The regular meeting of the Hotchkiss Town Council last Thursday evening, Aug. 18, was gaveled to order by Larry Jakubiak, mayor pro tem.
The other five trustees and deputy clerk Ginger Redden navigated a 29-item agenda with aplomb and all votes were unanimous.
Celebrating the significance of the North Fork Valley, Blue Sage Center for the Arts presents Paint Paonia 2016. Paint Paonia is an annual plein air competition welcoming painters from across the Western Slope of Colorado.
Interest in small-scale gardening is booming. According to the National Gardening Association, more than one third of American households now grow at least some of their own food.
The North Fork Ambulance Network will meet Aug. 25 through Sept. 2 to assemble the 2016-17 membership brochure. The organization is seeking non-emergency network volunteers to lend a hand.
In a meeting continued from the Aug. 3 session, Crawford Town Council voted, 5-1, on Aug. 17 to place a mill levy increase on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot.
If approved, the increase will bring the mill levy back to mid-1990s levels, said Mayor Wanda Gofforth.
A recent string of burglaries and acts of vandalism in Paonia's downtown business core has been solved.
According to Paonia Police Department Sergeant Neil Ferguson, the suspects are facing criminal charges for the incidences. Because they are all juveniles, their names are being withheld.
Senior CommUnity Care, a Volunteers of America program, is celebrating its eight-year anniversary for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) which features comprehensive, coordinated care for adults age 55 and older.
The PACE program is currently serving a total of 306 participants in both Montrose and Delta counties with the care, medical treatment and support they need to achieve the highest quality of life -- while remaining independent as long as possible.
The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is now receiving registration for cooks interested in competing in the 2016 Chili Cook-Off which will take place on Friday, Sept. 23, from 5-7 p.m. during the Mountain Harvest Festival, in Paonia Town Park.
The cost to enter is $10 and the deadline is Friday, Sept. 16.
With the completion of the Town of Paonia's new water treatment system, the town is required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to increase the number of tap water sample tests for lead and copper.
The tests are just a precaution, said Public Works Director Travis Loberg.
When you check out a book from the library, have you ever wondered how that particular book made it on the shelves? With millions of books to compete with, how does one book make the cut while another does not?
Foreign investors with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, according to Alan Bull, executive director of the Delta County Farm Service Agency.
"Any foreign person who acquires or transfers any interest, other than a security interest, in agricultural land in the United States is required by law to report the transaction no later than 90 days after the date of the transaction," said Bull.
With summer winding down, folks are giving thought to fall excursions. The DCI wants to share your favorite fall color loop, day trip, or overnight camping outing.
The U.S. Forest Service and its partners are offering a chance for families to win a one-night stay in a cabin on the Grand Mesa National Forest during the summer of 2017. Drawings will also be held for a camping package (tent, sleeping bag and lantern) provided by Cabela's, and a Grand Mesa sweatshirt and two educational books provided by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.
I was writing about my shorebird trip to the state of Washington, but Linda Croft's Century Plant came into bloom ... spectacular! So now I'm resuming the Washington trip.
The Bureau of Land Management has released the Gunnison Sage Grouse Rangewide Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a 90-day public comment period.
In the Draft Plan, the BLM is examining the adequacy of current conservation measures for Gunnison sage grouse and considering additional measures on a landscape scale.
A fear held recently by county government officials, that the Bowie Mine shutdown and other factors would take over $500,000 from property tax revenues next year, has proven to be a fear largely unfounded.
During a county department head budget meeting on Monday, assessor Debbie Griffith reported that the hit to county revenues from the Bowie closure and other economic setbacks will be "less than $100,000," far less than originally thought.
The Delta County School Board has revised the policy that opened the door for religious materials to be distributed in the schools.
The revised policy maintains the school district's non-discriminatory stance, instead targeting the amount of non-curricular material that will be permitted.
A Delta man who was ordered, at gunpoint, to give a ride to his two attackers instead sped away in search of help shortly before midnight Aug. 8.
The 58-year-old North Delta resident was spotted speeding south on Main Street and was pulled over by DPD Officer Everett Neil after he blew through a red light at the intersection of Highway 50 and 92.
The Colorado Secretary of State's Office is offering yet another innovative method to access voter registration: texting.
Eligible Coloradans can simply text the word "Colorado" or "CO" to "2Vote" (28683) on their smartphones, and then open the link to the SOS' online voter registration and election information site.
The Board of Delta County Commissioners is soliciting letters of interest for the position of county coroner. Kevin Lucy is resigning effective Sept. 2 and by state statute, the county commissioners are to appoint his replacement.
Ashley N. Windemaker, 29, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged violation of a protection order.
Patrick J. Flannery, 53, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.
So-called global warming and resultant climate change are ostensibly being used to justify the war on coal and energy independence thus funneling trillions of dollars to radical Islamist regimes like Iran that are dedicated to the destruction of Western ideas and culture. But what if there is no global warming and therefore no climate change?
I'm a registered Republican, but I won't be voting for Donald Trump or Scott Tipton in November. Trump is incompetent, and Tipton doesn't seem to understand that being a U.S. representative means he should represent the people of his district, not outside big industries.
Because silence is consent, this letter is written in response to the sovereign citizen story. It is very troubling that a city manager and local law enforcement would make assumptions based on their personal beliefs and then act with federal authorities to label local citizens.
My response to the letter by Larry Condon Aug. 17:
My parents, too, taught me guilt by association and as a kid not to be in or around those who smoked pot or groups that were drinking. Even if I wasn't partaking, I would be arrested -- guilt by association.
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