The Hotchkiss Town Council is set to approve the 2016 budget during this week's monthly public meeting.
The draft budget estimates total available revenue of $1,970,246, based on estimates prior to certification of the fiscal year 2015 mill levy by Delta County.
The Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office and the U.S. Forest Service Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests posted Decision Records granting Gunnison Energy LLC and SG Interests, Ltd. the approval to develop up to 25 natural gas wells north of Somerset.
This decision includes the approval of 10 of 25 anticipated applications for permit to drill allowing for wells to be drilled on an existing multi-well pad and construction of four new multi-well pads and associated infrastructure.
There is a beautiful village in Crawford that many Delta County residents have never seen, even those who live in the area. Lights twinkle in houses frosted with snow, people sing carols and cross country ski and chop wood, animals wander freely through pleasant snowy streets, and, despite the weather, no one seems cold.
A recently completed two-year study shows surface, spring and groundwater samples collected throughout the North Fork area testing below method federal detection limits for a list of major ions, metals and volatile organic compounds that can occur during the process known as hydraulic fracturing.
The results of the study are contained in the recently released "2014-2015 Water Quality Monitoring Report."
Everyone was feelin' alright when the doors opened to the Cocker Kids Foundation holiday house sale last Friday morning. More than 300 people lined up early to pay $5 to get first pick of thousands of items belonging to the late Joe Cocker and his wife, Pam.
Cedaredge resident Marjorie Sullivan died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 73.
Cora L. White of Hotchkiss died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 90.
Eckert resident Mary Heath died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at home. She was 64.
The Colorado River District is now accepting applications for grant funding to assist projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources within its 15-county region. Applications are due Jan. 29. The total amount available for the 2016 competitive grant program is $150,000.
Today the sky is clear ... what a nice change! It's been gray day after day, but it isn't warmer.
The fourth annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum, the state's premier gathering of farmers and ranchers, and others involved in the sustainable farm community, announced its lineup of workshops and speakers.
The conference on Jan. 23 at the Montrose Pavilion has a wide array of breakout sessions, which convey vital, regionally specific agricultural information in areas including maximizing crop and livestock production, innovative agricultural marketing and management strategies, and specialty crops.
The Paonia High School girls' basketball team came back from the 2A state tournament last year with a trophy, just maybe not the one it really wanted.
"We finished as the consolation champs," Paonia head coach Scott Rienks said.
Paonia High School boys' basketball coach Chase Roeber doesn't mince words when asked about goals and expectations for the 2015 version of the Eagles hoopsters.
"Nothing short of making the state tournament," Roeber said after the first game of the year. "If we don't get to the state tournament, it's a bust."
The Delta girls' basketball program has a new head coach and will be striving to make a successful transition to Craig Cerise's new offense and defense as the season progressses.
Cerise, a former head coach for the Lady Panthers for two seasons, will be in his third season at the helm for the program. Overall, Cerise has nine years experience.
The Cedaredge head boys' basketball coach will bring a staff that enters its sixth season with the Bruins. Joining head coach Kevin Dunbar will be assistants Derek Kehmeier and Dave Boyd.
This year's Delta High School wrestling squad is beginning to shape up. With the run through state playoffs in football over, the Panthers welcomed a big number of athletes to the mat.
According to the pre-season information sheet, there are 30 hopefuls in the mix for varsity and junior varsity starting spots.
The Hotchkiss High School girls' basketball team has a new coach but the same old winning attitude as the Bulldogs hit the hardwood for the 2015 season.
Ginger McPherson is in her first year on the Bulldogs bench and also is teaching mathematics at the high school.
The Bulldogs boys' basketball team has a mix of veterans and young talent that it hopes will achieve new heights of glory at Hotchkiss High School.
Now the test will be putting all of the pieces together into a winning mix for the Bulldogs.
Walk into the wrestling room behind the gym at Paonia High School and instantly you can tell: the Eagles are back.
Even though Paonia had its streak of 2A state championships halted at three last year after the Eagles finished third, enthusiasm and energy burst through the room as the grapplers returned for the 2015 campaign last week.
The Cedaredge boys' basketball team played three games last week, all in the annual First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament played in Delta and Paonia. Play began on Thursday, Dec. 3, for Cedaredge with a game against Olathe. Cedaredge won that contest, 56-35, and looked to be in good form to start the 2015-16 hoops campaign.
The Hotchkiss High School girls' basketball team played four games in five days last week and showed signs that the Bulldogs are building a solid foundation for the season.
The Bulldogs have two games this week, playing at Aspen on Thursday and then hosting Vail Christian on Saturday.
If all of the Hotchkiss High School boys' basketball games play out like their first week did, head coach Eric Hollembeak is in for a lot of sleepless nights.
The Bulldogs battled through four games in five days last week.
Delta High School's girls' basketball team got its first taste of a new season with a new coach and new offensive and defensive systems. The results were not totally successful, with the Panthers winning just one of three games played in last weekend's First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament.
If the first week of the season is any indication, the Paonia High School girls' basketball team is going to be celebrating quite a few wins this year.
Many of the Paonia girls are still making the transition from volleyball to basketball, but the natural athletes that make up the deep Eagles roster showed no ill effects of a late start during the First Colorado National Bank Tournament last weekend at Paonia High School.
There were some slow segments of their game, but the Cedaredge girls' basketball team, once it got rolling, was nearly unstoppable. Olathe's Pirates had the most success against Cedaredge but fell, 41-33, in first-round action of the First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament last week in Delta.
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