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Delta

Arch Coal responds to final 'Clean Power Plan' rule

Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final "Clean Power Plan" rule.

"The administration seems increasingly desperate to salvage an ill-advised and poorly designed rule, which won't work, won't pass muster with states, and won't stand up to legal scrutiny," said Deck Slone, Arch's senior vice president of strategy and public policy.

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Commissioners act on assessment appeals

On May 1 of this year county assessor Debbie Griffith mailed to all Delta County property owners a notice of the valuation of their property, the valuation on which their property taxes will be based for 2015, payable in 2016.

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Commissioners approve subdivision modifications

Doug Dean, director of Colorado State University Extension Service, discussed the revised memorandum of understanding (MOU) among the Extension Office and the four counties of Mesa, Delta, Montrose and Ouray with Delta County Commissioners Mark Roeber, Doug Atchley and Bruce Hovde at the Aug. 3 commissioners meeting.

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Confluence Lake improvements planned
Confluence Lake improvements planned

Time has taken a toll on the handicap fishing peninsula on Delta's Confluence Lake. The fishing dock on the east side of the lake is also showing signs of wear. Both issues will be addressed this fall, as city park crews rework the peninsula.

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Connect for Health has new location

Volunteers of America's assistance site for Connect for Health Colorado in Montrose has moved. The new offices are located in the Park Avenue Professional Building, 121 North Park Avenue, on the corner of North 1st and Park Avenue.

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DCMH names Carol Swingle new Stork's Landing coordinator
DCMH names Carol Swingle new Stork's Landing coordinator

Carol Swingle, RN, BSN was recently named the new Stork's Landing coordinator at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She brings a professional background of over 30 years in the health care industry.

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Delta city manager search begins anew

The Delta City Council has offered the position of city manager to two different candidates and has come up empty each time. Now councilmembers plan to seek the assistance of a professional recruiter.

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Law enforcement blotter August 5, 2015

From the Delta Police Department:

July 27:

Justice L. Kuhn, 20, of Eckert was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.

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Learner launches IT career at Vision Charter Academy
Learner launches IT career at Vision Charter Academy

Phillip Scheetz, who will begin his sophomore year as a Vision Charter Academy learner, launched his information technology career by earning his Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+ certification in May. A CompTIA A+ certification is the industry standard in the information technology industry that proves to future employers the certificate holder is qualified to perform computer software and hardware technical support as well as troubleshoot networking and security issues within operating systems such as Apple, Android and Windows.

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Motorcycle collides with deer

A motorcycle traveling eastbound on Highway 50 collided with a deer at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The motorcycle was carrying two people and was just east of 1600 Road at the time of the accident.

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Oil/gas discussion will be a long process

At their Aug. 3 regular meeting county commissioners Mark Roeber, Bruce Hovde and Doug Atchley were asked about a letter to the editor in the July 29 issue of the Delta County Independent from Wink Davis of Mesa Winds Farm & Winery concerning the status of oil and gas development in the North Fork.

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SG files notice of exploratory well

SG Interests I has filed a notice of staking with BLM to drill a mancos formation test within the Wolf Creek Storage Unit in Mesa County. The proposed well is located on a lease which is part of approximately 30,000 acres of federal leases SG has previously proposed to exchange for other federal leases in Mesa, Delta and Gunnison counties.

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Sheriff warns of phone scam

Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee has received complaints about a telephone scam involving a male who identifies himself as a deputy with the sheriff's office and even provides a badge number.

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Teen hurt crossing truck route

An 11-year-old Delta male sustained serious injuries when he ran into the side of a van while attempting to cross Confluence Drive. The accident occurred at about 1 p.m. Aug. 1.

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Opinion

An introduction to Bernie Sanders

On the evening of July 29 about 64 supporters of Vermont independent, and Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders gathered at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. The event was part of some 3,500 held across the country with well over 100,000 core supporters of Sanders attending.

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The less new oil/gas drilling the better

I love living in the North Fork Valley -- the scenery, the farms, the ranches, the food and the creative people. This community provides an extraordinary quality of life. I am grateful to have my home and business here.

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Who will step forward for our future leaders?

To all voting citizens of Delta County Colorado: At this year's November elections you will be voting for two school board members. The two positions on which to be voted are in Cedaredge and Delta.

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Sports

Todd Helton Night in GJ
Todd Helton Night in GJ

The Grand Junction Rockies will honor former Colorado Rockies great Todd Helton with an on-field ceremony on Friday, Aug. 7. Grand Junction will play host to the Missoula Osprey at Suplizio Field beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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Community

PEO Chapter GT awards scholarship
PEO Chapter GT awards scholarship

Each year PEO Chapter GT, Delta, selects a graduating senior girl as recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship is rotated to the four high schools in Delta County.

