On Friday, April 6, Rose Zaldivar, 51 of Eckert was reported missing by a friend to the Montrose County Sheriff's Office. It was believed she had gone hiking on April 2. In the early morning hours of April 7 family members found her body about 1.5 miles from her friend's home beneath a cliff about 0.8 mile from Highway 90 on County Road 4X at LaSalle and Spring Creek. Investigation was done by the Montrose County Sheriff's Office and the Montrose County Coroner's Office of Medical Investigations regarding the circumstances of her death. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be multiple traumatic injuries due to impact from a fall. There was no felonious conduct by another and the death will be certified as accidental.
Two accidents involving school property are proving costly for Delta County Joint School District, district business manager Jim Ventrello reported last week. Both incidents involved uninsured drivers, forcing the school district to file claims with its insurance provider and pay deductibles of $10,000.