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Even on warm, sunny days it can be difficult to find time in our busy schedules to get outside and enjoy nature. Winter can be even more challenging: the weather is cold, roads and parks may be full of snow and ice, and it gets dark earlier. These cold, dark days can impact our health, with …

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On Saturday and Sunday mornings, Jan. 18-19, the public is invited to attend the 15th annual Grand Mesa Summit Challenge Dog Sled Race. The races will begin at 8:30 a.m. and proceed with staggered starts all morning with racing concluding around noon-1 p.m. The event will include sanctioned …

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three part series on Community Options, Inc., what the organization provides to its service communities, its history, its financial situation and what is being done to attempt to keep it running. To read part one, visit deltacountyindependent.com If you…

Technical College of the Rockies, or TCR, plans to bring a “college like atmosphere” to downtown Delta as they anticipate millions in state tax dollars for a new high tech healthcare training facility slated to open in 2022.

Effective immediately, North Road, between 2600 Road and Burritt Road, will experience periodic closures between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The periodic road closures are due to road reconstruction, and will last up to two years.

Western Health Screening recently announced that the practice will close permanently on June 30, as owners Bill and Marge Hall are retiring. For residents of the North Fork area, this affected the annual Early Blood Draws and Health Fair that allowed hundreds of residents to stay informed of…



Hotchkiss business owner, rancher and County Planning Commission member Kim Shay has announced her intent to run for the District 3 County Commission seat, facing Wendell Koontz for the position.

As part of the regular municipal election of April 7, Delta voters will elect three council members to sit on the Delta City Council, according to a City of Delta news release. The seats that will be elected are a council member from District A, one from District B, and a councilmember at-large.

Have you ever taken a course, or done a Bible study that has changed your life? There is a class called Perspectives on the World Christian Movement that has done that for many on the Western Slope who have taken the class. This year it will be offered on Wednesday evenings, starting Jan. 29…

The pretty lady in the big white pickup stuck her red flag out the window and into the light snow that was falling out on the California Mesa the other day. I stopped my truck and got out, waving her, the five cattle dogs, three mounted riders and about 60 head of cattle on by.

“We are committed to serving and empowering the people of Delta County by providing resources for life, leisure and learning,” said Lea Hart, district director of Delta County Libraries. “The failure of Ballot Measure 7A in November does not change our mission. However, in order to operate w…

A year ago the Colorado Department of Agriculture was processing applications for hemp growing permits in Colorado. At least Colorado had a licensing process and some regulations. A lot of states were just going by the hastily thrown together rules from the USDA, based on the 2018 Farm Bill.…

In December the members of the Plant and Dig Garden Club met at RJ’s restaurant (a last-minute switch from our original plans) for its annual Christmas gathering and gift exchange. This is always an event which everyone looks forward to, and this year did not disappoint. The party filled one…

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The Town of Paonia will institute a domestic water tap moratorium in the near future if the result of the town’s Special Election holds.

At the Jan. 7 Delta City Council meeting, the agenda included a resolution to censure Mayor Ron Austin following claims of misconduct and misuse of his role as mayor, as explained in the Delta County Independent article, “Delta City Council set to censure Mayor Austin.” However, as the counc…

Delta County Memorial Hospital District is exempt from Colorado wage-law complaints brought forth in a nurse’s labor suit filed last year, a court filing says, and the district intends to seek dismissal.

Five months ago this week we had the prospect of a late corn harvest on our minds and the Colorado Wool Growers began, in earnest, to nurse the oozing sore that is the possible forced reintroduction of wolves into the San Juan Mountains. It was also the week when I signed on to cover the agr…

The New Pride of the Valley 4-H club held a meeting Nov. 18 at the Lincoln Elementary School to elect new club officers by secret ballot. The new officers are: Baili Hulet, president; Sadie Shea, vice president; Aylin Bayles, secretary; Jessica Dexter, treasurer; Alex Burruss, reporter; and …

Columnist’s note: Welcome to Taste of Home recipe test, every week I pick the recipe to be featured in the paper, and give it a try. To note, my cooking level should be considered average and is matched with a style that could only be described as unabashed with little to no reservations.

