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Delta

Chicken ranch approved by county planning commission

The Delta County Planning Commission has recommended approval for the Kuntz Chicken Ranch specific development application.

Commission members, however, added a couple of conditions.

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City urged to modify zoning on Silver Street

A vacant building at 701 Silver Street in Delta is being eyed for a chicken processing facility, to the dismay of neighbors living across the street. Barry Vollmert and his wife JoAnn circulated a petition urging Delta City Council to repeal the portion of the zoning regulations that allows agricultural products processing -- including chickens -- as a use by right in the industrial zone.

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Delta County Libraries: Preserving the freedom to read
Delta County Libraries: Preserving the freedom to read

Mark Twain, Toni Morrison, Dee Brown, Maurice Sendak, Walt Whitman, Margaret Mitchell, Jack London, Cesar Chavez. These authors share a heavy burden.

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Jeremias Quintero sentencing postponed

A sentencing hearing for Jeremias Quintero was postponed after Judge Steven Schultz was handed a packet of sealed letters that he said he needed to first share with the district attorney's office and Quintero's attorney, Vincent Felleter.

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Keener enters guilty plea

Like his co-defendant, Kevin Keener entered a plea of guilty in the death of Trever Rawson, a motorcyclist from Hotchkiss. Keener pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, a class 5 felony, and willful destruction of big game wildlife, a class 5 felony.

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Law enforcement blotter September 30, 2015

Meghan J. Conway, 23, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged criminal mischief.

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Levi Hyde to receive substance abuse treatment

Facing multiple felony charges, Levi Hyde appeared in Delta District Court Monday for entry of plea. That hearing was postponed, however, after the district attorney's office informed Judge Steven Schultz that evidence has not yet been received for two additional felony allegations in the North Fork.

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Two creative grants awarded in Delta County

Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) announced recipients of the 2015-2016 Colorado Creates grant program, and two Delta County organizations are among the recipients. Delta Montrose Youth Services was awarded $6,500 and Elsewhere Studios in Paonia was awarded $4,000.

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Villas at the Bluff celebrates opening
Villas at the Bluff celebrates opening

Phase II of the workforce housing units known as Villas at the Bluff was completed this summer -- and in fact is entirely occupied -- but Delta Housing Authority (DHA) delayed a grand opening ceremony until all its partners could join the celebration.

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VOA seeks advisory council members in Delta County

Volunteers of America advisory councils serve to make recommendations and/or provide key information and feedback to the executive directors and regional operations director. VOA is currently seeking additional members for the Delta County Advisory Board.

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Are local water users adapting to scarcity?

Since the early 2000s, use of Colorado River Basin water has exceeded the amount of rain and snow that's fallen into the basin ­-- hence the famous bathtub rings at lakes Powell and Mead, as their water levels dip ever lower.

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Delta County 4-H Council elects officers

The September meeting of Delta County 4-H council was called to order at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 by Grady Simpson.

Pledges were led by Adam Sheldon.

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RE/MAX Today welcomes new team member
RE/MAX Today welcomes new team member

RE/MAX Today welcomes Kim Frovarp-Isom to its team.

Kim has lived in Delta for 43 years, having moved here from eastern Colorado.

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River Valley celebrates first anniversary
River Valley celebrates first anniversary

Since moving into its new location on Olathe's Main Street, River Valley Family Health Center has seen over a thousand new patients. To keep pace with the rapid growth, a second location will open in Montrose next month.

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Opinion

Chamber request: City of Delta is doing its share

Delta Area Chamber of Commerce requesting additional funding from the city at the last council meeting is like the adult child living at home asking for a bigger allowance. The chamber occupies 301 Main Street, the building is owned by the City of Delta.

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Is Delta County still safe?

I'm used to the sound of gunfire in my neighborhood as I live near the duck blinds of Sweitzer Lake and the shooting range at the vo-tech school. And I'm not normally an alarmist.

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No one should go without health care

I recently received a newsletter from Colorado Health, which is basically a brokerage for those seeking "affordable" health insurance. According to Colorado Health, health insurance rates will increase from 21 to 34 percent this year.

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Reduce your risk of breast cancer

In spite of tremendous breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment, breast cancer remains the most common cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S.

With more than 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and more than 40,000 deaths nationwide last year alone, it is imperative for every woman to know what she can do to protect herself from this terrible disease.

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Upset by trespassers

I am writing this letter terribly upset.

I have had a huge wasp's nest in my cherry tree that I have been keeping my eye on.

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We need to heed the pope's call to action

On Wednesday, Pope Francis arrived in Washington for a historic visit to the United States. His public remarks staunchly reiterated that climate change is one of the prevailing moral issues of our time.

