Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper proclaimed April 16-22 as Colorado Journalism Week at the Colorado Press Association's annual convention in Colorado Springs on Friday.
With several hundred attending his keynote lunch remarks, Hickenlooper said it was a critical time to honor the work of journalists.
Every library in Delta County offers weekly storytimes for babies through 5-year-olds to introduce early literacy skills to Delta County children. Stories, songs, crafts, activities, and social time come together to offer an engaging experience for children and their parents or caretakers.
Darnell Place-Wise, executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, has resigned her position effective Tuesday, May 15.
She supplied a copy of her resignation letter, which states in part, "There are many contributing factors in my decision, but primarily, my family.
The Delta City Council awarded two bids totaling nearly $600,000 for street projects in the city.
The West 1st and North Palmer improvement project was designed in 2017 by Austin Civil Group as a solution to ongoing issues with drainage and subsequent roadway deterioration at the major intersection.
Delta County's Office of Emergency Management will be testing the County's CodeRed Emergency Alert System beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18. CodeRed is the system that allows Delta County Emergency Services to immediately notify citizens within a designated area of current or potential life-threatening information via recorded message, text message, and/or email.
The Delta County Planning Commission concluded a series of open houses focusing on the Master Plan update. Commission members took feedback from the community at an open house in Orchard City April 10, and at an open house in Delta April 11.
For Delta County Economic Development, 2017 was a busy year and a reason to celebrate at its annual meeting on Thursday, April 12. Board president John Gavan welcomed members and guests, and offered a brief recap of the year.
With support of 61.65 percent of the Colorado Democratic Party State Assembly, Cary Kennedy secured top line on the June 26 Democratic primary ballot. Kennedy's statewide support and strong momentum grew her lead from the 50 percent support coming out of precinct caucus.
Did you miss the open houses on the county's draft Master Plan? You can still submit your feedback to the planning commission until April 25.
After considerable delay, 2,951 delegates of the 4,201 possible state delegates were confirmed to the Republican State Convention on April 14. Delta was well represented and got front row seating.
Janel Webb, night supervisor and clinical educator at Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH), was awarded a full-tuition scholarship for an online master's degree in nursing through American Sentinel University's Colorado Health Care Star Award program, announced American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), during an April CHA annual awards dinner recently.
At about 4:30 p.m. April 9, Delta Police Department officers responded to Walmart for a report of a shoplifting. According to a press release issued by the DPD last week, the suspect fled the area on foot after allegedly pulling a knife on a Walmart employee.
Brandon L. Sadler, 36, of Delta was arrested and jailed on unlawful possession of a controlled substance schedule I, unlawful possession of a controlled substance schedule II, possession of drug paraphernalia, and theft.
A 17-year-old juvenile male of Cedaredge was issued a summons for careless driving.
This April, Rock Steady Boxing of Western Slope CO, located at Anytime Fitness in Delta, will join millions in observing Parkinson's Awareness Month. A progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects the ability to walk, talk, balance and move, Rock Steady Boxing Western Slope CO gives those living with Parkinson's hope today by offering a non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness routine proving to dramatically improve their quality of life
The City of Delta has established a youth scholarship fund to help kids stay active. A goal of $10,000 has been set to help offset the cost of programs and keep registration fees low for kids who wish to participate in sports and activities sponsored by the city.
Using one-time state funds provided to rural schools, Delta County Joint School District #50 has augmented its supply of Chromebooks. The school district now owns 2,935 Chromebooks, one for every student in grade 6-12.
Delta County Libraries is already gearing up for the 2018 summer reading program. This year's theme is "Libraries Rock!"
While controlled burns are an important tool in Western Colorado for managing and restoring natural areas, Delta-Montrose Electric Association is asking members to take extra precaution when burning near power poles or other parts of the power system.
"Burning near our power poles and equipment creates an obvious hazard.
With the focus on teacher salaries in Colorado and a nine-day, statewide teacher strike in Oklahoma, Delta County Joint School District #50 recently conducted a salary analysis. Results, reported at a school board work session last week, indicate beginning teacher salaries are "light," but the longer teachers stay in the district, the higher their earning power by comparison.
Eight additional ballots were either "cured" or received prior to the April 13 deadline. Elections supervisor Rene Loy Maas says three votes were cast in the Delta municipal election, two in Orchard City and three in Paonia.
What a breath of fresh air to see younger people interested in running for positions in our local governments. This is a welcome change that many of us have discussed for a long time and yet little has been done until recently.
