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 liner for a new cell at the Adobe Buttes Landfill has come in well under cost estimates.
Earlier this month, the county commissioners accepted a bid from Con-Sy Inc. of Grand Junction of $553,895 to install an impermeable barrier in the bottom of the new cell.
Contrary to recent rumors, Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter is not closing. Also known as CAWS, the organization is looking for a group or organization to take over operations at the animal shelter in Delta.
The annual farmer-rancher luncheon this Thursday kicks off four days of Deltarado Days festivities.
Deltarado Days was first observed in 1935 as a harvest celebration. Years later, we still come together to celebrate our rich agricultural and ranching heritage!
The county's human services department reports that its caseloads for medical assistance (Medicaid) and food assistance (food stamps) "have continued to increase and are currently at record levels for the county."
The report, delivered to the Board of County Commissioners last week, continues to explain:
Are you interested in the possibility of making a couple of bucks, taking home a ribbon or two, and earning bragging rights? Then you should enter the Delta County Fair.
Weather permitting, Delta Mayor Ed Sisson will be jumping into Confluence Park Saturday to herald the opening of the kids' activities and Vendor Village. His estimated time of arrival is between 11 a.m. and noon.
The grassy area near the Lions Pavilion in Confluence Park will be filled with classics, antiques, rods and pickups Saturday. Join members of the Delta Street Rodders for the club's 14th annual car show.
Derringer, a group of talented and dedicated musicians from Colorado's Western Slope, is bringing a spectacular show to Deltarado Days. The band will perform at the Delta Roundup Club arena following Saturday night's rodeo.
Interest has been renewed in a subdivision that's been on the books for a decade. Stone Mountain Village 1 and 2 in North Delta are substantially complete, with just a few vacant lots.
Dan Dunham, an applied technologies teacher at Delta Middle School, started teaching advanced technologies to students in 2011 by having them construct a 116-foot McKenzie Drift boat. Some of his students have been working on this one major project and it is finally completed.
In a discussion with county commissioners about a recent incident where an elderly county resident was defrauded of $85,000, staff from the county human services department noted in a report, "Delta County is very vulnerable to (elder) exploitation at this time. This area is home to many elderly or vulnerable adults with financial resources and assets.
Cleland Park is the place to be Thursday, with the Altrusans' annual kickoff barbecue, a beer garden, family movie and a glimpse of some classic autos.
The Altrusans' kickoff barbecue is a longstanding tradition which features brisket, pulled pork, cowboy beans, pasta salad, rolls and dessert for only $12 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under.
It's time to lace up your running shoes in preparation for the Deltarado Dash 5k Run/Walk. The event will take place at Confluence Park, on a 3.2-mile loop around the lake.
Newlyweds Bob and Arlene McGarvin arrived in Delta fresh out of college in the fall of 1958. In the intervening years, they have contributed greatly to the community, earning the beloved couple recognition as the Deltarado Days parade grand marshals.
A devastating funding cut created huge challenges for the Delta County Libraries' literacy program in the last few months. As district staff struggles to find alternate funding sources to help preserve high school equivalency education, English as a Second Language programs, and valuable teaching jobs, literacy administrator Gail Srebnik is hanging on to any positive news.
I have never met anyone who did not know how old they were. That's an easy one to figure simply because we all know our birth date, and simple math gives us the answer, not that anyone has to do the math to determine it. It's just something we keep track of. But how do we determine the age of a building?
Delta County has received a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant to help create a comprehensive recreation master trails plan. The plan is essential to develop a guiding document to inventory existing trails, identify opportunities for new connections and prioritize planning for implementation of future improvements.
The Kiwanis Club of Delta is hosting its first annual Deltarado Days disc golf tournament Saturday, July 29. Open registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Lions Pavilion. The tournament begins at 9:30.
Alexander P. Fultz, 23, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged possession of a weapon by a previous offender, unlawful possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Talin V.L. Smith, 30, of Grand Junction was arrested and jailed on two warrants with no bond.
The 24th annual Olathe Grand Ole Opry was held July 22-23. Live bluegrass music is the main feature of this event; however, a potluck is also included.
