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Unopposed candidates poised to fill county offices

Unopposed candidates poised to fill county offices  1333 views

The November ballot contains the names of five candidates who have no opposition for county offices. All five candidates are Republicans, and all but one is an incumbent.

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Delta Fire Protection District #1 seeks mill levy increase

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The November ballot will contain a question from Delta County Fire Protection District #1, which covers the Delta area, seeking its first mill levy increase since the fire district was organized in 1944.

The mill levy is currently 3.17 mills, reduced from the original 5.0 mills as a result of "ratcheting down" provisions in the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR).

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County earns 'SolSmart Gold' honors

County earns 'SolSmart Gold' honors  463 views

Delta County has received a gold designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar.

The initial bronze designation in 2017 was an effort led by AmeriCorps VISTAs at Solar Energy International, and recognized Delta County for taking measurable steps to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development.

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Delta

Delta Fire Protection District #1 seeks mill levy increase

Delta Fire Protection District #1 seeks mill levy increase

The November ballot will contain a question from Delta County Fire Protection District #1, which covers the Delta area, seeking its first mill levy increase since the fire district was organized in 1944.

The mill levy is currently 3.17 mills, reduced from the original 5.0 mills as a result of "ratcheting down" provisions in the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR).

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Sheriff expresses frustration with mental health care system

Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee last week released a press release highlighting the urgent need for mental health services for individuals who are a serious threat to our communities.

After sharing his frustration with the lack of options available to a mentally ill inmate, he says he received a positive response from the state Office of Behavioral Health.

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DCMH expands, updates services to meet changing environment

"It is remarkable to look back over the past decade and see how far Delta County Memorial Hospital has come in a rapidly changing and challenging health care environment," Jason Cleckler, CEO, says.

"The hospital has grown to be a system that is focused on improving access, quality of care, reducing cost of care, and treating the whole person."

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Millions in marijuana seized by Delta PD

On Oct. 12, eight Delta residents were arrested in connection with an illegal marijuana cultivation and processing facility within the City of Delta. The ensuing investigation led investigators to believe the marijuana was being cultivated and processed for the purpose of illegal distribution in Miami, Fla.

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Ballots require 71¢ in postage

County clerks in Colorado began mailing ballots on Monday, Oct. 15. With the exception of Orchard City and Cedaredge, most active registered voters in Delta County will be receiving a two-page ballot for the 2018 General Election.

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Fall cleanup

The City of Delta's annual fall cleanup campaign begins Monday, Oct. 22. Residents are advised to have their items out by 7 a.m. Monday to avoid being missed -- city crews will systematically visit each neighborhood just once.

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North Fork

Drought resilience requires investment

Drought resilience requires investment

If it hadn't been for the salts in the soils beneath his farm near Hotchkiss, Tom Kay (TK) likely would not have been able to fully irrigate his corn field this past summer. Because he has salty soils, TK was able to get government assistance to replace an old flood irrigation system with a center-pivot sprinkler system several years ago.

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Time to get your entry ready for Festival of Trees

With snow dusting the tops of the mountains, thoughts are turning to the holidays in Crawford. The Pioneer Days Committee has big plans for this year's Parade of Lights and Crawford's Festival of Trees and invites everyone to begin preparing.

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BoCC comments on wilderness

Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes have submitted their assessment concerning wilderness in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.

The commissioners noted that Delta County currently encompasses wilderness and wilderness study areas.

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Paonia declares opposition to Amendment 74

The Paonia board of trustees unanimously approved a resolution opposing an amendment to the Colorado Constitution that voters will be asked to consider in the Nov. 6 ballot.

The resolution states that Amendment 74, "Compensation to Owners for Decreased Property Value Due to State Regulation Initiative," or the "Just Compensation" initiative, would "drastically limit state and local government services at a high cost to taxpayers."

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Iron Point 3D Seismic Project comments requested

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests is accepting public comment on the Iron Point 3D Seismic Project.

Gunnison Energy LLC (GELLC) has proposed conducting a 3-D seismic survey on approximately 28,000 acres of public lands north of Paonia in Delta and Gunnison counties to determine if there is oil and gas development potential, identify locations for exploratory drilling and locate subsurface features that could impede development of existing oil and gas leases.

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Hotchkiss chamber invites nominations

The Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce invites nominations for Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Nonprofit of the Year.

"It is again time to recognize those businesses, individuals and nonprofits in our community that really shine," said chamber president Nathan Sponseller.

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Surface Creek

Old Slaughterhouse lists Applefest winners

Matt Sheader from Cedaredge's Old Slaughterhouse music and entertainment venue has announced the winners of this year's Applefest competitions. The venue sponsored a "Coolest Ride" contest and a "Pin-Up Girl" competition.

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Hours of food bank extended

Surface Creek Community Services announces the addition of family-friendly hours for the food pantry. To accommodate working families, the food pantry will be open Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Little Sprouts playground gets a major makeover

Little Sprouts playground gets a major makeover

Rain or shine, kids and adults agree it's a great overhaul.

