With the Nov. 6 general election around the corner, here's a handy guide to some of the most common questions the Colorado secretary of state's office is fielding:
Amendment 73 is on the ballot, calling for a tiered increase of state income taxes for the wealthiest Coloradans to fund K-12 education. Specifically, the increase would move from a 4.63 flat income tax, upward incrementally, for those individuals making $150,000 or more annually.
County clerks in Colorado began mailing ballots on Monday, Oct. 15. With the exception of Orchard City and Cedaredge, most active registered voters in Delta County will be receiving a two-page ballot for the 2018 General Election.
Kat Fitzpatrick, executive director of The Nature Connection, gave an update concerning summer programs of Nature Connection to Commissioners Doug Atchley, Don Suppes and Mark Roeber at their Oct. 15 meeting.
The Nature Connection received a GOCO Inspire grant award to implement "place, program and pathway" developments in Delta County and Olathe.
At the recommendation of the Colorado Municipal League, Delta City Council unanimously adopted a resolution opposing Amendment 74, Just Compensation for Reduction in Fair Market Value by Government Law or Regulation.
According to CML, the ballot measure was drafted by out-of-state corporate interests and could have potentially disastrous consequences for municipalities.
On Oct. 4 the group "Half Penny for Parks and Recreation" held an informational session on City of Delta ballot measure 2B. Three city staff were also available for questions.
Delta County has received a gold designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar.
The initial bronze designation in 2017 was an effort led by AmeriCorps VISTAs at Solar Energy International, and recognized Delta County for taking measurable steps to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development.
The county commissioners are seeking a GOCO grant for trail planning, engineering and permitting for several related projects to improve trail access and connectivity to Dominguez-Escalante.
The first project identified is to establish a route between the Confluence Park and the Escalante State Wildlife Area.
"It is remarkable to look back over the past decade and see how far Delta County Memorial Hospital has come in a rapidly changing and challenging health care environment," Jason Cleckler, CEO, says.
"The hospital has grown to be a system that is focused on improving access, quality of care, reducing cost of care, and treating the whole person."
Perhaps you've heard it said, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown, and in his own household."
The November ballot will contain a question from Delta County Fire Protection District #1, which covers the Delta area, seeking its first mill levy increase since the fire district was organized in 1944.
The mill levy is currently 3.17 mills, reduced from the original 5.0 mills as a result of "ratcheting down" provisions in the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR).
Meeting spaces. Consumer Reports. Digital projectors. 24-hour high-speed wireless internet. Online continuing education courses. Grant writing support. Computer classes. Copy and fax machines. All of these resources and more are available through the libraries.
The City of Delta's annual fall cleanup campaign begins Monday, Oct. 22. Residents are advised to have their items out by 7 a.m. Monday to avoid being missed -- city crews will systematically visit each neighborhood just once.
Colorado voters receive "blue books" before an election, highlighting ballot measures and judges on the ballot. This year, however, there have been a couple of problems.
An officer red tagged an abandoned vehicle on Clark Street.
Officers took a theft report from a residence in the 500 block E. 10th Street. The missing property was returned later in the day.
On Oct. 12, eight Delta residents were arrested in connection with an illegal marijuana cultivation and processing facility within the City of Delta. The ensuing investigation led investigators to believe the marijuana was being cultivated and processed for the purpose of illegal distribution in Miami, Fla.
After lengthy hearings on Oct. 2, the Delta City Council granted 3.2 off premises beer licenses to the two Alta convenience stores in Delta and held off on a final decision on a third application from Stinker's.
Separate hearings were held for the Alta stores at 1430 Highway 50 and 1520 Howard Street.
Voters in the City of Delta will be asked to consider seven local measures on the November ballot.
Referred Issue 2B seeks a half-cent sales tax increase to be used for parks, golf and recreation.
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee last week released a press release highlighting the urgent need for mental health services for individuals who are a serious threat to our communities.
After sharing his frustration with the lack of options available to a mentally ill inmate, he says he received a positive response from the state Office of Behavioral Health.
The November ballot contains the names of five candidates who have no opposition for county offices. All five candidates are Republicans, and all but one is an incumbent.
Veterans from Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3571 and Harry A. White American Legion Post joined with their auxiliary members to demonstrate and explain the way that damaged, faded, and otherwise unserviceable flags are honorably retired by veterans organizations. The veterans demonstrated the proper way of folding the flag, and helped the scouts practice this technique.
For somebody who doesn't own property within city limits and cannot vote in city elections, Scott Schaible certainly seems to know a lot about "the will of the people" in City of Delta.
Schaible continues to ignore the will of the people in his own special way.
Recently I received my 20th full color campaign flyer from the campaign for Olen Lund for Senate District 5. As I leafed through my sizable collection of Lund material, I also noted that nine of the 20 were negative attack ads aimed at Olen's opponent, Kerry Donovan.
