Colorado landowners who want to protect environmentally valuable private forest areas that could someday be threatened by development or conversion to other non-forest uses -- and who desire to receive monetary compensation in the process -- now have the opportunity to submit proposals to protect their forestlands.
Food For Thought/Vision Charter Academy has been selected as a State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Top 200 finalist and needs your help by voting for them to receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm®. From now until Aug. 24 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can vote for their favorite cause at https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2012962.
History Colorado is calling all rural entrepreneurs with a business idea, a vision for historic preservation, and an interest in accessing tax credits to help defray eligible rehabilitation costs. Applications for the annual tax credit program are accepted on a rolling basis, but most of the credits are claimed by early November so time is of the essence to tap into the 2018 funds.
Officers assisted Child Protective Services with a child abuse call.
Officers responded to Maverik Gas Station for a two-vehicle traffic accident.
Delta County Libraries continues to offer valuable adult education services, despite losing a grant in the summer of 2017 that funded a majority of the literacy program.
"We are doing the best we can with the limited resources we have," says Gail Srebnik, literacy administrator for Delta County Libraries.
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.
During the municipal election in April, the issue of marijuana sales in the City of Delta frequently cropped up. Most questions were prompted by two ballot measures concerning the taxation of retail marijuana and retail marijuana products -- if in the future those sales were allowed. Both measures passed by about a 60-40 margin.
At their Aug. 6 meeting Delta County Commissioners signed a lease agreement with Region 10 LEAP, Inc. to bring broadband to the North Fork Annex. The lease is for a term of 20 years, after which the lease shall be renewed on a year-to-year basis.
Although storms brought 1/10 to 1/3 of an inch of rain to the Bull Draw Fire, there was not enough rain to impact the fire's spread southwest of Delta.
According to an update provided Tuesday morning, the lightning-caused fire has consumed 25,190 acres.
Motorists are reminded that the first day of school is Monday, Aug. 20. Extra caution should be exercised in school zones and around bus stops, particularly in the mornings before school starts and in the afternoons when students start to head home.
Work has commenced on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests' Owl Creek Road Improvement Project. Overall, there has been great public support and enthusiasm for the work, but recently the project contractor has begun expressing concerns over public safety due to unsafe driving in the project area.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, now in its 51st year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can't afford a tax preparation service.
To reply to Mr. Jacobson of Paonia, I hesitate to resort to the same placating tactics as he did. Instead, all I can say is, if you live in a glass house, you really shouldn't throw stones.
The county is about to begin its annual budget process. In a recent interview with KVNF, Commissioner Don Suppes sidestepped a question about county reserve funds telling listeners that the county wants 25 percent of its annual budget carried over to the new year in case of emergencies.
The problem with his answer is that it was only half true.
I am really tired of smoky skies and burning eyes, and the cause of most of it is inane pressure from environists (environmentalists without the "mental"). Too many of our forests are full of dead, dying, and overcrowded trees because these people oppose timber harvests and even the creation of fire breaks in brush, actions that make areas less susceptible to catastrophic fires.
I would like to offer my condolences to Julie McCluskey, liberal Democrat candidate for Colorado House District 61, for receiving the kiss of death endorsement from former President Obama yesterday. His failed statist Keynsian central planning philosophy is now squarely on her shoulders and is her political weight to bear.
I must compliment David Jacobson on his writing skills and thoughtful plea to Republicans to rise up against what he sees as an assault on American values by President Trump (DCI letters to the editor Aug. 1). I have voted Republican for over 40 years but have only been a registered Republican for two of the last 49 years.
A new school year often brings new coaching assignments and an excitement of the coming challenges. For Jeff Reiher, the golf season at DHS has begun and he has the reins of a young Panthers' team.
As fall prep sports season begins, the Delta County Independent is gearing up for coverage of the local sports scene.
This season also marks the 98th season for the Colorado High School Activities Association.
The Museums of Western Colorado is excited to partner with Colorado Canyons Association for an educational adventure on the Colorado River, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. Paddle an inflatable kayak or relax aboard an oar raft as you travel 25 miles through Ruby and Horsethief canyons. Participants will marvel at the area's serenity, while winding through dramatic sandstone canyons deep in the heart of the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (NCA).
Register now for fall dance classes taught by Lynda Dysart at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Classes start the week of Sept. 11.
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.
Zack and Erica Esser of Delta are the parents of a son, Henry Archer Esser, born Aug 3, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 10.4 ounces and was 21 inches in length.
