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Delta County Commissioners

  • Colorado’s legislative session wrapped up last week . KUNC’s Lucas Brady Woods reports lawmakers painted a rosy picture of their accomplishments.
  • In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we continue with our last installment in our interview series with Western Slope Latinés. Today, we hear from Marisela Ballesteros Celestino. She is a first generation Latiné and Cora Indian. She's also the assistant director for Project Hope, Gunnison's resource center for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human traffiking.Ballesteros Celestino speaks to KVNF's Laura Palmisano about growing up in the Gunnison Valley, staying connected to her indigenous heritage, and her work as an advocate.
  • Delta County canceled its land use code work session for today due to a pending state bill that attempts to address Colorado’s housing shortage. Senate Bill 23-213 became a topic of discussion during Tuesday’s Delta County Board of County Commissioners meeting. KVNF’s Lisa Young has this story.
  • KVNF celebrated live on air this Wednesday afternoon as the station met its Reimage Radio Spring Drive goal of $62 thousand dollars. General Manager Ashley Krest thanked donors who made the goal a reality. The station received over 500 individual donations during the two week long fundraising campaign.Delta County Commissioners decided not to remove Planning Commissioner Victoria Turner for alleged non-performance of duty and misconduct. During Tuesday’s meeting there was no formal indication given by Chairman Wendell Koontz that a public hearing was taking place. Following discussion by the board, Commissioner Mike Lane made a motion to remove Turner. The motion died for lack of a second. For now Turner remains on the Planning Commission.
  • In Part 2 of our reporting on the Delta County Land Use process, Commissioner Don Suppes talks about complaints against Delta County Planning Director Carl Holm and process for the land use code going forward. Hundreds of high school students marched on the State Capitol last Friday to demand action against gun violence. Delta High School Speech and Debate is celebrating victory over 36 schools at the 4A state championship in Colorado Springs.
  • A controversial effort to legalize overdose prevention centers advanced at the State Capitol on Wednesday. Also called safe use sites, these facilities give people using illicit drugs a designated place to do it and supervision to avoid deadly overdoses. Delta County Commissioners voted down the most recent updates from the Delta County Planning Commission. Delta County Commissioners will host a work session on Tuesday, March 7 to discuss an Climate Action Plan from the Citizens for a Healthy Community.
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is winding down its operation of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline, reports the Colorado Newsline. Delta County Commissioners approved a budget request by its Human Services Department last month to nearly triple the amount of pay case managers were receiving for working a week of on-call shifts, reports the Delta County Independent. Last October, concerns about racial intolerance among administrative staff at the City of Durango led to the resignation of 4 members of the city’s Community Relations Commission. For Rocky Mountain Community Radio, Clark Adomaitis of K-S-U-T and K-S-J-D looked into the past and future of the commission.
  • Former Sunset Mesa funeral home director Megan Hess has asked the U.S. District Court to delay the Jan. 3rd sentencing date by at least 90 -120 days reports the Montrose Daily Press. Search giant Google has agreed to a nearly $400 million dollar settlement with Colorado and 39 other states in connection to how the company tracked users’ locations even when they opted out, reports the Denver Post. The Police Chief told the Paonia Town Council recently that his “department is currently responding to a mental health/suicide call for service approximately every other week”. Delta County Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement with the town of Orchard City for police coverage.
  • Delta County Commissioners approved an estimated $1 million dollars to upgrade the county’s 9-1-1 communication system. A preliminary permit for Xcel Energy was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ahead of a feasibility study for a hydropower facility in Unaweep Canyon. The 2022 midterm elections are coming up on Tuesday, November 8th. A Native political organization is endorsing thirty one native candidates running for office. Despite the rise in health insurance costs, some Coloradans will still be able to get financial assistance to lower the price they pay. Some states in our region and around the U-S are restricting abortions. Now, efforts are underway to connect women with abortion medications – a dose of two pills that can be taken at home. A mobile clinic is operating along Colorado’s border, so women from out-of-state can pick up the pills
  • Delta County Commissioners voted in favor of denying a mobile hot mix asphalt plant to be located near the Gunnison River bridge on Hwy 65. The decision to deny the plant was made during Tuesday’s public hearing. Colorado lawmakers are embracing a secret online voting system to help decide which bills should live or die. Some lawmakers and government transparency advocates are sounding the alarm, saying the secret votes shut the public out of key decisions and may even violate open meeting laws.