The International Dark Sky Association and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park are proud to announce the official selection of Black Canyon as an International Dark Sky Park. This highly sought designation means that Black Canyon has exceptional opportunities to observe dark skies and has implemented a program of dark sky preservation, education, and opportunities for the public to enjoy the night sky.
Community Options, Inc. has broken ground on a new location at 932 North Park Avenue in Montrose. Local contractor Vostatek Construction has been hired for the initial phase which is scheduled to be complete in the fall.
The Board of County Commissioners was generous in its thanks to two county elected officials who unraveled and tracked down a property tax snafu that netted county taxing entities $41,000 they had been owed.
Farm Service Agency administrator Val Dolcini reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Sept. 30 to enroll in several key Farm Bill safety net programs -- Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).
"These programs provide important risk protection for farm and dairy operations, so it is important not to miss the deadline for enrollment," said Dolcini.
Hungry? Abraham Connection serves free meals every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Westminster Hall, 135 E. 4th Street, Delta, across from the post office. There are no income restrictions
Leon Logothetis is spreading a message of hope and kindness, inspiring young and old to follow their dreams. Last week the global adventurer/author shared inspirational words with high school students in Cedaredge and Delta, encouraging them to live their dreams.
There is nothing more satisfying and heartwarming than feeding a person who is hungry. As the Abraham Connection prepares to offer meals and shelter in its new building, the way meals are prepared and served will change from previous years.
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announces the full closure of U.S. 50 in Delta Sept. 18-22. CDOT crews will be working with a specialty unit of the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) to perform much-needed repair work to rails that run on U.S. 50 in Delta. The closure is expected to last five days.
On Thursday, Sept. 3, Toyota Motor Sales, USA and the National Environmental Education Foundation, also known as NEEF, announced a $4,000 grant award to the Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative.
Recognizing a need for collaboration, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Tri-State, Western Area Power Administration and a community-based nonprofit Uncompahgre/Com united to develop Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative (WCLC).
Larry Vincent was recently promoted from controller and human resources director to chief financial officer for Delta County Memorial Hospital. He has been with the Delta hospital for seven and a half years and will now be supervising hospital departments including nutritional services, information systems, housekeeping/laundry, physician billing, medical records, purchasing/maintenance, accounting, patient accounting and human resources.
Cody W. Fedler, 19, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged disorderly conduct and destruction of property.
Eloy O. McLaughlin, 44, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged third degree assault.
Some stands of aspen and cottonwood trees across Colorado won't be their most picturesque this fall, due to leaf spot diseases that benefitted from an unusually wet spring and early summer. For about the past month, foresters have been seeing an unusually high degree of leaf blight in the mountains and along the Front Range, as far south as Aspen, the Collegiate Peaks and Colorado Springs.
Richard and Shirley Muñoz have been cooking with hemp oil and eating the nutrient-rich hemp seeds for their own health benefits -- Shirley to avoid blood pressure medication, and Richard to relieve pain and inflammation in his knees. The products are readily available at health food stores, imported from Canada or China.
According to a recently released preliminary environmental assessment, BLM's Uncompahgre Field Office is considering the reissuance of 10 grazing permits authorizing livestock grazing on nine allotments in the North Delta Land Health Unit.
HopeWest is hosting a new weekly grief support group in Delta for anyone coping with the death of a loved one.
Mending Hearts will meet every Thursday for 10 weeks beginning Sept. 15 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Westminster Hall at 135 East 4th Street in Delta.
The reality about corporations is that corporations and their directors are mandated to shareholders to make a profit. They are NOT mandated to protect the long-term health of those who consume their products.
It is so nice to hear the coal trains going through town again -- much more frequently than lately. It gives some credence to the edifice being built at the west end of Rogers Mesa.
The situation in Paonia has become critical. A new audit of the town's finances has the trustees panicked. There are big changes ahead for people who use the town's water, sewer or trash, get building permits or are charged with infractions of the town's ordinances.
Following last Friday's 14-12 win in Olathe, Cedaredge has opened the season with a 2-0 record. A week prior, the Bruins dealt Basalt a 21-6 defeat.
You have to start somewhere to get where you're going. That is wickedly true for the Aspen Skiers who visited Cedaredge's softball team in doubleheader action at The Field of Dreams.
