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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 …

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.…

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…



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.

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…

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.

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.

Whether you just eat food or produce it, you’ll want to plan on spending the weekend of Jan. 24 and 25 at the Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum in Montrose.

If you showed up at the parimutuel windows with this ticket you would need a wheelbarrow to haul the cash away. It’s called a trifecta, a run of three wins or grand events, according to the ubiquitous Mr. Webster.

Recently, the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund (RMWAF) turned in petitions with more than 210,000 signatures, forcing the matter of the reintroduction of wolves into Colorado a decision by voters on the 2020 election ballot. Having voters determine the fate of a matter of wildlife management …

The Delta City Council approved the second and final reading of the 2020 budget appropriations at the Dec. 3 Delta City Council meeting. The appropriations came in the form of Ordinance 12, 2019, and it appropriated sums of money to various funds and spending agencies in a way that was previ…

Is there a big inventory of farms for sale on the Western Slope?

Have you been naughty or nice to your teeth? It is hard to stay healthy during the holidays with all the sugar and sweets around — sugar cookies, chocolaty hot cocoa, sparkling cider and other warm Christmas delights. Here are some tips to keep your smile shiny and bright this year.

October is cancer awareness month, for the past several years, the Delta County Ambulance District has taken part in raising funds for those battling cancer. This has taken form in the selling and wearing of T-shirts and, new this year, pins. The district was able to raise $1,200 for the Gra…

Understanding your billing statements can sometimes be difficult. That is why it is encouraged to contact the facility and physician billing departments at Delta County Memorial Hospital with any of your billing questions and/or concerns. At DCMH, the billing department’s number-one priority…

Before Delta resident Cynthia Hansen accused Councilman Nathan Clay of a conflict of interest regarding Delta County Economic Development (DCED) at the Dec. 3 City Council meeting Delta County resident Scott Schaible emailed Clay about the same conflict.

In an article written by City of Delta Planning Commissioner Jay Stooksberry that was published in the Nov. 4 edition of the Montrose Mirror, he was very critical of Delta Mayor Ron Austin and his role in a proposed water park. In the Nov. 8 edition of the DCI, an editorial weighed in on the…

Cherry picking is not eligible for Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments. Were it, the Seattle Times Editorial Board would be packing in the cash. It seems as though the Times, and other outlets, have it in for Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and they are using the old “equality hammer” to wh…

The Colorado State University Extension Service will host the 2020 Beef Cow Symposium Jan. 10. The gathering of beef producers and those looking to become producers will be staged at Friendship Hall at the Montrose County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. with the symposium beginning at 9…

Zandon Bray, a third generation rancher and big game outfitter, has been elected to the Colorado Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He replaces another multi-generational cattle man, Hugh Sanburg. Sanburg served on the CFB in varying capacities for nearly 30 years.

At the Dec. 3 Delta City Council meeting, Delta resident Cynthia Hansen accused Delta Planning Commission Vice-Chairman Jay Stooksberry and Commissioner Ryan Crick of misconduct and malfeasance, and claimed that Councilman Nathan Clay had a conflict of interest in council discussions on Delt…

Senior Master Srgt. David Boyd selflessly gave up a lucrative career in the private sector to enlist in the United States Air Force following the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. In every location where he has been assigned, Boyd has demonstrated his desire to make his community a better pla…

Duane Homewood and his son, Ryan, cultivate something on the upside of 1,700 acres out in the Hillside/Ida Road area of Montrose County.

A recent challenge from the Delta High School Alumni Association to Pablo Payan’s art class at Delta High School was met and completed recently. The challenge arose from DHS students who noticed the spare tire covering on DHS Alumni Association president Dwain Bush’s vehicle had an Olathe Pi…

The first business I ever sold was my own, back when we held the outfitting permits in Marble. We first had the business listed with a broker who couldn’t get the job done, and ultimately I ended up selling it myself. At the time, the business was well positioned to succeed, because we had i…

Stacey Brown, Delta native, took over a small hair salon on Main Street in November of 1989. Thirty years later Rocky Mountain Hair Designs is throwing a party to celebrate. The anniversary bash will also include the announcement of new owner, Sarah Carlquist.

Back in early August I got an email from a young man named Alexander Handloff, who described himself as a post grad student from Colorado University. He was working on a project concerning “Food Systems” in Delta and Montrose counties.

Cookies, Girl Scouts and trout may seem like an unusual combination, but, last month, 18 Girl Scouts from Western Slope chapters became STREAM Girls. This Colorado Trout Unlimited workshop is designed to introduce youth to their local watershed through river conservation and recreation.

When it comes to the pharmacy department at Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH), its contribution to patient care is vital. From mixing IV medications to completing medication reconciliation, pharmacy technicians are essential in providing high quality pharmaceutical care.

Cotten Angus, of Hotchkiss, recently re-enrolled in the American Angus Association’s MaternalPlus program as a commitment to making genetic improvements in lifetime cow herd productivity. Breeders participating in MaternalPlus are focused to better evaluate herd reproductive performance, the…

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.

Now that we are getting into the colder weather, those pesky coughs, runny noses and fevers are back. At A Kidz Clinic, we want you to stay as healthy as you can this winter, and that includes combatting the cold and flu. How do you know which you have?

Every year millions of Americans suffer from the enduring lung illness, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). About 85 to 90 percent of all COPD cases are caused by cigarette smoking. Not only does it make it difficult to breathe, but it can cause serious long-term disability and is …

Delta County Memorial Hospital recently welcomed, Manuel Delgado, MS, PT, as the new rehabilitation director. Delgado oversees both in and outpatient rehabilitation for the hospital.

Nurses at Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.

The State Patrol confirmed, there is no evidence of drugs or alcohol involved in the Nov. 9 fatal car crash in Peach Valley, according to Colorado State Trooper Jeremy Tice. The driver of the incident currently has no charges against him.

Last month’s Sugar Plum Festival was a crowd pleaser and a financial success. The two-day autumn festival is staged each year by Altrusa International of Delta as a social gathering and fundraiser. The two-day event was held Oct. 25-26 at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta. Altrusa …

At the Nov. 5 Delta City Council meeting, Delta Police Department swore in a new officer, Kali Botts. She took the police oath of office before the council and officially joined the force.

On Sept. 21, Delta Police Officer Will Hammon took K9 Raico to the Colorado K9 Challenge, where Raico won first place in hardest hitting, first in hardest biting, first in the vehicle hide-find and second in obedience. According to Delta Police Chief Fedler, Hammon told him that he’d misunde…

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 …

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