Desiree Smith of Austin was named to Fort Lewis College's Dean's List for the spring 2018 semester. Smith's major is elementary education.
Jim Sullenger of Edmond, Okla., died Aug. 11, 2018, at his home. He was 71.
Amanda Faith Wright died Aug. 13, 2018, at her home in Cedaredge. She was 33.
Frances McMillen died Aug. 8, 2018, at Montrose Memorial Hospital. She was 80 and a resident of Colorow Care Center in Olathe.
Irene LaVonne Althoff died at her home in Orchard City on Aug. 2, 2018. She was 88.
Longtime Hotchkiss resident James "Jim" Roberts died Aug. 11, 2018, at his home. He was 75.
Austin resident Roger R. McPherson died Aug. 6, 2018, at his home. He was 76.
Eckert resident Virgina R. Young died Aug. 3, 2018, at her home. She was 86
Longtime Hotchkiss resident Wilma Johnson died July 13, 2018, at her home. She was 71
Bryan Hollembeak was raised in a family that highly valued education. His mother was a third grade teacher; his dad served as teacher and principal in both Hotchkiss and Delta.
When the Crawford Town Council convened on Wednesday, Aug. 1, they expected to adopt two ordinances -- one to renew the franchise agreement with TDS and another to establish a policy for late fees and disconnect/reconnect of water and sewer service.
The first seemed routine business as Mayor Wanda Gofforth read Ordinance 4-2018 into the record for a franchise agreement with TDS for the next 10 years with a 3 percent fee to the town.
The North Fork Valley lost one of its best-loved citizens. James Roberts passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, at his home. He was 75.
This week, the North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District is excited to announce that it has received an energy and mineral impact assistance grant of $426,677 from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to complete the Crossroads Ballfield Complex.
Fourteen years ago, the community came together to honor the memory of the "Hotchkiss Ambassador," Tom Roberts.
A total of 185 market animals and pens and three cheese baskets were offered for sale by 4-H and FFA members at the 2018 Junior Market Livestock Sale, held Aug. 11 in Hotchkiss, during the Delta County Fair.
According to a release issued by Citizens for a Healthy Community, more than 70 Delta County residents gathered at Poulos Park in Paonia on Friday, Aug 10, to send a clear message to Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that public lands are the cornerstone to the well-being for the North Fork Valley and the Western Slope. The rally was spurred by Secretary Zinke's visit that day to Steamboat Springs, where a coalition of conservation groups and businesses organized a Stand for Our Land Rally
Following a successful pitch in July by Delta County community leaders, the 2019 Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days conference will be held in the North Fork Valley. The conference is scheduled for June 12-14.
Mikayla Curtis with the Eagle River Youth Coalition, along with Elaine Brett, have been selected as the Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) event co-chairs.
ENGAGE and Delta County Economic Development are hosting their second annual E2 Energy Conference Sept. 17 and 18 in Paonia.
A special kickoff event, Spark Tank, takes place at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia Sept. 17.
The Town of Paonia is soliciting proposals from qualified public accounting firms for its fiscal years 2018-2020 auditing services.
The Sizzler golf tournament, hosted by the Cedaredge Ladies Golf Club, has historically been a women's golf event with proceeds being raised for various charities in the Cedaredge community. In January 2018, the Cedaredge Ladies Golf Club executive committee members voted to create a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fundraising entity known as "The Friends of Cedaredge Golf Inc." with a specific fundraising objective.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce has openings on its board of directors, and is seeking individuals who want to make a difference in the community.
DCED, Delta County Economic Development, took priority at the Town of Orchard City's regular meeting Aug 8. Stacey Voigt, executive director of DCED, is a new resident of Orchard City and came to update the board on the organization's work and to address concerns raised by trustees at the July 11 meeting.
She began by notifying the trustees that Tom Huerkamp, former Orchard City trustee and board vice president of DCED, is retiring from his board position to focus on the hospital.
According to Maria Nakai, a spokesperson for the Surface Creek Community Services food bank, the non-profit group "will graciously accept your abundant harvest from your garden or orchard. Farm eggs are also welcome."
To start off the Orchard City water committee meeting on Aug. 8, Steve Kehmeier approached the board with a proposal regarding his water line. In short, he plans to pay for the relocation of his water meter and line near Nowhere Road.
Per his concern, the board agreed that if he desires extra pressure than what the town guarantees up to his meter then he will need to put in a water pump booster.
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