The Board of County Commissioners met with staff on Monday in a special session to refine final comments on the BLM's Uncompahgre Field Office (UFO) Draft Resource Management Plan -- comments which will re-emphasize the doctrine of multiple use as the basis of the county's position on public lands.
During the discussion Monday, Commissioner Doug Atchley noted, "Multiple use is the key, and that includes mining.
City staff has found success with a program that provides a 24-hour pre-disconnect notice to electric customers whose accounts are about to be shut off. Steve Glammeyer, city utilities director, reports that the number of shutoffs has been reduced by 70 percent.
As Delta County and municipalities are drafting budgets for 2017, Delta County Economic Development is urging all its public partners to increase their investment in economic development efforts.
"If you think there is a need to improve the private sector economy, you need to step up now," Tom Huerkamp told Delta council members last week.
El Pomar Foundation is accepting applications from 501(c)(3) organizations and public entities for up to $25,000 to purchase new or used vehicles to aid in nonprofit operations. The grant must cover the entire purchase price of the vehicle.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, hunters in the Sawmill Mesa area of the Uncompahgre Plateau west of Montrose reported finding what they believed to be human remains. Montrose County Sheriff's personnel were led to the location and confirmed the remains were human.
Larissa J. Atchley, 45, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged careless driving and failed to present evidence of insurance after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 92 at Meeker Street. No injuries were reported or observed. One vehicle was towed from the scene.
Colorado's Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is accepting applications for its 2016-17 season.
LEAP is a 100-percent federally funded program administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services that provides cash assistance to help Coloradans pay a portion of home heating costs during the winter months.
Fire officials for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests plan to begin burning slash and other debris piles at various locations across the GMUG. Burning could begin as early as Nov. 1 and continue through March across the forest.
A proposal to make landlords responsible for utility costs, not the tenant as is currently the case, has drawn strong objections from owners of rental property in the City of Delta.
After objections were raised during the Oct. 18 city council meeting, utilities/public works director Steve Glammeyer, city manager David Torgler and other staff members sat down with the owners of rental units to discuss their concerns.
Nysha Wilson, RN, BSN, OCN (registered nurse, BS in nursing, oncology certified nurse) has recently been promoted to assistant manager and Danielle Gallegos, RN, BSN, OCN was promoted to oncology nurse navigator, at Grand Mesa Oncology Center, announced LouAnn Drown, RN clinic manager.
Wilson has worked for Delta County Memorial Hospital for over 12 years, primarily in the oncology clinic.
In September, volunteers at the Abraham Connection homeless shelter hosted the fourth annual fundraiser "Girl Talk: A Day of Beauty & Bliss." The event brings together area salon professionals and home-based companies such as Arbonne and Mary Kay to showcase their services and products to ticket holders.
More than one million military personnel will be making the transition to the civilian workforce in the next couple of years. Many of these veterans may not have appropriate business attire to go to networking events, interviews or even to work.
This is the time of year when one holiday hardly has the chance to arrive before the next one shows up everywhere. Halloween candy is still on the shelves, soon to be joined by turkeys and, before long, Santa Claus.
USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Sam Rikkers recently encouraged rural small businesses and agricultural producers to apply for loans and grants to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
"These projects create long-term, economic benefits for businesses and rural communities," Rikkers said.
The Colorado Court of Appeals has issued an opinion reversing the conviction of Nathan Yager, who is serving a prison sentence for the murder of his wife Melinda in 2011. Yager pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but was convicted of second degree murder after a jury trial in November 2012.
Amendment 71 will impact how and what amendments reach the ballot in the future. It is said that it will offer rural counties such as Delta a voice in the process but after reading the ballot, I have a different opinion.
This presidential election has certainly caused a stir among people but the most disgusting part of this election is the media's support of the Democratic Party. I'm so sick of the news reports trashing Trump and turning a blind eye to Hillary's lies.
I would like to speak to the Hispanic community regarding Donald J. Trump's run for the president of these United States. His stance on our border with Mexico is in your best interest, perhaps even more than the rest of the country's residents.
At this time of ugly political hassling, I believe it is time to celebrate something beautiful.
All through the spring and summer the residents of Delta County and people traveling through our lovely area have been treated to the joy and beauty of the flower planters on Main Street in Delta and Cedaredge, as well as the cascading flowers in the planters at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.
Crawford is a unique town. It is small enough that one can know one's neighbors, yet large enough that it can provide essential services.
Voters, please consider Mark Roeber as your choice for Delta County commissioner. Mark comes from a ranching family located on Lamborn Mesa in Paonia.
A cool head, a firm handshake, a depth of experience, and the confidence in knowing that he means what he says. Attributes that Commissioner Mark Roeber has demonstrated for many years.
A letter printed in this newspaper, Oct. 26 date, written jointly by a seriously misinformed group, 13 persons altogether, is just too much.
None of the predicted outcomes are likely to take place to anything like the extent predicted by their letter.
The media's bias in favor of Hillary is well known. Hopefully, most people are too smart to let the media choose their president.
Please vote no on Ballot Issue #5 ... the property tax raise for more money for ambulance services.
This election will be the most important one this country has experienced since the Civil War. We can vote to preserve the Republic or we can continue to go down a dangerous path to fundamentally transform America.
Delta's Panthers have completed the 2016 regular season schedule for volleyball. Last weekend's action was played at Coal Ridge's year-end tournament, which was designed to act as a tune-up for Delta for the coming 3A state volleyball tournament. Delta
A great soccer season came to a screeching halt last weekend in the second round of this year's 3A state soccer playoffs.
