Despite intense media scrutiny and a flurry of Facebook posts, the distribution of atheist and "freethinking" materials in Delta County schools last Friday was a remarkably quiet event. Some people even referred to it as a "non-event."
Organizers from the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers report school staff was "welcoming and respectful."
Not long ago, Delta County was said to be broadband deficient. Now, there are two broadband "middle mile" systems in planning or construction and consumers look to benefit as other Internet options become available.
A budget advisory committee has recommended that the bulk of an anticipated 50J revenue increase go to salaries and benefits for school district employees.
Between an increase in state funding and some carryovers, Delta County Joint School District #50 expects to have an additional $1.1 million available in the 2016-17 budget.
Robert J. Reeder, 52, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged following too closely after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 92 at Meeker Street. No injuries were reported or observed. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.
A Democratic Party candidate has submitted necessary paperwork to the county and will appear on the primary and general election ballots as a candidate for Delta County Commissioner District 2, the elections department reports.
Travis Mills, a resident of Cedaredge, was named by the local Democratic Party vacancy committee as the chosen District 2 candidate for the party at its assembly last month.
Delta County's emergency manager, Jeff Wright, was recently awarded with the Colorado Emergency Manager "Rookie of the Year" award.
Wright took over his duties as the county's emergency manager in February of last year.
In March, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) announced Phase I of its fiber-to-the-premises broadband business. Paonia, Orchard City and South Montrose were identified as the zones to be targeted first. Specific details about the exact locations these areas will include are not yet available.
The Board of County Commissioners is considering a policy stand on proposed regulations by the Bureau of Land Management. If adopted, the new regulations could establish a rules regimen that would affect gas exploration and development here in negative ways, commissioners believe. The proposed regulations would add considerable financial uncertainty to the business decisions made by exploration and production companies.
There have been some comments by the candidates for the Paonia Board of Trustees and mayor, to the effect that "if the North Fork Valley Airport is not making money, then sell it." As a resident of Delta County, but not of Paonia, I have been closely associated with the North Fork Valley Airport since I moved here almost 17 years ago, and currently have a hangar at the airport.
This is an open letter to those who poison animals with antifreeze. It is so easy to put out antifreeze to kill an animal as you turn your back, like it is no big deal. Let me fill you in on what happens to that animal.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team ran into a determined Meeker team on Saturday. The Cowboys used a late-inning surge to score a 13-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader in 2A District 2 baseball play in Cedaredge.
The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School finally got to enjoy a little home cooking.
The Bulldogs improved to 10-0 for the season and swept Rangely in a twinbill last Saturday at Hotchkiss, beating the Panthers with football-esque scores of 14-0 and 39-0.
Delta was busy this past week with baseball games against Montrose and Battle Mountain.
The Indians used a big run in the late innings to defeat Delta, 15-7. Against Battle Mountain, the Panthers found enough offense to sweep a doubleheader from the Huskies, 8-2 and 6-4.
The Paonia High School girls' tennis team is just getting started, and the Eagles have been hot despite the cold weather at the beginning of the season.
Like the boys' tennis team, which plays in the fall, the girls' team is comprised of athletes from both Paonia and Hotchkiss High School.
"A Salute to the Troops," the seventh annual banquet and fundraiser for Outdoors Alive, will be held Saturday, April 30, at Heritage Hall in Hotchkiss. Cost for a prime rib dinner and more is $25 per person.
The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.
The March meeting of Delta County 4-H Council was called to order at 7 p.m. by Derek Johnson at the Maloney house in Hotchkiss.
Pledges were said.
Alex Waege and Mike Kinas of Montrose are the parents of a son, Carsen Kane Kinas, born March 24, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.
The University of Wyoming lists 44 students from Colorado on the 2015 fall semester Provost's Honor Roll, including Daniel Ford of Paonia.
Karen Edens, barbering instructor at Delta-Montrose Technical College (DMTC), was recently recognized by the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education as the 2016 Faculty Member of the Year at DMTC. Edens has been a barber for 30 years and has taught barbering and cosmetology classes at DMTC for five years.
Delta-Montrose Technical College hosts a scholarship luncheon for its practical nursing students annually. The local community has been extremely generous and supportive of the technical college and the nursing program.
Two modular buildings no longer in use at the old elementary school in Cedaredge will be moved to address a "serious need" for additional classroom space at the Delta campus of Vision Charter Academy.
At an estimated cost of just over $300,000, the move doesn't come cheap, but it's less than new construction of energy-efficient classrooms.
A celebration of life for Dale W. Suckow will be held Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Riley Pavilion in Cleland Park. A potluck lunch will begin at noon.
Longtime Delta resident Donna Ames died Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 74.
John E. Tingler of Cedaredge died March 28, 2016, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. He was 89.
Lifetime North Fork Valley resident Ruth L. Smith died Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 90.
Longtime Delta resident Ruth Wethington died Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Willow Tree Care Center. She was 85.
The Bridge Street space recently vacated by Grandma Jo's Attic will open as Buried Treasures, a consignment store benefiting the nonprofit RezDawg Rescue, Inc.
Paula Olsen, who grew up in Crawford, closed Paula's Boutique consignment store on Grand Avenue in Paonia last week and will shift her focus to the nonprofit. "It was kind of a tough spot," said Olsen.
With the current downturn in the economy, one way to bring more people and dollars to the North Fork is through the Delta County Fairgrounds.
Plans for improvements at the county-owned facility, located in Hotchkiss, could bring both recreational and financial benefits to the North Fork area, and to the county.
After graduating from Hotchkiss High School in 2010, Jesse Hotchkiss didn't plan to race snowmobiles. But in 2012 he traveled to the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association (RMSHA) national championships in Jackson Hole as part of the Weekender Sports crew.
For more than a decade, Mike Gwinn has been at the heart of the Western Slope music scene.
"I've played in some of the strangest, most unlikely places," said Gwinn, whose first public appearance was in 1959.
After 21 years of working for Delta County Libraries, Myrna Westerman is retiring, taking with her all the lore and history that she has collected in that time. Best known for her role as the manager at Paonia Library, Westerman experienced the excitement and challenges of building a new library, the overwhelming process of moving from a card catalog to an electronic circulation system, and the pleasures of working with many, many different people.
On Feb. 9, a new Red Hat Society chapter was founded by Margie Brungardt. Seven ladies met at the home of Carole McDaniel, who hosted a get-acquainted tea. Margie Brungardt was co-hostess.
Delta-Montrose Technical College career services coordinator Jessica Carlson wants all area high school students to know about the career options the school has to offer. On a visit last week to Paonia High School, Carlson explained that a four-year degree used to be the standard option for graduating seniors.
The intersection at Fifth Street and Grand Avenue in Paonia is about to get a facelift.
Located between the elementary and high schools and between property owned by the Delta County School District and the local Subway, a lot of kids walk through the intersection on their way to and from school.
Assuming there were no ties or needed recounts, election results are in and each of the three North Fork municipal governments will swear in their newly elected leaders at their next regularly scheduled meeting.
Crawford will hold a swearing-in ceremony for four new trustees and a new mayor tonight at 7 p.m. at Crawford Town Hall.
There's a bird shadow across our driveway ... fairly large, so a hawk or a raven. And now there's the bird, landing in the west cottonwood tree. It settles in and the yellowing leaves flutter down.
Area animal shelters including the Surface Creek Shelter at Cedaredge participated in the rescue rehabilitation of mistreated dogs over recent weeks.
On Friday, March 25, around 1 p.m., CAWS Adoption Center manager Sirena Ward got an emergency call from the county sheriff's department.
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