One June 24, bicyclists will depart Leadville for a seven-day cycling tour that will take riders through Aspen and Carbondale. On June 25, they'll tackle McClure Pass, which tops out at 8,763 feet, and pass through Paonia and Hotchkiss en route to Delta.
Paul Stockwell has been named the new executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce.
Stockwell, formerly the program coordinator for Delta County Economic Development, will provide a similar type of business support, with a focus primarily on Delta, as opposed to DCED's efforts countywide.
Charges have been dropped against Robert "Bob" Neirinckx of Delta, with prejudice. Neirinckx was charged with manslaughter, a class 4 felony, following the death of John Spinelli on Friday, June 1.
At the request of the U.S. Forest Service, Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes provided comments on the scoping document under development for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG).
They stated their appreciation for the opportunity to provide comment and said they look forward to working with the GMUG through the entire Forest Plan revision process.
On June 7, the Delta County Board of Commissioners submitted to the Bureau of Land Management its comments on several elements of the North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan.
Water. Commissioners wrote that protection of the quality and available quantity of water is always a concern of the county, particularly when construction and/or oil and gas development is conducted in any upstream watershed of water sources draining into and used by Delta County residents.
Due to a combination of record high temperatures, low humidity and high winds, the Delta County Board of County Commissioners signed a resolution implementing Stage 2 Fire Restrictions for the unincorporated areas of the county, effective Monday, June 18, until further notice.
In an effort to address hunger in Delta County, the Western Colorado Community Foundation has announced funding for projects that increase access to healthy, local foods and improve food security for vulnerable populations. The deadline to apply for the Community Food and Hunger Relief grant is July 15.
Officers took a report of an abandoned vehicle at Confluence Park.
Alison S. Manzanares, 21, of Delta was arrested and jailed on an outstanding Colorado State Patrol warrant with a bond of $625.
In recent weeks the Delta County Sheriff's Office has received numerous phone calls from people asking how many marijuana plants can be grown legally. The answer is 12 plants in or on a residential property in the unincorporated portions of Delta County.
DMEA's annual meeting on June 15 provided an evening of family fun, entertainment, education, and full bellies, as Jimmer's Back Country BBQ served up a delicious meal.
It was also a night for DMEA to celebrate the future.
The polling center in the Delta County Courthouse will be open Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for voters who wish to vote in person. The polling center will also be open Election Day (Tuesday, June 26) from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
A public hearing will be held Monday, June 25, at 1:30 p.m. to consider a proposal for the North Fork Ambulance Health Service District. If the service plan is approved by the Delta County Commissioners, the question of organization of the North Fork Ambulance Health District will be presented to voters in the November election.
Nearly 700 kids in Delta County have registered for the 2018 summer reading program "Libraries Rock."
"We are pleased to report that our registration numbers have already exceeded last year and there is still plenty of time to register," says LaDonna Gunn, assistant district director of Delta County Libraries.
In the wake of Stage 2 fire restrictions throughout much of western Colorado and at the urging of Mayor Ron Austin, Delta City Council reconsidered the sale and use of personal fireworks at its June 18 meeting. The meeting was held one night earlier than usual due to a Colorado Municipal League conference in Vail which many council members planned to attend.
A couple of years ago I was passing through Flagstaff. It felt different than many of the towns I went through.
On the night of May 25, for all practical purposes, I was dead on the floor of my own home. As a 60-year-old man in (what I thought was) relatively good health, I'd suffered both cardiac arrest and respiratory failure.
You could go to an Avengers movie, but we have our own heroes and they are way cooler. Starting on March 1, I attended my first class of a 10-week course called Citizens Police Academy.
Why am I voting for Teresa Nelson for county commissioner? I want a county commissioner who understands the importance of God, family and community.
Recent news reports indicate that a suit has been filed by attorneys general of 20 states charging that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. All 20 of those attorneys general are Republican.
As a candidate for state House of Representatives HD61 the League of Women Voters, as one of only three questions, asked the following: What proposals would you pursue to secure student safety in schools?
Tom Backhus believes that every kid who wants to plays football should have the right skills and good coaching.
Backhus, who lives in Paonia with wife Tess, founded the annual Vail Summer Football Camp in 1982. Now
The Kids Pasta Project spring/summer season is under way. Slow Food Western Slope will be the beneficiary of the June 25 KPP dinner. Slow Food Western Slope supports the concept that good, clean and fair food should be accessible to all.
Falicity and Hector Huerta of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Xaedrienna Guadalupe Huerta, born June 8, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches in length.
Daryl Batt of Hotchkiss was named to the 2018 spring semester Dean's List at Simpson College. Daryl is the daughter of Greg and Julie Batt.
Jennifer Campbell of Delta was awarded a bachelor of science degree in biology and psychology during spring commencement ceremonies at Baylor University. Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas.
The following local students were among those who received degrees from the University of Northern Colorado during spring 2018 commencement ceremonies May 4-5:
The daughters of Ruth Miller will be celebrating her 90th birthday on July 5.
Ruth and Jack Miller retired in Eckert, where they have a beautiful yard and small orchard.
