An additional $1.9 million in state funding is headed to Delta County Joint School District #50 for the next fiscal year. State legislators are infusing $150 million statewide to buy down the "negative factor," the difference between the current funding level and that established by Amendment 23.
Actress, artist, photographer, poet, writer ... it's hard to decide where to start when featuring Felicia Sabartinelli.
By day, she's the volunteer coordinator for HopeWest, an "amazing organization" that gives her the flexibility to pursue her passions.
Leadership, vision and courage -- that's what it took to elevate discussions about the replacement of Delta's aging swimming pool into the full-featured recreation center that opened 25 years ago, on March 27, 1993.
On Tuesday, April 3, most municipalities in Delta County conducted elections. Delta, Orchard City, Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford voters selected new members of their town councils, as well as the fate of tax questions. Cedaredge cancels its town election because there were only enough candidates to fill its open board seats.
The following are unofficial results, as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 3:
Exciting new changes are anticipated for the school district's student art show. The venue of the show has been changed, from the AppleShed in Cedaredge to the Garden Center in Delta.
A major construction project at Delta Middle School is providing learning opportunities for the school's sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.
Delta County Joint School District #50 obtained a BEST grant for the project, which will include replacement of the cafeteria and the sixth grade wing on the south edge of the campus.
Marijuana has been a hot topic in Delta's municipal election, but during individual interviews, candidates have expressed their views on several other topics.
The City of Delta recently completed a parks, trails and open space master plan.
The Delta FFA Chapter has been active and growing since the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. The students have been working hard and learning about various facets of the agricultural industry, agricultural education and the FFA organization.
Delta is full of nice people and are generally caring and respectful, but the community -- and its younger residents -- clearly have a drug problem. In the eyes of students from Grand Mesa Choice Academy, Achieve Blended Learning Academy and Vision Charter Academy, students who lack positive after-school activities, have little hope for the future or are simply bored turn to drugs.
The ambassadors from the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce are collecting canned food to support the Delta Food Pantry through Dec. 22.
One man's trash is another man's treasure. We've all heard the moniker before, but Orval Proctor, of Delta, is proof of what such a motto entails.
When the Ute Council Tree was a very small sapling, about 215 years ago, Thomas Jefferson was president of the United States. The strong and mighty Ute Indians roamed freely through the area that later became known as western Colorado. The Ute Council Tree provided a gathering place where tribal leaders could talk about important issues while children played in the shade of the tree.
Altrusa International of Delta, Inc., has been named one of just four Distinguished Clubs within District Ten of Altrusa International. District Ten comprises Altrusa clubs in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.
"Your members have demonstrated their commitment to the principles of Altrusa by achieving this great honor; it is an achievement your club can be proud of!" said Silvia Silverman, the 2015-17 international president.
It's summertime in Colorado, and while the mountains await many, here in Delta there's a truly unique outdoor offering that can't be experienced in many other places across the country, let alone in-state.
The Tru Vu Drive-In is one of only 385 such outdoor movie spots left in America, according to owner Jeanne Dewsnup.
NASA satellites can be equipped to measure air quality from space, but for localized results, CU Boulder has developed air quality monitors that quantify emissions of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. The same equipment used by CU engineering students was made available to students in Delta and Paonia through a partnership between CU Boulder, the Western Colorado Conservation Center and the schools.
Regional water managers reporting at the annual State of the River meeting in Montrose on May 31 see a fully adequate water year ahead, one which was characterized as "an average wet year."
Presenting an update on several local drainages, Bob Hurford, engineer for state water division 4, reported that the Uncompahgre River drainage "has a big snow pack."
Members of the Delta County Planning Commission met with the consultants hired to develop the county's recreational trails master plan on May 24.
Planning commission member Steve Schrock noted "there is the possibility of huge contentiousness" over private property rights as the county begins the process of developing a master plan for recreational trails.
Olen Lund, president of the Delta County Farm Bureau, said last week a district court jury affirmed what he's known all along -- Edwin Hostetler's egg-laying facility on Powell Mesa is a good, well-run operation.
Neighbor Susan Raymond disagreed and took Hostetler to court over alleged "trespass" of dust, feathers, flies, mold, toxins and other biological material.
A grant that has provided funding for literacy programs in Delta County for nearly 20 years has dried up. The lack of funding has Delta County Libraries scrambling for ways to compensate the eight qualified individuals who teach English language acquisition and high school equivalency classes in Delta and Hotchkiss.
"This is a serious blow to us and Delta County as it will certainly harshly limit the services we can offer through our adult literacy program," said Tracy Ihnot, communications and outreach administrator for Delta County Libraries.
Bryan Reim, 35, of Delta drowned while swimming in the potholes on Escalante Creek, the Delta County Sheriff's Office reports.
Delta County Joint School District #50 has received preliminary notice of a $10 million BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) grant to be used for replacement of the sixth grade wing and the cafeteria at Delta Middle School. Other improvements are geared toward student and staff safety.
Believe, succeed, achieve! This motto has been ingrained into the minds of Delta High School's Class of 2017 since middle school, and that is what they have done. They believed they could succeed in academics, athletics and other extracurricular activities, which led them to many honors.
Lincoln Elementary School is partnering with local donors to implement an outdoor learning lab at the school on Hastings Street.
Opportunities are being created for students in grades K-5 to explore not only science, math and technology, but also reading, language arts, art, music and social studies.
Delta County Joint School District #50 is planning to move its headquarters from Read to the former Bank of Colorado building at the corner of 4th & Palmer in Delta.
The school board voted 4-1 to enter into a lease-purchase agreement with the bank contingent upon a building inspection.
The SAT, the state's college entrance exam, will be administered for free in every school April 11 -- right in the middle of Delta County's spring break. That's pushing the district's 11th graders into the makeup date on Tuesday, April 25.
Arla Nelson of Delta competed during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December 2016 with her team, the Dynamite Dames. The Dames roped the coveted first place spot in the specialty acts division and two other team members placed in individuals.
