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Delta

4-H'ers compete at state fair

The Delta Extension Office congratulates local 4-H'ers for their excellent projects. "We know you worked hard all year," said Jackie Shea. "We are proud of you and your fine accomplishments."

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Bank of Colorado hires Chris Cox
Bank of Colorado hires Chris Cox

Bank of Colorado announces the hire of Christopher Cox as market president of the Delta branch.

Previously, Cox was with First State Bank of Colorado, serving as market president.

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Church offers child care for early release

Delta United Methodist Church is again offering after-school care when children are released early from school. This outreach is for kindergarten-middle school children.

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DCMH's trauma center applauded during on-site review
DCMH's trauma center applauded during on-site review

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment completed an on-site review of the Level IV trauma center at Delta County Memorial Hospital on Aug. 5.

Strengths of the trauma program were identified by the on-site review committee and included administrative support, physical plant, trauma nurse coordinator, trauma medical director/co-director, good trauma care, EMS involvement, injury prevention, nursing education support, lab, radiology, ICU director and operating room director.

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DMEA board differs on Internet plan

The directors of Delta-Montrose Electric Association are trying to work through differences about whether or how to move forward with a third study of a fiber optic network project often referred to as "broadband."

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DMEA fiber estimate pegged at $94 million

A consultant's estimate for building out DMEA's proposed "last mile" Internet broadband business model is $94 million.

The figure was confirmed last week by DMEA staff in an email reply to the DCI.

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Don't hop on ATVs yet

Model traffic code changes that would permit the operation of off-highway vehicles in the City of Delta will not take effect until early October, if an ordinance adopting those changes was approved by Delta City Council Tuesday night.

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Godly Play Sunday school restarts

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Delta will host a Holy Communion service followed by a picnic lunch at the pavilion in Cleland Park on Sunday, Sept. 13, beginning at 10:15 a.m. St. Luke's has a Sunday School program for young children, pre-K through fifth grade, beginning on that Sunday.

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Highway access study under review

City, county and CDOT officials are reviewing a long-range planning document that addresses access points along Highway 50 and Highway 92 in the Delta area.

Michelle Hansen, an engineer with Stolfus & Associates, Inc., presented the information at a council work session Aug. 4.

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Law enforcement blotter September 2, 2015

Kayla J. Barrett, 22, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged following too closely after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 92 at Crawford Avenue. No injuries were reported and both vehicles were driven from the scene.

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Loan repayment program helps communities short on health care providers

The Colorado Health Service Corps recently awarded $2.6 million in student loan repayment funds to 50 new health care professionals who will, in exchange, practice in some of Colorado's most medically underserved communities for the next three years.

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MOPS offers morning and evening meetings

Delta MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers) is starting its 2015-2016 meetings, and will now have TWO sessions! The first meetings of the year are Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Delta First Baptist Church, 1250 Pioneer Road (just down the street from Delta High School).

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Non-profit supports those with disabilities

For over 60 years, Arc has dedicated itself to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their parents and siblings.

When Arc was formed in 1950, there were virtually no programs to assist in the development and care of children and adults with disabilities, or to support families.

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Nurse practitioner joins Internal Medicine Associates
Nurse practitioner joins Internal Medicine Associates

Heather Ford, an adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, board-certified from Grand Junction, has joined Internal Medicine Associates, an internal medicine practice that is meeting the growing demands for medical care by Delta County residents. In 2012 Ford received the Health Professions Scholars award.

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Police chief on paid administrative leave
Police chief on paid administrative leave

Delta Police Chief Robert Thomas is apparently the subject of an internal investigation and has been placed on paid administrative leave until that investigation is complete. Sgt. Charles Kettle is serving as acting police chief.

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Rec center closes for annual maintenance

Center is closed through Monday, Sept. 7, for maintenance. Recreation center director Wilma Erven says the pools will be emptied and cleaned. All duct work, including that in the aquatics area, is being cleaned. Rec center staff will be painting, cleaning carpets and deep cleaning the locker rooms.

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School board race draws 3

Three school board candidates submitted the required petitions prior to the deadline of Friday, Aug. 28, for the election to be held in November. Two directors will be chosen for four-year terms.

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Opinion

Commissioners are moving in the right direction

My father's ancestors settled and homesteaded in Delta County, mostly in the Tongue Creek area west of Eckert. My family has always farmed in Delta County, and my wife and I own a renewable energy company that installs solar electric systems in the area.

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Don't miss events at The Fort

Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail is open and recently held an historic reenactment of the daily life of a fur trapper in the 1840s. The event was a resounding success with a great turnout by the public.

