U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, Colorado Mesa University and the University of Colorado invite Colorado residents to attend the 2016 Colorado Capital Conference in Washington, D.C., June 8-10.
The conference affords residents across Colorado a better understanding of the federal legislative process by giving them the opportunity to interact with members of Congress, the president's cabinet and other relevant leaders in Washington, D.C.
Region 10, Senior Community Care PACE and SHIP Medicare counselors are hosting free clinics to assist seniors or persons with a disability fill out applications to apply for benefits.
Delta County Memorial Hospital has a new billing partner, AR Services. Through a unique partnership, Delta County Memorial Hospital is a part owner of AR Services together with other healthcare providers in Colorado.
The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual banquet Saturday, March 12, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. In addition to dinner and business meeting, awards will be presented to Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
Randall B. Alsup, 47, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged first degree criminal trespass, second degree criminal trespass and violation of bail bond conditions.
Michael A. Gersh II, 37, of Cedaredge was arrested and jailed on a warrant with no bond.
Delta County Memorial Hospital needs hospital volunteers. Days and hours are flexible. There are currently openings in the emergency room, oncology, gift shop and some additional areas.
The word "launch" is universally understood by anglers as the act of casting off a raft into the river for a fun-filled day of fishing. However, local Delta fishing equipment provider and entrepreneur, Chris Mortimer, is ready for another kind of launch -- one where he introduces his new business and a line of unique gear specifically designed for the "wilderness athlete."
Delta District Court has imposed a $7,500 fine and two days in jail on a Hotchkiss man accused of fogging mosquitoes within 150 feet of neighboring property.
"We have been fighting to protect our health from renegade pesticide spraying for over two years," said Rosemary Bilchak, one of two co-defendants in the case.
Precinct caucuses will be held Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. Locations for both the Republican and Democratic parties can be found below. A map of precinct boundaries is located at www.deltacounty.com.
Edith and Duke Jardon were the winners of Volunteers of America's senior sweetheart contest. On Valentine's Day, they enjoyed a specially prepared meal and a beautiful arrangement of red roses.
Edith, 95, and Duke, 96, have been married 75 years.
The Zika virus outbreak and related health issues -- including an observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations in Brazil -- led World Health Organization officials to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on Feb. 1.
Feb. 14 is not only Valentine's Day, it is National Donor Day. This day has a special meaning for me.
SourceGas is now Black Hills Energy, as Black Hills on Feb. 12 announced its successful acquisition of SourceGas, the natural gas utility serving 429,000 customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.
"Black Hills Energy is excited to serve our new customers with safe, reliable energy and to maintain strong local ties that benefit the communities where we live and work," said Susan Bailey, vice president of operations for Black Hills Energy's natural gas utility operations in Colorado.
The Board of County Commissioners heard from constituents Ralph D'Alessandro of Hotchkiss and Arlie Clark of Crawford during a meeting earlier this month.
D'Alessandro asked commissioners about possible changes in the existing specific development regulations. He said he had been told by a colleague on the Delta Conservation District board about changes that are being made, or that had already been made, which would affect "property values."
For Mary Bachran, it's her spot of joy. For Darla Volgamore, it's a place of warmth where she feels she's part of something amazing -- and both women agree that the rewards are plentiful as HopeWest volunteers.
We need leaders who can inspire others to be involved in learning about and participating in the process of governing our great nation, from the local to the highest levels.
The pay equity battle strikes again at the Colorado State Capitol, but don't be fooled by the outdated statistics often presented by those advocating for the unnecessary legislation. Pay equity is an issue of the past, and both men and women alike can see the extraordinary changes that now ensure equal pay for equal work.
Senate Republicans responded last week to the dramatic U.S. Supreme Court stay of the EPA "Clean Power Plan."
Senate President Bill Cadman said he believes Gov. Hickenlooper should respect the court's ruling by instructing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to suspend all CPP implementation activities.
Many individuals (and only for the sake of appearance) are in favor of allowing those calling themselves "independent" to vote in political party primaries. That is no different than allowing non-members of any organization to participate in voting, whether that is a corporation or even a church.
Cedaredge's Bruins will be sending seven wrestlers to this week's state tournament in Denver at the Pepsi Center.
Overall, the Bruins finished fifth in the 14-team Region 1 tournament held at Colorado Mesa University last weekend.
The Cedaredge Bruins had a couple of ballgames this past week, beginning with a Tuesday matchup against Hotchkiss on Feb. 9. The Bruin girls won their contest, 69-40, while the boys were defeated 44-35. See the related Cedaredge/Hotchkiss story in today's issue of the DCI.
The wrestling team from Hotchkiss High School is reaching heights the Bulldogs haven't climbed in a while.
Hotchkiss continued to enjoy the momentum that has been building since the New Year and triumphed at the Class 2A Region 1 tournament championship last weekend at Brownson Arena in Grand Junction.
Despite losing to Cedaredge at home, the Paonia High School girls' basketball team remained at No. 2 in the 2A state rankings and bounced back from the Bruins loss to post two blowout wins this past week.
Paonia is 16-2 overall and stands at 10-1 in 1A/2A Western Slope League action.
The boys' basketball team from Paonia has been in cruise control for a couple of weeks now and has reeled off 11 wins in a row.
The Eagles are 17-1 overall and 11-0 in 1A/2A Western Slope League play.