The Delta-area Tractor Supply Company store will collect donations during National FFA Week to support grants for FFA chapters in Colorado.
During National FFA Week, Feb. 18-25, Tractor Supply shoppers can donate $1 or more at checkout.
The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity for the Delta FFA chapter. The year started with county fair.
Delta County residents can mark their 2017 calendars for early blood draws and health fairs in Paonia, Cedaredge and Delta, according to Patti Kalahar, manager of education/marketing for Delta County Memorial Hospital. Lions Club members in Delta, Cedaredge and Paonia and DCMH volunteers will be partnering in the annual community health fair events again this year.
William Andrew Gowen was expected at Christmas, but waited until Jan. 3, 2017, to come into the new year. Dr. Lewis and his daddy assisted with the birth, which clocked in at 9:55 p.m.
IndyCar driver Mianna Wick has a great 2016 season in her rear view mirror. She reports she spent a lot of time testing and getting up to speed in her Indy car.
Delta County Joint School District #50 hosted its second annual legislative visit last week. State Representatives Yeulin Willett, a 1976 Delta High School graduate, and Dan Thurlow attended the event along with the three county commissioners, Delta's mayor and city manager, county administrator Robbie LeValley and Trish Thibido, executive director of Delta County Economic Development.
Delta United Methodist Church, 5th and Meeker, is again offering a safe and nurturing environment for your elementary school children on the days when Delta County schools are out for teacher in-service.
The program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, Monday, Oct. 31, and Monday, Jan. 16.
The 2016-17 school year has brought many changes to the Delta Opportunity School, but one thing hasn't changed -- the school's commitment to providing an individualized educational program intended to give students at-risk of not graduating an alternative route to earning their high school diploma.
The aquatics area at Bill Heddles Recreation Center remains closed due to an issue with the lighting. The closure affects all the pools, the hot tub and the sauna.
Delta County Joint School District #50 has launched a new educational alternative for students in grades 6-12. The Achieve Blended Learning Academy combines technology with traditional classroom experiences to keep students engaged and on track.
Local swimmer, Elias Carlson of Delta, traveled to California with five of his Montrose teammates to compete in the Arena Western Zone Senior Championships. His parents, Jessica and Derek Carlson, of Delta, provided the following account of the team's participation.
Parents who plan to establish a non-public home-based educational program must provide written notification to the local school district of residence each year. The statement should include the name, age, place of residence and number of hours of attendance of each child enrolled in the home-based program.
Two days after the search for Mary Finnegan was called off, family members located her body on the Uncompahgre Plateau about three miles from where her car had been previously located.
Finnegan, 82, went missing from a bowling alley in Montrose on July 15.
Region 10 - Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC), a six-county collaboration of businesses, community members and caregivers that serve and work with the aging and disabled populations, meets at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Grand Mesa Oncology Center, 1501 E. 3rd Street.
Celebrate Recovery meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Delta Christian Church at 795 1600 Road.
Mental health, the Affordable Care Act, and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements/mandates were the leading topics when hospital employees met with Congressman Scott Tipton last week. Rep. Tipton toured the hospital with CEO Jason Cleckler, chief clinical officer Jody Roeber, hospital board member Bill Hellman and other members of the leadership team before meeting with department heads. Tipton was joined by his wife Jean, which he said is "a real rarity." He was also accompanied by two staff members, George Rossman, constituent services field representative, and Brian Meinhart, regional director/policy advisor, both from his Grand Junction office.
County planning staff reports that a specific development proposal for a poultry processing plant on Last Chance Road has been withdrawn by the applicant. The county planning commission's hearing on the application had previously been pulled from its May agenda.
The county commissioners dealt with a planning agenda of seven items at their regular meeting on June 13.
During planning discussions, commissioners heard from Marla K. Ensley Cinnamon about the high cost of "just drawing some lines" to create a small lot for her daughter's home.
Tayshen Automotive celebrated a recent expansion, as well as its ninth anniversary, with food, a remote radio broadcast and giveaways June 3.
The auto repair business recently expanded into the building that adjoins the shop at 105 1/2 Eaton Avenue. The spacious building formerly housed the Raising Hope Thrift Store. Owners Jami Taylor and Rob Shenold explain they bought the building two years ago, with a long-range vision of expansion.
Delta County Economic Development has announced a new business is moving to Delta County.
Waste Farmers, a sustainable agricultural company manufacturing bagged soil products, recently closed on the Hi Quality food processing building at 215 Silver Street in Delta. They will be moving their manufacturing operations to Delta from the Front Range.
The previously established accountability committee of the Delta County Republican Central Committee has been tasked with conducting a "complete, thorough" investigation into the fallout from a Facebook meme characterized as racist. The meme appeared on central committee chairman Linda Sorenson's Facebook page, spurring cries of outrage as the story spread across the country through social media, newspaper accounts and TV broadcasts.
A conceptual plan for development of the Gunnison River corridor east from Confluence Park generated a great deal of excitement when it was unveiled last week. When -- and if -- fully implemented, the plan would clearly run into the millions and would require the purchase or acquisition of right-of-way along both sides of the river. But as a "vision" with no price tags attached, the concept appeared to have the support of most of those gathered to hear a presentation from the engineering firm contracted to complete the study.
The Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests has two fires burning on National Forest System lands. These fires were detected in the evening of June 14 and are the result of lightning.
The "Kelso" fire, is located on Kelso Mesa, approximately 40 miles south of Grand Junction. The fire is burning in a remote, fairly inaccessible location. Currently about 16 acres in size, the Kelso fire is burning in ponderosa pine, oak brush and manzanita brush.
A grant application that would have funded an addition to Delta Middle School did not receive priority from the Colorado Department of Education, but has been placed in the "backup" category.
Delta County Joint School District #50 submitted an application for a Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant in the amount of $11.3 million, pledging a matching contribution of $3.4 million for the Delta Middle School project.