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It's time to dump The Golf Club

All of us Deltoids should congratulate Orchard City on its financial audit report. The town has liquid assets to operate for six years, a remarkable evaluation.

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Keep your sick child home

I'm writing this in absolute frustration with the parents of this community. If your child is sick, KEEP THEM HOME!

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Oil/gas development should be contained

I am disappointed to read that the oil and gas industry continues to oppose commonsense efforts to protect important public lands in the North Fork Valley and the Thompson Divide from future oil and gas development.

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The haze is an omen

Say, have you noticed the haze in the skies lately? They say this is smoke from forest fires blowing into our beautiful valleys.

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We asked for it

The current wildfires illustrate that sometimes we get what we ask for.

"We can't put in firebreaks or harvest timber because habitat might be disturbed."

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Sports

Bulldogs shred Ignacio in 43-0 walloping
Bulldogs shred Ignacio in 43-0 walloping

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs had no opening- game butterflies during Zero Week last Friday, going on a seven hour road trip to Ignacio and winning 43-0.

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DHS wins tough grid opener
DHS wins tough grid opener

It was a rematch from a year ago when Delta and The Classical Academy inititated their 2015 prep football campaign in Colorado Springs. Delta came into the game with a pre-season top-10 ranking. The Titans were listed outside the top 10 contenders.

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DT interleague champs
DT interleague champs

Information from Devil's Thumb Men's Club indicates a victory for Devil's Thumb in the recently played Men's Interleague Play championship for 2015.

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Eagles' team cruises
Eagles' team cruises

The Paonia football team has its season opening kickoff on Friday night, and the quest for the coveted 3-peat will officially begin.

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Community

Births September 2, 2015

Gersain and Gabriela Garcia of Delta are the parents of a son, Zayden Gersain Garcia, born Aug. 21, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 4.2 ounces and was 21 inches in length.

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People In The News Penick

Army Pvt. Katelin M. Penick has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

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People In The News Sims

Army Pvt. Larissa D. Sims has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

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School Zone

Fort Lewis welcomes local students

Fort Lewis College welcomes new transfer and freshmen students from all over the country to Durango.

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New principal embraces opportunities at Lincoln
New principal embraces opportunities at Lincoln

In a new school year comes new opportunities, new students and new teachers. For Lincoln Elementary, the change is in administration. Jennifer Magner excitedly awaits the adventures to come, working at an elementary school.

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Obituaries

Carlos Wesley Kincaid
Carlos Wesley Kincaid

Wes, as he liked to be called, went to be with our Lord on Aug. 19, 2015, at the HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 83.

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Dixie Ficklin
Dixie Ficklin

Aug. 29, 2015, Dixie Kathryn Ficklin was set free to be reunited in Heaven with her loved ones. She left a very deep hole here on earth.

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Joy Ohlheiser
Joy Ohlheiser

Margaret Joy Ohlheiser of Hotchkiss died of heart failure Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 85.

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Louise Drysdale
Louise Drysdale

Louise Drysdale of Delta died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 88.

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Morris Thompson
Morris Thompson

A memorial service for Morris Thompson will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at All Saints Lutheran Church in Cory, Colo.

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Paul Weiss

Paul Weiss died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 65.

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Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson

Delta resident R.V. "Tommy" Thompson died Aug. 26, 2015, at the Grand Junction VA Medical Center. He was 83.

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Velma Higgs
Velma Higgs

Velma Higgs died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Paonia Care Center. She was 76.

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North Fork

Ambulance association kicks off membership drive

The North Fork Ambulance is kicking off its annual membership drive by sending a special mailing to over 500 local North Fork businesses to reach out for their support first. The annual residential membership brochure will be mailed on Sept. 15.

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Fire closes Snow Dogs restaurant in Paonia
Fire closes Snow Dogs restaurant in Paonia

Snow Dogs Restaurant, located at 81 Highway 133, just south of Paonia, will be closed until further notice following an electrical fire that started in the early hours of Aug. 26.

The closure is very disappointing, said Anna Raith, who along with husband Kurt opened the restaurant in 2013.

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First Celebrate the Fork a success
First Celebrate the Fork a success

Visitors to the Celebrate the Fork artists' displays at Heritage Hall Saturday were treated to some of the finest examples of artistic creation in the North Fork area, from custom pieces by North Rim Glass Studio to a bowl carved from an aspen burl at Smith Fork Ranch.

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Hotchkiss Elks have impact in the community

The Hotchkiss Elks Lodge has put two international grants to good use in the community.