Arts Coalition of Delta County met Monday, April 9, with three visitors and three board members in attendance. Our guests were there to support AC/DC in starting a Delta County theatrical group and also the art side of our emphasis.
I'm writing to recognize a remarkable achievement by the Delta-Montrose Community Concert Association (DMCCA) -- 70 years of providing outstanding family entertainment to both Delta and Montrose Counties. Since 1948, the Community Concert series has brought to this area all manner of highly talented professional performers with national and international reputations.
The Delta County Master Plan is a dream, mostly good but not fulfilled yet. However, there are many more ideas to consider.
My second and final term as mayor of Hotchkiss is now complete. I have been honored to serve our community, and I thank you for your support all these years.
The Orchard City election results are in -- our voice was loud and clear. Orchard City Master Plan 2016 (last paragraph) "Use of Citizen Committees: Orchard City could expand citizen involvement to bring additional energy, ideas and resources to bear on specific issues.
Of the four girls teams at the Delta Twilight Invitational, Cedaredge had 31 top-three placers and won eight events to take first with 111 points, followed by Delta with 90 points. Olathe finished third with 32 points, and Hotchkiss placed fourth with 31 points.
Hotchkiss High School moved closer to another 2A District 3/5 showdown with Paonia after a pair of wins against Dolores and Ignacio in doubleheader play in Ignacio. Hotchkiss defeated Dolores 14-0 in game one and routed Ignacio 15-0 in game two.
At Saturday's Western State Combined Invitational at Gunnison, the Cedaredge boys finished third overall with 101 points, behind Salida with 135 point and winner Gunnison's 165 points. The Cedaredge girls took second with 141 points, behind Buena Vista with 179 points.
Could the 800-meter sprint medley relay be on its last leg?
Traditionally a girls' relay, the sprint medley has been a state track event for decades.
Delta High School's baseball fortunes included a pair of wins and a loss last week. Wins came against Olathe (0-3 and 1-10 in 3A WSL) and Hotchkiss (2-0 and 9-1 in 2A District 3/5).
At Friday's four-team Delta Twilight track and field meet, Hotchkiss scored 83 points and won six events to win the meet. Delta was second with 76 points, Cedaredge third with 60, and Olathe finished fourth with 27.
After a rigorous season of hockey, Sami Cassel, a sophomore in Delta, achieved a memorable experience many athletes most likely will never experience ... unless they play hockey and make it to the USA Hockey National Tournament.
North Fork baseball teams cleaned up on Saturday at Ignacio, dominating 2A District 5 teams Dolores and Ignacio. Paonia slipped past Dolores 14-2 in its first game and then shutout host Ignacio 17-0 in game two.
While the Paonia track teams didn't score a lot of points at Saturday's Demon Invitational track meet at Glenwood Springs -- the girls placed seventh with 48 points and the boys finished 11th with 16 points at the 19-team meet -- multiple Paonia athletes set personal best times, heights and distances.
Senior Ty Grant signed a letter of intent to participate in the Colorado Mesa University's track program on April 11. Cedaredge High School's student body gathered to watch the signing ceremonies with Athletic Director Brandon Milholland reading a brief statement on behalf of Grant's achievements at CHS.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center is hosting an American Red Cross community CPR/AED and first aid class Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must register and pay the $85 fee three days prior to the start of the class.
Partners Mentoring has served kids in Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties for more than three decades and the annual Partners auction plays a crucial role in providing high quality mentoring programs. The auction, Partners largest fundraising event, kicks off on Monday, April 30, with items closing daily until May 4.
Rock Wranglers will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Calvary Baptist Church, 1290 A Street, Delta.
Shopping library book sales is a great way to find good deals on books and other materials, while supporting the local libraries. Library friends groups across the county are gearing up for their huge spring book sales.
Friends of the Cedaredge Library host their annual spring book sale at the Stolte Shed on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Student projects, art and talent will be displayed at the Vision Charter Academy showcase and talent show.
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.
Joe and Jeni Tomei of Hotchkiss are the parents of a daughter, Peggy Ann Tomei, born April 7, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Hotchkiss resident Baudelia Renalado De Gonzalez died April 9, 2018, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction. She was 72.
Bernard E. "Bob" Bouwens died at his son's home in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 7, 2018. He was 88.
Cole Michael Lahoe was born Oct. 6, 2011, to Michael and Kristi (Brandstadt) Lahoe in Montrose, Colo. Cole earned his wings April 11, 2018, at 6:21 a.m. at Children's Hospital.