So, Tipton sends out a terrifying flier, "Diane Bush is a socialist!" Seriously? We have years of Diane's work in the state legislature to see she is no socialist.
People who compare alcohol to marijuana are usually the same people who are attempting to minimize the dangers to our children as to its use. These are the same people who want to legalize a self serving agenda either to gain income from it or self indulge themselves with it.
I've been a farmer in Colorado for more than a decade and am proud of the business my team and I have built. Every year, we grow between two and three acres of vegetables to sell locally in the North Fork area.
Right now the people of the North Fork have the opportunity to fund their ambulance service with a property tax. Is this system fair?
This past spring our community went through a Master Plan process, hosting multiple meetings in each community. I was fortunate to attend the majority of these meetings representing the Delta County Livestock Association.
Delta City Council members are trumpeting a familiar cacophony. They're begging a tax increase for familiar reasons, using similar justification and the same old rationalization.
After suffering five straight losses in games played in consecutive weeks, Cedaredge High School's football team broke through to the win column again with a 30-18 1A WSL victory in Parachute over Grand Valley's Cardinals.
Both teams contributed points through the air and on the ground with the Bruins winning the total yardage battle by a mere three yards, 359-356.
Terry Montoya and his Cedaredge Bruins lost their bid to advance to this year's Class 3A state softball tournament with an 8-0 loss to No. 12 Fort Lupton (14-8) in last weekend's Region 5 qualifying tournament in Arvada.
Faith Christian came into last week's regional play with an 18-5 record as the number five seed. The Bruins (9-13) were seeded 21st.
Cedaredge High School split a pair of volleyball matches this past week with a win in Carbondale over the Roaring Fork Rams and a 3-0 loss at home to Coal Ridge.
The loss to Coal Ridge has the Titans on top of the 3A WSL standings at 8-0 in league play and 12-5 overall.
Hotchkiss High School has had its difficulties getting its volleyball program back on track this season and last week's three-set loss to 2A/1A WSL second-place Vail Mountain dealt another blow to the Bulldogs' season.
The Gore Rangers are currently sitting in second place in 2A WSL standings at 11-1 in league play and 15-3 overall.
Delta's Panthers redeemed themselves, to a large degree, in last week's football game in Basalt. The ugliness of a torrential rain a week ago against Rifle was absent last Friday in Basalt.
Delta High School soccer traveled to Vail Mountain on Oct. 9 to face the Gore Rangers. Luck wasn't with the Panthers this time, however, as they fell in defeat to Vail 1-0.
Delta's Panthers played just one volleyball match this past week and posted a 3-1 decision after visiting Basalt on Monday, Oct. 8.
Delta won the first two sets 25-11 and 25-8 before losing set three 25-23.
The Delta High School Panthers' softball team added another chapter to its 2018 season with a 3-2 win over Montezuma-Cortez last Saturday. Delta won the 3A WSL title with a 19-2 overall record and finished 11-0 in league play. Not only did the Panthers win a league title, again, they finished second in Class 3A in RPI standings to mark the first time a Delta softball team has been ranked in the top five for that category.
The 3A WSL softball league sent four teams into regional competition this past weekend. Only Delta achieved a chance to host.
Delta and Olathe will compete Friday at the 3A Region 1 cross country meet in Aspen. The course is located at an elevation of 7,901 feet.
Friday night Oct. 12 at Olathe High School was the soggy scene for varsity football. The Pirates contest against the Hotchkiss Bulldogs was highlighted by an extremely saturated field.
With district tournaments less than two weeks away, the Eagles volleyball team is now 6-4 following last week's losses to the top two teams in the 2A/1A Western Slope League.
With two games remaining, Paonia is now focusing on holding on to its No. 3 spot in league standings.
With the top 15 finishers at this Friday's 2A Region 4 cross country meet advancing to the state championship meet on Oct. 27, Karlie Egging and Tevin Keller each have a strong chance of making the cut.
One of two Hotchkiss runners from Cedaredge, Keller has consistently improved on his times throughout the season.
North Fork Montessori at Crawford is sponsoring a family-friendly Color Run 2k/5k run-walk on Saturday, Nov. 3.
More than 6 million people in over 35 countries have experienced a Color Run.
The Paonia girls cross country team is favored to win the 2A Region 4 title this Friday at Confluence Park in Delta; the boys team is in a close race with Ouray for the regional title.
"For the girls to win it, it's going to come down to the third runner," said head coach Brandy Sparks.
Brandon and Emily Brown of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Emerson Jo Brown, born Oct. 7, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 inches in length.
Mary Jo St. Jean received the Beacon Volunteer of the Year 2018 award at the BeaconFest held in Montrose on Sept. 20.
The Beacon Senior newspaper accepted nominations for the award from the Delta, Montrose, and Grand Junction areas.
In just 10 days in August, 167,000 people cast 4.5 million votes in support of their favorite causes. As a result, 40 communities, in 19 states, including Delta, will be getting an assist from State Farm.
