Delta County Commissioners

NEWS
5:24 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Congressman Scott Tipton Checks In On Delta County During Western Slope Tour

Congressman Scott Tipton at the Delta County Courthouse for a meeting with the commissioners on Wed., March 11, 2015.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

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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COMMUNITY
8:47 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Delta County Commissioner's Report: Doug Atchely

Credit www.deltacounty.com

Ali Lightfoot speaks with District 1 Commissioner Doug Atchley. 

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NEWS
1:08 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

CAWS Meets With Delta County To Discuss Animal Control Funding

The CAWS animal shelter is in the city of Delta.
Credit 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.  

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NEWS
12:10 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Court OK's Chicken Farms In Delta County

Western Slope Layers, the Hostetler hen house
Credit Marty Durlin/KVNF

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

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NEWS
2:56 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

North Fork Valley Receives about Half of County Lottery Funds

Heritage Hall at the Delta County Fairgrounds. Delta County spent $10,000 of its lottery funds on maintenance of the building, as well as fertilizing the fairgrounds.
Credit Marty Durlin/KVNF

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

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NEWS
9:07 am
Tue January 7, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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
NEWS
9:57 am
Tue December 17, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Headline

  • 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
NEWS
9:25 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Spruce Beetles a Growing Threat in GMUG National Forests

An adult spruce beetle bores into the bark of a spruce.
Credit S. Munsen/US Forest Service

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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COMMUNITY
9:35 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Bross Was First Luxury Hotel In Delta County

A detail from one of four bronze panels created by local sculptor Lincoln Fox, installed in 1998. The panels are part of a faux elevator shaft
Marty Durlin/KVNF

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.

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COMMUNITY
6:00 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Local Motion: Delta County Clerk

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.

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Local Newscast
8:37 am
Tue October 22, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, October 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
NEWS
2:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Right-to-Farm Policy dates to a More Rural Delta County

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.  

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NEWS
12:05 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Farm Bureau Fundraiser for Hen House Owners Renews Claims of Bias

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.

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Local Newscast
9:36 am
Tue October 8, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, October 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
NEWS
8:15 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Delta County to Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order for Hen House

Tom Kay, a farmer who supplies Western Slope Layers with feed, said the decision to close the facility could force him into bankruptcy
Credit Marty Durlin/KVNF

After a closed-door session with county attorney Christine Knight, Delta County Commissioners on Monday announced they would appeal the decision by District Court Judge J. Steven Patrick that forced them to issue a cease and desist order to the Hostetler hen laying operation on Powell Mesa earlier this month. 

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NEWS
1:54 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Attorney for Hen House Operators Says They'll Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order

Attorneys for Delta County and the operators of a Powell Mesa Hen House say the two-year-long battle over the facility’s fate isn’t over yet. That's despite a ruling that Western Slope Layers would have to cease and desist operations immediately, handed down by Judge J. Steven Patrick last week.

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NEWS
10:31 am
Thu September 12, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, September 12, 2013

Headlines

  • Governor John Hickenlooper "Disappointed" in Recall Outcomes
  • Recalls Could Change Dynamics at State Legislature
  • State Republicans Set Their Sights on Governor's Office
  • Tax Proposed in San Miguel County to deal with Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Delta County Commissioners Call New Wildlife Rules "Unnecessary"
  • Water Losses in Cedaredge Could Lead to New Fees
  • Two Dead after Massive Flooding along Front Range
NEWS
2:35 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Judge Rules that Powell Mesa Hen House will have to Close its Doors

Judge J. Stevens Patrick ruled yesterday that operators of a Powell Mesa Hen House in Delta County must cease and desist operations immediately, bringing to an end (for now) a long and contentious lawsuit brought against the facility's operators and the Board of County Commissioners by a group of concerned residents.

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NEWS
10:31 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Gunnison Basin Roundtable Tasked with Debating State Water Plan

Colorado River
Credit Wolfgang Staudt via Flickr (CC BY)

In May, as the drought lingered for yet another year, Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order to the Colorado Water Conservation Board, calling for a new Colorado Water Plan “that will support agriculture in rural Colorado and align state policy to the state’s water values.” Hickenlooper also paid tribute to Colorado’s historic water law, which claims first in time, first in right.

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NEWS
9:49 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Efforts to Protect Gunnison Sage-Grouse Continue Across Counties

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

On Tuesday at a regular meeting, Delta County Commissioners commented on a pending wildlife ruling by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission that would affect the imperiled Gunnison sage-grouse, asking that the commission use current habitat maps to define setbacks and not require a blanket four-mile distance. KVNF's Marty Durlin has more on the threats to the iconic bird.

The Gunnison sage-grouse is known for an elaborate mating display along with a ritual  dance, or strut. And of course there’s the mating call, which sounds something like a sluggish dran.

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