Delta won its opening round contest against Peak to Peak (the number 13 seed) by a 3-0 score.
The girls cross country team from Paonia High School capped its first trip to the 2A state meet in three years with a sixth place finish.
Brooke Hillman finished the course in Colorado Springs first for the Eagles, crossing the line in 22 minutes, 23 seconds to finish 29th overall.
The Paonia High School volleyball team swept through the district playoffs and now comes home for the regionals.
Paonia faced four opponents in two days at Grand Valley High School last weekend and things couldn't have gone any better for the Eagles (21-2), winning each match with clean 3-0 sweeps.
Magic Circle Players bring the award-winning musical "Annie" to the Magic Circle Theatre stage just in time for the holiday season. The much-loved musical opens Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. and continues each weekend through Dec. 3. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are scheduled Nov. 13, 20 and 27 at 2 p.m.
The Blue Sage Concert Series will present two solo piano concerts on Nov. 18 and 19 featuring concert series artistic director Susan Ellinger. The concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia.
Delta High School Student Council, the Delta Police Department and Delta Food Pantry are teaming up for a food and toy drive as part of the school's Spirit of Giving campaign that will take place through the month of November. The campaign kicks off with a tribute to local Law Enforcement during the Nov. 5 regional volleyball playoff game.
Thanksgiving is almost here and that means it's time for Bill Heddles Recreation Center's 21st annual "Huff 'n Puff Before You Stuff" class.
Members of the Del-Rose Chorus have been discovering the North Pole and researching how Santa is handling the new world. If you want to know more, plan to attend the annual show at the Delta Christian Church in November.
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.
Heather and John Serio are the parents of a daughter, Lisa Serio, born Oct. 4, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19.25 inches in length.
The second meeting of the Colorado State Association of Emblem Clubs was held at Hotchkiss Elks Lodge #1807 on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Coffee and doughnuts were served, then a workshop consisting of word games was conducted by Donna Cochran and Karen Martin.
Delta County Joint School District is pleased to announce it has received a grant in the amount of $4,000 from the Colorado State Library through the State Grants to Libraries Act. Funds will be used to purchase books for classroom libraries to support the Colorado Academic Standards, which encourage reading by students in a variety of genres and subjects.
William "Bill" Dean Chriestenson died Oct. 28, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 72.
Billie Marguerite Combs Engberg of Delta departed life to be with her God and dearly departed loved ones on Oct. 28, 2016. Billie was loved by all and a woman with great strength, love and kindness.
Longtime Delta County resident John W. "Jack" Hibbert died Oct. 29, 2016, at Horizons Care Center. He was 94.
Janice Koepsell died of pancreatic cancer Oct. 25, 2016, in Eckert. She was 84.
Virginia F. Ballard died Oct. 20, 2016, at HopeWest Hospice Center in Grand Junction. She was 92.
Visitors to Paonia might see a quaint and quiet little town with not much going on at first glance, but look a little closer and creativity is everywhere.
A group of about 20 people, including representatives from state and local governments and entities, nonprofits and the arts toured downtown Paonia last Thursday. They all share an interest in "Space to Create."
Efforts to recall Crawford Mayor Wanda Gofforth are under way after a petition was approved on Oct. 27 by Crawford Town Clerk Cally Gallegos. Gofforth was elected as mayor in April, defeating Gill Saunders, 69-68
With decisions on rules that will affect coal mining in the North Fork Valley on the horizon, the White House Office of Management and Budget met last week with mine officials, representatives of local government and others from the Western Slope to hear how the rules are affecting coal mining in the North Fork Valley.
Local agencies provided Safety Day at Paonia Elementary and Hotchkiss K-8 during the month of October to bring some very important messages to the students. The mild fall weather was a perfect setting to bring the kids out from their normal class schedules to spend time learning about these vital services in our communities.
Jeneve Rose Mitchell, the multi-talented, multi-instrumental Crawford resident and finalist on the 15th season of American Idol, will headline an afternoon of music and entertainment this Sunday at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia.
The variety show format will be emceed by Bob Pennetta and honors nearly 90 years of our historic community theater.
John Sisson always knew he wanted to be a cook. He got his start as a teenager working at the Rainbow Hotel and Cafe in Hotchkiss, now marked by a faded sign on the side of the two-story historic brick building.
Paonia water users could see an increase in their water bill as early as Jan. 1.
At the Oct. 25 board meeting, the town board voted to direct town attorney David Marek to draft a resolution for a 2-percent across the board increase in water rates.
The North Fork School of Integrated Studies at Paonia Elementary School invites the public to join it for a cup of coffee at the Rainbow Cafe on the first Wednesday of the month.
The Cedaredge trustees, acting on Oct. 20, approved an operations agreement with Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control (FCAC). Among procedures in the agreement are ones dealing with how animals will be dealt with in various situations by the town animal control officer.
The Surface Creek Community Services and Cedaredge Food Bank are already planning how to provide Christmas dinners for disadvantaged friends and neighbors in the community.
The valley has been blessed with a gracious community to assist with monetary funds to cover the expense of distributing over 215 boxes last year.
The Cedaredge Public Works Department has been dealing with some big headaches at the newly constructed sewer plant including the failure of drain valve assemblies which are key components in the plant's operations.
In a recent report to town trustees, the department detailed a defect in the multi-million dollar facility's construction that will be difficult to fix and that will cut the plant's treatment capacity in half until the defect is corrected.
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