Surface Creek Family Practice is one of 445 practices across the nation participating in the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative.
CPC is a four-year multi-payer initiative designed to strengthen primary care.
Delta High School's Class of 2016 set a level of high expectations all future Panthers will strive for, principal Derek Carlson said during commencement ceremonies Sunday. During his opening remarks, Carlson said collectively the class posted the highest composite ACT score in the history of Delta High School.
This summer Delta will be home to one of the summer dance camp tour locations put on by Praise His Name! Worship Dance Ministry. This dance ministry is excited to be hosting a five-day worship-filled dance camp June 13-16 at Delta First Baptist Church.
HopeWest is hosting Mending Hearts, a weekly grief support group in Delta, for anyone coping with the death of a loved one.
Mending Hearts offers an understanding environment where participants can openly share their thoughts and feelings as they navigate their journey through grief.
The ballots have been tallied, and the following are the results of the voting in each of the county's municipalities, according to the Delta County Clerks Office:
Hotchkiss voters turned down ballot measures that would have authorized retail or medical marijuana facilities in the community. The medical marijuana measure was rejected with 156 against and 133 in favor; the retail marijuana measure was defeated with 161 against and 129 in favor. A third measure, adding a 2 percent sales tax to marijuana sales, was a moot issue since neither measure authorizing sales was passed.
After years of budget cuts resulting in staff reductions, Delta County Joint School District #50 is excited to be adding school counselors at every middle and high school in the district. The new hires are being funded through a School Counselor Corps Grant Program.
It's a busy week at Delta High School, where FFA students are dressing up to highlight the importance of agriculture and FFA to their lives. Monday was Hat Day, and on Tuesday students wore camo for "Hunting for Leaders" Day.
Crossroads Senior Living in Delta is pleased to announce that Crossroads Memory Care opened Monday, Jan. 18. Crossroads Memory Care is a secured assisted living that specializes in dementia care.
Two pedestrians were struck crossing E. 4th Street Saturday night, and now the Delta Police Department is looking for information on the driver who left the scene.
The pedestrians, a 35-year-old female from Paonia and a 50-year-old male from Delta, were in the crosswalk with the walk signal when they were hit by a white or silver colored car.
The City of Delta would like to inform the public that construction on the installation of a new storm sewer will begin the week of Jan. 18. Construction will take place along the alleys between Main and Palmer streets, and Main and Meeker streets from 2nd Street to 5th Street.
Residents of Delta, Cedaredge, Olathe and Montrose were among the 20 people who officially became new American citizens on Dec. 16.
A Delta resident, Graciela Salazar-Rizo, and a Montrose resident, Lina Bleier, successfully completed the established U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) citizenship process at a ceremony held in the U.S. courthouse at Grand Junction.
Between 1992 and 2014, the number of programs offered to patrons by Delta County Libraries increased almost 10 times. Libraries have added numerous opportunities for patrons of different ages over the years, but one program has been around the entire time, scheduled almost without fail every week in every library, catering to the youngest of library patrons.
The smoke filling the Anderson residence on King Street was plain to see; the carbon monoxide it carried was not.
Joyce Anderson, her sister Debra and their 89-year-old mother Ruth were watching "Downton Abbey" the night of Sunday, Dec. 27, when Debra suddenly had trouble breathing and seemed incoherent. She'd previously complained of a bad headache, as had Joyce and Ruth.
A 32-year-old Golden woman who went missing while on a ski trip to the Western Slope was located in Delta Jan. 1. The Delta Police Department, in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, began searching for the woman after she failed to return home as expected.
County commissioner Bruce Hovde was appointed by his BoCC colleagues to serve as commission chairman for 2016.
The designation took place during the board's annual reorganization meeting Monday, Jan. 4.
The Kiwanis Club of Delta recently held its annual officer installation banquet at Devil's Thumb Golf Course restaurant. Hayley Suppes, lieutenant governor of division 7, administered the installation ceremony for the club's 2015-2016 officers and directors.
In the past year, the Kiwanis sponsored community service projects such as Terrific/Virtuous Kids, kids' olympics, high school scholarships, Breakfast with Santa, DeltaFest, special needs kids' Christmas lunch with Santa, Delta preschool barbecue and Kiwanis Park, and made various donations to Key Club, Delta library, ARC, children's educational organizations and other youth groups.
The Delta County Bar Association conducts pro bono (free) clinics for low income individuals who wish to discuss legal issues (other than criminal). The clinics are held in Delta every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 118 of the Delta County Courthouse (in the basement).
An entire room is dedicated to Lois Helgeland's incredible Victorian village, but that's just the beginning ... there are delightful discoveries to be found throughout her house at Christmastime.
To say Christmas is Lois' favorite holiday is clearly an understatement.
Greggory A. Trujillo, 46, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged following too closely, driving a motor vehicle while license revoked HTO, owner operated uninsured motor vehicle and no registration in vehicle after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Riley Lane at E. 3rd Street. No injuries were reported or observed. One vehicle was towed from the scene.
The familiar, smiling face and cheerful, helpful voice of Carolyn Clemens will no longer be the first encounter that citizens have with Delta County administration. Clemens and many friends marked her retirement from nearly 40 years as receptionist and administrative assistant at the Delta County Courthouse.
The Brickwall Eatery has opened under a new name and with a new chef/owner. At the Wild Flower Bistro, 305 Main Street in Delta, Gretchen Morfogen is offering "timelessly crafted freshly made comfort classics."
Twenty immigrants from Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam will take the oath of allegiance and become U.S. citizens Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the federal courthouse in Grand Junction. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher will preside over the ceremony with assistance by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
There's a new twist on municipal elections in 2016. To allow enough time for ballots to be delivered to voters overseas, the timeline for ballot preparation has been moved up.
Although voters approved a combined parks, recreation and golf department in November 2014, the City of Delta continues to transfer funds from utility accounts to offset golf course expenditures.
