At a special meeting Oct. 16 and through mail-in ballots, the Delta-Montrose Electric Association membership voted 2,677-1,248 to approve amended and restated Articles of Incorporation, giving the co-op the authority to operate under Article 56 of the Colorado Cooperative Act. In doing so, Jasen Bronec, CEO, said the membership has positioned DMEA for its next 80 years and has helped ensure that the cooperative remain competitive, reliable, and cost-effective.
The City of Delta is the recipient of a Blueprint 2.0 award to determine how to better market the city. While the community explores ways to transform Delta into a destination, Atlasta Solar says one tool might be an electric vehicle (EV) charging station.
Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a full-time executive director, Kaitlyn Jones, 2012 alumni of Hotchkiss High School and a 2015 graduate of West Texas A&M University.
"We are delighted that the foundation will have a full-time executive director for the first time in a number of years," stated board president Thelma Starner.
Just after midnight on Oct. 16, officers from the Delta Police Department arrested Nathaniel Michael Hammond, 24, of Montrose. He was jailed after officers found approximately 74.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine and items relating to the distribution of drugs in his possession.
Hilltop's Latimer House in Montrose is holding an open house on Thursday, Oct. 25. The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at 540 South 1st Street, Montrose.
A break-in was reported at a camper trailer parked at a storage facility on 1600 Road.
An Orchard City resident reported that someone had gone through his vehicle sometime during the night. Nothing of value was reported missing.
Lisa Isaacson has joined the staff of Alpine Bank Wealth Management as vice president and client executive. She serves clients in Montrose, Ridgway, Ouray and Delta.
During 2017 Colorado reported 680 cases of pertussis. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a very contagious illness, passed to others by respiratory droplets (usually through coughing).
Phaelen French, a 2008 graduate of Delta High School and a captain in the U.S. Air Force, participated in the 46th World Military Modern Pentathlon Championship in Hungary Sept. 24-30. The event was hosted by the Hungarian Defence Forces.
County commissioners Doug Atchley, Don Suppes and Mark Roeber met with members of the Delta County Planning Commission Oct. 17 at the Maloney House in Hotchkiss in preparation for the land use code update and restructuring of the planning commission.
County planning commission members are: from District 1, Angela Mackey, vice chair, Steve Schrock and Steve Shea; from District 2, Layne Brones, Tate Locke, Lucinda Stanley; from District 3, Tony Prendergast, Kim Shay, Bob Stechert, chair.
A recent news article has raised questions about Matt Soper's residency, but the questions do not appear to affect his eligibility to run for state representative from District 54.
Soper responded to those questions via a short email to the DCI: "Typical October surprise.
Jessica Carlson from Technical College of the Rockies requested funding from Delta County Commissioners at their Oct. 15 meeting for the college's Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.
The scholarships are needed for area high school students who take classes at TCR to equip the student to achieve certification for employment, or for students who are taking college classes to enter college with credits toward their degree.
On Monday, Oct. 22, a voter service and polling center opened in the Delta County Courthouse, where residents can vote in person, drop off a ballot and register to vote. The center will be open through Election Day.
Delta County and its residents should be 100 percent opposed to Amendment 74. This proposed amendment to the Colorado Constitution is a direct attack on local control and self-governance masquerading as protections for private property.
This November, citizens of Delta are being asked by our city council to vote on four ballot measures to allow the presence of commercial marijuana shops and growing facilities in the City of Delta to boost the local economy.
There is no doubt that medical marijuana does have some effect on controlling seizures and pain if it is initiated through a medical professional.
Re: Oct. 10 letter from Steve Smith in Paonia, "Are you also guilty of a crime?"
Being British, I assumed it was illegal to feed deer because it is unsportsmanlike to lure game to their deaths.
The Delta County Independent ran an article about Olen Lund's bid for Senate District 5. Lund stated he was chairman of the Painted Sky Resource Conservation and Development Council (PS) and he built a farmers', environmentalists', ranchers' and recreationalists' consensus to modify the Hartland Dam on the Gunnison River to facilitate passage of endangered fish and recreations boaters along the river.
There are many amendments and propositions on this year's ballot - 107 pages in the Blue Book. It is much to digest.
