Noah Gastelum, 13, of Palisade was killed in a rollover accident involving a John Deere Gator Saturday, Aug. 26. The accident occurred on private property on Stony Creek Road outside of Hotchkiss at about 6:30 p.m.
Bears are on the move throughout Colorado and are entering a stage known as "hyperphagia" -- which means they are eating continually to put on the fat stores they need to get them through their winter hibernation.
Locally grown sweet corn is a tasty treat that's proving irresistible for bears coming off the Uncompahgre Plateau. Due to a lack of food on the plateau, bears have been moving into the corn fields of California Mesa.
The Delta County Commissioners at their Aug. 21 business meeting approved a letter to the BLM reaffirming 2013 support for the FRAM Whitewater Master Development Plan and amendment.
FRAM is a gas and oil operator that is working to develop rights in the sprawling Whitewater Unit which includes some areas in Delta County.
Just three candidates have expressed interest in the three school board seats to be filled in the November election. Unless another candidate steps forward between now and the deadline of Sept. 1, the election may be cancelled.
A 4.5-acre expansion project at the Adobe Buttes landfill has resulted in price increases for the City of Delta, Town of Paonia and private haulers who serve businesses and residences in Delta County.
Earlier this month, the Delta County Commissioners raised the per-ton tipping charge from $28 per ton to $40 per ton to cover state permits, operational expenses, monitoring/stormwater fees, equipment replacement costs and administrative support for the landfill.
Congratulations to all Delta County 4-H members for their excellent 4-H projects. Below are the results from the exhibitors who advanced to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.
American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) named Janel Webb, RN, BSN, ICU/clinical education, ICU manager at Delta County Memorial Hospital, as a Colorado Health Care Stars Award winner. This award recognizes Webb as an exceptional health care professional.
The Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of the Hon. David Westfall, effective Aug. 31. Nominees Cory Jackson of Ouray, Seth Ryan of Montrose and Scott Burrill of Grand Junction were selected by the commission on Aug. 23.
On Aug. 15, officers of the Delta Police Department responded to a residence on 1600 Road to assist Child Protective Services with the removal of children from the home. The response resulted in the Delta Police Department seeking a search warrant on the residence.
Alpine Bank announces Kye Hall as a vice president/relationship manager for the bank's Montrose, Delta and Ouray county markets.
Hall brings with him over 12 years' experience as a banker with Bank of the West.
Blake A. Wilks, 30, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged harassment. Hilari N. Madsen, 32, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged harassment.
Pencils. Crayons. Notebooks. Glue. Scissors. With the start of a new school year underway, all of these items and more are filling the backpacks of students throughout Delta County.
Delta resident Christi Prettyman is circulating a petition that asks the city's voters to reconsider their stance on marijuana.
"I wanted to gauge the interest of the community, to see if residents are interested in doing what Colorado has been doing for the last five years," Prettyman said.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is developing new management plans for big game in the North Fork and Gunnison areas and invites hunters and the general public to provide comments through online surveys.
Two felony warrants have been issued for Fred Houghton IV, 29, of Cedaredge, the subject of an extensive search on Garnet Mesa last week. Students at Garnet Mesa Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Vision Charter Academy and Delta High School were placed in lockdown or asked to shelter in place for most of the day Wednesday.
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. More information is available by calling the Cedaredge meal site, 856-3636; the Delta meal site, 874-7662; Hotchkiss Senior Center, 872-3494; and Paonia Senior Citizen Center, 527-3435.
As summer draws to a close, the county health department reminds Coloradans to continue protecting themselves from mosquito bites to avoid the West Nile virus. There have been six human cases of the virus reported in Colorado so far this year, and mosquito pools in multiple counties have tested positive for the virus.
Delta County treasurer Lisa Tafoya said she is planning to make an official announcement of her bid for re-election at the Delta County Republican Party Central Committee meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Surface Creek Baptist Church located at the intersection of 2200 Road and Highway 92 at Austin.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., is upgrading an existing transmission line segment between the Montrose Substation west of Montrose to the Nucla Substation. Tri-State's construction contractor will begin upgrading the line segment in September 2017 and is scheduled to complete the project in October 2018.
When the Ute Council Tree was a very small sapling, about 215 years ago, Thomas Jefferson was president of the United States. The strong and mighty Ute Indians roamed freely through the area that later became known as western Colorado. The Ute Council Tree provided a gathering place where tribal leaders could talk about important issues while children played in the shade of the tree.
I purchased a 2.75-acre lot in North Delta with a manufactured home on it. The home was in ill repair but after some fresh paint, new flooring, new appliances, new cabinets and a new roof and carport, the place looks really beautiful.