While all three departments are now under the supervision of Wilma Erven, funds cannot be combined because of the golf course debt, interim city manager Glen Black explained at a recent council meeting.
After three rounds of applications and interviews, consuming much of 2015, the City of Delta has hired David Torgler as city manager.
For the past five years, Torgler has served as city manager of Hayden, a town of just 1,800 residents on Highway 40 between Craig and Steamboat Springs.
The ultimate recycling project is underway at the city's wastewater treatment plant, where the bags of leaves and piles of branches picked up during the City of Delta's fall cleanup campaign are combined with biosolids to create compost.
Andy Mitchell, chief wastewater plant operator, said the organic matter from the plant is tested to prove volatile solids reduction has occurred through the use of mechanical and biological methods.
A number of residents of the Orchard Estates subdivision off G Road have been advised they're blocking the neighborhood drainage system by filling in their "roll over" curb and gutter with gravel or concrete. Among them is a tenant of Pat Stroud's who is battling cancer.
On Nov. 19, at approximately 6:30 p.m. officers of the Delta Police Department responded to the Western Convenience Store at 15th and Howard Streets on a report of a robbery. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Zhane Ware, 18, and a 16-year-old Delta male, in addition to the recovery of a stolen firearm.
Great food ... good friends ... unforgettable memories. That's the vision that forms the basis for Cynthia's, the restaurant operated by Deon and Anine Appelgryn.
The annual vehicle and equipment auction for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests will be held Nov 11-18. Vehicles that have been replaced and/or are surplus will be auctioned off through a bid system online.
Early darkness has arrived and the wind is picking up, but on a Tuesday evening in November, the Paonia Library glows invitingly, welcoming people who arrive to participate in an after-hours write-in. This event, designed to coincide with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), provides a venue for writers to gather for inspiration, motivation and a quiet place to put words together.
If you smoke, chances are you've thought about quitting. In fact, roughly 70 percent of smokers say they want to quit.
You've probably thought about several important reasons to quit: for your health, for your finances, for your family and friends.
Pediatric Associaties is teaming up with the Abraham Connection to collect warm clothing for the less fortunate.
Drop off your gently used coats, gloves and hats at the Pediatric Associates, 242 Cottonwood Street, Suite 101, in Delta.
The school district's new math curriculum is experiencing some "growing pains," assistant superintendent Kurt Clay says, but he believes the long-term results will help the district meet its goals for student achievement.
The new curriculum more closely matches state standards, which are aligned with Common Core standards, and will hopefully address gaps in student learning that have shown up on state assessments, particularly for Delta County's middle school students.
In a special meeting of the board of trustees for the Delta County Public Library District on Nov. 4, the trustees voted to place district director Annette Choszczyk on administrative leave, effective immediately.
Board president Laura Earley declined to provide any details, saying she and fellow board members are committed to protecting employee privacy.
The Delta City Council has announced four candidates for the city manager vacancy, selected from 46 applicants for the position.
The finalists are Don Gaeddert of Larned, Kan., Dan Hamsmith of Parker, George Korthauer of Petoskey, Mich., and David Torgler of Hayden.
After just a year on the job, Leslie Workman, executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, is moving on. She has accepted a position with Delta County Memorial Hospital, as materials manager in the purchasing department, where she'll be putting her financial/inventory experience to work.
The City of Delta has wrapped up fall cleanup, but Steve Glammeyer, public works director, says city crews will continue to pick up bags of leaves that are left where you would normally place your trash receptacle.
The annual fall cleanup netted 75.73 tons of junk, requiring 70 trips to the landfill.
With the help of Robert Ownbey, manager of the Montrose Walmart, the Uncompahgre Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution successfully applied for a Walmart Community Grant. The Walmart Community Grant program is highly competitive, with the Walmart Foundation receiving over 150,000 applications every year.
Bert Sargent would like to thank the young person who found an item he lost in the parking lot of City Market on Oct. 27. The young man or young lady who found the item took it to the store.
As daylight savings time ends, Coloradans are reminded of the sacrifices of war on the home front. During the Great War, Congress established a law to "preserve daylight" and conserve energy, thus ensuring ample electricity to produce the aluminum for building airplanes.
The county government has finished its round of department budget presentations and has completed its proposed budget for 2016.
A public copy of the proposed budget is available from the Delta County administration office located in Suite 227 of the Delta County Courthouse.
The DCMH mammography department is doing gift basket drawings again this year during the month of October when you come in for your mammogram. Call 970-874-2214 to schedule appointments.
DCMH recently kicked off the DohJe gratitude program at an all-employee barbecue. The Delta hospital is part of a Harvard-based study measuring the power of gratitude in the workplace by implementing the DohJe program.
Melissa Palmer, RN is taking over the duties and responsibilities of quality director at Delta County Memorial Hospital, as Jeanine Finnell, RN retired recently.
"Melissa has the personality and dedication to provide leadership in defining, implementing and integrating quality, safety and efficiency strategies into the organizational processes," said chief clinical officer Jody Roeber.
Jeanine Finnell, RN recently retired as the quality director for DCMH, a position she held for the past two years. She has worked at the Delta hospital for the past eight years in obstetrics, infection control/employee health and in risk management.
The Colorado Supreme Court announced last week that it will not consider the case involving Delta County Commissioners, Western Slope Layers and Grand Mesa Layers.
The decision of the Supreme Court to deny a "petition for writ of certiorari" filed by plaintiffs means a previous finding by the Colorado Court of Appeals in favor of the county and co-defendant Hostetler will stand.
Early next week, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin changing out the speed limit signs on Highway 50 north of Delta.
According to CDOT, the new speeds were determined by a speed study completed by CDOT's traffic and safety unit.
The City of Delta is holding the line on electric, water, sewer and trash rates for 2016. The rates are built into the draft budget currently being reviewed by the city council.
Delta Mayor Ed Sisson reports the search for a new city manager is moving forward as anticipated. The city's consultant, The Mercer Group of Carbondale, told Sisson 45 applicants had indicated interest in the position by the Oct. 9 application deadline.
