Candidates for Delta County commissioner attending the open forum in Hotchkiss last week found themselves in broad agreement on several issues raised by the audience.
For example, responding to a question on concealed carry and the Second Amendment, all the candidates said they would oppose any attempts to curtail Second Amendment rights.
At a forum last week in Hotchkiss that was open to all candidates, four Republicans seeking their party's nomination to run in the November general election responded to questions from the public.
Participating in the forum hosted by the Delta County Republican Women were District 2 candidates Nancy Hovde and Don Suppes, and District 3 candidates, incumbent Mark Roeber and Roger Bentley.
The Center for Mental Health has had a robust worksite wellness program for the past four years. The wellness program improves employee health and provides incentives to participate in wellness-related activities.
The cause of a fire that destroyed a shop in North Delta late Monday afternoon is under investigation.
Shannon Crespin, station manager, reports that 20 of the Delta Fire Department's 30 volunteers battled the blaze at 755 1600 Road.
The West Region Wildfire Council is offering financial assistance to accomplish wildfire mitigation projects on private property within Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. This wildfire mitigation program provides up to a 75 percent cost-share for eligible projects.
The Delta County Republican Party Assembly on Saturday set the stage for a primary election in the District 3 county commissioner race.
Also, there is now a Democrat, Jere Lowe of Paonia, in the District 3 race.
A fifth-generation Paonia resident has announced his intent to run for the board of Delta-Montrose Electric Association for District 3. Brad Harding is the father of two young children, the husband of a Cedaredge native, the son, grandson and great-grandson of coal miners and fruit growers, and the president of the only locally owned bank in Delta County.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture is introducing a new program aimed at bringing industrial hemp into mainstream agriculture. Seed produced and conditioned under this program will be issued "CDA Approved Certified Seed" tags through the Colorado Seed Growers Association (CSGA) if the production standards are met and then will be available for purchase through the developer.
Raylynn M. Gallegos, 46, of Montrose was issued a ticket for alleged theft.
Joya A. Young, 41, of Cedaredge was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.
Doctors are special people who make the world a better place. Celebrating the science of healing and the art of caring, with tireless dedication and professionalism -- it is an honor to celebrate Delta County's medical providers on National Doctor's Day, commented Delta County Memorial Hospital CEO Jason Cleckler.
Tri-County Resources is now operating under a new name -- Hilltop Domestic Violence Services. Hilltop's Domestic Violence Services will continue to provide services for those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault in Montrose, Delta and Ouray counties.
Judging from the number of expensively printed fliers I have received in the last 10 days, it appears that some entity is very serious about promoting the sale of wine and full strength beer in Colorado's grocery stores. Personally, being a very light drinker, I'm not terribly concerned about the convenience of being able to pick up beer in the same store where I get my groceries.
Citizens of Hotchkiss -- you have a big decision to vote for on April 5. We are going to vote on permitting marijuana facilities in our town.
The citizens of Hotchkiss have an opportunity to help in the economic recovery of Hotchkiss. Ballot measures 2A, 2B, and 2C allow for the well-regulated establishment of the legal marijuana industry in Hotchkiss.
I'd like to compliment Veronica Minch on her March 9 letter, "Letter illustrates our country's divisiveness." Her letter was as right on as it could be.
1. I hope that Orchard City residents will vote for Jan Gage for mayor. She did a great job as a town trustee, she's energetic, sharp as a tack, and very concerned for the future of Orchard City.
If you are a registered voter in Hotchkiss, by the time you read this you have probably already sent back your mail-in ballot, but just in case it is still lying around the house here is my personal argument on why to vote yes on questions 2A, 2B and 2C, one last time.
Commercial marijuana is legal in Colorado.
Obviously, there are many reasons why the politicians (on both sides of the aisle) are savagely attacking Donald Trump. The biggest reason we can see is that Donald has pumped up the excitement in "all" of America's voting citizens, so much so, that the "yuge" spotlight that is pointed at him, is now glaringly "zeroed" in on each and every one of them, too.
The Cedaredge boys' track team fared well at last Saturday's Delta Invitational track and field meet. The Bruins finished first in eight of 12 events with 131.5 points to place third in the 10-team meet.
Two of four Cedaredge High School's baseball games last week were wins, moving the Bruins' record to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in 2A District 2 play.
Cedaredge knocked off Olathe's Pirates, 22-5, on March 15 to start last week's action.
Jason Kaighn was a bright spot for Delta's boys last Saturday at the Delta Invitational track and field meet. Kaighn, a junior at DHS, won the 800-meter run by almost seven seconds over Telluride's Jaden Evans. Kaighn's win was the lone first-place finish for Delta on Saturday.
Hotchkiss' boys earned 37 points at last weekend's Delta Invitational and placed sixth overall.
There weren't any first-place finishes for Hotchkiss, but Zack Allen competed for a title in high jump before finishing second on misses.
The baseball team at Hotchkiss High School is wasting no time.
The Bulldogs, who last year made it to the 2A state semifinal game, made it known that they intend to be in Pueblo again this season and are off to a 5-0 start.
A first-place finish for Hotchkiss' 800-meter medley relay team helped the Bulldogs capture seventh place with 43.5 points in the girls' team race. The winning time for Hotchkiss was 1:58.57.
Lily Lockhart was excited to participate in last Saturday's discus competition in Delta. Lockhart dominated competition last year in both shot put and discus and earned a trip to state last year.
A trio of third-place finishes highlighted Paonia's boys' day at last Saturday's Delta Invitational meet.
Warren Minerich posted two of those third-place scores in discus and shot put competitions.
There's a buzz going around Volunteer Park. It's the sound of baseballs being knocked into the river.
