On Monday, the Colorado Department of Transportation began a project to bring curb ramps into alignment with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and public right-of-way accessibility guidelines.
In CDOT's Region 3, about 1,000 curb ramps may be deficient.
The City of Delta has contracted with Arnie Butler & Company to conduct real estate appraisals on a number of city-owned properties, including three that will be on the November ballot. The City of Delta will be asking voters for permission to sell, transfer or convey Cottonwood and Riverbend parks -- a total of 115.2 acres -- for a sale price of not less than $4,575 per acre.
The Delta County Commissioners have appointed Commissioner Don Suppes as the county's representative on the Legislative Priorities Committee for Colorado Counties, Inc., beginning with the Oct. 12 meeting of CCI.
Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes signed a letter giving Delta County's support for the Foreign Trade Zone proposed for the region by Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. Montrose County and Garfield County have also joined with Mesa County in support for the Foreign Trade Zone.
After years of prayer and planning, Cowboy at the Cross is building a church. Thanks to an anonymous donor, the nonprofit ministry will receive $100,000 via a matching gift -- if it can raise $100,000 by October. Currently, $37,000 has been raised.
An unprecedented number of area residents addressed Delta City Council on the issue of marijuana, input that was welcomed by council members who said they wished citizens were equally outspoken on a broader range of topics.
The issue of marijuana came to the forefront of the Sept. 4 meeting, where council members considered four marijuana questions for the November ballot.
The Western Colorado Community Foundation is currently accepting applications to the Western Colorado Health Fund.
A warrant was issued for Aaron T. Kuretich, 26, of Hotchkiss for a protection order violation.
Officers responded to the 200 block of West 11th Street for a possible home invasion.
Longtime attorney Aaron Clay will be honored at a retirement reception Friday, Sept. 14. The open house will take place at Needle Rock Brewing Company, 820 Highway 92, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Despite the early hour, an estimated 150 voters attended the Club 20 debate Saturday morning between House District 54 candidates Matt Soper and Thea Chase, an independent candidate from Palisade.
They led off a series of debates that continued throughout the day and featured two other Republican candidates from Delta County -- Mike Mason, House District 61, and Olen Lund, Senate District 5.
Members of Delta-Montrose Electric Association have an important decision to make this fall: the co-op has asked them to approve amended and restated Articles of Incorporation.
The Articles of Incorporation together form the founding document of DMEA.
During constituent time at the Sept. 4 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners three people from the North Fork appealed to the county commissioners to take additional action on the Bureau of Land Management leases up for sale in December.
Mariah Whoolilurie said she arrived in the North Fork last November, battling health conditions, to heal and find fresh air.
Despite a notice recently mailed to local participants in Rocky Mountain Health Plans, the health insurance plan will remain active in Delta County in 2019.
According to an email received from Nicole Konkoly, RAE network relations manager for Rocky Mountain Health Plans, "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a notice informing all RMHP (Rocky Mountain Health Plans) Medicare Members that their Medicare Cost Plan would not be available in 2019.
Mr. Wills seems to have a significant quantity of knowledge on climate change.
In rereading my own letter of last week taking Mike Mason to task for getting climate science wrong, I found that while I may know the science I was totally misinformed about Mr. Mason's political race.
Wouldn't it be nice to learn about the candidates involved in the upcoming election that could have direct impact on the residents of Delta County? David Jacobson, Democrat chair, and Roger Bentley, Republican chair, met and talked about an information forum to let the voters hear from all the candidates in one meeting.
The Town of Cedaredge will join communities across the state Sept. 10-16 to celebrate Colorado Cities & Towns Week, a week set aside by the Colorado Municipal League to recognize town employees and volunteers, and to highlight the services those employees, and the town, offers to our citizens every day.
Several weeks ago I had lunch at Delicious Orchards where I noted a sign that warned of West Nile which Ed Marston apparently contracted. It could have been any of us but it was Ed.
Colorado is the only home I've ever known. I grew up spending summers catching crawdads with the neighborhood kids at the lake, visiting friends at their mountain cabin and testing my horseback riding skills at Girl Scout camp. I'm a skier, biker and hiker.
We, the undersigned, are writing to express our displeasure with the level of engagement from the Delta County Commissioners on issues related to the Bureau of Land Management's proposed December 2018 lease sale, and to ask that they request that the North Fork parcels be withdrawn.
