One Book 4 Colorado (OB4CO) is back for its seventh consecutive year, a program that distributes over 75,000 copies of the same book to every 4-year-old in the state. The 2018 book giveaway runs from April 9-23 and delivers books in English and Spanish to preschool-aged children statewide through a collaboration that depends heavily on public libraries.
Senator Michael Bennet made stops in Montrose, Olathe and Delta on Friday, en route to Club 20 meetings in Grand Junction.
His stop in Delta was devoted to a Farm Bill listening session -- the third stop he's made here for the same reason since taking office.
On April 2, emergency preparedness manager Jeff Wright reported on the inspections of ambulances to county commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes in preparation for the commissioners approving licenses for the ambulances.
Licenses were approved for six ambulances for Delta County Ambulance District and five ambulances for North Fork Ambulance Association.
On April 2, the Delta County Board of County Commissioners adopted a formal policy outlining the county's process and procedures for complying with Colorado Open Meeting requirements. This policy allows the county to create a better understanding of the policies and practices the county has in place.
Delta County Economic Development will host its 22nd annual meeting on Thursday, April 12, at the Orchard City Town Hall. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with light appetizers and refreshments being served.
On March 28, the Delta Farmers Union held a supper and panel discussion at the Maloney House on the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss titled "Heritage." The event featured generational farmers and ranchers sharing their history, thoughts on family farming and speculations on the future of agriculture.
Officers responded to Highway 92 for a report of a traffic accident.
Officers responded to the 300 block of Main Street for a report of a traffic accident.
Just one hotel developer responded to a request for proposals issued by the Delta Urban Renewal Authority for a riverfront hotel development. While the number of responses was disappointing, the proposal from MARS Hospitality was just about everything DURA commissioners said they had hoped for.
Eleven months in the making, the first full draft of the Delta County Master Plan is available for public review and comment.
"The goal of this process was always to create a new framework for managing land use and development that is more fair and predictable than what we have now and would result in outcomes consistent with the community's vision for the future," said Bob Stechert, Delta County Planning Commission chair.
It's time for anglers in the Montrose-Delta area to get fired up for spring fishing. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has stocked more than 1,000 lunkers in the area.
"Ending Homelessness One Family at a Time" is the mission that propelled Haven House's success in doing just that in 2017, the valley's only warm and safe place for homeless children and adults alike to make their home and begin building a new life.
On Tuesday, April 3, most municipalities in Delta County conducted elections. Delta, Orchard City, Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford voters selected new members of their town councils, as well as the fate of tax questions. Cedaredge cancels its town election because there were only enough candidates to fill its open board seats.
The following are unofficial results, as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 3:
On March 8, Taco Time held its first corporate meeting of 2018. Annually, this meeting is when franchise recognition awards are presented for the previous year.
I learned something recently that I did not know. The Supreme Court has ruled, and lower courts have confirmed, that assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment.
Would people please quit letting young people ride ATVs in back yards of dry dirt. It raises dust and is hard on those with breathing problems.
I have been farming in Delta County for 45 years. I came to the valley as an urban consumer ignorant of the many aspects of what it takes to produce real wealth: food, timber and minerals.
I write to express my disappointment that in coverage of the "Community Conversation on Suicide," you decided not to mention every solution that was offered. Everyone will cover everything except God.
It's good to see Senator Michael Bennet and Representatives Polis and DeGette joining a letter from congressional leaders to urge that the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) keep its methane rule in place. This rule, recently upheld in court, protects American taxpayers as well as our clean air.
I would like to voice a LOUD complaint about the price of water in Orchard City. I added up our water bills for last summer and compared them to 2016.
One important fact that the media fail to mention: the school shooters are not adults with guns, they are school students. Why? Three things to think about:
The Delta Panthers had a split team for last weekend's track competitions.
Delta's varsity team traveled to Grand Junction for the Mickey Dunn Invitational at Stocker Stadium while its junior varsity squad was at Cedaredge's Invitational track meet on Saturday.