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We're under attack from regulatory agencies

Once more the federal government seeks to enrich itself on the backs of the citizens. The DCI's Sept. 23 article notes that Cedaredge's obsolete hydro equipment is located on the town's own property.

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Sports

5k Mountain Harvest results
5k Mountain Harvest results

Several participants ran in the Mountain Harvest Festival 5k held in Paonia on Sept. 27.

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Bruins take over top spot in 1A WSL play
Bruins take over top spot in 1A WSL play

The Cedaredge Bruins went to 4-0 in the 1A WSL standings to take over first place after Paonia's first loss in two years. The Bruins handled Center 40-13 while the Eagles fell 35-0 to Bayfield.

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Bruins win five softball tilts
Bruins win five softball tilts

The Cedaredge Bruins upped their softball league mark to 5-0 over the past week with a non-conference win over Palisade and a 3A District 5 decision over Meeker.

Against Palisade the Bruins avenged a loss to the Bulldogs, 8-4, on Sept. 18 in tournament play in the Delta Invitational Tournament. The rematch on Sept. 22 was an 8-5 win for Cedaredge.

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Cedaredge qualifies three for state golf

The Cedaredge Bruins placed third at regional qualifying play at Steamboat Springs' Haymaker Golf Course.

Aspen won the team title (244), Basalt was second (253) and the Bruins were third with their 257.

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Delta sending two golfers to state meet
Delta sending two golfers to state meet

The Delta Panthers have achieved many goals this golf season. One goal was to win a tournament, and that happened at a recent golf tournament in Gunnison.

Delta scored 239 points to win the team title and had a medalist in the top three.

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Delta soccer team has 1-2 week of play
Delta soccer team has 1-2 week of play

Delta's Panthers have played some good soccer in 2015. And they have played some very good teams.

Last week, Delta lost two of the three matches played to bring its season record to 2-5 in league play and 2-7 overall.

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Delta volleyball team wins
Delta volleyball team wins

Following its 3-1 loss to Steamboat Springs a week ago, Delta has started a new winning streak with victories over Rifle and Summit this past week.

Last Thursday's visit to Rifle resulted in a 3-0 win while Saturday's match in Delta produced the same 3-0 results.

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Panthers stay on top with 19-0 win in Rifle
Panthers stay on top with 19-0 win in Rifle

Delta played once last week and that contest was against Rifle's Bears in Rifle. Delta improved to 4-0 in league play and 12-4 overall after shutting out the Bears, 19-0.

The Panthers wasted little time after jumping to a 1-0 lead after one inning of play. Delta's bats exploded in the second frame for 11 runs that left little doubt as to the game's outcome.

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Paonia XC at 'Banana'

The Paonia cross country team competed at the Anna Banana Invitational in Fruita last weekend. The race is run in honor of Anna Janowitz, a member of the Fruita cross country team who died in a tragic car accident. Janowitz loved the sport and inspired many in the cross country family.

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Ponce returns, Delta rolls to 49-0 3A victory
Ponce returns, Delta rolls to 49-0 3A victory

The trip to Steamboat Springs to play football hasn't always been the best of experiences for Delta High School. But this year's visit had positive results as the Panthers rolled up 368 yards of offense in a 49-0 drubbing over the Sailors.

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Community

Birthday celebration planned

Family and friends of Lee Morgan are invited to celebrate his 75th birthday

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Births

Spencer and Jessica Barnes are the parents of a son, Sawyer Lee Barnes, born Sept. 15, 2015. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches in length.

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People in the News Deal

Rebecca Deal of Eckert is a resident assistant for Fort Lewis College for the 2015-16 academic year. Deal is majoring in elementary education.

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School Zone

Delta Homecoming extravaganza planned

As the leaves change colors and the temperature drops, Homecoming plans emerge. At Delta High School, Homecoming is rolling in with autumn. The Homecoming football game is set for Oct. 9 against Summit County.

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Expectations high for DHS band
Expectations high for DHS band

As band competition season comes around the corner, the Delta High School band works hard day after day to prepare. "Preparing for competition means productive classes, evening rehearsals, and even all day Saturday rehearsals!" band director Marcos LeBlanc said.

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Legislators address school funding
Legislators address school funding

At Cedaredge High School last week, superintendent Caryn Gibson had the opportunity to share the needs, challenges and celebrations of Delta County Joint School District with the state legislators who represent Delta County in Denver. At the end of the first-ever legislative school visit, Rep. Millie Hamner, Rep. Yeulin Willett and Senator Kerry Donovan all expressed support for Delta County schools.

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Lincoln Elem. invites parent involvement

Lincoln Elementary School values parent involvement in the education of its students. FamilyFacts.org says, "Youths whose parents are highly involved in their education during elementary school are more likely to graduate from high school or complete high school requirements."

