At their March 5 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes made two appointments to the county planning commission. Steve Shea was reappointed for a three-year term.
Linda Sorenson has resigned as chair of the Delta County Republican Central Committee, but her exit raised more questions from local party members trying to get a handle on her controversial Facebook posts.
On June 27, the Board of County Commissioners began the process of developing comments on the BLM's Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Uncompahgre Planning Area.
The Draft RMP, once finalized, will define land use for 675,800 surface acres of local BLM managed public lands for at least the next 20 years.
Region 10 welcomes Dan Scinto as its new business loan fund director. With a knack for commercial lending, Scinto brings over 25 years of banking experience to this newly redesigned post.
As an organization committed to the health of its employees and the community it serves, all DCMH properties are now tobacco free environments. On June 20, Delta County Memorial Hospital officially put into place a tobacco free policy.
A 14-year-old Hotchkiss boy suffered a laceration on his nose after he was bit by his puppy.
The sheriff's office was notified of a 25-year-old Delta County resident who was recently married, but allegedly already had a wife in Florida.
The Bureau of Land Management has released a plan guiding management in the 210,000-acre Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, including the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. Congress, based on broad local support, designated these public lands as a National Conservation Area in 2009 for their unique geologic, cultural and ecological resources in the spectacular canyon country of the Uncompahgre Plateau.
"Important home repairs to address health and safety issues are sometimes put on the back burner because of financial concerns. USDA's 504 Program has loan and grant funds available to help rural residents in Colorado make those repairs at very reasonable rates and terms," according to Trudy Kareus, USDA Rural Development state director.
Newfound "friends" of the Delta County Ambulance District are organizing support for a mill levy question in November.
Linda Lowitz, a former DCAD board member, is the organizer of "Friends of the Delta County Ambulance."
Delta County Libraries is in the process of releasing new software in all five libraries. This software monitors public computer use through a sign-in process that ensures all patrons receive equal computer time.
Region 10 Area Agency on Aging - Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC) is spearheading a six-county collaboration of businesses, community members and caregivers that serve and work with the aging and disabled populations. Goals are to enhance programs, reduce gaps, increase and access to resources.
In Delta County, voter turnout topped just 34 percent for the June 28 primary election. In the only local contest, Republican commissioner candidate Mark Roeber edged out Roger Bentley 1,809 to 1,627.
A community outreach program aimed at adding to the more than 325 existing net-metered solar homes between DMEA and the City of Delta is about to sunset. Solarize Delta County's three-month educational campaign and enrollment period, aimed at driving down the cost of solar photovoltaic systems through a community group purchase program, is set to end July 15.
Last month the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture announced funding of the Water Smart Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for fiscal year 2016. The funds are made up of $15 million in USDA funds and $32.6 million from the Bureau of Reclamation for a total of $47.2 million.
Who benefits from a transition away from coal? Removing coal from our nation's energy mix, will not be without environmental consequences that must be analyzed in the BLM's ongoing review of the federal coal leasing program.
The BLM is currently accepting public comment on the federal coal program, which now has a hold on issuing of new leases for coal mines. You can send your comments to: BLM_WO_Coal_Program_PEIS_Comments@blm.gov. Here are comments I have sent:
What are the objectives of President Obama increasing the rate of Syrian refugee settlement into the USA to as many as possible before he's gone? Hillary also supports it.
Clarification of June 29, 2016 article "BLM open house attracts 150-plus." The BLM's Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Study for the Uncompahgre Field Office is a 20- to 30-year management plan for our public lands.
The silence from the Delta County Republican Central Committee and our local elected Republican officials regarding Linda Sorenson is deafening. The only thing we hear is the Ullreys (he is the vice chair of the Central Committee) attempting to convince us that she is not racist which I never implied.
All the leaders from Bill Heddles Rec Center's adult softball leagues survived last week's challenges and continued their hold on first place.
Hometown Electric/1440 Image (9-0) stayed one game ahead of Delta Family Fun Park (9-1) in Monday night's Silver Coed play.
A report on last week's Delta Barracuda swim team was submitted by Gary Gibson.
The swim team competed in two swim competitions last week.
Steve Reiher's summer baseball program is progressing toward the final weeks of competition. To date, the Panthers sport a 13-5-1 record following last week's action.
