Bus driver Audie Woods was on his second-to-the-last stop on his route Monday morning when his 50J bus was struck from behind while picking up children along Highway 50 in North Delta.
The bus was rear-ended by Samuel R. Rascon of Hobbs, N.M., who suffered serious injuries in the accident. He is being treated at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction.
2016 was a big year for Delta County Libraries in the area of technology. With five locations, there are over 175 computers districtwide that the libraries must maintain, including staff and patron work stations.
On Thursday, March 23, at approximately 1:57 p.m., officers of the Delta Police Department were dispatched to a report of an apartment on fire at 1549 Highway 50. Delta Fire District and the Delta County Ambulance District also responded.
The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board has awarded two grants totaling $103,000 to Delta County projects.
The City of Delta received a $75,000 planning grant to develop its first parks, recreation, open space and trails master plan, and the Town of Cedaredge received a $28,000 mini grant for improvements to and an extension of Surface Creek Trail.
On March 4, the annual Western Colorado Nightingale Awards banquet was held at the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom in Grand Junction. This event is a way to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and nursing practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer.
Dale J. Scarrow, 38, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $2,000 bond.
Jessica L. Stackhouse, 34, of Ridgway was issued a ticket for alleged disregarded a stop sign after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at 3rd and Meeker streets.
A number of restaurants and retail liquor stores in Delta were issued violations after selling alcohol to an underage enforcement officer in November.
Devil's Thumb Golf Club, Daveto's, CB's Tavern, Uptown Wines and Green Valley Liquor were cited in the sting.
Montrose High School's Class of 1967 will hold its 50th reunion Aug. 25-27 in Montrose. Organizers are seeking contact information for all class members so everyone can be notified of activities planned for this landmark event.
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.
The church governing board of Volunteers of America has approved 48 individuals to become commissioned as Volunteers of America ministers from across the country. Two candidates are from western Colorado -- Erin Berge, regional marketing director, and Tara Cassidy, admissions and marketing director at Valley Manor Care Center.
Attached is my letter to state legislators expressing my concern for supporting, promoting and maintaining the rural hospitals of Colorado, even in the face of TABOR limitations and demands for financing roads, schools, etc.
It saddens me to write this letter but will scare the hell out of me if I don't.
If you use Highway 92 to get from Hotchkiss to Delta, you must have an opinion about driving across Rogers Mesa. Do you enjoy stopping for people turning left into driveways?
I read in the DCI of Orchard City's doubling of water rates on March 8, just hours after the actual hearing and vote. If the town trustees had publicized their rate hike scheme well in advance and held public forums in advance of their approval vote, there would have been far more than two town residents present to object.
Cedaredge's Ty Grant and Drew Markley were first place winners at last Saturday's Hotchkiss Invitational track meet.
Junior Ty Grant crossed the finish line with a time of 23.47 to win the 200m dash last Saturday helping the Bruins place second in a field of 17 teams.
The Cedaredge Bruin baseball team continues its early season battles with upper division schools and is gaining valuable experience along the way. Last week's matchups included a rematch with Eagle Valley (a team the Bruins lost to, 3-1).
Paonia defeated Cedaredge 6-1 in tennis action last week, Tuesday (March 21). The Bruins did not go easily, despite the difference in set wins.
Competition was keen on Saturday as 16 teams battled for top honors at the Hotchkiss Invitational track meet in Delta.
The Bruin girls did not have a first place finish and used second place points from Emily Tullis (100 meter hurdles - 18.0) and Katie Hyke (shot put - 35' 11") to score 51 points to finish fifth in last weekend's Hotchkiss Invitational track meet.
Delta's Panthers began their 2017 girls soccer season on March 11 against Ridgway's Demons on the Panthers' home field. The Demons were no match for Delta and suffered a 5-0 loss.
There were 17 boys track teams that participated in last weekend's Hotchkiss Invitational track meet hosted by Delta High School. The Hotchkiss facility, following repairs, is expected to be ready for use sometime this summer.
Delta High School girls tennis team has played twice (with results reported) so far this season with losses to Glenwood Springs (2-5) and Central (3-4).
On March 4 Delta was in Glenwood Springs to face the Demons.
The Hotchkiss baseball team found itself without a game Friday after Dayspring Christian Academy in Greeley canceled its trip due to a snowstorm that hit the Front Range. In early-season rankings Dayspring is sixth in Class 2A state rankings, and Hotchkiss is ranked seventh.
Last Saturday the Paonia Eagles were looking forward to a home doubleheader against Dayspring Christian Academy, a Greeley school ranked sixth in early-season state 2A rankings. Dayspring was scheduled to come to Delta County Friday for a game against No. 7 Hotchkiss, then face No. 1 Paonia Saturday.
Hotchkiss sophomore Kaiya Firor's season is off to a good start. At the March 18 Delta Invitational Firor set a new personal best height of 4 feet, 8 inches.
Track fortunes for Delta High School's girls track team seem to have turned around in the early going of the 2017 season.
The Panthers have placed high in final standings in the first two weeks with a third place finish this past weekend after scoring 71 points.
The Paonia boys scored 45 points to finish sixth out of 17 teams Saturday at the annual Hotchkiss Invitational track and field meet. The meet was held at Delta High School.
The Hotchkiss boys scored 49 points to finish fifth at the annual Hotchkiss Invitational track and field meet.
Due to ongoing upgrades to their home track, the Bulldogs held their meet at Delta.
The Blue Sage Center for the Arts, 226 Grand Avenue, Paonia, will start offering a monthly Bunco night on Thursday, April 13.
Bunco is a fast-paced game where 12 players jockey for position at the "head table" by rolling dice while competing for prizes.
