All fire restrictions have been lifted in Delta, Mesa and Montrose counties, as well as national forests and BLM lands.
Harry A. White American Legion Post 65 in Delta is searching for children of disabled or fallen post-9/11 veterans. These children may qualify for the American Legion Legacy scholarships for up to $20,000 to be used for undergraduate or post graduate college education.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center will be closed Friday, Sept. 7, for maintenance. The entire facility will re-open Saturday with normal operating hours.
The Delta City Council is backing off a 0.5 percent sales tax increase to be dedicated to public safety, but continues to weigh whether to ask voters for a tax increase for parks, recreation and golf. The city council is also trying to determine the best time to pose questions about the cultivation and retail sale of marijuana.
On Aug. 30, county administrator Robbie LeValley met with department directors to begin the process of formulating the county's 2019 budget. The county commissioners were also in attendance.
In May of this year Delta County Child Support Services joined with 10 other Colorado counties in a pilot program called 2GenTransformation Project, part of a research study underway at University of Denver.
The Colorado Office of Economic Security, Division of Child Support Services, describes the pilot program as "enhancing the lives of families by providing connections to services and support that benefit all members of the family."
On your phone ... at your computer ... through the mail ... predators look for every opportunity to trick you into giving up your money or personal information.
Delta Police Officer Nick Buffington recently identified the scams most frequently reported by Delta citizens.
According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the regulatory agency for the cultivation of industrial hemp, nearly 1,200 acres have been registered for the growth of hemp in Delta County. An additional 104,282 square feet of indoor space is registered for hemp.
A Crawford resident reported a neighbor's pit bull came over the fence to attack her dog.
An investigation was opened into an alleged case of financial exploitation involving an 88-year-old Cedaredge man.
Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3571, its auxiliary, Harry A. White American Legion Post 65, its ladies auxiliary, and the Delta Library are working together again to help provide deployed active duty military men and women with "goodie boxes" from home.
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee has been invited to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, to meet with White House officials on illegal immigration matters, and to urge Congress to act on pending legislation to increase border security.
Sheriff McKee will join almost 50 other sheriffs from across the country as a united group of elected law enforcement officers at a media event on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning.
The Delta County oil and gas working group was formed as an outgrowth of revision of the Master Plan. A working group for concentrated animal feed operation was created at the same time.
The age old adage "it takes a village to raise a child" is demonstrated clearly in Delta when an investment of six weeks over a summer, nets each child participating in a six-week speech camp from six to 12 month advances in their cognitive skills and language skills.
Delta County Undersheriff Mark Taylor will represent first responders from Delta County at the Broncos' season opening game Sunday, Sept. 9.
Online and phone scams seem to be everywhere. They've appeared in platforms such as Facebook Messenger and Airbnb, and even take the shape of phony tech support.
Last week, administrator Robbie LeValley kicked off the county's 2019 budget process with a fact-sheet and slide presentation to commissioners and department heads. To some of the points made during the presentation: Administrator LeValley began the discussion with an overview of the current economic climate and included a few historical numbers.
Hats off to Delta's first responders -- dispatchers, police officers and EMTs. Their quick response to an emergency situation very early Wednesday, Aug. 22, displayed very caring and professional actions that are much appreciated.
Delta residents will likely vote on legalizing the sale, cultivation, and production of marijuana within city limits. And the prohibitionists are going to do their best to scare you into voting against it.
Mike Mason's letter (DCI 8/29) about climate change was more than a little disturbing because this is a man who aspires to represent 80,000 Colorado citizens in the state legislature. It's one thing to muse wistfully on one's fanciful ideology while aging gracefully on one's 300-acre ranch, but the rest of us need to deal with facts and reality.
September looks to be a month when energy and climate change due to human-caused global warming is on a lot of minds locally. Here in the North Fork there are multiple events coming up dealing with climate change, energy transition updates and modernization, and concern about natural gas development in our area.
Nathan Clay, Kevin Carlson and Chris Ryan want to put marijuana on the November ballot in order to generate revenue by legalizing it within "OUR" city limits.
Asinine was the word councilman Kevin Carlson used in response or should I say reaction to a question posed by Orval Proctor in an open forum discussion at town hall on Aug. 28.
