A flood of federal paperwork and data on public lands issues released recently by the BLM has left the county staff treading water trying to deal with all the material in order to offer meaningful comment.
The BLM's paper tide of proposed regulations, management plans and environmental impact statements, coming within a few days of each other this summer, has led the county government to seek an extension of time to review it all -- especially the all-important BLM Uncompahgre Field Office Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) released in May.
To help develop tourist amenities and aid local economic development efforts, the Board of County Commissioners on Monday added its support for a grant request to CDOT. The money, if awarded, would be used to develop and interpret part of the Old Spanish Trail that runs through Delta and Mesa counties.
Two centuries of environmental change in western Colorado.Secrets of Kannah Creek. Archaeological finds on Cochetopa Pass. The North Branch: Digging Deeper to preserve and protect. Treacherous river crossings. The Ute Horse People. Reenactors on mules and horseback.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has awarded Ridgway Valley Enterprises a project to replace an existing undersized and deteriorating culvert on Colorado Highway 348 with an 8x10-foot concrete box. The culvert is located at mile point 6.64, just south of the Delta/Montrose County line.
Michael D. Miller, 18, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged driving a motor vehicle while license revoked.
Mary M. Hartwig, 74, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged careless driving after being involved in a vehicle versus bicycle/pedestrian crash on 4th Street at Grand Street.
To improve access in an area where timber sales that will benefit forest health are to be conducted, the Board of County Commissioners Monday signed an agreement with the Forest Service for road work on Grand Mesa.
Under terms of the accord, Delta County will be compensated for up to $100,000 by the Forest Service for work its road crews do on almost seven miles of Trickle Park Road between mile posts 3.50 and 10.10.
Seat belt usage rates for Colorado rural communities are some of the lowest in the state. In fact, according to a 2015 CDOT survey, three of the five lowest counties for seat belt use in Colorado are rural -- Baca (67.1 percent), Delta (70.8 percent) and Montrose (75.5 percent).
Libraries take in plenty of overdue fines throughout the course of a year, but, contrary to popular belief, the total amount accumulated in that way accounts for a small percentage of a library district's total budget. Library funding is always an interesting challenge, as libraries rely on numerous revenue sources and budgets that fluctuate according to local economies, available grants, donations and more.
Delta County is pleased to host Donna Lynne, lieutenant governor of Colorado, Fiona Arnold, executive director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), and Irv Halter, executive director of the Department of Local Affairs, who have chosen Delta County to announce the statewide awards for the Blueprint 2.0 Economic Development Initiatives. A press conference is scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 21, at Confluence Park, just northwest of the Lions Pavilion along the Gunnison River. The public is welcome.
Quite a few Delta residents have stopped to chat with two young people in yellow safety vests this summer as the interns were busy examining streets, sidewalks, trash dumpsters, and checking out other public works areas in Delta.
Sierra Baldozier and Kerry Ribbens, 2016 graduates of Cedaredge High School, are serving summer public works internships, working in all areas related to Delta's public works. Both Kerry and Sierra plan careers in engineering.
A recent crime spree that spread from Paonia to Delta and involved four law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrest of Curtis Allen Gomez, 36, of Grand Junction. As of Tuesday morning, Gomez remained in custody in Delta on multiple cash bonds and faces multiple charges from all four agencies.
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted in favor of the Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2016 (H.R. 4768) to stop excessive regulation and restore the separation of powers between the three branches of the federal government.
"I cosponsored the Separation of Powers Restoration Act and supported its passage on the House floor, because I want to restore our federal government to one that works for the people -- not the other way around," said Tipton.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests will close a section of the 47 Trail located on the south end of the Uncompahgre Plateau due to logging operations in the area. Approximately 2 miles of the trail located off the Divide Road (NFS 402) and north to the Lockhart Road (NFSR 507) will be closed while the project continues.
The Relay For Life, an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, has been cancelled in Delta for 2016, but a couple of alternatives have already surfaced.
The Pondy's team headed by Barb Hladik has collected donations totaling $1,600, which Hladik says will remain with Relay For Life, but now team members have shifted their focus to a local cause.
"Frankly, most defendants would not have received that kind of offer [from the district attorney]," Judge Steven Schultz said at the conclusion of a sentencing hearing in Delta District Court July 18.
But because Ware has no criminal history and is just 19 years old, the DA's office, defense attorney James Clark and the judge agreed the sentence is appropriate.
Delta's Main Street has never looked better! Have you noticed?
After talking with two gentlemen looking over the workings of the new fiber internet, I thought I would write and say, "Thank you, DMEA for bringing jobs to Delta county."
Big kudos to Delta County Memorial Hospital for being recognized on a national level twice. First to be named to the top 20 rural community hospitals in the entire nation was great.
Delta's Barracuda swim team spent three days, last week, at the Montrose Invitational Swim Meet.
Delta represented themselves very well with a sixth-place finish out of 14 teams competing in the meet.
This year's title of 'best in ladies slowpitch softball' belongs to Cornerstone Home Lending. After winning the league title by a wide margin, Cornerstone rolled through this year's tournament bracket with three wins and no losses.
An opening day game against H & R Block was a win against one of the decades top teams.
Region 10 - Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC), a six-county collaboration of businesses, community members and caregivers that serve and work with the aging and disabled populations, meets at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Grand Mesa Oncology Center, 1501 E. 3rd Street.
Colorado's agricultural industry consistently earns its ranking as one of the state's top three industries, advancing the state's economy and preserving the environment. With more than 36,000 farms encompassing 31 million acres, agriculture is a vital part of Colorado -- providing more than 173,000 jobs; contributing more than $41 billion to the state's economy annually; and feeding the world with nearly $2 billion in exported products.