It was a bright autumn day earlier this month, when a crowd of adults and children gathered for a ceremony to officially open the newly designed playground for Cedaredge's Little Sprouts Community Preschool.

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Trustees meet in regular session Oct. 18

The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees will meet for a regular meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. The agenda will be a full one and the public is encouraged to attend.

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OC discusses interest earnings, removes trustee from DCED board

OC discusses interest earnings, removes trustee from DCED board

The Orchard City board of trustees held a regular meeting Oct. 10. While approving the September minutes, disbursements and financial statement, trustee Mel Cook asked if the town had invested yet in COLOTRUST. This would be evident on this month's statements.

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Cedaredge trustees review latest draft of 2019 budget

The 2019 budget is continuing to take shape. The current draft budget is balanced and all funds are projected to carry a cash balance forward on Dec. 31, 2019.

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Opinion

Don't let profit, politics trump our kids' safety

People who compare alcohol to marijuana are usually the same people who are attempting to minimize the dangers to our children as to its use. These are the same people who want to legalize a self serving agenda either to gain income from it or self indulge themselves with it.

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Tired of city's wanton tax-and-spend behavior

Delta City Council members are trumpeting a familiar cacophony. They're begging a tax increase for familiar reasons, using similar justification and the same old rationalization.

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Darker money ... darker outcomes

Recently I received my 20th full color campaign flyer from the campaign for Olen Lund for Senate District 5. As I leafed through my sizable collection of Lund material, I also noted that nine of the 20 were negative attack ads aimed at Olen's opponent, Kerry Donovan.

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Don't be fooled by Tipton's claims

So, Tipton sends out a terrifying flier, "Diane Bush is a socialist!" Seriously? We have years of Diane's work in the state legislature to see she is no socialist.

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Fund that ride in a fair way

Right now the people of the North Fork have the opportunity to fund their ambulance service with a property tax. Is this system fair?

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Carlson, Clay, Ryan deserve praise

For somebody who doesn't own property within city limits and cannot vote in city elections, Scott Schaible certainly seems to know a lot about "the will of the people" in City of Delta.

Schaible continues to ignore the will of the people in his own special way.

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Sports

Delta loses 1-0

Delta High School soccer traveled to Vail Mountain on Oct. 9 to face the Gore Rangers. Luck wasn't with the Panthers this time, however, as they fell in defeat to Vail 1-0.

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Montessori Run set for Nov. 3

North Fork Montessori at Crawford is sponsoring a family-friendly Color Run 2k/5k run-walk on Saturday, Nov. 3.

More than 6 million people in over 35 countries have experienced a Color Run.

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Dogs and Pirates in soggy game

Dogs and Pirates in soggy game

Friday night Oct. 12 at Olathe High School was the soggy scene for varsity football. The Pirates contest against the Hotchkiss Bulldogs was highlighted by an extremely saturated field.

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Delta edged, 13-0, in football by Basalt

Delta's Panthers redeemed themselves, to a large degree, in last week's football game in Basalt. The ugliness of a torrential rain a week ago against Rifle was absent last Friday in Basalt.

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Eagles focus on final net tilts before districts

Eagles focus on final net tilts before districts

With district tournaments less than two weeks away, the Eagles volleyball team is now 6-4 following last week's losses to the top two teams in the 2A/1A Western Slope League.

With two games remaining, Paonia is now focusing on holding on to its No. 3 spot in league standings.

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Delta, Olathe XC runners to be challenged

Delta and Olathe will compete Friday at the 3A Region 1 cross country meet in Aspen. The course is located at an elevation of 7,901 feet.

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What's Happening

Volunteers wanted to work on grouse habitat

The Gunnison Sage Grouse, endemic to western Colorado, is endangered. Already suffering from habitat loss, the Buttermilk Fire of this past summer has made the population of sage grouse that call the Gunnison Gorge NCA home all the more vulnerable.

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KPP dinner to benefit The Nature Connection

The next Kids Pasta Project fundraising dinner will be held Monday, Oct. 22, to benefit The Nature Connection. It will be held at Delicious Orchards, 39126 Highway 133, Hotchkiss, beginning at 6 p.m.

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Valley Symphony presents masterpieces from 1700 to today

The Valley Symphony Association (VSA) presents its fall concert, "Masterpieces from 1700 to Today," on Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion.

The VSA is an all-volunteer arts organization now in its 48th season.

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Fly tyers gather monthly

Thirsty Thursday Tyers Table (4T) will be seating Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Warriors Resource Center/Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans, 4 Hillcrest Plaza Way, Montrose.

This is the final monthly gathering of Gunnison Gorge Anglers (GGA) fly tying group before the holidays.

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Old Spanish Trail field trip planned

The Interpretive Association of Western Colorado and Fort Uncompahgre will host an Old Spanish Trail field trip Thursday, Oct. 25. Jon Horn with Alpine Archeological Group, Montrose, will be the tour guide. Horn will retrace the North Branch (NB) of the Old Spanish Trail west of Delta to the Delta County line.

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What's happening at your library? Oct. 17, 2018

The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.

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