The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and proposed plan amendments addressing greater sage-grouse conservation on public land in Colorado.
The proposed plan amendments aim to better align BLM resource management plans with state plans for conserving sage-grouse populations, strike a regulatory balance and build greater trust among neighboring interests in Western communities.
An initial autopsy report indicates that an elderly Cedaredge couple died of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Delta County Sheriff's Office reports that John Thompson, 88, and Joan Thompson, 81, were found by a neighbor the morning of Dec. 5.
When David Lehmann opened Mr. Detector at 208 Ute Street in Delta, he opened the door to a Christian radio station that begins its fifth year of broadcasting this month.
KSYF, at 107.5 FM on the radio dial, is owned and operated by the Montrose Christian Broadcasting Corporation (MCBC).
Colorado Department of Revenue executive director Mike Hartman issued the following statement regarding proposed sales tax rules to implement the U.S. Supreme Court's South Dakota v Wayfair decision and destination sourcing:
On Dec. 6, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) strongly reaffirmed its intent to exit membership in Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State), and has asked the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to exercise its statutory authority over Tri-State as a public utility and adjudicate a just, reasonable and nondiscriminatory exit charge.
Officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of Fox Court for a report of eggs being thrown at the residence. Investigation resulted in a 13-year-old female of Delta receiving a ticket for alleged second degree criminal tampering.
After capping a 40-year career in law enforcement with four terms as sheriff of Delta County, Fred McKee is retiring. He declined to seek a fifth term in office, saying 16 years is enough.
Nana K's Kandies took two first place ribbons at the 10th annual Ouray Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival.
"Most decadent" honors went to Nana K's double chocolate fudgy truffles.
The new West Springs Hospital, located at 515 28 3/4 Road in Grand Junction, is proud to open its doors. Medical director Frank Lotrich, MD and hospital administrator Kim Boe offered tours of the 63,000-square-foot facility during a grand opening celebration.
Kissner GC, the general contractor for the addition to Delta Middle School, has begun posting project updates to the school district website, www.deltaschools.com.
The updates allow parents and students to track what's going on, noted John McHugh, facilities supervisor for Delta County Joint School District #50.
In response to a letter published in the Dec 5, 2018 DCI written by Larry M. Head of Hotchkiss. To Larry and any other subscribers on a fixed income, I do sympathize with the issues of keeping up with inflation in retirement; however, I would ask that you give more careful thought to your anxiety related to the cost of fishing licenses in Delta County.
I was affected by David Hiney's letter to the editor of Dec. 5, "The pitiful results of methamphetamine use."
Lincoln Elementary School's Student Council is starting a new program to help families with children that are struggling in life. Student Council recognizes that Christmas for families who don't have a permanent home is especially difficult.
On Nov. 20, Delta's City Council convened a special work session to discuss the zoning and licensing of potential medical marijuana businesses within city limits. During the meeting, Mayor Ron Austin admitted to having a private conversation with a "main street business owner," who opposed all of the marijuana ballot measures.
Paonia water used to taste delicious; out of town visitors would comment on it. Lately it tastes like an overly chlorinated swimming pool.
Hotchkiss extended its early-season dual record to 4-2 Friday on a 42-35 win over Moffat County.
The Bulldogs won three matches by pin, including Landen Mayberry (113-pounder) over Hunter Fredrickson in 3:58; Presley Pene (132-pounder) over Isiaih Herod in 4:56, and Teagan Sommers (195) over Daniel Cruz in 2:39.
Hotchkiss scored 104 points to finish eighth out of 13 teams at the Panther Invitational.
At 170, junior Jace Peebles was runner-up.
Cedaredge High School's basketball team had one game scheduled for the past week. That game was played in Nucla on Saturday, Dec. 8. Cedaredge won the girls contest, 58-14, with help from a 30-0 second quarter, which initiated a running clock for the remainder of the game.
Paonia placed seven wrestlers and scored 135 points to finish third at Delta.
The Eagles sent three wrestlers into the championship match.
Local farmers and ranchers take center stage with nationally known speakers at the seventh annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum, Jan. 25-26, in Montrose. Friday half-day sessions are held at the Montrose Fairgrounds and Saturday workshops at the Montrose Pavilion.
A 16-week course called "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement" is being offered starting Jan. 8 at Calvary Baptist Church in Delta. The classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday night from Jan. 8 to April 30.
Hawk-eyed volunteers are invited to count birds during the annual Audubon Christmas bird count Dec. 16 through Jan. 5.
