In November, voters approved a mill levy increase for Delta County Ambulance District that more than doubled property tax revenues for the special district.
The 2018 budget jumped from $537,000 to $1.1 million, and has given the board of directors the flexibility to restore funding for personnel, equipment and maintenance, and to begin rebuilding reserve funds that were depleted during the lean years.
A school district policy to reduce absenteeism appears to be achieving the desired results -- forming good habits in preschoolers (and their families) and establishing expectations for older students who will soon be joining the work force.
The policy, adopted at the beginning of the school year, limits students to nine absences per semester.
The City of Delta has formalized its commitment to The Nature Connection projects on city property, to include extension of a trail around Fort Uncompahgre,
Samuel Rascon, the driver who rear-ended a school bus in North Delta last March, was in Delta County Court on Wednesday, Jan. 10.
While the school bus driver and students escaped serious injury, Rascon is in a wheelchair.
Donovan Sinka, 21, was arrested by a SWAT team in Denver early Tuesday, Jan. 9, after an incident that occurred north of Cedaredge on Monday, Jan. 8. Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee provided a summary of the incident, which initially looked like Sinka was targeting a Colorado State Patrol trooper who lived in the area.
David A. Garcia, 33, of Delta was arrested and jailed on two warrants with a $5,000 and $0 bond.
James A. Woods, 39, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $1,000 bond.
On Wednesday, Feb. 28, Delta County Libraries will offer its patrons a fresh start with a one-time fine forgiveness day. The event marks the end of Library Lovers Month, a time when library patrons show their love and support for the libraries.
The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and -- new this year, Educator of the Year.
Donald C. Abeyta, 26, of Delta was arrested and jailed Jan. 5.
At the time of the arrest Abeyta was removed from a closet in the residence where he had been hiding.
At the Jan. 10 meeting of the We Are Referrals group, Julianne Garton with the Women's Crisis Center (180 Ministries) group and Leslie Sparks with the Hilltop Domestic Violence Services each received a $500 donation.
Both organizations play a vital role in our community.
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.
Employees of the Delta County Health Department are gradually moving back into their offices at 255 W. 6th Street in Delta after they were displaced by a torrent of water unleashed by a broken water heater.
Sometime during the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, the hot water tank split and water gushed out.
Citizens of Cedaredge, if you are still not happy with the water and sewage rates imposed last August, there is still something you can do about it. You can run for town trustee.
I recently read some thought-provoking comments by a city council candidate. I don't know if the comments were intended to create dissension within the current city council or an opportunity for the writer to promote their own personal, political and philosophical agenda.
On Jan. 10, I spoke at the Town of Orchard City's regular meeting. "I respectfully ask our trustees to pull, in its entirety, the marijuana tax ballot question, Resolution 2018-02 because a complete cost analysis of this 'enterprise' has not been provided.
The Town of Hotchkiss recently completed the final phase of a multi-year project upgrading sanitary and storm water sewer in the town. Pinon Drive on the west end of Hotchkiss was the last work to be finished.
Locals are noticing a LOT of new people in town... Used to be that we recognized almost all of the people we'd see in Don's Market -- now it's less than half who seem familiar. So, welcome all newcomers and here are some tips to integrate into our wonderful community:
A trip to Rangely over the weekend proved to be an exciting adventure for Craig Cerise's Cedaredge Bruin boys basketball team. The Bruins and Panthers were involved in a back-and-forth ballgame for much of the night with the outcome in doubt until the end.
The Cedaredge Bruins, who have been at the top of the state 2A rankings since late December, scored 144.5 points to place fourth Saturday at the Bulldog Invitational at Centennial High School in Pueblo.
The Bruins were the highest placing team among small schools, finishing behind Dumas (Texas) with 213.5 points, and Class 4A Grand Junction Central (154 points) and Pueblo South (145
It was a rough, but rewarding, road trip to Rangely for the Cedaredge girls' basketball team. The play was physical and a win made it all the more special.
Junior Sackett Chesnik wrestled to a 5-0 record and a first-place finish Saturday at the 45th annual Tournament of Champions at Vernal, Utah. Paonia was one of eight teams from Western Colorado competing in the tournament.
Logan Church won two matches by technical fall and pinned his final opponent to win the heavyweight title at the annual Mel Smith Invitational at Florence. Church's second-round 17-1 win by technical fall was the second fastest technical fall of the tournament.
Delta High School's swim team traveled to Frisco to participate in the Summit Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 13. The Panthers placed third out of five teams with 141 points. Glenwood Springs won the team title with 418 points.
A huge first period from Montrose senior Kade Terrell was instrumental in propelling the Indians to a 49-43 non-conference basketball win in Delta last Friday night. Terrell tossed in 14 points (including four three-point goals) enabling Montrose to take a 16-7 lead to the second quarter.
Last weekend's basketball games were a mixture of ups and downs for Delta High School's girls. On Friday, Montrose visited the Panthers and refused to give any quarter for the first eight minutes of the game.
Olathe Pirates junior Clay Yarnell was 4-1 for the tournament and placed second on a 9-0 loss to Berthoud's No. 4 ranked wrestler.
The annual Screamin' Eagle wrestling tournament returns to Paonia High School this Saturday.
Twenty-two teams, including Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Olathe, registered for the tournament.
The Harlem Wizards are coming to Delta High School Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. This event is hosted by DHS Student Council, Delta area schools and the Delta Police Department.
