Tom Alvey, the Delta County representative on the Colorado River Water Conservation District (CRWCD) board, provided an update on CRWCD activities and water-related issues in Delta County to county commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes at the commissioners July 2 meeting.
Alvey said the drought situation is very bad, as bad as Delta County has ever seen it.
An orphaned bear cub will get a chance to return to the wild following action by firefighters and Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff in the midst of the 416 fire burning north of Durango.
A female cub which suffered severe burns to its feet in the fire is now being treated at CPW's Frisco Creek wildlife facility near Del Norte in the San Luis Valley.
People living in the Gunnison Valley and in southwestern Colorado have a new way to travel to Denver, Grand Junction and other locations, including areas along the Front Range.
The Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) existing Bustang service is expanding to serve the communities along U.S. 160, Colorado 145, U.S. 550 and U.S 50 between Durango and Grand Junction.
Delta City Council and staff joined Delta County Commissioners and staff on June 26 at the courthouse to talk about projects of interest to both entities. They explored how they can work together to resolve problems which will benefit residents and visitors to both county and city.
Auditor Pete Blair presented his firm's audit of Delta County's financial position as of Dec. 31, 2017, at the June 25 county commissioners' meeting.
Blair commended the county staff members primarily responsible for financial oversight and record keeping of the county's resources: Margaret Davey, accounting director; Suesan Scheetz, payroll administrator; and Leona Anderson, human services deputy director.
As the Southwest keeps getting hotter and drier, people who rely on the Colorado River and its tributaries for their livelihoods are facing the prospect of having to make due with less water. The impacts of reduced supplies will play out differently in different parts of the basin, but they will touch everyone.
Grand Mesa National Forest, which previously was not affected by the fire restrictions in place on the rest of the GMUG, is now under Stage 1 restrictions. The remainder of GMUG is in Stage 2.
With the continued dry, windy weather and soaring temperatures, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) reminds members it has put in effect its fire prevention procedures.
The annual Cobb-Vantress Flock Awards, the company's top honor for United States-based customers, were recently awarded to poultry customers with remarkable results in 2017.
The awards program recognizes top-performing facilities maximizing the genetic potential of Cobb breeding stock.
The stage is set for the November election -- Republican Mike Lane will face Democrat Dick Gilmore for District 1 Delta County commissioner. That seat is currently held by Doug Atchley, who is term limited.
Officers responded to the 700 block of East 7th Street for the report of property damage.
David Medieta-Gonzalez, 35, of Tulsa, OK was arrested and jailed on a Delta County warrant with a $1000 bond.
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) announced that the state of Colorado will receive approximately $40.1 million through the federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for fiscal year 2018. This is the largest amount of money ever allocated in the program's 40-year history.
The Bureau of Land Management recently hired Stephanie Connolly as the Southwest District manager, and the public is invited to network with her during open houses in Durango, Dolores, Grand Junction and Montrose.
"I'm excited to be here and look forward to getting to know our partners and community members while exploring this incredible landscape," said Connolly.
The Delta County commissioners appointed Kami Collins to the Delta County Tourism Cabinet to represent Surface Creek at their June 25 meeting.
Commissioner Don Suppes said he had been trying to find the right person to represent Surface Creek on this cabinet for three years and finds Collins to be highly qualified.
Virginia Blackstock, local artist, was recognized by International Artist magazine, June-July 2018 edition, as one of two watercolor finalists in its Still Life Challenge, for her 15" x 29" piece titled "Refreshing Elegance V."
"This is the first time I ever entered this competition," she said.
What my last year's water bills would be with the emergency rates that take effect in July:
May 2017 -- 25,500 gallons was $3; with emergency rates would be $327.
In response to the June 27 letter written by Scott Schaible:
Regarding the open special session of the Delta City Council called by Mayor Austin on May 29, I am not speaking for the other board members of Delta County Economic Development (DCED) who were in attendance, but only presenting my own observations.
The North Fork Valley has been my home for 24 years. I moved here after living in several other places where industry and corporations had wrecked the physical and mental environments in which I needed to thrive, not merely survive.
Justice Kennedy's retirement highlights a reason I am working for the Convention of States movement. The U.S. Constitution permits justices to serve for life.
Delta High School Alumni Association is sponsoring this year's Deltarado Days Golf Scramble hosted by Devil's Thumb Golf Club. Players will begin their quest for bragging rights and a variety of prizes July 29 with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m.
The annual Black Canyon Quilt Show takes place July 20-22 at the Montrose Pavilion Drive, 1800 Pavilion Drive.
More than 175 quilts by local artisans will be on display.
Mending Hearts, a grief support group coordinated through HopeWest, will meet on Tuesdays through July 31 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church, 20101 Deer Creek Road in Austin.
Each support group begins with grief education and is followed by a small group discussion.
