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.
Beds for psychiatric stabilization, with coordinated transport capacity, are a priority among the individuals and agencies tasked with addressing mental health needs in Delta County.
Law enforcement, health and human services, advocacy groups, mental health, the hospital, the school district and others have joined together to develop a collaborative approach to behavioral health care.
Ken Richards is a born entrepreneuer who has started and sold three separate accounting practices. His latest venture is a value billing program for professional service firms. It's a program he uses within his own accounting firm. With guidance from ICELab Accelerator, he and co-founder Chris Hunter hope to commercialize the product for use by other professional firms.
A highly-respected physician, Dr. Rosalind Rafanelli, or "Dr. Roz" as she is also known, has become part of River Valley Family Health Center's team where she joins eight other providers in its growing practice in three locations, Montrose, Olathe and soon, in Delta.
The National Park Service will be providing opportunities to view the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. Join rangers at the Elk Creek Campground Amphitheater from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as the moon passes over 85 percent of the sun's face.
Five entrepreneurs, including two from Delta County, have been selected for the ICELab Business Accelerator program. The program provides support for the five entrepreneurs as they prepare for ICELab's inaugural "Pitch Day" Nov. 6 at Western State Colorado University.
Representatives from CDOT and Stolfus, the consultant that is conducting the Rogers Mesa SH 92 access control plan study and conceptual design, presented an update during the Board of County Commissioners' Aug. 7 meeting.
The Highway 92 plan is looking at specific access points to the highway that will be incorporated in CDOT roadway improvements when they take place.
The largest fundraising event for HopeWest in Delta is sold out with more than 300 people expected to attend the annual gala on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center.
Public input sessions for the county's recreational trails master plan have been held in Hotchkiss and Delta.
According to Elyse Casselberry, county economic development director, the recreational trails master plan is being conducted to run concurrently with the county's land use master plan rewrite.
John L. Vaughn Jr., 41, of Grand Junction was arrested and jailed on two warrants with a total of $1,000 in bonds.
Tafare R. Davis, 43, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with no bond.
Delta County Libraries staff would like the public to know that the elevator in the Delta Library, located at 211 W. 6th Street, has been repaired.
A teacher and counselor for 25-plus years, Merrily Talbott often found herself in the position of listening and empowering teenagers and young adults.
"When texting first came on the scene, I found myself doing it over text," she explains.
The Apostle Paul writes in the book of Colossians 2, verse 8, "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." (NIV)
Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta will be closed for annual maintenance Wednesday, Aug. 23, through Friday, Aug. 25. The aquatics area will remain closed through Sunday, Aug. 27.
Breakfast and lunch prices are increasing for the 2017-18 school year, primarily because of the amount of fruit required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Breakfast will cost a nickel more, and will run $1.50 for elementary students and $1.70 for middle/high school students.
Solar eclipse fever has taken over the U.S., and residents here are gearing up for the phenomenon, too, with a handful of residents making plans to travel to Wyoming, Nebraska or Oregon to see the total eclipse. Next Monday, Aug. 21, all of North America will be able to see a partial solar eclipse, and those lucky enough to be in the path of totality, a thin, 70-mile wide ribbon that will pass through 14 states, will see a total solar eclipse.
When Scott Rist learned that 50 percent of the kids in Delta County don't own a bicycle he decided to take action.
Rist, a senior park ranger for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, applied for a grant from the Colorado Parks Foundation to buy bicycles for Sweitzer Lake State Park which is located just south of the town of Delta.
U.S. Reps. Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Chris Stewart (UT-02) introduced the Sage Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act (H.R. 3543), a bill that would streamline the approval process for vegetation management projects to protect or restore the habitat of the sage grouse and mule deer.
The Delta County Historical Society board of trustees met in emergency session Aug. 10 and concluded by unanimous vote that the Ute Council Tree must be cut down. A portion of the base trunk will be left standing as a memorial.
The public is being asked to absorb the environmental and public health risks associated with oil and gas development, based on promised economic benefits. Unfortunately, Delta County, like many other counties, supports oil and gas projects without conducting a cost-benefit analysis, and most importantly without a public debate on perceived costs and benefits.
Some good news and some bad news out of Orchard City. First, the good: Duane of Orchard City staff detected a significant water leak somewhere on my property.
Our Town of Paonia council meeting on Aug. 8 was so civil that was a pleasure to attend. Much of the time was spent on the approval of All Hemp Trading which had attendees on opposing sides of the issue.
There were 11 varsity golf teams playing for medalist and team honors last Thursday (Aug. 10) at Cedaredge Golf Club. There was plenty of sunshine and temperatures were conducive to excellent conditions for the Bruins and visiting linksters hoping to finish the day with the top scores of the day.
An item in the Sports section on page B5 of the Aug. 9 Delta County Independent should have said that the baseball complex represented in the diagram is being proposed by the North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District, in partnership with the Home Plate Baseball Association.
Sixteen varsity teams and four junior varsity teams gathered at Devil's Thumb Golf Course on Aug. 11 to play in the Delta Panther Invitational.
