Over the July 4 holiday, several incidents occurring on area rivers provided stark reminders that water levels remain at above-average flow levels.
The first incident occurred on July 4 when two individuals hit a downed tree at approximately 5:46 p.m. while rafting on the North Fork of the Gunnison River near 3200 Road.
Memorial accounts have been set up at Alpine Bank, 1660 Highway 92 in Delta, for Ricky Colton and Ryan Wells.
The bodies of two men, presumed to be those of Ryan Wells, 30, and Richard "Ricky" Colton, 30, both of Delta, were retrieved from Island Lake Monday afternoon by members of two Summit County Search and Rescue teams using a remote operated vehicle, or ROV. The ROV was able to locate the snowcat the men were reportedly driving across the lake, as well as the two bodies, in approximately 65 feet of water.
Michael Johnson, 43, of Austin, died as the result of a traffic accident Friday, Jan. 25. The accident occurred on Highway 92 near the intersection with 1900 Road east of Delta at about 7:40 a.m.
At approximately 5:14 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, officers of the Delta Police Department responded to Maverik Convenience, 101 Highway 92, for a multiple vehicle crash in the parking lot. Investigation revealed five vehicles were involved, three people were injured and three vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
Bob Castoe, a longtime resident of Cedaredge, died as the result of a snowmobile accident that occurred on Grand Mesa Christmas Day.
The Delta County Sheriff's Office was alerted to a lost snowmobiler at about 7:45 p.m., when Castoe failed to meet a fellow snowmobiler at Alexander Lake Lodge.
On Monday, Nov. 26, at approximately 10:41 p.m., Delta Police Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 50 near mile marker 69 in North Delta. As officers arrived on scene they discovered a passenger car and a semi truck involved in what appeared to be a head-on collision in the westbound lanes of Highway 50.
Fred Johnson, 78 of Cedaredge, died in a motorcycle accident that occurred Nov. 14 at about 2:15 p.m. The Colorado State Patrol responded to the crash involving a 2008 Honda motorcycle at mile marker 54 on Highway 50.
At about 1:21 a.m. Aug. 23, a vehicle plowed into the side of the Stockyards Restaurant at 1205 Main Street. The driver struck the concrete patio wall, propelling cement blocks and breaking the restaurant's windows.
At about 9:45 p.m. the night of July 27, a Colorado State Patrol trooper attempted to stop a 2007 Toyota Camry near Delta. The vehicle took off and crashed within one minute at 2000 Road and G Road.
The Colorado State Patrol has identified the second deadliest region of the state when it comes to crashes. For the past five years, the counties of Delta, San Miguel, Gunnison, Ouray, Hinsdale, and Montrose (CSP Troop 5C) have had more deadly crashes in July than the majority of the other areas in the state.
A traffic accident in Olathe Tuesday, July 3, has claimed a second life. The Colorado State Patrol reports that Walter Giron, 61, died Monday, July 9, of injuries he sustained in that crash.
Reese Wagner, 50, of Cedaredge was cited for failure to yield right of way after a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 65 and 92. The accident was reported at 4:44 p.m. Thursday, July 5.
James George, 69, of Crawford was cited for careless driving after striking two cows that were part of a cattle drive. The incident occurred the morning of June 14, on Highway 92 near the Desperado.
A motorcyclist from Broomfield sustained serious injuries in a collision that closed down Highway 133 near Bethlehem Road Friday, June 22, at approximately 4:35 p.m.
According to Trooper Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol, a 2002 Toyota Tundra driven by Don Gates, 57, was westbound on Highway 133 when Timothy Staroba, 47, lost control of a 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle as he was riding eastbound.
A family of five walking eastbound on E. 5th Street was struck from behind by a 26-year-old Delta resident suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Delta Police Department responded to the accident in the area of E. 5th and B Street Friday, June 22, at about 6:45 p.m.
An extensive search for Robert "Bob" Geisler, 51, of Delta ended tragically May 31 with the discovery of his motorcycle and his body off the side of Highway 133 in rural Gunnison County, near mile marker 31. His daughter, Tiffany Toothaker, posted on Facebook that he was found by West Elk Search and Rescue.
A collision between a 2001 Hyundai sedan and an International trash truck resulted in the death of Kristina Hutchins, 73, of Paonia, the driver of the Hyundai. The crash occurred Wednesday, May 23, at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Highway 92 near mile marker 9.
