Powell Mesa Hen House Lawsuit

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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. Delta County has now hired the largest legal firm in the state , one that also has offices Utah, Montana and Nevada, to defend the laying facility near Hotchkiss that houses...

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. The Daily Sentinel reports the ad in the October 2 nd High Country Shopper invites guests to show their support for agriculture and help raise money for the Hostetlers legal defense. A Delta...

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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.

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. The judge ruled that the county had failed to provide enough evidence to counter claims by residents that the facility was posing serious health risks to nearby people and animals. Delta County...