At a recent meeting, the Delta County Commissioners reviewed a report from the county GIS department on the number of new addresses certified in 2017.
The Delta County Sheriff's Office is offering a Citizens' Police Academy for Delta County residents. The academy will take place at the Technical College of the Rockies.
Three candidates have declared interest in the two city council seats to be filled in the April election. Kevin Carlson and Jay Stooksberry are seeking the at-large seat currently held by Ed Sisson, who is term limited.
January is National Mentoring Month and it's a time to thank your mentor and consider becoming a mentor for someone else. A mentor is that person who listened to what you had to say.
Due to the high incidence of flu, Delta County Memorial Hospital is imposing visitor restrictions on children. No one 12 and under will be allowed in patient areas until further notice.
In the interest of community unity, Delta Urban Renewal Authority will no longer pursue mediation as a means of gaining participation in tax incentive financing for the proposed hotel development.
Delta County Mosquito Control District #1 and Delta County Fire Protection District #2 both declined to enter into agreements with DURA to give up any property tax revenues that would have been generated by the hotel development.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association is expanding outside its service territory to begin offering high-speed Elevate Fiber in the City of Delta. While occasionally rivals in the world of electrical service, DMEA and the city are closely aligned in the desire to bring broadband to the community, first to businesses and then to residences.
The Nature Connection GOCO Inspire program is seeking a winter intern (age 17+) to help get kids onto cross-country skis and out onto the snow to explore our national forests in winter.
This position -- and about 45 other internships and trainings -- was made possible through the $1.7 million GOCO Inspire grant awarded to The Nature Connection to implement its vision of "places, programs and pathways" over the next three years.
The USDA Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Region is seeking public input on proposed fee increases for Christmas tree cutting permits on some national forests in Colorado, including Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison. The proposed fee would be $20 per permit.
Delta County is beginning the second round of public open houses to gather input on Delta County's Recreation and Trails Master Plan. The trails master plan team has been refining priorities and developing draft future trails maps.
Christopher D. Johnson, 22, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $1,500 bond.
Donald W. Price, 69, of Grand Junction was arrested and jailed on charges of trespass and unlawful acts.
The Delta Urban Renewal Authority has mailed a request for proposals, or RFP, to a list of 42 hotel development firms. The RFP will also be posted on the city website, with an invitation for any interested party to respond -- including the current property owner, attorney Carolynne White noted.
Tony Vervloet, Delta County's local government designee (LGD) for oil and gas operations, has been busy since taking over from Bruce Bertram, the county's LGD since 2002.
Vervloet attended the Citizens for Healthy Community meeting regarding Bull Mountain at the Paonia Library.
Several Western Slope car clubs were well represented at the 10th annual Mesquite Motor Mania in Mesquite, Nev., on Martin Luther King weekend, Jan. 12-14. Twelve members and their wives representing the Delta Street Rodders, Ute Trails Car Club, Ramblin' Relics and Black Canyon Classics travelled to Mesquite for a weekend of fun and sun.
My stepson came into our lives 20 years ago at the age of 23. He was then a stranger to our family.
Without sufficient process, Paonia Board of Trustees has decided to spend more than $20,000 on an art project in the park, commissioning the work from Trustee Bradford's personally chosen, out-of-town source. Doing business in a meeting no one attends is not the same as seeking public involvement.
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) is a program that is funded by the Colorado Lottery that provides a source of money for different recreation and conservation projects across the state. This is a program that has brought millions of dollars to Delta County over the past 24 years.
Last month, the so-called "renewable fuel standard" turned 10 years old. Most people are familiar with the federal ethanol mandate through their time at the gasoline pump, and the "this fuel contains ethanol" disclaimer.
My name is Carson Roithmayr and I attend Delta High School. Everyone I'm sure is aware of the remarks that Donald Trump has made directed at African countries which he describes as "sh**holes."
It's that time of year again when the baseball fans, and players, begin an earnest desire to be outdoors to play ball. Even though the weather doesn't always agree with us for playing time, preparation for the prep season begins with the call for umpires.
The Cedaredge Bruins survived a scare against Delta for the second time this season with a 41-39 win in overtime and had their hands full in a 51-42 win at home against Coal Ridge.
On the boys side, the Bruins evened their record against Delta for the season with a 49-45 win on Jan. 16 in Delta.
