The county commissioners named members to volunteer boards and commissions at their Feb. 21 regular meeting.
Named to serve on the Youth Shooting Sports Advisory Committee for were Marci Germann and Terry Welt. They join continuing members George Baier, Jerry Read and Kathy Welt.
Work is progressing on replacement of the county's Escalante Bridge. A temporary bridge across Escalante Creek has been installed in the foreground.
Delta County contractors and project developers will have the opportunity to widen their client base under a new financing mechanism adopted in Delta County, C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy). Participating contractors must complete a C-PACE contractor application and attend an in-person contractor training.
A new report ranks both Montrose Memorial Hospital and Delta County Memorial Hospital in the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals for the second year in a row.
The report is issued by The National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is bringing the Morning Buzz to Delta County. The co-op is hosting three of its popular morning coffee events during the months of March and April.
Greg Larson has been selected as the Uncompahgre field manager in Montrose. Larson is responsible for overseeing about one million acres of BLM lands in Montrose, Ouray, Delta, Gunnison, San Miguel and Mesa counties.
Isaac J. Gallegos, 26, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged indecent conduct.
Jason M. Ross, 31, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged trespass.
A skydiving business wants to set up commercial operations at Blake Field.
County commissioners at their Feb. 21 meeting approved a permit for Ultimate Skydiving Adventures LLC to operate out of a private hangar on a temporary basis.
The 2017 Soil Health Conference featured a locally focused program of small breakout groups where farmers got right to the real issues of soil health practices in the local area. The conference provided a wealth of useful information that was geared to the issues faced by local ag producers, and discussion panels included local participants.
After meeting with the owners of rental properties in Delta, the city council has decided against reinstating a $75 utility deposit for new customers.
City staff cited the "administrative burden" of collecting, tracking and refunding the deposit.
Region 10 Community Living Services and its community partners are committed to educating the public about elder abuse and exploitation. Yes, it does happen in western Colorado, hundreds of times a day!
There seems to be quite the debate lately regarding our local ambulance service. I was very disappointed when our community failed to vote in favor of a mill levy for the ambulance personnel.
There have been many articles lately by people who disdain our current president. That doesn't bother me a bit.
I'm responding to your article (Feb. 15) "Seniors, disabled vets eligible for property tax exemption." One problem -- even if you have lived in and owned your home for 10 years you can NOT transfer that exemption to a new or different home.
What a travesty that the public at large has been deceived, yes deceived beyond comprehension by masterful propaganda. Unfortunately, this has been essentially a worldwide scheme backed by huge monetary gifts and orchestrated by a very successful but small number of politicians and scientists.
I hope the public will wake up to see that the misguided Republican party agenda is to cut taxes for the wealthy and eliminate much-needed services for the public and the planet. Choosing this agenda equates to the public shooting themselves in the foot.
Saturday I went to the town hall meeting in Paonia. Hopefully this report will be of interest to a few readers. What interested me was the following:
The Cedaredge boys' basketball team made a trip to Carbondale on Tuesday (Feb. 21) for a play-in game against Roaring Fork's Rams. The winner would advance to the 3A WSL district tournament held at Central High School in Grand Junction.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs earned a berth in this week's Western Slope Region basketball tournament at Gunnison.
In district quarterfinals Hotchkiss pulled off a 65-63 win last Wednesday to eliminate Vail Christian.
There was some doubt as to whether or not the Delta Panthers' girls basketball team would be in the round of 32 post-season playoffs following a 55-35 loss to Olathe last week.
That doubt was erased on Sunday when the Panthers were paired against The Academy (18-4) for this Friday's opening round of 3A state basketball playoffs.
Paonia girls head coach Scott Rienks is eyeing his sixth consecutive trip to the Class 2A state basketball tournament. With an undefeated season and a top seed at this week's Western Slope regional playoffs, odds are they'll get there.
Black Canyon Camera Club is hosting the Chasing Light Photography Show and Sale to be held at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta May 25-27.
This show will celebrate the essential photograph without the distraction of matting or framing.
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. More information is available by calling the Cedaredge meal site, 856-3636; the Delta meal site, 874-7662; Hotchkiss Senior Center, 872-3494; and Paonia Senior Citizen Center, 527-3435.
Juan Carlos and Elvia Barajas of Cedaredge are the parents of a daughter, Aliyah Teresita, born Feb. 15, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches in length.
Red Hat Hotchkiss Lady Bugs met at Zach's in Hotchkiss to celebrate its first anniversary on Thursday Feb. 16. The hostesses for the event were Sue Sidebottom and Mollie Young.
Arla Nelson of Delta competed during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December 2016 with her team, the Dynamite Dames. The Dames roped the coveted first place spot in the specialty acts division and two other team members placed in individuals.
