At their regular meeting on Aug. 21, Delta City Council members adopted on first reading an ordinance addressing backflow prevention and cross-connection controls in the city's potable water system. The written policy, a requirement of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, formalizes what utilities director Betsy Suerth said has been the city's practice for many years.
A plan to increase general knowledge and usage of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail in Delta and Mesa counties is detailed in a draft document prepared by the Bureau of Land Management.
Stakeholders came together to identify Old Spanish National Historic Trail sites that could be marked and developed for the public, including trailheads, overlooks and interpretive locations.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests has reduced the closure area around the Bull Draw Fire. The remote blaze, burning 12 miles northwest of Nucla, has reached approximately 30,280 acres and is burning on both the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service lands.
Delta City Council has approved two ballot questions for the November election but will likely be adding more before the cutoff date in early September.
At their Aug. 21 meeting, council members approved the wording for two questions concerning the sale of city property.
At about 1:21 a.m. Aug. 23, a vehicle plowed into the side of the Stockyards Restaurant at 1205 Main Street. The driver struck the concrete patio wall, propelling cement blocks and breaking the restaurant's windows.
Congratulations to all Delta County 4-H members for their excellent 4-H projects. Below are the results from the exhibitors who advanced to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.
Officers from the Delta Police Department responded to a 911 call from an injured male asking for help in the early morning hours of Aug. 22.
Further investigation resulted in the arrest of Aliza Marie Archuleta, 33, of Delta for alleged first degree assault with deliberation, menacing, prohibited use of a weapon, child abuse and reckless endangerment.
Megan Hess, owner/operator of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose, has agreed to permanently relinquish her registration to provide services as a funeral establishment and crematory, and has promised to never again apply for any type of registration from the state Office of Funeral Home and Crematory Registration.
Jeremy W. Woodson, 29, of Austin was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), careless driving and failure to present evidence of insurance.
Officers responded to the 600 block of Howard Street to recover possible stolen property.
The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft finding of no significant impact and environmental assessment on the Delta Irrigation Canal Salinity Control Piping Project located in Delta County. The project would replace approximately 6.1 miles of open irrigation ditch with buried pipe.
Two Delta residents who were out on bond for other crimes were arrested Tuesday, Aug. 21, after reportedly firing a gun six times from a red Toyota Tacoma pickup, then speeding away.
Officers of the Delta Police Department responded to the area of East 5th Street and A Street at about 2:18 p.m. the afternoon of Aug. 21.
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 summer reading program offered by Delta County Libraries saw increased participation in 2018.
"We had 1,132 people register this year," says Lea Hart, district director of Delta County Libraries.
Arts Coalition of Delta County, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is asking for volunteers to help with important events coming very soon. AC/DC will need some help with security, ticket takers/sales, stage crews, set-up and clean-up crews and some others with some experience with stage management, stage sets, sound technology, and website management.
About 40 community members attended an Aug. 23 presentation intended to "pitch the vision" and generate financial support for a water park feasibility study. Proponents Scott Schaible and Ron Austin hosted the Aug. 23 event, which also featured comments from Joe Kingsley, on "Moab and the Great Comeback," and a video presentation by Dan Martin of Market & Feasibility Advisors of Chicago.
I must respond to the fear mongering, intentional deception and manipulation of Pete Kolbenslchag in his letter, "A livable climate should matter to all of us" on global warming. From the Snowtel data the drought of 1977 was worse as was the multi year drought of 1934 as was the 15-year drought of the 1200s that caused the Anasazi Indians to desert Mesa Verde. So what is global warming really?
This is in response to Suzanne Watson's naive and ill researched complaint about the stifling of free speech at the Paonia town meeting in July (letter, Aug. 22). A bit of research into the First Amendment and applicable laws would have taught her that free speech IS limited and a government entity does have the right to place and enforce restrictions on time, place and manner of expression.
After a successful 2017 season that included a regional championship and a third-place showing at state, the Hotchkiss High School spirit team is back.
Spirit is one of nine fall sports sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association.
Heather Dunbar returns for the eighth season as Cedaredge High School's head volleyball coach and she has an 11-year coaching stint overall in Cedaredge.
The Bruins numbers are average with 26 athlete for three levels of competition in 2018.
The past is just that, something that has happened and can not be changed. What takes place in the next instance is controllable to some degree.
The Delta Barracuda swim team kicked off the 2018 season with a two-day meet in Gunnison June 1, and closed out competition Aug. 5 at the seasonal state meet Aug. 5 in Colorado Springs.
The team was comprised of 38 swimmers ranging in age from 4 to 13:
Delta's Panthers outshot host Central 24-8 en route to a 3-0 non-conference soccer win Aug. 24.
Junior Martin Corral scored two of the three Delta goals and junior Jarrett Hernandez recorded the third Panther score.
Delta High School began its cross country season with a total of 23 names on this year's roster. Six of those individuals are seniors, including John Ames, Beki Atchley, Shanaya Deuschle, Andrew Toole, Shoshanna Vigil and Abby Williams.
Second year head softball coach at Delta High School, Jerry Sandoval, has not changed his approach to helping kids earn the rewards they are working for. His Delta Panthers made it to last year's state tournament and were ousted by the eventual state champion, Strasburg.
Hotchkiss cross country coach Kelly Cowan is fielding a small team of cross country runners this season, each one a quality athlete and student.
Running for the girls team are senior Mariah Griffith, junior Grace Hatheway, sophomore Adair Ela and freshman Karlie Egging.
Hotchkiss head volleyball coach Peter Nethington understands that his players attend a small school of 200 students (officially 197) in rural western Colorado. "The chance that one of these players will go on to be an elite athlete is pretty small," said Nethington.
