As the popularity of the Nordic trails on Grand Mesa has grown, an increasing number of cross-country skiers and snowshoers are visiting Grand Mesa -- often with their dogs.
Following a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Board of County Commissioners approved changes to development regulations that had been forwarded by the county planning commission.
According to discussion held at planning commission meetings, the changes were proposed as a way of speeding up the process of required hearings and approvals on specific developments.
Escalante Canyon Road at Escalante Creek just west of the Gunnison River bridge will require a detour
Kristen Huff, 26, of Delta, has been identified as the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal traffic accident Feb. 16. The Colorado State Patrol reports that Huff was driving a 1989 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight westbound on Highway 50 near Whitewater at about 3:08 a.m.
Late winter, from February through early March, is the best time to prune most trees. Trees are still dormant at this time of year and, unlike in early winter, wound closure will be rapid if pruning occurs just prior to the time new growth emerges.
Shanna L. Guerrero, 39, of Montrose was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.
Shanna L. Guerrero, 39, of Montrose was arrested and jailed on three warrants with a total of $3,750 in bonds.
The majority of Americans pay little attention to pollinators -- bees, butterflies, wasps, moths and other insects.
However, without pollinators, many crops would not grow.
The winners of the annual City of Delta/Lee Martinson Cribbage Tournament, the largest on the Western Slope, have been announced by Bill Heddles Recreation Center.
Officers of the Delta Police Department responded to an accident at Circle Drive and Highway 92 Sunday, Feb. 12, at 1:38 p.m. Two vehicles were involved in the collision, with one vehicle blocking both lanes of eastbound Highway 92.
Jason Cleckler, CEO of Delta County Memorial Hospital, was recently recognized as one of the "Top 60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know" in the country by Becker's Hospital Review, which will feature Cleckler and other top rural hospital CEOs in its March issue.
You may march for stricter gun control, but you march in this country because you can. You may march for a right to free and affordable birth control, but you march in this country because you can.
We are Boy Scouts and we would like to inform you about Boy Scouts in Delta. You might know about us already which is what we hope.
Is it government's job to help provide a "space to create" for would-be entrepreneurs? That was a topic at the Paonia Town Council meeting on Feb. 14.
I want to set the record straight. The Delta County Independent misquoted me when they said that the courts had little concern for us (Appeals court upholds ruling on pesticide drift, page A3, Feb. 15).
Like many landowners in western Colorado we grow hay and a large vegetable garden. It is hard work, but being outside has its rewards.
Reading the Feb. 15 opinion letters blasting President Trump, I feel four letters from Cedaredge is not coincidental. Was it the result of some Democrat coffee clutch where liberal Kool-Aid was served instead of coffee?
I am a very senior citizen, sharing why I attended the rally on Jan. 21 in Cedaredge, its version of the women's march.
I went because I needed desperately to connect with other women for moral support because I am very afraid of the world situation, because of this last election.
Craig Cerise's Cedaredge Bruins boys basketball team fell to a tough Roaring Fork team, 59-42, on Friday of last week and hosted Moffat County on Saturday emerging with a solid 65-47 victory.
Ryan Hilbig's Cedaredge Bruins' basketball team delivered two wins over the weekend to keep its hold on the second spot in the 3A WSL girls standings. The Bruins rumbled past Roaring Fork 46-27 and edged Moffat County, 43-38, on Saturday.
A tough final weekend of hoops caused Delta's girls basketball team to finish fifth in the 3A WSL standings and changed the site for this week's play in games to the district finals to be played in Grand Junction (Central High School) on Friday and Saturday.
Paonia's boys basketball team was expected to win last Friday in Rangely. A 66-36 decision was as lopsided as it sounds with everyone on Coach Chase Roeber's roster seeing action.
Hotchkiss' boys basketball team survived a frantic last second effort from Vail Christian's Saints. The Bulldogs finished the exciting game with a 72-71 score.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs' girls team ended its regular season with a loss in Edwards to Vail Christian's Saints, 60-39.
Hotchkiss kept it close in the first quarter but stumbled in the second frame when the Saints exploded for a 24-6 run and a 36-16 halftime lead.
Delta's boys basketball team needed two wins over the weekend to secure fourth place and a chance to host for a spot in this weekend's 3A district tournament held at Central High School.
Paonia's Eagles kept a stranglehold on 2A District 5's top spot with a solid 61-45 win against Rangely on Feb. 17 and will host a first-round playoff game on Wednesday (Feb. 22).
Last Friday's game, played in Rangely, wasn't in doubt after the conclusion of the first half. Paonia was comfortably ahead 38-23 heading to its locker room after the first 16 minutes of play.
The prep basketball playoff season is officially underway. Each of the state's eight districts are now down to eight teams after pigtail games were held Monday, with second-round playoffs continuing today.
Senior Conner Collins is a three-time state qualifier for Hotchkiss.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center offers weekly sessions of duplicate bridge, party bridge, cribbage, pinochle, Scrabble and chess. In addition, Tuesday Needlers meet every Tuesday morning.
