Access to high speed Internet has been identified as a necessity for economic development, and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs will be providing $5.2 million to begin addressing this need on the Western Slope. On Aug. 6, Region 10 LEAP Inc. received the official notice of award for a grant it submitted in partnership with the cities of Delta and Montrose, Delta County, Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA), and Delta County Economic Development (DCED).
Five recruiting firms responded to a request for proposals from the City of Delta, which is renewing its search for a new city manager. Bids ranged from $9,500 to $25,000, interim city manager Glen Black said at a work session last week.
Every summer, it becomes clear that Delta County residents value reading. This is proven to the Delta County Libraries in many ways: by organizations donating money for programming, by parents taking time to bring their children to events, by the cheers of the crowd as the library float passes by in local parades, and by the hours and hours participating readers log during the summer reading program.
Are you concerned about how Colorado will balance the water needs of cities, farms and the environment in coming decades? If so, you have an opportunity to make your voice heard by state water leaders.
Congressman Scott Tipton opened his Delta town hall on Aug. 4 by recognizing all present who had served in the country's military, as well as the Cedaredge musicians who have been nominated to participate in the Washington, D.C., Memorial Day events next year.
He then spoke of pending legislation in the House of Representatives.
At the request of Matt Horn, the owner of Delta's newest liquor store, the Delta City Council is considering an ordinance that would allow liquor tastings in retail establishments.
According to state statute, tastings are limited to five hours a day, no more than 104 days a year, and must be from store inventory.
Energy Outreach Colorado has committed $100,000 to Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) to help members with past due balances make the transition from a traditional account to the co-op's new prepay program, My Choice.
Energy Outreach Colorado is an independent non-profit raising money to help provide home energy assistance to low-income Coloradans, according to a posting on the Internet.
Frieda Wallison, chair of the Colorado Third Congressional District Republican Central Committee, has announced the appointment of Joyce Rankin, Republican of Garfield County, to fill the CD3 seat on the Colorado Board of Education. The seat was recently vacated by the resignation of Marcia Neal.
Jesus E. Gonzalez-Regalado, 53, of Hotchkiss was issued a ticket for alleged careless driving, owner operated uninsured motor vehicle and drove motor vehicle without a valid driver's license after being involved in a two-vehicle crash in the 100 block of Highway 92.
The $5.22 million grant awarded to Region 10 and its partners comes from a special state account earmarked to pay "broadband" infrastructure development costs. The account is administered by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and funded with monies paid to the state by Colorado's energy exploration, development and production industry.
The Delta County (Historical Society) Museum has created a new exhibit which highlights Delta High School, focusing on band and athletic recognition clothing from the past. Other DHS-related items are included in the exhibit, including photos and miscellaneous items from the past.
Older adults who enroll in the Volunteers of America, Senior CommUnity Care (SCC), Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), are invited to be part of a program to work on telling their life story. Named the Living Legacy Project by SCC staff, the purpose is to share with others the participant's life through old photos, music, quotes, scriptures and other memorabilia and to record these moments on a video.
The German restaurant Opa's is planning a grand opening celebration Saturday, Aug. 15. Live music, a chance to win dinner for two, and a special appearance by The German Club are planned.
The number of real estate transactions in Delta County increased by 18 percent in the second quarter of 2015. According to a quarterly report from Heritage Title Company, second quarter sales totaled 263, compared to 223 a year ago.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center is having a full facility maintenance closure Tuesday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day). From Sept. 1-4, the front desk will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for general information and class registration.
Sales tax revenues are up slightly over the same period last year, golf course revenues are higher than they've been in the past six years, and an outside audit of city finances revealed no concerns.
Towering piles of tires -- estimated at 4,500 -- have been removed from a North Delta residence, but not before several municipal court appearances by Melissa Antillon, who owns a used tire business with her husband Tito.
The proceedings culminated with a trial before Judge Brad Kolman, sitting in for Judge John Baier.
Two school board seats will be filled in the November election, and while the election is several months away, the window for circulating nominating petitions is upon us.
Candidates can pick up a "notice of intent to run" form from the county clerk's office that must be signed by 50 registered electors and returned to the county clerk by Aug. 28.
It is understandable that when a business or industry feels threatened, it will do anything it can to counter the threat. Unfortunately, that may include ignoring and distorting facts.
Not everyone who lives in Paonia and Hotchkiss wants or is able to drive to see a doctor in Delta. When the hospital took over the management of the North Fork Medical Clinics last year, I hoped that they would provide financial sustainability to keep this infrastructure in place.
The Creamery Art Gallery in Hotchkiss hosts superb collections of fine art. Currently work from the Delta Fine Arts Guild is being shown at the Creamery and will be on display until the third week of August.
A friend of mine suggested for me to eat at the Delta Senior Center and I tried it. Now I know all the benefits I am receiving from that and want to share that invitation with all of you in this community or elsewhere.
We are visiting our aunt in Fort Collins and we learned that the Fort Collins City Pool has a doggie day on the last day of the year. The next day the pool is drained till the next summer.