Mending Hearts is an adult support group. In the safety of a group and in an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding members talk about their feelings and concerns.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center is taking registrations for the 2018 Racquetball Rumble. The singles/doubles racquetball tournament will be held Feb. 8-11.
The City of Delta will be running the youth recreation soccer program. If you are interested in coaching, officiating, sponsoring or participating please contact Bill Heddles Recreation Center at 874-0923.
The 20-mile-long Silverton Railroad from Silverton to Ironton over Red Mountain Pass was the best paying U.S. railroad per mile when it opened in 1889. The historic railroad ended up only running for a couple decades, but its path is still traceable today, along with the vestiges of the towns and mine sites it served.
Nikki and Camden Welt of Hotchkiss are the parents of a daughter, Vaylee Violette Welt, born at 12:47 a.m. Jan. 5, 2018, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction. She weighed 7 pounds, 8.7 ounces and was 20 inches in length.
The Delta 4-H County Council met on Jan. 8 at the Delta County Courthouse at 7 p.m. The following was discussed:
The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) is accepting applications for a wide variety of scholarships available to students residing in western Colorado. A total of 36 different scholarship funds managed by WCCF are available to students through one online application at www.wc-cf.org, including 22 different scholarships available to Delta County graduating seniors and returning students.
Students aspiring to break into the challenging yet rewarding field of medicine yield to an organization in which they are able to build their understanding, experience and competitive edge. Students test in an event of their choosing and the qualifying scores will proceed to the state competition where they will go head to head with students who share similar aspirations.
The Delta Middle School performing arts program is looking for acts to perform in a talent show. Students in grades 6-12 who attend Delta schools are invited to compete for fantastic prizes and bragging rights.
Eckert resident Florence M. Rathburn died Jan. 10, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 94.
Glenna Jean Gieck of Delta died at her home Jan. 13, 2018, of acute liver and kidney failure. She was 77.
As of Tuesday morning, the number of municipal election petitions taken out by citizens is enough to cover the number of vacancies being created by term expirations, but in Crawford and Paonia, the number of petitions returned falls far short of the expiring terms.
Crawford town clerk Cally Gallegos reports that, as of Tuesday morning, eight petitions have been picked up at Town Hall.
The Town of Crawford adopted an ordinance at its Jan. 3 meeting, updating its regulations regarding the cultivation and possession of marijuana within the town limits. It reflects changes last year in the state's laws regulating marijuana cultivation in residences.
Three new radar signs have been installed on Highways 92 and 133 entering Hotchkiss. Town marshal Dan Miller intentionally delayed activating the electronic signs as he gathered data.
Several years after it was disbanded, the Town of Paonia has resurrected the Paonia Tree Board.
Four citizens, Roger Baril, Samira "Sam" Hart, Paula Martin and Tamie Meck were appointed by trustees to serve either a two- or three-year term on the Tree Board at the Dec. 12 town meeting.
A 38-year-old nonprofit was honored on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for building bridges in the community.
KVNF Community Radio was honored Monday evening with the Kids' Pasta Project's Building Bridges Service Award.
A community meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Paradise Theatre will give the public an opportunity to learn more about Paonia's participation in the Space to Create Initiative.
The North Fork Valley Creative Coalition (NFVCC), the Town of Paonia, and Space to Create Colorado will host the meeting.
According to Paonia Police Chief Neil Ferguson, at 8:46 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, three Paonia police officers responded to the 300 block of Poplar Avenue on a report of a gunshot incident involving injuries.
A Hotchkiss High School graduate and a U.S. Forest Service snow ranger have been selected to guide The Nature Connection through the process of implementing a $1.7 million Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Inspire grant.
Vince Galgano and Priscilla Williams were selected from a field of 27 applicants to lead The Nature Connection, also known as "the hub of outdoor education for Delta County and Olathe youth," through implementation of the three-year grant.
As a result of a price increase at the county-operated landfill, trash rates are going up in Hotchkiss.
Trash service is provided by Double J Disposal, which is in its third year of its current five-year contract with the town.
The Cedaredge Board of Trustees met on Jan. 11 in a discussion-only work session to review items scheduled for action at the regular trustees meeting. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend the regular trustees' meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m. in the Cedaredge Civic Center, Grand Mesa Room, 140 NW 2nd Street.
Laughter, Christmas greetings, the camaraderie that is felt between valued friends. These gifts were shared by members of the Plant and Dig Garden Club as they gathered on Dec. 14 at R & J's restaurant for our annual Christmas celebration.
The Orchard City Women's Club is approximately 100 years old, and members usually meet the first Friday of the month at the Orchard City Town Hall, 9661 2100 Road, Austin, at 1 p.m.
In January, the club elected new officers for the year.
"It is easy for a congregation to scratch a community where it doesn't itch," according to Joe Agne, pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Cedaredge. "In 2018 we will listen to voices from our community to hear the needs of our community."
The first meeting of the Orchard City Board of Trustees in 2018 was held on Jan. 10, focusing primarily on the upcoming municipal election slated for April 3. All members except Gynee Thomassen, who was excused due to a prior commitment, attended.
The highway's dry and the scenery is magnificent! We've passed Montrose and ahead the San Juan mountains, gleam bright white against the clear blue sky.
Tatum Gilmore, a Delta High School student, was honored by Mayor Ken Volgamore and the Orchard City Board of Trustees as the January Orchard City Student of the Month. With a GPA of 4.25, Gilmore has received academic letters for the past two years.
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