People with Parkinson's disease experience a wide variety of symptoms and, although the illness is progressive and irreversible, there are choices. Medication helps but so does attitude.
With perseverance and professional assistance, Delta inventor Gary Chism has obtained a patent for his adaptation of a mouse trap.
Like many great inventions, "The Trap" was designed to solve a very real problem.
June 21 kicked off a workshop for food entrepreneurs titled "From Recipe to Revenues." Over 40 people gathered at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss in hopes to learn from experts in the food industry from across Colorado.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests welcome the arrival of Chad Stewart as the new deputy forest supervisor. Stewart reported to the GMUG on May 13, replacing Russ Bacon who left to assume the role of forest supervisor of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.
As Gary Chism discovered during the five-year-long process of obtaining a patent for his invention, it takes time, money and perseverance to get an idea to the marketplace (see story above).
"This will cost money! Be prepared to invest in yourself," said Rita Crompton, The Inventor Lady. Recently, Crompton and Ray Burrasca, a crowdfunding expert, led an Inventor Bootcamp hosted by ENGAGE, Small Business Development Center and The Inventors Roundtable™.
Justin C. Brown, 35, of Delta was arrested and jailed on an active warrant with a no bond.
Officers responded to West 3rd Street and Palmer Street for a non-injury traffic accident.
Laurie Elendu has been named the curator of the Delta Museum. She replaces longtime museum director Jim Wetzel, who continues to serve the Delta County Historical Society as a board member and volunteer.
A family of five walking eastbound on E. 5th Street was struck from behind by a 26-year-old Delta resident suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Delta Police Department responded to the accident in the area of E. 5th and B Street Friday, June 22, at about 6:45 p.m.
On Tuesday, the final day to vote in Colorado's primary election, the secretary of state reports that 3,161 Republican and 1,272 Democratic ballots had been returned in Delta County.
Classrooms may be quiet during the summer months, but business is humming at the administrative offices of Delta County Joint School District #50. The district office is poised to move into its new downtown Delta location, staff vacancies are being filled and summer maintenance projects are proceeding at full throttle.
Solar Energy International (SEI), an industry leader in solar energy technical training, kicked off its newest program, Solar Forward, through a partnership with the Coldharbour Institute in Gunnison County.
The Solar Forward program gives nonprofits or community groups in rural Colorado communities the opportunity to partner with SEI to implement initiatives aimed at kickstarting solar markets in a region.
Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County -- Cedaredge Civic Center (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), Delta Senior Center (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), Hotchkiss Senior Center (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and Paonia Senior Citizen Center (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Meals on Wheels are also delivered from each location. More information is available by calling the Cedaredge meal site, 856-3636; the Delta meal site, 874-5302; Hotchkiss Senior Center, 872-3494; and Paonia Senior Citizen Center, 527-3435.
The Colorado Constitution established a property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans. For those who qualify, 50 percent of the first $200,000 in actual value of the primary residence is exempted from property tax.
Willyn Webb, executive director of Vision Charter Academy and leader of the Food for Thought program, recently updated State Farm agents on the "kids feeding kids" program in Delta County schools.
Food for Thought is a two-time recipient of the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant of $25,000, for a total of $50,000.
Hey DCED (Delta County Economic Development), what's up with the "us against them mentality?" You know, the bully tactics, ganging up with the "my way or no way."
This summer there will be petition gatherers in our town trying to get any number of things on the November ballot. One measure I wouldn't sign for is Initiative 97.
We have all heard of the good ol' boys club and shrugged it off, but you don't understand how it impacts people's lives until you are a victim of it.
In November of 2017, I noticed the county putting up new road signs.
Initiative 97 is a train-wreck for Colorado's economy.
Initiative 97 would mandate oil and gas development be set back at least 2,500 feet (eight football fields) from any occupied structure or defined vulnerable area.
Here we go again. Environmental activists (with out of state backers) are trying once again to essentially ban fracking through Initiative 97, even though they failed miserably in 2016.
As our local towns start talking about water conservation, most recognize that we are among many counties and states that are facing drought along with a potential increase in wildfires. Individually there are ways we can all conserve, and we should.
The annual Cherry Days 5k run/walk happens Saturday, June 30. A Cherry Days tradition for well over a decade, the course begins and ends at Apple Valley Park.
Registration is now open for the Cherry Days baseball tournament scheduled for June 30-July 1. All games are played at Volunteer Park, located off of Mathews Lane on Hayden Road.
There seems to be a growing number of success stories for Delta County track athletes these past few months. Hotchkiss' Katy Parsons and Jennifer Celis have demonstrated their success by sports staff writer Tamie Meck's recent story of competition between the two Hotchkiss standouts running in the same heat in an 800m event at the college level.
Grand Mesa Visitor Center is hosting "Science Saturdays" from 2 to 3 p.m. through Color Sunday. The visitor center is located near the intersection of Highway 65 and Forest Road 121. Programs are free and open to the public.
Curecanti National Recreation Area will be providing special Cimarron Sundays this summer. The third Sunday of each month through September, National Park Service interpretive rangers will be stationed at Cimarron to greet visitors, answer questions and provide access to Engine 278.
Delta County Women's Connection (DCWC) is excited to host its July 12 event for the women of Delta and surrounding areas from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Delta Christian Church. This month DCWC presents Celebrate America. Feel free to wear your red, white, and blue attire!