Nine Cedaredge wrestlers finished in the top four at the Screaming Eagle wrestling tournament.
The Bruins sent five into the championship match.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs overcame missed opportunities and a sluggish third quarter last Thursday to win their conference game against Paonia by a score of 55-50. The game marked the first win over their rival since 2013.
Hotchkiss controlled the board for much of the game, leading 19-14, at the end of first-quarter play.
Two No. 1 seeded wrestlers for Hotchkiss won their division at the Screaming Eagle.
Junior Landen Mayberry (13-3) won his third tournament of the season at 106 pounds on wins over Cedaredge, Montrose and Dove Creek.
Hotchkiss' boys won twice in hardwood action this past weekend beginning with their visit to Paonia Jan. 18 where they avenged an earlier season loss with a 55-50 win (see related story). The Bulldogs traveled to Vail Mountain (Vail) on Saturday and reported a 50-33 win to bring their season record to 3-1 in 2A District 5 play and 7-4 overall.
In Paonia's 72-6 dual win Friday over West Grand, nine matches were determined by forfeit. Of the five matches wrestled, the Eagles won four by fall.
Olathe won four matches by fall and three by forfeit to win the Jan. 18 home dual against Hotchkiss, 42-33.
At 195, senior Devin Curtis won the first match of the dual by a 45-second fall over Pirate Santiago Perez.
The Delta Panthers were the only team to go undefeated Saturday at the annual Rifle Duals. The Panthers defeated Rifle in two separate duals, 66-6 and 42-36.
Strong defense helped Paonia sail to a 16-point win over neighbor Hotchkiss last Thursday in a girls game that nearly packed the Paonia High School gymnasium.
In the opening period the Eagles held Hotchkiss to one goal -- by junior post Carson Collins -- and two free throws -- by guard Elsie Vasquez -- to lead, 15-4, at the buzzer.
For the first time in recent history, the Class 2A Region 1 wrestling tournament will be held in Delta County.
On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, 15 teams and more than 100 wrestlers will compete at Delta High School for a berth at the Colorado High School Activities Association's 82nd annual State Wrestling Tournament, to be held Feb. 15-17 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
The Western Slope Conservation Center will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, Feb. 11, at Memorial Hall, 175 1st Street in Hotchkiss.
The Harlem Wizards are coming to Delta High School Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. The evening promises to be a fun-filled event that is great for kids and adults and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Do you want to learn how to better tell stories? Come to Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church for a 10-hour class, "Connecting Through Storytelling," from Feb. 15-18.
After discovering sugar beets on a trip to Europe, Charles Boettcher filled a suitcase with seeds and found Colorado's plains were the perfect environment for sugar beets. This new crop would prove to be one of the most important in Colorado's agricultural history.
According to a Facebook post, the Rocky Mountain Sled Dog Club has postponed the dog sled races on Grand Mesa from Jan. 27-28 to Feb. 17-18.
Malarie and Zac Simmons of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Riley Shea Simmons, born Jan. 11, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 18.75 inches in length.
Jennifer Celis of Hotchkiss has been named to the President's Honor Roll at Oklahoma State University. Celis is a business major.
Susan Nieman of Paonia was named to the Adams State University Vice President Honor Roll for the fall and spring 2017 semesters by earning at least a 3.5 GPA, and carrying at least a 12 credit hour load.
Dillon Sapena of Paonia has been named to the Dean's Honor Roll at Montana State University for fall semester 2017.
Students who earned all A's were recognized at Lincoln's second quarter ROAR assembly Friday, Jan. 12.
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee announced that County Sheriffs of Colorado, Inc. (CSOC), the state sheriffs association, will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving Delta County student this spring. CSOC established the scholarship program in 1978.
Honor roll students were recognized at Lincoln's second quarter ROAR assembly Friday, Jan. 12.
Delta Kappa Gamma's Chi Chapter is offering a scholarship of $500 to $1,000 to be awarded to a senior girl from Montrose or Delta County who intends to enter the field of education. Applications may be obtained at the counseling offices of area high schools.
The Friends of Ridgway State Park, Inc. is offering two $1,500 scholarships to college students who have completed at least one semester of post-secondary education.