The Cedaredge Bruins' softball team bounced back from losses to Montrose and Palisade a couple of weeks ago to score a 16-4 decision over Gunnison's Cowboys at the Field of Dreams in Orchard City.
The Bruins countered each of Gunnison's scores with at least one run of their own each time.
Six varsity and three middle school teams braved the adobe hills of Devil's Thumb for last Friday's Devil's Thumb Hill Climb. The meticulous course is a serious test for the most avid runner.
After beginning the season with a disappointing loss to Montrose Aug. 23, Delta's Panthers kicked off this past week with a 3-1 win over visiting Grand Junction Central. The wins kept coming over the weekend in Gunnison with a three-game tournament schedule.
That the lights at Dan Lawrence Field went out with three minutes remaining in the first half could be a metaphor for the outcome of Paonia's season-opening football game. When the field went dark, the visiting Centauri Falcons held a six point lead and had possession of the ball at midfield.
The only prep cross country race run in the North Fork Valley is on Saturday, Sept. 8. Races start at 9 a.m. with the middle school girls' division, followed at 9:30 a.m. by the middle school boys.
At Saturday's Fall Classic tournament at Rangley High School, the Bulldogs volleyball team defeated 4A Rifle, 22-25, 26-24, 15-8.
Against 2A Telluride (4-3, San Juan Basin League), Hotchkiss was defeated, 2-0 (25-15, 25-17).
A pair of diamond wins in non-conference play has Delta High School showing a 4-2 mark overall in 2018. The Panthers munched Montrose 12-0 to begin play last week on Aug. 28.
DHS' varsity soccer men had a busy week with two games in four days as they faced Montrose on the 28th and Summit County on the 31st. Both games went down as strong wins for the Panthers against tough opposition, making the Panthers' record for the season 3-0.
The Paonia Eagles opened the volleyball season with conference wins over Caprock Academy and Vail Christian.
Taralee Mautz had one error in 19 serve receives in the Eagles' 3-1, 25-15, 25-16, 16-25, 25-19 win at Caprock Academy.
Paonia was among 31 teams competing at the annual Battle Mountain Husky Invitational cross country meet at Avon. The meet attracts mostly Class 4A and 3A teams.
The Kids' Pasta Project will be serving up a dinner to benefit Arts For All on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at Delicious Orchards, 39126 Highway 133, Paonia.
Join the Montrose Community Band on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion for a free concert entitled Fiesta Musica.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center is hosting an American Red Cross community CPR/AED and first aid class Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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 Blue Sage Family Matinee Series is pleased to present the kickoff event with pianist Kara Huber on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m.
Hailed as "absolutely dazzling ... in a word, flawless" by the New York Concert Review, Grammy-nominated pianist Kara Huber performs an exciting program featuring songs, preludes and the iconic Rhapsody in Blue by America's own George Gershwin.
Tyler Hardin and Amber Simineo of Hotchkiss are the parents of a son, Hendrix Shane Hardin, born Aug. 30, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Toastmasters International, the world leader in developing communication and leadership skills, has launched the Pathways learning experience. The launch marks the first complete redesign of Toastmasters' education program since the organization was founded in 1924.
The school supplies of today look quite different from what they did 20 years ago. Technology has transformed the academic world in pre-schools and universities alike, and it comes at a very high cost.
For the second summer in a row, Colorado Canyon Association partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to help educate local teachers on the value of our shared public lands and their use as a classroom for their students in the coming school year.
Delta resident Agnes Standing died at her home Sept. 1, 2018. She was 88.
Blanche Marie Baker Mihelich died Aug. 11, 2018, in Brush. She was 87.
Charles Earl Bryant died Aug. 23, 2018, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan. He was 59.
Edwin "Ed" Marston, a physicist turned environmental journalist and political organizer, died Aug. 31, 2018, in Grand Junction, of complications of West Nile disease. He was 78.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. at Delicious Orchards, one mile from the Paonia exit on Highway 133.
Eugene William Caresia of Delta died at his home Sept. 2, 2018. He was 92.
June Irene Morrison died Aug. 26, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 89.
