The county commissioners approved a contract with McMichael Management Services of Carbondale for a fruit and vegetable feasibility study at their Feb. 5 meeting.
The study was authorized in November 2017, when Delta County and Montrose County entered into a memorandum of understanding to evaluate the feasibility of a regional produce processing facility.
Delta County Memorial Hospital was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This is the third year in a row DCMH was given this honor.
On Friday, Feb. 10, Stephen Felix, a 52-year-old male from Olathe, was brought to Montrose Memorial Hospital by the Olathe Ambulance in an unconscious state. Radiologic examination revealed traumatic injuries and an acute subarachnoid hemorrhage over his brain.
Representatives from Delta County, Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and Delta County Economic Development (DCED) were present during the Outdoor Retailer Show at the Denver Convention Center Jan. 25-28.
Representatives from Montrose County and Mesa County also joined in promoting western Colorado.
Officers responded to an address on Bluff Street for the report of a disturbance.
Officers responded to an address on Palmer Street for the report of a suspicious incident/possible burglary in progress.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is exploring options for a food truck vendor for the summer months of 2018 on the South Rim of the park. The vendor would operate under a short-term commercial use authorization.
The 15,873-square-foot home built by rock and roll legend Joe Cocker and his wife Pam outside of Crawford recently sold for $3,875,000.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center is turning 25 years old in 2018. The City of Delta is seeking photographs that best tell the story of the facility over the last 25 years. All photos must include people.
Safety has been a top priority of Delta County Joint School District #50, even before the recent school shooting in Florida and the report of a student with a gun at Grand Mesa Choice Academy.
The school district is working on a plan to implement increased security entrances by eventually adding security systems, locked doors and potentially school resource officers.
An event planned months before two student deaths at Delta High School became a rallying point for the community last week. A sold-out crowd of 600-plus filled the school gymnasium to watch the Harlem Wizards take on the Panther Pack -- a team comprised of teachers, school administrators and law enforcement.
Lee Marts VFW Post 3571, its Auxiliary, and the Delta Library are teaming up again to help supply deployed active duty military men and women with "goodie boxes" from home.
It's now been seven years since the brutal slaying of Melinda Tackett Yager in Paonia, and while her estranged husband has been jailed since her death, his conviction is still up in the air.
Yager was convicted of second degree murder following a jury trial in November 2012, but won an appeal when his attorney successfully argued that the trial court erroneously refused to instruct the jury on the defense of insanity.
It's times like these that I wish I'd paid better attention in my high school civics classes. Then, I might have been better prepared to reconcile how our county commissioners could adopt a hot-topic ordinance without hearing the voice of a single citizen publicly speak before the ordinance's adoption.
I went to a suicide discussion meeting in Delta. Whenever there is a suicide a lot of the public blames the school system.
Funding from the outdoor recreation industry is an important part of Colorado's economy, and it has the potential to grow, as shown by the recent move of the Outdoor Retailer trade shows from Utah, bringing an estimated $45 million in direct annual spending.
We have had another mass shooting. This time 17 people in Florida lost their lives. Why is this happening?
Try building a house in Orchard City off of Highway 65 and see what happens. Seven years ago I bought three and a half acres off Highway 65 and this past summer built a small house on the back corner of the property.
I see that the local anti-oil and gas activists have released yet another flawed so-called economic study which claims oil and gas development is harming Delta County. As usual, the premise of the report is that oil and gas development inherently conflicts with and harms agricultural and recreational activities.
The NFMMDP cannot do for Delta County what industry agents claim. The North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan (NFMMDP) consists of three wells in Delta County and 32 wells in Gunnison County.
"We've always known that oil and gas is not compatible with our region." That's a quote from Jeff Schwartz, an opinion, presented as fact.
You may have seen the following posted on Facebook in recent days, and we feel it perfectly says exactly what we as Girl Scout leaders hope our community understands about why our girls are asking you to buy cookies, and we wanted to share it with your readers.
The Cedaredge High School boys basketball team split its last two regular season games, losing to Roaring Fork on Friday, 56-34, and defeating Moffat County, 48-41, on Saturday.
Cedaredge's final league standing is 2-7 with an overall record of 5-14 giving the Bruins a number nine seed heading into this weekend's district tournament at Central High School.
The 3A WSL was thrown into a spaghetti ball this past weekend. Cedaredge, the team which had occupied the top spot in 3A WSL standings for most of the season, lost, 43-32, to Moffat County helping send the top four teams into a tie for the league title with identical 7-2 league records.
Hotchkiss' basketball teams had close games against Vail Christian last week with different outcomes. The girls won their game on a buzzer-beater, 40-38, from Kaiya Firor at midcourt.
A pair of wins, including an exciting venture to Parachute, elevated Delta High School boys' basketball team to third place in the final 3A WSL standings.
The Panthers rolled to a much-needed victory over league foe Moffat County on Friday, winning by an 80-43 margin.
Delta's Panthers made a run at the 3A WSL title last weekend but came up just short. A win both nights could have handed the team title to Delta. Unfortunately, the Panthers stumbled in Parachute with a 58-41 loss to Grand Valley and finished fourth in the team race with a 7-2 league mark and 14-5 overall.
