As part of its regional partnerships program, El Pomar Foundation awarded four grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to organizations nominated by El Pomar Foundation San Juan Regional Council members.
Two of the grants went to local organizations.
The Grand Mesa Picklers is a growing circle of local friends and newcomers who quickly become friends. They share their enthusiasm for quality of life, for physical fitness activity, and for playing together on a regular basis.
Thousands of years ago, some of the earliest humans known to inhabit North America found shelter on a ledge by what is now known as the Gunnison River. The southeastern exposure of the rock overhang offered not only shelter from rain, snow and wind, but cool shade in summer, warm sunshine in winter, and unlimited plant food, fish and game.
Throughout Delta County there are five libraries where you will find friendly, skilled staff members who are available to assist you with everything from finding a book to logging into your email on an iPad. Delta County Library staff is experienced in using various technologies, planning and delivering programs and keeping materials circulating effectively through the county.
The water at Hart's Basin has gone down, but slowly, and it was very high this year. So, surprisingly the upper bed of cattails is still in bloom!
Schools in the Surface Creek Valley have all begun the 2016-17 school year on a high note with motivated staffs and energetic students looking forward to a year of learning and achievement.
Cedaredge High School principal Randy Brown said, "We are off to a great start." Brown added that enrollment has increased about 10 students.
Cedaredge and Delta High School had busy schedules this past week in volleyball. The Bruins played Ridgway early in the week and then attended a tournament in West Grand over the weekend.
The Paonia High School volleyball team answered a lot of questions at Homecoming.
In front of an elaborately costumed and enthusiastic student section, Paonia swept Norwood 3-0 last Thursday night in its home opener.
Shauna Meilner attended last Saturday's Battle Mountain Huskey Invitational Cross Country Meet in Edwards. She graciously supplied the following results for Paonia High School's athletes attending the meet.
A much-needed win for Delta's softball team came in Montrose last week. The Panthers came into the Aug. 30 contest sporting an 0-4 record.
The softball season is young but Cedaredge's Bruins are playing well and served notice that they are a contender in 3A softball ranks. A 7-6 win over 3A District 1 opponent Faith Christian leaves the Bruins with a 2-0 record.
Some of the faces may have changed on the Paonia High School football team, but the results on the scoreboard are still the same.
Behind a dynamic offense and a physical defense, the Eagles opened the season with a 49-7 homecoming win over Center last Friday night at Paonia Town Park.
Cedaredge's Bruins played a steady game with some ups and downs along their way to a 23-10 opening night prep football victory over Monte Vista's Pirates.
The Bruins, in front of a home crowd, started the evening off right with the opening kick off.
A late report was submitted Monday evening from assistant Delta golf coach Dwain Bush.
Delta High School and Cedaredge High School participated in the Grand Junction Invitational held at the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction.
The 1A Western Slope Conference will have a new look this season.
All high school classifications were redone this year for football teams in Colorado.
The Cedaredge Bruins were 7-3 last year and finished 3-2 in Class 1A Western Slope Conference play. A loss to Crowley County in the first round of state playoffs ended the Bruins' season.
Soroco's Ben Kelley used just 16 minutes to traverse 5000 meters at the Basalt Longhorn Invitational on Saturday.
Paonia's Eagles were also in attendance with the boys scoring 155 points to place fifth and the girls duplicating a fifth place finish by scoring 122 points in their divisional competition.
Hotchkiss High School was one of 15 teams entered (boys and girls) in the Basalt Invitational Cross Country Meet. Bulldog boys placed sixth with 182 points and the girls failed to get a team score with just two runners participating.
The Hotchkiss High School cross country team is going to look a little different this year.
The Bulldogs girls team lost career standouts Mae Anderson and Sophia Schelle to graduation.
Cedaredge High School volleyball coach Heather Dunbar will begin the season playing in Class 3A, a jump from 2A league play for the past two seasons.
This year's 3A WSL schedule will be diversified, notes Dunbar. "We have a good mix for our non-league schedule ranging from 1A to 4A division teams."
The Eagles seniors want to make it five in a row.
The Paonia High School volleyball team opens the season tomorrow night at home against Norwood led by four seniors who are seeking the program's fifth consecutive appearance at the 2A state tournament.
Beth Nelson will enter her fourth season as the head volleyball coach at Delta High School. She will be heading into a new challenge as the Panthers become a member of the Class 3A Western Slope League.
Cedaredge High School softball coach Matt Hall has high expectations once again as a new season of softball gets underway.
Last year's Bruins posted a record of 13-9, including a league championship and a trip to state.
The Paonia High School football team kicks off the season on Friday night against Center, and for the first time in four years, Taylor Walters will not be on the field.
Walters graduated and took his 125 career touchdowns and two state championships to Colorado Mesa University, where he will play at the next level along with former Eagles teammate Jeramiah Hillman.
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