Community members are invited to a special presentation on the Dead Sea Scrolls to take place Saturday, July 21, at the Delta LDS Ward building at 1679 Pioneer Road. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Jennifer Moss Logan, content specialist from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Get moving this summer with summer dance classes at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Classes will be held July 9-26 and will include preschool, jazz/hip-hop and ballet/contemporary.
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.
Juan and Elvia Barajas of Cedaredge are the parents of a son, Javier Adrian Barajas Roman, born June 17, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 13.2 ounces and was 20.5 inches in length.
Johnathan Grasmick of Delta, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, was named to the spring 2018 honor list at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Emily Pieper, a nursing major from Paonia, was named to the Provost List at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa.
Gary Lee Charles was born on Dec. 21, 1945, in Waltham, Mass., to the late Randall and Lillian Charles. Gary was ushered into the arms of Jesus on June 3, 2018, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Kalispell, Mont., after battling cancer.
Judith "Judi" Anne Dixon died May 23, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 74.
Kitty Halene Dobbs died June 23, 2018, at her home in Paonia after a long battle with cancer. She was 85
Delta County resident Mildred "Millie" Eda Carver died June 23, 2018. She was 69.
Phil Espinoza of La Sal, Utah, formerly of El Llano, N.M., died March 3, 2018, in Grand Junction. He was 73.
Verna Rose Pottorff died June 24. 2018, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 89.
The Paonia Cherry Days baking contest is July 4. Bring your "cherry" item to the Cherry Days booth in Paonia Town Park from noon to 12:30 for judging.
This Cherry Days, enjoy a variety of locally-produced beverages at the Beer & Wine Garden at Paonia Town Park. "This year we're helping to launch Paonia United Brewing Co.," said Cherry Days 4-Ever beer and wine garden coordinator Sheree Fisher.
The 13th annual Bulls 'n Broncs War (formerly the North Fork Challenge) returns to the North Fork Horse Patrol on June 30. This year, $750 of increased money will be added to each of the two main events.
Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes passed a Resolution to adopt the North Fork Ambulance District Service Plan at their June 25 meeting.
North Fork Ambulance District (NFAD) will serve in three counties: Delta, Montrose and Gunnison. Montrose County has adopted the service plan and Gunnison County is expected to adopt the service plan this week.
Susie Kaldis, board president, and Spencer Lightfoot, program director for the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition, recently updated Hotchkiss trustees on the status of the North Fork Creative District, which now encompasses only Paonia. The creative coalition, however, continues to promote events in the communities of Crawford, Hotchkiss and Paonia.
The Station, located at 235 Highway 133, Hotchkiss, celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, June 22.
The venture is an extension of Farm Runners, which was established by Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette.
A 4th of July costume contest brings a new twist to Cherry Day activities. Participants are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue, or in any attire that reflects the 4th of July or the Cherry Days theme, "Grounded in Our Roots."
Can you sing? Dance? Tell jokes? Do magic tricks?
"Show us what you've got," said event organizer Maralyn Bloomer.
On June 21, the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office responded to an address in Hotchkiss for a report of a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived they learned the male suspect, identified as Jimmy Jones, age 33, had left the scene.
A motorcyclist from Broomfield sustained serious injuries in a collision that closed down Highway 133 near Bethlehem Road Friday, June 22, at approximately 4:35 p.m.
According to Trooper Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol, a 2002 Toyota Tundra driven by Don Gates, 57, was westbound on Highway 133 when Timothy Staroba, 47, lost control of a 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle as he was riding eastbound.
A libel claim by SG Interests against Paonia resident Pete Kolbenschlag was dismissed on grounds "that the statement attributed to the defendant was substantially true."
On June 20, Delta County Judge Steve Schultz issued a ruling in a widely-watched defamation case that Kolbenschlag claimed was a SLAPP action for his years of effective activism.
While enjoying the 72nd Cherry Days celebration take a break from all the festivities and take in Paonia's rich history at the North Fork Historical Society Paonia Museum. From 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, after the parade is over and the Cherry Days royalty has been crowned, the museum will host its annual ice cream social.
More than 40 vendors, civic groups, non-profits and activities booths are expected at this year's Cherry Days festival. From Aunt Nancy's yarn marionettes to Annette's famous Toadstool Face Painting booth, the Civil Air Patrol and the Paonia Bike Club, more than 40 booths mean something for every taste, age and interest.
Cedaredge businesses and citizens are encouraged to welcome the 4th of July with a bang as the town encourages shopping at locally-owned independent businesses. The shop-local campaign kicks off on July 1 and extends to July 7 with Thursday, July 5, designated as Shop Cedaredge Day.
An announced intention to move the town into a Stage II drought response drew a crowd of 50 citizens to last week's regular meeting of the Cedaredge Board of Trustees. Citizens had received a postcard from the town announcing new temporary "financial incentives" to encourage water conservation.
As part of the Celebrate Cedaredge Community Fair on Saturday, July 14, a community yard sale and flea market will take place in the parking lot of the town's public works facility on High Country Avenue across from Cedaredge FoodTown. The event will run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
A large crowd was on hand to celebrate the ribbon cutting as the Surface Creek Animal Shelter officially re-opened its renovated building last Saturday. Holding the ribbon were Deb Fairchild, vice president of the nonprofit shelter board and Larry Dumler, president.
Melinda Katchur, secretary/treasurer of the Surface Creek Saddle Club, has announced the point totals for gymkhana events through June 20. A gymkhana features horse and rider activities which demonstrate equestrian skills including barrel racing, pole bending, flag races, and a variety of fun events.
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