U.S. Air Force Airman Jacob Davignon graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Craig and Tammra Triantos were recently honored as the 2017 Valentine sweethearts at the Delta Senior Center.
The Triantoses were chosen as this year's sweethearts because they are regular diners and supporters at the Delta Senior Center, which serves meals every weekday at 12 noon.
Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Post 3571 and its auxiliary recently hosted the District 11 VFW and auxiliary quarterly meeting in Delta. One of the highlights of the meeting was a banquet luncheon honoring the winning students of the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen programs from District 11.
Amber Roxanne Schaefer of Cedaredge died Feb. 15, 2017, at her home. She was 34.
Betty Ruth (Matheny) Lynn, 87, born Jan. 26, 1930 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed peacefully at home in Fredericksburg, Va., on Feb. 21, 2017.
Devoted mother, loved and honored by daughter and son, she was married to Jerry Lynn for 66 years.
Cherryanne "Cherry" Drew died Feb. 17, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 74.
Della Womack died Feb. 26, 2017, at Horizon's Care Center in Eckert. She was 80.
Hugh "Sonny" DeVere Carpenter Jr. of Delta died Feb. 24, 2017. He was 80.
Kenneth James Holgate died Feb. 21, 2017, at his home in Cory. He was 79.
Margaretta "Peggy" Andrews died Feb. 16, 2017.
She was born in Wilmington, Del., Feb. 17, 1930, to Robert and Margaretta (Parr) Foulk.
Robert Nicodemis died in a home fire Feb. 23, 2017. A remembrance service will be held at Stolte Shed in Cedaredge Saturday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Robert William Eklund, Jr. passed away peacefully at his home on Feb. 24, 2017. The second of four children, he was born Aug. 15, 1920, in Lindsborg, Kan., to Robert William, Sr. and Daveta Childs Eklund.
Delta resident Ted Haskell Sr. died Feb. 18, 2017, after a long battle with COPD. He was 65.
A Hotchkiss man was found guilty last week on felony charges of sex assault on a child and enticement of a child. Both are Class 4 felonies.
[Editor's note: The Delta County Independent was unable to schedule a reporter to cover this meeting due to prior commitments. Rita Clagett, who is not an employee of the DCI and was among those who spoke during the meeting, submitted a 2,600-word report of the meeting organized by Grand Mesa Indivisible, We the People of the North Fork Valley and Indivisible Delta County, which has been edited due to space considerations. Her full write-up follows as submitted.]
NFV Constituent Town Hall, Saturday February 25
by Rita Clagett
Nearly 200 constituents of Republicans Senator Cory Gardner and Representative Scott Tipton packed the Paradise Theater in Paonia...
[Editor's note: The Delta County Independent was unable to schedule a reporter to cover this meeting due to prior commitments. Rita Clagett submitted a 2,600-word report of the meeting organized by Grand Mesa Indivisible, We the People of the North Fork Valley and Indivisible Delta County, which has been edited due to space considerations. Her full story can be found online at by clicking here.]
Nearly 200 constituents of Senator Cory Gardner and Representative Scott Tipton, both Republicans, packed the Paradise Theater in Paonia on Saturday, Feb. 25...
A summit held Feb. 9 to address the unmet needs of local nonprofits attracted 14 representatives from about a half dozen local non-profits.
Diana Yourell organized the event.
For 20 years Elisabeth Delehaunty has designed upscaled clothing for her company, Elisabethan. Each piece of Elisabethan apparel is made of post-consumer materials.
It is that time of year, and the Crane Hotline will be up and running on March 1. Our Greater Sandhills of the Rocky Mountain Population will soon pass through Hart's Basin Reservoir (also known as Fruitgrowers Reservoir).
Navy Midshipman Samuel J. Williamson from Cedaredge participated in the 2017 spring Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) ship selection draft as a future member of the U.S. Navy's Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) community.
More than 280 midshipmen at Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) units around the country have selected to serve in the Navy as surface warfare officers.
An elderly Cedaredge man was killed Thursday, Feb. 23, after a fire swept through his trailer house at 24693 Cedar Mesa Road, Cedaredge, at about 11 p.m. The Delta County Sheriff's Office has identified the deceased man as Robert Nicodemus, 89.
Editor's note: With a majority of Orchard City trustees expressing interest in marijuana business as a way of raising town government revenue, and with a majority of town residents likely opposed to the idea, thanks to Orchard City resident Matt Soper for compiling a history of the marijuana issue in Orchard City and Delta County. (Sources and references are available.)
An agreement that brought good drinking water to undeveloped areas of the county and that dates generations came to an official end on Thursday, Feb. 23.
The Town of Cedaredge and Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association (USC) closed on the final paperwork separating the two water providers from the cooperative operating agreements that once linked them.
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