From June 15 to June 30, owners of taxable personal property (e.g., business furnishings, equipment, etc.) may challenge the county assessor's valuation of their property. The value determined by the assessor is based on information submitted on your Personal Property Declaration Schedule.
In advance of a BLM hearing in Grand Junction Tuesday, Western Colorado Congress (WCC) and Delta County Economic Development hosted a "Coal Conversation."
The June 23 hearing focused on a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land and a proposal to increase royalties on production -- both of which could put additional pressure on the struggling coal industry.
The county commissioners have adopted several more private subdivision roads into the county road maintenance program.
Added to the list on Monday were Violetta Road and LJ Road in the Hilltop Minor Resource subdivision; Dry Creek Circle in the Dry Creek subdivision; and Harold Drive and Ruth Lane in the Sun-Rise subdivision.
The Board of County Commissioners has taken a strong stand in opposition to national planning rule changes proposed by the Bureau of Land Management, saying they will negatively impact county interests and citizens.
The commissioners contend the proposed Resource Management Planning Rule (also known as Planning Rule 2.0) fails in its aim to modernize agency resource management planning in four key areas:
Medical emergencies can happen any time. When they do, there is confusion, panic and urgency.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) announced the results of the 2016 board of directors election at the annual meeting of members June 16. A total of 5,026 votes were cast.
In a unanimous decision issued June 16, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, D.C., struck down a fee imposed by Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association (Tri-State) on wholesale electric customers -- such as DMEA -- who purchase energy from renewable resources like wind, solar, hydro or geothermal power.
Larry Reeder (left) and Ben Martinez retired from the Delta Volunteer Fire Department after 20 years of service. At their retirement party, Emily Martinez, Ben's daughter, read a touching letter she had written.
Caleb D. Ward, 33, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged harassment and child abuse.
Nicky Morales, 56, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged violation of a protection order.
Region 10 welcomes Nancy Murphy as its new director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). With over three decades of executive business experience (with a keen eye for marketing), Murphy will play a vital role in continued support of the small business community in Delta, Montrose, Ouray, Gunnison, Hinsdale and San Miguel counties.
June 20-26 is National Pollinator Week. Pollinators are a group of diverse animals that play a critical role in the world's food production.
At the June 20 meeting of Delta City Council, city manager David Torgler reminded the council that former Police Chief Robert Thomas left Delta in September 2015 and that Sergeant Charles Kettle has been serving as interim police chief since that time.
Torgler said hiring a police chief is necessary.
Volunteers of America (VOA) will no longer lease the kitchen at the Delta Senior Center to prepare meals for its clients because VOA has acquired a new kitchen. However, VOA wishes to continue to serve meals at the Senior Center.
The Colorado secretary of state says votes are "trickling" in for the June 28 primary, with turnout for Democrats reported at 14.76 percent, and turnout for Republicans reported at 15.24 percent.
Firefighters for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests continue their work to suppress the Pitch and Kelso wildland fires on the Uncompahgre Plateau. These fires were caused by lightning.
I want to commend the Board of County Commissioners for its flexibility and willingness to follow the recommendations of multiple voices, including the area and county planning commission members and DCED, in updating the county's land use regulations. The BoCC at its regular Monday work session approved seeking bids for a planner to revise the Master Plan before making any substantial changes to the Specific Development regulations.
For the past six years I have been directly involved in trying to educate our commissioners in Delta, Montrose and Mesa counties on how federal mandates, by and through an agenda called sustainable development, have dwindled our economies and driven businesses out, including but not limited to, logging, mining, ranching, farming and drilling. Our towns are drying up because the economy that made us prosper has been regulated out of business.
As the pastor of Community Spirit United Church of Christ in Montrose and as a representative of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, both of which are committed to human rights and equality for all people, I want to publicly thank Rev. Cathy Hamrick (Presbyterian Church of Delta), Pastor Carol Rhan (First Methodist Church) and Rev. Tom Seibert (St. Luke Episcopal) for hosting a candlelight vigil at Presbyterian Church of Delta on Tuesday night following the hard and horrible news of the recent mass shooting at a gay dance club in Orlando.