Two city projects have been awarded to Wells Excavation and Farming, LLC, which recently completed the stormwater improvements on 2nd and 5th.
Using a camera purchased last year, City of Delta crews found a sewer line in the alley between Leon and Hastings and from 8 to 10th streets that had begun to collapse.
According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the unemployment rate in Delta County decreased half a percentage point in September to 5.0 percent. A year ago, unemployment was pegged at 5.4 percent with a labor force of 14,003.
Local recipients of grants from the 21st annual Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund were announced Oct. 14 by Cesar Garcia, Wells Fargo's store manager for Delta. Six locally based nonprofit organizations received the donations totaling $5,000.
County election officials report that ballots should begin arriving in voters' mailboxes this week. In the coordinated election, two school board seats will be filled (see related story) and there is one statewide measure: Proposition BB, which asks voters to decide if around $66 million in excess marijuana revenue should go back to taxpayers, or should be used for projects such as school construction.
A release signed by Robert Thomas, former chief of police for the City of Delta, has been disclosed by order of Judge Steven Schultz. The document was the subject of a court hearing last week after a Colorado Open Records Act request was filed by the DCI and other media.
For 11 years, Kit Rynerson has lived in a 1975 trailer house on the Huffington property in North Delta. Rynerson is 62, disabled and lives on SSDI payments of $726 a month. The arrangement she made with Bonsall Huffington prior to his death, to pay $200 a month to rent the land for her trailer, has served her well.
When considering the health of Delta County, our thoughts often turn to the loss of providers, the wait time for appointments, or the escalating cost of health insurance.
Karen McNeil-Miller, president of the Colorado Health Foundation, takes a broader approach.
Taxpayers who did not submit their income tax filing by the April deadline are reminded that the extension due date for Colorado's 2014 income tax filing is Thursday, Oct. 15.
Complete the paper Colorado 104 form and appropriate schedules first.
There is just one contested race on the ballot this year, to determine who will fill the Director District 2 school board seat being vacated by Kathy Svenson.
All registered voters within the school district can cast ballots in this race, even though the director district is centered in the City of Delta.
After almost a year of searching for information about a World War II plane crash site discovered in Osteen, Fla., Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C., has concluded the crash site is consistent with the wreck of an SBD-5 Dauntless bomber assigned to the Deland Naval Air Station in Florida. The pilot has been identified as Ensign William T. Bellmire of Delta.
Crossroads Senior Living has opened a new memory care unit thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of residents with dementia. Crossroads at Delta Memory is located on the same property as the assisted living center and independent cottages operated by Crossroads just off 3rd Street in Delta.
After written Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) requests, the City of Delta has disclosed Robert Thomas received a $50,000 severance payment upon his retirement as police chief.
The city initially refused to disclose that information, citing "personnel" issues, but city attorney David McConaughy agreed the payment is public information.
On Sept. 21, Delta County Sheriff's Office Deputies Daniel Abeyta, Kevin Ray and Travis Lackey responded to a single vehicle accident in the 2100 block of State Highway 348. The accident was reported to dispatch by Larry Proctor, who was passing by and saw the vehicle in the ditch.
City of Delta government offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 12, in observance of Columbus Day. Bill Heddles Recreation Center and Devil's Thumb Golf Club will be open regular hours. Refuse that is normally picked up on Mondays will be picked up on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Due to increased patient demand for primary care services, DCMH Primary Care Family Medicine located at 311 Palmer in Delta will now be the central location for Dr. Jesus Ochoa, board-certified family medicine and a newly employed board-certified family nurse practitioner, Susan Brown.
Colorow Family Medical Care in Olathe closed Sept. 29 to provide time for the staff to move to the Delta clinic location.
Health care delivery is changing fast! To keep up with rapid changes, Families Plus has embarked on a project to develop a rural model for integrating behavioral health care and medical care. Families Plus employs eight behavioral health care professionals, some full-time and some part-time.
Nine-year-old Jeremiah Hitzfelder was recently granted a dream trip to visit the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Jeremiah's trip was granted by the Sunshine Foundation, which answers the dreams of children living with lifelong chronic illnesses, physical challenges, or the trauma of abuse.
At Cedaredge High School last week, superintendent Caryn Gibson had the opportunity to share the needs, challenges and celebrations of Delta County Joint School District with the state legislators who represent Delta County in Denver. At the end of the first-ever legislative school visit, Rep. Millie Hamner, Rep. Yeulin Willett and Senator Kerry Donovan all expressed support for Delta County schools.
A vacant building at 701 Silver Street in Delta is being eyed for a chicken processing facility, to the dismay of neighbors living across the street. Barry Vollmert and his wife JoAnn circulated a petition urging Delta City Council to repeal the portion of the zoning regulations that allows agricultural products processing -- including chickens -- as a use by right in the industrial zone.
A sentencing hearing for Jeremias Quintero was postponed after Judge Steven Schultz was handed a packet of sealed letters that he said he needed to first share with the district attorney's office and Quintero's attorney, Vincent Felleter.
Like his co-defendant, Kevin Keener entered a plea of guilty in the death of Trever Rawson, a motorcyclist from Hotchkiss. Keener pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, a class 5 felony, and willful destruction of big game wildlife, a class 5 felony.
Phase II of the workforce housing units known as Villas at the Bluff was completed this summer -- and in fact is entirely occupied -- but Delta Housing Authority (DHA) delayed a grand opening ceremony until all its partners could join the celebration.
Facing multiple felony charges, Levi Hyde appeared in Delta District Court Monday for entry of plea. That hearing was postponed, however, after the district attorney's office informed Judge Steven Schultz that evidence has not yet been received for two additional felony allegations in the North Fork.
Volunteers of America advisory councils serve to make recommendations and/or provide key information and feedback to the executive directors and regional operations director. VOA is currently seeking additional members for the Delta County Advisory Board.
