Colorado Parks and Wildlife will modify its state parks entrance fees beginning Jan. 1, 2019, as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 18-143 in May. This is the first increase to park entry fees since 2010.
Delta County Memorial Hospital departments competed in the hospital's annual food drive this year and also teamed up with a local farmer to donate 10,027.82 pounds of food and over 500 pounds of pet food to the Abraham Connection and food banks in Delta, Cedaredge and Hotchkiss.
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park will waive its entrance fee on four days in 2019:
Food for Thought has gone countywide -- a goal of founder Willyn Webb since the kids-feeding-kids program was established 10 years ago at the Delta Opportunity School.
"It's such a good feeling to know that all kids who need supplemental food on the weekends will get it, regardless of where they live," said Willyn Webb, who established the program to provide a service learning opportunity for her students.
Gov. John Hickenlooper announced last week that John Gavan will serve as the newest commissioner of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Gavan will serve a four-year term as an unaffiliated member of the board and replaces PUC commissioner Wendy Moser, whose term ends in January.
Officers responded to the residence at 450 W. 6th Street for a disturbance. Donni Lee Morton, 37, of Cedaredge was taken into custody and transported to the Delta-Montrose County line where she was transferred to a Montrose Police Officer on a warrant out of Montrose.
Beginning in January 2019, Cedaredge Library will be open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Delta Library will be open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
As of Jan. 1, consumers will be able to buy full-strength beer at grocery and convenience stores in Colorado that previously sold 3.2 percent beer due to new state liquor laws passed in 2016 by the Colorado General Assembly.
"These new regulations are some of the largest, sweeping changes to the state's liquor laws since prohibition," said Patrick Maroney, Liquor Enforcement Division director.
Two ordinances related to the establishment of medical marijuana facilities in the City of Delta passed on first reading at the Dec. 18 meeting of the Delta City Council.
One ordinance deals with zoning; the other concerns licensing.
Starting in 2019, it will be easier than ever for campers to reserve a campsite at 20 of Colorado's state parks. Effective Jan. 1, 15 state parks will convert to a "reservation-only" system after it was tested successfully by five parks in 2018.
Members of the Oil and Gas Working Group (O&GWG) met with Delta County Board of Commissioners (BoCC) and the county planning commission at Heritage Hall in Hotchkiss to share with both commissions the results of the working group's meetings since early June 2018.
TAILS recently received five dogs that were among 24 used in a backyard breeding operation. Two pugs and three chihuahuas were transferred from another shelter in Cortez; the other dogs went to various rescue facilities in Colorado.
In 2013, I received a call from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking me, as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to support a pilot program to allow farmers to grow hemp. Knowing Colorado farmers' interest in the crop, I jumped at the chance and pushed to include the program in the 2014 Farm Bill.
Usually, Mayor Ron Austin's trusted colleague and confidant, Mr. Scott Schaible, can be mean spirited, but his recent letter was a barrel of laughs. I'll do my best to respond, but my sides still ache from laughter.
Paonia Mayor Stewart attempts to justify wasting tens of thousands of tax dollars to sue me in a failed attempt hide the truth about how Paonia operates (DCI 12/19/18). The court has rendered judgment on his legal theories.
The Dec. 5 DCI noted that outdoor recreation now drives the local economy. The figures were great, but how much better it would be if our economy was more varied.
The Paonia girls basketball team is 3-2 following two non-conference losses. The Eagles opened the week on Dec. 11 with a 51-29 loss to Olathe (2-4, 3A Western Slope League), and finished the week on Friday with a 48-25 loss to 3A Coal Ridge.
Cedaredge High School's wrestling team warmed up for the annual Warrior Classic held in Grand Junction with a 40-29 warm-up victory over the visiting Meeker Cowboys on Dec. 13.
In all, there were nine forfeits, including the double forfeit at 152.
The first time Delta and Hotchkiss faced each other this season was in a scrimmage session earlier in the year. The Panthers enjoyed a good outing while the Bulldogs struggled to find its offense and consistency on defense.
Delta County's swim team competed at Montrose last Friday and Saturday. There were 10 teams at the competition and Delta finished eighth with 71 points.
Friday night's 45-point loss to Coal Ridge may have been painful, but it provided some good lessons for the Paonia Eagles. They knew the game would test their limits, and kept a positive attitude through the last buzzer.
Early deadlines at the DCI caused some unusual timing for the annual First Colorado National Bank basketball results.
The Hotchkiss girls played a close game but came up short in their recent 51-46 loss to De Beque. The Dragons opened the first quarter with a 17-8 lead.
Early-season play for Delta High School's basketball teams involved travel over the mountains two of three weekends. The Panthers were in tournament play at Faith Christian in Denver three weeks ago and played in Alamosa the following Friday and in Centauri on Saturday.
First-round play in the First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament in Delta was a win for Paonia's Eagles, 58-48. Their opponents, Cedaredge, did not go quietly in the late stages of the contest.