Beverly Clemmer reports that the $2,000 Gratitude Grant was distributed between three local organizations: S & B Quilting received $400 for its veterans quilt project; $300 to North Fork Soccer; and $1,300 to the North Fork Ambulance Association.

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Paonia approves ballot language

Paonia voters will be asked to consider whether to opt out of Senate Bill 05-152 -- which restricts municipalities from providing Internet services -- in the Nov. 3 general election.

At the Aug. 25 town board meeting, trustees voted unanimously to adopt a resolution calling for the referendum to be placed on the ballot, and approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Delta County Clerk for coordinated election services.

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Paonia police report

Investigator Neil Ferguson with the Paonia Police Department reported to trustees that an unnamed person received a summons on a non-custodial arrest following an attempt to steal electronics items at about 10 p.m. following the Aug. 19 Pickin' in the Park concert at Paonia Town Park. The items were recovered.

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Pickin' in the Park wraps up 'best season'
Pickin' in the Park wraps up 'best season'

Pickin' Productions wrapped up its free concert series at Paonia Town Park last Thursday with bluegrass music by The Railsplitters, followed by more bluegrass by 2015 Grammy nominee and 2014 IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen.

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Residents urged to register for Code Red

Paonia trustees voted last week to approve an intergovernmental agreement between the town and Delta County to participate in the Code Red Emergency Notification System (ENS). Trustees also approved the town's annual cost share of $1,400.

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Rockfall mitigation work continues on Highway 133

Rockfall mitigation work resumed this week along Highway 133 adjacent to Paonia Reservoir, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The project will require up to 20-minute traffic holds with single-lane alternating traffic on SH 133. Traffic control will be in place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until the project is complete.

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Travis Mann plays rare home gig
Travis Mann plays rare home gig

Travis Mann came home last week, making a rare appearance as part of the North Fork Creative Coalition's Celebrate the Fork event at the Delta County Fairgrounds.

A 2010 graduate of Paonia High School, Mann moved to Nashville in 2012 and defied the odds by making both a living and a name for himself as a country singer, guitarist and most recently, songwriter.

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Water tank repair is on fast track
Water tank repair is on fast track

The Town of Paonia has struggled since May to fix a seemingly endless stream of problems associated with rehabilitation work on the one million-gallon Lower Lamborn

Mesa water treatment and storage facility.

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Will James books bring the Wild West to Delta County Libraries
Will James books bring the Wild West to Delta County Libraries

Delta County certainly has its share of real-life ranchers, men and women who earn a livelihood from herding cattle, riding horses, moving irrigation and mending fences. However, for many residents the Wild West is only a dream, views of fields from car windows their only contact with cows, horses or the cowboys themselves

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope September 2, 2015
Birds of the Western Slope September 2, 2015

A flash of blue across the road ahead of me. Too large to be a bluebird ... maybe Steller's Jay? That's likely, since I'm driving along Highway 65 on top of the Grand Mesa, so I'm at the right elevation.

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CES principal dedicates himself to staff, students
CES principal dedicates himself to staff, students

The Home of the Cubs welcomes a new principal, Daniel Renfrow, with open arms this school year. He sits at the front desk, busy working with staff and parents to help keep the school in order before taking time for an interview.

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Enter your apple pie in baking contest

The Cedaredge FoodTown and Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce are proud to sponsor the annual AppleFest apple pie contest.

The contest is open to anyone and consist of two categories -- truly homemade pies and pies baked by commercial bakers.

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Exercise class going strong at Stolte Shed
Exercise class going strong at Stolte Shed

"We are still going strong with the exercise class that meets three times a week at the Stolte Shed in Pioneer Town," stated instructor Linda Bull. "For the first six months of this year there were 1,800 participants (about 35 each session, many attend multiple sessions).

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Messy visitors cause problem at skate park
Messy visitors cause problem at skate park

Cedaredge's skate park has provided a recreational venue for local youth to associate with one another and to sharpen their athletic skills.

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Motel renovation  is behind schedule
Motel renovation is behind schedule

Those big dumpsters that for months have been sitting in front of Cedaredge's Affordable Inn are still there.

Remodeling of the facility has hit a snag and is way behind schedule.

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Progress seen along Surface Creek trail
Progress seen along Surface Creek trail

Progress on a new trails loop on the west side of Surface Creek includes work on two foot bridges that cross a small, dry ditch.

Stout timbers set atop concrete footers form the foundation of the structures.

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Reserve officers augment police department staff

Cedaredge Police Chief Dan Sanders reports that his department has six officers on full-time duty.

The full-time staff is supplemented by a reserve officer force of three well-qualified and experienced volunteer officers, Sanders explained to the town board on Aug. 20.

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