Arnold L. Michaud, 67, passed away in his home on Oct. 11, 2018.
He was born Oct. 10, 1951, to Arthur and Joan Michaud of Caribou, Maine.
Delta resident Charlotte A. Kier died Oct. 12, 2018, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 76.
Longtime Cedaredge resident Esther Barrett died Oct. 14, 2018, at her home. She was 95.
Helen Barton of Cedaredge died Oct. 14, 2018, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 86.
Kenneth Lee Donathan, known as "Buck," passed away on Oct. 12, 2018, at the age of 83. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Delta Christian Church, with Pastor James Jesser officiating.
Larry Barksdale, 81, loving husband and dad, grandpa, uncle and dear friend to many in the Cedaredge area recently lost his two-year battle with Mesothelioma. He passed away on Sept. 26th with Becky, his wife of 61 years, at his side.
Cedaredge resident Orville Elias Williams died Oct. 8, 2018, in Grand Junction. He was 96.
Roxie Dee Fillipi was born on Jan. 7, 1936, to Archie Lee and Dorothy Elizabeth McGuire Lind in Seattle, Wash., and passed from this life peacefully on Oct. 8, 2018, at her home in Austin.
On Dec. 26, 1956, Roxie was married to Carroll D. Fillipi at Columbus, Neb.
North Fork Ambulance officials want voters to know their two ballot initiatives are the last two questions on a very long ballot this year. "We have two ballot measures this year, 7E & 7F," says Kathy Steckel, executive director with North Fork Ambulance.
Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes have submitted their assessment concerning wilderness in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.
The commissioners noted that Delta County currently encompasses wilderness and wilderness study areas.
If it hadn't been for the salts in the soils beneath his farm near Hotchkiss, Tom Kay (TK) likely would not have been able to fully irrigate his corn field this past summer. Because he has salty soils, TK was able to get government assistance to replace an old flood irrigation system with a center-pivot sprinkler system several years ago.
The Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce invites nominations for Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Nonprofit of the Year.
"It is again time to recognize those businesses, individuals and nonprofits in our community that really shine," said chamber president Nathan Sponseller.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests is accepting public comment on the Iron Point 3D Seismic Project.
Gunnison Energy LLC (GELLC) has proposed conducting a 3-D seismic survey on approximately 28,000 acres of public lands north of Paonia in Delta and Gunnison counties to determine if there is oil and gas development potential, identify locations for exploratory drilling and locate subsurface features that could impede development of existing oil and gas leases.
Paonia residents interested in serving on the Paonia Town Board of Trustees have until Nov. 1 to submit a letter of interest. Qualified applicants must be 18 or older, a registered voter, and have lived within town limits for the past 12 consecutive months.
Paonia trustees recently approved three grant applications for the town, two related to parks and recreation, and a third related to marijuana enforcement.
A $45,000 Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Local Park and Outdoor grant would go toward "substantial improvements" to Poulos Park.
The Paonia board of trustees unanimously approved a resolution opposing an amendment to the Colorado Constitution that voters will be asked to consider in the Nov. 6 ballot.
The resolution states that Amendment 74, "Compensation to Owners for Decreased Property Value Due to State Regulation Initiative," or the "Just Compensation" initiative, would "drastically limit state and local government services at a high cost to taxpayers."
With snow dusting the tops of the mountains, thoughts are turning to the holidays in Crawford. The Pioneer Days Committee has big plans for this year's Parade of Lights and Crawford's Festival of Trees and invites everyone to begin preparing.
The North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District and the Crawford Water Conservancy District are seeking a property tax increase on the November ballot.
Special districts throughout the state have seen revenues drop with a decline in residential property assessments triggered by the Gallagher Amendment.
After three years of carefully considering options, the North Fork Ambulance (NFA) has determined that the path to sustainability lies in the creation of a special district.
The November ballot contains a question asking voters to approve the creation of the North Fork Ambulance Service District.
The 2019 budget is continuing to take shape. The current draft budget is balanced and all funds are projected to carry a cash balance forward on Dec. 31, 2019.
Surface Creek Community Services announces the addition of family-friendly hours for the food pantry. To accommodate working families, the food pantry will be open Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Rain or shine, kids and adults agree it's a great overhaul.
It was a bright autumn day earlier this month, when a crowd of adults and children gathered for a ceremony to officially open the newly designed playground for Cedaredge's Little Sprouts Community Preschool.
The Orchard City board of trustees held a regular meeting Oct. 10. While approving the September minutes, disbursements and financial statement, trustee Mel Cook asked if the town had invested yet in COLOTRUST. This would be evident on this month's statements.
Matt Sheader from Cedaredge's Old Slaughterhouse music and entertainment venue has announced the winners of this year's Applefest competitions. The venue sponsored a "Coolest Ride" contest and a "Pin-Up Girl" competition.
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