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Delta

BoCC demands Congress response on N. Delta grazing

The Board of County Commissioners wants to see some congressional interest in grazing restrictions being proposed on public lands north of Delta.

The BoCC has put an exclamation point to its recent comments opposing grazing cutbacks proposed by the BLM.

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City manager search

Delta Mayor Ed Sisson reports the search for a new city manager is moving forward as anticipated. The city's consultant, The Mercer Group of Carbondale, told Sisson 45 applicants had indicated interest in the position by the Oct. 9 application deadline.

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Court resolves hen house issue

The Colorado Supreme Court announced last week that it will not consider the case involving Delta County Commissioners, Western Slope Layers and Grand Mesa Layers.

The decision of the Supreme Court to deny a "petition for writ of certiorari" filed by plaintiffs means a previous finding by the Colorado Court of Appeals in favor of the county and co-defendant Hostetler will stand.

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DCMH kicks off DohJe gratitude program
DCMH kicks off DohJe gratitude program

DCMH recently kicked off the DohJe gratitude program at an all-employee barbecue. The Delta hospital is part of a Harvard-based study measuring the power of gratitude in the workplace by implementing the DohJe program.

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Finnell retires as quality director

Jeanine Finnell, RN recently retired as the quality director for DCMH, a position she held for the past two years. She has worked at the Delta hospital for the past eight years in obstetrics, infection control/employee health and in risk management.

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Grant targets well water safety

A $547,000 grant will will enable local environmental health personnel to assist residents in learning more about the risks that threaten the safety of drinking water from area private wells and will provide well water testing for local property owners.

Ken Nordstrom, Delta County director of environmental health, is a member of the six-county West Central Public Health Partnership that applied for and secured a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control to help address private well water concerns in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties.

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Law enforcement blotter October 21,2015

Tiffany M. Diehl, 32, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged vehicle turning left after being involved in a two-vehicle crash in the 1400 block of Highway 50 (at Western Convenience). Two people were treated at Delta County Memorial Hospital for "not serious" injuries.

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Melissa Palmer charged with hospital quality
Melissa Palmer charged with hospital quality

Melissa Palmer, RN is taking over the duties and responsibilities of quality director at Delta County Memorial Hospital, as Jeanine Finnell, RN retired recently.

"Melissa has the personality and dedication to provide leadership in defining, implementing and integrating quality, safety and efficiency strategies into the organizational processes," said chief clinical officer Jody Roeber.

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No rate increases expected for city utility customers

The City of Delta is holding the line on electric, water, sewer and trash rates for 2016. The rates are built into the draft budget currently being reviewed by the city council.

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North Highway 50 speeds to increase
North Highway 50 speeds to increase

Early next week, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin changing out the speed limit signs on Highway 50 north of Delta.

According to CDOT, the new speeds were determined by a speed study completed by CDOT's traffic and safety unit.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The DCMH mammography department is doing gift basket drawings again this year during the month of October when you come in for your mammogram. Call 970-874-2214 to schedule appointments.

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Sewer line replacement

Two city projects have been awarded to Wells Excavation and Farming, LLC, which recently completed the stormwater improvements on 2nd and 5th.

Using a camera purchased last year, City of Delta crews found a sewer line in the alley between Leon and Hastings and from 8 to 10th streets that had begun to collapse.

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Six local nonprofits receive grants from Wells Fargo
Six local nonprofits receive grants from Wells Fargo

Local recipients of grants from the 21st annual Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund were announced Oct. 14 by Cesar Garcia, Wells Fargo's store manager for Delta. Six locally based nonprofit organizations received the donations totaling $5,000.

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Unemployment drops

According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the unemployment rate in Delta County decreased half a percentage point in September to 5.0 percent. A year ago, unemployment was pegged at 5.4 percent with a labor force of 14,003.

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Opinion

'Yes' vote will make Delta County more competitive

I am writing to encourage the voters in unincorporated Delta County and the voters in Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford to vote yes to opt out of the provisions of Senate Bill 152 as it relates to broadband. In no way does this obligate any of these entities to operate or contribute financially to efforts to bring greater Internet speed and reliability to all of Delta County.