Charles "Charlie" Joseph Mangano of Cedaredge died Jan. 17, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 72.
Delta resident Connie Heronemus died Jan. 22, 2018, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 68.
Dorothy Bernice Dermer Simillion of Glenwood Springs died Jan. 18, 2018, at Paonia Care Center after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.
Longtime Delta resident Doug Tiffany died Jan. 15, 2018, from complications with pneumonia while visiting family in North Carolina. He was 58.
Delta resident Fred H. Anders died Jan. 17, 2018, at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 94.
Gladys M. Weldon died Jan. 19, 2018, at the Homestead Assisted Living in Montrose. She was 94.
Former Delta resident Helen L. Watson died Jan. 16, 2018, at San Juan Living Center in Montrose. She was 94.
Jann M. Ungaro passed peacefully in the early hours of Jan. 20, 2018, the day of her birth 90 years ago. Surrounded by loving family at St. Mary's Hospital, she exemplified grace, courage and dignity in death as she did in life.
It may not be the coldest, snowiest winter on record, but that doesn't mean people aren't suffering from a bout of cabin fever. The Paradise Theatre can provide some relief.
Could the North Fork area one day be known for its cheese?
David and Suanne Miller believe it could.
Voters in the Town of Crawford will have a taxing question in the upcoming municipal election in April, although it will not add revenue to the town anytime soon. Last week the town council approved asking the voters to approve a 5 percent sales tax on marijuana sales within the Town of Crawford, with authority to increase this to up to 10 percent without further approval from the voters.
Crawford State Park will offer a variety of fun events on Jan. 27. Come to the park for ice fishing, ice skating, sledding and cross-country skiing.
High Country News announced that it will establish a satellite editorial office in Gunnison for its digital editorial team in July. The Western magazine, whose headquarters have been in Paonia since 1983, will set up a new office in collaboration with the School of Environment and Sustainability (ENVS) at Western State Colorado University, assessing over the course of a year whether a more permanent move for the team is feasible.
A new horseback riding club is being formed in the North Fork. Terry Randall is establishing a social club to share trail rides, information and fun.
As part of a downtown improvement plan for the Town of Hotchkiss, a handful of volunteers headed by Tom Wills has strived to take on one project every year. One year they filled wooden barrels with flowers; another year, bicycle racks were installed and wooden flowers painted by Hotchkiss K-8 students were "planted" in front of local businesses.
According to town clerks, all three North Fork towns received a sufficient number of petitions to participate in the April 3 municipal election.
The Town of Hotchkiss received two petitions for mayor and four petitions for trustee.
Work on the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) is progressing rapidly. Last week, David Starr, vice president of the GMAEC board, conducted a tour of the building for board members and Town of Cedaredge officials.
In Cedaredge, only incumbents Raymond Hanson and Patricia Michael returned nominating petitions for the municipal election. That will leave two seats vacant unless write-in candidates declare their interest prior to 4 p.m. Jan. 29.
Meeting in regular session on Jan. 18, the Cedaredge Board of Trustees heard a wide variety of reports and updates. Treasurer Patti Michael reported that the construction use tax was up 133.27 percent.
Following considerable discussion at a Jan. 11 work session which centered on the hiring process for Cedaredge's next town administrator and after consultation with legal counsel, town board of trustees voted to advertise the position. The trustees had earlier discussed directly appointing an administrator without advertisement.
On Friday, Jan. 19, the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce met to review accomplishments for 2017 and to honor local businesses, volunteers and nonprofit groups. Gathering in the town's historic Stolte Shed, chamber directors, members and guests were treated to dinner and drinks prepared by 4B's Brewery, Creekside Café, Cedaredge Food Town, Stoney Mesa Winery and Edge of Cedars Winery.
It's time to get your four-legged furry friends licensed. If you live within the Town of Cedaredge and have a dog, the law requires you to license your pet.
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.
The Orchard City Board of Trustees held a town hall meeting Jan. 17 to discuss the ballot questions on the April ballot. Thirty people attended the meeting, including several trustees and Melissa Oelke, town clerk, who was present in an official capacity.
During its Jan. 18 meeting the Cedaredge Board of Trustees received an update on the golf course. Adam Conway, golf course superintendent, reported that the drought has allowed diseases usually mitigated by snow cover to spread in the grass.
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