Colorado became a state in 1876, exactly 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, earning it the moniker of Centennial State. Colorado Day is an annual observance that commemorates the state's birthday on Aug. 1, 1876.
KVNF Community Radio and Alpine Bank are partnering to create The Alpine Bank Community Matching Fund. The fund supports the region's nonprofits to share their message throughout KVNF's listening area.
Delta County is in line to land a new business that could bring the kind of economic development local officials have hoped for.
Forgeworks found a dream-come-true location for its business expansion as a company principal driving from Ridgway to Grand Junction noticed a vacant building sitting amid 300 acres of row crops on B-50 Road.
As the county works toward selecting the consultant to guide a "grassroots based" re-write of the master plan, members of the county planning commission last week voted to advise the BoCC to approve proposed language revisions to the county's specific development regulations.
The proposed language revisions recommended for approval are as follows:
Darnell Place-Wise, interim executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, has been officially named to the position.
Chamber board president Heather Redden said the position was advertised and two interviews were conducted prior to the permanent selection of Place-Wise.
It's almost September. The days are getting shorter, school is back in session and backpacks have been filled with pencils, notebooks, scissors, erasers and a surplus of other supplies.
3D mammography exams are now being offered at Delta County Memorial Hospital. By utilizing advanced 3D breast tomosynthesis technology, mammography exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of invasive breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.
As part of its regional partnerships program, El Pomar Foundation awarded four grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to organizations nominated by El Pomar Foundation San Juan Regional Council members.
According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the state unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point in July to 3.8 percent.
In Delta County, unemployment was estimated at 5.1 percent, compared to 5.8 percent in the month of June.
A 14-year-old female of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged juvenile curfew.
Mariah D. Aragon, 20, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged criminal mischief and violation of bail bond conditions.
The Bureau of Land Management's plan for a small area just west of Delta has initiated a formal protest by COPMOBA, the parent organization of the Delta County group, DAMB, Delta Area Mountain Bikers. The protest is based, in part, on BLM's proposed designation of the area north of the Escalante Rim Road.
The rusty old cars on Main Street have proven to be a hot topic. Some folks love them, others say they do nothing to enhance the image of the city. To owner Orval Proctor, the cars and trucks are an important part of automotive history.
Gunnison County Road 12 at Kebler Pass, located approximately four miles west of Crested Butte, will be closed for two-hour periods between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from Sept. 7 through approximately Oct. 15.
Senior citizens are encouraged to obtain a free lifetime activity pass for school events throughout Delta County. To obtain this pass, seniors are invited to their local schools on the following dates from 9 a.m. to noon:
Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County -- Cedaredge Community Center (Monday-Thursday), Delta Community Center (Monday-Friday), Hotchkiss Senior Center (Monday-Thursday) and Paonia Senior Citizen Center (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Meals on Wheels are also delivered from each location.
The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association announces the completion of the Drop 5 hydroelectric plant. Contractors started testing the plant the week of Aug. 8 and commercial generation started Aug. 12.
The Delta County Health Department has collected two samples of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus. The mosquitoes were trapped around the City of Delta by the Delta County Mosquito Control District #1 during the weeks of Aug. 8 and 15.
Erik Nesse and others should learn the facts before endorsing ColoradoCare. During a recent visit to Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates of Grand Junction, I picked up these facts:
With reference to Mr. Erik Nesse's letter to the editor published in the Wednesday, Aug. 24 Delta County Independent. We don't know if Mr. Nesse lives in our rural area or another rural area of Colorado, we don't know if he represents the insurance industry, sits on the board of a hospital or has a title that would distinguish him as a doctor or attorney because his letter came via email with nothing other than his name as an author.
Over the last few months we have been visiting communities in the Third Congressional District to discuss the opioid abuse epidemic that is sweeping our nation and deeply impacting communities in Colorado. We recently held our fifth roundtable discussion on opioid abuse in my hometown of Cortez.
After 9/11 President Bush wisely froze $150 billion of Iran's money that was being held in our U.S. banks (yeah, we're surprised too). He did that because Iran has always been the biggest supporter of terrorism around the world.
I'm a recent graduate of CMU and attended a public meeting hosted by the Sierra Club and Western Colorado Congress regarding what they refer to as the "Oil and Gas Threat Map." I came into the meeting with an open mind, but quickly discovered the threat map can be misleading to the public, and the Sierra Club had no interest in explaining why.
The Cedaredge Bruins were 7-3 last year and finished 3-2 in Class 1A Western Slope Conference play. A loss to Crowley County in the first round of state playoffs ended the Bruins' season.
Cedaredge High School volleyball coach Heather Dunbar will begin the season playing in Class 3A, a jump from 2A league play for the past two seasons.
