Delta County Commissioners

  • Snowpack levels picking up in North, staying dry in the South
  • Colorado River Basin might have already peaked, runoff very low
  • Bill under debate would allow voting by region, not county, for Commissioners

  • Lawsuit against Delta Commissioners dropped, transparency improved
  • Congressman Tipton talks about Trump administration with KDNK
  • Colorado River Basin to be dry very early this year

  • Democratic caucus voters select Cary Kennedy as frontrunner for Governor
  • Delta County Planning Commission re-aligned by County Commissioners
  • Planning Commission members respond to criticism about under representation
  • Senate GOP insists crime must be committed to expel a member from chamber

  • Statehouse Democrats want punishment for Republican lawmaker
  • Montrose funeral home investigated by the FBI
  • Colorado Springs deputy, shooter identified
  • Multiple groups urge bill for paid medical leave for workers
  • Delta County Commissioners enact new state marijuana regulations

  • Delta County Commissioners hold public meeting over Bowie load-out
  • Decision regarding land use at Bowie load-out delayed
  • New land trust is a consolidation of two Western Slope land trusts
  • Race for District 58 seat in the state house heating up
  • New director named for Colorado Department of Transportation

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Host Felix Belmont welcomes Don Suppes, the newest member of the Delta County Board of County Commissioners, for his first appearance on KVNF's monthly Delta County Commissioners Report.

KVNF's Felix Belmont and Commissioner Doug Atchley discuss how the county maintains its debt- free status and look into a new program that finances energy improvements called "C-Pace."

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Feb 4, 2016

  • Montrose school closes over pipe damage
  • Norwood mayor resigns, leaves vacancy
  • Delta County Commissioners are ready to consider changes to zoning and planning
  • A look at how farmers are reducing energy use  

In the January 2016 edition of The Delta County Commissioners Report,  Felix Belmont speaks with district 3 commissioner Mark Roeber.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Nov 6, 2015

  • Delta closes in on finalists for city manager, again
  • Teacher Union lawsuit advances through state courts
  • Mesa County School District fires PR chief
  • Ridgway schools put out call to fill empty board positions
  • Delta County revenues flat, bigger cuts loom for 2017
  • CDOT enforces snow tire rule, opens extra lane to ease traffic

Local Motion: The State Of Delta County

Oct 29, 2015
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This week on Local Motion, we discuss the economy in Delta County and local efforts to improve it. KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Delta County Commissioner Bruce Hovde, Michelle Haynes, the executive director of Region 10,  and Trish Thibodo, the executive director of Delta County Economic Development. 

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Governments and organizations across the Western Slope say slow and unreliable broadband is hindering economic development. That’s why communities across the region want voter support this fall on measures that would allow them to try and address the issue. 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Oct 16, 2015

  • Police sting leads to arrests for child prostitution
  • Second theft causes construction delays
  • Parks and Wildlife brings information to local libraries
  • Chicken lawsuit highlights problems with lack of zoning laws
  • New rules for oil and gas considered
  • Major break cuts off water service in Paonia

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Oct 15, 2015

  • Chicken farms in Delta County get the greenlight
  • Montrose School District approves $80K for repairs
  • HopeWest hosts open house for new Montrose facility
  • Oil and gas industry responding to threat of worker lung disease

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, July 13, 2015

Jul 13, 2015

  Newscast

  • Delta Commissioners Support Protecting Some North Fork Lands From Oil & Gas Development
  • City Of Montrose Could Create Its Own Regional Dispatch Center
  • Grand Junction Fire Marshal Wants Charges In July Fourth Brush Fire
  • Troop Reductions Spare Much of Fort Carson
  • Colorado Entrepreneur Works To Build A Better Bike Helmet

Thompson Divide Swap Gets Delta County Support

May 20, 2015

Several counties across the Western Slope have supported the Thompson Divide lease swap.  Delta County was one of the last holdouts, but they made their decision on Monday.

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U.S. Representative Scott Tipton stopped in Delta on Wednesday as part of his tour of the Western Slope. 

