Delta County

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
Marty Durlin/KVNF

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 
Marty Durlin/KVNF

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

Hungry senior citizens in Montrose, Delta and San Miguel counties may soon have to tighten their belts even more. Delta County Commissioners learned Monday at their regular meeting that funding for the Meals on Wheels program, which includes meals at senior centers around the area, has been severely impacted by the sequester – a huge hit for a program that was already foundering. KVNF’s Marty Durlin has more.

Travis Bubenik, KVNF.

If you called the Delta County Health Department Tuesday afternoon (June 18), you might've heard this message:

"We are not planning to spray the North Fork for mosquitos." 

Ken Nordstrom, Director of Environmental Health for Delta County, set those words as his voicemail message in response to a flurry of calls from North Fork area residents, who initially thought the health department was proposing to carry out aerial insecticide spraying throughout the county.

Headlines:

  • County’s Board of Health to spray Orchard City and Delta to prevent West Nile Virus
  • Petition to recall Colorado Senate president John Morse is verified by Secretary of State
  • Senators Udall and Bennet want trains to lay off the horns
  • Mesa County officials warn COGCC against over-regulation
  • BLM imposes stage one fire restrictions on public land

Headlines:

  • Drones in Mesa County
  • Commissioners require air pollution testing for hen-laying facilities
  • Lawyers defend first amendment rights for marijuana publications in Colorado
  • Delta County Housing Authority spearheads grants for area counties to rehab low-income residents’ homes
  • Red flag warning again today
North Fork Merchant Herald

Delta County Commissioners recently approved a $15,000 study to be performed by Ken Kolm Hydrologic System Analysis that will provide a baseline for the state of groundwater in the North Fork Valley.

Environmental Health Director Ken Nordstrom presented a contract for commissioners to sign, launching the second phase of a groundwater study for the county. The first phase covered the Oak Mesa area and the second will address the North Fork.

On Saturday the Delta Historical Museum hosted a tribute to two sisters for their many contributions to the community.

Nellie Clark and Sula Mathews have lived in Delta since 1932 where they have spent a lifetime of community service -- at the library, the schools, the church, and a variety of other worthy causes. This week Nellie turns 97 -- her younger sister is only 89.

 

Headlines:

  • Chicken Farm Redux: Delta County Commissioners hear more evidence in Western Slope Layers case
  • Uranium mines get license from state
  • Chesnik pleads guilty to $400,000 theft from Town of Paonia
  • Crawford resident Craig Childs wins Orion Book Award
  • Cockers choose Teacher of the Year in North Fork

Headlines:

  • Loveland Pass Avalance Victims Were Back Country Experts
  • Hostetler hen-laying operation on Powell Mesa heads to another hearing
  • New marijuana players in a new environment
  • The Forest Service gets into the Aspen real estate market
  • Archaeological Conservancy buys Shavano Valley Rock Art Site
  • iSeeChange: Amber Kleinman and the journals of William Beezley

Headlines:

  • Loveland Pass Avalance Victims Were Back Country Experts
  • Hostetler hen-laying operation on Powell Mesa heads to another hearing
  • New marijuana players in a new environment
  • The Forest Service gets into the Aspen real estate market
  • Archaeological Conservancy buys Shavano Valley Rock Art Site
  • iSeeChange: Amber Kleinman and the journals of William Beezley

Headlines:

  • Delta County Stands For Second Amendment
  • Legislature Debates School Funding
  • Drought Prompting Water Users To Think Outside The Irrigation Box
  • Local Vintner Working For Alternative To Gas Development
  • Delta County Landfill Now Charges To Accept Tires
  • Sandhill Crane Count

Headlines:

  • Bill Would Fund More Oil & Gas Inspectors
  • Grand Junction Gas Explosion Causes Injuries, Evacuations
  • Parachute Hydrocarbon Leak Continues
  • Death Penalty On Table At Legislature
  • DOE Favors Uranium Leasing Continuation
  • Delta County Honors Local Veteran

Headlines:

  • Civil Union Bill Passes, Awaits Gov's Signature
  • Another Lawsuit In The Delta County Chicken War
  • Joint Committee To Light Up Meetings Over Pot Rules
  • Gallup Poll Says Coloradans Are Happiest

As Colorado’s Senate Judiciary Committee debated gun bills at the capitol, Delta County Commissioners heard con and pro on the enforcement of the pending legislation at their regular meeting this week.

Yesterday Delta County Commissioners passed an ordinance banning commercial marijuana enterprises in the unincorporated areas of the county. Amendment 64, which legalizes recreational marijuana in Colorado, allows counties to opt out of some provisions. A small group attended the commissioners’ regular meeting to discuss the issue. KVNF’s Marty Durlin reported on the story.

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