This year's 3A WSL schedule will be diversified, notes Dunbar. "We have a good mix for our non-league schedule ranging from 1A to 4A division teams."
Cedaredge High School softball coach Matt Hall has high expectations once again as a new season of softball gets underway.
Last year's Bruins posted a record of 13-9, including a league championship and a trip to state.
The Hotchkiss High School volleyball team began the new season the right way.
In front of a raucous student section last Thursday evening in the Bulldogs' gym, Hotchkiss beat Ouray 25-20, 25-12 and 25-6, showing signs of much improvement and hinting at a bright future.
The Class 1A Hotchkiss Bulldogs will be led by a new but familiar face this year on the gridiron when league play begins.
Longtime assistant Curtis Hintz assumed the head coaching duties for the Hotchkiss High School football team after Mike Sirko left the Bulldogs after two years to coach at Grand Junction.
A late report was submitted Monday evening from assistant Delta golf coach Dwain Bush.
Delta High School and Cedaredge High School participated in the Grand Junction Invitational held at the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction.
Delta High School's golf team participated in a pair of tournaments last week. Delta placed third at Yampa Valley-Craig on Monday.
In his eighth season, Ben Johnson may be heading into a very rewarding football season at Delta High School. Not that the past few seasons haven't been rewarding, but, dropping from Class 3A to Class 2A could be the beginning of a new era of potential higher rewards.
Beth Nelson will enter her fourth season as the head volleyball coach at Delta High School. She will be heading into a new challenge as the Panthers become a member of the Class 3A Western Slope League.
With 20 returning players from last season's squad, Delta High School boys soccer coach, Elaine Wood enters her 14th year with plenty of optimism. She will have Steve Hartman, in his fourth year, as an assistant and Raul Ortiz who will join the coaching staff for his first year of mentoring.
The Paonia High School football team kicks off the season on Friday night against Center, and for the first time in four years, Taylor Walters will not be on the field.
Walters graduated and took his 125 career touchdowns and two state championships to Colorado Mesa University, where he will play at the next level along with former Eagles teammate Jeramiah Hillman.
Hotchkiss High School was one of 15 teams entered (boys and girls) in the Basalt Invitational Cross Country Meet. Bulldog boys placed sixth with 182 points and the girls failed to get a team score with just two runners participating.
Things are looking up for Delta High School's Panthers. The prospect of competing in a league suited to the enrollment of the school is gratifying for Delta softball coach Steve Reiher.
The 1A Western Slope Conference will have a new look this season.
All high school classifications were redone this year for football teams in Colorado.
The Hotchkiss High School cross country team is going to look a little different this year.
The Bulldogs girls team lost career standouts Mae Anderson and Sophia Schelle to graduation.
Delta High School's cross country season began last Saturday at the Basalt Longhorn Cross Country Invitational which was held at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel.
There were 15 high schools registered for the 5000 meter race, both boys and girls, on Saturday.
Soroco's Ben Kelley used just 16 minutes to traverse 5000 meters at the Basalt Longhorn Invitational on Saturday.
Paonia's Eagles were also in attendance with the boys scoring 155 points to place fifth and the girls duplicating a fifth place finish by scoring 122 points in their divisional competition.
The Eagles seniors want to make it five in a row.
The Paonia High School volleyball team opens the season tomorrow night at home against Norwood led by four seniors who are seeking the program's fifth consecutive appearance at the 2A state tournament.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center is hosting an American Red Cross community CPR/first aid class Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must register and pay by Sept. 14.
Magic Circle Players are pleased to open its 57th season with the comedy "Moonlight & Magnolias." Written by Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Ron Hutchinson and directed by local Tony Ryan, the fast-paced comedy opens for three weekends beginning on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrating the significance of the North Fork Valley, Blue Sage Center for the Arts presents Paint Paonia 2016. Paint Paonia is an annual plein air competition welcoming painters from across the Western Slope of Colorado.
Region 10 - Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC) announces the following programs for September:
There Has Been a Death in the Family! Now What?
The Delta Hubwheelers Square Dance Club has scheduled upcoming dances on Saturday nights, Sept. 3 and 17, in the aerobics room at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 N. Palmer Street, Delta.
Women of Delta County are invited to a day of sharing one's faith Saturday, Sept. 17, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. The enriching experience runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30.
Winston and Rebecca Lechleiter of Montrose are the parents of a daughter, Ryklynn Elaine Lechleiter, born Aug. 8, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches in length.
New officers were elected for the local chapter of Toastmaster International in Delta. The new president of the Black Canyon Voices, Edith Johnston, has plans for the coming year.
