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Delta

2016 Colorado Capital Conference seeks participants

U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, Colorado Mesa University and the University of Colorado invite Colorado residents to attend the 2016 Colorado Capital Conference in Washington, D.C., June 8-10.

The conference affords residents across Colorado a better understanding of the federal legislative process by giving them the opportunity to interact with members of Congress, the president's cabinet and other relevant leaders in Washington, D.C.

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Application assistance clinics are available

Region 10, Senior Community Care PACE and SHIP Medicare counselors are hosting free clinics to assist seniors or persons with a disability fill out applications to apply for benefits.

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DCMH has a new billing partner

Delta County Memorial Hospital has a new billing partner, AR Services. Through a unique partnership, Delta County Memorial Hospital is a part owner of AR Services together with other healthcare providers in Colorado.

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Delta chamber seeks award nominations

The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual banquet Saturday, March 12, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. In addition to dinner and business meeting, awards will be presented to Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

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Delta police, sheriff's blotter February 17, 2016

Randall B. Alsup, 47, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged first degree criminal trespass, second degree criminal trespass and violation of bail bond conditions.

Michael A. Gersh II, 37, of Cedaredge was arrested and jailed on a warrant with no bond.

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Hospital volunteers needed

Delta County Memorial Hospital needs hospital volunteers. Days and hours are flexible. There are currently openings in the emergency room, oncology, gift shop and some additional areas.

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Local fishing entrepreneur launches new business
Local fishing entrepreneur launches new business

The word "launch" is universally understood by anglers as the act of casting off a raft into the river for a fun-filled day of fishing. However, local Delta fishing equipment provider and entrepreneur, Chris Mortimer, is ready for another kind of launch -- one where he introduces his new business and a line of unique gear specifically designed for the "wilderness athlete."

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Man fined for drifting pesticides

Delta District Court has imposed a $7,500 fine and two days in jail on a Hotchkiss man accused of fogging mosquitoes within 150 feet of neighboring property.

"We have been fighting to protect our health from renegade pesticide spraying for over two years," said Rosemary Bilchak, one of two co-defendants in the case.

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Precinct caucuses take place March 1

Precinct caucuses will be held Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. Locations for both the Republican and Democratic parties can be found below. A map of precinct boundaries is located at www.deltacounty.com.

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Senior sweethearts honored
Senior sweethearts honored

Edith and Duke Jardon were the winners of Volunteers of America's senior sweetheart contest. On Valentine's Day, they enjoyed a specially prepared meal and a beautiful arrangement of red roses.

Edith, 95, and Duke, 96, have been married 75 years.

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Seven things you should know about Zika virus

The Zika virus outbreak and related health issues -- including an observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations in Brazil -- led World Health Organization officials to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on Feb. 1.

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Sharing the sacred gift of life
Sharing the sacred gift of life

Feb. 14 is not only Valentine's Day, it is National Donor Day. This day has a special meaning for me.

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SourceGas is now Black Hills Energy

SourceGas is now Black Hills Energy, as Black Hills on Feb. 12 announced its successful acquisition of SourceGas, the natural gas utility serving 429,000 customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.

"Black Hills Energy is excited to serve our new customers with safe, reliable energy and to maintain strong local ties that benefit the communities where we live and work," said Susan Bailey, vice president of operations for Black Hills Energy's natural gas utility operations in Colorado.

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Specific development question aired

The Board of County Commissioners heard from constituents Ralph D'Alessandro of Hotchkiss and Arlie Clark of Crawford during a meeting earlier this month.

D'Alessandro asked commissioners about possible changes in the existing specific development regulations. He said he had been told by a colleague on the Delta Conservation District board about changes that are being made, or that had already been made, which would affect "property values."

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Volunteering is a rewarding experience

For Mary Bachran, it's her spot of joy. For Darla Volgamore, it's a place of warmth where she feels she's part of something amazing -- and both women agree that the rewards are plentiful as HopeWest volunteers.

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Opinion

Bentley is a strong leader

We need leaders who can inspire others to be involved in learning about and participating in the process of governing our great nation, from the local to the highest levels.

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Pay equity legislation is already in place

The pay equity battle strikes again at the Colorado State Capitol, but don't be fooled by the outdated statistics often presented by those advocating for the unnecessary legislation. Pay equity is an issue of the past, and both men and women alike can see the extraordinary changes that now ensure equal pay for equal work.

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Senate Republicans respond to stay on Clean Power Plan

Senate Republicans responded last week to the dramatic U.S. Supreme Court stay of the EPA "Clean Power Plan."