At a meeting with the Delta County Commissioners Tipton discussed economic issues, broadband, rural health care, energy and tax reform. He also gave a congressional update. 

KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviewed Tipton during his visit.

Tipton represents Colorado's 3rd Congressional District which covers most of the western part of the state. 

He's also scheduled to meet with the Ouray County Commissioners on Thursday in Ridgway.

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Ali Lightfoot speaks with District 1 Commissioner Doug Atchley. 

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CAWS

Earlier this year the Delta County Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter, better know as CAWS, asked the county for $25,000. 

Last week the commissioners approved the county budget for next year.

JoAnn Kalenak, a CAWS board member, says the group didn’t get the money it asked for.

She says the budget does allocate $10,000 that will be split between the four animal rescue groups in Delta County. The money CAWS receives is earmarked for spay and neuter programs.  

Court OK's Chicken Farms In Delta County

Oct 20, 2014
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The Colorado Court of Appeals overturned a previous ruling about the chicken farms in Delta County.

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Last year the North Fork Valley received about half of Delta County’s lottery-funded Conservation Trust Fund monies. 

Headlines

  • Amid Dispute, El Paso Country Sheriff Releases Timeline of Black Forest Fire
  • Aspen Airport Reopens as Wreckage From Crash is Removed
  • Delta County Commissioners asked to support a Grant for Improved Healthcare Services
  • Avalanche Forecaster says Conditions Improving, but Still Dangerous

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  • Delta County Commissioners adopt 2014 Budget
  • Local Grower wants to use Hostetler Hen House
  • Sounds of the High Country - Tree Health in the West
  • State Loses Personal Information for 18,800 Employees
  • Ouray Student Selected as Alternative Delegate to Senate Youth Program
  • Over 137,000 Coloradans Signed Up for New Health Exchange So Far

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This week Delta County commissioners heard a wide ranging assessment of the past year’s activities and a glimpse of the future from Grand Mesa Uncompahgre Gunnison (GMUG) Forest Supervisor Scott Armentrout. 

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Delta County Commissioners recently named two historical landmarks, one being the Rogers Mesa Community House, the other the historic Bross Hotel. 

The Bross was built in 1906 and according to early newspapers, was Delta County's first luxury hotel (and early on, its only one.)

Now, after over 100 years and eight different owners, the Bross is a bed & breakfast.

For this episode of Local Motion, Felix Belmont brings us another edition of his Delta County Commissioners' report. 

Today Felix speaks with Delta County Clerk Ann B. Edins about the responsibilities of the clerk's office, changes in the election process over the years and more.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Oct 22, 2013

Headlines:

  • Colorado’s Health Exchange is generating complaints, too.
  • Front Range Floods Lead to Water and Irrigation Systems Damage
  • Amendment 66 Opponents Say Funds Would be used for Pensions
  • Delta County Hires Denver-Based Attorney for Ongoing Hen House Case
  • Ridgway Could Soon See Improved High-Speed Internet

The Powell Mesa Hen House dispute has renewed questions about zoning and the "right to farm" in Delta County. Adopted in 1996 by the state of Colorado and the county, the "Right to Farm and Ranch" policy lays out some parts of rural life that residents are expected to accept, including noise from tractors, manure, odor from animal confinement and the use of pesticides.

For some historical context on the policy, KVNF’s Marty Durlin spoke with former Delta County Commissioner Jim Ventrillo about the early days of the right-to-farm policy.  

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel on Saturday reported that the Delta County Farm Bureau will host a fundraiser for the Hostetler family, owners of a Hotchkiss hen house at the center of a years-long legal dispute over whether the facility is compatible with the surrounding Powell Mesa neighborhood.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Oct 8, 2013

Headlines:

  • Fundraiser for Chicken Farmers’ Legal Defense Renews Questions of Bias
  • Right-to-Farm Policy dates to a More Rural Delta County
  • State Audit Criticizes Lottery
  • Front Range Flooding Leads to Thousands of Students Classified as Homeless
  • US Forest Service Entomologist Says Ouray Beetle Infestation is Impossible to Stop

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