Welcome back to school! Cedaredge FFA chapter has been busy over the summer.
The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge Aug. 22.
The meeting was called to order by president Diane Martinez according to ritual. Roll call of officers showed two absent, with seven past presidents in attendance.
Michael Ripp, Delta, has been elected as a delegate to the 133rd annual American Angus Association® Convention of Delegates, Nov. 7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind., reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the American Angus Association.
Ashley Quinn and Adara Sandoval, both of Delta, received associate of art degrees from Adams State University, Alamosa, during the spring 2016 commencement ceremony.
John Marchino has some lofty goals as he begins his new job as principal at Hotchkiss K-8 School. One of them is to learn the names of each of his roughly 400 students.
The results of the PSAT and ACT assessments administered last spring have been released by the Colorado Department of Education. As 50J administrators analyze those results, they're also preparing high school juniors and seniors to transition to the SAT exam.
Delta County Joint School District #50 has launched a new educational alternative for students in grades 6-12. The Achieve Blended Learning Academy combines technology with traditional classroom experiences to keep students engaged and on track.
Angela Marie Neff Price died unexpectedly at her home in Cedaredge Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.
She is survived by three children, Tyler, 15, Gia, 14, and Aiden, 11.
Shannon "Country" Davidson died Aug. 7, 2016. He was born on Nov. 2, 1968.
Daniel Garrett Williamson died of natural causes July 28, 2016, at the VA Hospital in Seattle, Wash. He was 66.
Patricia R. Douglass of Lucas, Iowa, formerly of Eckert, died Aug. 3, 2016.
She was born in North Bend, Ore., to Adolph and Ruth Berger
Teresa Ann Knight of Whitewater died at her home Aug. 24, 2016. She was 54.
Delta, Colo., resident, Merle Nobles, passed away at her residence at Crossroad Assisted Living Center in Delta on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. She was 84 years of age.
At the Aug. 17 Crawford Town Council work session, town auditor Pete Blair, of Blair & Associates, gave a presentation on the audit and Independent Auditor's Report for fiscal year 2015.
Blair said that, overall, the town looks good and is "probably right in line with other small towns" that are wondering what's going to happen next in these times of economic uncertainty.
The Town of Paonia selected Dan Dean as the interim town manager following Jane Berry's resignation. Friday was Berry's last day at Town Hall, although she officially remains employed by the town through Sept. 24 while she uses up her accrued vacation time.
Paonia town trustees voted unanimously to award two real estate listings for town-owned property to Western Colorado Realty.com broker/owner Mike Jackson.
Jackson was awarded the contract to list two parcels located outside of the town boundary that the town purchased in anticipation of using them to build the new wastewater treatment plant.
An ordinance to allow citizens to drive off-highway vehicles, or OHVs, in Paonia is being proposed, according to Paonia Police Department Sergeant Neil Ferguson. He reported to the town board at the Aug. 23 meeting that town attorney David Marek is working to have a draft ordinance drawn up soon.
Costumes, interclass competition, sports and dance are all on this week's menu as Paonia High School celebrates Homecoming Week.
This year's theme is the Olympics.
Businesses located in C-1 and C-2 commercially-zoned districts within the Town of Paonia can now, by right, have dwelling units, secondary to their business, following approval by the board of trustees to amend the town's zoning regulations.
The amendment to Section 16-3-70, "Schedule of uses, commercial and industrial districts," was one of three zoning-related ordinances that required a public hearing and that were passed by trustees at the Aug. 23 public meeting.
"You can stand back and look at this planet and see that we have the money, the power, the medical understanding, the scientific know-how, the love and the community to produce a kind of human paradise."
That is one of the many quotes from visionary Terence McKenna.
Trail Life USA Troop 4316, a Christ-centered outdoor character development adventure program open to boys and young men ages 5-17, is being formed by Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church in Cedaredge.
The Women's Surface Creek Saddle Club (WSCSC) staged its bi-yearly competitive trail ride on the Grand Mesa, Aug. 5-7. Forty-eight riders from Colorado, New Mexico and Texas participated in the nationally sanctioned NATRC (North American Trail Rider Conference) event. The event was permitted by the USDA Forest Service.
My, but it's nice to be home again. I was writing about my shorebird trip to the state of Washington that included the varied thrush and the backyard chestnut-backed chickadee, the Caspian tern and the fantastic Harlequin duck. It was a marvelous time! Memories for a lifetime!
Cedaredge photographer Sandy Wilt has had one of her works chosen by popular vote to appear in the 2017 Bank of Colorado calendar.
Many people in Cedaredge know Wilt and have seen her at work during local events using her professional camera and lens equipment to capture high quality images of local people and places.
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