The Delta County Planning Commission has recommended approval for the Kuntz Chicken Ranch specific development application.
Commission members, however, added a couple of conditions.
RE/MAX Today welcomes Kim Frovarp-Isom to its team.
Kim has lived in Delta for 43 years, having moved here from eastern Colorado.
After being on paid administrative leave since late August, Robert Thomas, chief of police, and the City of Delta have jointly announced his retirement.
"It has been an honor and privilege to have served the City of Delta," Thomas said in a press release.
As construction of the homeless shelter moves toward completion, The Abraham Connection finds its building fund depleted. Board members have approached the city for help in ensuring the facility can open as anticipated on Nov. 1.
The county elections department conducted a public test of voting equipment last week to help ensure voters that their votes are being counted completely and correctly.
Although the upcoming coordinated election will be conducted via mail ballot, there are still voting booth terminals and other electronic ballot counting equipment that must be tested and certified in proper working order before any voting takes place.
Richard and Shirley Muñoz have been cooking with hemp oil and eating the nutrient-rich hemp seeds for their own health benefits -- Shirley to avoid blood pressure medication, and Richard to relieve pain and inflammation in his knees. The products are readily available at health food stores, imported from Canada or China.
Cody W. Fedler, 19, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged disorderly conduct and destruction of property.
Eloy O. McLaughlin, 44, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged third degree assault.
According to a recently released preliminary environmental assessment, BLM's Uncompahgre Field Office is considering the reissuance of 10 grazing permits authorizing livestock grazing on nine allotments in the North Delta Land Health Unit.
Hungry? Abraham Connection serves free meals every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Westminster Hall, 135 E. 4th Street, Delta, across from the post office. There are no income restrictions
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announces the full closure of U.S. 50 in Delta Sept. 18-22. CDOT crews will be working with a specialty unit of the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) to perform much-needed repair work to rails that run on U.S. 50 in Delta. The closure is expected to last five days.
Leon Logothetis is spreading a message of hope and kindness, inspiring young and old to follow their dreams. Last week the global adventurer/author shared inspirational words with high school students in Cedaredge and Delta, encouraging them to live their dreams.
On Thursday, Sept. 3, Toyota Motor Sales, USA and the National Environmental Education Foundation, also known as NEEF, announced a $4,000 grant award to the Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative.
Recognizing a need for collaboration, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Tri-State, Western Area Power Administration and a community-based nonprofit Uncompahgre/Com united to develop Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative (WCLC).
The Board of County Commissioners was generous in its thanks to two county elected officials who unraveled and tracked down a property tax snafu that netted county taxing entities $41,000 they had been owed.
There is nothing more satisfying and heartwarming than feeding a person who is hungry. As the Abraham Connection prepares to offer meals and shelter in its new building, the way meals are prepared and served will change from previous years.
The League of Women Voters of Montrose County, serving Montrose and Delta counties, will be participating in National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register thousands of voters on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The league will be available to assist voters who want to register online or update their registration if they have moved at the Montrose Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m., and at the Delta library from 10 a.m. to noon.
HopeWest is hosting a new weekly grief support group in Delta for anyone coping with the death of a loved one.
Mending Hearts will meet every Thursday for 10 weeks beginning Sept. 15 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Westminster Hall at 135 East 4th Street in Delta.
Larry Vincent was recently promoted from controller and human resources director to chief financial officer for Delta County Memorial Hospital. He has been with the Delta hospital for seven and a half years and will now be supervising hospital departments including nutritional services, information systems, housekeeping/laundry, physician billing, medical records, purchasing/maintenance, accounting, patient accounting and human resources.
Approximately 130 bike riders and 5k walkers and runners participated in Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation's fourth annual Pea Green Pedal event Sept. 12.
Delta city attorney David McConaughy reviewed with the Delta City Council a draft of possible revisions to the City of Delta's sign regulations at the council's work session Sept. 1.
McConaughy's advice to the council to review Delta's sign regulations was prompted by the June 18 decision in the case of Supreme Court of the United States v the Town of Gilbert, Ariz.
Delta County Economic Development director Trish Thibodo spoke of recent and pending economic development successes achieved by DCED, working with other stakeholders, when she met with the Delta City Council in work session Sept. l. She asked for the city's continued financial support for DCED.
With community volunteers, a new hiking/biking trail will be built near the County Line cross-country ski area on Grand Mesa.
A trail build day is scheduled for what is expected to be a colorful day, Sept. 19. Volunteers should meet at the marked County Line trailhead, just off Highway 65 on Grand Mesa at 9 a.m.
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews will be working with a specialty unit of the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) to perform much-needed repair work to rails that run on U.S. 50 in Delta. The closure is expected to last five days, from Sept. 18-22.
Heather I. Henson, 19, of Eckert was issued a ticket for alleged theft.
An 81-page public version of the 120-page plan for Region 10's middle mile fiberoptic network has been released.
The report was authored by NEO Fiber, Inc., a digital consultantcy headquartered in Carbondale.
Nine Foster Farms facilities in five states, including the feed mill in Delta, earned the highest level of achievement for employee safety. The company received Awards of Distinction from the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council during the 2015 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held last week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Model traffic code changes that would permit the operation of off-highway vehicles in the City of Delta will not take effect until early October, if an ordinance adopting those changes was approved by Delta City Council Tuesday night.
Three school board candidates submitted the required petitions prior to the deadline of Friday, Aug. 28, for the election to be held in November. Two directors will be chosen for four-year terms.
Delta Police Chief Robert Thomas is apparently the subject of an internal investigation and has been placed on paid administrative leave until that investigation is complete. Sgt. Charles Kettle is serving as acting police chief.
Center is closed through Monday, Sept. 7, for maintenance. Recreation center director Wilma Erven says the pools will be emptied and cleaned. All duct work, including that in the aquatics area, is being cleaned. Rec center staff will be painting, cleaning carpets and deep cleaning the locker rooms.
