Reports from the Delta County Health and Human Services Department indicate program case loads are leveling off.
In recent years, there have been noticeably large increases in the number of food stamp and Medicaid cases in Delta County.
Darnell Place Wise, executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, provided a list of winners for the drawings conducted during Small Business Saturday. Chelsie Dunlap was the winner of a wine basket donated by Jesse and Cheryle Messenger of All Windows and Doors.
County government continues moving forward on opportunities to support the coal industry.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Regional Forester announced that his agency has completed the rule making and environmental analyses to reinstate the North Fork Coal Mining Area Exception to the Colorado Roadless Rule.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the DMEA board of directors approved a rate increase to take effect Jan. 1, 2017. No changes were made from the original proposal.
Five juveniles from Delta and two juveniles from Eckert were issued tickets for alleged minor in possession of marijuana.
The Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office and the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area are implementing seasonal road closures beginning Dec. 1 to protect wildlife habitat.
"The seasonal road closures are necessary to help protect sensitive Gunnison sage grouse habitat and reduce stress and disturbance to wintering big game herds," said Sam Dearstyne, BLM Acting Uncompahgre Field Manager.
Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County -- Cedaredge Community Center (Monday-Thursday), Delta Community Center (Monday-Friday), Hotchkiss Senior Center (Monday-Thursday) and Paonia Senior Citizen Center (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Meals on Wheels are also delivered from each location.
The Forest Service has awarded a new lease for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests headquarters office in Delta. The awardee is the current owner of the Forest Service office located at 2250 Highway 50 in Delta.
It's a rainy, cold fall morning. The sky is grey in every direction and your well-intentioned plans of raking leaves and turning down garden beds becomes unrealistic. Instead, you find a comfortable chair near a warm fireplace and pick up a book.
I read with interest the various facts, figures, and woes of the Crawford town budget. However, there is an obvious omission of the nearly $8,000 in legal fees approved by Mayor Gofforth and the town trustees.
This is a photo of a problem that has been longstanding on Surface Creek Road. Even with lids on the trash containers, these dogs present problems.
As the holidays approach I'm reminded that, as our parents taught us, it's time to think about giving. I have been involved with the Partners organization for 20 years.
Former basketball players from Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss and Paonia are invited to participate in the Jack Hawkins Alumni Games, to be held Dec. 16 and 17 in conjunction with the First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament at Delta High.
During halftime of the basketball tournament, alumni teams will play 10-minute games.
There will be an expanded schedule of holiday concerts this season at Chapel of the Cross in Pioneer Town.
The Chapel's traditional two-performance program on Parade of Lights Day is on tap again this year with a local favorite, The Kokopelli Bell Choir, scheduled for the two performances.
The Montrose Botanic Gardens hosts a garden of lights Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 26 and 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is a small entry fee.
Santa will be making his annual visit to the Hotchkiss Fire Station on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come talk with Santa and give him your list in a peaceful, noncommercial environment.
The annual Advent concerts at St. Luke's Church in Delta continue Tuesday, Dec. 6, with "Harps in Motion," playing 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.
The "Harps in Motion" ensemble began in 2014 with a group of adult beginners who decided to learn to play the harp.
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.
The Nov. 14 meeting of the Delta County 4-H Council was held at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. All officers were present.
Wade Ebert, a 2016 Delta High School graduate, is participating in the internationally renowned St. Olaf Christmas Festival Dec. 1-4.
Wade is a student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
In conjunction with the Delta Library, the Delta Emblem Club is sponsoring a holiday reading challenge for first through fifth grades. During the holiday season, students can track the books they read on a form available at the library.
Agnes Helena Richardson Griffis was born to Sam and Jennie Richardson in Sturgis, Mississippi. She grew up in the deep South during the Depression era and learned to work hard picking cotton in the cotton fields and working a mule team by the age of eight.
Alfonso "Al" Estrada died Nov. 21, 2016, at his home in Hotchkiss. He was 79.
Della Aravella Rubalcaba died Nov. 21, 2016, at her home in Delta. She was 86.
Edith Alaine Davis died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at her home in Delta. She was 89.
