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.
County commission chairman Doug Atchley said on Monday that he has asked the county and state health departments to provide statements on a situation at Eckert where smoke from an allowed open burn operation is impacting residents of Horizons West Mobile Home Park and Horizons Care Center.
Every year, the American Library Association (ALA) releases a list of the top ten most challenged books of the previous year. In 2016, the Office for Intellectual Freedom recorded 323 challenges.
An earlier closing time for business at the Delta County clerk and recorder's office in the courthouse was approved by the county commissioners on Monday. Beginning Oct. 2, the closing time will be 4:30 p.m.
This week, Delta County Economic Development (DCED) announced "with great regret" the resignation of Trish Thibodo as executive director.
"DCED appreciates the leadership Trish has brought to Delta County and the many projects DCED has been involved with," John Gavan, DCED president, said in a press release.
Delta County is one of five Colorado counties that is StormReady. StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather.
Delta County Joint School District #50 will save an estimated $14,000 by cancelling the school board election scheduled for November.
Three school board seats were to be filled, but just three candidates filed petitions for those seats.
Clinton E. Adkins, 43, of Eckert was issued a summons for alleged shoplifting.
Christopher A. Prough, 26, of Cedaredge was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a bond of $20,000.
Well, the High Holy Days are upon us! But just what are the High Holy Days? These are the days of the fall festivals as listed in the Tanakh (Hebrew scriptures) or "Old Testament."
Delta County's local government designee (LGD) for oil and gas regulation issues, Bruce Bertram, has retired from the post.
At the Board of County Commissioners' meeting on Monday he received compliments and thanks for his years of service to the county.
Members of Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571, and members of Delta's American Legion Post #65 conducted the Missing Man Table ceremony at Arby's in Delta last Friday.
They said that ceremonies would also be conducted at the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce office, and at Starvin' Arvin's.
On Thursday, Sept. 14, the Delta County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant in the Peach Valley area of Delta to search for and arrest Gina Sander, 29, who was actively wanted on two felony warrants. Sander was located and taken into custody without incident by investigators.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.
In response to Pat Sunderland's article, "City of Delta's building inspector draws fire," page A3 of the Sept. 13 issue of the DCI, please note the numerous times we obediently honor and recognize the "rules of the road" while driving around our fair city.
Regarding the marijuana petition circulating in Delta, I beg all of you: Don't let our beautiful town go to pot.
Congratulations to Chris Miller and all involved in Saturday's Mexican Heritage Day and dedication at Fort Uncompahgre!
Dan Reardon is doing his job. He does not make up the regulations, just enforces the requirements of the building codes. He has inspected our two-car garage with a shop, our remodel and our master suite addition.
Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Devastating fires and floods. Political strife. Racial division. Immigrants and refugees. War. School and workplace violence.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs played hard but came up short Saturday in their league loss to visiting West Grand. It was their first league loss of the season.
Head coach Peter Nethington wasn't unhappy with the outcome after hearing how the Mustangs, a state qualifying team in 2016, beat up on the team last year. "They're a good team," he said.
Last week's Cedaredge (3A) homecoming week softball action included a big win over Meeker (3A) and a pair of losses in games with Delta (3A) and Rifle (4A).
The Bruins hosted Meeker, and won 7-5, on Tuesday (Sept. 12).
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team battled a scrappy, and much improved, Hotchkiss team on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Bruins played well, giving up just one set to the Bulldogs, in a 3-1 victory in 3A WSL play.
Last week's journey to Basalt to play football did not play out the way the Panthers would have hoped. On a cold, rainy evening in Basalt, the host Longhorns scored 14 points in the opening quarter on their way to a 35-7 non-conference win.
In an early game played last week, Delta High School's softball team hosted Gunnison's Cowboys in a 3A District 5 contest.
Delta lit a fire around the base paths in the first inning to score seven runs on its way to a 13-3 decision.
Senior Lexi Quinn fueled a three-set victory in volleyball for Delta's Panthers last Thursday, Sept. 14, in Gunnison. An earlier meeting in the season was a 2-1 win for the Cowboys.
Last week's soccer action was played on Delta's Cottonwood Fields with Central High School and Colorado Rocky Mountain School visiting the North Delta fields.
Delta faced Central's Warriors on Sept. 11 and scored a 4-0 non-conference win.
The Bulldogs were without a Homecoming opponent after Center canceled its season due to a lack of players. They found a worthy opponent in the Montrose junior varsity squad.
More than 220 racers from 20 schools competed in the men's division at the Eagle Valley Cross Country invitational. Harley Ewert and Caden Meilner led the Paonia Eagles to finish in 18 minutes, 15.30 seconds and 18:15.8, earning 26 and 27 points, respectively. One of three Class 2A teams at the meet, Paonia entered 12 runners and placed eighth overall with 222 points, with Logan Green, Ethan Bartlett, Ben O'Rourke and Elijah Evans rounding out scoring.
Despite fumbling the ball away on their first two possessions, the Paonia Eagles posted a 43-6 win Friday over Ridge View Academy.
"It was a good win, but it wasn't a great win," said head coach Blaine Escher.
The Paonia Eagles are on a five-game winning streak after winning three matches last week. All three games were played on the road, and all three were won in straight sets.
At the high-altitude Mountaineer Cowboy Invitational, Sam Rodriguez led Hotchkiss' boys to place 11th out of 87 runners with a time of 18 minutes, 2 seconds. Will Ela and Tevin Keller finished in 20:46 and 20:47, respectively, and freshman Kenny Drbohlav was close behind with a time of 20:52.
Johnny and Mallori Salazar of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Audrey Carrolynn-Louise Salazar, born Sept. 8, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20.25 inches in length.
