The Hotchkiss Marshal's Office is joining the growing number of the country's law enforcement departments currently employing the use of body cameras. The cameras arrived the week before Christmas and are expected to be in full use by February.
When it comes to technology, John Gavan is pretty smart.
Few people in Delta County understand more than Gavan the positive repercussions of last week's announcement that Delta-Montrose Electric Association will move forward with providing high-speed broadband Internet throughout its service area.
Citizens in Hotchkiss and Paonia could see cannabis back on the ballot in 2016.
In Hotchkiss, Mary Hockenbery is spearheading a petition to place a question on the ballot that would allow "limited retail recreational/medical marijuana" sales and manufacturing within town limits.
Jeneve Rose Mitchell has been performing music most of her life. Her dad introduced her to music at age 3. The first song she learned was The Star-Spangled Banner.
The Grand Mesa Nordic Council is marking a 25th year of providing great outdoor recreation experiences for local skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts.
Over the course of those 25 years, the GMNC has also contributed significantly to developing a first-class complex of trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skijoring that is a tourism draw for the county.
Delta High School's swim team has a new coach and a home meet win to begin the 2016 portion of its schedule. The Panthers outscored Montrose 342-341 to claim a win at home. A team from Central/Palisade was the third team competing in swim competition last Saturday.
Last Saturday about 20 bird watchers and birding enthusiasts endured freezing temperatures around Hotchkiss during the 116th annual National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count.
Jason Beason, special monitoring projects coordinator with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (formerly the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory), said this year's Hotchkiss bird count, sponsored by the Black Canyon Audubon Society, revealed more than 70 individual species.
The Delta Police Department, in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, is looking for an endangered missing person. Lacey S. Oar, a 32 year old female, is 5'7, about 130 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen in the City of Delta on December 28th.
A proposal for boosting the local economy with a $49 million program supporting organic food production, building tourist amenities, and creating lifestyle enhancements to attract young entrepreneurs from other places has been finalized.
If accepted by the state, the plan aims to bring $1.4 million per year into the county from state government.
Between the removal of invasive tamarisk and Russian olive trees, and the creation of a tepee village, Fort Uncompahgre looks much different than it did a year ago when the Interpretive Association of Western Colorado (IAWC) took over operation of the city-owned attraction.
The coming year will bring additional changes,
The Town of Orchard City has taken a different approach from other county municipalities on the broadband issue.
That doesn't mean the town won't be participating in the Region 10 broadband network project.
Paonia town manager Jane Berry will receive a raise in 2016 after the town board of trustees approved a 5 percent pay increase by a 4-2 vote Tuesday morning. Dec. 29, during a special meeting. The raise, which is tied to a performance review, amounts to an increase of $3,730 for the year.
When the Town of Paonia's surplus auction was completed the morning of Dec. 18, nothing remained. Stacks of corrugated tin, snowmobiles, numerous water tanks and a long list of items from office chairs to a vintage fire truck once used by the Paonia fire department were auctioned off to the roughly 75 people who showed up.
Followers of the North Fork music scene likely noticed that with all of the live music offered in 2015, one of the most prolific bands was relatively quiet.
The Scones and members Rick Stockton, Helen Highwater and Harry Knipe were busy making "Light in the Forest," a CD of 11 original songs. The band celebrated the release Dec. 12 at the Paradise Theatre.
Lifetime Delta County resident Steven Thomas Anderson died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at his home in Hotchkiss. He was 48.
Cedaredge resident Frank David Franklin died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at his home. He was 69.
Walter Gay died Dec. 23, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 97.
Kathleen "Kathy" Lemon died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 62.
Ronnie Lee Jackson died Dec. 22, 2015, at his home in Tucson, Ariz. He was 73.
Former Delta resident Charles "Chuck" O. Swanson died from Parkinson's disease Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. He was 88.
Entries are being accepted for Range magazine's annual photo competition, Outback Roundup 2016. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 19. Range is an award-winning publication devoted to issues that affect America's food producers.
Water managers in Colorado and the West, scrambling to meet the growing demand for increasingly scarce water supplies caused by large populations far from water resources, climate change and drought, need to focus more effort on conserving water, including addressing reservoir evaporation, say University of Colorado Boulder researchers.
While reducing water consumption has been successful in places like Denver and much of California, the loss of water from reservoir evaporation is an issue already affecting the growing population of the West, said CU-Boulder associate professor Katja Friedrich.
Applications are now being accepted for the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award® honoring agricultural landowners in Colorado who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.
Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the $10,000 award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntary conservation.
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