Delta County Citizen Report (DCCR), an apolitical, nonprofit media organization reporting on Delta County, Colorado government, has filed to dismiss its case against Delta County Commissioners after successfully negotiating a new policy that improves open meeting processes at the county.
During the past three months, the DCCR board and county staff worked together to develop the policy that, in some cases, expands on state statute governing open meetings law.
At the conclusion of his final meeting as a member of the Delta City Council, Bill Raley said it's time for the younger residents of the city to step into leadership roles. Those two young leaders are apparently city council candidates Nathan Clay and Kevin Carlson.
Leaf Glimpse, 27, of Delta was reportedly caught in the act of a break-in at a home on 2050 Road, Delta, at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 3.
The break-in was discovered by a contractor who was hired to make repairs while the property owners were out of town.
Officers responded to East 2nd Street and Meeker Street to assist with a medical transport.
Officers took a report of property damage in the area of Hwy. 50 and Hwy. 92
On April 18, President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American executive order to help reduce illegal immigration and preserve jobs for U.S. workers. To support these objectives, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services encourages all U.S. employers to verify all new hires through E-Verify.
When Billie Flonnes, a senior at Delta High School, walks into Yost Family Dentistry she isn't stopping by for a check-up or filling. She's there to work as part of the Delta County Schools high school internship program.
Delta County Memorial Hospital is hosting a meet-and-greet for hospital board candidates Monday, April 16. The public is invited to attend this event in the Grand Mesa Oncology Center from 5 to 6 p.m., prior to the regular board meeting.
In observance of National Crime Victims' Week, April 8-14, Chief Luke Fedler and victim services coordinator Becki Havens provided an overview of victim services offered by the Delta Police Department. They spoke at the April 3 city council meeting.
Delta County adults who are seeking higher or continuing education are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship, offered by Altrusa International of Delta, Inc. The service organization annually awards several scholarships to non-traditional students and to high school students who are members of the Altrusa-sponsored ASTRA Clubs.
VFW Post #3571 of Delta and the VFW Auxiliary are planning a new event -- a horseshoe and corn hole tournament to take place Saturday, June 9, at Cleland Park in Delta.
The veterans organizations are seeking sponsors for this event, which is a fundraiser for a new building in North Delta.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has rolled out a campaign intended to help unaffiliated voters correctly fill out their ballots in the June 26 primary election.
Unaffiliated voters can ask to receive a Republican or a Democratic ballot.
The second week in April is an ideal time to visit your local library. Libraries across the nation celebrate National Library Week, an observance sponsored by the American Library Association since 1958.
At the March 19 commissioner meeting, dozens of residents were present to question the recent decision to eliminate the Upper North Fork seat to the Delta County Planning Commission (PC).
Several simply wanted Jen Sanborn, who had held the seat for more than three years, reinstated.
In the past I have written letters complimenting and praising Delta-Montrose Community Concerts for the excellent talent and entertainment they have provided to the residents of Delta. I am aware that this special opportunity for our residents is in danger without new blood and new resident members willing to support the musical arts in our community by joining and purchasing annual memberships.
"Jesus Christ offers hope" was the start of Lisa Martinez' letter. What a refreshing letter.
The Cedaredge tennis team won two matches last week, 7-0 over Grand Junction junior varsity on April 3 and a 5-2 defeat of Fruita Monument's junior varsity on April 6.
Against Grand Junction, Samantha Ribbens won at 1 Singles; Clarity Call was a winner at 2 Singles and Sabrina Gilmore won at 3 Singles.
Cedaredge High School has had successful track performances the past few weeks. The Bruin girls won last week's Grand Valley Open (April 3) with 117 points and tied for third with Fruita Monument at Saturday's Frank Woodburn Invitational with 85 points.
Delta High School was highly successful at last week's Grand Valley Open on April 3.
The boys finished the meet with 97 points to outdistance the 12-team field while Delta's girls finished in second place with a total of 84 points to Cedaredge's 117.