The Paonia Eagles played to two five-inning wins Saturday under sunny skies. "It's good to be out here on a nice day, finally," said head coach Nate Miller.
The Hotchkiss boys scored 99 points to finish second at Saturday's Cedaredge Invitational track meet.
Hotchkiss won two events and placed in the top five in 10 other events.
Delta High School honored the memory of one of its outstanding baseball players at a recent game against Roosevelt's Roughriders. Prior to the playing of the March 28 contests, members of Luke Oeltjenbruns' family gathered to pay homage to one of the most-liked student athletes who played the game of baseball for the Panthers.
In an attempt to enhance the chances of progressing to post-season play in baseball, the Panthers added a few top-notch baseball teams to their spring schedule in hopes of increasing RPI standings. That philosophy works well when there are wins sprinkled in with losses.
The Paonia girls track team made its best showing of the season, scoring 93 points to place third at Saturday's Cedaredge Invitational.
Senior Mckenna Palmer set a mark of 34 feet, 6.5 inches to win the long jump.
Prior to the March 24 baseball game against the visiting Montrose Indians, Delta High School honored a member of the Delta baseball community, Amos Leon, who had been instrumental in helping local youngsters learn about and play the game of baseball.
In Saturday's 5-2 win over Dove Creek, the Bulldogs had runners on second and third and were trailing, 2-0, in the bottom of the third inning.
With two outs, junior Jamison Yanish was at the plate with a full count when he made a game-changing play, sending the ball over the fence in left field, giving Hotchkiss a 3-2 lead.
The Rode to the Cross, a horseback version of a walk-a-thon, will be held again on May 12 on Rim Road west of Montrose.
According to chairman Sarah Bowman, "This cross country competition of endurance and compassion will be for 5 to 21 miles in teams of three."
Prepare to fall in love again with the music of Simon and Garfunkel! The Guthrie Brothers, Jeb and Jock will bring you that opportunity on Tuesday, April 24, at the Delta Performing Arts Center, 822 Grand Avenue at 7:30 p.m.
Shayla Cox of Montrose is the parent of a daughter, Paysleigh Lorraine Cox, born March 25, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 14.6 ounces and was 20 inches in length.
Tamara Graham of Hotchkiss recently earned a master of social work from Simmons College in Boston.
Jacob Huene and Michael Huene, both of Delta, were named to the President's List at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., for the fall 2017 semester.
Paula Strickland of Delta was one of 22 Elmira College students inducted into the Rho Mu Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education during a recent ceremony for outstanding education majors.
Cedaredge Elementary School students took center stage on March 20 and 21 as they danced, drummed, twirled, jumped, and sang for large crowds of parents and other family members. The scene was the Cedaredge High School gymnasium.
Peyton Schuster, Taylor Bess, Oceana Bergholtz and Sami Wollert, HOSA students from Delta High School, have qualified for national competition in creative problem solving.
HOSA is a student organization for future health professionals.
Lincoln Elementary and Cedaredge Elementary have received a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools™ award for the 2017-2018 school year from the Flippen Group.
Two years ago, Delta County School District began an initiative to transform the campuses into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents to come alive with a love for learning.
Exciting new changes are anticipated for the school district's student art show. The venue of the show has been changed, from the AppleShed in Cedaredge to the Garden Center in Delta.
Beverly Anne "Bev" Record died March 27, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 87.
Frederick "Fred" Stephen Fisher died March 8, 2018.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel, with James Gall officiating. Inurnment will be in Wyoming.
Henrietta (Ayer) Keenan passed away peacefully on March 31, 2018, at the Colorow Care Center in Olathe, Colo. She was 86.
Longtime Delta resident Jack Goodwin died March 26, 2018, at his home. He was 81.
Jennie Mary Turner, age 87, passed away peacefully at the Beehive Homes in Price, Utah, on the evening of March 30, 2018.
She was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada to William Bert and Annie Kowalski Ostrynski.