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Radcliffs celebrate golden anniversary
Radcliffs celebrate golden anniversary

Dee Dee and Les Radcliff of Cedaredge are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Aug. 22, 1965, in Boulder.

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School Zone

Children required to be vaccinated for school

Colorado law requires that children going to school be immunized against vaccine-preventable disease. Colorado follows the immunization schedule approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other physician groups which recommend that health care providers follow the schedule known as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices or the ACIP schedule.

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Obituaries

Beebe Grace Townsend
Beebe Grace Townsend

Lifelong North Fork Valley resident, Beebe Grace Townsend, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2015, at her home on Rogers Mesa in Hotchkiss surrounded by her family.

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Beverlie Carter

Beverlie Carter of Olathe died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Colorow Care Center. She was 94.

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Joan Lucille Walter
Joan Lucille Walter

Joan Lucille Walter, loving wife, mother and grandmother, 73, of Silt, Colo., passed away surrounded by her family and caregivers July 29, 2015.

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Trish Whitecloud

Charlotte "Trish" Patricia Crane Whitecloud died Friday, July 31, 2015, at her home in Delta. She was 62.

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Twila Low
Twila Low

Twila Jean Low died July 6, 2015, at her home in Cedaredge. She was 71.

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Wallace Newton

Lifetime Delta resident Wallace "Newt" Newton died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. He was 91.

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North Fork

Paonia sets rules on commercial park use

At its July 28 meeting the Paonia Board of Trustees adopted a resolution establishing policy for commercial uses of the town's four parks, with trustee Susanne Watson casting the sole nay vote.

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Emily Goad is new librarian  for North Fork
Emily Goad is new librarian for North Fork

A new book reader, dog lover, outdoor enthusiast, and hard-working librarian arrived in town a few weeks ago. Her name is Emily Goad and she has been hired by the Delta County Libraries to manage the Crawford, Hotchkiss and Paonia libraries.

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Fair grand marshals 'Bliss-fully' serve Delta County and beyond
Fair grand marshals 'Bliss-fully' serve Delta County and beyond

Ed and Pam Bliss of Crawford will serve as grand marshals of the 2015 Delta County Fair.

The Blisses are retired, but continue to support the community through volunteerism -- a commitment they made almost 40 years ago.

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Head, heart, hands, health guide Clock triplets for 11 years
Head, heart, hands, health guide Clock triplets for 11 years

Tyrell, Tiffany and Tia Clock don't know what they're going to do with all their free time after the Delta County Fair ends. The 4-H members have entered hundreds of projects over the years, including 64 pigs, roughly 300 turkeys, a few lambs, and more chickens than they care to remember.

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Museum celebrates 10 years with open house
Museum celebrates 10 years with open house

It has been 10 years since the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society moved into its present building. The museum will celebrate this event with an open house on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 1 - 4 p.m.

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Paonia trustees pass street painting policy

The controversial "Painted Streets in Paonia Policy and Process," and a related proposal for a mural to be painted on a residential street surface, were passed by a 5-1 vote, with trustee Susanne Watson casting the dissenting vote. Throughout policy discussion, the lines were often blurred between the two items, since the street painting proposal hinged on passage of the policy.

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Paonia voters may see broadband ballot question

The Town of Paonia is considering placing a broadband initiative on this November's general election ballot.

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Stakeholders agree to adjust Thompson Divide boundary

Regional stakeholders praised a negotiated compromise that was reached last week between the Carbondale-based Thompson Divide Coalition (TDC), Gunnison Energy LLC (GELLC), Trout Unlimited, and elected officials in Gunnison County.

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Support the next generation of agriculture producers at the sale

The 2015 Junior Market Livestock Sale is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. Plan to attend and support the efforts of area 4-H and FFA youth by purchasing quality market livestock animals over the auction block.

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Two Brothers Organics awarded marketing grant
Two Brothers Organics awarded marketing grant

Two Brothers Organics, the Hotchkiss-based company that operates Big B's Juices and Hard Ciders, was recently awarded a Colorado Department of Agriculture marketing and sales grant through the Enrich Colorado Ag Grant program.

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Surface Creek

CHS band, choir appeal to music lovers around the world

The invitation has been issued and accepted. The Cedaredge High School band and choir will be representing Colorado at the national Memorial Day celebration in Washington, D.C., in May 2016.

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Get out and enjoy the national forest
Get out and enjoy the national forest

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest is vibrant with colorful fields of alpine wildflowers -- this is peak season for nature viewing, photography, hiking, riding and learning more about the amazing natural features that surround us.

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Plants of the Western Slope August 5, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope August 5, 2015

I always find this drive exciting. We left Eckert (elevation about 6,000 feet) and now we're on top of Grand Mesa (elevation over 10,000 feet).

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