At their Oct. 15 meeting, Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Don Suppes and Mark Roeber supported a grant request presented by Elyse Casselberry, county community and economic development director, and Robbie LeValley, county administrator.
The applicant for the Community Development Block Grant is Montrose County for Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties.
The Delta City Council has held a series of work sessions to discuss the city's budget for 2019. Council members have heard presentations from all department heads and city manager David Torgler as they tweak expenditures for the coming year.
On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Don Suppes and Mark Roeber met in work session with representatives from Gunnison Energy in regard to Gunnison Energy's proposed Iron Point Seismic Project.
For the first time in nearly a year, the Delta Police Department is fully staffed.
Officer Jarrod Lang took the oath of office at the Oct. 2 meeting of the Delta City Council.
On Nov. 5, citizens in Montrose and Delta counties will have a better way to watch TV. Elevate Fiber is introducing Elevate TV, a streaming TV solution that works over the same ultra-fast and reliable fiber connection as Elevate internet.
Region 10 is partnering with the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to pilot a new Colorado effort to educate seniors about safely using, storing, and disposing of prescription medication. Sixty-five percent of U.S. seniors use three or more prescription medications, according to AARP.
An invention that's been years in the making earned Delta resident Kelly Cox a spot in a business accelerator known as the ICELab@Western. Cox is hoping the 12-week program will help him take his invention to the next level -- mass production.
As a result of a traffic stop, Justin R. Dawson, 39, of Delta was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), license plates not legible and fictitious license plates.
Officers responded to Maverik where a female was reported to be unconscious.
For the more than 1,100 Delta County residents who purchase their health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado, open enrollment for 2019 begins on Nov. 1. This is the one time all year when customers can change their health insurance coverage, unless they experience a life-changing event.
As part of a community-wide natural hazard risk reduction effort, Delta County, City of Delta, Town of Cedaredge, Town of Hotchkiss, Town of Paonia, Town of Crawford, Town of Orchard City, the School District, and each Fire Protection District are seeking public input on the draft Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County -- Cedaredge Community 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.
Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter opens for its 11th season Thursday, Nov. 1. Last winter, the shelter provided 1,940 bed nights to 120 different individuals with the help of 300-plus volunteers.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Delta Senior Citizens prepares lunch at the Delta Community Center, 427 Meeker Street, beginning at 12 noon. Here is the menu for November:
The Delta County clerk and recorder's office reports strong voter turnout for the Nov. 6 election. As of Tuesday morning, over 6,000 ballots had been cast, including 3,092 by Republicans, 1,688 unaffiliated and 1,278 by Democrats.
As of February of this year, Delta County has a club dedicated to learning about bees. The club, the Delta Beekeepers, was started by Mike Suppes to educate those in the community who have an interest in bees and beekeeping.
I am writing to urge your readers to support Jena Griswold for our state attorney general. Her experience as a voting rights attorney makes her extremely qualified to fulfill her promise to make every voice heard and every vote count.
As a Christian, I am so glad to see local churches involved in community affairs, including elections. As a trained Christian outreach worker, I would respectfully ask to make a few clarifications to last week's letter from local pastors.
There are consequences for who you vote for. Let's take immigration.
It is time to VOTE and I believe it is crucial to vote for those who will move us forward with fresh ideas and motivation. I believe that the Democrat candidates will provide that representation.
This year the voters in our area will be choosing between three candidates for the University of Colorado Board of Regents. There should be no question that incumbent Glen Gallegos should be our choice.
According to a survey conducted by People's Action, a multiracial grassroots coalition, these are the top five issues in 10 swing states:
1. Health care that won't bankrupt you if you get sick.
Who is Mike Mason? I have known Mike over the past 4-5 years.
After a homecooked breakfast and a cup of kombucha, let's talk about Mike.
Mike and Judy Mason were working towards a subdivision on their 300+ acre property near Cedaredge when I met them 11 years ago.
In a DCI article Oct. 3 titled "Kerry Donovan has earned our votes" is a biased misrepresentation against our Republican candidate Olen Lund.
In the article it appears the writer has firsthand knowledge of the role Donovan played in bringing fiber optics to our county.
