The period of sustained economic prosperity that marked the "Roaring '20s" was embraced by Delta Area Chamber of Commerce members both visually and with a sense of optimism underscored by the many, many nominations for Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Educator of the Year. Clearly, Delta's business community believes there's much to celebrate.
The City of Delta has taken what city manager David Torgler describes as its first tangible step toward eliminating blight. The city is finalizing a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs that will cover the cost of demolition of West's Home Center, 327 Main Street, and create a pedestrian passage connecting Main Street and the large parking area on the opposite side of the vacant store.
Feb. 14 is a great day to express gratitude with flowers, sweet feelings with sweet hearts, kind words in enclosed cards and, for the libraries, appreciation for loving friends.
"Celebrating our library friends goes hand-in-hand with Valentine's Day because we want each of them to know how much we love them, and appreciate their hard work and caring hearts for the libraries," comments Terry Johns, Hotchkiss Library manager.
Two individuals were cited for violation of Delta Municipal Code 8.16.030, "Keeping of Junk."
Officers were called to 37 Stafford Lane to investigate a report of shoplifting.
Colorado Stone Quarries is being touted as a bright spot in the effort to diversify the economy in Delta County.
"When Delta County lost hundreds of high-paying coal mine jobs, no one could have predicted that five years later sales tax would be up and unemployment rates would be low," Delta County Commissioner Don Suppes said at a Morning Business Buzz recently hosted by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce.
On Feb. 16, 1867, Charles Vivian and a handful of friends established the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in New York City.
The 150th anniversary of that date has been proclaimed Elks Day in the City of Delta and in cities and towns across the nation.
"I remember so vividly my father collapsing at his retirement party in front of our family and his coworkers," said Nancy Hovde, HopeWest development officer. "We called an ambulance to pick him up, not knowing he was even ill."
The law enforcement academy at the Technical College of the Rockies is up and running again, six months after losing POST certification.
The Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) board, the governing body for law enforcement, suspended the academy last fall.
Nuclear Care Partners received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) making it the only provider in the United States exclusively serving former atomic workers to achieve such a high level of patient care.
"We are thrilled to be accredited!" said Patti Kendall, VP of clinical compliance at Nuclear Care Partners.
A rash of panicked phone calls filled the lines at Delta-Montrose Electric Association last week as members reported yet another phone scam. Although consumers are typically savvy regarding scams, DMEA advises members to exercise caution as the scammers become more sophisticated and clever.
City of Delta building inspector Dan Reardon has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. City manager David Torgler declined to comment on the nature of that investigation, citing personnel issues.
Cowboy at the Cross Church recently moved to the Delta Sales Yard on 5th Street just west of Confluence Drive. Morning worship has almost doubled in attendance, according to Pastor Shane Kier.
My name is Tom Wills and after serving for 14 years on the town council I am offering to serve as mayor of Hotchkiss. Larry Wilkening, who has a very good background in management and seems to be a very competent, nice guy, is also offering to serve in that capacity.
Now that I am officially NOT a candidate to continue as a trustee for Orchard City I have a few things to say to all of the citizens of my beloved home for more than 50 years. I am not speaking to the small vocal group that has harassed and threatened the present board of trustees and the mayor as well as town staff for the past 18 months.
Eco-activists in Delta County perpetuate a mistruth. They claim energy and agriculture can't coexist.
I was very sorry to hear about the demolition of the baseball park in Paonia as it holds a special place in my young baseball playing days.
In 1947 I was 13 years old playing shortstop with the 16- to 18-year-old American Legion baseball team based in Delta.
I have lived in Delta County for over 40 years and have always been satisfied, and even proud of the county's health care. I have watched the hospital grow, have been a patient at the hospital, and have seen friends and family members brought into its care.
The press release from Citizens for a Healthy Community (DCI Feb. 7) is filled with so many inaccuracies, it's hard to know where to start. But I suppose the biggest one is the false choice fallacy CHC's entire premise is based upon, that warrants the most attention.
Cedaredge had a good start to its basketball week in boys play. The Bruins defeated Delta for the second straight time, 62-52, on Feb. 6, after losing to the Panthers 71-54 back in December.
Hotchkiss High School's basketball teams won three of four games played last weekend. The girls defeated West Grand 54-42 and fell to North Park 43-33 in 2A District 5 play.
Western State Colorado University in Gunnison made a good decision when it signed Delta senior Logan Church to its wrestling program. Church will be the No. 1 seed when the Class 3A State Wrestling Championships open tomorrow at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Delta senior Elena Gilliam has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Lamar Community College.
Gilliam will pursue a degree in education or secondary education.
Delta High School senior Kendra Hillman entered last week's state swim meet ranked ninth in the 50 yd. freestyle and finished 10th. Hillman posted a personal best time of 25.93 in the race.