Kayla J. Barrett, 22, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged following too closely after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 92 at Crawford Avenue. No injuries were reported and both vehicles were driven from the scene.
City, county and CDOT officials are reviewing a long-range planning document that addresses access points along Highway 50 and Highway 92 in the Delta area.
Michelle Hansen, an engineer with Stolfus & Associates, Inc., presented the information at a council work session Aug. 4.
Delta MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers) is starting its 2015-2016 meetings, and will now have TWO sessions! The first meetings of the year are Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Delta First Baptist Church, 1250 Pioneer Road (just down the street from Delta High School).
In a new school year comes new opportunities, new students and new teachers. For Lincoln Elementary, the change is in administration. Jennifer Magner excitedly awaits the adventures to come, working at an elementary school.
Delta United Methodist Church is again offering after-school care when children are released early from school. This outreach is for kindergarten-middle school children.
For over 60 years, Arc has dedicated itself to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their parents and siblings.
When Arc was formed in 1950, there were virtually no programs to assist in the development and care of children and adults with disabilities, or to support families.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment completed an on-site review of the Level IV trauma center at Delta County Memorial Hospital on Aug. 5.
Strengths of the trauma program were identified by the on-site review committee and included administrative support, physical plant, trauma nurse coordinator, trauma medical director/co-director, good trauma care, EMS involvement, injury prevention, nursing education support, lab, radiology, ICU director and operating room director.
Heather Ford, an adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, board-certified from Grand Junction, has joined Internal Medicine Associates, an internal medicine practice that is meeting the growing demands for medical care by Delta County residents. In 2012 Ford received the Health Professions Scholars award.
Bank of Colorado announces the hire of Christopher Cox as market president of the Delta branch.
Previously, Cox was with First State Bank of Colorado, serving as market president.
The Colorado Health Service Corps recently awarded $2.6 million in student loan repayment funds to 50 new health care professionals who will, in exchange, practice in some of Colorado's most medically underserved communities for the next three years.
The Delta Extension Office congratulates local 4-H'ers for their excellent projects. "We know you worked hard all year," said Jackie Shea. "We are proud of you and your fine accomplishments."
The county administration is working to enlist an interim county planner until a permanent planner can be hired.
City of Delta offices will be closed Friday, Aug. 28, from noon to 5 p.m., for an employee appreciation event. Bill Heddles Recreation Center will also close at noon and remain closed until Saturday, Aug. 29, when regular operating hours resume.
The City of Delta has adopted the 2010 model traffic code with an amendment that permits the operation of off-highway vehicles on any street, alley or other public right-of-way within the city, excluding Highway 50, Highway 92 and Highway 348. Drivers must be licensed.
County government is issuing a call for "letters of intent" from businesses or other organizations that have a proposal for use of the shuttered CSU agricultural research station on Rogers Mesa.
After months of stakeholder meetings and in-depth analysis, an economic recovery plan is taking shape for Delta and Gunnison counties. The plan was funded by a U.S. economic development assistance grant administered by Region 10, with partnerships from cities, counties and the Department of Local Affairs.
A visit to Doughty Steel was like a step back in time for Governor John Hickenlooper -- his mother's family once owned the oldest family-held steel fabrication company in the United States.
He shared several memories while touring Doughty Steel en route to a town hall meeting in Montrose last Thursday.
Colorado law now allows authorized facilities to stock epinephrine auto-injectors to treat individuals believed to be experiencing anaphylaxis (a sudden, severe and sometimes fatal allergic reaction). Until now, only schools and hospitals were allowed to stock and administer this emergency medicine.
Mark A. Huun, MD brings 24 years of internal medicine experience in group practice settings from the Denver metro area to Internal Medicine Associates, which is owned and operated by Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta.
The University of Colorado School of Medicine is offering a free program called "Mini Med School" for people who would like to learn more about medicine, health and the human body. Mini Med School II is an eight-week free course that meets each Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a one-hour lecture followed by a question-and-answer session with distinguished faculty members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Delta County's conservative approach to financial management yielded dividends in 2014 with increasing fund balances and spending that came in below budget estimates.
The commissioners received the official 2014 audit during a regular meeting session on Monday.
Through a series of economic roundtables across the state, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner is gathering input from business and community leaders. Thoughts from those meetings will be compiled into a "white paper" that will help shape policy to reflect economic opportunity.
The U.S. Interior Department is holding a series of listening sessions targeting a recent proposal to raise royalty rates on leased federal coal. The first listening session was held in Golden Aug. 18.
At a special meeting Aug. 11, Delta City Council reviewed three proposals from recruiting firms interested in assisting with the city manager search. Pending final approval at the regular council meeting Aug. 18, the city will engage Mercer Group of Carbondale.
Matters of emergency preparedness and management occupied the Board of County Commissioners Monday at its regular meeting.
Local government staff has reported anecdotally that federal agencies are heightening funding priorities for emergency preparedness, though there were no federal funding initiatives noted in the BoCC's actions Monday.
The county's first budget meeting for making preparations on its 2016 spending plan is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 20.
Requests are coming in to the county for funding support from various organizations.
An annual event offers the opportunity for teens across the country to join together as God made them, with different gifts and different passions, yet the same calling. The National Fine Arts Festival features inspirational speakers, bands, exhibits, workshops and presentations highlighting the teens' gifts in a competitive format.
June 8-12 marked the second annual Summer Health Careers Institute for Delta County's high school students. The program was offered to students by Delta County Joint School District, Delta County Economic Development and University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Five recruiting firms responded to a request for proposals from the City of Delta, which is renewing its search for a new city manager. Bids ranged from $9,500 to $25,000, interim city manager Glen Black said at a work session last week.
Access to high speed Internet has been identified as a necessity for economic development, and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs will be providing $5.2 million to begin addressing this need on the Western Slope. On Aug. 6, Region 10 LEAP Inc. received the official notice of award for a grant it submitted in partnership with the cities of Delta and Montrose, Delta County, Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA), and Delta County Economic Development (DCED).