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Climate 'deniers' counter science untruths

This is a response to Thomas Wills and his incorrect remarks regarding both Mike Mason and his views on climate and climate scientists. Mike Mason offered good advice -- check the facts.

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Hogwash

Thomas Wills' letter to the editor (10/14/15) didn't cite a single primary data source. He used the usual ad hominem attacks, i.e., climate deniers.

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It's déja vu all over again

If Yogi Berra were still with us, he would describe the Delta County and town ballot issues on Internet and cable TV service as "Déjà vu all over again."

It's "all over again" because Delta County fought and won a similar fight when it established Delta-Montrose Electric Association to provide rural parts of the two counties with electricity.

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Question 4A benefits all residents

The board of directors of the Fire Mountain Canal and Reservoir Company urge voters in the North Fork Conservancy District to vote "yes" on Ballot Question 4A. We believe the proposal to allow the conservancy district to accept grant money and manage tax revenues more productively, with no increase in tax assessments, will be beneficial to the entire geographic area.

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School district needs a strong, sensible voice

I would like to endorse Jill Jurca for the open seat in District 2 to serve on the school board in Delta. Jill is a graduate of Delta High School and is currently involved with DHS as the mother of two very smart young ladies.

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Vote yes on 1A to increase economic diversification

I urge all Delta County Voters to VOTE YES on Delta County Ballot Question 1A. Delta County Ballot Question 1A asks the basic question to voters, shall the county have a role in bringing improved broadband infrastructure to the entire county.

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Vote yes on Proposition BB

Amendment 64, approved by Colorado voters in 2012, legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, subject to local control. Proposition AA, approved by Colorado voters in 2013, taxed recreational marijuana, with the lion's share of the proceeds earmarked for school construction and drug abuse prevention programs.

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Vote yes to remove obstacles to broadband

Regarding an opt-out of Colorado Senate Bill 05-152:

As you receive your ballots for the upcoming Nov. 3 election, you will see questions regarding "re-establishing rights to provide all services restricted since 2005 by Title 29, article 27 of the Colorado Revised Statutes."

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Sports

1A football teams in race

Football action in the 1A Western Slope Conference is only two weeks away from being complete, and teams are jockeying for position in the drive to the state playoffs.

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Bruin volleyball team rolls, leads 2A/1A WSGML teams

The top two teams in Class 2A/1A Western Slope Grand Mesa volleyball standings are separated by one game in the overall rankings while two wins separate the league standings leaders.

Cedaredge holds the lead in both categories with records of 10-0 and 14-3 while Paonia is 8-1 and 13-3.

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Bruins lose to Meeker, 32-12

The Bruins were knocked out of first place in the 1A WSL football standings after losing, 32-12, to Meeker's Cowboys last Friday night in Meeker.

Meeker piled up 522 yards of offense, 438 on the ground and 84 through the air, on its way to an important conference contest.

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Bruins on to state softball
Bruins on to state softball

There was tension and some nervous moments after Cedaredge High School's softball team failed to win its first game of the day last Saturday. Brush High School had just defeated Meeker 17-10 in the Region 6 Class 3A softball tournament at the Field of Dreams in Orchard City.

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Delta beats Sailors in VB
Delta beats Sailors in VB

A busy week of volleyball had league standings scrambled more than once. After the long week, Delta still finds itself in fourth place at 8-3 and 17-3.

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Delta lands six on 2015 SB all-conference squad

The 2015 4A Western Slope League Softball All-Conference Team selections have been released. Delta's Panthers had the most players honored by league coaches with five making the First Team, and one other selected for Honorable Mention.

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Delta softball season ends
Delta softball season ends

Delta coach Steve Reiher was disappointed in the results of last weekend's Region 6 play in Pueblo. The Panthers, according to Reiher, "picked the worst time to play sub-par games."