Anglers can vie for $5,000 in cash prizes and actively participate in an important wildlife-management activity at this year's smallmouth bass tournament at Ridgway State Park, July 7-28. The tournament is sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Registration for the youth recreational soccer program is open until Saturday, July 21. From July 21-28, a $10 late fee will be charged in addition to the registration fee.
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.
A week of tennis instruction for boys and girls ages 8-13 begins Tuesday, July 31, and continues through Saturday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Racquets and balls will be provided, but youth should arrive dressed to play.
Red Hat Dolls of the Valley honored Betty Portman at their June meeting June 21 at Berg Harvest in Paonia.
Betty has been the Queen Bee of this group for a number of years.
Aaron Richard Hood and Tessa Lynn Dormann were married on April 18, 2018, in Saint Lucia, perched high on the side of a valley overlooking the Piton Mountains and Caribbean Sea. They were joined by family and friends to celebrate the joyous occasion.
Since 2009, Delta County schools have been underfunded by over $325 million -- funds that could have been used to replace buses, enhance security and increase salaries.
Statewide, investment in education is lagging -- Colorado ranks 48th nationally in personal income invested in education.
Delta County School District 50J is the recipient of a USDA Farm to School planning grant for the 2018-19 funding cycle. USDA's Farm to School grants fund school districts, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers, and non-profit organizations in their efforts to increase local foods served through child nutrition programs, teach children about food and agriculture through garden and classroom education, and develop schools' and farmers' capacities to participate in farm to school.
Ginger Gay Kinderknecht died June 16, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 72.
Lifetime Delta resident Amanda M. "Mandy" Morfitt Watson died June 30, 2018, after a courageous fight. She was 37.
Cedaredge resident Maynard N. Nelson died Friday, June 29, 2018, at Crossroads Memory Care in Delta. He was 90.
Paonia resident Perry G. Harding died Sunday, July 1, 2018, at his home. He was 95.
Edgar Macias-Moreno, 24, is being held on $10 million bond after being charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of Madelaine Loh, 27, of Hotchkiss.
According to an arrest affidavit filed in Delta District Court, Loh was living with Macias-Moreno, her boyfriend, on a farm on L Road in Hotchkiss.
Hilltop's Domestic Violence Services will hold a candlelight vigil for Madelaine Loh on Thursday, July 5, at 6 p.m. The service will be held at Hotchkiss K-8 School gymnasium, 465 Lorah Lane.
On June 20, the Crawford Town Council met to reconvene its June 6 business meeting and to hold a work session. The meeting began with the reading of a new nuisance ordinance.
James George, 69, of Crawford was cited for careless driving after striking two cows that were part of a cattle drive. The incident occurred the morning of June 14, on Highway 92 near the Desperado.
First responders know as well as anyone that in an emergency situation, basic CPR and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) may mean the difference between life and death.
On Sunday, Don's Market installed an AED unit donated to the store by the North Fork Ambulance Association through its AED Program.
North Fork Valley groups, citizens, and the Town of Paonia all told the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service that the agencies' preliminary environmental assessment on the proposed 35-well North Fork Mancos Master Development is inadequate to protect public health, safety, welfare, clean water supplies and the environment.
Paonia trustees will consider adopting amendments to the 2018 fiscal year budget at the July 10 board meeting. Among the amendments are the appropriation of anticipated $68,300 in revenue the town will receive in 2018 from a one percent increase to the local sales tax, which took effect July 1.
After months of seeing little to no action, the Paonia Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, July 9, to conduct a special review for permitted uses and to consider a request for a zoning change from R-1 (single residential) to R-2 for 123 Oak Avenue.
Also on the agenda, at 6:30 p.m. the commission will hold a special review regarding compliance with town Municipal Code for Edesia Community Kitchen & Farmers Market, Christian Scale and Edward Meade, 395 Clark Avenue, Unit A.
The Town of Paonia is again seeking bids for sandblasting removal of a failed liner from the one million-gallon Clock water treatment plant on Lamborn Mesa after awarding a bid of $78,364 to Eckert-based Grand Mesa Mobile Dustless Blasting. When contacted by the town that it was awarded the bid, Grand Mesa Mobile informed the town that it was not available, said Public Works Director Travis Loberg.
Cedaredge is rolling out the welcome mat on Saturday, July 14, for the Celebrate Cedaredge community fair and community yard sale and flea market. Both events run from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.
There was never any question that Jeff Sailors and Patricia Carroll were going to open an art gallery. The only question was where.
Travis and Annie Holton, owners of the Lost Mesa Grill, officially opened their doors in Cedaredge on May 15. The renovated restaurant at 130 West Main Street is one of several the couple has owned over the years.
The "Main Street America" edition of Cedaredge's monthly Artwalk takes place downtown this Friday from 5-7 p.m. Merchants and restaurants will be open for local 'Independents' shopping and artisan booths will line the sidewalks.
For the third year in a row, Cedaredge's historic Pioneer Town will host a summer reading series for children. The series invites kids of all ages to step back in time and listen to stories about Western heritage.
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