Remember Juli Gonzalez who used matches and gasoline to kill 87 people in a Bronx bar in 1990; hundreds killed or injured by armed Islamic terrorists in Paris, even with France having stricter gun control laws than we have;
The Orlando shooting was a terrible thing. We have had too many mass shootings and so many people are being killed in our country due to gun violence.
National establishment Republicans seem to want the party to implode instead of accepting that Trump was chosen by Republican voters. Now it seems that some people are trying to implode the local Republican party.
I am writing to respond to Mr. and Mrs. Vic Ullrey's letter to the editor that was published in the June 15 issue of the Delta County Independent entitled, "Right to free speech is under attack."
Mr. Ullrey, who is committee vice chairman of the Delta County Republican Central Committee, and his wife were writing in strong support of Linda Sorenson, chairwoman of the Delta County Republican Central Committee.
Last week's standings found all divisional leaders with unblemished records through June 11. One league, Women's Slowpitch, lost that unbeaten leader when Cornerstone Home Lending fell to H & R Block last Thursday night, and slipped to 8-1 to maintain a comfortable lead in league standings.
Thanks to efforts of volunteers, the generosity of Delta County businesses, and support from a Denver-based nonprofit, North Fork area soccer enthusiasts of all ages now have two soccer rebounder walls.
Josh Swanson of Windsor established the nonprofit Goals for Glory in 2014 with a goal of building rebounder walls in communities throughout the country.
The Delta Trap Club hosted state meet competition last week, beginning on Thursday and running through Sunday, June 19. Competitors, and family members, began arriving as early as Tuesday with hopes of acquiring one of 50 campsites (with electricity) designed to accommodate campers and mobile homes.
The 21st annual Black Canyon Quilt Show is scheduled July 8-10 at the Montrose Pavilion. Over 150 quilts can be viewed 9-5 Friday and Saturday and 10-4 Sunday. General admission is $4.
Show your clients and potential clients you are qualified to care for their children by taking an American Red Cross babysitting certification course at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. The purpose of this course is to improve the quality of child care by providing up-to-date information for the training of caregivers ages 10-16.
The Grand Mesa Visitor Center on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests has opened for the summer season. Summer programs will be offered on various nature topics every Saturday at 2 p.m. through Sept. 10.
The Delta County Horse Council will be holding a Gymkhana Buckle Series at the Surface Creek Saddle Club arena in Cedaredge.
The gymkhanas will be held the Thursday evenings of June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, and July 21.
A traditional hunter education class is scheduled July 13-16 in the Enterprise Room of Delta-Montrose Technical College. Class times are 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Total class time is approximately 14 hours.
A summer series of Parties on the Porch is being presented for kids of all ages, beginning June 28 at Pioneer Town's Visitor Center on the front porch.
The first Party on the Porch is at 1 p.m., featuring a half-hour reading from Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie."
"Pioneer Living History Days" is the theme for "Meet Me at The Fort" on the Old Spanish Trail, Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail is looking for four-generation families that helped settle the Delta area.
"Trade Day Saturday" is the theme for the "Meet Me at The Fort on the Old Spanish Trail" Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The fort is looking for vendors with historic and/or appropriate items to sell or trade at this event.
A one-time opportunity to view and handle the famous historic Sharps rifle which ended the historic exploits of the McCarty gang in 1893 will take place Saturday, July 9, at the Delta County Museum from 10 a.m. to noon. The 1874 Sharps rifle will be available for close-up viewing and can also be handled by the public.
Women who want to learn valuable outdoor skills and receive an introduction to hunting and fishing are invited to attend a "Cast and Blast" weekend workshop July 15-17, sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The event will be held at the beautiful Jim Olterman/Lone Cone State Wildlife Area, located about 25 miles south of Norwood in western Colorado.
Marvin and Carol Ann Pavlisick were married June 18, 1966, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paonia.
Both are graduates of Paonia High School and have made their home in Paonia throughout their 50 years of marriage.
Charles Estanol of Paonia was recently awarded a doctor of ministry degree from George Fox University in Newberg, Ore.