While I don't live in the City of Delta, I am a resident of Delta County with a deep ongoing interest in our local economy.
According to state law, marijuana is already legal to use within our communities.
Tipton or his dark money or 501c4 is attempting to label Diane Mitsch-Bush a "Socialist." She is not a Socialist or a Social Democrat.
There's something we should all know before we decide who to vote for in the Colorado governor's race. It concerns our Democratic candidate, Jared Polis.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel thought they had a blockbuster story of deceit and fraud in the candidacy of Matt Soper running for the House District 54. Sorry, folks: Matt Soper lives in House District 54, and has for over a year.
I am finally getting my head wrapped around the true intent of Amendment 74. I've had to read it over and over again because it is so cleverly written as to create a false narrative, one which states that rights of property owners trumps the rights of citizens.
One of the things I appreciate about living in a small town in western Colorado is knowing the people with whom I do business. I know who is trustworthy and who does good work.
My name is Carl Toothaker. I am a military veteran of more than 10 years active duty.
We need to empower women running for office in this mid-term election, and encourage younger generations to get involved in the political process. To that end, I support Jena Griswold for secretary of state in this election, and ask people to vote for her.
Amendments Y and Z replace gerrymandering with fair and competitive congressional and legislative districts. Independent commissions draw the boundaries. Currently, the state legislature, or a state legislative commission, draws the maps.
Two teams from the 1A Western Slope League advanced to this year's first-round of the 2018 state football playoffs this week.
At 6-3 overall, Paonia finished second in the 1A WSL and is 11th in state RPI rankings.
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team began its volleyball week with a key match-up against 3A league foe Aspen on Oct. 23. The Skiers (7-2 and 17-6) came into the contest in third place, right behind Cedaredge (8-1 and 19-4).
Going into this year's 3A State Cross Country State Meet, Delta senior John Ames wanted to be a top-20 runner with a decent time. "I don't know ... there's lots of fast runners at this year's meet," chirped Ames during an interview last week.
The last weekend was a busy one for local volleyball teams. Cedaredge leads the way among the local netters and has accomplished an impressive record to date. With a 19-4 overall record and an 8-1 3A WSL slate, the Bruins are a lock for post-season play.
Varsity football action in Cedaredge fired up on Friday, Oct. 26. When the Bruins hosted county rivals, the Paonia Eagles.
The Paonia Eagles went 2-2 to place third at last weekend's 2A Western Slope League volleyball tournament in Meeker.
In their opening game, Carly Horn had 32 assists and Poppy Lightfoot made 13 kills in 19 attacks in the 3-0 win over Vail Christian.
Paonia High School senior Ethan Bartlett, who was ranked fourth heading into the race, capped a stellar season with a fourth-place time of 17 minutes, 1.1 seconds at the 2A Colorado State Cross Country Championships.
The boys team scored 109 points to place ninth out of 19 teams.
The Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club's fourth annual Crab Crack fundraiser, presented by Elevate Fiber, will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion. Tickets are $60 and include all-you-can-eat crab, shrimp, andouille sausage, Olathe sweet corn, potatoes, bread, and dessert.
Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center and Delta County Libraries present "Voices of the Western Slope," a series of entertaining, engaging, and informative presentations on noteworthy topics of the Western Slope.
The first presentation in the quarterly series is "The Ute Indians" with Alma Evans.
Jose and Tristanne Barajas of Cedaredge are the parents of a daughter, Milena Barajas, born Oct. 16, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 12.6 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.
The marching bands from Delta and Cedaredge high schools traveled to Pueblo Monday, Oct. 29, to compete in the state championships sponsored by the Colorado Bandmasters Association.
A recent donation to Paonia Junior-Senior High School will add up to a lot more students obtaining the proficiency in skills needed to get into engineering and other math-heavy fields of study.
The high school will purchase a set of 10 TI-84 graphing calculators Texas Instruments thanks to a donation of $1,500 from the Beta Sigma Phi of Paonia chapter.
Last week, the Food for Thought program was recognized as the only three-time recipient of a State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant in the United States. Such a remarkable accomplishment required a celebration to match, so Vision Charter Academy took the show on the road, starting a kick-off celebration at its Delta campus.