Our county government should consider more the interest and welfare of its citizens and itself. Our commissioners support the fracking development that has recently surged, but they did no cost/benefit analysis or assessment of risks and costs.
The "Chicken Little" letters to your publication that the sky is falling or the climate is changing seem to arrive on a more or less regular basis, so perhaps a response is appropriate.
Of course, the climate is changing.
For those NFL football players that want to take a knee during our national anthem, I suggest since they are highly educated college graduates, they can better serve their communities by being a member of a local service club -- Lions, Elks, Kiwanis, Rotary etc.
Posing with their first place team trophy are members of the Barracuda Swim team.
The Cedaredge High School volleyball team enjoyed a good summer with several camps providing skills enhancement for many new and returning players.
Cedaredge participated in camps in Parachute (Grand Valley) and Alamosa where teams enjoyed a measure of success.
Cedaredge High School won the Class 1A State Football Championship (over Buena Vista 18-16) in 2012 and has built a tradition of excellence extending to last season's 8-3 season which saw the Bruins reach quarterfinal play before losing to eventual state champion Strasburg, 29-11. Strasburg went on to defeat Paonia 49-28 in semifinal action and dumped Meeker 34-14 in the finals.
Cedaredge High School's softball team opened its 2017 campaign on a successful note by racing past Aspen, 25-8, on Aug. 21.
The contest, played in Aspen, took just four innings to complete with the Bruins dominating after the first inning of action.
For Hotchkiss head coach Curtis Hintz, Chase Hiatt was the obvious choice for quarterback. "It's kind of a natural fit."
Cross country runners are a different breed of athlete. Running a 5k race isn't for everyone. There is a certain strategy for a variety of variables.
Delta's Panthers took to the links in Craig and Steamboat Springs on Aug. 21 and 22, respectively.
The Panthers got solid play from senior KC Carlson both days with scores of 79 in Craig and 81 in Steamboat.
After advancing to the second round of the state tournament last year, this year's Delta High School soccer team has its sights set on a return trip. The Panthers, winners of the 3 A Western Slope League title, were bounced from the state tournament by Vail Mountain in second round action.
Former Delta High School graduate Jerry Sandoval has made it to the top of the ladder in coaching prep sports. Sandoval has coached softball for many years at various levels and shares an obvious enthusiasm for softball with his first-year varsity team.
Last year's Delta High School's Panther volleyball team finished the season at 20-7 with league and regional titles to show for the hard work players put in along the way. All the preparation and dedication resulted in a trip to state for valuable experience at the next level.
Paonia first-year head coach Blaine Escher was expecting last Friday's zero-week game at Centauri to be tough. Centauri returns a big senior class that includes two all-state honorable mention players.
Hotchkiss volleyball coach Peter Nethington is constantly looking to the future. He's evaluating players, deciding which ones fit best where today, and thinking about where they will work best next season. He then begins giving them the skills they will need to fill in the gaps after the seniors graduate.
Every prep sports team loses a good group of seniors. But for Paonia, graduating seniors took a big chunk of experience and talent with it.
The number of football players out in a given season can indicate how good a team has been over the years. Delta's Panthers boast 66 players on a roster which features enough experienced players to make another run at a state title.
Since the cross country program began in 2013, Paonia has qualified just two teams for state competition -- a boys' team in 2013, and a girls' team in 2016.
This year, Paonia appears primed to send both teams to state.
The Colorado River District's popular one-day annual water seminar in Grand Junction takes place 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Two Rivers Convention Center. The theme is: "Points of No Return."
Local songwriter, composer and musician Danny Agajanian will perform at Cross Orchards Historic Site on Friday, Sept. 15. This will be the final musical presentation in the Summer 2017 outdoor concert series presented by the Museums of Western Colorado.
The Delta Hubwheelers Square Dance Club will host dances from 7-9 p.m., on Saturday nights, Sept. 2 and 16, in the aerobics room of Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 N. Palmer Street, Delta.
Register your child for the City of Delta's Start Smart tennis program. The program is offered Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. on Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 29.
The Women's Surface Creek Saddle Club is again hosting the Grand Mesa Trail Horse Trials on Mesa Top, and inviting riders to join in. "Come join us for the most fun a family, or group of friends, can have together on their horses!" writes club member Carol Nudell.
Colorado State University Extension invites all golfers to the sixth annual Tri River Area 4-H Golf Tournament Sept. 16 at Devil's Thumb Golf Course in Delta. Registration opens at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center is offering volleyball skills and drills for youth in grades K-4. Registration is from now until Sept. 24; the registration fee is $30.
