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.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.