At their March 5 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes made two appointments to the county planning commission. Steve Shea was reappointed for a three-year term.
The Town of Cedaredge budget for 2016 totals a whopping $8 million in spending against anticipated revenues of $7.6 million.
The budget abstract shows spending deficits posted in each of the town's six budget funds next year.
After all of the decorations have been hung; after all the carols and hymns have been sung; after all the caring and sharing has been done; and, after heartfelt thanks have been given to The One -- then it is time for the feast.
The community's Christmas feast took place in local tradition style at the Stolte Shed on a white Christmas Day that brought a foot and more of fresh snowfall to Cedaredge (elevation 6,100).
Delta's AmeriGas is sponsoring Telluride's newest festival. Now in its second year, The Telluride Fire Festival, a celebration of performance and sculptural fire arts, is to be held Jan. 14-17.
The amount of pay increase that will go to newly elected county officials beginning next year is expected to be in the hands of the General Assembly which last year approved a pay hike of 30 percent.
State lawmakers apparently realized that the 30 percent increase could be a tough sell to taxpayers back home who are the ones that actually pay the money for their elected officials' salaries.
The Grand Mesa Nordic Council offers cross-country ski classes, as well as skate ski classes. Both sessions are offered Jan. 9, 16 and 23, with ski classes from 11 to noon and the skate classes from 1 to 2 p.m. Visit gmnc.org to sign up for one or all three.
Tai Chi "Moving For Better Balance" is an evidence-based fall prevention class which begins in January in Cedaredge, designed for people with balance issues. Instructors are Linda Bull and Brook Loucks, physical therapists for Delta County Memorial Hospital.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests is one of 186 federal sites selected to receive a field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Fourth grade students will participate in the Forest Service Junior Snow Ranger program and experience the "thrill of the chill" on cross country skis and snow shoes exploring the forest in winter.
Kelly Johnson, a teacher at Delta High School, has been awarded certified journalism educator status from the Journalism Education Association.
Journalism certification requirements for educators include earning college credit in news reporting and writing, communications, law and publications advising, or passing an examination that demonstrates the educator's proficiency in those areas.
As 2016 rolls in, plenty of New Year's resolutions are tossed around. Some are upheld and some are forgotten. However, Delta County Libraries is providing Delta County patrons with lasting resolutions that will carry the community through the new year and beyond.
PEO Chapter BK is pleased to award Kayla Sanders with this year's Alice Penick Memorial Nursing Scholarship. The $500 was given to Sanders at Delta-Montrose Technical College.
Recognizing that we're all connected in some way within our community, Gallery De La Luz in Delta has issued a call for artists for its upcoming benefit, "The Ties that Bind." Artists are asked to create a piece featuring or showcasing neckties.
Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County -- Cedaredge Community Center (Monday-Thursday), Delta Community Center (Monday-Friday), Hotchkiss Senior Center (Monday-Thursday) and Paonia Senior Citizen Center (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Meals on Wheels are also delivered from each location. More information is available by calling the Cedaredge meal site, 856-3636; the Delta meal site, 874-7662; Hotchkiss Senior Center, 872-3494; and Paonia Senior Citizen Center, 527-3435.
Anja G. Farnese, 18, of Montrose was arrested and jailed for alleged DUID and careless driving after being in a one-vehicle crash involving a utility pole in the 1600 block of H38 Road. The car was on fire. Delta Fire responded and extinguished the fire.
From the Associated Press:
"The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department from the Consulate, at Bergen, Norway. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.
COP21, the "council of parties" that included some 194 nations, has concluded in Paris and agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly over the coming decades, with most countries, including the U.S., submitting plans to accomplish this. We are the highest per-capita GHG emitter and second, behind China, in total national emissions.
The American dream ended on Nov. 6, 2012, in Ohio. The second term of Barack Obama has been the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest republic in the history of mankind.
I am writing in response to the letter submitted by Mike Drake, president of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce, which appeared in the Dec. 16 issue of the DCI.
Mr. Drake certainly makes some valid points and his general concept of "Collaboration will help strengthen our economy" has valuable merit.
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).
On Tuesday morning, the American Red Cross responded to a single-family house fire on Hillcrest Drive in Delta that displaced one adult.
According to Jamie Head, Delta Police Department, the blaze was confined to the chimney.
Over the holiday I was a bell ringer for The Salvation Army.
Ringing the bell for one of the most charitable organizations in existence is one of those things I'd promised for years that I would do.
Prep sports is taking a breather before resuming rigorous schedules beginning in early January.
Delta County athletes are taking time off but are scheduled to begin practicing for opening contests in the new year.
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.
Classroom doors are closed and the hallways are silent when concertgoers pass through the doors of the Delta Performing Arts Center for an evening concert. There's a totally different vibe during the day, as Delta Family Center serves as the hub for over 11 onsite community education programs.
Doug Wilson of Olathe was re-elected as vice president of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee during its annual meeting in December. At the same meeting Charlie Barlett of Merino was elected president, Troy Schneider of Burlington as secretary and Chris Wagner of Longmont as treasurer.
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