José Jerémias Pacheco arrived a week early, at 5:53 a.m. on New Year's Day, to become the first baby of 2018 born at Delta County Memorial Hospital. His mother, Laura Pacheco of Montrose, received a basket full of clothing, toys and baby essentials from the hospital.
Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3571 and its auxiliary were joined by cadets from the Delta County squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, their leaders, and VFW auxiliary members from the Clifton post to decorate the American Service Women's Memorial in Collbran for Christmas.
Mayor pro-tem Ron Austin conducted the Dec. 19 meeting of the Delta City Council in the absence of Mayor Ed Sisson. Council member Bill Raley was also absent, so with Gerald Roberts and Christopher Ryan, there were just enough council members on hand to constitute a quorum.
The city's Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan was formally adopted in late December after months of public, city council and staff input.
The city's consultant, Logan Simpson, held three public hearings, met with a citizens' advisory committee four times, and reviewed surveys mailed to every household in Delta and available online to every resident of Delta County.
Attorney Aaron Clay is beginning his transition to retirement by resigning as legal counsel for Delta County Memorial Hospital and Delta County Joint School District. After conducting separate searches and interviewing prospective replacements, both entities selected Julie Huffman, who joined Clay & Dodson in February 2017.
New statistics from the Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles indicate 96 percent of impaired driving suspects have their driver licenses revoked, regardless of whether they are ever convicted of a DUI in court. This finding underscores the consequences Colorado drivers face if they attempt to drive impaired.
Delta County sheriff's deputies arrested a Grand Junction man north of Delta last Wednesday after he led law enforcement on a pursuit along Highway 50.
Trenton Miller, 38, was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility Dec. 27 on charges of vehicle eluding, a Class 5 felony; prohibited use of a weapon, a Class 2 misdemeanor; unlawful use of a controlled substance, a Class 1 misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a Class 2 traffic misdemeanor.
At about 6 p.m., deputies spotted a vehicle stopped sideways at the intersection of 1800 and G roads. As deputies approached, the driver took off.
Delta County Libraries has administered an adult literacy program in Delta County for nearly 20 years with funds acquired through a federal grant. In June 2017, denial of the 2017-2018 grant application left library district staff in shock.
Delta County health director Karen O'Brien proposed to the Delta County Planning Commission at its Dec. 20 meeting that health issues be built into the Delta County Master Plan update.
O'Brien said that public health is about healthy citizens, healthy environment, healthy nutrition and injury prevention.
On the first morning of 2018, 50 area residents (and five dogs) hiked three miles around Sweitzer Lake State Park near Delta. It was the largest group ever to turn out for the activity.
Six years ago, VFW Post #3571 purchased the North Delta Community House, intending to transform the vacant building into a post hall. Since then, post and auxiliary members have hosted several events to raise funds for renovation. They've also reconsidered their original plan to update the community house.
After strong team and individual finishes at the Warrior Classic, Cedaredge, Paonia and Hotchkiss are in the top three spots, respectively, in the Class 2A On the Mat team rankings heading into the new year. That could make for an interesting run for the Region 1 title on Feb. 9-10.
Ed Langrand, a fifth degree black belt in tae kwon do, will teach a women's self-defense class Saturday, Jan. 20.
A traditional hunter education class will be held at the Technical College of the Rockies Feb. 12-16.
This hunter education course is spread out over four nights, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Registration is underway for a five-on-five flag football league. A 10-game season will be played Thursday nights beginning in late February and concluding with a tournament in May.
Dates and times for this year's health fairs have been announced. The events are sponsored annually by Delta County Memorial Hospital and area Lions clubs.
James Vette and Itzel Bojorquez of Delta are the parents of a son, Angel Jay Vette, born Dec. 23, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches in length.
The Pinnacol Foundation is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. The foundation provides scholarships to children whose parents have been injured or killed in work-related accidents, regardless of insurance carrier. The application deadline is Feb. 15.
Lifetime Delta resident Amos Leon died Dec. 29, 2017, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. He was 80.
Longtime Delta resident Clinton H. Davis died Dec. 20, 2017, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. He was 84.
Lifetime Delta resident Don B. Howard died Dec. 24, 2017, at his home. He was 71.
Longtime Cedaredge resident Dorman Floyd Frost died Dec. 28, 2017, at his home. He was 87.
Dr. Charles Marvin Cox of Delta died Dec. 29, 2017, at his home. He was 85.
Delta resident Jerry N. Graves died Dec. 26, 2017, at his home. He was 74.
Kenneth Allen Egbert died Dec. 23, 2017, at Horizons Care Center. He was 78.
Freezing temperatures arrived a little late this year, but the ice is forming over Crawford Reservoir, marking the beginning of ice-fishing season. While people are already venturing out onto the ice, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are warning the public to use caution.
If wanting to serve your community is on your list of accomplishments for the new year, there are many opportunities to do so. In the North Fork area, voters will elect 12 trustees and one mayor to serve on municipal boards in the April 3 general election.
Paonia's Space to Create preliminary feasibility study is under way. The Minnesota-based Artspace team will provide feedback and advice for creating a live/work, multi-use or other creative development in Paonia.
In July 2017, someone spotted an energetic dog running loose on Grand Mesa near Scotland Trail. Good Samaritans gave the friendly animal a ride to town and Otto became a resident at the Surface Creek Animal Shelter in Cedaredge waiting for his owners to turn up or for a new family to adopt him.
According to Sandy Maddox, secretary of Friends of Cedaredge Public Library, the next meeting of the Friends will be a historic one. For the first time since 2001, members will be discussing the organization's bylaws and voting on several changes.
Voters in Orchard City will elect three trustees in the municipal election to be held Tuesday, April 3. The election will be conducted by mail.
Four of the six seats on the Cedaredge Board of Trustees will be filled in the April election. The terms of Al Smith, Patti Michael and Ray Hanson are ending; the fourth is currently vacant.
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