As summer reaches its apex and Delta County residents travel to other places, library card holders may be pleasantly surprised to find out that a library card from Delta County Libraries will provide them access to other libraries, reading materials, and online tools. Many people are aware they can request books from other libraries through interlibrary loan, but fewer know that a local library card entitles them to obtain additional library cards at other libraries or library districts within the state of Colorado.
The Board of County Commissioners on Monday, July 17, engaged an attorney specializing in work that will involve the county's interests in negotiations with the Delta Urban Renewal Authority.
In other business on July 17, Region 10 director Michelle Haynes reported that the broadband middle mile system is now providing service to carrier neutral locations in the cities of Delta and Montrose.
As traffic increases on Confluence Drive in Delta, so does the number of accidents taking place at intersections. The intersection of 5th and Confluence is the most dangerous in Delta, according to accident statistics compiled by the Delta Police Department.
The North Fork Valley's Citizens for a Healthy Community group attended the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Monday to present results of a study the CHC has produced.
The study is titled "Economic Impact of Natural Gas Development in Delta County."
A county Human Services Department employee's professional knowledge and quick action at work helped to resuscitate a young child who had stopped breathing, the county commissioners learned on Monday.
Rita Fowler, a caseworker for the county's Adult Protective Services unit at the North Fork Annex, was working at her desk recently.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.
Effective immediately, fire restrictions in the unincorporated portions of Delta County have been lifted. The Delta County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to use caution when burning and to call the Delta County burn line, 970-399-2955, before any agricultural burn.
A pilot program has made funds available to landlords who rent to low-income tenants for home rehabilitation or restoration projects, thanks to a joint effort between the Delta Housing Authority (DHA), Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) and the Department of Local Affairs - Division of Housing. The program is a two year pilot, with a total pool of $250,000.
Jolyne Young, health educator with Delta County Health Department, donated 50 customized tobacco-free signs to George Baier, manager of operational services at Delta County Memorial Hospital, as part of a grant through the State Tobacco Education & Prevention Partnership (STEPP). The signs indicate no cigarettes, vaping or chew are allowed on the tobacco-free campus of the hospital, or at any of its 10 clinics in Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia.
HopeWest has been named a recipient of the 2017 Hospice Honors award for the second consecutive year and the only hospice in Colorado to receive "elite" status. This national award recognizes hospices that continuously provide the best patient and caregiver experience as measured from the caregiver's point of view.
Colorado is famous for its iconic landscapes, which have helped shape the state's identity and economy. From agriculture to recreation and tourism, from minerals and fuels to forest and wildlife, Coloradans are dependent on nature for many things that enrich our lives.
Sheriff's deputies responded to a complaint of criminal mischief in the town of Crawford. The complainant believed her ex-husband had broken out a window of a structure she owns. A restraining order is in place.
Representatives of Mountain Coal Company on Monday asked the Board of County Commissioners for words of support as the North Fork mine begins once again the process of applying for a federal lease modification to explore for, and hopefully one day mine, new coal resources.
The company's plans for expansion were halted abruptly five years ago on the day before construction was to begin.
The City of Delta has become aware of an online bill pay service which has been collecting payments from City of Delta utilities customers. The City of Delta recommends customers use the city website (www.cityofdelta.net) to pay their bill directly to the city.
Last Tuesday evening, Howard and Barbara Garland were seated at the dining table in their North Delta home when they heard a loud crash. The wind had torn loose a large limb from a huge cottonwood tree in their yard.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests' Grand Valley Ranger District will be undertaking summer road work on the Grand Mesa National Forest. The work will primarily be on Flowing Park Road (NFSR 109) and Highway 65 in the County Line and Skyway areas.
The Paonia town attorney, working from incomplete facts, has concluded I violated several laws and the other Paonia trustees violated none. I disagree.
At a recent commissioner meeting, staff from Citizen's for a Healthy Community (CHC), a Paonia-based anti-fracking nonprofit, presented their report examining the financial cons behind oil and gas development in the area.
The county was strangely prepared. During constituent time and following a dramatically revised agenda that was posted to the county website at 8:12 a.m. for a meeting that began at 8 a.m.
The debate over health care coverage will likely come to a head in the U.S. Senate this week. As I write this, it's still a close call whether the Senate will vote, as did the House, to throw millions of Americans off the health care coverage that has dramatically improved their lives.
President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) into law in 2001. Since that time Colorado has tested students and used the tests and other assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the K-12 school system.
I noticed a fellow at Cherry Days, Paonia who was wearing a T-shirt that stated "TRUMP IS MY PRESIDENT." I thought about that and had to agree!
Conservation Colorado has just released its first-ever Rivers Report Card (https://conservationco.org/2017/07/conservation-colorado-releases-report-card-colorado-rivers/). It included the North Fork of the Gunnison River, and gave it an overall grade of B-.
Tonight after dropping my 7-year-old twins off at vacation Bible school I decided to go to the Orchard City Town Council meeting. Wow, was I surprised by the attitudes!
Of all the individuals to lose from City of Delta payroll, the last I could wish would be Steve Glammeyer. I have had occasion over the years to work with any number of the city's staff.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of Delta Fine Arts will be the second Tuesday of August.
The yard sale sponsored annually by the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Michael Church in Delta will be held Aug. 3-5. Donations of unwanted, gently used items/treasures are welcomed for this great cause.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest will begin a series of public open houses in Delta on the Forest Plan revision. At the open houses, the GMUG planning team will share initial assessment work and early ideas about needs for change in the Forest Plan, while inviting the public to contribute its ideas.
