The Board of County Commissioners Monday selected planning consultant RPI of Durango to lead the upcoming county master plan rewrite process.
The rewrite will possibly include changes to the "county land use code," a term applied collectively to county regulations for subdivisions, specific developments and septic systems, according to county staff.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) received five awards from the 2016 Engineering News-Records Mountain States Best Project competition for various transportation projects. Mountain States Best Project awards are judged based on design and construction quality, contribution to the community and the industry, and how a project overcame unusual challenges through teamwork and collaboration.
On Nov. 1, local and state-wide conservation groups turned in thousands of comments to the Bureau of Land Management asking for the future conservation of public lands in the Uncompahgre Field Office planning area. Today was the deadline for public comment on the proposed Resource Management Plan, a large scale planning document released this summer that will impact 675,800 acres of public land stretching from McClure Pass to Telluride.
Kenneth C. Meagher, 40, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged menacing and third degree assault.
Jeremy M. Kuzov, 37, of Delta was arrested and jailed on three warrants with a total of $7,000 bond.
The Delta County Farm and Livestock Bureau, one of the biggest and fastest growing Farm Bureau chapters in the state with 276 producer members, has once again placed high among state chapters with 13 new producer members in 2016.
Mary Pfalzgraff's heart is filled with gratitude -- not because the shelves at the Delta Food Pantry are full. They're actually quite the opposite.
Are you thinking about buying or building a tiny home? Before embarking on your project, consider these facts from the Western Colorado Code Professionals.
The City of Delta is applying for a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant to fund a master plan for the city's parks, trails and open space. If a $75,000 planning grant is awarded, it will be matched by $50,000 from the city's Conservation Trust Fund.
HopeWest has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's Top 100 Best Places to Work in Health Care nationwide, ranked number 54, among hundreds of organizations that participated across the country.
Modern Healthcare, a national trade publication, honors workplaces throughout the health care industry that empower employees to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services.
The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting Tri-River area orders on a first-come, first-serve basis for low-cost seedling trees, shrubs and perennials grown at its Fort Collins nursery. More than 100 species/size options are available, with seedlings ordered now to be distributed next spring.
Alexander Fedak, 29, of Clifton is under arrest and his pregnant girlfriend is dead after a shooting incident in Clifton Sunday. Fedak was arrested southeast of Delta after leading Colorado State Patrol troopers on a chase through the city.
Did you know that having and using a library card can save you money? Book readers conserve their cash by checking out books rather than purchasing them.
Troy West, the son of recreation center employee Gary West, is featured in a book titled "The Road to Success," Vol. 2. The legendary Jack Canfield, author of "Chicken Soup for the Soul" and "The Secret," also contributed to the book published by Celebrity Press.
Thank you so much for your Back Page story, "An emblem of school pride," about the "H" on the hill southeast of Hotchkiss.
I thought my short story should be told. My name is Phoebe, aka Phoenix, and I am a one-year-old female small black lab who hasn't been able to use her back legs since birth. I have been dragging my hind quarters everywhere to reach my food or doggy room; consequently sores have developed on my derrière.
If we have a car accident, or our house burns down, or we get sick we assume that our insurance company will have the money to reimburse us for the loss. Or pay our bills.
Last month, one of your readers' letters was published under a title of "Don't fall for the climate change 'crisis'." In that letter, the writer urges us to "consider all sides" in the study of the climate. This letter is in that spirit.
My wife Carol and I are getting ready to depart Delta after a very short 2 1/2 years. We have very much enjoyed our time here and wish we could stay longer.
Delta County Libraries recently tackled the process of writing a strategic plan that will guide the direction and focus of our libraries for the next three years. The process began in July 2016 and the Library Board adopted a written strategic plan on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
As a mother of four, a grandmother of eight, a great-grandmother of 11 and an elementary school teacher for 35 years, I would like to compliment the parents for raising such well-mannered and thoroughly delightful children who came to our door on Halloween.
Cedaredge High School's volleyball season came to a halt this past weekend following losses to No. 4 University and No. 21 Bishop Machebeuf.
The Bruins lost to University (19-6) by scores of 25-11, 25-4 and 25-13.
The last story on Delta High School's soccer team mistakenly reported the 3A WSL team title was won by Vail Mountain High School. That information was in error as Delta's Panthers were this year's league champions with their 8-1 league mark.
The football team from Paonia High School saved its best game of the year for the first round of the playoffs.
The Eagles dominated from the opening kickoff until the end of the running clock and crushed perennial rival Buena Vista 51-6 last Friday night at Paonia Town Park.
An exhibition titled "Sticks and Stones" opens Saturday, Nov. 12, at the 4th and Main Exchange in downtown Delta. The show will feature mixed media and more from Jean Marie Stortz, a Delta artist and oil painter.
The 42nd annual Basement Boutique craft show and sale takes place at the Montrose Pavilion Friday, Nov. 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twenty-four local artists have created handcrafted gifts for all ages.
The City of Delta's holiday craft fair is set for Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gym at Bill Heddles Recreation Center will be filled with more than 70 booths with everything from Christmas decor and handbags to gift baskets and jewelry.
Route 66 will provide music for the community evening dance Saturday, Nov. 19, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.
Route 66 will also provide the music for a holiday dance Saturday, Dec. 3.