Gary Beres died Oct. 29, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 55.
Harold "Gordon" Kehmeier passed peacefully asleep at home with family on Nov. 21, 2016.
He grew up youngest of five on the Kehmeier farm in Eckert, Colo.
Longtime Delta County resident Hazel G. Vollmert died Nov. 22, 2016, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 89.
Jeanette Marie Habenicht of Hotchkiss died Nov. 18, 2016. She was 75.
John Franklin Barcus died Nov. 25, 2016, at the home of his daughter. He was 92.
Kenneth "Ken" Ray Miller died Nov. 26, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 59.
Lola LaTourette went with the angels on Nov. 4, 2016, a week and a half after her 99th birthday celebration.
Lola Teresa Camaches was born in San Francisco, Calif., on Oct. 28, 1917 to Ethel and Peter Camaches.
Margie C. Keep died Nov. 20, 2016 at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 89.
After hosting community forums in Delta, Cedaredge, Paonia and Hotchkiss, Delta County Joint School District #50 will hear from students in the district this Friday.
Participation in the community forums varied, but overall was lower than hoped for, leading superintendent Caryn Gibson to broach the idea of hosting the community forums every other year, rather than every year. She would still like to hear from students annually.
Paonia Police Department Sergeant Neil Ferguson reported to the town board of trustees that the Oct. 22 "Drug Take-Back Day" was a big success. The event allows citizens to bring in unused and unwanted prescription medications for disposal with no questions asked.
Hotchkiss council held a public discussion and a first reading of the latest draft of the Mobile Home and Travel Homes Regulations at the Nov. 10 public meeting. After almost two years of dialogue and revisions, one issue, a 25-year age limit on trailers imported into town limits, is the final objection held by mobile home and mobile home park owners and some members of council.
The Public Lands Foundation presented the Crawford Area Gunnison Sage Grouse Working Group with the 2016 Landscape Stewardship Award. The PLF granted the award to multiple partners for their work on sustaining the Crawford population of the Gunnison sage grouse and in recognition of community-based stewardship.
When the North Fork Ambulance held a series of public meetings in 2015, the public identified response time, increased level of care and financial stability as the top three priorities for the organization.
In response, the non-profit recently added three quick response vehicles to its fleet.
Did anyone lose a pig?
Seems a pig, about the size of a medium-sized dog, has been reported as wandering the streets of Paonia recently.
It will take three days to encompass all the holiday activities being planned by the Paonia Chamber of Commerce, Alpine Bank, Bross Hotel and more than a dozen participating businesses and organizations.
The festivities begin Friday, Dec. 2, and continue through the weekend with holiday open houses, sales, samples and celebrations.
The Town of Paonia's proposed new water and sewer ordinances, along with resolutions for water and sewer rate increases, will be on the Dec. 13 agenda. After discovering inconsistencies in language and definitions between the current and proposed ordinances at the Nov. 22 meeting, as well as confusion as to which version of the water ordinance was the most recent, trustees voted to table all four agenda items.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is announcing that three industrial hemp seed varieties have passed the statewide THC validation and observation trial and are now eligible to be grown by the Colorado Seed Growers Association for production of "CDA Approved Certified Seed."
As we sit at the dining room table, I admire the new snow on Grand Mesa, even though I can't see it all because the clouds are very lazy on this November morning. In the pasture across the road, I count five horses . . . there were six last night. Wait . . . watch . . . oh, there it is!
Big holiday season events are in store this weekend.
The annual Parade of Lights will take place in Cedaredge on Saturday, Dec. 3. The parade begins at 6 p.m.
Everyone who is attending the Parade of Lights this year is invited to share in a 2nd annual celebration of cookies, caroling, and a community Christmas Tree lighting scheduled just prior to the parade.
A local resident with the holiday spirit in abundance and a heart for the community has organized and will host a "2nd Annual" Community Christmas Tree Lighting event just prior to the Parade of Lights.
Snow is a critical source of water, a major weather phenomenon, part of many ecosystems, and an important element in floods and other natural hazards.
A major portion of the national and global economies is impacted by snow, yet accurately measuring how much snow exists across the United States and the world is difficult.
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