Paonia's girls put together a solid effort last Saturday to score 106 points and a third-place finish at the Delta Invitational meet. Freshman Alexandra Eaton and senior Marisa Edmondson had first-place finishes for the Eagles.
On Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Moss Performing Arts Center's Love Recital Hall, Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun and Arthur Houle will present a joint concert.
The concert will feature cello and piano arrangements by Robert Schumann, Peter Tchaikovsky, Johannes Brahms and Marjorie Burgess. Violin professor Alejandro Gómez Guillén will join Houle and Yun on Nocturn in D Minor by Tchaikovsky.
It's about time to celebrate our seniors, age 90 and over, with the Senior 90s luncheons, scheduled on Wednesday, April 13, at the four senior centers in Delta County.
Sponsored by the Delta County Council on Aging and the senior centers, seniors age 90 and over will be honored for their longevity and life-long contributions to their community with a free meal and special recognition on that day.
Delta Fine Art's April 12 meeting will feature a free demo by Frank Francese from Grand Junction. His presentation begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Orchard City Town Hall in Austin. Come see him paint a beautiful watercolor before your eyes. A short business meeting will follow his demo.
Back by popular demand, Western State Colorado University's Extended Studies Program is offering the San Juan tour this summer led by professor of history, Dr. Duane Vandenbusche and emeritus professor of geology, Dr. Bruce Bartleson. They will take participants on a journey through Colorado's history and geology June 20-24.
There will be a low-cost dog vaccination clinic in Cedaredge on Saturday, April 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cedaredge Town Park Pavilion.
Bring your dogs by for $10 rabies shot and $10 DHPP shot.
The Basket Case Quilt Guild and Surface Creek Quilters are joining forces for a quilt show at the Delta Middle School gymnasium April 8 and 9. The show is open Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Orchard City student of the month for March is Abbigail Nicholson.
She was presented with her honor by Mayor Don Suppes during the town board's March 9 meeting.
Perception vs. reality. That's the message Chad Williams shared with Delta High School students last week.
Williams, a former Mesa County sheriff's deputy, is the founder of Safe Teens America, a rapidly growing adolescent drug prevention program.
Albert P. Martinez of Olathe died at his home March 13, 2016. He was 88.
Longtime Eckert resident Charles William Darnall died at his home Wednesday, March 16, 2016. He was 70.
Longtime Powderhorn resident Flynn Mangum died Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at his home in Delta. He was 67.
Longtime Delta resident Ione "Jo" Hendrickson died Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 72.
Joseph "Joey" Edward Schmidt died after a car accident March 16, 2016. He was 42.
Kathleen Hawkins died March 16, 2016, at Horizons Care Center. She was 95.
Delta resident Mark Vannest died Thursday, March 17, 2016, at his home. He was 54.
Mary Ellen Threewit died March 17, 2016, at her home in Paonia. She was 91.
Milton W. Trumble died Jan. 24, 2016, at Montrose Memorial Hospital. He was 76.
Neal "Scott" Mills died in a motorcycle accident Monday, March 14, 2016. He was 51.
Selena S. Pedersen died Jan. 2, 2016.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 26, at the Chapel of the Cross in Cedaredge.
Shirley Ann Gardner Holgate died at her home March 2, 2016, after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease. She was 79.
Work should begin soon on the Third Street water line replacement and water delivery system upgrades projects on Lamborn Mesa after Paonia trustees approved related proposals at the March 8 board meeting.
Funding comes from the original $6 million water distribution improvement project and money that was shifted from water storage projects to water distribution projects, said town manager Jane Berry.
The community's need for more trails will be eased this summer with the help of a grant the Western Slope Conservation Center (Conservation Center) received from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission. The $137,000 grant will fund the construction of two loop trails at Paonia River Park, a former in-stream gravel mine the Conservation Center has restored into a healthy riparian area and community park.
Chelsea Frediani isn't horsing around. The Paonia teacher and riding instructor is confident that this spring she can begin construction of an indoor riding arena and horse stables on her 28-acre Bone Mesa farm.
Frediani has submitted an application for Trailhead Stables, a minor specific development proposed at the intersection of 4050 and L75 roads in unincorporated Delta County.
On March 16, three recent graduates of Paonia High School who now attend West Point Military Academy, Harvard University, and Colorado School of Mines, addressed the student body and offered their perspectives and advice.
"Our classes teach critical thinking, above everything else," said Drewe Lee, an engineering student at Mines.
A commercial building that originally served as a furniture store in downtown Hotchkiss has been repurposed and will now serve as headquarters for ShadeScapes Americas.
ShadeScapes, which designs innovative outdoor shade solutions for a global market, was co-founded in 2002 by Jo Edmondson of Paonia.
What a difference a day makes! Yesterday there were cranes, cranes and more cranes. Today nothing. I can usually hear them calling from our back porch.
At just the right moment, Cedaredge High School theater students are providing some real comic relief from an all-too-serious presidential election season.
In their funny and fast-paced spring production, "The Election," the CHS thespians have created a send-up of twisted motives, public posturing, backroom politics and outright foolishness in a battle of two egos conniving to win a presidential election.
Eighteen cross-country skiers and snowshoers from the Cedaredge Senior Hikers group came out for the annual end-of-the-snow-season trek down to Ward Creek Reservoir from the trailhead near Thunder Mountain Cabins.
It was a gorgeous spring day and the warm conditions saw the group shedding sweaters, hats and gloves as they moved down the mountain.
Serving a community means serving the people who make up that community.
No organization does that better in this valley than members of the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club.
The Surface Creek Historical Society and Pioneer Town volunteers hosted their annual Soup Supper fundraiser at the Stolte Shed on March 13.
The Sunday brunch was the perfect event on a spring-like day for an after-church meal, and lots of people turned out for it.
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