After last week's volleyball action Cedaredge is 2-0 in 2A/1A Western Slope Grand Mesa League standings and 3-3 overall. Paonia's Eagles lead the way at 2-0 and 3-0.
Three Delta County high schools saw vastly improved performances from their boys' cross country teams at the Hotchkiss Invitational last Saturday at Hotchkiss High School.
The hilly 5k course got hotter as the day went on, and the boys ran the final test of the event. Montrose standout Ian Meek was the overall winner for the second week in a row, and he did it in impressive fashion.
Delta High School's softball schedule is hectic to say the least. Last week was a five-game schedule and another five-game stint was scheduled for the second week in a row. The Panthers were in Palisade on Tuesday, Sept. 8, where they scored a 19-8 win in six innings.
Delta High School's volleyball team played five games last week, beginning with Central's Warriors on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The Panthers also played twice on both Friday and Saturday as they hosted a volleyball tournament on those two days.
Make it 25 in a row for the Eagles.
Paonia's high school football team played in front of its home fans for the first time this year last Friday night and the Eagles showed that the present and the future are looking good.
The Paonia High School volleyball team is back to its winning ways.
After defeating Caprock and Rangely in its first home matches of the year last week, the Eagles are showing signs of the chemistry and teamwork that got them to the state tournament last year.
Taylor Redding is a student at Colorado Mesa University, taking classes five days a week. She attended Paonia High School and graduated in December, six months early.
A new chapter was written in an old rivalry at the Hotchkiss Cross Country Invitational girls' race last Saturday at Hotchkiss High School.
Hotchkiss senior Mae Anderson cruised to a first-place finish, completing the hilly course in the adobes behind the high school less than 25 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Chelsea Meilner of Paonia.
Megan Collins and Dave Todd of Crawford are the parents of a son, Leo Boyd Todd, born Sept. 5, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.
In late summer, the Delta Rotary Club welcomed Lindsay Roberts as its newly elected president. Officers for the 2015-16 term include Morgan Yost, past president; Jim Wetzel, treasurer; and Jody Jorns, secretary. Meetings are held every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Daveto's in Delta.
The League of Women Voters of Montrose County, serving Montrose and Delta counties, will be participating in National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register thousands of voters on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The league will be available to assist voters who want to register online or update their registration if they have moved at the Montrose Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m., and at the Delta library from 10 a.m. to noon.
Thursday, Sept. 17, will mark the beginning of the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America's most important document is one of America's least known official observances.
The students in Cedaredge Middle School's gifted and talented department are always hard at work creating projects for the betterment of not only Cedaredge, but all of Delta County. Back in 2011, the GT students designed, promoted, and built a disc golf course that's free and open to everyone interested at any time.
In every elementary, middle and high school in Delta County, Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23) is being observed with a variety of activities.
The school board is acknowledging the historic significance of the event with a proclamation encouraging "all citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787."
Alice Hunt died of pancreatic cancer Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at her home. She was 79.
Lifetime Delta County resident Betty J. Harris died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at her home in Hotchkiss. She was 74.
Robert Ira Riddle died Sept. 9, 2015, at his home in Grand Junction. He was 91.
Elsie Bokelman died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at her home in Olathe. She was 91.
Paonia resident Nellie Harding died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at Paonia Care Center in Paonia. She was 82.
Ruth Emmons of Paonia died Sept. 8, 2015, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 93.
Crawford resident Wendi Lee Olguin died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at her home. She was 43.
The Town of Paonia is working toward a sound financial future as it deals with past years of fiscal neglect, mismanagement and thievery dating back to 2007.
At the Sept. 8 board meeting, trustees considered the 2014 budget audit report by the accounting firm of RubinBrown as a measurement of just how deep the troubles go, and how much needs to be done to balance the budget and meet legal requirements while continuing to provide operational services.
The North Fork Ambulance annual membership brochure was mailed to over 5,000 homes and businesses on Sept 15. The best reason to become a member is it will help keep emergency ambulance service responding from within each of our communities!
Partners for the Silver Leaf project closed last week on the 1.5-acre vacant parcel, located on the north side of Third Street between Clark and Minnesota avenues. The land is zoned R-2 and platted for 19 lots and was listed for $179,900 by Re/Max Mountain West.
