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 City of Delta is matching its $50,000 commitment to Delta County Economic Development in 2018, but refused a request from DCED to increase funding to $70,000.
DCED made the request to support salary and benefits for its new executive director.
Special Olympics Colorado -- Delta is looking for a track and field coach for school-age athletes. If a coach can be recruited before early January, Special Olympics will prepare a flyer to share with potential athletes and schedule a meet-and-greet in early February.
The annual daddy-daughter dance held at Bill Heddles Recreation Center Nov. 11 proved to be the most successful yet -- over 400 danced the night away.
This year's theme was "Alice in Wonderland."
Throughout Colorado deer are in the midst of their mating season and Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding residents to take precautions to avoid conflicts.
"Buck deer can be aggressive and lose their usual wariness of people at this time of year," said Patt Dorsey, southwest regional manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Delta County has received the National SolSmart Bronze designation as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Sunshot Initiative. The designation program recognizes communities that represent positive solar practices.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated five counties in Colorado, including Delta County, as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by multiple disasters that occurred during the 2017 crop year.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) are seeking applicants for agricultural energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The total amount available for assistance in FY 2018 is $350,000.
Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Post #3571 of Delta is teaming up with the Colorado Aviation Business Association's (CABA) Holiday Airlift again to assist needy and homeless veterans and their families in the area.
Charles G. Hart, 32, of Paonia was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $500 bond.
Nichole D. Brown, 31, of Delta was arrested and jailed on charges of possession of Schedule II (methamphetamine).
Colorado State University Extension in the Tri River Area (Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties) is seeking applicants interested in becoming Colorado Master Gardeners or Colorado Certified Gardeners.
The Colorado Master Gardener Program is designed to help county or area CSU Extension offices meet the increasing demands by the gardening public for unbiased, research-based information.
Race car driver Mianna Wick of Delta has been making her way up the ladder board for 11 years. From go-carts, to low-level cars, to piloting a 1996 IndyCar, Wick now has her sights set on making it to the Verizon IndyCar series.
At their meeting Nov. 20, Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes heard three hours of presentation and citizen response regarding a land use change application requested by Paonia Holdings, LLC.
Paonia Holdings, LLC submitted the request under the Delta County Specific Development Regulations.
Tate Locke was appointed to the Delta County Planning Commission Nov. 14, representing the Surface Creek area.
Locke is a Colorado native and moved to the Western Slope in 2003.
It is easy to forget to be thankful during the brief window of time between Halloween candy and costumes and holiday shopping and cooking. Black cats and pumpkins have been replaced by Christmas lights and children's toys on the shelves of most stores, encouraging consumers to buy, buy, buy!
Intensive livestock farming is a huge global industry that serves up millions of tons of beef, pork and poultry every year. When I asked one producer recently to name something his industry thinks about that consumers don't, he replied, "Beaks and butts."
The Delta County Tourism Cabinet has been awarded $25,000 through the Colorado Tourism Office's marketing matching grant program.
Twenty-eight Colorado not-for-profit associations and governmental organizations from across the state were awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for the purpose of enhancing marketing efforts to attract visitors.
Delta County 4-H'ers invite community members to join in a toy collection for needy children in the Delta area. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the CSU Extension Office at 525 Dodge Street, Delta.
In response to an old fogey's viewpoint I would like to comment. And as a women approaching 70, I probably fall into old fogey category myself, so this comment comes from looking back over clothing choices covering a 50-year period.
My name is Cathy Meskel. I hosted the Stars and Stripes Military Ball on Veterans Day.
I just want to send out a big thank you to a couple of our peace officers in Delta County. Unfortunately I do not know their names but one is a member of the Cedaredge Police and the other is with the sheriff's office (actually the only female deputy I know of) for the help and support they gave my son when his car had the transmission go out in Cedaredge on Thursday night.
Delta High School senior Logan Church prepares to sign his letter of intent to wrestle at Western State College University on Nov. 14.
Two Paonia High School senior student-athletes committed to playing sports at a Division I schools during Nov. 14 signing ceremonies.
Mckenna Palmer signed to play volleyball at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
A small contingent from Delta traveled to Denver to compete in the Colorado State Doubles Championships. Local players brought home medals in eight divisions, with Sanda Connell leading the way.
The celebration of the 10th anniversary of Alpine Bank in Delta continues. Now, it's time for a toy drive to benefit Families Plus Delta.
The CMU Music Department and Karen Combs will present the 18th annual Best of the West Music Festival on Dec. 7-9, featuring three public concerts and two days of workshops for more than 200 talented high school musicians from Colorado and Utah.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center is taking registrations for the three-on-three winter youth basketball tournament, to be held at the recreation center on Wednesday, Dec. 27. Divisions for the tournament are boys grades 6-7, boys grades 8-9, girls grades 6-7 and girls grades 8-9.
The 29th annual Christmas show, hosted by Grande Valley Model Railroad Club, will be held at Cross Orchards Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 9-31.
Grande Valley Model Railroad Club has hosted a Christmas show annually since 1988, one year after its founding.
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.
On Nov. 13, the Delta 4-H County Council met at Heritage Hall.
The annual 4-H Awards Banquet was discussed.
In the midst of Delta High a group of students are titled as our Future Business Leaders of America. These teens belong to an established, nationwide organization known as FBLA.
Jude and Marv Kieca of Cedaredge have traveled and hiked over a very large part of the world.
Their latest trip was to Australia this past March, arranged through Road Scholar which specializes in hiking trips.
Connie Jean Lawrenson of Austin died Nov. 17, 2017, under the care of hospice. She was 65 and suffered from AL amyloidosis.
