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Skydiving business eyes Blake Field

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A skydiving business wants to set up commercial operations at Blake Field.

County commissioners at their Feb. 21 meeting approved a permit for Ultimate Skydiving Adventures LLC to operate out of a private hangar on a temporary basis.

"While Ultimate Skydiving Adventures LLC is newly formed, it appears that the applicant Benjamin Lowe has significant experience and exposure to skydiving," noted a report on the business compiled by the county attorney's office.

Ultimate Skydiving Adventures LLC plans to use a private, non-commercial hangar at Blake Field and needed county commissioner approval as "commercial operations are prohibited in private hangars without the authorization of the Board of County Commissioners. The owner of the hangar is in favor of this application and requests a temporary waiver," states the county attorney's report.

The temporary approval to operate would run from April through November. The business may become permanent if it is successful.

According to information provided by Ultimate Skydiving Adventures, LLC, the operators intend to employ "a small Cessna which requires managing a pilot, office person and two instructors." Owner Ben Lowe stated in the application, "I will be overseeing all aspects of the operation and hire well-qualified personnel."

Ultimate Skydiving Adventures LLC also operates in Moab and the owners cite a Montrose personal address, according to their application.

In other business at its Feb. 21 regular meeting (held on a Tuesday due to Presidents' Day), the Board of County Commissioners dealt with the following matters:

• Commissioners signed a letter of support for an application to the state seeking consideration of grant funding from the Space to Create arts program. The grant application is being sponsored by the Town of Paonia and by the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition.

• Commissioners lent their support for a grant request by a local business -- Mautz Brothers 3XM LLC -- located on Banner Road. The request is for a Recycling Resources Economic Grant Application through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. "3XM LLC has been grinding and composting for several years and this grant will allow them to expand and offer additional services that would benefit Delta County," states the commissioners' letter of support.

• Commissioners received a jail census showing 40 in detention and ten in work release on Feb. 13, and 38 in detention and 12 in work release on Feb. 21.

• Commissioners approved warrants for bills payable totalling $114,150 between Jan. 28 and Feb. 19.

• Turning Point Energy's proposal for an up to 50 megawatt AC photo voltaic solar project feeding into the Public Service Company of Colorado (Xcel) 2016 Renewable Connect project received favorable BoCC response.

"Delta County is ideally suited for a project of this scope and scale. The proposed project area (stated as located in the west part of Delta County) is surrounded by public land and lends itself to isolation and minimal interruptions," the county stated. "This project will fit well into the county's long-term strategic economic diversification plan."

• Commissioners signed a letter to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in support of Delta County Ambulance District's grant application for funds to pay for "personnel and services."

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