The first three quarters of Paonia High School's boys basketball game between the Eagles and Rangely essentially spelled the difference in last week's game. The Panthers were a five-point winner, 61-56, when the final buzzer sounded.
Last week's basketball schedule included two games to end the regular season for Paonia's girls. The Eagles played Montrose's junior varsity on Feb. 13 and recorded a 37-16 non-conference win at home.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Bill Heddles Recreation Center, the City of Delta is bringing back the Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to noon.
The celebration will include indoor activities -- egg decorating, games, crafts and the Easter Bunny.
Scleroderma support group meetings are held every other month at Community Hospital, Legacy 1 Room, 2351 G Road in Grand Junction. The next meeting will be March 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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.
Makaya Love and Titus Koehn of Cedaredge are the parents of a son, Adam Scott Koehn, born Feb. 8, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 18.5 inches in length.
In Delta County, the conclusion of February break brings with it the beginning of National FFA Week for the Cedaredge FFA Chapter. Our members will celebrate the week themed "I Can, We Will," Feb. 25 through March 3.
National FFA Week happens Feb. 17-24. To celebrate the organization's past, present and future accomplishments, chapters across the nation are gearing up for a week of activities. Because it falls during the week of winter break, Olathe, Delta, Cedaredge and Hotchkiss high school chapters will celebrate FFA Week Feb. 24-March 3.
Emily Pieper, a nursing major from Paonia, was named to the Dean's Honors List at Saint Francis University for the fall 2017 semester.
To be named to the Dean's Honors List, students must have full-time status and attain a quality point average of at least 3.5.
A select group of Paonia and Delta high school junior and senior students performed recently with some 600 other choir members from across the state at the annual Colorado All-State Choir, held Feb. 1-3 in Denver.
PHS students Derek Holt sang in the men's choir, Cade Meilner sang mixed choir, and Jordan Evans sang in the women's choir.
Daniel Hannigan died Feb. 11, 2018, at Centennial Healthcare Center in Greeley. He was 80.
Hotchkiss resident SGM James B. Allen, U.S. Army Retired, passed away peacefully at his home in Hotchkiss, Colo., Feb. 9, 2018. He was 81.
Former Buena Vista resident Larry A. Pelc died Feb. 12, 2018, in Delta, where he resided for the past five years. He was 76.
Delta resident, Marion R. Drown, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at his home in Delta, Colo. Marion was 68 years old.
Michael Joe Farmer died Feb. 7, 2018, in St. Augustine Beach, Fla., after an extended illness. He was 80.
Nina May Den Beste died Jan. 22, 2018, at Crossroads Memory Care. She was 96.
Since its closing in 2011, several ideas for re-opening the Colorado State University Western Colorado Research Center at Rogers Mesa have been tossed about. Thanks to state funding and efforts by District 61 State Rep. Miller Hamner, a re-vamped center will open this spring, focusing on collaborations and community partnerships, business incubation programs, and on research and education.
The recent mill levy increase approved by the voters in the Delta/Cedaredge area for Delta County Ambulance District (DCAD) has nothing to do with funding ambulance service in the North Fork Valley.
Earlier this year, the North Fork Ambulance conducted a survey of North Fork Valley residents to gauge public opinion about emergency medical care services. Interviews were conducted toward the last part of January; the information gathered will help ambulance association leaders make the best decisions moving forward on how to provide the best service to residents of Crawford, Hotchkiss, Paonia and the surrounding area.
The North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District has two- and four-year board seats open for the upcoming election on May 8. The three directors will be elected to serve four-year terms, and a director will be elected to serve a two-year term.
The Town of Paonia is considering hiring an outside company to provide services currently handled by the building department.
The problem is, the town has no building inspector, hence, no building department.
The phone rings, and it's a fun call for me. Vera Schultz has read my column about the spotted towhee and she had three towhees at her feeder.
The Town of Cedaredge has cancelled the municipal election scheduled for April 3 and declared Raymond Hanson, Patricia Michael and Catherine Brown (a write-in candidate) elected to four-year terms.
That leaves one seat vacant on the town board.
Valentine's Day has come and gone but February is still "Love Your Libraries" month so there's still time to try a blind date with a book at the Cedaredge Public Library. Books from all genres and for all age groups are wrapped in plain brown paper and patiently waiting for someone to connect with them.
Interim town administrator Greg Brinck has been named the sole finalist for town administrator.
The announcement followed a short executive session at the Feb. 15 Cedaredge Town Council meeting.
Clouds billowed over Grand Mesa last week, then parted to reveal a glimpse of higher elevation snow. This scene suggests the area's persistent drought may yet yield to seasonal moisture, but will it be enough and arrive in time?
The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center hosted A SweetArt Evening at the AppleShed Gallery in Cedaredge on Valentine's Day, to the enjoyment of over 150 attendees. Sweethearts and friends were treated to delicious chocolate truffles, donated by Johannes Chocolatier, as well as other fine desserts and Williams Cellars wine and hard cider.
The Town of Orchard City board of trustees met on Valentines Day, Feb. 14.
After dealing with routine matters of approval of the minutes and disbursements, Jayden Miller was recognized as Orchard City's February Student of the Month. Jayden is a senior at Cedaredge High School.
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