All told, 365 students received bachelor's degrees after completing study in one of George Fox's 41 undergraduate bachelor's degree majors or its adult degree programs.
Mason Oxford of Hotchkiss was named to the Dean's Honor Roll at Montana State University for spring semester 2016.
The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) committed $108,625 in scholarship awards to support 49 Delta County students over the next four years of their college career. WCCF manages thirty-six scholarship funds across western Colorado, and 15 of those funds are specifically for Delta County students.
At an end-of-year assembly, Hotchkiss K-8 principal Carrie Yantzer presented Hotchkiss Pride Awards to students who exemplify the motto "Be proud of you who are and what you do all the time!"
After an extensive search process, Willyn Webb has been selected as the new executive director of Vision Charter Academy. She replaces Teri Kinkade, who has retired.
Donald Leroy Mingus of Cedaredge died Saturday, June 11, 2016. He was 83.
A celebration of life service for Dorothy "Dot" Clay will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25,
Cedaredge resident Ernest "Ernie" James Koehler died Friday, June 10, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 74.
Lifetime North Fork area resident Wanda Collins died Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Paonia Care Center in Paonia. She was 84.
Want to know where all of the rural schoolhouses were once located in the North Fork area? Maybe you'd like to learn more about the history of the area's world-famous fruit, or its rich coal mining heritage. Perhaps you just want to know how the town came to be.
In conjunction with the Farm to Fiddle Festival in Hotchkiss on Aug. 12-13, the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition is orchestrating a Fine Arts Show, with cash prizes, from Aug. 5-26 at the Creamery Arts Center. All media will be accepted in three categories, Professional, Advanced and Amateur.
The staff of Delta County Health and Human Services Department has been honored with state awards for distinguished performance during 2015.
The awards came as recognition from the Colorado Department of Human Services during state conventions held June 6-8.
The Crawford Council is moving forward with plans to put a mill levy increase on the November election ballot and to establish a municipal court.
The mill levy increase would help offset anticipated losses in energy severance taxes due to mine closures, according to statements made at past town meetings. In anticipation of putting the issue before voters, council invited Delta County Assessor Debbie Griffith to speak at the June 15 work session.
Crawford water and sewer customers will soon be able to pay their bill by credit card and online through the town's state-sponsored website after trustees unanimously approved the proposal at the June 1 meeting.
The system would allow customers to pay bills safely and securely through the town's state-sponsored website, or at Town Hall during regular business hours.
The Paradise Theatre in Paonia will not be required to adhere to a 2006 town ordinance that would severely restrict sales of alcohol during movies and some special events, while town trustees consider repealing or re-wording the ordinance.
The theatre became licensed by the state to sell alcohol in 2006 and has met its obligations to the town and the state in keeping the license current.
The Hotchkiss Lady Bugs Chapter of the Red Hat Society has met regularly since being established in February. On April 21 they traveled to Delta to dine at the House of Chin.
Applications for three of the town's biggest annual events, all centered at Paonia Town Park, received approval at the June 14 town board meeting, beginning with the 2016 Paonia Cherry Days "Special Events Liquor License" and "Large Group Park/Event" applications. Alcohol sales will be confined to a specific serving area and will only be sold from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday, July 3 and 4.
The public had an opportunity on June 16 to make its thoughts known on Cedaredge's move to allow alcohol sales across the street from Cedaredge Elementary School. The previous distance limit was 500 feet.
In the end, the public was informed; it participated in a decision that affects the community; and people spoke their minds to elected representatives in town government.
The Cedaredge Town Board appointed a new town clerk at its June 16 regular meeting.
William Warner was administered his oath of office during the meeting and will assume duties on June 27.
E.J. Verdahl of Cory is stepping up to help others.
E.J. logs every step she takes in a project to raise funds for charity.
The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society and its volunteers invite the entire community to one of the grandest social events of the season on Saturday, June 25. The Night on the Town is set for this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.
A Cedaredge waterline project that started as the replacement of a residential cul-de-sac line, estimated at $65,000 last year, has expanded to a major project including the main line along South Grand Mesa Drive (SH 65), estimated to cost $961,604.
The town board received updated information from town staff at its regular June 16 meeting.
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