Charlotte E. Thomas died in Glenwood Springs on Oct. 17, 2018, while on an annual quilting retreat. She was 74.
Cedaredge resident David Kissner died Oct. 24, 2018, at HopeWest Hospice in Grand Junction. He was 76.
Former Cedaredge resident Helen Mae Gillum died Oct. 16, 2018, in Stevensville, Mont. She was 84.
Joseph Silva died Oct. 1, 2018, at the age of 44.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road, Grand Junction.
Longtime Delta County resident Hazel Hamilton died Oct. 25, 2018, at her home in Cedaredge. She was 89.
Delta resident Marilyn S. DeCeasar died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, at her home. She was 64.
Cedaredge resident Michael John Menke died Sept. 20, 2018, in Grand Junction from complications of pneumonia.
He was born on Oct. 5, 1942, to Louis and Joan (Carson) Menke in Wray.
Natheal Ballard of Delta, Colo., died Oct. 25, 2018, at the age of 71.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Garnet Mesa Baptist Church in Delta, Colo.
Cortez resident Novella Irene Nicholas died Oct. 22, 2018, at her home. She was 64.
Lifetime North Fork resident Rose E. Ballard died Oct. 27, 2018, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 75.
Arla "Wayne" Rule of Delta died Oct. 28, 2018, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 63.
William James Vance, Jr., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, surrounded by family in Grand Junction, Colo.
Jim was born to William and Coralee Vance on Dec. 25, 1923, in Dixon, Miss.
The Town of Crawford will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 7, to consider an increase to its water and sewer fees. The hearing will begin at 6:45 p.m., prior to its regular board meeting.
Last Thursday, Hotchkiss trustees dug into the 2019 budget and opened discussions on revisions to the town's mobile home regulations.
The town anticipates modest increases in revenues from property tax and specific ownership tax, but mineral leasing and severance taxes continue to drop off.
Melissa Munoz and her husband moved to Paonia two years ago and began building a new home. Last year, their builder unexpectedly quit, Munoz told trustees during the Oct. 23 town board meeting.
This story uses the word "terror" many times over, but it's not about Halloween.
In the late 1990s, longtime Paonia resident Richard Rudin fought to ensure that proposed expansion of local coal mines took into consideration protections for the area's water resources.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) will host "Last Dance at the Eagles on a Saturday Night." The unique event features music and poetry.
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the Orchard City Board of Trustees and planning commission members met with Jamie D. Silverstein from Community Builders to learn about brownfields and discuss ways to improve the town. The first half of the evening was spent in education, the last in discussion.
Meeting in regular session on Oct. 18, the Cedaredge Board of Trustees approved the appointment of a new town attorney, replacing Steve Harper of Hotchkiss who will soon retire from that position. Carol Viner of the Montrose-based firm of Masters & Viner was approved by the trustees with trustee Dayton Myers abstaining because he was not present when the trustees conducted interviews of prospective applicants.
Telephone and Data Systems (commonly known as TDS Telecom) has submitted a specific development proposal to erect a pole exceeding 40 feet in height. Although it does not specify an exact location for the proposed development, a notice of the proposal has been posted at the intersection of Ward Creek Road and Brimstone Road in Cedaredge.
The Cedaredge Community Garden celebrated its 10th anniversary with a successful season. Although the water situation this year was a challenge, gardeners were able to grow and harvest their produce using water-saving methods.
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. beginning Nov. 7.
Last weekend 25 volunteers assembled at Cedaredge town park, then they dispersed to help their older neighbors with yard and household tasks. The volunteers were taking part in Service Saturday, an event sponsored by A Little Help of Delta County.
On Oct. 10, the 2019 proposed budget was presented to the Orchard City Board of Trustees. Highlighted are the following:
The Cedaredge Cemetery District has updated its rules and regulations regarding accessibility for pets as of Oct. 25.
The new regulation reads:
Joining in a nationwide effort to unite communities and recognize the dedication and sacrifices of law enforcement, the Cedaredge Police Department (CPD) will host a "Back the Blue" 5k run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Registration is ongoing for the 5k race which starts at 9 a.m. at the Lions Pavilion in Cedaredge town park.
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