Members of the Hotchkiss Town Council granted one variance request and denied another at their monthly meeting June 14. Both decisions fell in line with recommendations from the Hotchkiss Planning Commission.
The Town of Hotchkiss is exercising caution by instituting odd-even outdoor watering restrictions for the town's residents.
Public works director Mike Owens said he's been assured Leroux Creek water supplies are sufficient, even at 55 percent, but noted usage in early June jumped substantially.
In the wake of Stage 2 fire restrictions throughout much of western Colorado and at the urging of Mayor Ron Austin, Delta City Council reconsidered the sale and use of personal fireworks at its June 18 meeting. The meeting was held one night earlier than usual due to a Colorado Municipal League conference in Vail which many council members planned to attend.
Paul Stockwell has been named the new executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce.
Stockwell, formerly the program coordinator for Delta County Economic Development, will provide a similar type of business support, with a focus primarily on Delta, as opposed to DCED's efforts countywide.
One June 24, bicyclists will depart Leadville for a seven-day cycling tour that will take riders through Aspen and Carbondale. On June 25, they'll tackle McClure Pass, which tops out at 8,763 feet, and pass through Paonia and Hotchkiss en route to Delta.
Performance reports for Colorado teachers and principals released to the public for the first time show the majority of educators in Delta County received evaluation ratings of "effective" or higher.
A total of 88 percent of Colorado teachers and 98 percent in Delta County -- received an overall rating of "effective" or "highly effective" according to the metrics released by the Colorado Department of Education.
Graduation is just three months away, but some Delta High School seniors are still undecided about post-graduation plans. To provide direction, DHS hosted a "Procrastinator's Fair" that featured six four-year and vocational colleges, as well as the opportunity to explore careers in the military, mechanics, health, emergency services, engineering, construction trades and more.
Sylvia Karner has been cutting, coloring and styling hair in Delta since the mid 1970s -- nearly as long as she's been making jewelry. While beadwork has become increasingly popular in recent years, it's a hobby that has fascinated Sylvia for some time.
Teaching a dog to obey simple commands like "Sit," "Heel" and "Come!" takes dedication and commitment.
But once your dog has the basics down, you might be tempted to teach him a few tricks, like rolling over or playing dead.
In the closing days of 1999, fears of Y2K mounted. Doomsayers warned that when the date turned from Dec. 31, 1999, to Jan. 1, 2000, a programming bug would shut down computers across the globe.
Middle school can have a profound impact on young lives. As a teacher at Delta Middle School, Bret Hamilton has not only seen how adolescent lives are shaped by their experiences in and out of the classroom, he also recognizes the impact middle school had on his own life.
Not long after the first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the production line in 1953, one of the original models was totaled in a single-car accident near Ron Austin's childhood home in Redding, Calif. The accident drew a crowd of curious neighbors, none of whom knew what a Corvette was at the time.
Nancy Giordano is one of those crafty individuals who never runs out of ideas for beautiful, unique items, whether she's turning a pair of old blue jeans into an apron or stitching a colorful piece of fabric into an "on the go" purse.
She paints rocks, embellishes clothing with beads and creates magnets, but finds the most joy in jewelry making.
A lover of history, John York volunteers at Fort Uncompahgre once a week. As a docent, he shares the history of the original fort, which was built by Antoine Robidoux in 1828. The Indians and trappers brought furs to trade for sugar, coffee, beads and other goods brought in from the United States and Mexico.
Sheryl Williams has taught hundreds of students the art of painting with alcohol ink, but only one has actually stepped foot in her Delta studio. The remainder are online students who follow Sheryl's instructional videos via the internet.
Every quilt is one-of-a-kind, snippets of colors and pattern layered together to create stunning table runners, wall hangings and bed covers. The process often begins with a pattern or even a kit, with precut fabric swatches in complementary colors.
Cartooning may not be a good way to make a living, but it can certainly keep you entertained. Pencil in hand, you surround yourself with superheroes, whimsical animals and humorous characters who pepper your drawings with witty comments.
A craft show on HGTV inspired Ruth Ann Hake to try her hand at pine needle basketry.
"I was just fascinated," Ruth Ann said, "so I bought a couple of books and that's really been my only instruction."
V ictory is sweet for Melissa Zunich, the winner of Food Network Channel's Cake Wars.
Zunich, the owner of Sweet Cheeks Cakery in Delta, teamed up with a cousin to design an entry that won the judges over with its impressive details and "wonderful" hand painting.
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.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, performs about 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions in the U.S. The squadrons search for lost hikers or hunters, locate downed aircraft and transport emergency personnel or medical materials.
Like the Shakers, Tim and Lyn Hinz express their faith through their craftsmanship. The Shakers believed that the excellence of their work was a form of worship; their furniture and crafts came to be known as "religion in wood."
Hugs for kids. That's how Connie Harris and Terri Brubaker describe the blankets they make through the Binky Patrol, a nationwide effort to reach out to needy kids with a comforting handmade blanket, or "binky."
Sandra Williamson is a talented artist who expresses her creativity in a variety of ways, but none is more unique than her vinegar painted furniture and accessories.
The technique dates to the Industrial Revolution, she explains.