Doug Tiffany, longtime resident of Delta, Colo., passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, from complications with pneumonia. He was 58 years old.
Henrietta Keenan died March 31, 2018, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 86.
John LeRoy Borich "Pete" passed away Sunday evening April 15, 2018 at his home in Loma, Colo., with his loving wife Louise at his side. He was 89 years of age.
Grand Junction resident Lois Webb died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the Larchwood Inn in Grand Junction. She was 85.
Lyle Linn Linman died April 7, 2018, at his home in Wray after a hard-fought battle with brain cancer. He was 60.
Cedaredge resident Rita Shupe died at her home Thursday, April 12, 2018. She was 97.
Former Cedaredge resident Roberta Moore Smartt died April 12, 2018, in Phoenix, Ariz. She was 93.
Paonia resident Ronald R. Ayers died Friday, March 2, 2018, at his home. He was 85.
Russell L. Crick of Fruita died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at his home. He was 72.
Clarice Ruth Marvel died at her son's home in Montrose on April 13, 2018. She was 94.
Cedaredge resident Ruth B. McKenna died April 9, 2018, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 91.
Truman D. Peters died April 5, 2018, due to complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 79.
Of the four newly elected and re-elected trustees being sworn in at next Tuesday's Paonia Town Board meeting, Chelsea Bookout, Mary Bachran and Barry Pennell will begin four-year terms, and Samira Hart will serve a two-year term.
Official results from the April 3 election show Bookout received 311 votes, or 18.86 percent of the 1,845 votes, and Bachran received 306 votes (16.59 percent).
In August 2017, the Delta County Sheriff's Office opened an investigation into Richard Taylor, 49, for failing to register as a sex offender and being a convicted felon in possession of weapons. The case was filed with the Seventh Judicial District Attorney's Office.
The bids for replacement of the Barrow Mesa water tank were awarded to two firms at the April 12 meeting of the Hotchkiss Town Council.
Earlier this spring, the council rejected the only bid submitted for the project.
Completion of the Artspace feasibility study, the first phase of the Space to Create Paonia initiative. was celebrated at an April 9 dinner at Edesia Kitchen. The dinner, which doubled as a Kids Pasta Project fundraiser for Space to Create Paonia (S2C), also marked the release of the Preliminary Feasibility Report.
On Wednesday, April 25, the North Fork Ambulance will present a biennial training exercise known as the mock DUI crash at Paonia High School beginning at 9 a.m.
The North Fork Ambulance coordinates and works in partnership with local agencies including ambulance, fire and law enforcement to educate students about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
At next Tuesday's board meeting, on April 24, among several agenda items under "old business," Paonia trustees will consider a draft resolution setting the base fee for building permits at the flat rate of $35 and adjusting the existing fee schedule according to that base fee.
Trustees approved the drafting of the resolution by town attorney Bo Nerlin for consideration prior to the seating of a new board at the April 24 meeting.
I hear the wind ... it's strong. According to the newscast, this is supposed to be a windy day. Sounds like it! As I pull the comforter up close, my mind wanders.
Two town meetings will be held on Thursday, April 19. The first meeting will be a public hearing at 5 p.m. regarding the Lost Mesa Grill liquor license application. The public is invited to address the trustees speaking in favor, expressing a neutral opinion, or opposing the license.
Kami Collins, who left her position as executive director of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce on April 17, wants to assure area residents that she's remaining in town. In fact, she's going to be working as Cedaredge's new town clerk and economic development coordinator.
Cody Purcell, district wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, reports that this winter's urban deer count conducted in and around Cedaredge totaled 508 animals. Fourteen citizen volunteers and six CPW staff members participated in the count which was conducted on Feb. 23.
The Orchard City Board of Trustees met in regular session on April 11, with all trustees present.
It was the final meeting for trustees Bob Eckels, Gary Tollefson and Tom Huerkamp.
Looking up at the Grand Mesa from Grand Junction in early April, it's good to see snow on its flanks. For too much of this past winter, they have been bare. Skiers felt the pain of the dry winter early; fish and ranchers will feel it this summer.
The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) has issued an invitation to all interested citizens to attend a public meeting to learn more about the center and share their ideas for center activities. The informational question and answer event will be held Wednesday, April 18, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Cedaredge Civic Center at 140 NW 2nd Street.
The Town of Cedaredge board of trustees met for a brief executive session and a longer work session on Thursday, April 12. The purpose of the executive session was stated on the special meeting agenda as being "for a conference with attorney for purpose of receiving legal advice."
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