At a work session Tuesday, July 10, Delta City Council members agreed staff should pursue a pre-annexation agreement with the county before water and sewer are extended to Blake Field in North Delta. Whether or not that pre-annexation agreement is exercised is up to the city, attorney David McConaughey advised, but it will serve as a tool for outlining expectations for both entities.
CSU Extension Offices in Mesa, Montrose, San Miguel and Delta counties are conducting an animal feed drive to benefit the victims of the Spring Fire and their livestock. The evacuation site at the Huerfano County Fairgrounds is full of evacuated animals and more are still coming!
The Colorado River Valley Field Office of Bureau of Land Management notified the Delta County Commissioners in late June of a competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Dec. 6, 2018.
At their July 16 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley and Don Suppes authorized and signed a letter of reply to BLM.
The Colorado State Patrol has identified the second deadliest region of the state when it comes to crashes. For the past five years, the counties of Delta, San Miguel, Gunnison, Ouray, Hinsdale, and Montrose (CSP Troop 5C) have had more deadly crashes in July than the majority of the other areas in the state.
At their July 16 meeting, Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley and Don Suppes acted on several financial items. Commissioner Mark Roeber was absent.
During a short meeting July 10, Delta City Council members heard the results of the 2017 audit from Holscher, Mayberry & Company. The audit looked at the city's major funds -- General Fund, Parks and Rec Center Fund and the Citywide Capital Improvement Fund, and four major enterprise funds -- Municipal Light & Power Fund, Sewer Fund, Water Fund and Golf Course Fund.
Officers contacted a male party on a pedestrian contact in the area of 795 1600 Road. As a result of the contact, Adam J. Tucker, 34, of Craig was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant out of Montrose County with no bond.
A worship team is breathing new life into the church at the bottom of Hillcrest Drive, where the street intersects with H Road. The modest white church at 1712 H Road was formerly known as Maranatha Fellowship, and was faithfully served by Pastor Earl Douglas for 27 years.
Delta High School science teacher Ben Graves has been selected as one of this year's Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows in recognition of his commitment to geographic education. The 2018 Fellows, a group of 40 highly respected educators from the United States and Canada, will embark on global expeditions to Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic to explore the rapidly changing marine ecosystems of the Far North.
The Delta Urban Renewal Authority received zero response to a request for proposals to develop an upper mid-scale hotel along the Gunnison River. The deadline for submission of proposals was July 2.
An increase in moisture levels and decrease in overall threat of wildfire has prompted Delta County Undersheriff Mark Taylor to request the county commissioners downgrade the county from Stage 2 to Stage 1 restrictions. A resolution adopted Monday by the Delta County Board of County Commissioners mirrors actions taken by the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, as well as the BLM.
Adults aged 60 and over in Delta County may be eligible to receive a monthly nutritious food box consisting of non-perishable protein, milk, juice, cereal, canned or dried fruits and vegetables, and refrigerated cheese.
Jason Cleckler, CEO of Delta County Memorial Hospital, received the American Hospital Association (AHA) 2018 Grassroots Champion Award at the recent Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) annual meeting in Vail on July 12. Each year AHA partners with state hospital associations to recognize the achievements of grassroots leaders who effectively deliver the hospital message to elected officials; help broaden the base of community support for hospitals; and advocate tirelessly on behalf of patients, hospitals and communities.
Innovative startup companies from Colorado, working in the energy sector, are invited to apply to Spark Tank, a pitch event kicking off the second annual Energy Conference hosted by ENGAGE in Paonia on Sept. 17.
Applications must be submitted by Aug. 15.
Five regional businesses have been selected to participate in the ICELab's Accelerator Program. Now in its second year, the accelerator prepares emerging entrepreneurs to start or expand their businesses through an intensive curriculum of training and mentoring.
The Delta Volunteer Fire Dept. responded to a rescue call in Escalante Canyon Saturday, July 14, around 4:05 p.m. The call was reported as people trapped in a flash flood at the potholes.
The Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for the Western Region OneSource Friday, July 20, in Grand Junction.
A state-owned, former Colorado National Guard armory in Grand Junction is the future home of the Western Region OneSource, which will help serve the needs of more than 40,000 Colorado service members, veterans, and their families who live in the 24 counties along the Western Slope.
I like to use my life energy to improve the health and well being of people and our planet, so I am volunteering as a coordinator for the Colorado Rising ballot initiative that would create commonsense setbacks for neighborhood fracking from the current 500 feet to 2,500 feet. I am a mother of two young adults, nanny for five children and have worked in community health and education for 15 years.
Two articles in the July 11 edition of the DCI truly encapsulate what is at stake in both the upcoming mid-term elections and the nomination for the Supreme Court. DCI profiled the owners of the Pondy.
What a treat that we have a local newspaper in face of this technical age.
I was delighted with the July 11 Delta County Independent:
Mayor Stewart rose to his full glory as the king of Paonia when he ordered Chief Ferguson to evict former Trustee Watson from the last council meeting. Sadly, Chief Ferguson complied, choosing to serve the mayor's prejudice rather than the Constitution.
Beginning this fall, all Colorado high school coaches and athletes will be required to register with the Colorado High School Activities Association through an electronic platform.
CHSAA, the governing body of high school sports in the state, signed an exclusive statewide agreement with ArbiterSports to implement ArbiterAthlete across all 355 CHSAA member high schools.
The Women's Surface Creek Saddle Club hosts the Island In The Sky, a NATRC competitive trail ride on Grand Mesa Aug. 4 and 5.
Ride mileage varies from 8 miles to 30 miles a day depending on the class folks enter.
Olathe Sweet Corn Festival is proud to announce that Grammy nominated artist Eric Paslay will headline the 27th annual event on Saturday, Aug. 4.
