Tom Alvey, the Delta County representative on the Colorado River Water Conservation District (CRWCD) board, met with the county commissioners Feb. 20 to give them a summary of the activities of the CRWCD for the past year.
Alvey spoke first of the new general manager for CRWCD, Andy Mueller.
On Monday, a community forum on the "Effects of Marijuana on Our Community" drew a sparse crowd, but the topic of marijuana still figures largely in the upcoming municipal election.
The communities of Delta and Orchard City are both asking voters to consider taxation of retail marijuana and marijuana products, although the sale of marijuana is not legal in either community.
Keynote speaker Dr. Allen Williams, Ph.D., discussed the keys to healthy, complex soils during the Soil Health Conference held in Delta last week. Regardless of soil type, he said there are approaches farmers and ranchers can take to quickly rebuild soils.
County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes recently sent a letter to Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Department of Interior.
They supported the secretary's efforts to reorganize the various agencies housed in the Department of Interior to achieve efficiency.
Officers were dispatched to 721 Hwy. 50 for a call of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and throwing missiles at vehicles.
Officers responded to the intersection of East 3rd Street and Grand Boulevard on a report of a dog bite.
Delta County Memorial Hospital is seeking nominations for three directors to serve four-year terms on the hospital board. A self-nomination form must be filed with attorney Aaron Clay, the designated election official,or the county clerk by Friday, March 2.
Thank you for posting the format of both major political parties' caucus process as defined by Colorado state law. The Republican Party caucus will be held in two locations: Precinct 1-14 will be held at the Delta High School Cafetorium and Precinct 15-20 will be held at the Hotchkiss High School cafetorium.
In the Feb. 14 edition of the Delta County Independent we saw a paid announcement by Bill Brunner criticizing Dave Bradford and a committee of Paonia citizens for the upgrading of the miners memorial statue and entrance to the Paonia Park. We heard a few weeks ago from Mr. Bruner's wife and now we hear from Mr. Bruner.
Rocky Mountain Wolf Project is making progress toward reintroduction of wolves in Colorado. Mike Philips, biologist, former US Fish & Wildlife Service employee, presently state senator in Montana and executive director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund, recently held a meeting in Carbondale to win support for reintroducing wolves in Colorado.
This will be my second response to accusations made about Paonia trustee David Bradford's ethical lapses, and I certainly hope it is the last. There IS a committee to propose and review the proposed improvements at the park entrance and either of the Brunners could have volunteered for it if they found it so worrisome.
David Ludlam is at it again. He appears to believe so deeply in the primacy of the oil and gas industry that he allows those convictions to cruelly smother any shred of common sense that a human being should muster when assessing potentially profound threats to one's home and way of life. His recent letter in the DCI exposes his willingness to blatantly lie or at least to heavily bend his truths in service of his insatiable industry.
On Feb. 21, the president of Gunnison Energy tried to tell our community that oil and gas development does not conflict with our existing local economies of agriculture and outdoor recreation, and won't affect our brand or quality of life. As a local resident, farm worker, search and rescue EMT, biologist, and avid outdoor enthusiast, I see things much differently.
Fracking our wilderness and agricultural watersheds will contaminate our ecosystems, similar to the ancient practice of the sowing of salt. Hundreds of proposed fracking sites litter the headwaters of the North Fork of the Gunnison River, which supplies water to some of Colorado's most productive agricultural lands. Fracking spills, leaks and dumps of fracking produced water are unavoidable.
Delta High School would like to thank all those who have responded to support us through the recent tragedies that have so deeply impacted the students, staff and families of our beloved school. This support has come to us in so many ways and from so many people we feel it is important to express our gratitude and be sure that we all recognize that we are truly a part of an amazing community.
The Cedaredge Bruins didn't make the 3A district tournament held at Central High School this past week. A 64-43 loss to first seed Coal Ridge in a quarterfinal game Feb. 19 seemed to be the final game for the Bruins.
Delta's boys basketball team opened the week with a purpose in mind. A chance to redeem losses suffered earlier in the season, and a raise in seeding rankings, were goals targeted by the Panthers.
After placing in the top five in the district, Hotchkiss and Paonia will compete this weekend in regional tournaments for a shot at the Great 8 state championship tournament in Loveland.
Hotchkiss opened the district tournament last Wednesday with a 68-63 quarterfinal win against rival Paonia.
In their closest game in more than a decade, the Paonia Eagles edged out rival Hotchkiss in the District 5 consolation round Saturday at De Beque High School to qualify for this week's regional basketball playoffs.
Seniors Kassidy Rapke scored a game-high 13 points for Paonia, and Andi Todd scored 12.
Saddle on up and join the Montrose Community Band on Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion for a free concert with a fun western theme. Dust off your boots and come ride off into the sunset with us.
Region 10 and the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) are offering "Medicare & You," an informational seminar on how to navigate the Medicare system, on Thursday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m., at Grand Mesa Oncology, 1501 E. 3rd Street, Delta, just north of the hospital.
