On Nov. 22 at approximately 5 p.m. the Delta County Sheriff's Office received a call concerning a missing person. Bruce Barker, age 27, was reportedly last seen the night before at a large party at 7816 2100 Road in Delta.
It's almost Christmas and this is the best time to order seedling trees! Our seedlings come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including deciduous trees, shrubs and conifers, and you can purchase our seedlings as either bare root or potted.
About 4,000 Delta area residents enjoying a quiet evening at home were startled by an automated Code Red alert warning them of two "armed and dangerous" individuals on the loose.
The calls were generated Thursday, Nov. 19, shortly after officers of the Delta Police Department responded to a robbery at the Western Convenience Store at 15th and Howard.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are selling Forest Service Christmas tree permits at a cost of $8 per tree.
Permits come with information explaining regulations and helpful tips.
The Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center has been awarded accreditation by National Children's Alliance. The accrediting agency for children's advocacy centers across the country, National Children's Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first.
For anyone who is living with the effects of a loved one's drinking, the strain on mental and emotional well-being can be significant. "There is nothing worse than the pain and the loneliness of living with an alcoholic," said Suzanne, an anonymous commenter on a "First Steps to Al-Anon Recovery" podcast.
A Thanksgiving turkey sits on the counter, thawed and awaiting preparation. Sweet potatoes and apples beg to be made into delicious dishes.
The Delta District Court last week granted a request from county government to reinstate the commissioners' 2013 specific development approval for Grand Mesa Layers and Western Slope Layers.
The court's action follows the state Supreme Court's recent decision not to hear an appeal of the Colorado Appellate Court's decision that had upheld the county commissioners' original decision.
Many students in Delta County come to school wearing "DC Young Life" T-shirts. This indicates their membership in a countywide youth group that meets every Monday night.
An extensive investigation that took DEA investigators from the west edge of Montrose County to a grow operation in Gateway Canyon, and finally to property north of Cedaredge, resulted in the seizure of approximately 1,300 pounds of marijuana last week. In addition, two arrests were made.
Jerry D. Galemore, 74, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged third degree criminal trespass.
William A.S. Chalfant, 32, of Montrose was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $300 bond.
Delta County Library District director Annette Choszczyk has resigned after being placed on administrative leave on Nov. 4.
"The board felt they made the only decision that was available to them," said board president Laura Earley in addressing library users and supporters at a Nov. 18 meeting held at the Paonia Library ahead of the regular board meeting.
Four city manager finalists were in Delta for a tour and interviews this week. The candidates -- Don Gaeddert, Dan Hamsmith, George Korthauer and David Torgler -- also met with community members at a well-attended reception Monday night.
Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, recently announced the fundraising results of its fall 2015 paper clover campaign.
Tractor Supply Company, the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States, raised an astounding $893,817 during the 11-day national in-store fundraiser.
The Delta County Code Red system was used to alert the area to the potential threat, asking citizens to remain indoors and to alert 911 of any suspicious activity. Later the system was used again to notify the community the subjects had been taken into custody.
Lee Marts VFW Post 3571 and its Auxiliary in Delta encourage all members of the community to help our local veterans. The post and auxiliary currently have two community-based projects going into the holidays.
From the time we are young, we learn about being thankful from our parents, teachers, books and TV. According to Psychology Today, children under the age of 6 only say thank you about 20 percent of the time.
"The war took my dad. He wasn't going to knock on my door and tell me it was all a mistake," Vicky Lehmann said during an emotional interview.
We should all truly celebrate. Two years after the governor's executive order, we finally have a Colorado Water Plan that lays out measurable objectives and metrics to help guide us toward a secure water future.
Perhaps President Obama's buddy, El Presidente Castro of the island prison of Cuba will entertain a proposal from Obama to release the remaining Islamic terrorists at Guantanamo to freedom in Cuba. Castro has run Cuba as a prison for most of the island's people for over a half century, while executing thousands of his own citizens.
Imagine living in a very remote location at a very high elevation that doesn't afford TV or radio access, you haven't read the newspapers and have avoided outer human contact for some time. This was my experience some years ago and it became very obvious to me, one of the first times I went in to the nearest town to get supplies, that something very strange was happening.
Paonia goes for the 3-peat on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Buena Vista. The matchup seemed fated from the very beginning of the season.
Paonia was No. 1 and the Demons were ranked No. 2 until the Eagles lost to 2A Bayfield (currently No. 1 in 2A and playing for the state title on Saturday as well) in Week 4.
Last weekend's quarterfinal round of this year's Class 3A state football championships featured play between Delta's Panthers and The Classical Academy's Titans. The contest, won by Delta, 27-14, marked the third time in two years Delta has faced TCA on the gridiron.
The Paonia High School football team found itself in unfamiliar territory last Saturday afternoon.
On the road. Trailing the entire game. The Eagles' season and quest for a coveted 3-peat state championship on the line.
Chevelle and Steve Mercilliott of Delta are the parents of a son, Armani Dezmond Sabastian Mercilliott, born Oct. 31, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 5 pounds, 2.2 ounces and was 18.5 inches in length.
