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Local News
8:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Delta County Commissioners Approve Hen House, Plaintiffs Vow to See Them in Court

Commissioner Bruce Hovde at his umpteenth hearing on Western Slope Layers' facility on Powell Mesa.

Since Delta County Commissioners gave conditional approval to Western Slope Layers’ cage-free chicken farm in August 2011, the hen-laying facility on Powell Mesa has been in and out of district court and the commissioners’ hearing room ten times. At issue: the compatibility of the facility with the surrounding neighborhood; its impact on neighbors’ health and real estate values; the ability of the county to properly monitor the situation; and what regulations actually apply to the facility. A similar hen-laying operation is proposed for Redlands Mesa.

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