The Paonia boys have worked their way into the top three of 2A District 5 standings and are looking to make the most of it with the playoffs looming in the future.
Paonia is 9-2 in league play and 12-6 overall. Last week's visit to Meeker resulted in one of the two league losses the Eagles show in standings.
The Center for Spiritual Life will host a class based on Dr. Joe Dispenza's book "You Are the Placebo."
Transform your life through the power of thought and the practice of meditation and access a higher level of consciousness.
"Powerful Tools for Caregivers" is a six-week educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.
Hannah McIntire and Tyler Tasler of Paonia are the parents of a son, Branson Tobias Tasler, born Feb. 7, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.
The League of Women Voters is celebrating its 98th birthday this year. On Feb. 14, 1920, the League of Women Voters was founded as an outgrowth of the movement that secured for women the right to vote -- passage of the 19th Amendment in that same year -- following a long organized struggle that involved many personal sacrifices on the part of the Suffragettes.
Paonia resident and Azusa Pacific University student Tiffany Clock made the academic Deans' List at APU.
Samuel Fulton of Delta and Desiree Smith were among the nearly 500 students named to Fort Lewis College's Dean's List for the fall 2017 semester. These students took at least 15 credits of gradable hours and achieved a 3.60 or higher grade point average.
Logan Hill of Hotchkiss has been named to the Deans' List/Explore Center List of Distinguished Students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year.
Jordyn (Rienks) Shiflet graduated with her Doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University on Dec. 15, 2017.
Cedaredge resident Charlene A. Burnett died Feb. 10, 2018, at her home. She was 76.
Longtime Paonia resident Debrra Faye Wallace, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 in Paonia, Colo. Debby was 62 years old.
Eugene Lyle Moe passed away peacefully at home in Austin, Colo., on Jan. 22, 2018, at the age of 85.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, John and Beulah; brothers, Ted and Doyce; and son, Gary.
Delta resident Peter "Pete" Tullio died Feb. 9, 2018, at Colorow Care Center. He was 94.
The Black Canyon Audubon Society sponsored two raptor field trips last weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 10 and again on Sunday, Feb. 11, nearly two dozen enthusiasts explored Delta County back roads between Hotchkiss, Crawford, and Paonia searching for a variety of raptors.
A baker, a creative nonprofit, and the oldest volunteer radio DJ in the country were among the recipients of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce's 2017 community awards. The awards were presented Feb. 8 during the organization's annual board meeting held at Wisehart Springs Inn.
Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE), which helps building owners and developers finance energy efficiency measures, recently announced the state's first agricultural project funded through the program. Ela Family Farms, a Hotchkiss-based certified organic orchard, will use C-PACE financing to install a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system at its warehouse.
The North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District has two- and four-year board seats open for the upcoming election on May 8. The three directors will be elected to serve four-year terms, and a director will be elected to serve a two-year term.
Want to have fun and be a part of one of the fastest growing sports in America?
The Crawford Town Council was quick to accept an offer of assistance from the Department of Local Affairs, to help with the town's financial sustainability.
Kimberly Bullen, the northwest regional manager for DOLA, explained the three-year program during the council's regular meeting of Feb. 7.
The Western Slope Conservation Center (WSCC) held its annual meeting in Hotchkiss on Sunday, Feb. 11. According to its 2017 annual report, the WSCC's mission is to build "an active and aware community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison watershed."
Local artists have teamed up to create a stained glass panel for the new Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) in Cedaredge. The group meets regularly at the Splinters & Shards studio in Delta to assemble the large panel.
On Feb. 8 the Cedaredge Board of Trustees held a special meeting and a work session. During the special meeting the trustees unanimously approved a proposal by Mayor Gene Welch to appoint all trustees -- excluding the mayor -- to serve as members of the town administrator application review committee.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) will immediately begin inspecting power poles in the Orchard City area. The inspections are expected to last throughout the spring. DMEA is contracting with SBS Inspections to conduct the work.
Our January meeting was productive as all members contributed ideas for the year's upcoming programs. And as usual, those that were chosen are a great mix of learning more about many phases of gardening, the community around us, and providing for crafts, artwork and enjoyment.
Cedarege public works is taking advantage of dry weather to replace old water meters with new Neptune radio-read meters.
The Town of Cedaredge has more than 1,300 water taps and the goal is to switch out at least 800 meters by the close of 2018.
The Orchard City Board of Trustees work session on Feb. 7 opened with all trustees and the town administrator present. Five constituents, Jack and Mary Ditlove, Doug Keller, Mel Cook and Jan Gage, also attended.
It has grown dark and the moonlight is bright. My mind wanders to the pair of owls that sang at this time.
The Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans changed its name for a reason. "We used to be Welcome Home Montrose," says Mike Trickey, alliance executive director.
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