The Colorado Grand celebrates its 27th annual tour with a lunch stop in Hotchkiss on Friday, Sept. 18. The Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce has hosted a lunch for the Colorado Grand road racers on their multi-day jaunt around Colorado for 19 of the past 27 years.
North Fork Mosquito Abatement District board president Rain Klepper came before the Hotchkiss council on Sept. 10 to request money to continue mitigation work after the organization ran out of payroll money the first week of August. While the organization made it through the entire 2014 season without having to ask for money, the wet, warm spring made for a long and especially challenging season.
School spirit will have nowhere to hide this week as Paonia High School celebrates Homecoming Week.
This year's theme is "A Lifetime of Music." Throughout the week, classes will compete in sports and other events, vying for both class points and bragging rights.
Hotchkiss Fire District is recruiting volunteer firefighters.
Anyone interested in volunteering or learning about what is required to be a volunteer firefighter is welcome to attend the district's "Make Me a Firefighter" events.
If there was a Best in Show at this year's Tomato Fest, it would likely have gone to the diminutive Mexican Midget. The marble-sized heirloom variety won in two categories, with grower Randy Slater claiming the "tastiest" category and Matt Kottenstette claiming this year's "smallest" tomato honors.
Work on the Town of Hotchkiss' long-anticipated sewer line rehabilitation project is scheduled to begin Sept. 28. Most of the work will be done within the town's alleys, beginning at the alley between Pinon and Cedar streets, and Highway 92 and Hotchkiss Avenue.
"Shish KaBikes" may seem like an unusual name for a bike shop, but once you meet Scott Shishim, it makes perfect sense.
Shishim opened Shish KaBikes in Paonia this summer.
Editor's note: With students, teachers and friends gathering on Wednesday, Sept. 16, for an all-school reunion of Eckert School, Norm Kehmeier wanted to share a history of the schools with our readers. The reunion is at the Eckert Presbyterian Church, 13025 Highway 65, Eckert, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Anyone who attended Eckert School at any time is invited.
The First Baptist Church of Cedaredge, 370 W. Main Street, invites children to a very exciting program for kids between the ages of 3 and 18. The group will meet every Wednesday evening (6:30-8 p.m.) during the school year, except for school breaks and holidays.
Organizers of the annual Five Alarm Chili Cookoff fundraiser for the Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department are asking the community to be extra thoughtful this year and prepare a pot of chili to donate for the Thursday, Oct. 1 event.
This hugely popular community chilifest requires lots of chili to satisfy area residents who want to participate in tasting the various offerings and make a generous donation to the department's firefighters.
When you hear the word "doors" do you think of entering your home or job or storefront, a hidden passage, or something more abstract and emotional? Twenty-four members of the Grand Junction Art Quilt Association (AQuA) submitted their fiber interpretation of "Doors" for a special exhibit to hang in October at both the Quiltfest Oasis in Palm Springs and the 24th annual Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) in Santa Clara, Calif.
Students, staff, alumni, fans and friends of Cedaredge High School are well into 2015 Homecoming activities.
The excitement has been building all week.
What a summer this has been! Fairly cool with lots of rain showers and fast growing weeds. There is still lots to see scattered along North Road and here is one of my favorites!
Cedaredge trustees find themselves in the position of playing referee for a contest between local tennis players and a community of pickleball players.
The pickleball players are working to establish their popular new sport using town facilities -- once the preserve of tennis -- and they have asked the town to budget funding of their activity.
Though the town's water fund was tapped for cash to support the golf course in 2014 and 2015, Cedaredge officials are hoping the golf course won't be using more cash assistance from the water fund in 2016.
Town Administrator Katie Sickles told trustees during a Sept. 3 work session on the 2016 budget, "We are hoping for positive financial contributions this year."
I was going to discuss watering issues this week, but a house call about saving aspen trees has gotten me sidetracked. The new owners of a recently purchased house in Cedaredge wanted to know if the aspens in their yard could be saved. My answer was a qualified yes.
The youth campers at Big Spruce camp on Ute Trail Road, north of Cedaredge, enjoy making a difference in their community. When looking for a service project for this past summer's camp, they decided to help Cathy Meskel of Cedaredge in supporting our active duty military.
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