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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 …

Brett Hilling was appointed on Oct. 15 by the Board of County Commissioners to the Delta County Planning Commission. Helling will represent District 2, Surface Creek through 2022. Hilling, who recently retired from a career with the Colorado State Patrol, replaces Lucinda Stanley.

The HopeWest office in Delta recently honored three registered nurses, or RNs, who are entering retirement. Representing several years of cumulative nursing experience are RNs Jean Andre, Dave Taylor and Pam McGhee.

At the Oct. 15 Delta city council meeting, State Rep. Matt Soper arrived with a statement from Gov. Jared Polis that declared the month of October as Sgt. Rdean Young Month. The declaration is in honor of Delta Police Sgt. Rdean Young, who died last month, off duty.

What happens when a cow or a horse or most any other outdoor animal gets cold? They grow fur. They eat. They stay warm.

The old building that was once West’s Home Center is now being torn down. Delta Public Works Director Betsy Suerth announced at the town council meeting on Oct. 15 that the pre-demolition process had been completed that day.

It was supposed to be a routine mammogram for Christy Hawk. She had been getting them every year since she turned 40 and never had any issues. But on March 25, 2018, Hawk received news that would change the next year and a half of her life.



Stress. This is a word that we, as adults, often use to describe our state of mind. From workplace stress to home life, and added everyday stressors in between, we often feel overwhelmed. But did you know that our kids feel stress, too? While their causes of stress are different than ours, i…

Delta County School District board member Jill Jurca was recently awarded the McGuffey Award by the Colorado Association of School Boards. Jurca was nominated for the award by the Delta County School District for her outstanding service to students and staff over the last four years. The Col…

Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) is excited to announce Michelle Barhaghi, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., A.B.O.I.M., A.B.I.H.M. as the newest physician to join the Premier Women’s healthcare of Delta team.

The City of Delta plans to demolish the old West’s Home Center building, with the process beginning in a matter of days. According to Delta Public Works Director Betsy Suerth, the tear-down is expected to take about three weeks, as it must be done carefully due to the connected buildings on …

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected, without prejudice, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s filing to become rate-regulated under the federal body.

October 6-12 is National 4-H Week. As they do each year, members of the Delta 4-H Council visits the Delta County Commissioners to thank them for their support. On Oct. 1, the council brought commissioners a cake, juices and other goodies as a way to say thank you, and to invite them in cele…

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.

Over the last several years, the elevator at the Delta Public Library has been known to break down randomly, resulting in stuck visitors. Although it’s passed certifications, staff reportedly won’t use it and newer wheelchairs don’t fit inside.

On April 9, Barbara “Jeanne” Dewsnup, beloved and respected owner of both the Egyptian Theatre and the TruVu Drive In, passed away unexpectedly. This left the Delta theaters in the hands of her daughter, Kelly Iniguez, until recently. On Thursday, after a process that started in August, Kell…

A Delta County man who reportedly said he found methamphetamine in the parking lot of his business has been charged with 12 offenses, including multiple felonies.

Since 2016, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), City of Delta and Delta County have been working together to address the safety and congestion issues at the intersection of US 50 and Highway 92. Next year, 2020, CDOT is implementing a project to address these concerns.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently welcomed 34 new U.S. citizens during a special naturalization ceremony at the Colorado National Monument. This ceremony is one of more than 316 ceremonies that welcomed more than 34,300 new citizens at Constitution Day and Citizenshi…

In August the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) announced that travelers set an all-time spending record of $22.3 billion on Colorado trips and vacations in 2018. According to a report prepared for CTO by Dean Runyan Associates, Delta and Montrose counties also benefited from this spending incre…

In an effort to spur investments in Delta County, the county and numerous economic development partners are seeking funding for engaging Opportunity Zones (OZ) investments through a community prospectus — a set of marketing materials, strategies and cohesive messaging that highlights what ma…

The Presbyterian Church of Delta will be hosting a build day for the non-profit Sleep in Heavenly Peace this weekend.

The Harry A. White American Legion Auxiliary 65 of Delta will be holding its First Annual Early Christmas Gift Bazaar Jubilee 9 a.m. - 3p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Legion Hall. Stop by and get an early start on your Christmas shopping. They will offer a variety of unique items (including s…

Delta’s Stirrup Cup Arena will host a team roping competition at noon on Saturday, Oct. 5. Sign up begins at 11:30 a.m. The arena is located southeast of Delta at 22507-E Road.

The new school year has started and some new faces can be seen at the Technical College of the Rockies (TCR). The college recently welcomed three new staff members.

While citizens may have been experiencing delays in trash pickup due to issues with one of the refuse trucks, both vehicles are now up and running well this week and the City of Delta is on a normal pickup schedule. One of the trucks has been reportedly in the shop, which was leading to abou…

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office found significant quantities of drugs, as well as firearms during an investigation arising from a domestic violence complaint.

A community theater group, or ACT, organized by the 501(c)3 nonprofit Arts Coalition of Delta County (AC/DC), is proud to present “The Tin Woman” by Sean Grennan Sept. 27 and 28, and Oct. 4 and 5.