The photos are black and white, but the stories radiate with color according to Don Olsen author of “The North Fork in the 90’s,” a table book filled with articles, essays and photos recalling day-to-day life in the valley through the lens and pens of area reporters.

Think about the bombast of the Big Top and then visualize the Las Vegas extravaganza of Cirque du Soleil. Now think of something in between and add an educational component and you have an idea of what Homestead Circus Productions is shooting for.

At the Dec. 17 Delta City Council meeting, the council and the Delta Police Department swore in a new police officer, David Strait. Strait took the oath of office before the council and audience and officially joined the force.

10-month-old Ezaylea Cowger, who went missing on the morning of Jan. 2, was found in Durango early Friday morning, according to Delta County Undersheriff Quinn Archibeque. The male suspect in the incident, identified as 34-year-old Dustin Alt, is in custody after being arrested in Durango fo…

10-month-old Ezaylea Cowger, who went missing on the morning of Jan. 2, was found in Durango Friday morning, according to Delta County Undersheriff Quinn Archibeque. The male suspect in the incident is in custody after being arrested in Durango for other warrants, and Cowger is now with her …

Two dedicated women — one in Delta and one in Grand Junction — are on a mission to involve more young girls in a local Girl Scouts of Colorado troop. Lori Walker is the current adult leader of Delta-based Girl Scout Troop 16225. Cheala Herrera serves as recruitment and placement specialist f…

Who among us hasn’t learned the hard way that, when adventuring outside in winter, preparation is worth its weight in gold. Whether you’re suffering a highway shut down or a snap storm that puts you on the side of the road while on a car trip or you’re suffering from cold and wet blue jeans …

Cedaredge resident Dayton Myers, Jr. is about to end his role as a member of the Cedaredge Board of Trustees and he has an important message for his neighbors.

The Rose Club in Cedaredge and Orchard City has a program year starting in September and ending in August. In September we enjoyed an outstanding presentation about birds and how to keep them safe. Thanks to Kathleen Morrow for hosting and Sonja Marstad for asking Linda to be our program.

A number of Paonia citizens gathered recently to talk about why they chose to stand-up to their town council and petition it to place a water moratorium on the sale of domestic water taps.

The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) has a series of concerts on tap to celebrate the coming year. The bad news is that next week’s John McEuen and Friends concert is sold out, but there are plenty of other entertainers scheduled for the opening months of 2020.

Visitors to the Delta County Courthouse can expect new security measures beginning in January. The added security precautions will affect the west side of the second level that houses administrative staff, commissioner’s offices and boardroom and a large conference room.

Habitat for Humanity International describes itself as a non-denominational Christian organization which strives to provide decent homes for all of God’s children. The Delta County branch of Habitat received its affiliate status in 1994.

Please note: All charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.

Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County — Cedaredge Community Center (Monday-Thursday), Delta Community Center (Monday-Friday), Hotchkiss Senior Center (Monday-Thursday) and Paonia Senior Citizen Center (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Meals on Wheels are also d…

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three part series on Community Options, Inc., what the organization provides to its service communities, its history, its financial situation and what is being done to attempt to keep it running. If you have any information about the organization or have…

Cathy Meskel is all about traditions which honor the men and women who serve in the United States military. She ties yellow ribbons around downtown trees in remembrance of prisoners of war. She sponsors an annual Stars and Stripes Military Ball every November. And every night at 8 p.m. sharp…

Results from Paonia’s first Master Plan Community Survey highlights concerns over housing options and utilities. The second survey, online now, covers economic development, transportation and community sustainability is available until Jan. 6, 2020.

To dance enthusiasts, Montrose’s Bob Gilbert is better known as “Dancing Bob.” And he’s on a mission to get his neighbors out of their living rooms and out on dance floor. He’s telling everyone he knows that the culture of couples dancing is alive and well in Western Colorado.

They absolutely nailed it.

Delta County Commissioners received a pre-Christmas present with the announcement of a state grant to help pay for an architectural firm to draw up plans to renovate the front of the courthouse. Changes include making the front entrance and lobby ADA compliant.

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