At their March 5 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes made two appointments to the county planning commission. Steve Shea was reappointed for a three-year term.
The 2017 cookie season, which marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts, is under way. To commemorate this banner year for the organization and celebrate how the cookie program powers amazing experiences for Girl Scouts year-round, the highly anticipated Girl Scout S'mores™ cookies are now available, joining classics like Thin Mints® and Trefoils®/Shortbread.
RE/MAX Today would like to welcome Carol Crawford to its team. Crawford has lived in Colorado for 15 years.
What is planned as a year-long process of rewriting the Delta County master plan is set to begin following a presentation to planning officials and county commissioners Monday.
Gabe Preston, owner of planning group RPI Consultants of Durango, outlined his plans for conducting the rewrite during Monday's planning commission work session.
During a work session on Monday, the county commissioners received a heads up on three bills introduced into the General Assembly which, if adopted, would significantly cut revenues to county government.
All three of the bills are being opposed by the government trade group Colorado Counties, Inc., commissioners were told.
On Jan. 19, officers of the Delta Police Department in conjunction with officers from multiple other agencies to include the Delta County Sheriff's Office, the Montrose County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency, completed a search warrant at the multi-residence property of 1345 and 1347 E. 3rd Street in the City of Delta.
Families Plus is hosting an Americorps VISTA, Kristi Hensley for one year of service. Henley comes to Families Plus with a background in finance and is currently the director of The ALA Colorado Girls State.
The fifth anniversary of the Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum saw record attendance with sessions at the Montrose County Fairgrounds and the Pavilion at near capacity levels Jan 20-21. With close to 275 people in attendance from Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, the conference brought organic and conventional producers of crops and livestock together for two days of learning and networking.
When you walk into any one of the five libraries in Delta County, you are sure to encounter librarians, busy with their daily work, and patrons, browsing the shelves or using computers. What you likely will not see is the very important work that goes on behind the scenes by countless library friends.
People in the vicinity of Eckert Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Jan. 18, probably noticed Delta County ambulances in the parking lot of the church.
Eckert Presbyterian Women hosted a successful evening fundraiser for the Delta County Ambulance District.
Brandon L. Sadler, 34, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged theft and possession of Schedule II controlled substance.
Misty D. Valdez, 35, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.
The Delta County elections department reports a very problem-free election cycle concerning issues with voter fraud.
Rene Loy, chief deputy for elections in the county clerk's office, told the DCI,
The Bureau of Land Management has announced appointments of members to its citizen-based Southwest Resource Advisory Council, which advises the agency on public land management issues in Colorado. The Southwest RAC is composed of members with diverse interests and backgrounds.
Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County -- Cedaredge Community Center (Monday-Thursday), Delta Community Center (Monday-Friday), Hotchkiss Senior Center (Monday-Thursday) and Paonia Senior Citizen Center (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Meals on Wheels are also delivered from each location. More information is available by calling the Cedaredge meal site, 856-3636; the Delta meal site, 874-7662; Hotchkiss Senior Center, 872-3494; and Paonia Senior Citizen Center, 527-3435.
The Cedaredge High School newspaper is a journalistic newspaper run by students. In the last issue of Bruin Tracks, we made an error in quality and in facts.
A front page article in a Jan. 19 edition of the Grand Junction Sentinel titled "Earth sets hottest record in 2016 for third consecutive time," indicates that climate change is occurring at a rapidly accelerating rate. Data separately compiled by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Air and Space Agency and England's Tyndall Center for Climate Research show that 2016 was the warmest year ever recorded on a global level.
Congratulations to those in Crawford seeking openness from their local government. My condolences to Tammy Broughton for her decision to resign.
Surface Creek Community Services wishes to thank the Town of Cedaredge for allowing us to use town facilities. We would not be able to help the many people we are providing food for here in the Surface Creek Valley without the town's help.
Congress just declared open season on federal lands, our national forests, national parks and BLM lands in their first move to attempt to sell off or transfer these lands to the states. They basically put a value on these lands of $0.
My brother Richard "Dick" Proctor, was at Paonia Care Center just short of four years. I wish to thank each and every staff member, past and present, for the wonderful care he received.
I was very disappointed to hear the county commissioners decline my request to add the county website to the official posting place for public notices. In a digital age where so many of us rely on cloud-based information, this seems to me to be a missed opportunity on the part of our county commissioners.
I want to thank the young man who stopped his white SUV in the middle of Sunrise Drive last Wednesday to help me when I suffered a terrible fall.
I tripped and fell face down on the sidewalk, then rolled onto my back.
Cedaredge participated in, and won, last weekend's Butch Melton Invitational wrestling tournament in Ignacio with 164.5 points.
The Bruins picked up individual titles at 120 (Sean Dale), 195 (Tre' LaBossiere) and 220 (Taj Van der Linde).
Two Delta County wrestling teams participated in the Valley Classic in Center this past weekend.
Hotchkiss' Bulldogs were the toast of the meet after outpointing 21 other teams for the team title with 208.5 points.
Delta High School swim team is finished with its regular schedule for the 2017 season. The Panthers have showed vast improvement through the season and will end the year with district competition this week.
When the three-point shots are falling with ease, points add up quickly. That's the situation the Paonia boys found themselves in Friday in a need-to-win match against visiting Vail Christian. Only it was their opponent calling the shots.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs were on the road for a pair of conference games at Hayden on Friday night and Soroco on Saturday.
Hotchkiss' girls found the trip difficult with a 47-45 loss in Hayden and a 66-36 setback to Soroco in Oak Creek on Saturday.
A short note submitted by Merle Lynch of Cedaredge brought forth news of Paonia's Ashley Van Vleet's involvement with track at Idaho State University.