Elberta Rebekah Lodge #106 resumed after summer break with a Red Hat potluck luncheon. Thirteen members were present and as always, lots of good food.
Longtime Delta County resident Arnold Dailey died Sept. 7, 2017, in Colorado Springs, where he resided for the last five years. He was three weeks short of 90.
Marvin "Buck" C. Krumholt died Sept. 15, 2017, at Park West Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 80.
Casey Joe Gillenwater died in a car accident Sept. 13, 2017. He was 25.
Lifetime North Fork resident Charlie J. Todd died Sept. 10, 2017, at the Paonia Care Center. He was 97.
Longtime Paonia resident Christopher David Hanson died at his home in Colusa, Calif., on Sept. 2, 2017. He was 53.
Longtime Delta County resident Donald S. Laux died Sept. 16, 2017, at his home. He was 89.
Firmin Jose Aragon died Sept. 14, 2017, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 83.
Eckert resident Herbert Lee Briscoe died Sept. 17, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 97.
Leroy Thomas "Buzz" Busby died Sept. 1, 2017, at Rhode Island Suites in Ransom, Kan.
He was born on Dec. 8, 1940, to Rubin "Ray" and Muriel (Robb) Busby in Grass Valley, Calif.
Austin resident Marvin R. Stephens died Sept. 17, 2017, at his home. He was 86.
Lifetime Delta County resident Robert Cole Perkins died in a car accident Sept. 14, 2017. He was 59.
Longtime Cedaredge resident Stanley Neil Hocker died Sept. 14, 2017, at La Villa Grande Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 90.
A coordinated flyover of planes by local pilots will take place over Paonia Town Park at 4:15 Friday.
Called "Festival in Flight," the event is being coordinated by Paonia pilots Larry Garrett and Ethel Leslie Garrett.
A mainstay of the Mountain Harvest Festival, the 17th annual Chili Cook-off runs from 5-7 p.m. Friday. For the past nine years the event has been run by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.
With the departure of Sarah and Bill Bishop after 14 years of service and dedication to the Mountain Harvest Festival, local musician Mike Gwinn has stepped in to help guide the annual event. Now in its 17th year, the annual festival will officially kick off this Thursday evening with the "Harvest of Voices" reading at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.
Paonia High School will be a blur of activity this week as students celebrate Homecoming Week.
The week includes numerous longstanding traditions.
Sponsored by Orchard Valley Farms and Black Bridge Winery, 10th annual Mountain Harvest Festival Grape Stomp has grown to be one of the most popular events of the festival. The stomp benefits three local nonprofits: the Solar Energy International K-12 Solar in Schools program, the Western Slope Conservation Center, and the Paonia Public Library Foundation.
This Thursday evening, Sept. 21, the annual Harvest of Voices will kick off the 17th annual Mountain Harvest Festival.
The event offers a veritable buffet of poetry and prose by local and regional authors.
Actions by the Colorado Department of Transportation have raised concerns about pedestrian safety in the Town of Hotchkiss.
At the Sept. 14 town council meeting, public works director Mike Owens reported that pedestrian crossing signs at several Bridge Street intersections were removed because CDOT officials felt there was too much sign "noise" on the street.
On Friday, Sept. 22, the Masonic Grand Lodge of Colorado will dedicate a cornerstone at the new West Elk Clinic -- Hotchkiss on West Hotchkiss Avenue in Hotchkiss. The tradition of dedication begins at 3 p.m. and is open to interested community members. The event is sponsored by the Mount Lamborn Masonic Lodge of Hotchkiss.
With 13 items of new business on its Sept. 12 agenda, the Paonia board of trustees tabled two items, at the urging mayor pro tempore David Bradford.
A public hearing on proposed changes to the town municipal code was tabled to the Oct. 10 meeting.
Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 26, the regularly scheduled bi-monthly meetings of the Town of Paonia Board of Trustees will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Also changing, unfinished and new business will now be conducted at the end of the meeting, rather than at the beginning.
Pat Medina has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Hotchkiss Town Council created by the resignation of Larry Jakubiak. Her appointment runs until the municipal election in April.
The Lambert Grange will once again sponsor the annual "I Love Pie Contest" this Friday in conjunction with the 17th annual Chili Cook-off at Paonia Town Park. Bakers are invited to enter their best harvest, best cream, best double crust fruit, best gluten and dairy free, and best decorative pie categories.
Cedaredge has long been home to a wealth of talented artists, musicians and craftsmen, many of whom are featured in galleries, at community festivals or during the First Friday Art Walks hosted by the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce.
At last week's meeting of the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control Board of Directors, unanimous approval was given to officially begin the process of replacing the old trailer portion of the Surface Creek Animal Shelter.
The Surface Creek Community Services Cedaredge Food Bank and volunteers want to express thanks to all who generously supported the fundraising at the Cedarege Food Town on Saturday, Sept. 9.
The Orchard City Town Board, at its regular meeting on Sept. 13, heard complaints from residents of Horizons West mobile home park about smoke from burning piles of brush near the retirement community.
Deann Thomas, a resident of the park, and three of her neighbors told the town board of smoke and other problems they claim were caused by the burning of brush just north of their senior mobile home park on Running Deer Road.
The Orchard City Town Board acting at its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 13 voted to rescind its previous decision to proceed with repealing current bans on marijuana business in town.
The town board also voted to place three referred measures on the April 2018 ballot asking voters to decide on new revenue measures for town government.
Area entertainers are offered an opportunity to win a grand prize of $250 in the Grand Mesa Country's "Got Talent" show scheduled Nov. 3 and 4 at Cedaredge High School.
Pick up entry forms at the Methodist Thrift Store, 205 W. Main, Cedaredge, or call 645-0142.
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