Accesses to critical, timely, emergency health care service in the North Fork Valley is threatened. The current funding model of the NFA is not sustainable.
Delta County Ambulance District No. 1 supports a property tax increase to adequately fund the North Fork Ambulance nonprofit subscription service to create a second tax based district in Delta and adjoining counties. We encourage the residents of the Crawford, Paonia, Hotchkiss and Somerset to pass this ballot measure for the safety and well-being of their community.
As president of the Hotchkiss Fire Board I get to see how public funding is important to maintain a group of first responders. The North Fork Ambulance is the only ambulance service in the North Fork Valley.
By now we have received our election ballots and are making our decisions on which candidates to support. I urge you to support Olen Lund in Senate District 5 as the candidate who will represent us, the citizens of the forgotten Western Slope, as our voice in Denver.
The 2018 3A WSL softball awards were released recently. Cedaredge and Delta had exciting seasons in 2018 and coaches from around the league selected the top players for this past season.
It's the time of the year when volleyball teams on the bubble need to find that winning combination to secure a post-season playoff berth. The top 32 are the teams that generally make the playoff pairings and Delta's Panthers are resting in 25th place in Class 3A volleyball rankings.
It certainly wasn't pretty in Craig for Delta High School's football team in the first half last Friday. Moffat County's Bulldogs had the momentum and execution to keep Delta's visiting Panthers on the ugly side of a 20-7 score at halftime.
Delta High School's soccer team played three games in the span of four days and claimed wins in all three. The Panthers played at home against Coal Ridge on Tuesday the 16th, again at home on the 18th versus Basalt, and finally, the very next day, the 19th, away to Moffat County.
Forty-one to zero. Paonia has won three conference football games and one non-conference game this fall by a score of 41-0.
In its final home game of the season, the Hotchkiss volleyball team played to a 3-0 non-conference loss against Cedaredge. The Bulldogs had momentum early in the games, but the tenacious 16-2 Bruins easily swept the match, 25-16, 25-15, 25-10.
Karlie Egging will represent Hotchkiss High School this Saturday at the Class 2A State Cross Country Championships at Colorado Springs after finishing ninth at the 2A Region 4 meet in Delta Friday.
Egging's time of 21 minutes, 3.21 seconds was also her best time of the 2018 cross country season for the Bulldogs team.
After closing the conference season with two wins, Paonia is third in team standings heading into the 2A Western Slope League volleyball tournament, which opens Friday at Meeker.
Paonia edged out the Tigers Friday at Hayden for a 3-1, 27-25, 25-27, 25-17, 25-23 win.
Delta County Women's Connection invites women of all ages to share in a girls' night out complete with catered dinner, free child care, an activity, door prizes, a guest speaker, and live entertainment.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, DCWC presents "Twice Loved Clothing," a thrift store fashion show and presentation.
Little hoopsters, lace up your high tops and dribble on down to Bill Heddles Recreation Center to register for another season of Little League basketball. This program is for boys and girls in grades 3-6.
It's time for the City of Delta's adult flag football Turkey Bowl Classic, to be held Saturday, Nov. 17. The team fee is $75 which includes a two-game guarantee.
The Cedaredge United Methodist Church located at 3rd and Aspen, is hosting a fall festival and craft fair in its fellowship hall on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The craft show opens at 9 a.m. along with breakfast of biscuits and gravy or all-you-can-eat pancakes.
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.
Brian and Lindsey Balderston are the parents of a daughter, Carley Kaye, born at St. Mary's Hospital on Oct. 1, 2018.
At the American Legion District 11 Fall Conference hosted by American Legion Post 190 in Crawford on Sunday, Oct. 21, the ladies of the newly formed Harry A. White Ladies Auxiliary 65 of Delta received their official charter and list of charter members. Members of each American Legion post and auxiliary in District 11 were present to witness the charter awarded by American Legion Ladies Auxiliary President Laurie Kuntz.
The family of Lee Martinson is hosting an open house in celebration of his 80th birthday Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church.
Martinson, a registered pharmacist, moved from Iowa to Delta in 1981, when he bought Comet Drug Store from Bill Heddles and Don Cooper.
As part of its ongoing commitment to the communities it serves, CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is accepting applications for the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation's Teachers and Technology grant program. With education at the forefront of the foundation's focus, the program is designed to help teachers bring technology into their respective classrooms to increase student achievement.
