Despite the closure of two of the three mines in the North Fork Valley, property values in Delta County have increased, assessor Debbie Griffith reports.
The number of transactions also jumped dramatically, with 52 percent more residential sales and nearly twice the number of vacant land sales during the reappraisal period.
A cigarette has been blamed for a fire that severely damaged a townhome at 1120 Park Ridge Court in Delta Wednesday, April 26.
The structure fire was reported at about 6 p.m.
Delta City Council has pledged up to $17,425 as matching funds for a GOCO Inspire Grant sought by the Nature Connection.
Program director Anita Evans and partners from the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have been making the rounds in Delta County, seeking support for a $1.5 million grant to implement programs, places and pathways to connect kids with the outdoors.
The Board of County Commissioners dealt with routine business at a recent meeting:
• Constituent Tony Sarver of Austin said he made agreement with the county nine and a half years ago for two fire hydrants in subdivisions on Ash Mesa.
The Board of County Commissioners on Monday selected consultant DHM Design of Durango to help develop a county master trails plan.
The DHM bid for the master trails plan project was $115,540.
Jack M. Treece, 84, of Gateway was issued a ticket for alleged following too closely after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 92 at Highway 50. No injuries were reported or observed. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.
Every May, just as public schools are preparing to close their doors for the summer, public libraries across the nation are gearing up for their biggest program of the year: summer reading. Dating back to the 1890s, summer reading programs have encouraged kids to use libraries and continue reading during summer vacation.
River Valley Family Health Center welcomes an enthusiastic new provider and outdoorsman to its rapidly growing family of eight practitioners serving Montrose, Olathe, Delta and the surrounding communities. David Cain, a nationally certified physician assistant, will begin seeing patients for primary care in early May at the Olathe Community Clinic, 308 Main Street, Olathe, said Debby Harrison-Zarkis, COO of River Valley.
The Delta County Sheriff's Office patrol and investigations divisions during February, March and April 2017 conducted multiple traffic stops and search warrants related to illegal drug activity within Delta County. As a part of these narcotic investigations, the Sheriff's Office executed two search warrants in Eckert and one in the Delta area.
Drug Free Delta County would like to invite the community to share in its celebration of National Drug Court Month with two Family Treatment Court graduations on Monday, May 8, at 4 p.m. in Judge Steven Schultz's courtroom in the Delta County Courthouse. We hope you'll enjoy seeing the graduations and stay after to share in refreshments to support the new graduates and other drug court clients, their families, the treatment court team and volunteers.
In 1981, Deb and I purchased the dry cleaners which was located on Grand Avenue in Paonia. A year later we bought the Washboard Laundry in the old Palmer Building on Second Street.
In April, I accompanied a friend who was admitting her mother to Horizons. The admission process was outstanding.
Cedaredge attended the Montrose Invitational track meet last Friday. The Bruins' boys scored 91.5 points and recorded three first place finishes on their way to a second place finish.
Delta High School's tennis team posted a 5-2 decision over Cedaredge at Bill Heddles Recreation Center last week. The Panthers won all four of the doubles matches and won at one singles.
Delta's boys had several top three finishes, which helped the Panthers score 58 points, and place fifth, at last Friday's Montrose Invitational.
For the girls, another superb day from Lily Lockhart, Kaley St. Peter and Emily Baier helped the Panthers score 87 points and place second in the team race.
Delta's soccer team played Coal Ridge at Cottonwood Fields on Tuesday, April 25. The Titans (9-4-0 overall and 7-1-0) are currently third in the eight-team 3A Region 3 standings. Delta (4-9-1 and 2-5-0) is in seventh place.
The Hotchkiss boys earned three silver medals at last Friday's Montrose Invitational track and field meet.
Sam Rodriguez placed second in the 1600-meter run with a new personal-best time of 4 minutes, 45.80 seconds.
Class 3A Region 8 tennis competition opens this Thursday at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction, and local teams are hoping to send players to the state tournament opening next Thursday in Greeley.
In its final competition ahead of the regional tournament, Aspen swept Paonia last Wednesday at Apple Valley Park, with two matches going into a tiebreaker.
Volunteers with the Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter are organizing a community-wide yard sale on Saturday, June 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the parking lots on 6th and Main streets in Delta.
Route 66 will provide music for the community evening dance Saturday, May 20, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. The dance takes place from 7 to 10 p.m.
The Del-Rose Chorus would like to extend an invitation to friends and family for a small concert as chorus members get ready to compete in Cheyenne, Wyo., on May 20. Once a year the chorus participates in a regional contest to meet new and old friends and to show off their musical talent.
The Surface Creek Saddle Club will again host a gymkhana series this year at the arena located at 24224 Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge.
Every Wednesday evening from May 31 to Aug. 2, the club will put on a gymkhana for all ages.
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.
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.
Sam Lippard will be 100 years old on May 5. His family welcomes friends to drop by his home at 1639 H75 Road, North Delta, the afternoon of Friday, May 5, or Saturday, May 6.
Did you know that gummy bears were invented in Germany? Or that in ancient Egypt, when a person died, they were buried in a tomb with their favorite foods and possessions?
Colorado Mesa University is awarding more than $4 million in scholarships to seniors graduating from high schools in Mesa, Montrose and Delta counties.
The breakdown includes:
Sheryl Yeager has been named principal of Delta Middle School for the 2017-18 school year. Yeager and her husband Kelly moved to the area in 1998.
Anthony "Tony" Abeyta, former resident of Delta, died April 13, 2017, in a car accident in Lindon. He was 53.
David Lawrence Campbell, formerly of Delta, died April 20, 2017, in Green Valley (Ariz.) Hospital. He was 86.
Donald Arlo Morrow of Paonia died April 28, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 90.
Mergildo Eddie Trujillo died Friday, April 28, 2017, at his home in Delta. He was 70.
Longtime Delta resident MaryJane Delia Howell died April 27, 2017, at her home. She was 73.
Rosemary Wright of Delta died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Rose Memorial Hospital in Denver. She was 78.
It's springtime, and for a high school junior or senior, thoughts of prom and upcoming graduations take center stage. The dress, the tux, the scholarship deadlines, and the countdown to that last day of school ... it's all so exciting, so full of promise.
Who knew that an Amana Radarange microwave oven weighs almost 70 pounds?
One such item was among the approximately 13,868 pounds of electronic waste dropped off by about 165 people that participated in the annual Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce E-Waste recycling event held on Earth Day.
The Town of Paonia has new legal representation. At the April 25 board meeting trustees approved a three-year contract with Montrose-based J. David Reed, P.C. The law firm replaces attorney David Marek, who resigned effective April 28.
Paonia sewer customers will see an increase in their monthly bills after trustees unanimously approved a $3 monthly increase in both in-town and out-of-town rates. The in-town base rate will increase from $31 to $34 per month, and out-of-town sewer accounts will increase from $50 to $53 per month.
Are elected officials forbidden by state law from discussing the details of a executive session?
That and other weighty questions regarding the conduct of elected officials arose during the April 25 meeting of the Paonia Town Board of Trustees.
The benefits to be derived from Surface Creek Valley's abundance of clean air, clean water, good food, and good friends contribute to long and happy lives for many.
A few of those happy lives were honored on April 26 when the Surface Creek Senior Citizens, Inc., joined with other senior organizations in the county and celebrated 12 of the community's young at heart members who have attained the age of 90 years or more.
Cedaredge police responded to 71 incidents and issues 11 citations between March 1 and 31, according to a department report.
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