After working in the Brand Inspection Division for 36 years, Randy Shetley is retiring. He will be honored at a retirement celebration Saturday, June 30.
The Colorado FFA Foundation is proud to announce 16 worthy recipients will receive scholarships from the foundation and its supporting partners. Additionally, 29 Colorado FFA members were awarded scholarships from the National FFA Organization.
PEO Chapter GT celebrated Paonia High School scholarship recipients on Thursday, June 7, at Calvary Baptist Church in Delta. Kathy Kolman and Lynette Reed were the hostesses.
Austin resident Kevin G. Wibben died June 4, 2018, at his home. He was 57.
Delta resident Marilyn Honeycutt died June 13, 2018, at her residence. She was 62.
Phil Espinoza of La Sal, Utah, formerly of El Llano, N.M., died March 3, 2018, in Grand Junction. He was 73.
Longtime civic leader Raymond Lyle "Butch" Penick died Monday, June 18, 2018 at his residence in Delta, Colorado. He was 72.
Lifetime Delta County resident Shelden Glenn Smart died suddenly June 8, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 48.
Wilda Aline Bruce was born on July 18, 1933. She died June 8, 2018, at the age of 84 due to complications from a damaged heart following surgery at Montrose Memorial Hospital.
The Paonia Cherry Days baking contest is July 4. Bring your "cherry" item to the Cherry Days booth in Paonia Town Park from noon to 12:30 for judging. Items will be judged on use of cherries, presentation and flavor.
The 13th annual Bulls N' Broncs War (formerly the North Fork Challenge) returns to the North Fork Horse Patrol on June 30. This year, $750 of added money will be added to each of the two
Members of the Hotchkiss Town Council granted one variance request and denied another at their monthly meeting June 14. Both decisions fell in line with recommendations from the Hotchkiss Planning Commission.
The Town of Hotchkiss is exercising caution by instituting odd-even outdoor watering restrictions for the town's residents.
Public works director Mike Owens said he's been assured Leroux Creek water supplies are sufficient, even at 55 percent, but noted usage in early June jumped substantially.
After losing two police officers last year, the Town of Paonia is again advertising for a full-time police officer.
Approval for a new hire by the board of trustees comes as the town enters its busiest time of the year.
Cost to repair the damaged lining of the one million-gallon storage tank at the Clock water treatment plant will exceed $78,000.
At the June 12 board meeting trustees approved a bid to sandblast the storage tank, which mainly provides potable water to Paonia proper.
The Town of Paonia is asking residents to conserve water usage as the heat of summer arrives and a less than normal spring runoff ends.
At the June 12 board meeting town administrator Ken Knight told the trustees that the results of the drought are quickly becoming apparent.
The West Elk Community Fund (WECF) announces the formation of a local philanthropic fund to serve the areas in and around Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford. The WECF is partnering with the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) to help donors establish endowed funds to benefit these communities.
With the 72nd annual Cherry Days celebration fast approaching, be sure to plan ahead, as some of the more popular activities require registration.
This year's Cherry Days Parade categories include: children (17 and under), groups, antique/classic cars, antique tractors, animal, political, business, and other individual.
The Surface Creek Animal Shelter invites the public to the grand opening of its new building this coming Saturday. Folks are invited to bring their dogs for a walk along the nearby Surface Creek Trail at 9:30 a.m.
People began arriving early last Friday afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC). Soon a growing crowd of arts enthusiasts lined the sidewalk at the corner of West Main and SW 2nd streets in downtown Cedaredge to await the official ribbon cutting.
The Cedaredge Board of Trustees will consider moving into Stage II drought restrictions at its Thursday, June 21, regular meeting. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Grand Mesa Room of the Cedaredge Civic Center.
As part of the Celebrate Cedaredge Community Fair on Saturday, July 14, a community yard sale and flea market will take place in the parking lot of the town's public works facility on High Country Avenue across from Cedaredge FoodTown. The event will run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Nancy Hovde, HopeWest development officer, reports that the organization's first annual family fun day hosted 350 people and earned $8,000 for the nonprofit group. The event featured yard games for all ages, a barbecue meal, and live music.
At last week's regular meeting the Orchard City Board of Trustees passed a resolution declaring a "critical water supply shortage by reason of drought and setting mandatory water conservation measures." The drought resolution and other water issues dominated the meeting.
Two dozen citizens were on hand at last week's regular meeting of the Orchard City Board of Trustees. While water issues dominated the agenda, it was during constituent time that residents voiced their concerns on other matters.
Mark your calendar for events at Cedaredge's historic Pioneer Town.
The Night on the Town event is set for Saturday, June 30, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Jessie Stillings, a seventh grade student at Cedaredge Middle School, has earned a position on the Colorado National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Huron, S.D., June 24-30 to compete at the 14th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in barrel racing, pole bending and ribbon roping.
The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a work session on Thursday, June 14. The bulk of the session was devoted to a presentation of the results of the town's independent audit by Pete Blair of Blair and Associates, P.C. Blair's official letter to the town stated, "We have audited the accompanying financial statements of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information for the Town of Cedaredge, Colorado, as of and for the year ended Dec. 31, 2017."
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