The Board of County Commissioners has issued position statements recently on various local issues. They include ending the long-running wilderness study area (WSA) status for local public lands, and ideas for inclusion in Colorado's Water Plan.
A $547,000 grant will enable local environmental health personnel to assist residents in learning more about the risks that threaten the safety of drinking water from area private wells and will provide well water testing for local property owners.
Ken Nordstrom, Delta County director of environmental health, is a member of the six-county West Central Public Health Partnership that applied for and secured a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control to help address private well water concerns in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties.
Last year, the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) improved operations and Change Your Peak Drive campaign helped achieve a 35 percent decrease in fatal and injury crashes and a 46 percent decrease in weather-related crashes along the I-70 Mountain Corridor. Working to build upon last year's success, CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), I-70 Coalition and Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA) are joining forces to decrease congestion and increase safety and reliability along the Mountain Corridor.
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.
Colorado's Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) began accepting applications for its 2015-16 season on Monday, Nov. 2. With an increase in applicant income qualification this season, more Coloradans will qualify for assistance with paying their home heating costs.
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.
The National Park Service will soon begin conducting pile burns near the Grizzly Gulch area on the North Rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Pile burning is a type of maintenance burn whereby wildland fuels are cut through the year, piled, allowed to dry, and then burned during the winter when there is snow on the ground.
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.
Our local public lands are one of the greatest resources we have here in Delta County. That's why the Western Slope Conservation Center is excited to announce it has been awarded a new three-year VISTA position to support a number of new collaborative environmental education and recreation projects in our area.
Some projects seem like they never end, but diligence and perseverance have paid off for the Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce and its member businesses. Back in 2013 at a monthly board meeting the chamber directors were discussing ways to benefit local businesses and encourage more people to visit Crawford.
In light of passage of the Town of Crawford Ballot Question 2D, which more than 77 percent of town voters approved in the Nov. 3 combined election, trustees continued discussion of funding of the project at the Nov. 4 town work session. Question 2D asked voters to opt out of Colorado Senate Bill 05-152, which calls for voter approval before a local government can use taxpayer money to engage in providing telecommunications services.
Of the more than 60 water users who packed Paonia Town Hall Nov. 5, only about 10 percent were in-town residents. They all came to let the town know they are not happy with recently-proposed water rate increases.
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge held its October meeting on Oct. 18. There was a full house including five guests (two of whom were spouses) who came to hear Arnie and Cathy Ogden's adventures as beekeepers.
Where are the Cranes?
I wish I knew! The senior biologist for our Rocky Mountain Flock of Greater Sandhill Cranes, Rod Drewien, shared with me that the number of cranes at the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge was much lower than it has been in the past.
The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) is set to deliver Colorado's Water Plan to the governor on or before Dec. 19.
At the October meeting of the Colorado River District board, general manager Eric Kuhn said that the major policy question is "what happens next?"
Presentations on two important pending water issues were featured as the Delta County Farm and Livestock Bureau held its annual meeting and banquet at Bill Heddles Recreation Center on Nov. 6.
Area ag producer and Colorado Farm Bureau board member Hugh Sanburg updated members on the EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule.
A special offering conducted by the Gleaners at Delta Christian Church went to Haven House this year. During the month of October, members of the church were invited to drop donations in a handmade pink pig.
The annual end-of-the-season fruit sale at Fritchman Orchards netted a total of $2,693.65 this year.
Proceeds from the annual event will go toward a fund established for Tyler Clymo, a youth in the community who is undergoing treatments for a type of cancer.
Cedaredge's David Starr announced last week that a new music project of his is nearing completion.
In an email, Starr says that he is "just back from a successful fall mini-tour of Texas and a quick trip to Arkansas, and I'm pleased to share with you that my new CD, "Love and Sabotage," is nearing completion.
As we approach the holidays of thankfulness, blessings and renewed hope, we remember families who are still challenged in meeting increased demand during these times.
The Surface Creek Community Services Food Bank in Cedaredge is seeking your monetary donation to help cover the costs of a generous Christmas Box dinner for families.
The Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church houses the Zero Gravity Youth Group. Recently, the small organization combined with Delta's United Methodist Church to create new connections and formulate new ideas.
Cedaredge voters casting ballots in the Nov. 3 election expressed strong hope for improved Internet service, but little desire for higher taxes.
The county elections department reported there were 671 votes cast on the town's healthy living lifestyles tax proposal.
Two Western Slope Conference Class 1A football teams are still alive in the playoffs as the 1A quarterfinals kick off this weekend.
No. 3 Paonia (9-1) will host perennial playoff contender Burlington (9-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Paonia Town Park.
Last weekend's volleyball regionals produced some exciting matches for local teams. Cedaredge High School won in Region C with victories over West Grand, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-19 and Dolores, 25-16, 25-17 and 25-13.
The Eagles are going back to state.
Rebounding from a tough loss to Cedaredge in the District championship, Paonia rallied on the road last Saturday at Regionals to beat Ignacio in three sets, and defeated Ridgway in four sets to earn a fourth consecutive trip to the 2A state championship tournament this weekend in Denver.
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