Did you know that Delta County Libraries offers a seed library countywide?
Gage Garcia and Annaly Ruiz of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Kailani Garcia, born Feb. 9, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 22 inches in length.
The Delta-area Tractor Supply Company store will collect donations during National FFA Week to support grants for FFA chapters in Colorado.
During National FFA Week, Feb. 18-25, Tractor Supply shoppers can donate $1 or more at checkout.
FFA chapters in Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss and Olathe will celebrate National FFA Week Feb. 18-25. This year's theme is "Transform Purpose to Action," embracing more than 89 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization's future.
Olathe FFA has been busy this year with many community service projects and competitions. In October, the floriculture team traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., as the Colorado representative for the National FFA Convention and to compete against 50 other teams from around the country.
Graduation is just three months away, but some Delta High School seniors are still undecided about post-graduation plans. To provide direction, DHS hosted a "Procrastinator's Fair" that featured six four-year and vocational colleges, as well as the opportunity to explore careers in the military, mechanics, health, emergency services, engineering, construction trades and more.
Performance reports for Colorado teachers and principals released to the public for the first time show the majority of educators in Delta County received evaluation ratings of "effective" or higher.
A total of 88 percent of Colorado teachers and 98 percent in Delta County -- received an overall rating of "effective" or "highly effective" according to the metrics released by the Colorado Department of Education.
Lifetime Crawford resident Jean Clark died Feb. 15, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 92.
Merlin L. "Leon" Grant died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at HopeWest in Grand Junction.
Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 23, at Taylor Funeral Chapel in Hotchkiss from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Mary Ethelyn (Horne) Davis died in Yucca Valley, Calif., on Feb. 3, 2017. She was 93.
A new calf was born last week at the ranch of Marvin and Pauline Carr in Hotchkiss. In between caring for the animal and neighbors dropping by to check on the new addition to the herd, Pauline also found time to chat about another passion of hers: the promotion of local agriculture, local beef and beef nutrition.
Chris Johnson will fill the vacant Crawford Town Council seat, vacated earlier this year by the resignation of Tammy Broughton. He was approved unanimously by the current council.
One Crawford resident wants to see more activity happening in town, especially activity surrounding locally sourced and produced foods.
Rachel Schmitzer is fairly new to the area, but already has a good handle on the market for locally produced food.
North Fork Montessori at Crawford School is a Delta County School District public school, K-6th grade is free, with scaled tuition for preschool.
Pre-registration for PRE-K and kindergarten is on Monday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The value of our local public libraries can be seen countywide with satisfied users young and old. From the toddler attending weekly storytimes to the residents of a senior care center having books delivered to their doors, Delta County Libraries reaches so many people in so many different ways. In 2016 alone, there were 250,597 visits to the five libraries in Delta County.
Paonia residents wanting to build a deer fence to keep deer from eating their tulips and vegetables will have to find another option after the board of trustees voted, 4-3, to remove a section on deer fencing from a proposed fencing ordinance. Mayor Charles Stewart cast the tiebreaking vote.
On Valentine's Day evening the Town of Paonia and the recreational community got a sweet deal when Paonia trustees approved an agreement between the town and the developers of the Hawks Haven subdivision.
The agreement amends a 2005 agreement between the town, Hawks Haven LLC, and Harold Brill and Allison Elliot over a 400-foot-long, 24-foot wide section of private road stretching between Pan American Avenue and Vista Drive east of the Pan American Subdivision.
Paonia town trustees voted at the Feb. 14 board meeting to table a resolution to participate in the statewide Space to Create. The issue will be included in the Feb. 28 agenda.
Paonia artist Cedar Keshet is a prolific painter. Her works, mostly oils on canvas, take the viewer on a tour of western landscapes, from the first snowfall on Mt. Lamborn and summer on West Beckwith Pass, to the desert cacti of the Southwest and the formations of the Great Basin of Nevada. Her works have shown from Chicago to San Francisco and are held by collectors across the country.
It was at the end of July or was it in early August . . . I don't quite remember, doesn't matter anyhow. The Vela's had kindly invited me down to their place to see the fledgling barn swallows. What a treat!
Work was halted on the Jay Avenue bridge replacement last week after an equipment operator hit a main water line and a sewer line and both had to be repaired. Also, the long President's Day weekend was being used as a pause in construction activity to complete a set of final plans for the project, trustees were told.
The vintage has gone sour.
Complaints from Chamber of Commerce board members about Cedaredge town government's "vintage" branding label have led to the term being dropped as a community lifestyle and business marketing image.
Therapeutic recreation is a practice of utilizing a wide range of activities and interventions to improve physical, emotional, cognitive, social and leisure skills for a wide range of individuals. The intervention is personalized and based on a person's past, present and future leisure lifestyle.
Trustees say that a complicated refinancing of an existing loan needed for $175,000 to pay a settlement with Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association (USC) will save money in the long run. However, payments will increase significantly in the near term because the proposed deal which carries a low rate also has a shorter payoff period.
The Cedaredge police log for January reports that department officers responded to 35 incidents and issued six citations during the month.
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