Senate President Bill Cadman said he believes Gov. Hickenlooper should respect the court's ruling by instructing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to suspend all CPP implementation activities.

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Show up or shut up

Many individuals (and only for the sake of appearance) are in favor of allowing those calling themselves "independent" to vote in political party primaries. That is no different than allowing non-members of any organization to participate in voting, whether that is a corporation or even a church.

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Sports

Bruin grapplers place fifth

Cedaredge's Bruins will be sending seven wrestlers to this week's state tournament in Denver at the Pepsi Center.

Overall, the Bruins finished fifth in the 14-team Region 1 tournament held at Colorado Mesa University last weekend.

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Bruin quints beat Cowboys
Bruin quints beat Cowboys

The Cedaredge Bruins had a couple of ballgames this past week, beginning with a Tuesday matchup against Hotchkiss on Feb. 9. The Bruin girls won their contest, 69-40, while the boys were defeated 44-35. See the related Cedaredge/Hotchkiss story in today's issue of the DCI.

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HHS wins regional mat title

The wrestling team from Hotchkiss High School is reaching heights the Bulldogs haven't climbed in a while.

Hotchkiss continued to enjoy the momentum that has been building since the New Year and triumphed at the Class 2A Region 1 tournament championship last weekend at Brownson Arena in Grand Junction.

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Paonia girls still No. 2
Paonia girls still No. 2

Despite losing to Cedaredge at home, the Paonia High School girls' basketball team remained at No. 2 in the 2A state rankings and bounced back from the Bruins loss to post two blowout wins this past week.

Paonia is 16-2 overall and stands at 10-1 in 1A/2A Western Slope League action.

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PHS boys win 11 straight
PHS boys win 11 straight

The boys' basketball team from Paonia has been in cruise control for a couple of weeks now and has reeled off 11 wins in a row.

The Eagles are 17-1 overall and 11-0 in 1A/2A Western Slope League play.

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What's Happening

Al-Anon meets locally

Al-Anon meetings are held locally:

Mondays -- 6:30 p.m. at Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church, 285 N. 2nd. Contact Elsie, 210-8090.

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Feeling stretched as a caregiver?

"Powerful Tools for Caregivers" is an educational series designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself.

This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

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Hunter education classes to be offered in March

Two hunter education classes will be held at the Delta-Montrose Technical College during the month of March. Classes are held in the Enterprise Room.

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Lakota Chief to exhibit his art

The Hive Paonia Art Gallery will exhibit paintings by Marvin Swallow, Sundance and Ceremonial Chief in the Lakota Tradition, from Feb. 19 to April 15.

Marvin Swallow paints "images of time before and after the moment," whispering sacred stories of the beauty and mystery of creation.

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Learn about Scandinavian culture and heritage

Vestafjell, the only Sons of Norway lodge on the Western Slope of Colorado, invites those interested in Scandinavian heritage and culture to join lodge members at the lunch meeting Monday, March 14, at the Golden Corral, 1100 Independent Avenue, (near Sam's Club) in Grand Junction.

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Lenten soup meals begin

A series of Lenten Soup Supper Services will be held each Wednesday, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 17 through March 16 on a rotating basis at three Surface Creek area churches.

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Sign up for swim lessons

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is offering public swim lessons at a variety of days and times. All classes are taught by American Red Cross certified instructors. The cost is $28 per child for Saturday sessions and $40 for Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday sessions, due at registration.

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Travel the world at the Paonia Library
Travel the world at the Paonia Library

Delta County Libraries has proven that it is possible not only to travel the world, but also to journey through time, without leaving Delta County. Interested parties need only trek as far as the Paonia Library on a Tuesday night, where local residents present slide shows and discussions about such dynamic places as Northern India, Cuba, Scotland and prehistoric Colorado.

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VFW hosting its May golf tournament

Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary are again hosting their annual golf tournament at Devil's Thumb Golf Course on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 21.

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Community

LWV recognizes members' achievements

Two members of the Montrose/Delta County League of Women Voters have been recognized for their achievements.

Susan Welk deValdez has been appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the state's Minority Business Council.

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MOPS seeks child care volunteer

Better moms make a better world, and MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers) helps make better moms. How?

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People in the News Webb

Skylyn Webb of Delta was named to Fort Lewis College's Dean's List for the fall 2015 semester. Webb's major is psychology.

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School Zone

Community has a say at 50J listening sessions

The community meetings hosted by Delta County Joint School District #50 provided a "snapshot" of the district's strengths and challenges, but facilitator Randy Black cautioned the school board against identifying outcomes without broader input.