Jan Lynn Hovey died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at her home in Delta. She was 57.
Lifetime Delta resident Jerry L. VanPelt died Nov. 13, 2017, after a brief illness. He was 66.
Kevin Craig Richards of Delta died Nov. 18, 2017, at his home. He was 52.
Marjorie Loveland Becker Doty was born in Benkelman, Neb., on June 4, 1925, and went to be with her Lord on Nov. 12, 2017.
Cedaredge resident Preston E. Lauderbach Jr. died Nov. 3, 2017, at his home. He was 57.
Robert Max Campbell of Moffat died Nov. 9, 2017, after a long illness. He was 65.
A number of Crawford residents came before Crawford Town Council on Wednesday, Nov. 8, seeking clarification to a letter they had received from the town.
Their questions were addressed by public works director Bruce Bair, who explained the letter was sent to residents in possible violation of the town's code on people living in non-compliant housing.
The Crawford Pioneer Days Committee and all its wonderful volunteers are in full swing for the 2017 Festival of Trees and Parade of Lights events. The goal, as always, is to provide something for everyone.
Solar Energy International's (SEI) Solar In the Schools (SIS) outreach program hosted its fourth Solar Lab Days for eighth grade students from Delta Middle, Cedaredge Middle, Hotchkiss K-8 and Paonia Jr. High schools on November 2-3 and 6-7. In the span of four days, over 300 students spent the day at SEI's lab facility in Paonia to participate in introductory solar energy activities and energy presentations.
North Fork Ambulance (NFA) sponsored a Holiday Marketplace Saturday, Nov. 18, with the proceeds from lunch and a basket drawing going toward the district's automated external defibrillator (AED) project.
The purpose of the project is to increase the chances of survival for people who experience a sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the North Fork Valley.
Innovative business ideas can come from anywhere, at any time. But how many great business ideas never come to be because the path from idea to launch can be daunting, difficult to navigate, and downright scary.
A collaborative program under way at Western State Colorado University, ICELab Accelerator is "a unique mentor-driven program" that pairs high-growth business startups with world-class mentors, advisors and investors.
Bank of Colorado is pleased to announce the promotion of Mitch Swanda to branch president.
Bank of Colorado president Shawn Osthoff states, "We're excited to have Mitch's leadership skillset on display in Hotchkiss.
The North Fork Children's Christmas Party is seeking volunteers and sponsors.
Volunteers are needed for present-wrapping day Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss.
The Paonia Chamber of Commerce presents the 2017 Paonia Holiday Festivities. Come join us for two solid weekends of holiday cheer on Dec. 1-3 and 8-10. There will be kids activities, open houses, tasting events, and local shopping opportunities, gifts and art by an abundance of local artists and downtown Paonia businesses.
After considering all funding options, Paonia trustees approved a 3 percent impact fee on the town's enterprise funds for inclusion in the 2018 draft budget.
The approval came during the annual public budget hearing on Nov. 14.
At the Nov. 14 board meeting, Paonia trustee Suzanne Watson received a public warning for violation of the board's Code of Conduct. The alleged violation was based on the results of an investigation into a Sept. 6 letter by town administrator Ken Knight containing three separate complaints against Watson and signed by four town employees (see "Paonia Board to Consider Actions Against Trustee in the Nov. 1 North Fork Times section).
Student leaders from Hotchkiss High School joined the members of the Hotchkiss Town Council for the trustees' monthly meeting -- a tradition that is repeated in the spring, when the trustees meet at the high school and award two scholarships to graduating seniors.
Student body president Nolan Egging opened the meeting with a quote from John F. Kennedy, while Mayor Wendell Koontz selected a quote from Ronald Reagan appropriate to Veterans Day.
Kathy Steckel, director of North Fork Ambulance, reminds everyone that Colorado Gives Day is just around the corner.
Support North Fork Ambulance on Tuesday, Dec. 5 or make your donation today.
West Elk Clinic in Hotchkiss is making strides to improve access to oral health in the North Fork through participation in the Medical Oral Expanded (MORE) Care program.
The DCMH West Elk Clinic has been working on this health initiative since May of this year.
One hundred and twenty arts enthusiasts braved a stormy night Nov. 17 to get a "sneak peek" at plans for the new Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) which is due to open in downtown Cedaredge in Spring 2018. GMAEC board president Deborah Shaffer and vice president David Starr co-hosted the two-hour event held at the Cedaredge Civic Center.
Jimmy Vela came calling today -- with a "peace offering," and we ate the whole thing! I remember telling him that I didn't really like zucchini, but we would try his zucchini bread.
It was delicious! Didn't taste at all like zucchini!
Town administrator Kathleen "Katie" Sickles submitted her verbal resignation effective Monday, Nov. 20. Katie has accepted a position with the City of Ouray as an interim city administrator.
Macht-Liles Real Estate Group and the Delta County Board of Realtors are sponsoring a "Feed the Furries" animal food drive to benefit the Surface Creek Animal Shelter. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 15 at Macht-Liles office, 645 S. Grand Mesa Drive, Cedaredge, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The winter months are normally quiet at Cedaredge Golf Course, but not this year, with the resignation of golf pro Larry Murphy and the replacement of the course superintendent.
Murphy, who just completed his 10th year of employment at the golf club, had initially planned to enter into the town's retirement transition plan.
Neighbors who joined the search for a missing 78-year-old woman say it's "truly a miracle" she was found in an extremely wooded area nearly a mile from her house.
Carol Gamble was reported overdue from a walk at about 2 p.m. last Saturday.
The free Cedaredge Community Christmas Dinner will be Monday, Dec. 25, at the Stolte Shed in Pioneer Town.
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