As a retired educator of Delta County, I put my full support behind Democratic Senator Kerry Donovan in her run for re-election in Senate District 5. Sen. Donovan has showed time and again that she is committed to rural Colorado's best interests -- the best interests of the people of rural Colorado, to be clear, and not the corporate and political interests.
Fear! A word used in one of last week's letters, warning us not to fear voting for the marijuana business to be allowed in Delta.
Dick Gilmore's letter (DCI 9/5/18) purportedly about climate change was nothing more than a personal attack on Mike Mason, a hopeful candidate for House District 61. Mr. Gilmore's assertion that "it's one thing to muse wistfully on one's fanciful ideology while aging gracefully on one's 300-acre ranch..." struck me as ludicrous.
Cedaredge's softball team found last week's diamond opponents to be stout competitors with the Bruins falling 11-1 in Meeker on Sept. 4 and splitting a doubleheader with Cortez at the Field of Dreams Sept. 8, losing the opener 11-8 and claiming a 10-9 win in game two.
In game one Cortez jumped out to an early 9-2 lead but had to hold on for an 11-8 win.
A high-scoring first quarter ended with Buena Vista holding a touchdown lead, 14-21, heading to the second quarter.
Each team scored in the second quarter leaving the Bruins trailing by seven, 28-21 at halftime.
Delta High School's soccer team had its express train slowed down this past week with tough games against Crested Butte and Roaring Fork. Both matches were on the road and proved to be difficult contests.
After a season-opening loss, the Paonia Eagles gave Monte Vista a drubbing on its own turf Friday for a 41-0 win. The Pirates (0-2, 1A Southern Peaks League) were coming off of a 24-0 season-opening loss to 2A Alamosa.
The Paonia Eagles volleyball team is 3-3 overall after three straight losses and a win. Paonia opened at De Beque (6-0 overall, 4-0 2A/1A Western Slope League) with a 3-2, 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-13, 14-16 conference loss.
Hard work is paying off for Shad Lewis. The Delta junior ran the best cross country race of his career Saturday, on one of the toughest courses on the Western Slope, placing third at the Hotchkiss Invitational.
His time of 19 minutes, 17.35 seconds bested last year's eighth-place time by a full 27 seconds.
There will be a low cost dog vaccination clinic in Cedaredge on Saturday, Sept. 29. It will be held in Cedaredge Town Park from 1 to 4 p.m. This is not a spay/neuter clinic.
Awana Club, a ministry that teaches the word of God to children from 3 years old through middle school, is set to kick off at Delta First Baptist Church this month. The Awana Club for ages 3 through the sixth grade will be starting on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. weekly.
Cassandra Waters of Delta is the parent of a daughter, Makayah Elizabeth Waters, born Aug. 31, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 2.8 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.
Friends and relatives are invited to a 99th birthday celebration honoring Mable Livingston, to be held Saturday, Sept. 15, 1:30 to 4 p.m. at The Homestead, 1819 Pavilion Drive, Montrose.
The family of Barbara Van Tassel will host an open house for friends and family to celebrate her 90th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Delta Christian Church, 795 1600 Road, Delta.
Vision Charter Academy dedicated a basketball court to Cole Lahoe, "a very, very special boy" who attended kindergarten at VCA last year. "He blessed our entire town with his spirit and his heart and his love for sports, and I thought there was nothing more appropriate to honor his memory than to have something to do with sports," said VCA executive director Willyn Webb at a back-to-school event where the dedication took place.
Daniel Arthur Van Den Berg died Aug. 9, 2018, at Lake District Hospital in Lakeview, Ore. He was 78.
Eugene William Caresia of Delta died Sept. 2, 2018, at his home. He was 92.
Cedaredge resident Irene Morris died Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at the HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 75.
Longtime Surface Creek area resident Gerald D. "Jerry" Seale died Sept. 4, 2018, at Community Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 82.
Karey Ann Wagler died Aug. 30, 2018, at the age of 48. She was laid to rest in the Paradox Cemetery on Sept. 8.
Laurie Arlene Etter Clauson Stahly died July 16, 2018, at San Juan Living Center in Montrose. She was 55.
A celebration of life service will be held for Mary Woodruff on Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Hotchkiss Senior Citizens Center, 276 Main Street, Hotchkiss.
Patricia A. Brown of Paonia died Sept. 7, 2018, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 77.