Hunter Norman, 20, of Paonia was killed in a rollover accident on Lands End Road near Whitewater. The crash occurred at approximately 5:15 p.m. Sunday, May 6.
Samuel Rascon, the driver who rear-ended a school bus in North Delta last March, was in Delta County Court on Wednesday, Jan. 10.
While the school bus driver and students escaped serious injury, Rascon is in a wheelchair.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.
Milton Klatt, 62, of Crawford was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-vehicle accident at mile marker 32 on Highway 92. The accident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Sept. 3.
Noah Gastelum, 13, of Palisade was killed in a rollover accident involving a John Deere Gator Saturday, Aug. 26. The accident occurred on private property on Stony Creek Road outside of Hotchkiss at about 6:30 p.m.
On July 22, Zack and Stacy Bates and their children, Izaak and Levi, of Wyoming were involved in a very serious automobile accident on Highway 65 just north of Cedaredge. All four family members were injured, and they lost all their belongings.
A crowd gathered for a reggae concert at Aspen Trails north of Cedaredge Saturday night rushed to the scene of a two-car collision on Highway 65. The accident occurred at about 7:05 p.m. and involved a northbound 2003 Toyota Highlander and a southbound 1986 Toyota 4Runner.
As traffic increases on Confluence Drive in Delta, so does the number of accidents taking place at intersections. The intersection of 5th and Confluence is the most dangerous in Delta, according to accident statistics compiled by the Delta Police Department.
Alexis Crosby, 18, of Montrose died as the result of a traffic accident the morning of Tuesday, June 13.
The Colorado State Patrol reports Samantha Crosby, 20, of Olathe was westbound on Highway 50 at milepost 78, between Delta and Olathe.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, alcohol is suspected in an accident that killed a 16-year-old Delta boy and injured three others June 11. The accident occurred on Highway 65 just a short distance from the Highway 92 intersection at about 1:35 a.m.
On the morning of June 8, a family member spotted the body of Bryan Reim a short way downstream from where he had jumped into the potholes on June 3.
Reim, 35, of Delta was enjoying the area with friends and relatives when he jumped into a pool and failed to resurface.
Kent Brakken, 71, died as the result of a traffic accident on Interestate 80 west of Ogallala, Neb., June 8.
The North Platte Telegraph reports the crash occurred just after 8:30 p.m. when an eastbound Toyota Tacoma pickup crossed the median and collided head-on with a westbound Dodge pickup.
A fatal accident was reported near the intersection of Ward Creek Road and R Road at approximately 1:46 a.m. May 13. Kandy Jackson, a 47-year-old male of Cedaredge, died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.
Vehicle mishaps involving collisions with buildings took place on consecutive days last week in Cedaredge.
Authorities said there were no injuries in either incident and noted that it was odd to have the two occurrences take place one day after the other.
Two accidents involving school property are proving costly for Delta County Joint School District, district business manager Jim Ventrello reported last week. Both incidents involved uninsured drivers, forcing the school district to file claims with its insurance provider and pay deductibles of $10,000.
Jeremy Hamm, 38, of Grand Junction has pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and driving under the influence. The charges stem from a June 2016 accident which resulted in serious bodily injury to Danyale Richardson, 30, a passenger in Hamm's vehicle.
On Friday, April 6, Rose Zaldivar, 51 of Eckert was reported missing by a friend to the Montrose County Sheriff's Office. It was believed she had gone hiking on April 2.
Bus driver Audie Woods was on his second-to-the-last stop on his route Monday morning when his 50J bus was struck from behind while picking up children along Highway 50 in North Delta.
The bus was rear-ended by Samuel R. Rascon of Hobbs, N.M., who suffered serious injuries in the accident. He is being treated at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction.
The Delta Police Department has issued a warrant for the arrest of James H. Catlin, 31, of North Quincy, Mass., charging him with vehicular homicide in the Feb. 6 accident that resulted in the death of Gladys "Josie" Varela.
Catlin also faces charges of vehicular assault, unlawful use of a controlled substance, driving under the influence (alcohol), driving under the influence per se (alcohol), driving under the influence (drugs), reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
A Toyota 4-Runner ended up nose first in the Gunnison River near the Cottonwood Grove Campground off South River Road. The campground is on BLM property. At the request of the BLM, sheriff's deputies investigated the scene the morning of March 3.