EMI Records Nashville breakout country artist Eric Paslay delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer.
Christopher and Sabrina Ryan of Delta are the parents of a son, Warren Michael-Leroy Garrett, born July 8, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Louis and Jeanetta Nesbit announce the engagement of their son, Carl Nesbit of Grand Junction, to Denae Worcester of Castle Rock. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Stan and Sylvia Worcester.
Heidi Simpson of Paonia received a bachelor of arts in special education degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The online, nonprofit university celebrated the recent graduation of more than 15,000 students from across the country.
Alice was born June 8, 1926, in Enid, Okla. At 20 months old she was placed in an orphanage.
Barbara Sue Caldwell died July 12, 2018, at Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 68.
Former Somerset resident Charlotte Rose Ambrose died July 13, 2018, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 87.
Crystal Dawn Pipher (Lemon, Reigles, Laub), born Jan. 18, 1936, was found June 6, 2018, at her home in Delta, Colo. She was born at the homestead on Crystal Creek at the dawn of day and delivered by her father.
Lifetime North Fork area resident Dawn Young died Sunday, July 8, 2018, at her home. She was 56.
Longtime Olathe resident Jack Prisbrey died July 14, 2018, at his home. He was 78.
Lifetime Delta resident Jim Shea died July 15, 2018, at Crossroads Assisted Living Center in Delta. He was 86.
Joseph Boyden Alexander, age 96, passed peacefully away at HopeWest, Grand Junction, Colorado, July 16, 2018.
Joe was born to Granville Monroe and Fairye Silvia Cox Alexander on April 11, 1922, in Curlew, Nebraska. The family settled on California Mesa in 1927, where Joe spent the rest of his life. He graduated from Olathe High School in 1941 and was often heard quoting that his favorite subject was "ditching class." He joined the Army during WWII and served in the Philippines and was a part of the occupying troops in Japan.
Larry Robert Moore died Monday, June 11, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 78.
Mary was the eldest of four children born to Jack Joseph Reirdon and LoRene Madison Taliaferro Reirdon. Mary grew up and attended school in Durant, Okla,, graduating from Durant High School in 1955.
Cedaredge resident Michael D. Bauer died from a stroke on July 13, 2018, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 51.
Hotchkiss resident Willis Walker died July 11, 2018, at his home. He was 77.
Longtime Hotchkiss resident Wilma J. Johnson died July 13, 2018, at her home. She was 71.
July 3 in Paonia Town Park was kind of quiet. Not much activity prior to the big Cherry Day celebration. "A Little Help" volunteers were staffing their booth at the park and decided to close it down around 5 p.m.
The North Fork Valley will see an influx of motorcycle traffic beginning today. Cyclists are arriving in Paonia for the BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado's 47th annual Top O' the Rockies Rally scheduled for July 19-22 at Town Park.
Members of a coast-to-coast bike ride to raise support for cancer victims passed through Delta County over the weekend.
"Team San Francisco" is one of six teams of cyclists and runners traveling coast to coast this summer through the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults "4K for Cancer" ride.
A longstanding rift between a current and former elected town official came to a boil at the July 10 meeting of the Paonia Board of Trustees when Mayor Charles Stewart asked law enforcement to escort former trustee Suzanne Watson out of Town Hall.
The ousting came during consideration by the board to submit scoping comments to the Bureau of Land Management regarding recently revived oil and gas leases in the North Fork Valley.
In November, the Town of Hotchkiss will ask voters for permission to sell the town shop at 222 W. Bridge Street.
The town's public works department has not only outgrown the 6,236-square-foot facility, but it can be tricky moving trucks and heavy equipment in and out of the garage and onto the town's busiest thoroughfare.
On Monday, Delta District Court Judge Steven Schultz modified bond for Heather Jones, who's being held in a shooting incident that took place in Paonia Jan. 12. Ryan Redifer, 54, remains hospitalized from injuries he suffered during the incident.
The Paonia Planning and Zoning Commission will make recommendations to town trustees regarding two separate issues at the July 24 public meeting.
Commissioners voted 4-0 to recommend denial of an application for rezoning for Autumn Clark, who requested a zoning change from R-1 to R-2 for property located at 123 Oak Avenue.
Do you have a story to tell about the North Fork Valley?
Jessica Kahkoska and the Notch Theatre Company are partnering to create a play based on stories about the North Fork Valley.
Paonia water users, pat yourselves on the back. Your efforts to conserve precious water resources is working.
The 72nd annual Cherry Days is now memories and photographs. But from coordination with the Town of Paonia to the last of the bands, the event went very well, said Cherry Days Forever Committee chair Bob Bushta.
Frank Swancara Jr. is a man of few words.
Asked how he managed to amass his well-ordered collection of 850 license plates, he pauses then responds.
The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a work session on Thursday, July 12. The work session was a discussion-only meeting with no action taken.
Dana Cooper is a road-warrior. Not the Mad Max kind, although in his youth he was a bit of a hellion.
Lorna Beard has earned a blue belt in the energetic dance activity called "Nia." And she's teaching others to enjoy what she describes as "a very strengthening form of healing dance."
The Town of Orchard City has created a drought task force to develop a new drought policy for the future. An invitation to join the task force was sent to citizens last month as part of their water bill.
The Town of Orchard City Board of Trustees held a regular meeting on Wednesday, July 11. After approving the minutes of their June 13 meeting, the trustees discussed last month's disbursements and financial statement.
During committee reports at the July 11 meeting of the Orchard City Board of Trustees, trustee Mel Cook raised concerns regarding his role with the entity known as Delta County Economic Development (DCED). DCED is a nonprofit organization which (according to its website) works "in partnership with public and private sectors to strengthen and diversify the economy of Delta County, Colorado."
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