Applications for the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Parade of Lights are available at the chamber office, 3rd and Main, or online at www.deltacolorado.org. The registration deadline is Nov. 22.
Artists of the Blue Sage, featuring works by the talented board members, committee members and staff of the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, will be on display Nov. 8 through Dec. 23.
Delta High School Student Council, the Delta Police Department and Delta Food Pantry are teaming up for a food and toy drive as part of our DHSCares: Spirit of Giving Campaign. The campaign runs Nov. 12 to Dec. 4 and will culminate with a tribute to law enforcement and community celebration during the First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament Dec. 16 at Delta High School.
The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.
Rachel Bishop and Justin McCormick of Delta are the parents of a son, Leisen Dean McCormick, born Oct. 30, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.
A party was held for Bonnie Pope, Cedaredge Elberta Rebekah Lodge #106, on Friday, Oct. 28. Olathe Rebekah Lodge #99 hosted the party at the Olathe Community Center.
The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge Monday, Oct. 24.
A potluck dinner was served at 5 p.m. in honor of Colorado State Association president Jan Gardner from Cortez Emblem Club #261.
Do you have a high school senior who is knee deep in the college admissions process? Writing essays and filling out forms can be a stressful process for students, just as covering the cost of college can be for parents.
During the month of October, local agencies presented Safety Day at Paonia Elementary and Hotchkiss K-8 schools. The events were intended to bring some important messages to students.
The first of four community forums was hosted by Delta County Joint School District Monday in Delta. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the school district will hear from the Paonia community with a session that starts at 6 p.m. at Paonia Junior-Senior High School.
Delta resident Dennis H. Howell died Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 76.
Longtime Delta resident Eva MacKendrick died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at The Fountains of Hilltop in Grand Junction. She was 98.
Hotchkiss resident Ronald B. Shiflet died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, at Paonia Care Center. He was 80.
Terri Wyley, a longtime Delta resident, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at her home in Greeley. She was 63.
On Sunday, dozens of community members gathered to celebrate the history of the Paradise Theater. Called "Another Day in Paradise," the celebration included a recap of 90 years of movies, plays, musicals, fashion shows and live radio broadcasts as people shared their memories of and gratitude for what many called the heart of the community.
At the Nov. 2 council meeting, Crawford trustees unanimously approved three donations totaling $1,137. The donations were all included in the town's 2016 budget.
Citizens wanting to address the Crawford council now have official guidelines to help them determine if their concerns or topics should be placed on the agenda or addressed during the public non-agenda items portion of the meeting.
At the Nov. 2 council meeting, trustees passed, 4-1, a resolution "setting forth the process and criteria for a citizen request to address the city council," and a related "Rules of Procedure and Conduct" for town meetings.
The Town of Crawford is looking closely at its draft budget for fiscal year 2017 to see where it can trim a shortfall of more than $34,000. The general fund proposes revenues of $104,686 and expenses of $139,647.
Delta County Memorial Hospital plans to open its new DCMH Hotchkiss Family Medicine facility by next summer.
"I think this is a great project for the hospital," said DCMH CEO Jason Cleckler at a Nov. 4 groundbreaking ceremony. "It certainly shows our ongoing dedication to health care across the entire county."
In a tradition that began about five years ago, members of the Hotchkiss High School student government will participate in the Nov. 10 Hotchkiss Town Council meeting. By being a part of the process, students witness how decisions are made at the town level.
If you're yearning for a walk along the river, consider Paonia River Park.
A mile-long segment of walking trail was recently completed at the park, located just beyond the North Fork Historical Society Museum on Grand Avenue.
The Town of Hotchkiss is looking to trim almost $160,000 in order to balance its draft budget for fiscal year 2017. The draft budget projects 2017 revenues of $741,269 and expenses of $901,209.
My cattails are in full "seed dispersal mode" and I delight in watching them. I drove up to the top of the hill east of Hart's Basin where I could see a bit of water at the far end of the reservoir. It's low, but I've seen it lower!
Following a Nov. 1 review with the town's attorney, Cedaredge's agreement to buy out Upper Surface Creek water users' (USC) interest in the town water utility is scheduled to be acted on by the town board on Nov. 17.
Trustees met in an executive session on the matter with attorney Stephen Harper at a Nov. 1 work session.
The ImpressionZ artists co-op gallery in Cedaredge is observing a first successful year in business.
During its first year, the gallery has expanded the art offerings exhibited for display, it has become a magnet and a center of promotions for the local arts community, and it is planning new ventures in outreach, marketing, workshops and instructions.
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge gathered on Oct. 21 at the home of Barb Klein, who presented a program on "Dry Gardening." She had created a beautiful display in a corner of her patio depicting an oriental-themed area with gravel, bamboo structures, stones and a charming small cast-iron pagoda.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Christmas Lighting Contest this year. The contest is open to all businesses in the Cedaredge and Orchard City area.
Twelve Cedaredge High School students are involved in a fundraising project to participate in an educational field trip to Costa Rica next year.
"We have 12 students participating," trip organizer Kevin Dunbar, a CHS instructor, told the DCI in an email.
What to do about the failure of pavement on Austin Road, rebuilt just 10 years ago, will be discussed by the Orchard City Town Board at its regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
The Orchard City Town Board is faced with a decision on how to remedy the pavement failure occurring on Austin Road.
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