Aspen's Skiers won its second straight tournament with a score of 218 with Montrose (221), Fruita (227), Grand Junction (231) and Durango (237) completing list of the top five teams in the tournament.
Tour and taste your way through seven fabulous properties and homes, each showcasing a local chef and their gourmet bites from local farms. Begin the day Sunday, Sept. 10, with a brunch sampler at Cobble Creek at 10:30 a.m. End
The Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation invites everyone to participate in the sixth annual Pea Green Pedal on Saturday, Sept. 9, beginning from the Lions Pavilion at Confluence Park.
There is an 18- or 4-mile bike ride or a 5k fun run/walk around the lake.
The Radio Room proudly presents David Starr Saturday, Sept. 9. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show is at 7:30 p.m.
Eleazar and Erica Garcia of Olathe are the parents of a daughter, Jasmine Garcia, born Aug. 3, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21 inches in length.
Delta Opportunity School is now Grand Mesa Choice Academy.
All enrollment packets are due on Aug. 16.
If you are interested in a self-paced, independent learning curriculum and/or support for your current homeschool program, contact Delta County School District's new blended learning program, Achieve Blended Learning Academy.
Carla J. Humphrey died Aug. 1, 2017, at her home in Crawford. She was 62.
Elton Haskell Caddell of Eckert died Aug. 10, 2017, at his home. He was 86.
Delta resident Garry D. Lippard died Aug. 12, 2017, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 75.
James "Clown Jim" Robert Hoffbauer died Aug. 5, 2017, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 64.
John Clifford Olin died at his home in Paonia Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. He was 71.
With Great Sadness, we share that Montie George Slaughter entered into Eternal Peace on Aug. 9, 2017. Montie was born on March 8, 1934, to Oscar and Fredricka Slaughter in Bremerton, Wash.
When the Crawford Town Council met on Aug. 2, a discussion of old business was continued to its scheduled work session on Aug. 16. The town has been working on a resolution to clarify utility service at the Peaches RV Park.
Delta County Memorial Hospital was recently awarded $250,000 from the Colorado Health Foundation for the West Elk Clinic in Hotchkiss serving patients and families in Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford areas.
This grant will be used for equipment and interior furnishings at the new West Elk Clinic which is expected to open in early September for North Fork residents.
Just under 200 market animals and pens and several cheese baskets were offered for sale by 4-H and FFA members at the 2017 Junior Market Livestock Sale, held on the final day of the county fair.
Hotchkiss High School was named one of five finalists for the "Succeeds Prize," considered the state's most prestigious award in recognition of honoring transformational public schools and educators.
Marla Bear Bishop wants her missing uncle to be found. Until he is, she doesn't want people to forget him.
Gary Goldman, 77, is a bit of a curmudgeon, she said. And he loves to walk. "My whole life I saw my uncle walking," said Bishop.
After a 14-year break, the streets of Paonia will once again be patrolled by bicycle. Police officer Stewart Byrge recently completed training as a bicycle police officer, and took to the streets Saturday afternoon.
The Paonia board of trustees will consider approval of a town snow removal policies and procedures brochure at the Aug. 22 public meeting. The brochure addresses snow removal priorities, time of plowing, sanding, parked vehicles, safety and the public's responsibilities.
The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is seeking photographers to capture the essence of Paonia in the biennial "Picture Paonia" photography event.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, photographers will have 12 hours to take a photo, indoors or outdoors, within a one-mile radius of the Blue Sage, that captures the essence of Paonia.
At the Orchard City Town Board meeting on Aug. 9, it was announced that the trustee Cannabis Revenue Committee has performed the task assigned to it by the full town board.
"We feel we have completed our work," announced Tom Huerkamp who along with Gynee Thomassen comprises the committee membership.
A completely reconstructed announcer's booth, also known as the "Crow's Nest," will greet Cedaredge Bruin football fans at home field games this fall.
The new Crow's Nest will be accompanied by a new set of grandstand bleachers for the Bruin fans.
Town streets remain a top citizen complaint for the Cedaredge Town Board and there may be renewed focus on budgeting for the problem in 2018.
For the second year in a row, the town board begins its budget discussions with a call for high priority on maintenance of the asphalt on town streets.
The U.S Forest Service, Grand Valley Ranger District has issued a temporary closure of the east end of the lower Crag Crest loop, Monday through Friday, through Aug. 25.
This closure will prohibit public access from the east trailhead at the Crag Crest Campground along the lower loop (NFST 711) to the intersection at Butts Lake/Bullfinch Reservoir #1.
Orchard City constituents turned out for the town board's Aug. 9 meeting with comments offered to their government on management of the water utility, on marijuana businesses, and on the town board's fiscal responsibility.
Dave Stueck offered comments on the town water utility.
How time flies! It seems like yesterday when I led a group on this flower walk. But it was really years ago.
Cedaredge High School graduate Lexee Wilson on Aug. 10 was named the top vocational agriculture student in the state and presented with the Future Farmers of America Colorado Star Farmer award. She will be leaving soon for college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins with plans to continue her success in agriculture by pursuing a veterinary medicine career and eventually giving back to the community that she says "has given me so much."
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