After a rigorous season of hockey, Sami Cassel, a sophomore in Delta, achieved a memorable experience many athletes most likely will never experience ... unless they play hockey and make it to the USA Hockey National Tournament.
Senior Ty Grant signed a letter of intent to participate in the Colorado Mesa University's track program on April 11. Cedaredge High School's student body gathered to watch the signing ceremonies with Athletic Director Brandon Milholland reading a brief statement on behalf of Grant's achievements at CHS.
At Friday's four-team Delta Twilight track and field meet, Hotchkiss scored 83 points and won six events to win the meet. Delta was second with 76 points, Cedaredge third with 60, and Olathe finished fourth with 27.
Of the four girls teams at the Delta Twilight Invitational, Cedaredge had 31 top-three placers and won eight events to take first with 111 points, followed by Delta with 90 points. Olathe finished third with 32 points, and Hotchkiss placed fourth with 31 points.
While the Paonia track teams didn't score a lot of points at Saturday's Demon Invitational track meet at Glenwood Springs -- the girls placed seventh with 48 points and the boys finished 11th with 16 points at the 19-team meet -- multiple Paonia athletes set personal best times, heights and distances.
At Saturday's Western State Combined Invitational at Gunnison, the Cedaredge boys finished third overall with 101 points, behind Salida with 135 point and winner Gunnison's 165 points. The Cedaredge girls took second with 141 points, behind Buena Vista with 179 points.
North Fork baseball teams cleaned up on Saturday at Ignacio, dominating 2A District 5 teams Dolores and Ignacio. Paonia slipped past Dolores 14-2 in its first game and then shutout host Ignacio 17-0 in game two.
Hotchkiss High School moved closer to another 2A District 3/5 showdown with Paonia after a pair of wins against Dolores and Ignacio in doubleheader play in Ignacio. Hotchkiss defeated Dolores 14-0 in game one and routed Ignacio 15-0 in game two.
Delta High School's baseball fortunes included a pair of wins and a loss last week. Wins came against Olathe (0-3 and 1-10 in 3A WSL) and Hotchkiss (2-0 and 9-1 in 2A District 3/5).
Could the 800-meter sprint medley relay be on its last leg?
Traditionally a girls' relay, the sprint medley has been a state track event for decades.
At 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, Grand Junction author K. L. McKee visits Paonia Library to speak about her novels and read from her 2018 book "Worth Waiting For."
The first book in a new series, "Worth Waiting For" is set in the fictional town of North Fork.
The Paonia Tree Board will recognize April 27 as Arbor Day with a tree planting at Apple Valley Park.
A sensation box elder will be planted in honor of Clarence "Bill" Hart, a Paonia police officer, veteran and volunteer firefighter who lost his battle with cancer in 2017.
In August 2017, the Delta County Sheriff's Office opened an investigation into Richard Taylor, 49, for failing to register as a sex offender and being a convicted felon in possession of weapons. The case was filed with the Seventh Judicial District Attorney's Office.
On Wednesday, April 25, the North Fork Ambulance will present a biennial training exercise known as the mock DUI crash at Paonia High School beginning at 9 a.m.
The North Fork Ambulance coordinates and works in partnership with local agencies including ambulance, fire and law enforcement to educate students about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
At next Tuesday's board meeting, on April 24, among several agenda items under "old business," Paonia trustees will consider a draft resolution setting the base fee for building permits at the flat rate of $35 and adjusting the existing fee schedule according to that base fee.
Trustees approved the drafting of the resolution by town attorney Bo Nerlin for consideration prior to the seating of a new board at the April 24 meeting.
Of the four newly elected and re-elected trustees being sworn in at next Tuesday's Paonia Town Board meeting, Chelsea Bookout, Mary Bachran and Barry Pennell will begin four-year terms, and Samira Hart will serve a two-year term.
Official results from the April 3 election show Bookout received 311 votes, or 18.86 percent of the 1,845 votes, and Bachran received 306 votes (16.59 percent).
The bids for replacement of the Barrow Mesa water tank were awarded to two firms at the April 12 meeting of the Hotchkiss Town Council.
Earlier this spring, the council rejected the only bid submitted for the project.
Completion of the Artspace feasibility study, the first phase of the Space to Create Paonia initiative. was celebrated at an April 9 dinner at Edesia Kitchen. The dinner, which doubled as a Kids Pasta Project fundraiser for Space to Create Paonia (S2C), also marked the release of the Preliminary Feasibility Report.
Eight additional ballots were either "cured" or received prior to the April 13 deadline. Elections supervisor Rene Loy Maas says three votes were cast in the Delta municipal election, two in Orchard City and three in Paonia.
The City of Delta has established a youth scholarship fund to help kids stay active. A goal of $10,000 has been set to help offset the cost of programs and keep registration fees low for kids who wish to participate in sports and activities sponsored by the city.
Did you miss the open houses on the county's draft Master Plan? You can still submit your feedback to the planning commission until April 25.
Delta County's Office of Emergency Management will be testing the County's CodeRed Emergency Alert System beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18. CodeRed is the system that allows Delta County Emergency Services to immediately notify citizens within a designated area of current or potential life-threatening information via recorded message, text message, and/or email.
Using one-time state funds provided to rural schools, Delta County Joint School District #50 has augmented its supply of Chromebooks. The school district now owns 2,935 Chromebooks, one for every student in grade 6-12.
With the focus on teacher salaries in Colorado and a nine-day, statewide teacher strike in Oklahoma, Delta County Joint School District #50 recently conducted a salary analysis. Results, reported at a school board work session last week, indicate beginning teacher salaries are "light," but the longer teachers stay in the district, the higher their earning power by comparison.
The Delta City Council awarded two bids totaling nearly $600,000 for street projects in the city.
The West 1st and North Palmer improvement project was designed in 2017 by Austin Civil Group as a solution to ongoing issues with drainage and subsequent roadway deterioration at the major intersection.
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