We now have a real opportunity to, not only show our concern for some of the effects of climate change, like erratic weather, drought, tree mortality, and fire, but the opportunity to support a bipartisan effort to address it. I am happy that there are now bipartisan efforts in both houses o…

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At the Colorado River District, we are working to ensure that whatever the future holds, there’s water on the West Slope to support our way of life. Whether you grow food, rely on clean water from your kitchen tap, or recreate on our rivers, the river district is working to develop every too…

Our reporter Lucas Vader is being criticized by some in the Cedaredge area for his article about the dust up with the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors. To recap Board of Directors member David Murphy decided he wanted an investigation into rumors he heard but are untrue …

David Starr moved to Cedaredge around 18 years ago…. Soon after he arrived, he put on a concert at the Apple Shed … a great concert at a great venue. I did not know David, then, but I wrote a note of gratitude for the concert. Little by little, my husband and I became friends with David and …

The end-of-year/New Year holidays seem to whiplash us from one extreme to the other: eat, drink and be merry vs. the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight and embrace a plant-based diet.

In response to the Jan. 1 article by Rod Pelton and Greg Brophy, “In Colorado, conservative and pro-oil and gas communities support renewables, too”:

I was amazed to see the article/editorial in your paper dated Dec. 25 written by Lucas Vader. I thought there would be some person who would at least proof his work before publishing, but obviously not.

While Open Enrollment has ended for most of the country, there is good news for Coloradans who purchase their own health insurance. Open Enrollment in our state continues through Jan. 15. We are a nonprofit Marketplace, available only to Coloradans, which means we have a bit more flexibility…

Should it ever be a moral issue to let $10,027 a month long term nursing care fee overshadowing the love of a long term marriage?

In 2004, Wheeler and Associates produced a report for the Town of Paonia entitled Final Feasibility Report for Improving the Water Supply System of the Town of Paonia, which concludes “The Town has enough water to meet its current and future demands during average years, but if these (407) s…

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used by psychologists and counselors lists a failure to attain a sense of ones true self as an Identity Disorder. The developmental psychologists believe that normal humans accomplish age appropriate tasks necessary to the successful completion of succee…



The following is in response to Nancy Harcourt’s recent letter to the Delta County Independent. While I am sure she sincerely believes that “A National Popular Vote would effectively eliminate battleground states,” when one considers states like California (population 39,557,045), Texas (28,…

Governor Jared Polis made a big show of visiting Grand Junction recently, and so did the Sentinel in an article. While we should all be grateful for Polis’ efforts to hear from voters, it’s concerning how much his administration is doing to throttle transparency in state government. The Denv…

The ballot on the water tap moratorium is now going out to voters in Paonia. A citizens’ initiative, this ballot is based on the idea that there is not enough water to meet the needs of the people of Paonia and the water companies. This is not true.

Having read the list of 10 reasons to vote against the water tap moratorium distributed around Paonia, I am struck by the use of the term “spill” to refer to any water from our springs not captured and directed into the town water system. This implies that any water not used by the town is t…

I can’t believe I am writing a letter to the editor, but I need to tell everyone about something that happened this week in the hopes that it won’t happen to you.

For most of us, Christmas is a hectic time of the year. We tend to busy ourselves with such activities as the putting up of a tree, the decorating of the outside of our homes, the shopping for the perfect presents for family and friends, and, of course, the sending off of thoughtfully worded…

Being an independent voter, beholden to neither political party, my concern regarding impeachment is that Congressional Republicans are ignoring Supreme Court precedent by holding President Trump harmless for stonewalling Congressional subpoenas. When President Nixon was being investigated, …

I would bet the majority of Delta County voters support good funding for our law enforcement and for our libraries. But we are smart enough to read all of each ballot measure. I don’t drink a glass of water with a tiny bit of poison in it, but politicians seem to serve this cocktail regularl…

Over the years I’ve experienced both ends when it comes to gift giving and children. I’ve seen joy from my three children’s faces many times when they were little and we hit the gift giving target spot on. I’ve also seen the look on their faces when we ask them to hold up their gift they jus…

Having just celebrated Thanksgiving we can be grateful to be able to retain a certain degree of hope in the face of our climate crisis. This, however, demands action. We must resist the ignorance of our current administration’s efforts to back away from the minimal efforts of the Paris Clima…

Recently there was a guest column letter on wolves by Bob Clark, which I would like to comment on.