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.
Jose and Nikeya Arredondo of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Jaylyn Aremeather Esperanza Arredondo, born Aug. 4, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.
The fall 2017 semester saw new transfer and freshmen students from all over the country arrive in Durango for classes at Fort Lewis College.
New students, and their majors, include:
On Aug. 17, Vision Charter Academy's application for the School Health Professional Grant Program was approved by the State Board of Education for Year 1 funding in the amount of $80,000. The School Health Professional Grant (SHPG) program is designed to provide funds to eligible education providers to enhance the presence of school health professionals in their secondary schools.
Alan D. Benson of Hotchkiss died Aug. 23, 2017, at Paonia Care Center. He was 93.
Cedaredge resident Florence Ann Knutson died Aug. 25, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 74.
Lifetime North Fork resident Frederick L. Venard died Aug. 23, 2017, at the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 83.
Leota A. Koutz of Broomfield died Aug. 22, 2017, at Broomfield Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center. She was 90.
Lloyd Raymond "Ray" Short died Aug. 24, 2017, at his home in Delta. He was 95.
The North Fork Cancer Support Group meets the first Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. in the Paonia Library. This group welcomes both men and women.
First Colorado National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of First Colorado Financial Corp. ("FCFC") and headquartered in Paonia, announced it has entered into an agreement and plan of merger and reorganization with BoeFly, LLC, a non-bank financial technology firm that operates an online platform that connects small business lenders and borrowers.
On Saturday Aug. 19, the North Fork Valley Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation held its seventh annual fundraising banquet at Heritage Hall at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. The banquet sold out with funds raised from these events used to support wildlife conservation.
The first thing people notice when they walk into the new Delta County Memorial Hospital West Elk Walk-in Clinic is that it doesn't look like a bank anymore.
"A lot of people have stopped in just to say how excited they are that we're here," said clinic manager Rae Sanchez.
Linda's Bistro is located in a relatively nondescript brick building just off Grand Avenue. Owner Linda Little recently came before the Paonia town board for the 21st time to renew her liquor license.
Registration for the 17th annual Mountain Harvest Festival Chili Cook-off is now open. A mainstay of the festival since it began in 2001, for the past nine years the cook-off has been run by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.
The Town of Paonia will undergo maintenance and repairs to the Samuel Wade Bridge this fall. The bridge is located on Samuel Wade Road directly east of the Berg Harvest and the Paonia Public Library.
The Paonia Chamber of Commerce and Mountain Harvest Festival have partnered to bring part of the annual festival to downtown Paonia businesses.
From noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, Elevate Fiber will sponsor the Elevate Paonia Promenade.
The 2017 Visionary Summit will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 1-3, in Paonia. Sponsored by The Learning Council and Elsewhere Studios, the summit is a gathering of cultural creatives, activists, ruralists and dreamers.
George Archibald is the keynote speaker of this year's Yampa Valley Crane Festival, of course!
I'm at a loss to begin!
As this school year opens, visitors to Cedaredge High School may be greeted by a seven-foot-tall bronze bear-with-cub sculpture.
The piece of art was donated to the school by a Montrose man w ho had kept it in storage for some 15 years, explained Randy Brown, principal.
There is no better time to visit beautiful downtown Cedaredge than in fall. The Ambassadors of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to experience fall in the Surface Creek Valley at this week's First Friday Art Walk, Sept. 1, from 4 p.m. - dusk.
A group of Western Slope wood craftsmen, with roots beginning in Cedaredge, is carrying on a very old tradition of honoring soldiers wounded in battle. Members of the Grand Valley Woodturners, Grand Valley Woodcarvers and the Black Canyon Woodcarvers handcraft beautiful wooden canes which are presented to local service men and women who have sustained injuries in combat.
Cedaredge High School has seen a student population increase this year that has boosted the student numbers to over 300, reports assistant principal Brandon Milholland.
"Two years ago we had 249.
Cedaredge Ladies' Golf Club will host its annual Sizzler tournament Sept. 23. Teams of two play the 18-hole best ball tournament, with handicapped flights paying multiple places for net and gross scores.
Police chief Dan Sanders reported during the Aug. 17 Town Board meeting that officers had just that day apprehended a wanted person who is a suspect in a rash of burglaries. The burglaries resulted in a $5,000 loss for a local restaurant.
The Valley Symphony Association presents Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the annual Pops in the Park concert in Cedaredge on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce.
Since January 2016 Greg Brink has been a member of town hall staff with the official job title of "intern." He has worked on a variety of projects under the guidance of town administrator Katie Sickles.
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