Delta County

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Unemployment continues to drop in Colorado. 

The state’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in about five in a half years, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The unemployment rate for April was 6 percent. The last time is was 6 percent or lower was November 2008 when the rate was 5.7 percent. 

Rick Watts hosts a live call-in about recreational marijuana with Delta county commissioner, Bruce Hovde and locally based marijuana industry consultant, Jere Lowe. 

 

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue in Denver via Flickr Creative Commons

    

 About 1500 unwanted dogs and cats are rescued every year in Delta County. But many more are turned away. One local rescue organization wants to change that by building a bigger shelter.

But to do that, they need more money. So the group Citizens Animal Welfare and Shelter, or CAWS, is launching a capital campaign. 

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

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As the Affordable Care Act takes effect this year, Delta County Memorial Hospital Administrator Jason Cleckler is navigating uncertain terrain.

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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.

Modern Women's Club

On Monday, Delta County Commissioners named two historical landmarks. One of them is Paonia’s Bross Hotel, built in 1906 and now a bed and breakfast. The other - the Rogers Mesa Community House, built in the mid-1890s as the Hurst School. 

Headlines

  • More Layoffs as Coal Mine All But Shuttered
  • KVNF Youth Reporters Tackle Energy Issues
  • Ali Lightfoot on the Pass the Mic Project
  • December Storm Could be Clue to Rest of Winter Weather
  • Despite Early Snowfall, Much of State Still in Drought

More Layoffs As Coal Mine All But Shuttered

Dec 3, 2013
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More coal miners in the North Fork Valley are being laid off. Oxbow Mining company, owned by billionaire Bill Koch, laid off more than a hundred more employees on Monday at its Elk Creek mine.

CAWS
CAWS

For this episode of Local Motion, we spoke with two members of the Delta County CAWS organization. 

Joanna Calabrese

Just weeks after the Bureau of Land Management announced it would consider some community-developed ideas for managing public lands in the agency's Uncompaghre region, concerned citizens and stakeholders from the North Fork Valley met with Delta County Commissioners in Delta.   

Headlines:

  • Republicans Still Outpacing Democrats in Voter Turnout
  • Delta County Clerk on Changes in Voting after New Election Rules
  • Montrose County Schools Embarking on Ambitious IT Upgrades
  • Colorado Farmers Say Proposed Air-Quality Regulations are Too Weak
  • CPW Accepting Public Comments on Management Plans for Mule Deer
  • Independence Pass Closed for Season
  • Free Entrance to National Parks This Weekend

Headlines

  • Head of Oil and Gas Commission Praises Industry's Response to Flooding
  • State Department of Agriculture Still Investigating Case of Stolen Monkey
  • Drought Prompts Study of Gold-Medal Fishery Near Basalt
  • Delta County Residents to Vote on Ending More Term Limits
  • US Rep. Cory Gardner Criticizes "Brobamacare" Ads
North Fork Merchant Herald

Today on Local Motion we talk with three of the people involved with the North Fork Air Quality Study, a year-long project put together by CU-Boulder, the Western Slope Conservation Center and the Delta County School District. 

The project will use low-cost, portable and permanent monitoring devices to get baseline measurements of air quality in the North Fork Valley. 

Headlines

  • Winner of the Trip to Fiji Contest Drawn at KVNF Annual Meeting
  • Paonia Voters to see Ballot Question on Sidewalks
  • Colorado US Senators ask to Delay Health Insurance Deadline
  • More Help Coming for Farmers and Ranchers on the Front Range after Flooding
  • KDNK's Ed Williams Speaks to Legislative Reporter Bente Birkeland about Amendment 66
  • Layoffs at Elk Creek Mine Could Challenge Local Economy, Delta County Schools

Headlines

  • Judge Delays Trial of Heather Jensen Until January
  • Group Opposed to Christo's Arkansas River Installation Continues Fight
  • Delta County Pays $10,000 Retainer for Denver Legal Firm in Hen House Case
  • Crawford Continues Discussion on Municipal Court
  • Colorado Gears Up for Move to All-Mail Ballots
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Delta County Treasurer Lisa Tafoya visited commissioners on Monday to obtain permission to close her office at 1 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in preparation for the county’s annual tax lien sale on Thursday Nov. 7.

The closure would allow staffers to prepare for the sale, which begins promptly at 10 am in the district court room. Properties with outstanding taxes were printed once in the Delta County Independent and are listed on the county treasurer’s website, updated every Monday. 

Headlines

  • Committee Will Look at State's Flood Response
  • Logging Production Hurt by Government Shutdown
  • After Shutdown, Maroon Bells May See Cutbacks
  • US Representative Cory Gardner Questions Health Exchange Problems
  • Delta County to hold Tax Lien Sale in Early November 
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On Monday the Delta County Commissioners went into executive session to discuss ongoing litigation over the Hostetler hen-laying operation on Powell Mesa. The closed door sessions with county attorney Christine Knight have become a hallmark of the commissioners’ regular meetings as the case has dragged on for two years. 

Headlines

  • Turning a Public Park into an Edible Forest Free-for-All
  • School Board Members and Candidates Sound Off on Amendment 66
  • US Marshals Looking for Telluride Man Suspected of Attempted Murder
  • "It's Crap!" - North Fork Valley Residents on the Government Shutdown
  • Around the World in 3 Minutes - Commentary from North Fork Valley Vision School Student 

Major Layoffs at Oxbow Coal Mine

Oct 16, 2013
Elise Thatcher/Aspen Public Radio

Two weeks ago, the coal mine near Paonia owned by billionaire Bill Koch laid off more than half of its employees. The Koch owned Oxbow Mining company hopes to expand operations again in the future and rehire some of the workers.  In the meantime the layoffs are creating hardships for a number of communities.

“It’s very sad time around the mine, you know to lose your income and lose your job is real traumatic, so it’s very painful decision for us," says Mike Ludlow, the Executive Vice President of Oxbow’s mining operations.

Headlines

  • Shutdown Could Delay Benefit Checks for Over 90,000 Veterans
  • New Online Healthcare Marketplaces Running Smoothly for Delta County Residents
  • Cedaredge Police Chief Robert Yant Resigns
  • Ethics Group Says Anti-Pot Tax Group Should've Reported Free Joints in Campaign Finances
  • State Democrats Criticize New Recall Effort
  • Morgan Carroll Chosen as Next Colorado Senate President

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.  

Connect for Health Colorado

Officials with Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s new online health exchange, said the website saw 79,000 unique visitors for its first day on Monday.

Alicia Plantz with the Montrose Connect for Health Office says she’s received plenty of calls and some walk-ins over the past few days. She says most of the people she’s talked to so far want to know whether they’re eligible for financial assistance.

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.

Delta County’s conservative budget process got an A-plus this year from auditor Pete Blair.

Headlines:

  • Hallmark Channel TV Series Won’t Be Filmed in Telluride After All
  • Doug Lamborn Aims to Lift Regulations on Coal Mining Near Streams
  • iSeeChange Report – Drought and the Future of Western Forests
  • Supporters of School Funding Increase Gather Double the Required Signatures for November Vote
  • Delta County Conservation Budget Looks Good in Audit

Many property owners in Delta county were surprised to see their assessed valuation plummet this year, some by as much as 20%. 

Headlines:

  • Ouray County Officials Aim to Bring in New Tax Revenue
  • Delta County Property Values Fall Dramatically
  • Monsoon Rains Lead to Fire Restrictions in San Juan National Forest
  • iSeeChange Report – The Not-So-Simple Science of Monsoon Forecasting

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