After winning the Class 3A state heavyweight wrestling title in February, Delta High School senior Logan Church achieved another dream. Church became an All-American wrestler in March after placing fifth at the National High School Coaches Association High School Nationals senior class wrestling tournament.
Last week's soccer action resulted in a tie and a win for the Delta Panthers. A tie with Roaring Fork (1-1) came after two overtime periods failed to produce a winner.
Coach Al Blanc was inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) Hall of Fame on March 24 in Denver. He is pictured here with his wife, Becky, and several former Delta High School basketball players and manager.
There were plenty of prep basketball teams for fans to watch this past basketball season. Cedaredge and Delta High School each sent their boys and girls basketball teams to various locations to participate in this year's 3A State Basketball Championships.
Hotchkiss senior Darrin Young shot to the top of the Class 2A state rankings with a winning throw in the shot put of 48 feet, 2 inches at the Grand Valley Cardinal Open. Young is a two-time state qualifier in the shot put and placed third at state his junior year.
This photo is a reprint from last week's edition due to the omission of Lisa Oeltjenbruns' name in the list of family members.
At the April 4 Grand Valley Cardinal Open track meet, the Paonia boys' 3200m relay team took first with a time of 8 minutes, 48.08 seconds. At Saturday's Frank Woodburn Invitational the team of Caden Meilner, Ethan Bartlett, Harley Ewert and Logan Green took nine seconds off that mark, placing fourth overall and first among Class 2A teams with a time of 8:39.98.
The Paonia girls track team scored 74 points last Wednesday evening to place fourth at the 13-team Grand Valley Cardinal Open track meet. On Saturday the Eagles finished fifth with 69.5 points at Palisade High School's Frank Woodburn Invitational at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
Black Canyon Camera Club will be hosting its fourth annual photography show and sale at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss June 8-30. Photographers are invited to submit up to four photographs in one of three classes (18 and under, novice, and open).
Michele Murphy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Palmer of Paonia, recently earned her doctorate of ministry degree in theology from Life Christian University, Tampa, Fla.
Since January, nearly 100 Delta County high schoolers have been conducting hands-on air quality research, thanks to a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder and three local high schools.
And now the students will present their projects at two symposiums that are free and open to the public:
As a student at middle school, you might have been worried if you heard the principal call your name. At Delta Middle School, hearing the principal call your name might be your proudest moment.
Alice Mae Sanburg died April 4, 2018, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 89.
Betty Jo Wilkening died Feb. 20, 2018, following a long illness. She was 91.
Bernard E. "Bob" Bouwens died Feb. 7, 2018, at his son's home in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 88.
Emma Pearl Holiman went to be with her Lord on April 5, 2018, at the age of 54.
Emma was born in Delta, Colo., on Sept. 20, 1963, to Roy and Myrneta Schroeder.
Harrise Eugene "Gene" Passmore of Montrose died April 5, 2018, at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer and COPD. He was 76.
Henrietta Keenan died March 31, 2018, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 86.
Jim Smith died Jan. 27, 1939, at the age of 79.
He was born Jan. 27, 1939, in Montrose to Edwin and Iris Smith.
Hotchkiss resident, Margaret R. (Marge) Mohning, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 1, 2018, at Paonia Care Center in Paonia, Colo. Margaret was 93 years old.
Eckert resident Paul R. Gardner died Thursday, April 5, 2018, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 63.
Pauline Karcher was born to Merle Lee (a barber) and Thelma Pauline (Berga) Karcher at her grandma's house in Newport, Ohio, on April 6, 1927. She was the second of nine children.
Cedaredge resident Ruth B. McKenna died Monday, April 9, 2018, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 91.
W. Rex Raney was born in Collbran, Colo., Aug. 17, 1921, and made his way to the celestial fishing/hunting grounds April 7, 2018, surrounded by loving family.