The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for the Montrose area Sunday, Dec. 16.
Brandon and Sierra Huff of Cedaredge are the parents of a daughter, Evanyssia Ann Rose Huff, born Nov. 29, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches in length.
At the Delta County Livestock Association banquet on Dec. 1, the Black Mesa CattleWomen honored their president, Christy Hawk, as Black Mesa CattleWoman of the Year.
In her second tenure as president, she has breathed new life into the organization this year with her willing attitude and her commitment to keeping the organization on track.
Delta County Joint School District #50 has set aside a minimum of $400,000 to match a Homeland Security grant to be used for ALICE training and building upgrades, specifically automated locks for internal and external doors on buildings throughout the school district.
For the fourth year, students in Delta County Joint School District #50 were surveyed about school climate and school engagement.
The online survey is provided by Panorama, which compares findings in Delta County with national benchmarks.
On Nov. 16 students from the Cedaredge High School sophomore class toured Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs. For many, this was their first time on a college campus.
A fifth grade Vision Charter Academy student won the November grand prize drawing for participating in the Passport to Health program, offered by Delta County Libraries. The program, aimed at encouraging youth to make healthy choices, offers incentives for completing health-related activities.
Amelda Kay Griffin died Dec. 8, 2018, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 72.
Former Delta resident Bruce Wolfe died Nov. 6, 2018, at Centennial Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev., due to complications from congestive heart failure. He was 76.
Florris Percilla McAlexander Isom, longtime resident of western Colorado, died Nov. 26, 2018, at Hinkle Hospice House of Davidson County, N.C. She was 81.
Delta resident Mary "Hope" Gomez died Nov. 21, 2018, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 75.
Jack was born July 22, 1929, in the Township of Lucas, Dunn County Wis. (SW of Menomonie) to Orville and Annie Chaffee. He was the middle child of six siblings.
John and Joan Thompson died Dec. 5, 2018, at their home in Cedaredge due to acute carbon monoxide poisoning.
Leonard Stephen was born to Waldemar and Mary Appelgren in Denver, Colo., on Nov. 30, 1935, as the youngest of eight children.
Sebastian Martinez died Nov. 15, 2018, in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 43.
It's been a long, grueling process, replete with problems and high costs and overseen by two town managers and a town administrator. But Paonia's one-million-gallon Clock Water Treatment Plant is expected to go on line shortly after the new year.
About five years ago, David and Arlyn Alderdice purchased a Zimbabwean-style marimba, a large, flat, table-like instrument with big keys that, when struck with a mallet, resonates with beautiful sound. Musicians and teachers, they wanted an instrument they could play at belly-level for their unborn baby boy.
If you have business to do with the Town of Paonia before year's end, you'd best get it done before Christmas.
Town trustees approved closure of Town Hall from Tuesday, Dec. 25, through Tuesday, Jan. 1.
Are you interested in helping to plan the future of the Town of Hotchkiss? Now is your chance to become a member of the Hotchkiss Planning Commission.
The seventh annual Winter Warrior dodgeball tournament at Paonia High School was held Wednesday, Dec. 5. The tournament, bake sale, live auction and chili dinner raised more than $3,000 for the American Legion Post 97 in Paonia.
The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a work session on Thursday, Dec. 6. Typically the trustees meet for work sessions on the second Thursday of each month and for regular meetings on the third Thursday of each month but December's meetings were adjusted to allow for the upcoming holidays.
Following a series of public budget work sessions and the public publication of a draft budget, the Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees will meet in regular session Dec. 13 to officially adopt the town's 2019 budget. Time is allotted for constituent comments at the start of all regular board of trustee meetings.
Delta County Joint School District #50 is welcoming comments on a proposal to name the track at Cedaredge High School in honor of longtime track coach and educator Jack Kehmeier.
Kehmeier died Aug. 16, 2000, at the age of 78.
For our November meeting, members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club took advantage of Mother Nature's bounty of the fall season, gathering seed pods, dried grasses and fresh greenery to make wreaths which will decorate our homes, inside and out, until (and even after) Christmas decorations take center stage. Club member Barb Klein demonstrated how to attach these items to numerous types of wreath forms, showing us how different textures and colors can produce the best results using the products at our fingertips.
After making some adjustments to the agenda, the Orchard City Board of Trustees began its Dec. 5 work session by continuing the discussion on tiny home building regulations. "The hope is to ease some of the restrictions on building a normal home," said Mayor Ken Volgamore.
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