Tunget Gymnastics competed in two meets beginning in May. Both events were Xcel competitions. The first meet, held in Gypsum on the first weekend in May, featured seven Silver Level gymnasts and two Gold Level competitors.
Celebrate Recovery meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Delta Christian Church at 795 1600 Road.
Pediatric Associates in Montrose and Delta is excited to announce a new provider, Rachel Anthony, a pediatric nurse practitioner who specializes in pediatric weight management and nutrition. Anthony has started a weight wellness program called the Pediatric Power Pack Program with the goal of empowering kids and teens to be healthy and live well.
The Mountain Harvest Festival is pleased to announce a giant pumpkin contest, sponsored by Paonia Farm and Home Supply, to be held in conjunction with the festival Sept. 23-25 in Paonia. Prizes will be awarded to the home gardeners who grow the largest pumpkins (by weight) in youth and adult categories.
Attention, all 8- to 13-year-olds. Register for a week of tennis instruction Tuesday, Aug. 9, through Saturday, Aug. 13. The City of Delta, Bill Heddles Recreation Center and Christina Curtis have joined to offer tennis instruction each morning from 8 to 10 a.m.
Shelby and Levi Head of Hotchkiss are the parents of a son, Ivan Alexander Head, born June 14, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 7.8 ounces and was 20 inches in length.
For its June meeting, the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge met at the home of Joan Chambers. She presented a program on groundcover and then conducted a tour of her garden to demonstrate the many ways in which she utilizes it herself.
On May 21, 2016, Laura Holland and Robert Burk exchanged marriage vows surrounded by family and close friends. The ceremony took place in the private courtyard of Milk & Honey on Larimer Square in downtown Denver.
Paonia resident Darrell Glen Kendall died Monday, June 27, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 84.
Joan Caroline Queen died Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at her home in Hotchkiss. She was 84.
Hotchkiss resident Judy Johns-Hoskins died Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 64.
Phillis I. Knorr died Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 85.
Robert Randall "Randy" Martin died June 30, 2016, at his home in Orchard City. He was 57.
Memorial services for Shirley Mae Brandt are scheduled for Saturday, July 9, at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church, Cedaredge. Following several years of failing health, Shirley died at Horizon Care Center, Eckert, on June 13, 2016, at age 92.
Following the July 4 Cherry Days parade, a tribute was made to coal mining, the coal miners who worked and died in the mines, and the prosperity the mines brought to the people of the North Fork Valley. Cherry Days committee member Ulli Lange spoke of the earliest days of mining; Paonia native Claudia King spoke of her 76 years growing up in a coal mining community; and Paonia Poet Laureate Marian Stewart read "Ambiguity," about her positive and negative views of living in a coal mining town.
An appointment to the Delta County Airport Advisory Board by Paonia trustees was tabled at the June 28 meeting after trustees ended up with three names for consideration. A special meeting to discuss the appointment will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, prior to the regular town board meeting at 7 p.m.
At the June 28 town meeting, Paonia trustees voted to award three sidewalk construction proposals, totaling $46,285.26, to C&N Construction, Inc., of Delta.
Following several federal budget cycles with funding cuts, hopes are that the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway can now rebuild itself into a contributing link in local economic development efforts.
Just a few years ago, the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway consisted of a group of individuals dedicated to the area's greatest tourist and recreation asset -- Grand Mesa.
The rock church on the corner received a new pastor on July 1. Pastor Joe Agne, who has served churches in Illinois, New York and Colorado, preached his first sermon at Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church on July 3. His sermon was "Longing to Belong."
There are, or were, three wasp nests along the front eaves of our home. Or rather, they were being built.
Brother and sister Ryan and Rachel Latta of Cedaredge are building on the learning experience they began in the Future Farmers of America chapter at Cedaredge High School. They have both taken on the responsibility of serving as officers in the state Future Farmers of America organization.
Weeds seem to be my bane this year. Not only have I failed to get on top of my weeding chores but recent rains will surely add more to my misery. Maybe you find yourself in the same boat.
The first of Pioneer Town's summer series for kids, Parties on the Porch, took place with a good turnout on June 28 to hear Rhoda Ziegler give a reading from "Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
The weekly parties (also being called "Tuesdays on the Porch") are planned to take place weekly through most of the summer, beginning with the readings from Wilder's book.
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