Altrusa of Montrose is offering two new events this August and September modeled after the popular television competition, "The Voice." "The Voice of the San Juans" will feature blind auditions on Aug. 6 at Magic Circle Theatre starting at 5 p.m.
The wineries of the West Elks Wine Country invite you to a special weekend of touring, premium wine tasting and winemakers' dinners during the eighth annual West Elks Wine Trail Aug. 5-7. Set your own route for a fun and relaxing day or weekend and come home with delicious wine and memories.
Delta County 4-H Council met July 11 outside the Maloney house at 7 p.m. We had an informal meeting due to the meeting room inside not being available.
The new officers of Delta Kappa Gamma, Chi Chapter, were installed at a recent meeting in Delta.
Alfred M. George of Clifton died Monday, July 18, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 77.
Col. Delbert "Del" Franklin Miller died July 14, 2016, in Austin, Texas.
He was born in Delta and was a graduate of the Air Force Academy and served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years.
Former North Fork area resident Elma Wiening died Sunday, July 17, 2016, at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She was 94.
James Loving of Salt Lake City, Utah, died Dec. 14, 2015, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb. He was 75.
Marlene Rhodes died Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at her home in Delta. She was 81.
For more than a dozen years, a group of college-age bicyclists riding coast to coast for cancer has selected Paonia as one of its stopovers. Last Thursday, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults' 4K for Cancer bicycle tour arrived in Paonia just before dusk, where they were greeted by Pastor Steve Dunkel and several of his parishioners.
The co-owner of a North Fork area business and his three family members are recovering from injuries sustained July 6 in a three-car collision in Jefferson County near Denver. Seth Schwartz, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and his family are doing well and on their way to recovering, said Seth's brother, Jeff Schwartz. The brothers are co-owners of Big B's Juices in Hotchkiss.
Bindi Pennetta was selected as the 2016 "Outstanding Law Graduate" of the University of Wyoming College of Law in Laramie, Wyo. Commencement exercises were held May 14.
Upwards of 600-800 motorcycles will descend upon North Fork area and Paonia Town Park this week for the BMW Motorcycle Club's annual Top O' the Rockies Rally.
This is the 27th year that Paonia has hosted the rally.
Now it's time to help the Hillmans.
The Hillman family suffered a tragic accident on May 28. Mike Hillman, husband to Kris and father of Jeramiah and Brooke Hillman, was knocked off his ladder while trimming a tree.
Hotchkiss will host the first ever Farm to Fiddle Festival Aug. 12-13 and organizers are putting the finishing touches on the gala community event.
Co-directors Lynda Cannon and Marcy Moore, fellow graduates of Hotchkiss High School, came up with the idea of the festival to help promote the town.
The Hotchkiss Town Council got a look at the medical clinic coming to town at its monthly meeting last Thursday night at Hotchkiss Town Hall.
Montrose architect Tom Chamberlain represented his client, Delta County Memorial Hospital, which had three requests for the council to consider as the process to build a new medical clinic in town continued.
North Fork towns are working to meet the approaching deadline for commenting to the Bureau of Land Management regarding implementation of a moratorium on new coal leasing. The moratorium remains in place while a full comprehensive review of possible reforms to the industry is carried out by the Department of the Interior, which oversees coal leasing programs.
The public is invited to attend a presentation by Town of Paonia auditors RubinBrown of the 2015 town audit, beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Paonia Town Hall.
The Paonia Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 26, to consider approval of a petition for annexation of two parcels of unincorporated land in Delta County.
Applicant Andrew Thliveris has requested annexation of Thliveris Parcels 1 and 2, which total about 2.54 acres of land currently zoned agricultural by Delta County and located directly across Third Street from the Paonia Public Library.
In 1881, Enos T. Hotchkiss, accompanied by brothers George and William Duke, became one of the earliest settlers in the North Fork Valley. They would stake claims for land and prepare to live in this new frontier. The younger brother, Edward Miles Duke, would arrive the following spring.
I know that this is not going to sit well with our leader, but I want to experience this rain forest - alone! We are running late (very late) and the group is going to walk up to the fen to see the Pitcher Plants.
A group of friends who have worked together raising funds in the fight against cancer by supporting national organizations are banding together again this summer to raise cancer fighting money on a strictly local level.
"The Pondy Cancer Warriors Fighting for Mark Anderson," are finalizing plans for a day-long, 12-hour community walkathon event at the CHS athletic track on July 30 beginning at 9 a.m. It will be a hometown effort to help raise funds for the family of cancer sufferer Mark Anderson.
The Cedaredge Town Board held a special meeting on July 14 in order to call an executive session for discussion of settlement terms in a water treatment plant ownership dispute.
According to Town Administrator Katie Sickles addressing trustees at the beginning of the special meeting, mediation between the town and Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association (USC) have resulted in two options for the town:
The overall financial picture for Cedaredge was "stable" in 2015, the town's auditor reported on June 14. But revenues were below budget estimates in the general fund while at the same time expected spending declined to match, and losses continued to mount in the golf course fund, according to an audit report.
The Women's Surface Creek Saddle Club, from Cedaredge, is once again hosting Island In The Sky, a competitive trail ride on the Grand Mesa. This year's event will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-7 on the Lands End side of the Grand Mesa.
The severe economic consequences widely expected in Delta County since decline of the coal industry began with layoffs at Oxbow in 2013 have yet to materialize, as far as Orchard City finances are concerned.
"Overall, the town is better off financially in 2015 than you were in 2014," auditor Pete Blair told trustees on July 13.
The Orchard City trustees at their regular monthly meeting on July 13 declined an offer to host a community event promoting DMEA's broadband business project. However, explained Mayor Ken Volgamore, there is no problem if private individuals want to rent the community room and stage a promotion on their own.
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