Operations at the First State Bank of Colorado locations in Hotchkiss, Delta, Paonia and Crawford will continue uninterrupted, following the announcement of the bank's parent company with TIG Bancorp.
Customer Bancorp, the holding company for First State Bank of Colorado, announced last week it has entered into an agreement to merge into TIG Bancorp, a newly formed Colorado-based bank holding company.
In a symbolic gesture, state, county and city officials gathered to light up the fiberoptic cable that will deliver high speed broadband to both Delta and Montrose.
Phase one construction, and the building of the fiberoptic network in those two cities, is complete following more than three years of planning, engineering and construction.
With the support of JC Propane, the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce has contracted with Berentis Rodeo Company to provide stock and personnel for this Deltarado Days tradition.
Action begins at the Delta Roundup Club arena with mutton bustin' at 6 p.m.
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.
There are some great bargains to be found on Delta's Main Street Friday. Not everyone puts merchandise outside, but there's a definite "sidewalk sale" flair to the low, low prices to find inside and out.
Anita Evans and her team of volunteers have spent countless hours surveying community stakeholders, attending meetings, writing grants, collecting gear, and a thousand other small but important tasks, all in an effort to help bring Delta County together and offer richer outdoor recreational opportunities for the youth here. Evans and her crew have also worked tirelessly to build relationships with other groups interested in the same outcome: getting kids off screens, and outside.
The City of Delta recently mailed surveys to all city residents, seeking input on the city's parks, recreation and trails master plan. The results of the survey will help shape the future spending and priorities of the parks department.
In the July 19 Delta County Independent's article, "Orchard City citizens speak out on pot plan," it was stated that I have a "muscle disorder." In fact, I said I have multiple sclerosis, which is a neurological disorder.
It is regrettable that your publication basically avoids editorial comment, pro or con, on local issues. Yet you have no problem letting your reporter, Hank Lohmeyer, use his personal agenda in crafting what happened in many meetings over the years and misleading the reader about what really happened.
I read the Baxters' letter in the July 12 DCI. It points out that all residents who use Cedaredge water and sewer will find themselves paying close to double the current amount for that service.
After many years, the North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District is moving forward on its next phase to bring more recreational opportunities to the valley, this time in the form of new baseball and softball fields.
"We have partnered with Hotchkiss Home Plate to continue our master plan of building baseball fields at the Crossroads property," said Lenore Cambria, the district administrator of the NFPPRD.
The Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce is reminding folks of its summer social at the Crawford State Park. It will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the peninsula at Crawford State Park.
The Creamery Arts Center is calling for artists to submit works for its annual fall show, which runs Sept. 1-30. Works should be submitted at the Creamery, 165 Bridge Street, on or before Aug. 19.
Are you searching to learn more about Jesus? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process where unbaptized adults and those baptized in other Christian denominations may learn about the Catholic faith and way of life.
The Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation invites everyone to participate in the sixth annual Pea Green Pedal on Saturday, Sept. 9, beginning at the Lions Club Pavilion at Confluence Park.
Options include an 18- or 40-mile bike ride or a 5k fun run/walk around the lake.
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.
At a recent District 10 4-H retreat, about 60 4-H youth gave their time to make care bags for San Juan Cancer Center patients.
The event includes 4-H children from Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Grand Junction and San Miguel counties.
Red Hat Hotchkiss Lady Bugs met Thursday, July 13. for a fantastic potluck at the home of Queen Carole McDaniel. They celebrated the 4th of July in her gazebo with red, white, and blue decorations.
Mary (Lewis) White will celebrate her 90th birthday at a picnic at noon Saturday, Aug. 5, at Mountain View Ballpark. Friends and family are invited to stop by and visit.
Jayson Park of Paonia made the academic Dean's List at Azusa Pacific University. A biology major, Park is honored for a spring semester 2017 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average.
Carolyn D. Renfrow, formerly of Delta, died July 19, 2017, at AltaVita Memory Care Centre in Longmont. She was 88.
