ross King, who requested the discussion, said the creation of jobs, in light of the struggling economy, is a "paramount concern" the board should be discussing. He noted that other area towns are eyeing cannabis sales, production and testing as an "economic generator... We should be discussing it among ourselves and among our community."
A memorial service honoring lifetime North Fork area resident Dale "Gabby George will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge #1807. George passed away Monday, Feb. 1, at Horizons Care and Rehabilitation Center in Eckert.
In her report to the trustees, presented during the regular meeting of the Paonia town council on Jan. 27, town manager Jane Berry discussed a possible purchase of a snow blower attachment.
The snow blower would allow the public works department to remove snow from "very tight spots," including narrow streets and parking lots.
The second day of February was "Groundhog Day." I've wondered for years about the groundhog and I just found www.stormfax.com/ghog.htm so now I know a bit more! Since this common rodent hibernates for the winter, its appearance indicates spring (well, sometimes).
The annual Crockpots for Critters fundraiser is set for the Cedaredge Civic Center Saturday, Feb. 13, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Shelter Shoppe volunteers are promising lots of great home cooking for everyone to enjoy at the small price of a $5 ticket, available at the Shelter Shoppe or at the door of the event.
Orchard City voters will have a chance to decide whether their town government may "opt out" from the statutory prohibitions of Senate Bill 152 and thereby use public resources to support a local telecommunications "broadband" business.
An opt-out measure similar to the ones adopted by voters in five other local municipalities, and also by county voters, was approved by the town board in January.
The Cedaredge Town Board has adopted an ordinance providing for installation of backflow prevention devices on town water taps where cross-connection contamination could occur.
The first new ordinance of 2016 outlines the program called "Public Services, Water Service System, Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control Program."
On Jan. 21, Cedaredge town administrator Katie Sickles reported to the trustees on issues involving improvement to the park tennis courts.
A proposal includes enhanced lighting and needed maintenance work among the items being looked at for work when weather turns nice.
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