Ernie and Ida Mae Bailey, ages 94 and 90, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Saturday, Nov. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Baileys are longtime residents of Cedaredge.
Nine Delta County teachers have been named recipients of innovative teaching grants by the Arch Coal Foundation, according to Jim Miller, general manager of Mountain Coal Company's West Elk mine. This is the ninth year that the Arch Coal Foundation has set aside $10,000 to award grants to support teaching excellence in Delta County.
Building on the positive behavior support system of DOS Dollars, 38 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child are being sent by Delta Opportunity School students.
Knowing that students were earning DOS dollars for exceptional work, excellent behavior and good citizenship, Angela McMurdy and Willyn Webb decided to take it one step further.
Each year the Cedaredge Rotary provides nice, hardbound Scholastic Children's Dictionaries for each third grader at Cedaredge Elementary School.
The kids are always more than excited to receive them.
The Delta High School speech team did remarkably well at the Eagle Valley Tournament on Nov. 14. Senior Cidney Fisk and junior Lydia Stalcup placed fourth in humor duet.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, performs about 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions in the U.S. The squadrons search for lost hikers or hunters, locate downed aircraft and transport emergency personnel or medical materials.
Longtime Paonia resident June E. Story died Nov. 15, 2015, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 83.
Paonia resident Neil Thompson died Nov. 20, 2015, at Paonia Care Center. He was 85.
Steve L. Perea, a Delta resident for 50 years, died Nov. 16, 2015, at his home in Delta. He was 78.
Bruce Bair, public works director for the Town of Crawford, has been named an at-large member of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable. Bair expressed interest in the roundtable in September when Wendell Koontz, the mayor of Hotchkiss and senior mine geologist for Arch Coal, announced he would be stepping down as municipal representative for Delta County.
Crawford Public Works Director Bruce Bair updated the town at the Nov. 18 work session on the Bureau of Reclamation's recent release of a draft environmental assessment on the Zanni Lateral of the Clipper Ditch. The EA addresses a proposed piping project on the lateral as part of the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program.
The Town of Crawford is gearing up for a long list of holiday events, most of which will be held at the newly-remodeled Town Hall. For those who haven't seen the new Town Hall, festivities will run Nov. 27 through Dec. 4, providing numerous opportunities to see all of the work, said organizer Tristan Pfeffer.
Hotchkiss K-8 School was honored to have First Sergeant Lopez and cadets in the Delta High School JROTC program at its Veterans Day assembly. They presented the colors and taught the students about the meaning of the folding of the American flag.
After a months-long search, KVNF Public Radio has a new general manager.
"This is either my fifth or sixth station," said Jon Howard as he headed into his fourth day on the job.
Hundreds of underserved children in the U.S. and throughout the world will receive a gift box this Christmas, thanks to an organization called Samaritan's Purse. Since 1993, the nondenominational evangelical Christian organization has coordinated Operation Christmas Child, an international effort to deliver gift-filled shoe boxes to children throughout the world and "to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way."
Crawford Town Hall won't be as festively lit as in past years due to removal of lights during the renovation project, which was completed last summer. There's not enough time left to reinstall them, said Bair.
Tim Helmer is quick to explain how a microinverter converts energy generated by a solar panel from DC power to AC. And he does it in a way that makes it sound so simple.
In order to address citizen concerns over an initial proposed increase in water rates that would have doubled commercial user base rates, Paonia trustees changed course during the Nov. 17 special budget work session, proposing an across the board base rate increase of $6, along with increases in volume usage.
Cedaredge will be looking at a cost of some $75,000 for its share to extend fiber optic cable to institutional anchor sites in town, according to a report to the trustees on Nov. 19.
Under the Region 10 broadband plan, fiber optic cable will be extended to a "carrier-neutral location" in the town.
Cedaredge is making preparations for its annual Parade of Lights this year on Saturday, Dec. 5. Events are being scheduled and local businesses are including activities to help celebrate the event.
The Cedaredge trustees approved change order work on the sewer plant project at their Nov. 19 meeting that will add some costs to be paid from the project contingency fund.
There was lengthy board discussion over a telecommunications link from the plant to a plant operator's home that would sound an alarm in the event of serious failure.
The Cedaredge Rotary Club and Les & DJ Mergelman are organizing the free Community Christmas Dinner again this year. As in the past years, it will be held at the Stolte Shed at Pioneer Town, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The harvest and removal of trees out of the Sheep Flats Timber Sale area is slated to continue through December 31, 2015. The Sheep Flats Timber Sale, designed to treat spruce beetle infestation and improve the health of the forest in that area, is located on the Grand Mesa National Forest approximately 10 miles southeast of the town of Collbran.
As we come through our driveway, we note that the Mahonia berries have darkened from red to ruby-red. The orange Pyrancantha berries seem brighter ... or is it that the landscape has become darker ... more gray than tawny?
Three of the people largely involved with staging the Chamber of Commerce's biggest and perhaps most successful AppleFest ever have left the organization, raising issues for the organization to deal with.
President Lesley Lewis resigned on Oct. 14, less than two weeks following AppleFest, the biggest event of the year for the chamber.
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