Delta County recently went on record supporting the withdrawal of important public lands from future oil and gas development so they can be enjoyed and protected for their other uses and values. In addition, Delta County has expressed its intent to use its local authority over development to make sure the community has a voice in shaping how this activity proceeds where it does happen in the county, such as in the "lease exchange" area being sought by Texas-based SG Interests.
I am writing to state my objection to the Paonia Town Council's lack of process as they pushed through its painted streets policy. On July 14, the Paonia Town Council considered a draft policy.
Following months of letters and complaints regarding the heavy commercial traffic continuing to make Main Street a very noisy and uncomfortable place to shop and socialize, I can't understand why something hasn't been done with regard to the traffic light pattern. As someone with friends who drive big rigs I have heard the one thing that will make the drivers choose the bypass is having to constantly stop and start just to get through town.
In response to Kathy Svenson's letter, I am stepping up as a school board candidate. I made my decision to become a candidate in early March, and since then I have attended school board meetings, visited schools and with teachers and principals, and listened to voters.
Here in northwest Colorado, we would like your help in fighting the EPA and Wild Earth Guardians. The Wild Earth Guardians have sued Colowyo Coal Mine in Craig.
Sarah and Nathan Weisinger of Fort Madison, Iowa, are the parents of a daughter, Eliza Rose Weisinger, born Aug. 3, 2015, in Iowa. She has an older sister, Ella.
Donna Cok finished her MBA in health care administration with a 3.62 GPA. Her passion for children and teaching have inspired her to return as a director in clinical education at one of the top leading children's hospitals in the country.
Fifty years ago Hotchkiss High School graduated 42 students from the class of 1965. Last weekend's 50th class reunion was attended by 24 classmates who ranged in distance from Milan, N.M., and Coweta, Okla., to Hotchkiss.
Anna Lyons died June 29, 2015, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 84.
Bernard "Bud" McMillan died Aug. 1, 2015, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 91.
Former Cedaredge resident and public works director Gary M. Noah died July 29, 2015, at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 61.
Austin resident Grace C. Goetzfried died Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 84.
Martha "Marty" Jean Morris Nolen died Feb. 22, 2015, in Delta. She was 87.
Hotchkiss resident Michael John McCarthy died at his Sunshine Mesa Ranch on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, following a valiant battle with cancer. He was 75.
Russell Lamont Harris died Aug. 6, 2015, at the age of 93.
Mr. Harris was born on the family farm outside of Loomis, Neb., on Nov. 13, 1921, to Victor and Selma (Jacobson) Harris.
Charlotte "Trish" Whitecloud died Friday, July 31, 2015, in Delta. She was 62.
Mandi Chermak will represent Delta County when she models her grand champion 4-H clothing project later this month at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.
Chermak, an 18-year-old sophomore at the University of Northern Colorado and daughter of Cristen and Rick Chermak of Hotchkiss,
JUNIOR GOAT SHOW
Showmanship - Senior
The Town of Crawford is pleased with the response to its annual letter requesting removal of noxious weeds. At the Aug. 5 trustees meeting, public works director Bruce Bair followed up on the letters, sent in June, asking residents whose properties had signs of weed problems to remove them.
open class horticulture
Berries and Nuts
Here are the stocking numbers for the Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery as of July.
A total of 172 market animals and pens were offered for sale by 4-H and FFA members at the 2015 Junior Market Livestock Sale, held Saturday, Aug. 8, at the county fair.
"Delta County Memorial Hospital remains committed to the health care needs of the North Fork communities. The hospital has a plan in motion to provide quality health care with improved access for North Fork families," said DCMH CEO Jason Cleckler.
The Town of Paonia is in the process of restructuring its fee schedule, which means some fees may go up substantially, while others will remain the same or jump slightly.
Speaking at the July 28 meeting of the board of trustees, town manager Jane Berry said that many of the town's current fees are in the $10-$25 range.
Drivers beware: Delta County kids will head back to school on Wednesday, Aug. 19. For students opting to walk or bike to campus, a coalition of Paonia residents and leaders is working to ensure that safe routes to school exist.
This is another cloudy August day. I'd like more sun, thank you! But the weather will be what the weather will be.
Members of the Cedaredge High School four-time consecutive Class 1A state champion marching band have been busy all summer with band-related activities including band camp for some, and fundraising projects.
The Orchard City Irrigation District (OCID) board, meeting last week, increased its water share allocation to 130 percent. The previous allocation was 80 percent.
Orchard City's town government has been advised by a state water official that it has to revise a 2010 ordinance dealing with construction in floodplains, but town officials have questions.
Orchard City Trustees wondered whether other municipalities in the area had received the same instructions on changing their local floodplain ordinances.
Private, domestic water company representatives were told last week that public funding participation by USDA Rural Development will cover "at most 45 percent of costs" for private water system improvements. However, even funding at the 45-percent level is not guaranteed.
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