Black, the director of member relations for the Colorado Association of School Boards, facilitated community meetings in Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia, worked with a representative group of high school students, and met with the school board late last week to wrap up the listening sessions.

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Deck, Schwieterman win district spelling bee
Deck, Schwieterman win district spelling bee

Paonia Junior High School eighth-grade student Grace Deck is the winner of the annual district spelling bee, held Feb. 11 at Paonia Junior-Senior High School.

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Grace Deck wins spelling bee, wish sweepstakes
Grace Deck wins spelling bee, wish sweepstakes

Paonia Junior High School eighth-grade student Grace Deck had a wish granted last week when she won the annual district-wide spelling bee. Her wish to win the bee didn't just happen.

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Late starts approved

In the wake of the Feb. 1 snowstorm, Delta County Joint School District #50 has adopted a late start policy for the future.

The school district has fielded numerous questions about why school was not cancelled that day, particularly in the hardhit areas of Crawford and Paonia.

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Musicians find common ground at countywide band festival
Musicians find common ground at countywide band festival

On Feb. 3, instrumentalists from Delta, Cedaredge, Paonia and Hotchkiss gathered for a countywide band festival.

In the weeks leading up to the event, students familiarized themselves with the music at practice sessions with their instructors, Andrew Bruington, Jeannette Carey, Melissa Gross, Marcos LeBlanc and Kay Witt.

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Stinson selected for All-State Choir
Stinson selected for All-State Choir

Wade Stinson, a senior at Delta High School, was selected for the All-State Choir held Feb. 4-6 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

Stinson qualified by singing a solo at a regional audition in October.

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Obituaries

Charlotte Udd
Charlotte Udd

Delta resident Charlotte Udd died on her 100th birthday Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19, at Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church with Rev. Christy Tullis officiating.

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Donald Holton Jr.

Donald "Donnie" L. Holton died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 64.

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Nathan Stanbery
Nathan Stanbery

Nathan Anthony Stanbery died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. He was 64.

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Rebecca Hurford

Rebecca O. Hurford of Delta died Feb. 16, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 72.

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Robert Bryson
Robert Bryson

Longtime Paonia resident Robert Louis Bryson died Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at his home. He was 95.

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Shorty Davis

Basil "Shorty" A. Davis died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Phoebe Berks Village Gardens in Wernersville, Pa. He was 98.

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Susan Burk
Susan Burk

Susan Burk of Grand Junction died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 56.

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North Fork

All Points Transit offers options for elderly, disabled
All Points Transit offers options for elderly, disabled

Sharon Fipps wants everyone to know about All Points Transit. APT, a Montrose-based non-profit transportation provider, offers mobility options for seniors and the disabled in San Miguel, Montrose and Delta counties. It employs 40 people and utilizes 30 vehicles.

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Crawford couple a big part of Idol hopeful's support system
Crawford couple a big part of Idol hopeful's support system

Crawford's own Jeneve Rose Mitchell will appear for at least one more week in the 15th and final season of American Idol after impressive performances as a Top 24 finalist.

On the Feb. 3 show, which airs on Fox, Mitchell wowed the audience and three celebrity judges, sealing a place among the Top 14 finalists and capturing the judges' hearts with a moving cover of Sarah Mclachlan's "Angels."

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Firm hired for Paonia water, sewer rate study

The Town of Paonia board of trustees has approved a contract with the Fort Collins-based management consulting firm, Cruz and Associates, Inc., to complete water and sewer rate studies.

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Wingfield steps down as Hotchkiss mayor pro tem
Wingfield steps down as Hotchkiss mayor pro tem

Hotchkiss council member Larry Jakubiak will act as mayor pro tem following the resignation of Carrie Wingfield, who is stepping down for personal reasons. Jakubiak was appointed to the position by Mayor Wendell Koontz at the Feb. 11 council meeting.

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Surface Creek

Community garden gearing up for new season
Community garden gearing up for new season

Cedaredge Community Gardens held its 2016 annual meeting Saturday, Feb. 6. This is the eighth season for the garden and plots are available for folks in the 81413 zip code area at $25 for a 10' x 20' plot or $15 for a raised containers garden.

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Senior citizens crown sweethearts
Senior citizens crown sweethearts

The Surface Creek Seniors celebrated Valentine's Day on Thursday, Feb. 11 with a banquet-style meal of roast turkey and dressing, and then crowned their Valentine's Sweethearts for this year.

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What's bugging you? February 17, 2016

We all know the benefits of planting trees. Their number one benefit is to provide shade and beauty to our landscapes.

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