Emma Edna Neil of Eckert died July 19, 2017, at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 72.
Longtime Austin resident Jack W. Eichhorn died June 10, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 90.
Eckert resident JoAnne Graham died July 19, 2017, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 94.
Longtime Paonia resident Marvin C. Westerman died July 20, 2017, at his home. He was 90.
Mildred "Millie" Louise Evans of Gainesville, Ga., died July 21, 2017. She was 68.
Nancy Mae Johnson of Eckert died July 15, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 75.
Sandra "Sandy" Elaine Robuck died July 16, 2017, in Montrose. She was 76.
Get your submission ready for the annual Harvest of Voices reading at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia. The reading will be on Sept. 21, and entries are due by Aug. 24.
With recent declines in mineral fund and severance tax revenues due to declines in coal mining in the North Fork Valley, the Town of Paonia is considering ways to bring more income to its coffers.
In June 2016, the town estimated that declines in mineral leasing and severance tax revenues, which in their highest years brought some $125,000 annually to the general fund, had cost about $100,000 over the past five years.
The Paonia Town Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Town Hall to consider a request for a special review/variance application to operate a commercial hemp business.
Applicant Elliot Brown submitted plans for the facility, which includes installation of climate and odor control infrastructure and other changes to property located at 719 Second Street.
The Paonia Police Department is looking for the owner of a dog that attacked and injured another dog within town limits.
The afternoon of July 19 a man, described as a "young hippie type" with a Staffordshire terrier weighing about 50 pounds and wearing a black collar and on a leash, were walking through town when Dexter, a Doberman pincer owned by Paonia resident Mario Mara went out to greet them as they passed their home near the corner of Third Street and Grand Avenue.
After a three-year hiatus the popular Demolition Derby is returning to the Delta County Fair.
Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss, the derby promises a great night of mayhem and destruction. The event includes a car division and a truck division, plus an ATV Barrel Challenge.
Most people who attend the Colorado BMW Club of Colorado's Top O' the Rockies have a great time, then turn around and go home or head to another rally when it's over. Many return to the rally year after year, and a few return just to visit.
Delta County School District J50 enrollment officially opened Monday and proactive parents are making important decisions about their children's education. One option available to families in the North Fork area is the Vision Charter Academy.
Edesia Community Kitchen, 395 Clark Avenue, Paonia, is hosting a weekly locals market from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Edesia's wood-fired pizza and a variety of products from local vendors are available.
A convergence of events will bring a big weekend of activity to Cedaredge Aug. 3 through 6.
Those are the dates that the annual Serenity Run motorcycle rally will happen this year with events that normally begin as riders from all over rolling to town on Thursday and continue through to Sunday.
On a split vote, the Cedaredge Town Board amended terms of the Main Street/Grand Mesa Drive enhancement project to allocate more of the available funds to design and engineering work.
Trustees approved the amendment to an agreement with CDOT, which is funding most of the project on costs for the Main Street enhancement project.
A crowd gathered for a reggae concert at Aspen Trails north of Cedaredge Saturday night rushed to the scene of a two-car collision on Highway 65. The accident occurred at about 7:05 p.m. and involved a northbound 2003 Toyota Highlander and a southbound 1986 Toyota 4Runner.
The Colorado West Barrel Racing Association hosted a sanctioned event at the Surface Creek Arena in Cedaredge Saturday, July 22. About 80 riders competed.
The Surface Creek Saddle Club is hosting a weekly gymkhana series this year at the arena located at 24224 Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge. Every Wednesday evening riders of all ages gather at the arena for an evening of fun events, and to build points towards saddle awards at the end of the series.
Volunteers at Pioneer Town are getting ready for a cool, fun filled community summer break this weekend. The annual community ice cream social will be held at the Stolte Shed on Saturday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Cedaredge Police Department logged 65 total incidents resulting in three traffic citations for the period June 1 through 30.
Orchard City Town Board members at their meeting on July 12 heard comments from constituents wanting changes in handling of town finances and a more "user friendly" government.
Doug Keller criticized town government for not being financially responsible with town money.
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