Are you searching to learn more about Jesus? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process where unbaptized adults and those baptized in other Christian denominations may learn about the Catholic faith and way of life.
What's it like to work in Antarctica? Olathe resident Jesse McGill, who lived there for 10 years, will share his experiences with a presentation July 27 in the Centennial Room in Montrose.
Pickin' in the Park, the 10th annual free summer concert series, returns to Paonia Town Park every Thursday in August at 6 p.m.
The concert series feature free family-friendly live music, children's activities, and local food, beer and wine.
Register your team for the City of Delta's fall four-on-four volleyball league before the deadline of Aug. 13. The session will begin Aug. 31 with games played at Bill Heddles Recreation Center on Thursday nights for five weeks.
Maddelon and Marcus Bransom of Olathe are the parents of a son, Maverick James Bransom, born July 8, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19.5 inches in length.
Howard Dean is celebrating his 100th birthday July 23 with family and friends.
During Cherry Days in Paonia, PHS Class of 1957 celebrated its 60th reunion. The agenda included a pulled pork supper July 3 at Claudia King's, enjoying the community pancake breakfast, riding in the parade and picnicking in the Paonia Park at the Fourth of July celebration.
The local students listed below have been named to the Dean's List of Distinction or the Dean's Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year at the University of Northern Colorado.
Beulah Mae Smith of Riverside, Calif., formerly of Olathe, died July 13, 2017, at her home. She was 91.
Crawford resident Carolyn M. St. Geme died July 9, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 82.
Edward L. Gallegos of Olathe died July 13, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 73.
Longtime Hotchkiss resident Gary L. Boden died July 4, 2017, in Ontario, Canada, doing what he enjoyed -- traveling, playing golf and fishing for "the big ones." He was 69.
Olathe resident Grace A. Nation died July 12, 2017, at her home. She was 77.
Jerry Kitsmiller, age 76, passed away on July 8, 2017, at his home in Montrose, Colo.
Jerry Lee Kitsmiller was born on Oct. 20, 1940, in Grand Junction, Colo., to parents, Lee and Stella Kitsmiller.
Kelly Ann Christian of Hotchkiss died July 14, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 58.
Grand Junction resident Pete "Pat" Patric Sanchez died July 12, 2017, in Grand Junction. He was 46.
Richard "Dick" Durward Braslin of Paonia died July 12, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 77.
Rufus Webb of Grand Junction died July 11, 2017, at the HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 88.
The BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado's 46th annual Top O' the Rockies rally officially kicks off Thursday, July 20, at Paonia Town Park. The event features live music, social events, food vendors, activities, games and special presentations.
If you could improve the North Fork Valley for the benefit of the public, what would you improve? Looking at what is here now, would you build a recreation center with a pool?
In 1917, Woodrow Wilson was president, the U.S. had just entered World War I, and the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded when Margaret Crawford was born in Durango, Colo.
It's one of the most complex and controversial issues in America today. It's also the fastest growing sector of the economy.
An Arkansas family received a painful lesson on Delta County development regs last week when they petitioned the Town of Hotchkiss to de-annex their property, allowing them to build three homes without having to abide by the town's subdivision specifications. Trustees replied emphatically "no can do."
On Saturday morning, the Tibetan Monks of the Deprung Loseling Monastery in India stood on the banks of the North Fork of the Gunnison River and prayed for protection of its waters. While they chanted and prayed, toddlers played in the mud, ravens called from nearby, and adults waded cautiously in the slow-moving waters.
Do you own a classic 1980s automobile? Want to give that beauty its 15 seconds of fame? Here's your chance.
A request by residents of Creek Vista Crossing for the Paonia Board of Trustees to consider lowering the recently approved speed limit of 25 mph along Vista Drive was recently denied.
Vista Drive is a curvy section of town street that begins where Minnesota Avenue ends and dead-ends at the entrance to Hawks Haven Subdivision.
If you call Hotchkiss home, you have just days left to make your voice heard and help guide future growth and development for your community for the next 10 years. Members of the Hotchkiss Planning Commission and Hotchkiss Town Council are asking residents one last time to be active participants in the community by filling out a short survey, the information from which will be used to draft the town's master plan update.
It's a story that's all too common today: elected officials making the news over their use of email.
In an eight-page memo to the Town of Paonia, attorney Bo James Nerlin found that former town trustee Bill Brunner violated state statue, town code, and the town's "Standards of Conduct" and exceeded his authority in releasing a series of emails to the media, and in publicly lodging accusations against town staff, the mayor, and two trustees. Nerlin presented the memo to the board on July 11.
"Every day is a good day -- you just need to get up, put both feet flat on the floor and take off like an old quarterhorse."
Those are the words of Howard Dean, who is approaching his 100th birthday with a can-do attitude that hasn't wavered since he was born in Silt July 23, 1917.
Alexis Nelson is the new manager at the Cedaredge Library.
She was introduced to the Cedaredge Town Board at a July 13 work session that was held in the library meeting room.
Area residents on July 12 pushed back against Orchard City's moves toward allowing marijuana businesses to operate in town. However, not all were opposed. Some spoke of personal benefits from medical marijuana.
The Orchard City Town Board will move ahead with an expanded study of the types of marijuana businesses that could be allowed in town to provide government funding following town board action on July 12.
The town board's Cannabis Revenue Committee will also continue looking into six types of marijuana businesses, including retail shops, that could provide money to local government.
What a delightful fragrance... and it's just as pretty as it is sweet! And as I gaze at this lovely Desert Sweet, I again realize that it only took 20 years to grow taller than I am.
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