The deadline is Nov. 15 to apply for the 2019 Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship.
Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
Arthur C. Glaser of Cedaredge, age 89, passed away peacefully on Oct. 21, 2018. He was born April 18, 1929, in Bellevue, Pa., to Arthur Jacob and Elizabeth Mary Muchow Glaser.
Helen Barton of Cedaredge died Oct. 14, 2018, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 86 years old.
Ira Chamberlain Edwards passed away at his home in Cedaredge on Oct. 7, 2018, at the age of 101. He was born in Emmiton, Kan., to Eber and Leta (Chamberlain) Edwards on March 13, 1917.
Delta resident Jacquelyn Dee Manguso died Oct. 14, 2018, at Willow Tree Care Center from progressive supranuclear palsy. She was 76.
Lifetime Delta resident Stephen G. Saruwatari died Sept. 25, 2018, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 62.
When it comes to the popular beverage known as hard cider, Big B's put the North Fork Valley on the map.
Big B's has been making hard ciders for more than a decade.
Conservation groups are calling for a halt to unauthorized fracking-exploration activities in North Fork Valley to protect public health, safety and the environment until federal officials complete a full environmental review and two counties approve the operation.
Elk hunters recently alerted conservation groups that survey crews had begun working on Gunnison Energy's plans for dynamite-based seismic exploration across 28,000 acres of public land in Delta and Gunnison counties, north of Paonia.
The Hotchkiss FFA Chapter was recently selected to compete for national recognition in a career development event at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 24-27.
Members will vie for national honors in agricultural technology and mechanical systems area. Caterpillar Inc. and Firestone Agricultural Solutions sponsor the event.
A draft of the 2019 budget is in the hands of Hotchkiss trustees, who will review the numbers individually, then meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, for a work session.
They will also review revisions to the mobile home regulations at that work session.
The Town of Paonia expects to see more tax revenue when a new state tax rule goes into effect this December.
According to a Sept. 26 letter from the Colorado Department of Revenue, effective Dec. 1, a new state rule will take effect that allows collection of sales tax on taxable goods delivered to a Colorado address outside of retailers' jurisdictions (see the Sept. 20 DCI, "Colorado to require online retailers to collect sales tax").
Following several work sessions beginning on Aug. 28, the Town of Paonia is looking at passing a balanced budget of just over $3 million.
The draft budget estimates total revenues for 2019 of $3,037,022 and total expenses of $3,076,071.
The Western Slope Conservation Center is accepting applications for a full-time executive director. Founded in 1977, the Paonia-based grassroots environmental organization is focused on watershed stewardship, public lands advocacy, and environmental education.
As autumn colors begin to illuminate the Surface Creek area, the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) has scheduled a full slate of activities.
Next up is a High Altitude Cabaret featuring a variety of music and dance.
During an Oct. 18 regular meeting the Cedaredge Board of Trustees approved a variety of measures.
In an action closely anticipated by town residents, the trustees approved a resolution rescinding the special drought rates that have been charged to town water users as well as the watering restrictions imposed over the past few months.
A Little Help of Delta County will sponsor its "Service Saturday" event on Oct. 27. The immediate goal of the Saturday morning event is to help local senior citizens with home and yard tasks.
Cedaredge residents passing by the Pioneer Town parking lot last Thursday may have noticed the presence of several law enforcement vehicles with lights flashing. On the afternoon of Oct. 19, the Cedaredge Police Department posted the following explanation on its Facebook page:
Orchard City's water committee meeting on Oct. 10 was short, with not many agenda items.
After discussing progress on some unfinished projects, the committee reviewed the water audit. Last month system input read 17.5 million gallons.
Families looking for alternatives to traditional after dark trick-or-treating will have plenty of choices this year.
As Cedaredge Elementary School students are dismissed on the afternoon of Oct. 31, students and parents can begin their Halloween adventures by visiting a "Trunk or Treat" event and by taking part in the town's "Trick-or-Treat Trail."
The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a public hearing and a busy regular session on Oct. 18. The public hearing was held to consider a special events liquor permit requested by the Surface Creek Animal Shelter for a fundraising concert scheduled for Nov. 9.
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