The student art show held annually at the AppleShed Gallery in Cedaredge is expanding from high school artists to include art from Delta County elementary and middle school students.
An opening reception will take place Friday, April 7.
Vendors are now being accepted to showcase a signature dish, dessert, candy, wine, beer or other food-related item at the second annual Taste of Spring, Delta's premier food and wine festival.
Taylor Miller and Jacob Smoot of Delta are the parents of a son, Kyson Erik Ryder Smoot, born March 18, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 5 pounds, 11.8 ounces and was 18.75 inches in length.
The March 13 Delta County 4-H Council meeting was held at the Maloney House in Hotchkiss. All officers were present. At the meeting, the following was discussed:
Seventy-six players anteed up to try their luck at Texas Hold 'em for the Kiwanis Club of Delta's sixth annual poker tournament fundraiser March 6 at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta. Adam Hoffman, personal banker at First Colorado National Bank, one of the numerous table sponsors for this year's event, emerged as the tournament winner.
Melissa Zunich, winner of Food Network Channel's Cake Wars in 2016, made a return appearance with cousin Sunny Hintze to compete in an "All Champs" episode of Cake Wars.
Pokémon was the theme of the March 19 episode which featured four teams of returning bakers.
If you have been a credit union member in Delta over the past 30-plus years you almost certainly know Mary Suppes. Even before Mary was employed by what was then Delta Federal Credit Union, she was a volunteer on the credit committee, helping with the loan review and decisioning process.
Dani Tupper, a Delta artist and instructor, has been awarded master signature membership in the Western Colorado Watercolor Society (WCWS). This honor is bestowed upon artists who have had their work accepted in at least 10 juried WCWS national exhibitions.
Delta County resident Tammy Holden recently became the local coordinator for a nonprofit organization that places foreign exchange students in a host home for all or part of a school year.
Each year, international high school students representing more than 60 nationalities come to the U.S. to experience American culture as part of the Council on International Education Exchange program.
Cedaredge resident Ruth C. Dawson died March 23, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 91.
Charles Steele Burgin died March 13, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 87.
Elwood Archie Rogers of Delta died March 23, 2017, at Montrose Memorial Hospital. He was 86.
Georgia Brunken died March 24, 2017, at Mapleton Care Center in Lakewood. She was 84.
Delta resident Marjorie Joyce Pell died Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 80.
Merrill J. "Sandy" Sanderson of Cliff, N.M., died March 15, 2017, at his home. He was 87.
Myron B. Bennett, longtime Eckert resident, died March 1, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 83.
Thomas Franklin McCormick, age 67, of Paonia passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017. He was born in Fargo, N.D., on Sept. 10, 1949.
Verlin Floyd Rockey died March 21, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 72.
The Town of Hotchkiss is pinching pennies, which means fewer donations are going out the door, as the Hotchkiss Booster Club and Hotchkiss Grad Night committee learned last week.
Each year, the Booster Club asks the town for a contribution for ongoing booster activities and for a second donation specifically for grad night.
The crews at Elevate Fiber have hit a snag that could delay Hotchkiss residents from getting high speed internet. Mark Kurtz with Elevate/DMEA was at the Hotchkiss Town Council meeting last week, "hat in hand," he said, to seek a piece of property where crews can build a communications building to serve the local access of Elevate's fiber project.
In a letter to the town, dated March 20, Paonia town attorney David Marek announced that he is stepping down. Marek gave 30 days' notice per his contract. His last day on the job will be April 28.
The streets and gutters of Paonia will get some much-needed attention after trustees approved the purchase of a new Kubota SCL800TM leaf vac from Rocky Mountain Supply Co. in Palisade.
Cost of the fully self-contained unit is $42,444, which is below the $45,000 allocated in the 2017 budget for a new leaf vac.
The community of Hotchkiss seems to be in a single frame of mind: improvement, improvement, improvement. From applying for the Colorado Main Street Program to help with economic development, to hosting a variety of events to bring people to town, it seems as if every entity -- the chamber, the town government, the downtown merchants group -- are all working cohesively toward the future, and the future is bright.
The Todd Ranch in Crawford, owned and operated by Danny and Monita Todd and their daughter Hannah, was recently honored as the 2016 Outstanding Commercial Producer of the Year by the Colorado Cattlemen's Association.
A release issued by the Cattlemen's Association says, "The Todd Ranch represents an exemplary family-owned commercial cattle operation that is deeply seeded in ranching heritage.
After a relatively warm and dry winter, the local streams are already flowing and snow is melting from the mountains. Whether you're in town and part of the local water supply, a farmer that depends on reservoir water or simply concerned about the growing uncertainty of water supply, recent record-breaking temperatures may have you wondering about the future.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is working on a monthly promotion to encourage folks to find out what Cedaredge merchants have to offer. The First Friday Art Walk is a self-guided art walk hosted by businesses along Main Street and other venues throughout town.
Cedaredge area postal carrier Patsy Arnold has earned a personal commendation from the postmaster general.
Last summer while doing her mail route, she responded to a potentially dangerous situation that involved a young child and helped secure a safe outcome to events.
The Shelter Shoppe Volunteer of the month for March is Peg, who not only volunteers at the shop but is also a dog walker for the shelter itself.
To say she is a busy lady is an understatement.
A local home by Cedaredge homebuilder Tate Locke of Locke Construction LLC dba Cristee-Meade Building Company entered in Fine Homebuilding magazine's annual HOUSES Awards has placed first in the readers' choice contest, the DCI has learned.
Trustees voted at the March 16 regular meeting of the Cedaredge Town Council to pay an engineering firm additional money on the contentious, long-delayed, and ultimately downsized "enhancement project." Trustees Patty Michael and Larry Smith voted against continuing with the project.
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