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Thirty years ago, computers in primary and secondary classrooms were virtually unheard of. But in middle schools in Kansas, and in the North Fork Valley of Delta County, some of the earliest models of computer-based learning were already preparing students for the future.

This is the story of a farm girl, a family legacy and how a young woman matured to strike a balance between her rural roots and her passion for teaching.

North Fork law enforcement agencies anticipating an increase in their budget for 2020 will have to make do after voters narrowly defeated the Delta County Public Safety Improvement Sales Tax in the Nov. 5 combined election.

Editor’s note: This article has been written by Delta High School students. Throughout the school year, these students will contribute about one story a week. If you have a suggestion for a topic to be covered, email editor@deltacountyindependent.com.

On Oct. 29, the Delta County Sheriff’s Office awarded Kenneth Taylor and Kevin Ray an “official commendation” for their part in seizing approximately 280 grams of methamphetamine, 21 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, two grams of heroin, two syringes loaded with suspected heroin, four shotguns,…

It is conceivable that Colorado State Sen. Don Coram will be considered the father of the modern hemp industry in Colorado, and perhaps elsewhere.

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One person died and three more were injured in a wreck Saturday night at the intersection of 2100 Road and E Road in the Peach Valley area of Delta. 



At the start of October, Off-highway vehicle (OHV) clubs joined members from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, or CPW, to see the effects of their grant money on recreational vehicle trails. These clubs were the Thunder Mountain Wheelers from Delta and the Uncompahgre Valley Trail Riders from Mon…

Sunshine and blue skies were the order of the day for members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club’s final road trip of the year, though a chilly wind reminded the group that seasonal changes were definitely to be felt. The destination was the Elevation Herbal Tea headquarters, where owner Sha…

Every year, the “Feed the Furries” food drive, sponsored by Macht-Liles Real Estate Group and the Delta County Board of Realtors, asks the public to donate animal food to the Surface Creek Animal Shelter. The shelter is a nonprofit organization, and therefore, relies on outside sources to gi…

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The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center movie showing has changed.

It’s been a gas station, a feed store and several other businesses over the years. But since last spring, the small, indistinct building at 297 W. Bridge St. in Hotchkiss has been home to Olden Guitars.

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As executive director of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, Alisha Komives predicted that her second year as coordinator of the town’s sprawling Applefest celebration would be graced with experienced leadership on her part along with good weather.

In 2015, as a new arrival in Cedaredge, I first met Evelyn June Horn early one morning on the tree-lined pathway that meanders beside Surface Creek. Although I didn’t know at the time that I was meeting a local celebrity, in retrospect seeing her there — on a trail close to nature — should h…

This morning, reportedly at 9:55 a.m., Cedaredge High School’s barn burned down. No people were harmed, but two goats, belonging to a teacher at the school, died in the fire. There were two other goats that made it out alive.

The Delta County Elections closed to voters Tuesday evening and, according to the election site, the unofficial results are in. Delta County citizens voted against every ballot issue except 2A. (See the second half of this article for details on each ballot issue.)

Robert Thorn has been selected as interim CEO for Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH), the hospital’s board of directors announced Monday. Thorn will fill in as CEO while the board searches for a permanent replacement for former CEO Jason Cleckler, whose contract was not renewed.

Leather jackets, fine crystal, an old stoneware crock. Movie memorabilia, a watchmaker’s desk, a signed poster of the 1992 USA basketball team. A vintage orchard ladder. A collection of antique cameras.

Several events honoring military veterans are planned for this week and next and all Delta County veterans and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The Delta County Elections closed to voters at 7 p.m. and the Delta County Clerk’s Office is currently counting the votes. See the second half of this article for details on each ballot issue. Visit results.enr.clarityelections.com/CO/Delta/97160/web/#/summary for online updates for each bal…

Owners of electric vehicles, or EVS, can now charge up in Paonia thanks to the recent installment of a 25-kilowatt direct-current EV fast charger station in the public parking lot on Main Avenue near Third Street. The station was installed by Grand Junction-based Atlasta Solar with help from…

With the first hard freezes under our belt, it is now time to think about winterizing your yard before you can relax by your fireplace and dream about next year’s gardens.

Robert Thorn has been selected as interim CEO for Delta County Memorial Hospital, the hospital’s board of directors announced Monday.

In an impressive showing of community support, some 400 people attended the Oct. 18 Pink Night fundraiser at Paonia High School, and watched the volleyball games between Meeker High School and Paonia.

It’s never too soon to start thinking Christmas in Crawford. The annual Crawford Christmas Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, at Crawford Town Hall.

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Colorado has a bear problem. Pure and simple, we have too many bears, and it’s about to bite us in the butt. When I was a kid growing up in the Roaring Fork Valley, my brother and I spent a lot of time in the woods. We were hiking, backpacking, exploring, hunting and climbing around all the …

Delta voters have a lot of ballot measures to consider this year. But one measure is very different than the others and deserves more background and clarification. That measure is 2A. City of Delta Referred Measure 2A asks voters to approve a franchise agreement with Black Hills Energy for t…

Whether or not a person believes in spirits, internet websites and local investigators allege that ghosts and other paranormal phenomenon are active locally.

Delta County Sheriff’s Office K9 Oxx and K9 Roo participated in the Colorado Police K9 Challenge. Handlers and K9 teams competed in agility, obedience, apprehension and narcotics detection. Held at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle, Colorado, both Oxx and Roo took home trophies.

In 2005, Poulos Park in downtown Paonia was little more than a glorified vacant gravel lot. Wanting to make it a place of community pride, the Rotary Club of Paonia (now Rotary Club of the North Fork) adopted park renovation as its “Rotary International Centennial Project.” Rotarians spent $…

The Delta County Department of Health announced a new case of West Nile virus in a statement after the newspaper’s deadline on Oct. 29. The total number of confirmed West Nile cases is up to 35 this year.

The Hotchkiss music department presents Java and Jazz 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Hotchkiss Creamery Arts Center, 165 W. Bridge St., Hotchkiss.

North Fork Senior Connections is seeking volunteers of all ages to join it for a day of service on Saturday, Nov. 2. Volunteers will help with seasonal chores like raking leaves, trimming bushes and washing windows for seniors in Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford. After the work is done, volunt…

Starting at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Delta Police Department will close Main Street in order for the Halloween Trick or Treat Street to run safely. The DPD asks that members of the public plan accordingly and avoid being parked on Main Street from 2:30-6 p.m.

For the last decade or so, one of the buzzwords used in farm conversations has been “sustainable.”

Editor’s note: This article has been written by Delta High School students. Throughout the school year, these students will contribute about one story a week. If you have a suggestion for a topic to be covered, email editor@deltacountyindependent.com.

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