Kevin Dwaine Liddell died Saturday, March 31, 2018, at his home in Austin. He was 60.
Cedaredge resident Lester F. Matthies died March 25, 2018, at his home. He was 92.
Cedaredge resident Margaret Louise "Peg" Mullen died March 21, 2018, at Delta County Hospital. She was 91.
Mike passed away peacefully at his home on March 10, 2018 attended by his loving wife Pat. He was 74.
Orchard City resident Romie L. Johnson died Saturday, March 31, 2018, at his residence. He was 86.
Eckert resident Ruth Hendrickson died March 21, 2018, at her daughter's home in Cedaredge. She was 93.
Valerie Ann Martin died March 27, 2018, at her daughter's home. She was 66.
William Parnell Branigan III passed away peacefully on March 28, 2018, from complications of cancer in Cedaredge, Colo. Most people knew him as Rocky, we knew him as Dad and Pop.
On March 7, the Town of Crawford approved a lease agreement with the North Fork Ambulance Association on the space it uses at the town's maintenance building.
During discussion at its February work session, Mayor Wanda Gofforth explained the town and the association have had an informal agreement to share space.
The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment on the Fire Mountain Canal Salinity Reduction Piping Project located in Delta County. The project would replace approximately 3.67 miles of open irrigation ditch with buried pipe.
Blue Spoon Ranch, Hotchkiss, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.
At Club 20's annual awards banquet on March 30, Kathy Welt of Hotchkiss was presented with the Johnson-Theos Bridge Builder Award. Also receiving the award were Terri Binder of Arvada, Major General Irv Halter, executive director of the Department of Local Affairs, and Lt. Governor Donna Lynne in honor of their commitment to collaborative problem solving.
According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, in 2016, more than 7,000 SeniorCorps and AmeriCorps members provided services to 1,112 sites in Colorado.
Six AmeriCorp VISTA volunteers currently provide services in the North Fork area.
Since it was established in 1969, the North Fork Ambulance Association has been the sole provider of ambulance services to the North Fork Valley area. The volunteer-based, non-profit NFAA currently services a 1,500 square mile area encompassing portions of Delta, Gunnison and Montrose counties.
Exactly what did "35 + formula" mean in passage of a 2015 resolution by the Paonia board of trustees in adopting a new town fee schedule?
The question was brought before the board on March 27 by trustee Suzanne Watson, who requested that the issue be placed on the agenda.
There are about 10 cranes along the northeast pond. Just standing there. No movement. Gray shapes.
Last Thursday, two dozen Delta County residents representing diverse Christian faiths formed a prayer circle on a grassy median near Cedaredge High School. The group of clergy and members of multiple congregations came together as an extension of a pastors' prayer group that has been meeting regularly at churches throughout the county.
On March 14, regional forester Brian Ferebee honored employees and partners for their 2017 accomplishments during the annual regional forester's honor awards ceremony.
Award winners were recognized for innovative, highly impactful work that supports achievement of the Rocky Mountain Region's three priorities, which align with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service's mission, strategic plan, and priorities and USDA's seven strategic goals.
OB Promotions, Inc. (OBP) has been incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Colorado.
The stated purpose of OBP is to "aid in the promotion of the Cedaredge, Colo., municipal golf course and facilities, thereby lessening the financial liability of the Town of Cedaredge.
Starr's Guitars has issued a challenge to area arts enthusiasts to encourage support for the new Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC). Through April 15, the Cedaredge-based business will match all GMEC donations up to $10,000.
It's a familiar story. A traditional ranch changes hands. Machinery and livestock are auctioned off. Structures are bulldozed. The acreage is carved into lots for modern houses and what was once open country is swamped by an ocean of subdivision rooftops.
The time is rapidly approaching for gardeners with aspen trees to apply preventative measures to their trees if they have experienced problems with leaf spotting and premature leaf fall.
Marssonina leaf spot or blight is a fungal disease of aspen, cottonwoods, and poplars.
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