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Delta wins big in football
Delta wins big in football

The Delta Panthers, with help from Rifle's Bears, stand alone at the top of Class 3A WSL football standings with a 4-0 record.

There's a logjam of teams tied at 3-1 that fill the second to fifth place standings, including Rifle, Palisade, Eagle Valley and Grand Junction Central.

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Paonia tennis ends strong season; builds for future success

The first high school sport of the fall season is over, and the future is bright for Paonia tennis.

The boys' team competed in the fall while the girls will hit the courts during the spring season.

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VB teams coming together

The Paonia volleyball team recovered from a rough regular-season stretch and posted three straight 3-0 victories last week.

The Eagles rebounded to win five in a row since losing three of four matches in the middle of the season and have an overall record of 13-3.

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Community

New mom celebrates a year of being smoke-free
New mom celebrates a year of being smoke-free

Sarah Hall tried every smoking cessation program imaginable, from hypnotherapy to the patch to acupuncture. It wasn't until she tried electric acupressure on her ear that she was able to successfully modify her behavior and kick her smoking habit.

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Prairie Rangers gain satisfaction from community service projects
Prairie Rangers gain satisfaction from community service projects

The Prairie Rangers 4-H club has been involved in many acts this year that benefitted the community. The kids baked cookies for local Delta County first responders, which were delivered to them personally by a few of the club members.

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School Zone

Amber Jenkins is honored student
Amber Jenkins is honored student

Amber Jenkins has been named Orchard City's student of the month for October.

During presentation of the honor at the trustee's Oct. 14 meeting, Mayor Don Suppes noted that Amber, a senior at Cedaredge High School, has a 4.05 grade point average and is a member of National Honor Society.

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Obituaries

Corkey Wyman
Corkey Wyman

Milton "Corkey" J. Wyman of Eckert died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 79.

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Heather Albrecht
Heather Albrecht

Heather Albrecht died at her home in Delta Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. She was 39.

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Naola Turner
Naola Turner

Delta resident Naola Turner died Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 78.

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North Fork

'Aging in Place' is focusing on future now

Before the start of the Oct. 6 program at the Paonia Library, librarian Laura Lee Yates removed the clock from the wall because it was ticking too loudly. It was a suitable metaphor for the evening's topic, "Aging in Place," also the name of the group giving the presentation.

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Crawford council will revisit town hall rental rates

Crawford trustees plan to revisit the town's rental rate schedule for the newly remodeled community room and other rooms at Town Hall at tonight's regularly scheduled work session. The issues of the rates, where were passed in August, came up at the Oct. 8 town meeting when Crawford Chamber president Connie Layton, speaking on behalf of the Fruitland Mesa Club, requested that the rental for this year's annual craft fair be waived, since the club can't afford the $100 rate.

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Enjoy the great outdoors with Delta County Libraries
Enjoy the great outdoors with Delta County Libraries

What do Colorado State Parks and Delta County Libraries have in common? Until this month, it was hard to imagine that they shared much more than some of the same visitors and a few guide books.

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Flag pole dedicated to memory of Harold Martin
Flag pole dedicated to memory of Harold Martin

A bell that once rang at the original Hotchkiss High School and was originally ordered from a Sears & Roebuck catalog finally has a permanent home, next to a bright, shiny flag pole in front of Memorial Hall.

This year the decision was made to remove the roughly 116-year-old bell from the roof of Hotchkiss Memorial Hall, where it has been since February, 1979, and give it a place of honor in front of the hall.

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Former trustee offers own audit viewpoints

A former Paonia trustee is at odds with the town and board of trustees over issues related to the 2014 audit, and more specifically, a document of viewpoints authored by the town's auditors, RubinBrown LLP. Viewpoints documents are typically not released to the public, but trustees elected to do so with the 2014 audit viewpoints in order to be more transparent.

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Future Eagle Scout undaunted by bureaucratic process
Future Eagle Scout undaunted by bureaucratic process

When local Boy Scout Derek Holt came before the Town of Paonia Board of Trustees on Sept. 22, seeking approval and help with funding to place bleachers at the Apple Valley tennis courts for his Eagle Scout project, he didn't quite get the response he expected.