Sales tax revenues are up slightly over the same period last year, golf course revenues are higher than they've been in the past six years, and an outside audit of city finances revealed no concerns.
The number of real estate transactions in Delta County increased by 18 percent in the second quarter of 2015. According to a quarterly report from Heritage Title Company, second quarter sales totaled 263, compared to 223 a year ago.
Towering piles of tires -- estimated at 4,500 -- have been removed from a North Delta residence, but not before several municipal court appearances by Melissa Antillon, who owns a used tire business with her husband Tito.
The proceedings culminated with a trial before Judge Brad Kolman, sitting in for Judge John Baier.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center is having a full facility maintenance closure Tuesday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day). From Sept. 1-4, the front desk will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for general information and class registration.
Two school board seats will be filled in the November election, and while the election is several months away, the window for circulating nominating petitions is upon us.
Candidates can pick up a "notice of intent to run" form from the county clerk's office that must be signed by 50 registered electors and returned to the county clerk by Aug. 28.
The Delta County (Historical Society) Museum has created a new exhibit which highlights Delta High School, focusing on band and athletic recognition clothing from the past. Other DHS-related items are included in the exhibit, including photos and miscellaneous items from the past.
Congressman Scott Tipton opened his Delta town hall on Aug. 4 by recognizing all present who had served in the country's military, as well as the Cedaredge musicians who have been nominated to participate in the Washington, D.C., Memorial Day events next year.
He then spoke of pending legislation in the House of Representatives.
The German restaurant Opa's is planning a grand opening celebration Saturday, Aug. 15. Live music, a chance to win dinner for two, and a special appearance by The German Club are planned.
At the request of Matt Horn, the owner of Delta's newest liquor store, the Delta City Council is considering an ordinance that would allow liquor tastings in retail establishments.
According to state statute, tastings are limited to five hours a day, no more than 104 days a year, and must be from store inventory.
An 11-year-old Delta male sustained serious injuries when he ran into the side of a van while attempting to cross Confluence Drive. The accident occurred at about 1 p.m. Aug. 1.
A motorcycle traveling eastbound on Highway 50 collided with a deer at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The motorcycle was carrying two people and was just east of 1600 Road at the time of the accident.
The Delta City Council has offered the position of city manager to two different candidates and has come up empty each time. Now councilmembers plan to seek the assistance of a professional recruiter.
Time has taken a toll on the handicap fishing peninsula on Delta's Confluence Lake. The fishing dock on the east side of the lake is also showing signs of wear. Both issues will be addressed this fall, as city park crews rework the peninsula.
At their Aug. 3 regular meeting county commissioners Mark Roeber, Bruce Hovde and Doug Atchley were asked about a letter to the editor in the July 29 issue of the Delta County Independent from Wink Davis of Mesa Winds Farm & Winery concerning the status of oil and gas development in the North Fork.
SG Interests I has filed a notice of staking with BLM to drill a mancos formation test within the Wolf Creek Storage Unit in Mesa County. The proposed well is located on a lease which is part of approximately 30,000 acres of federal leases SG has previously proposed to exchange for other federal leases in Mesa, Delta and Gunnison counties.
On May 1 of this year county assessor Debbie Griffith mailed to all Delta County property owners a notice of the valuation of their property, the valuation on which their property taxes will be based for 2015, payable in 2016.
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee has received complaints about a telephone scam involving a male who identifies himself as a deputy with the sheriff's office and even provides a badge number.
Carol Swingle, RN, BSN was recently named the new Stork's Landing coordinator at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She brings a professional background of over 30 years in the health care industry.
Phillip Scheetz, who will begin his sophomore year as a Vision Charter Academy learner, launched his information technology career by earning his Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+ certification in May. A CompTIA A+ certification is the industry standard in the information technology industry that proves to future employers the certificate holder is qualified to perform computer software and hardware technical support as well as troubleshoot networking and security issues within operating systems such as Apple, Android and Windows.
Delta County is in the unique position of being tasked with developing a model that will show other rural communities how behavioral health can be integrated into the primary care setting.
After a video conference with city manager finalist Mark Collins, conducted in executive session July 21, Delta City Council voted 4-1 to authorize Mayor Ed Sisson and Glen Black, interim city manager, to finalize Collins' employment contract. A start date of Sept. 14 was identified.
County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Bruce Hovde, and county administrator Robbie LeValley met in work session July 27 to hear updates from county staff on current and future projects.
Thirteen teams took to the Delta High School track Friday night to raise funds for the American Cancer Society by participating in the annual Relay For Life. By the time the sun peeked over the horizon Saturday morning, the 121 registered relayers had raised $29,922 for the fight against cancer.
The Families Plus program has recently been designated a mental health specialty clinic by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health.
The construction industry has its ups and downs, so it's noteworthy that one family-owned business is still going strong after 60 years.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and United Companies began work Monday, July 20, throughout Montrose and Delta counties as part of a federal aid project. Inclement weather delayed the work that was originally slated to begin the week of June 26.
The unemployment rate in Delta County dropped slightly from May to June, but more significantly from a year ago.
On July 21, regional officials were in Steamboat Springs making a pitch to an advisory committee of the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) asking for $5.22 million in energy assistance impact grant funds.
The Delta County Commissioners Monday reached tentative agreement with the Forest Service and the Grand Mesa Resort Company (GMRC) on completing repair of a damaged road that has hampered removal of diseased spruce beetle trees.
Roberto Nieto, 31, has been sentenced to three years in prison in conjunction with a shooting that took place on the residential streets of Delta in June 2014.
Delta Mayor Ed Sisson reports that contract negotiations with city manager candidate Mark Collins are nearly complete.
The City of Delta is poised to issue an ultimatum to Stantec Consulting Inc. -- come to the table for negotiations concerning alternate truck route fees, or be sued.
The Delta Police Department has arrested Pablo Saldivar Jr. for a stabbing that occurred during the early morning hours of May 26 at a Delta business.
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