Paonia's Ashley Van Vleet wasted no time in her continued winning streak on the track.
The annual meeting of the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. The speaker will be Glade Hadden, archaeologist with the Montrose office of the BLM, on the Eagle Rock archaeological site west of Hotchkiss.
The Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society is offering four field trips to look for raptors (eagles, hawks, owls and falcons) in the Montrose and North Fork areas. The trips will be limited to 12 people per day on a first come, first serve basis.
Paul Asaro brings his unique piano stylings, his stories and his songs to the stage at Delta Performing Arts Center, 822 Grand Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 18, under the sponsorship of the Delta-Montrose Community Concert Association. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m.
The 7th annual Soil Health Conference will be held on Feb. 23 and 24 at the Delta Center for Performing Arts, 822 Grand Avenue in Delta. This conference is designed to educate producers, orchardists, ranchers, government officials and the broad community about ways to increase organic matter and increase the health of our soils by using cover crop, green manure, grazing, composting, entomology and other sustainable practices.
The Delta Hubwheelers Square Dance Club has scheduled February dances on Saturday nights, Feb. 4 and 18, in the aerobics room at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 N. Palmer Street, Delta.
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.
Two seniors from Delta High School were honored to be part of the "small school" All State Jazz Band at the annual CMEA conference in Colorado Springs during the last week of January.
The Delta High School FFA chapter attended the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver last week. It was all fun and games with a little work thrown in for good measure.
The speech and debate All-Congress meet was held Saturday at Paonia High School. Just as the 115th U.S. Congress is doing, about 35 students from North Fork, Grand Junction and Montrose area high schools wrote, introduced and debated bills on two House floors throughout the daylong event.
Palisade finished first and Grand Junction Central took second in the the All-Congress speech and debate meet held Jan. 28 at Paonia High School.
Speaker results included:
During the Jan. 26 meeting of Grand Mesa Post 9221 VFW and Auxiliary, awards were presented to students of Cedaredge Middle School for the Patriot Pen Essay contest and to students of Cedaredge High School for the Voice of Democracy Essay contest.
The Colorado Department of Education has released the official accreditation rating for Delta County Joint School District #50. Based on academic achievement and academic growth, school districts are placed in one of five categories:
Myron Becker died Jan. 27, 2017, at Olivia White House in Flagstaff, Ariz. He was 84.
Delta resident Paul Griffith died Jan. 26, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 83.
On Jan. 17, 2017, Richard "Dick" Proctor completed his journey after a hard-fought battle with dementia, and walked onto the shores of the River of Life whole and complete, welcomed by the Great Water Master - God Himself.
Steven E. Harris of Eckert died Jan. 27, 2017, at Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 67.
Charles "Terry" Dacus of Delta died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, of heart disease. He was 83.
Thomas Kelly Hanson died Jan. 23, 2017, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Nampa, Idaho. He was 58.
Delta resident Wanda L. Teel died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 95.
The Delta County Libraries offer some great collections: books for all ages and interests, videos, reference resources and state parks backpacks.
Last week about a dozen volunteers gathered at the Hotchkiss Library to package seeds for the seed library.
The Paonia Board of Trustees will consider an ordinance and resolution related to fences after tabling the items at the Jan. 24 board meeting.
A program designed to attract new businesses and stimulate economic development is being considered by the Paonia Board of Trustees. Under the resolution the town would provide tax relief programs for new businesses and new hires that locate into approved "Jump-Start" zones.
The Paonia Board of Trustees has agreed to move forward in supporting efforts to participate in the Colorado Space to Create initiative. STC is a state-driven collaborative designed to develop affordable housing and work spaces for a broad range of artists.
Sergeant Neil Ferguson with the Paonia Police Department recently released crime and enforcement statistics for 2016 and offered comparisons from 2015 statistics.
In 2016 the department answered a total of 1,056 calls, up from 974 calls in 2015. In 2016, officers issued just over 170 citations totaling almost $18,000 in fees and fines; in 2015, 89 citations resulted in $8,701.50 in fees and fines.
A new Mexican restaurant is coming to Paonia. The Rio Bravo will open this month at the site of the former Sol Margaritas location at 240 Grand Avenue .
An international solar energy company, a regional newspaper with more than 30,000 subscribers and two companies operating under a synergistic business model were among those honored at the annual meeting of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 25.
Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church celebrates 120 years of spreading the gospel in the Surface Creek area in February. The public is invited to attend the festivities during a two-day celebration.
Orchard City and Cedaredge have opted to participate in the state's Rural Jump Start economic stimulus program. But officials believe the pool of new businesses that will qualify for the tax incentives being offered is small.
Cedaredge taxpayers have contributed another $12,000 toward keeping the golf course in business following action by the town board on Jan. 19.
In order to "keep the golf course from being short of cash at the end of 2016" said Town Administrator Katie Sickles, the trustees approved another infusion of funds into operations there.
Board members were re-elected to the Orchard City Irrigation District and to the Fogg and Butte Ditch companies at a combined annual meeting held on Jan. 28 at Orchard City Town Hall.
A citizen complaint about speeding traffic on 2150 Road will result in additional signage on the long stretch of straight and narrow Orchard City roadway.
Trustees decided to place an additional 35 m.p.h. speed sign on the road and also to place signage warning of slow moving farm equipment.
The estimated cost of replacing the main water line running along South Grand Mesa Drive (Hwy. 65) is going up again even before a funding plan for the work is in place.
Town staff informed trustees at their Jan. 12 work session that the project is looking like a $1.2 million to $1.3 million project now.
We happen to live in an area that is quite favorable for growing many kinds of fruit trees. As a result, there are acres upon acres of commercial production of mainly apples and peaches, but also pears, apricots and cherries.
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