"I thought they would say OK," and that would be it, said Holt.

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Hotchkiss trustees offer insight on broadband Internet
Hotchkiss trustees offer insight on broadband Internet

The board of trustees for the Town of Hotchkiss wants to make it perfectly clear that the town has no intention of entering into the business of providing broadband Internet services to the public.

Trustees voted at the October public meeting to publish an FYI bulletin regarding Ballot Question 2-C. Ballots were mailed out last week.

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Pickleball has arrived in Paonia
Pickleball has arrived in Paonia

One of the fastest growing sports in America, and the one with arguably the silliest name, has finally arrived in the North Fork area.

Early last week, the North Fork Pool, Parks & Recreation District applied pickleball lines to the surface of Apple Valley tennis courts.

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Schedule for budget meetings

At the Oct. 13 meeting of the board of trustees for the Town of Paonia, town manager Jane Berry introduced the first draft of the 2016 budget two days ahead of the state deadline. "I am pleased to introduce to you tonight a balanced, no-deficit-spending proposed budget..." said Berry.

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Water district seeks to 'de-Bruce'

The North Fork Water Conservancy District is asking voters to approve a change in the use of the district's mill levy to allow it to access state funds for needed repair and maintenance projects, and to leverage grants.

Ballot question 4A of the Nov. 3 coordinated election seeks to "de-bruce" funding restrictions created by the state's Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR).

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope October 21, 2015
Birds of the Western Slope October 21, 2015

If it sounds like a crow and walks like a crow, it's probably a crow. Well ... it might be a raven.

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Cedaredge voters to decide on sales tax hike

Cedaredge voters are facing a tax increase question on the November ballot that was mailed last week.

If they approve it, the proposed Healthy Living lifestyles tax would increase sales and use taxes from 2 percent to 2.5 percent, a 25 percent increase in the sales and use tax on things that everyone from retirees to working families use every day including vehicles, building materials and food.

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Free exercise classes offered
Free exercise classes offered

Delta County Memorial Hospital physical therapists Linda Bull and Brooke Loucks are offering free exercise classes in Cedaredge as part of a community outreach initiative.

Linda Bull has been the instructor of the "Use It or Lose It" class for the past nine years.

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Lions celebrate one year of bingo

The Surface Creek Valley Lions Club is planning a special evening on Wednesday, Oct. 21, observing the one-year anniversary of the club's bingo fundraiser nights. The celebration will happen during the Bingo Night at the Civic Center, starting at 7 p.m.

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Local chapter celebrates 86 years of ESA
Local chapter celebrates 86 years of ESA

A local sorority comprised of energetic members who work year-round helping make the community better took time to mark an anniversary of its organization last week.

The local Zeta Omicron chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority took part in state and national observances honoring ESA's 86 years of charitable work and community contributions.

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Many thanks for years of volunteer service
Many thanks for years of volunteer service

Local seniors who enjoy noontime meals, social time together, and other activities at the Civic Center will be missing the everyday, smiling, friendly and always helpful presence of Isal Shields.

Shields, who has been a volunteer at the meal site helping with table service and also in the kitchen, has decided at age 91 to retire from her volunteer service there.

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Orchard City considers budget of $1.91 million

The Orchard City Town Board received copies of the town's proposed 2016 budget of $1.91 million during its meeting on Oct. 14.

The budget's $1.91 total expenditure figure includes spending on the following individual items from the various budget funds.

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Trustees handle town business

Among the business items heard by the Cedaredge Town Board at its regular Oct. 15 meeting was discussion of a report on the town's fire insurance ratings.

Town Clerk Patricia Luna outlined a report from a ratings agency.

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What's bugging you? October 21, 2015
What's bugging you? October 21, 2015

An interesting caterpillar has crossed my path several times this fall. Maybe you've seen it, too, in your fall forays.

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