Mary Louise Rule Read died Aug. 24, 2018, while under the care of Lumina Hospice. She was 91.
Mark your calendar to be in Paonia Sept. 27-30 for the 18th annual Mountain Harvest Festival. This is our time to celebrate every local harvest that blesses our town and the river valley beyond.
The Crawford Town Council spent a lot of time considering best practices for municipal fiscal sustainability during its August work session.
Early this year the town agreed to participate in a three-year program through the Department of Local Affairs to improve fiscal stability through the implementation of "best practices" for budget and policy development.
A team from Iron Horse and Cattle in Hotchkiss is among 16 teams that have qualified to compete for both team and individual honors at the Mountain States Ranch Rodeo Finals. The finals will be held Sept. 7-8 at the Montrose County Event Center in Montrose.
Kaiya Firor of Hotchkiss recently attended the prestigious Women in Engineering (WIE) program at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. More than 120 young women from 12 states were accepted into this highly competitive scholarship program.
"As far as I can remember, it all started in 2016," said Marilyn Tate as she sat in her cozy sunny kitchen surrounded by Colorado state park memorabilia. In June 2016 the Hotchkiss resident was planning to visit her daughter Carol in Buena Vista.
Earl Bennett, age 72, was recently sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge Gordon Gallagher to serve one year of probation and pay $30,000 in restitution for the repair of a road he illegally built on Forest Service land near the Cathedral Peaks Subdivision near Crawford.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is demanding that the Town of Paonia repeal an ordinance it considers un-constitutional.
Paonia was one of 31 towns and cities across the state that received a letter from ACLU Colorado last Tuesday, demanding the repeal of "unconstitutional laws that restrict panhandling."
Extension of the sidewalk ending just west of the Paonia Library on Third Street to the Samuel Wade Bridge is slated for completion this fall.
A citizen's complaint about the narrow road and its abrupt drop-off at the shoulder prompted prioritization of the project, said trustee Bill Bear.
The Paonia Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, to consider comments to the Bureau of Land Management Colorado River Valley Field Office regarding the proposed December oil and gas lease sales.
A newly-constructed single-family house and detached accessory building in Paonia that exceed the maximum allowable roof height under town zoning regulations will be allowed to stand.
Located in the 300 block of Niagara Avenue, the buildings are located on two lots zoned "R-2, Medium-Density Residential."
A memorial service for longtime Paonia resident Ed Marston will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Delicious Orchards, 29126 Highway 133.
Marston, 78, was well known in the North Fork and beyond as an environmental journalist and political organizer.
Members of the Black Canyon Camera Club are being featured at the ImpressionZ Gallery during the month of September. An opening reception is planned Sept. 7, 5 to 7 p.m., during the final First Friday Art Walk of the season.
Because the Cedaredge Police Department does not have a fulltime detective on staff, a death deemed suspicious has been turned over to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
"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 began Sunday, Sept. 2.
Learning geology in a classroom and laboratory is key to understanding and teaching Earth systems, but experiencing geology firsthand in the field is a whole different story. Instead of chalkboards on the horizon, wide-open vistas fill your eyes.
After six weeks discussing drought condition indicators, the Orchard City drought task force is preparing to move to phase two of its plan. This phase will focus on developing guidelines for conserving and reducing water use should a drought be declared.
The last of Cedaredge's First Friday art walks will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 7.
But it only marks the end of the 'outdoor' season.
After record snowfall followed by record drought, Mike and Rose Wenner, owners of Grand Mesa Lodge, are still standing and so is their new building. Their lodge is situated at 10,500 feet in a rustic area adjacent to Island Lake and it was recently reconstructed, virtually from scratch.
The Valley Symphony Association (VSA) kicks off the all-volunteer arts organization's 48th season with two free "Pops in the Park" concerts on Saturday, Sept. 8, in the Cedaredge Town Park and Sunday, Sept. 9, at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose. Performances start at 5 p.m.
Each month a new story appears for the enjoyment of hikers who frequent Cedaredge's Surface Creek trail. Displayed on a series of trail-side placards, the stories begin at the portion of the trail that intersects with SE Independence Avenue and they continue sequentially north toward SE Deer Trail Avenue.
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