Several area football players earned state recognition of their play in the recent 2018 season.
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.
Delta County Women's Connection is excited to host its Jan. 10 event for the women of Delta and surrounding areas from 5:30 to 7 p.m. "A Stellar New Year" will feature a presentation from NASA ambassador Brenda Harvey; guest speaker Jill Pursell presents "Love Lifted Me."
Nolan and Shelly Bryant of Olathe are the parents of a daughter, Annabelle Lynn Bryant, born Dec. 13, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 inches in length.
Paonia resident Tiffany Clock graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology on Saturday, Dec. 15, and joined approximately 1,480 graduates at the winter commencement ceremonies.
Azalee Hoffbauer was honored on Dec. 11 as the Cedaredge Rotary Club's student of the month. Hoffbauer is a senior at Cedaredge High School (CHS).
Colleen Dolan has been selected by the P.E.O. International as a recipient of $900 from the scholarship fund called Program for Continuing Education. She is sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter GT/Delta.
Katie Greenwood, agriculture teacher at Cedaredge High School, is one of 21 individuals nationwide who was selected to participate in the 2018 XLR8 Institute -- a professional development program which began at the National Association of Agricultural Educators' annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 28-Dec. 1.
Cedaredge High School inducted 18 new members into its National Honor Society Tuesday, Dec. 18. The event featured lighting candles for the four pillars of NHS and handing new inductees their certificates.
School board members, superintendents, education leaders and students concluded the 78th annual Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) convention in Colorado Springs on Sunday, Dec. 9.
The contingent from Delta County included district leadership, school board members and three students -- Ana Jurca, Delta High School; Katya Schwieterman, Paonia High School; and Azalee Hoffbauer, Cedaredge High School.
Betty Olson died Dec. 14, 2018, at Valley Manor Care Center in Montrose. She was 93.
Delta resident Gila Guillen DeGomez died Dec. 20, 2018, at San Juan Living Center in Montrose. She was 85.
Longtime Delta educator M.C. "Moe" Kreutz died Dec. 22, 2018, at the Holly Creek Retirement Center in Centennial. He was 99.
Delta resident Margaret Turtura died Dec. 15, 2018, at Willow Tree Care Center. She was 82.
Delta resident Norman E. Shetley died Dec. 17, 2018, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 94.
Longtime Delta resident Roger Neely died Dec. 17, 2018, at his home. He was 73.
Sharon Renner passed away at her home on Dec. 15, 2018, at the age of 81. Sharon was born to Lloyd Miller and Fannie Godding-Miller in Wilbur, Neb.
Lifetime Paonia resident Paul LeMay died Dec. 18, 2018, at Paonia Care Center. He was 67.
Following a Dec. 11 executive session, Paonia trustees voted not to appeal District Court Judge Steven Schultz's conclusion that former trustee Bill Brunner is entitled to reimbursement of legal fees related to a suit filed against him by the town custodian of record in October 2017. And while it won't appeal the judge's findings, the board will respond to the affidavit of fees "appropriately as discussed in executive session."
After postponing the December meeting a week, to Dec. 12, the Crawford Town Council set about adopting its budget for 2019.
With only two local residents -- along with three people who were there for other agenda items -- the meeting opened with a public hearing to hear input from the public and staff.
Hotchkiss kids are getting a new tool to help them learn to read. Hotchkiss' K-8 school recently implemented a new program geared for 3rd through 8th grades called Achieve 3000.
Jan Ryan began her career with Delta County Libraries in December of 2000 when Crawford Community Library was located upstairs at Crawford Town Hall. "It was cramped, lacked climate control, and the bathrooms downstairs were 'scary,' according to many patrons," Ryan smiles.
During December students at the North Fork Montessori @ Crawford participated in their second annual food drive to benefit the Crawford Food Pantry. More than 930 items were collected.
The December meeting of the Hotchkiss Town Council opened with cake in honor of Leonard McCulloch, who is retiring after 18-plus years with the town's public works department. McCulloch has worked in every phase of the town's operations, including water, wastewater and streets since he joined the staff in August 2000.
Paonia trustees unanimously passed a resolution officially adopting the 2018 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan for Delta County as its official hazard mitigation plan.
"This is the resolution to confirm the town participation" in the plan, said town administrator Ken Knight.
Cedaredge author Carolyn White recently published her second book, "Trucks are for Girls."
Book one, "Bricks Underneath a Hoop Skirt," was about the years White spent as a licensed guide, packer, and cook, living in the Idaho wilderness without electricity, telephone, or daily mail service.
Do you know someone who dedicates their time to improving the community? Do you know a business, non-profit or entrepreneur who has made leaps and bounds this year?
At the Cedaredge Board of Trustees meeting, emergency preparedness coordinator Kris Stewart presented the multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan for the county. This plan is pending FEMA approval and will be an update to the previous 2008 guidelines.
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