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Obituaries

Betty Pallas

Betty J. Pallas of Delta died Sept. 4, 2015, at Crossroads Assisted Living in Delta. She was 90.

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Evea Ashurst

Evea Yvonne Ashurst of Cedaredge died Sept. 23, 2015. She was 75.

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Glenda Bass

Hotchkiss resident Glenda Evelyn Bass died Sept. 26, 2015, in Grand Junction. She was 68.

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Jack Lowe
Jack Lowe

John "Jack" Douglas Lowe of Hermiston, Ore., died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at his home. He was 79.

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Jake Accola
Jake Accola

Retired Colonel Jacob "Jake" P. Accola died Sept. 25, 2015. He was 99.

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Jim Hankins
Jim Hankins

James Raymond Hankins died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 95.

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Michael McCormack
Michael McCormack

Michael Joseph McCormack of Eckert died Sept. 22, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 65.

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Ruth Phillips

Eckert resident Ruth Phillips died Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at her home. She was 100.

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Shirley Deutsch
Shirley Deutsch

Shirley Deutsch of Denver died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Longmont. She was 79.

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Valda Mlakar
Valda Mlakar

Valda Mlakar of Somerset died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, in Denver. She was 72.

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North Fork

Democrats look at rural initiative
Democrats look at rural initiative

The Delta County Democratic Party announced recently that it is considering forming a chapter of the Colorado Rural Initiative (CRI). The chapter would be one of the first for the newly-formed initiative, said chairman Dick Barkey, of Fort Lupton, who was one of eight speakers at the DCDP's annual barbecue, held Sept. 19 at Paonia.

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Paonia adopts fee schedule

Paonia trustees adopted a resolution at the Sept. 22 board meeting that establishes a schedule of fees and fines.

Trustee Ross King prefaced the discussion by clarifying that the schedule was created at the direction of the board of trustees and was not ordered by town manager Jane Berry.

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Sewer line work begins in Hotchkiss

Construction on the Town of Hotchkiss main sewer line rehabilitation project was slightly delayed, but is expected to begin today, according to Public Works manager Mike Owens.

Most of the line is located within the town's alleyways, although some work will affect the streets where they intersect with alleyways.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope September 30, 2015
Birds of the Western Slope September 30, 2015

There's plenty of bird activity in our tall cottonwoods. We have our Lewis' woodpeckers as usual, with lots of display flights, drilling and calling. But no nesting behavior.

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Cedaredge works on water storage

Cedaredge public works department crews have been laboring to repair some of the town's Grand Mesa Reservoirs that have sustained various kinds of damage over years, making them unsuitable for holding water.

According to town officials speaking at a recent budget workshop, the Governor's office is compiling a list of abandoned reservoirs.

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Centennial wall needs to be rebuilt
Centennial wall needs to be rebuilt

Orchard City's Centennial honor wall is going to have to be rebuilt.

The structure is crumbling from a lack of adequate foundation support. Adobe soils the structure is built on are likely contributing to the problem also.

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CHS band wins in Grand Junction
CHS band wins in Grand Junction

During halftime of the first home football game on Sept. 4, the CHS Marching Band played music up to the bleachers completely filled with fans from the community. Its season began in the heat of July, and now competition season begins to heat up.

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Pioneer Town plays host to Ferraris tour
Pioneer Town plays host to Ferraris tour

The volunteers at Pioneer Town put the community's best foot forward and served as perfect hosts to a group of car club members on their fall color tour last week.

This area's scenic vistas are being discovered by an increasing number of tour groups driving in their specialty cars or riding their thundering motorcycles across the Grand Mesa.

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Rebekahs open country store

Elberta Rebekah Lodge members have been busy getting ready for the AppleFest celebration in Cedaredge.

There will be a good old-fashioned yard sale on Friday, Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The country store will be open on Saturday, Oct. 3, also from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Report details cause, effect of Grand Mesa landslide

On the evening of May 25, 2014, the longest landslide in Colorado's historical record tumbled down the West Salt Creek drainage on Grand Mesa, overtopped two adjacent ridges, and buried three men: Wes Hawkins, Clancy Nichols and Danny Nichols. The men were investigating irrigation disruptions and safety hazards from smaller slides earlier in the day.

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Shop the Local Row at AppleFest

A feature of AppleFest intended to attract local crafters and artisans is "Local Row." Local enterprises, organizations and individuals will stretch between about the chamber office and Grand Mesa Drive on both sides of West Main. A recent count showed over 40 local vendor booths signed up. All will be displaying a special apple crate logo.

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Tickets available for Golden Gala

Tickets are on sale at the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce for the Friday, Oct. 2, Golden Gala, one of the great social events of the year for Cedaredge.

The 23rd annual event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Community Civic Center.

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