Rex grew up in a farming family in both Collbran and Fruita.
William Parnell Branigan III died March 28, 2018, from complications of cancer in Cedaredge.
He was born on May 5, 1943, to Air Force Major William and Muriel Branigan in Monroe, La.
In honor of National Service Recognition Day on April 3, AmeriCorps Members in Paonia teamed up with a local non-profit called A Little Help to serve their community.
AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers In Service To America) from Solar Energy International and Elsewhere Studios who are working on economic and community revitalization in Delta County got together to do direct service in their community.
In Paonia, Chelsea Bookout, Mary Bachran, Samira "Sam" Hart and Barry Pennell were elected to the board of trustees. Bookout, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Charles Stewart when he was elected as mayor in 2016, received the most votes.
Community members began arriving early for the first open house to review the Delta County Master Plan on Monday, April 9, at Heritage Hall in Hotchkiss.
Stations were set up around the room with posters providing information on different elements of the Master Plan, along with enlarged maps from the plan.
Incumbents Mike Tiedeman and Chris Johnson won re-elections and Ralph Clark and Jessica Hart were elected to serve on the Crawford Town Board.
Tiedeman received 88 votes, or 20.9 percent of the 421 votes cast.
The Paradise Theatre has seen many changes in recent years. Now the non-profit community theatre is heading in a new direction that includes more collaborations and more community-focused events.
The Center for American Progress, a nonprofit public policy research and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., released a special report today (April 11) that showcases the North Fork Valley as "an example of a rural community that is moving beyond reliance on boom-and-bust extractive industries towards a more economically and environmentally sustainable future."
Gordon Hebenstreit loves watching good stock dogs work. He also enjoys working with his own border collies, but he's happy leaving them at home and just being a spectator at the annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials.
Actually he's grown into much more than a spectator -- he and his wife Cheryl now assist founder Richard Bailey with the competition.
Beginning in July, taxable purchases made in Paonia will cost an extra penny per dollar after voters approved Ballot Measure 2G asking for a 1 percent sales tax increase.
Voters approved the measure, 264-241, or by a margin of 4.56 percent.
In the race for Hotchkiss mayor, Larry Wilkening soundly defeated Thomas Wills with 75 percent of the vote. The tally was 191 for Wilkening and 61 for Wills. Wilkening will replace Wendell Koontz, who is term-limited.
For 20 years, Long Haul Folding Kayaks of Cedaredge has been building world class wood-framed kayaks. So when Ross Exler, a nationally-known adventurer and conservationist, envisioned his ambitious plan to kayak across the African great lakes system, he knew where to turn for a sturdy craft.
Kami Collins has resigned her position of Executive Director of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce. Her last day will be April 17.
For 17 years, the Surface Creek Community Services Food Bank has fulfilled its mission to assist in alleviating hunger for families and individuals in need. The nonprofit food bank, which is located in downtown Cedaredge, is operated by volunteers and managed by a volunteer board of directors.
For the March meeting of the Plant and Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge, a program was given by Jim Leser entitled, "A Closer Look at Garden Visitors."
Jim, one of our favorite guest speakers, has done numerous presentations in the past on numerous subjects, all of which have been informative as well as entertaining.
Is the Surface Creek Valley open for business?
That was a question on the minds of those who attended a community meeting co-hosted by the Town of Cedaredge and the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce recently, where the results of the consumer/business survey were revealed and priorities discussed.
On Monday, district superintendent Caryn Gibson said no suspects have been identified as making the threats at Cedaredge Middle School last week. Law enforcement, district leadership and school administrators have all been working on the case, she added.
The Cedaredge community gardens are open for business. Last Saturday, a dozen garden members were busy clearing and tilling plots in preparation for this year's planting. The all-volunteer organization is beginning its 10th year of operation.
In Orchard City the voters selected Jan Gage, Doug Keller and Mel Cook as trustees in the municipal election of April 3.
The vote tally was:
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