Al-Anon meetings are held locally:
Mondays -- 6:30 p.m. at Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church, 285 N. 2nd. Contact Elsie, 210-8090.
"Powerful Tools for Caregivers" is an educational series designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself.
This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.
Two hunter education classes will be held at the Delta-Montrose Technical College during the month of March. Classes are held in the Enterprise Room.
The Hive Paonia Art Gallery will exhibit paintings by Marvin Swallow, Sundance and Ceremonial Chief in the Lakota Tradition, from Feb. 19 to April 15.
Marvin Swallow paints "images of time before and after the moment," whispering sacred stories of the beauty and mystery of creation.
Vestafjell, the only Sons of Norway lodge on the Western Slope of Colorado, invites those interested in Scandinavian heritage and culture to join lodge members at the lunch meeting Monday, March 14, at the Golden Corral, 1100 Independent Avenue, (near Sam's Club) in Grand Junction.
A series of Lenten Soup Supper Services will be held each Wednesday, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 17 through March 16 on a rotating basis at three Surface Creek area churches.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center is offering public swim lessons at a variety of days and times. All classes are taught by American Red Cross certified instructors. The cost is $28 per child for Saturday sessions and $40 for Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday sessions, due at registration.
Delta County Libraries has proven that it is possible not only to travel the world, but also to journey through time, without leaving Delta County. Interested parties need only trek as far as the Paonia Library on a Tuesday night, where local residents present slide shows and discussions about such dynamic places as Northern India, Cuba, Scotland and prehistoric Colorado.
Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary are again hosting their annual golf tournament at Devil's Thumb Golf Course on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 21.
Two members of the Montrose/Delta County League of Women Voters have been recognized for their achievements.
Susan Welk deValdez has been appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the state's Minority Business Council.
Better moms make a better world, and MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers) helps make better moms. How?
Skylyn Webb of Delta was named to Fort Lewis College's Dean's List for the fall 2015 semester. Webb's major is psychology.
The community meetings hosted by Delta County Joint School District #50 provided a "snapshot" of the district's strengths and challenges, but facilitator Randy Black cautioned the school board against identifying outcomes without broader input.
Black, the director of member relations for the Colorado Association of School Boards, facilitated community meetings in Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia, worked with a representative group of high school students, and met with the school board late last week to wrap up the listening sessions.
Paonia Junior High School eighth-grade student Grace Deck is the winner of the annual district spelling bee, held Feb. 11 at Paonia Junior-Senior High School.
Paonia Junior High School eighth-grade student Grace Deck had a wish granted last week when she won the annual district-wide spelling bee. Her wish to win the bee didn't just happen.
In the wake of the Feb. 1 snowstorm, Delta County Joint School District #50 has adopted a late start policy for the future.
The school district has fielded numerous questions about why school was not cancelled that day, particularly in the hardhit areas of Crawford and Paonia.
On Feb. 3, instrumentalists from Delta, Cedaredge, Paonia and Hotchkiss gathered for a countywide band festival.
In the weeks leading up to the event, students familiarized themselves with the music at practice sessions with their instructors, Andrew Bruington, Jeannette Carey, Melissa Gross, Marcos LeBlanc and Kay Witt.
Wade Stinson, a senior at Delta High School, was selected for the All-State Choir held Feb. 4-6 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Stinson qualified by singing a solo at a regional audition in October.
Delta resident Charlotte Udd died on her 100th birthday Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19, at Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church with Rev. Christy Tullis officiating.
Donald "Donnie" L. Holton died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 64.
Rebecca O. Hurford of Delta died Feb. 16, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 72.
Longtime Paonia resident Robert Louis Bryson died Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at his home. He was 95.
Basil "Shorty" A. Davis died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Phoebe Berks Village Gardens in Wernersville, Pa. He was 98.
Susan Burk of Grand Junction died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 56.
Sharon Fipps wants everyone to know about All Points Transit. APT, a Montrose-based non-profit transportation provider, offers mobility options for seniors and the disabled in San Miguel, Montrose and Delta counties. It employs 40 people and utilizes 30 vehicles.
Crawford's own Jeneve Rose Mitchell will appear for at least one more week in the 15th and final season of American Idol after impressive performances as a Top 24 finalist.
On the Feb. 3 show, which airs on Fox, Mitchell wowed the audience and three celebrity judges, sealing a place among the Top 14 finalists and capturing the judges' hearts with a moving cover of Sarah Mclachlan's "Angels."
The Town of Paonia board of trustees has approved a contract with the Fort Collins-based management consulting firm, Cruz and Associates, Inc., to complete water and sewer rate studies.
Hotchkiss council member Larry Jakubiak will act as mayor pro tem following the resignation of Carrie Wingfield, who is stepping down for personal reasons. Jakubiak was appointed to the position by Mayor Wendell Koontz at the Feb. 11 council meeting.
Cedaredge Community Gardens held its 2016 annual meeting Saturday, Feb. 6. This is the eighth season for the garden and plots are available for folks in the 81413 zip code area at $25 for a 10' x 20' plot or $15 for a raised containers garden.
The Surface Creek Seniors celebrated Valentine's Day on Thursday, Feb. 11 with a banquet-style meal of roast turkey and dressing, and then crowned their Valentine's Sweethearts for this year.
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