The Kiwanis Club of Delta is holding its seventh annual poker tournament at Bill Heddles Recreation Center on March 17. Registration is at 4 p.m. with tournament play beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until approximately 8 p.m.
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.
Synthesis continues to dazzle audiences around the globe, leaving its mark on the world of jazz music. The award-winning instrumental jazz ensemble from Brigham Young University will perform at the Montrose Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30.
Sarah Hancock and Justin Falck of Delta are the parents of a son, James David Falck, born Feb. 17, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20.5 inches in length.
After years of working in different school settings, it became apparent to Andrea Thomas, founder of Growing Minds Incubator, that the demand for mental health services in children was on the rise. "With economic factors more frequently necessitating a dual income household, fewer parents are with their children in the after-school hours, which means there is more unsupervised time in which children easily to slip into unproductive habits," she noted.
Eleven schools participated in a regional speech and debate tournament hosted by Delta High School coach Danielle Lopez and Central High School coach Britny Walker at Central High School. Participating schools included Ouray High School, Summit High School and several in between.
Eckert resident Barbara A. Smalldridge went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo. Barbara was 80 years old.
Paonia resident Diana Fay Phillips died Feb. 18, 2018, at her home. She was 56.
Lifetime Delta resident Dorothy M. Smith died Feb. 20, 2018, at Four Corners Health Care in Durango. She was 93.
Hope M. Fernandez of Delta died Feb. 22, 2018, at Willow Tree Care Center. She was 78.
Miriam Hartig, wife of Irvin, mother of Karyn (Dave) Troudt, Tom (Marion) Hartig and Polly Jo (Andy) Wick joined our heavenly family on Feb. 23, 2018.
Miriam's mother and father, Frank and May Klassen, welcomed this baby girl into their family on June 17, 1919.
Patrick Lee Groom of Carbondale died Feb. 20, 2018, in Hotchkiss. He was 69.
Thomas Luis Pacheco of Delta died Dec. 17, 2017.
He was born May 2, 1958, in Uravan to Albert and Virginia Pacheco.
On Monday, March 5, the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a bridge maintenance project on Colorado Highway 92 over the North Fork of the Gunnison River near Hotchkiss. Work is scheduled through late May, weather permitting.
The search is on for a new attorney for the Town of Crawford. Long-time attorney Jim Brown informed the town council several months ago that he was stepping down after the April election.
At its work session on Feb. 21, the council reviewed proposals from two firms, J. Davis Reed, P.C. in Montrose and Hoskin Farina & Kampf P.C. in Grand Junction.
The purpose of the Hotchkiss FFA Alumni affiliate is to support and promote FFA, FFA activities and agricultural education on local, state and national levels; to provide engagement opportunities to former FFA members and supporters of FFA and agricultural education; to promote greater knowledge of agriculture and support education in agriculture; to cooperate with the local FFA chapter, and FFA at the state and national level; to promote and maintain an appreciation of the American free enterprise system; and to promote the personal development aspect of FFA.
Plans to upgrade the Miner's Statue area at Paonia Town Park are moving forward after trustees approved the issuing of requests for proposal for the project. Included in the plans are five separate concrete projects.
A water storage tank lining that caused the Town of Paonia headaches in 2015 and 2016 is again causing problems.
During a recent sanitary survey of the town's drinking water system by the Colorado Department of Heath and Environment, the one million-gallon Clock water storage tank on Lamborn Mesa was deemed a risk for contamination due to failures in the tank's lining.
Paonia Elementary School has been named one of nine finalists for The Succeeds Prize. Now in its second year The Succeeds Prize recognizes transformational public schools throughout the state, and is sponsored by Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS/KUSA, and mindSpark Learning, a nonprofit dedicated to impacting and evolving education through educators.
Last Friday, Cody Purcell, district wildlife manager for Colorado Parks & Wildlife, assembled 14 citizen volunteers and six CPW staff to conduct a count of the Cedaredge mule deer population. The purpose of the count was to gather data on the increasing number of deer that are congregating in and adjacent to town.
The Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans held a first-ever coffee event in Delta County on Feb. 20 and the turnout was encouraging. Forty-five veterans assembled in downtown Cedaredge to meet and greet others and learn about services.
At the golf course, a new inline filter and pump house repairs were budgeted for 2018. With the changing of the guard at the golf course, newly-appointed clubhouse operations director Erik Hansen is now recommending that a portion of those budgeted funds instead be spent on an irrigation system master plan.
Jayden Miller, a Cedaredge High School student, was recognized by Mayor Ken Volgamore and the Board of Trustees as Orchard City's Student of the Month in February.
Jayden is a senior and maintains a 4.0 GPA.
The Town of Cedaredge and the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce have teamed up see how the two entities can better partner with businesses in the Surface Creek area, as well as learn the barriers local consumers face for shopping locally, and what steps businesses can take to earn more of the local shopper business.
It was a simple idea that began in the hearts of a diverse group of Paonia residents. They asked themselves whether residents in the North Fork Valley would be willing to perform small tasks that, when added together, would help senior citizens keep active, engaged with their community, and remain householders.
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