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There is a former John Deere engineer in Iowa, who now farms some corn and he thinks he has discovered that he can grow corn on half the ground and get the same yield. And, he is not a flat earther or a tree hugger. He’s a real honest to God corn farmer. His name is Bob Recker, and he likes …

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.

On Oct. 19, we expressed our love for the Cedaredge community, including surrounding communities, with a banquet and auction. We are grateful we received back even more love. We thank the 100 people who bought tickets to our banquet (we thought our capacity was 96), over 40 people and mercha…

Paonia High School volleyball would like to sincerely thank all of our 2019 Pink Night/Rienks Night #RefuseToLose Sponsors: A Kidz Clinic; Allan and Kena Price; Bank of Colorado, Mitch Swanda; Basalt High School Football; Berg Harvest; Beth Allen; Big B’s Delicious Orchards; Bill and Lorna H…

Hotchkiss High School, the HHS volleyball players, coaches and parents would like to thank the community for supporting their 2019 Pink Out on Oct. 4. The team raised $9,500 for the Delta County Memorial Hospital Oncology Center. A big thank you to the following sponsors: Hawk Ranch, Tucker’…

Recent Legislation helps lower full price premiums by 30% in the individual market. You have no doubt caught some of the great healthcare news this summer regarding a significant drop in full price cost of premiums in the individual market across the state for 2020. The Western Slope will se…

I have to admit I feel a little overwhelmed with all the various organizations asking for financial support from us taxpayers. All of them: police, fire, school and library are worthwhile. They are crucial for our society. Without them, the wonderful towns in our county couldn’t exist as we …

Coloradans soon have an opportunity to make sure that our state’s spending stays under control. The November 2019 ballot has a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) question. Please vote to preserve the right to limit the Colorado legislature’s spending.

The November ballot includes a mill levy for funding for the public libraries in Delta County. To the DCI readers: please vote yes on 7A.



What is “Back The Badge?” Plain and simple it’s about keeping us safe and protected.

I am a passionate supporter of Delta County Libraries. My family attends storytime at the library in Delta each week and my twin boys are active in the summer reading program.

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.

People have asked, “When is your next article,” and commented, “We really look forward to them.” It is assuring to know that they are being read and I thank you for that.

As we head into the final stretch for this year’s election, it looks as though some tax initiatives are closer than others to passing. I, or the DCI, won’t come out and tell how you should vote in elections. Part of the opportunity or privilege to vote is for you to do your own research and …

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When I first tapped out a column and sent it to the DCI, my intent was to write about real estate issues, specifically dealing with farms and ranches. But I have a couple of topics that I have to get off my chest, and the first one here is our miserable cell phone service. Frankly, it is ter…

Recently, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected an application for Tri-State for regulation. Tri-State has another chance at applying, but in the meantime, it’s very good news for Colorado electricity co-ops that want to get out of their contracts with Tri-State. The Colorado Pub…

In her most recent Delta County Independent guest column, JoAnn Kalenak indicates that she is no fan of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR). She writes, “I agree that TABOR should be repealed — a statewide ballot question for 2019 — because I believe, for most governments in Colorado, 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.

“So it is that we can seldom help anybody. Either we don’t know what part to give or maybe we don’t like to give any part of ourselves. Then, more often than not, the part that is needed is not wanted. And even more often, we do not have the part that is needed.”—Norman Maclean, A River Runs…

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.

I attended the Sept. 3 meeting of the Delta County Board of Commissioners to participate in the discussion regarding regulations for oil and gas in our county. Because our state passed Senate Bill 181, communities have been given the opportunity to establish their own regulations for this in…

In its July 31 issue, the Delta County Independent ran a story from The Colorado Sun on Olathe Sweet Corn. Titled “Sweet corn put Olathe on the map, but seeds of economic revival didn’t take,” the in-depth piece was written by Grand Junction-based reporter Nancy Lofholm, a former Grand Junct…

Nothing creates controversy like oil and gas exploration. Capitalists vs environmentalists, Left vs Right — label it as you wish, but it’s emotional, no doubt.

We are full-bore digital now. Editorially speaking, our team’s mindset is to cover the story, write it and get it on our website as soon as possible. The fun part is getting you stories as they happen. We have a variety of ways to reach you, our reader, but for that to happen, you have to opt in.

Let’s start at the beginning — Hi! I’m Monica Garcia, and I am the new managing editor at the Delta County Independent. This is my third(ish) week at the paper, and I am excited to learn about the communities we serve and the people who call Delta County home.

Soon we will find out if the Colorado secretary of state will ratify a petition to repeal the so-called National Popular Vote law and have it placed on the November 2020 ballot. The petition clause allowed opponents of the law signed by Gov. Jared Polis the opportunity — providing they got e…

High in the San Juan Mountains and rising from the porous geology of the Grand Mesa, the headwaters to the Gunnison River — the second largest tributary to the Colorado River system — are among the areas in our nation most threatened from climate change.

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