At 7:54 a.m. Sept. 17, officers of the Delta Police Department responded to the 900 block of Main Street on a report of a traffic accident involving a car that rolled over. Both south bound lanes were blocked. The tan car on its roof had run into the back of a parked and unattended vehicle w…

Evolving with the burgeoning hemp industry is sort of like putting one of those children’s swing sets together with no directions. But Matt Miles, shopping center, trailer park, grocery store and land developer, is going for it with the spirit of a dedicated father putting toys together on C…

Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of health columns from the Delta County Memorial Hospital. Topics will vary. If you would like to provide feedback, email editor@deltacountyindependent.com

A bogus police report caused the Delta Police Department to lose valuable time and resources Sept. 5 — the result, the police said Tuesday, of a jilted scammer trying to settle the score or possibly even bolster the scam by making good on threats to have law enforcement arrest the victim.

Singer Brandy Norwood once said, “Kids helping other kids is a great way to introduce children to the idea of being involved in charitable causes and volunteer work. This sets children on the path of doing good for others throughout their entire lives.”

In this initial column, please allow me to take a little time to introduce myself. I’m Gary Hubbell, a ranch real estate broker based in Hotchkiss. When we lived in Carbondale, I wrote a monthly column for The Aspen Times for over 20 years, and since we relocated to the North Fork Valley in …

In August, staff conducted a review of the Horse Country Arena and determined that the arena conditions had deteriorated to the point of unsafe conditions. After hearing of the closure, citizens attended the Delta City Council regular meeting Sept. 3 voicing their concerns and requesting rev…

Early in August Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Ryan recommended council begin discussions about conducting a no-cost preliminary assessment audit with Honeywell to see about retrofits, upgrades and efficiencies with the city’s capital and ongoing investments into energy infrastructure.

Nine-year-old Anja Ullmann plays the harp beautifully. Every other Monday evening,

With the hemp industry exploding like a box of fireworks and more than a hundred Western Slope growers a month or so away from the first big harvest, the proverbial primate spanner in the powertrain has reared its bureaucratic head. Even though Congress and the USDA have blessed the industri…

On Aug. 18, Delta County Coroner’s Office took into care Kit K. Rynerson who was deceased at her residence located at 180 SE Centennial Avenue i n Cedaredge. As of Sept. 9, Delta County Coroner’s Office has been unsuccessful in locating any next of kin or family members. If you know of famil…

Delta City Council recently approved submitting a letter of inquiry to the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) expressing desire to submit a grant application to fund a Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) Array in the city. The proposed 300-kW-DC PV array will procure clean, renewable electrical energy.

In a meeting held Sept. 3, Delta City Council adopted a resolution allocating the excess funds collected by the city during the 2018 fiscal year toward certain Main Street improvements. These funds, $36,315 of a TABOR refund, have been a city council discussion item for several months.

Early the morning of Sept. 7, Delta Police Department (DPD) officers were called to the 100 block of Garnet Avenue on reports of a stabbing in a home. A few hours later, DPD officers, with assistance from the Delta County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), located s…

Coming into the last quarter of 2019, the City of Delta City Council has started discussions on the 2020 budget. As the city aims to increase tourism, a focus on marketing and improving the city’s functionality are a clear desire.

The City of Delta is offering a handgun safety course at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 Palmer St., Delta. The next class dates are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sept. 14 or Oct. 5. The cost for the class is $80. Proper completion of this class allows you to apply for a concealed handgun permit. …

An early-morning stabbing in Delta left two people injured Sept. 7. The suspect, Robert Kyle Brown, 34, allegedly struggled with officers when they found him a few hours later; two officers were slightly injured during his arrest, according to a Delta Police Department news release.

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) lieutenant John “Tom” Jones is not only a proud mentor to young aviation cadets; he’s also a proud father.

At the Aug. 28 meeting the Delta County Planning Commission reviewed a Specific Development Application for Mountain Valley View Recreational Vehicle (RV) Park. After hearing concerns from several citizens and discussion, the commissioners decided to continue the discussion at the Sept. 11 m…

Following a Sept. 3 public hearing, the Delta County Board of County Commissioners directed staff to prepare a resolution to repeal all county regulations and language related to oil and gas surface activity from its land use regulations.

On Aug. 25, a video surfaced on Facebook depicting officers of the Delta Police Department conducting themselves in an unprofessional manner during an arrest. While the video shows only a short segment of the encounter, it captures behavior unacceptable to the standards of a Delta police officer.

In preparing to submit a Greater Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant to replace and upgrade the Cleland Park playground, citizens and the City of Delta Parks Department met Aug. 14 in a public meeting to discuss two proposed designs. Overall feedback was positive, with citizens showing excitement…

Red Shed Produce in Delta was the target of a burglary the night of Aug. 26. About $2,200 was stolen from the business.

Thanks to a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation (CHF), a new pump track and biking skills course is being built at Confluence Park in Delta. As part of the grant requirement, a public forum meeting where attendees can provide insight is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Bill He…

The City of Delta is moving forward with plans for the empty building on Main Street that was once West’s Home Center. The building will be leveled and the lot will be used for a pocket park. Demolition is set to begin around the middle of next month, after the abatement work is done and is …

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