Robert Eugene Pearce died Aug. 25, 2018, at the age of 73.
He was born Jan. 24, 1945, in Denver to Orpha (Kauffman) and Dale Pearce.
Victor Eugene (Bruderer) Hansford died Sept. 2, 2018, under hospice care. He was 75.
Wayne Troy Toombs, longtime Delta resident, died Sept. 30, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 69.
Mark your calendar to be in Paonia Sept. 27-30 for the 18th annual Mountain Harvest Festival. This is our time to celebrate every local harvest that blesses our town and the river valley beyond.
Every fall for more than 30 years, classic car enthusiasts from around the world have taken to the highways and byways of Colorado to enjoy the beautiful fall colors for the Colorado Grand. The charity event pairs drivers with classic cars for a multi-day, 1,000 mile route that includes Delta County.
The Sept. 1 meeting of the Crawford town council opened with the mayor reminding residents that school is back in session, so please watch for children and drive carefully.
On the agenda for old business was a franchise tax agreement with TDS Telecom and an update to the water and sewage shutoff ordinance 3-2018.
After facing off Rep. Scott Tipton the night before at the Club 20 debates in Grand Junction, Democrat congressional candidate Diane Mitsch Bush was in Hotchkiss Sunday, Sept. 9, for another debate. This one, organized by Crawford Area Indivisible, turned into a town meeting.
Earl Bennett, a longtime Delta County resident who recently plead guilty to constructing an unauthorized road on national forest lands, stopped by the DCI office to share his side of the story. He confirms that he was president of the Cathedral Peaks Ranch Landowners' Association, and in 2014 did operate a bulldozer to clear the road, as detailed in a press release published in the Sept. 5 edition of the DCI.
Paonia residents will soon be able to access town meeting agendas and other documents and data in "the cloud."
At the Aug. 28 board meeting, trustees approved the purchase of a cloud-based meeting and agenda management software system and related contract services from Municode.
In a special meeting held Monday evening, the Town of Paonia Board of Trustees voted to authorize Town Administrator Ken Knight to execute and submit a draft letter to the Bureau of Land Management regarding the Preliminary Environment Assessment for proposed oil and gas lease sales in the upper North Fork Valley. The letter is signed on behalf of mayor, the board, and town citizens.
For more than a decade, David Alderdice has been the face of World Music in the North Fork Valley. The percussionist and former host of KVNF's Global Express show, he played music from all over the world.
Despite being a drought year, tomatoes are ripening in gardens across the county. Staff at Delta County Libraries are once again aiming to harness some of the excitement about homegrown tomatoes with the fifth annual Tomato Fest in Hotchkiss.
The Town of Cedaredge board of trustees will continue to discuss the 2019 town budget during a work session on Thursday, Sept. 13. The budget work session will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a regular town work session.
The Christian family would like to thank everyone for their support and fundraising that has been done for our family. We are overwhelmed and humbled by the kindness that has been shown.
This year's Applefest, scheduled for Oct. 4-7, is only weeks away and local organizations are gearing up to do their part to make the annual event a success.
For 12 years, the congregation of the Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church has worked with the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce and town police to provide security for Applefest.
Get ready for the Colorado Grand because a host of classic automobiles are headed our way. As many as 85 vehicles will pass through Delta County on the final leg of their multiple-day 1,000-mile route through the Rocky Mountains.
For its August meeting the Plant & Dig Garden Club was privileged to once again draw from a talented member of our club for an outstanding program.
Patt Jones hosted and directed us in "Flower- Pounding 101."
Volunteers of America and Senior CommUnity Care PACE (SCC-PACE) is pleased to announce Justin Williams as the program's new full-time chaplain. Williams will share his time between the program's two day center sites in Montrose and Eckert, serving the spiritual needs of the program participants.
By all accounts, the Surface Creek Saddle Club had a successful summer this year. Competition was keen in the 2018 Saddle and Buckle Series gymkhana.
The trustees present at the Sept. 5 workshop for Orchard City were eager to tackle the agenda and get to work on various matters. First, they reviewed the ordinance for regulating the cultivation and possession of marijuana.
There are limited vendor spots available for the 2018 Applefest being held Oct. 6-7.
"We listened to feedback from our community and are happy to announce this year we are offering different rates for vendors," said Alisha Komives, executive director of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce.
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