Kristen Huff, 26, of Delta, has been identified as the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal traffic accident Feb. 16. The Colorado State Patrol reports that Huff was driving a 1989 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight westbound on Highway 50 near Whitewater at about 3:08 a.m.
Officers of the Delta Police Department responded to an accident at Circle Drive and Highway 92 Sunday, Feb. 12, at 1:38 p.m. Two vehicles were involved in the collision, with one vehicle blocking both lanes of eastbound Highway 92.
Two Delta residents were seriously injured in a two-car accident south of Delta Tuesday, Feb. 7, at about 5:30 p.m.
A 17-year-old Delta resident was stopped at the intersection of D Road and Highway 50.
On Monday, Feb. 6, at approximately 7:27 p.m., officers of the Delta Police Department were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident in the 1300 block of Highway 50 in North Delta. The accident scene was located in the eastbound lane with one vehicle still in the lanes of traffic and the other vehicle on the south side of the roadway.
Rikki Cyr, 19, of Eckert has been cited for careless driving following a traffic accident on the Cory Grade Dec. 9.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, Cyr was traveling north on Highway 65 on the Cory grade at 8:25 a.m.
Brian Aucutt, 58, a homeless Delta man, was seriously burned while attempting to ignite a kerosene heater late Friday afternoon.
Aucutt was occupying the crawlspace in a vacant home at 210 Main Street, just north of Hoolie's.
It's business as usual at Davis Clothing, thanks to a legion of friends who stepped in to help dust and vacuum the interior of the store after a Grand Junction woman rammed her RV through the side of the building.
Owner Brad Davis was just sitting down to his Thanksgiving meal when his phone rang shortly after 2:30 p.m.
Mike Salazar, 65, of Delta died in an auto accident on Graff Road at about 7 p.m. Oct. 8.
The Colorado State Patrol reports Salazar's 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed on Graff Road when the driver lost control and the vehicle began to rotate clockwise.
The co-owner of a North Fork area business and his three family members are recovering from injuries sustained July 6 in a three-car collision in Jefferson County near Denver. Seth Schwartz, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and his family are doing well and on their way to recovering, said Seth's brother, Jeff Schwartz. The brothers are co-owners of Big B's Juices in Hotchkiss.
On May 28, North Fork father, husband and all around great guy Michael Hillman was in an accident that resulted in a debilitating and life-changing spinal cord injury and quadriplegia.
Fundraising efforts are underway to help the family with immediate and long-term needs, including a remodel of their home and purchase of a van and a wheelchair.
Delta Pizza Hut is hosting a fundraiser for Brandon Flores, the Delta High School student who was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on April 24.
On Sunday, June 5, 10 percent of the proceeds from meals purchased at Pizza Hut will go to help the Flores family with medical expenses.
Brandon Flores, the 15-year-old Delta teen who was struck while riding his bike, remains hospitalized in Denver. A post to his gofundme account offered this update: "First, I would like to thank everyone so so much for contributing to help our family!
Brandon Flores, a Delta High School sophomore, remains in a coma at Children's Hospital after being struck while riding his bike. The accident occurred near the intersection of I and 1600 roads, in North Delta, at about 6:44 p.m. Sunday, April 24.
In the fall of 2013, Trever Rawson had recently earned a bachelor's degree in information systems and was looking forward to starting a new job in Salt Lake City. Between the upcoming move to Utah and his impending marriage, he was the happiest family members had seen him in a long time.
Two pedestrians were struck crossing E. 4th Street Saturday night, and now the Delta Police Department is looking for information on the driver who left the scene.
The pedestrians, a 35-year-old female from Paonia and a 50-year-old male from Delta, were in the crosswalk with the walk signal when they were hit by a white or silver colored car.
A two-vehicle accident Jan. 10 claimed the life of Christopher Gilroy, a 43-year-old man from Paonia. It was the first fatal traffic accident in Delta County since July 2014.
A 24-year-old pregnant woman was struck by a car while crossing Main Street with her boyfriend Monday morning. The accident occurred at the intersection of 5th and Main at about 10:15 a.m.
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