The Hotchkiss Wear House would like to thank our community of volunteers, Hotchkiss High School students and teachers, family members, The Pack Shack, Memorial Hall Board and contractors that came to our rescue with the water damage in our store. Thank You to all for your helping hands to he…

To all who braved the weather and came out in support of Crawfords Christmas Festival. The continued generosity of those providing festive decorations, gift certificate’s and items to be auctioned. The beautiful music of David and Tamara Hauz, making the evening extra special. To those behin…

On Oct. 30, 2019, right before the election, John Caven’s letter to the editor asked Delta County voters to say “No” on Ballot Measure 7A. 7A failed on Nov. 5, and we can only speculate whether Caven’s letter had an impact on the outcome. Regardless, the voters of Delta County deserve the ch…

There’s a cloud hovering over the heads of the Delta City Council. Outside influences are creating a potential storm. But instead of taking a batten down the hatches approach, this storm can be stopped or at least slowed to a spring shower.

If only there were words that could express the heartfelt gratitude our family feels for the overwhelming love and support received from our beloved community. Everyone is so kind and caring. It's truly amazing to see how many lives our son has touched, from Delta County and beyond to the ru…

One of my “pet peeves” is the improper etiquette concerning hats/caps. Just wondering how many other people have the same “pet peeve” as I regarding men wearing their hats/caps in restaurants, churches, at funerals, other peoples homes, during the National Anthem, etc. REAL gentlemen/cowboys…

Sometimes you don’t win the trophy you want to win. Life consists of many losses, but it’s how you learn and grow from defeat that makes us better. Our beloved Panthers lost the state championship by a razor thin margin, but did it with dignity and class. When you are 16,17or 18 you may not …

I just had a total knee replacement surgery at Delta County Memorial Hospital. After much blood, sweat and tears, all is well and I am becoming a new person and will be climbing mountains in the spring.

First, I want to thank the voters of Delta for passing the vote to allow a medical marijuana dispensary in Delta. Second the City of Delta for thoughtful regulations and the handing of this process. As a holder of a legal medical marijuana license and user of several years, I am now happy to…

Just prior to Thanksgiving, Nancy Hoganson Hannah, Director of Community Relations for HopeWest-Montrose, sent us a note of gratitude for our continued support for their organization. Their mission is to provide the best hospice and palliative care in our region. Their care is not limited to…

Next week, President Trump will take a break from watching his impeachment hearings to pardon two turkeys. Every one of us can exercise our own pardon power by choosing a non-violent, cruelty-free Thanksgiving observance.

The 2020 presidential election is still months away, but already, we are hearing about 12 “battleground” states that always decide who wins because they have a propensity to swing back and forth between Democrat and Republican every four years. Because they are much more predictable, the oth…

On Nov. 19, 1960 the Delta Panthers football, led by Coach Don Stimack, would end that season’s final game as 2A State champions. A feat that has yet to be repeated.

When Colorado recently passed landmark legislation that radically changed who gets to regulate oil and gas drilling in the state, environmentalists cheered because it flipped the old model of fostering oil and gas development for one that put the interests of public health, safety and the en…

In a recent issue of DCI, there were two letters that touched on climate change. One encouraged Tri-State Generation and Transmission to transition more quickly to renewables and the other shorter one repeated debunked climate denier talking points. Those were: 1. We had a wet winter so long…

Delta County Ballot Issue 1A, commonly know as “Back the Badge,” lost by a little over 200 votes this past Nov. 5. The narrow margin, while a loss, showed how important public safety is even in a county where talk of raising taxes rubs most folks the wrong way.

Finally, hunting season is here. This is the time of year hunters, like myself, rise well before dawn, load up our gear and head out the door to enjoy the beautiful Colorado wilderness.

The Delta County Independent does a much better job of reporting the news than The Daily Sentinel. An added (bonus) is (it is) one-third the cost (of) the Sentinel and the layout in the Independent is better.

I found “Taking on the bear issue” article/opinion piece/rant, interesting. I agreed with a good portion of the piece until the writer started trashing CPW, the general public from the Front Range and CLIF BARs. Wow, really? Hunters in Wyoming blame coyotes and wolves for themselves not havi…

On the evening of Sunday, Nov. 3, we had the misfortune of needing an ambulance. But the fortunate part was that we got the Crawford Ambulance.

Two months after I graduated from Delta High School in 1981, tragedy struck.

As I watch my nation disintegrate via the hate for our president, I wonder what happened to two adages. One: “If you can’t beat them, join them.” And two: “What does it matter who gets the job done as long as it is done right?” We sit and watch our president defend himself constantly. This t…

The people voted “no” to various marijuana propositions but the proponents “for” kept pushing and pushing using various methods until they got their way. Now the same thing is happening to the school consolidation proposal for the North Fork Valley schools. Using statistics as reported by th…

I wanted to personally thank Dennis Anderson for drawing attention to my recent article that detailed the questionable conduct of Delta Mayor Ron Austin. That said, I wish to address a few points raised by Anderson.

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.

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