The Bulldogs list 32 players on the preseason football roster, among them, seniors Kaiya Firor and Elysah Shaw. Firor, who was 19-for-22 in PATs her junior year, will kick and play at wide receiver and cornerback. A transfer from Louisiana, Shaw will play both offensive and defensive lines.
Delta's Panthers missed the playoffs last season and there's a sense of determination among players and coaches to rectify that in 2018. "We were very disappointed we were not in the playoffs.
September is Square Dance Month, as proclaimed by Colorado Governor Bill Owens in 1999. Known as the folk dance of Colorado, square dance started on the Western Slope in 1945 with "Stop and Creek" in Grand Junction.
Delta County Women's Connection is excited to host its Sept. 13 event, open to women of Delta and the surrounding areas from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Delta Christian Church. This month is Date Night, DCWC's annual fundraiser with a gift basket and dessert auction.
Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail will be in fiesta mode Saturday, Sept. 15, for its second annual Mexican Heritage Celebration with entertainment and activities for the whole family.
There will be a group meeting to read and study the book "Counseling Suicidal People." The book will come at no cost and the meetings will be each Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Coffee Trader on Main Street in Montrose.
The aquatics department at Bill Heddles Recreation Center will be hiring lifeguards this winter. A lifeguard training class is being offered Oct. 9-12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Abraham Connection is hosting a "Notes of Grace" concert Saturday, Sept. 15, 3 to 7 p.m. in the pow wow arbor at Confluence Park.
Enjoy a beautiful day in the park and listen to three amazing bands!
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.
The Paonia Literary Committee is seeking original works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction for the 2018 Harvest of Voices performance during Mountain Harvest Festival. Winning submissions will be read by the writer the evening of Sept. 27 at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.
A collaboration between Uncompahgre/Com and the U.S. Forest Service offered Delta High School students an opportunity to job shadow Forest Service professionals and gain work experience assisting on projects. Each intern had an individual research project based on his or her field of interest.
Parents who plan to establish a non-public home-based educational program must provide written notification to the local school district of residence each year.
Approximately 18 years ago, Dev Carey, a local student advocate with a PhD in biology, approached the Delta 50J School District superintendent, Laddie Livingston, with a proposal involving the district and 75 home-schooled learners who were not currently attending schools in the district. The premise of this proposal was to sculpt a self-directed educational model for learning.
Delta County resident Cindy Jo Scott died Aug. 16, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 64.
Dorothy L. "Dottie" LaRue died Aug. 21, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 69.
Longtime area resident Drew Wayne Cotten died Aug. 23, 2018, due to complications from cancer. He was 52.
Paonia resident Gerald "Jim" Westwood died Aug. 22, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 88.
Mary Jo Anderson of Fredonia, Ariz., died at her daughter's home in Hotchkiss on Aug. 23, 2018. She was 86.
Paonia resident Naomi Bryson died Aug. 21, 2018, at her home. She was 101.
Robert Eugene Pearce of Crawford died Aug. 25, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 73.
Terry Lynn Rutan of Delta died at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction on Aug. 24, 2018. She was 71.
Walter Earl Buchanan died Aug. 24, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction after a brief illness. He was 80.
William (Bill) Gerald Kendrick of Delta passed away peacefully at home the 23rd of August at 88 years of age. He was born Dec. 1, 1929, in Denver and grew up in the small town of Palmer Lake, Colo.
Thursday, Aug. 23, proved an eventful night in the small town of Hotchkiss. Around 9:30 p.m. local emergency services received a call reporting the "strong odor of [natural] gas" at the Hotchkiss Inn.
As Delta County enters the final phase of updating its multi-jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, county Emergency Management Manager Jeffrey Wright wants citizens to consider what they'd do if a disaster strikes.
"I'm talking about things that keep you up at night," like fire, flood, power outages, and even drought, said Wright during last Saturday's Disaster Preparedness Fair held at the Paonia Library.
When Alice Marie Slaven talks about quilting her passion and humor are contagious. Whether you quilt or not, you will find yourself imagining aisles of colorful textiles, laughing quilters sharing jokes and ideas, and babies and newlyweds wrapped in beautiful quilts.
The Paonia Board of Trustees will consider the appointment a new trustee after receiving a letter of resignation from trustee Barry Pennell last week. The decision comes after Pennell and his wife purchased "our dream home just outside of town limits..." wrote Pennell in an email.
On the weekend of June 16-17, local musician David Starr took the stage at the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center alongside performers Shelly Rae Korntved, Erik Stucky and Ben Harris. Those sold-out inaugural concerts marked the christening of the fledgling arts center and follow-on performances by an array of talented artists signaled the center's coming-of-age.
Cedaredge United Methodist Church invites children and their families and friends to take a Sacred Hike on the Grand Mesa Saturday, Sept. 1. Participants in the church's second Just Kids/Just Kids Plus event will think about and experience God's creation as recorded in Genesis as they stroll the gentle Mesa Top Trail.
After one work session on Aug. 16, it's early in the budget process and some figures presented by staff to the town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees will need to be revised. The preliminary expenditures requested by town departments exceed preliminary projected revenues by nearly $1.2 million.
"How do we live with dementia?" is the first question Joe Agne, pastor of Cedaredge United Methodist Church, will address in a fall preaching series that will pair questions asked by members of the congregation and the parables of Jesus. The series begins on Sunday, Sept. 2.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce and Adaptive Internet have established a partnership to bring free wi-fi to local businesses. Beginning Sept. 1, local customers can check their email, surf the web and utilize social media while eating and shopping in Cedaredge.
At the Aug. 21 meeting for the Orchard City drought task force, the agenda was to narrow down criteria for normal conditions in the previously established set of drought condition categories. These categories cover current springs and winter supply flow and demand, reservoir carry over, and moisture equivalencies.
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