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Delta

County takes a hard look at staffing levels

County officials say they are anticipating some hits to revenue streams next year, and they're tightening up on employee hiring.

For example, the Board of County Commissioners during its Feb. 15 meeting reviewed a sheriff's report on the victim advocate position.

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Cribbage tournament draws 56 participants

The 33rd annual City of Delta/Lee Martinson cribbage tournament was held at Bill Heddles Recreation Center Sunday, Feb. 21. The event is the largest on the Western Slope, this year drawing 56 players from Delta, Olathe, Cedaredge, Eckert, Crawford, Austin, Fruita, Montrose, Paonia, Hotchkiss and Grand Junction.

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G Road closure

G Road will be closed through Friday, Feb. 26, between Sawmill Mesa Road and Deer Run Road west of Delta. The road will be completely closed for a culvert replacement project and will require traffic to be diverted.

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Grants available for specialty crops

Colorado produces a wide variety of specialty crops, from peaches and apples to chiles and hops. To help develop and promote the state's specialty crops, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking proposals for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program.

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Hispanic missionary to visit Delta United Methodist Church

Rev. Cesár Duran will be visiting Delta United Methodist Church on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27 and 28. On Saturday, he will lead a community conversation on Hispanic/Latino issues in Delta County.

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Law enforcement blotter February 24, 2016

Susanne K. Nelson, 37, of Oklahoma was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $145 bond.

Jacob S. Pemberton, 33, of Frisco was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $1,000 bond and for alleged violation of a mandatory protection order.

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New director brings leadership to school-based health clinic
New director brings leadership to school-based health clinic

A new executive director is on board at A KidZ Clinic, the school-based health clinic operated by Delta County Joint School District #50 in partnership with the Center for Mental Health, Community Dental Clinic and Pediatric Associates.

The clinic, which opened in July 2014, has suffered some growing pains, including staff turnover which led to the selection of Joey Montoya Boese as the new director.

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Olathe fire district seeks mill levy increase for ambulance services
Olathe fire district seeks mill levy increase for ambulance services

The Olathe Fire Protection District (OFPD) will head to the ballot this spring for additional dollars from property taxes to fund the ambulance division. The requested 3.0 mill levy increase from property taxes will enable the district to maintain current levels of service for the community's medical and fire-related needs.

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Precinct caucus locations updated

Precinct caucuses will be held Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. Participation is open to registered voters who have been a resident of the precinct for 30 days, and who have been affiliated with the party holding the caucus at least two months before the caucus.

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Public comments for Black Canyon plan sought

The National Park Service invites the public and stakeholders to comment on three revised alternatives that will be used in developing a Wilderness and Backcountry Management Plan for Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area.

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Senior CommUnity meals for March

Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County -- Cedaredge Community Center (Monday-Thursday), Delta Community Center (Monday-Friday), Hotchkiss Senior Center (Monday-Thursday) and Paonia Senior Citizen Center (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Meals on Wheels are also delivered from each location.

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Tractor Supply donates pet food to CAWS

The Tractor Supply Company store in Delta is donating 75 bags of pet food to CAWS, to feed local dogs and cats in search of forever homes.

"Tractor Supply is a partner for those working hard to connect homeless pets with loving families," said Calvin Stewart, manager of the Delta Tractor Supply store.

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Tri-State targets DMEA renewables

Tri-State Generation and Transmission has filed a legal action that would restrict DMEA's ability to buy affordable electricity purchased from local renewable energy sources, according to an advisory from DMEA.

Virginia Harmon, manager of member relations and human relations for DMEA, reports that Tri-State is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) "to approve a rate penalty on utilities like DMEA when they purchase electricity from local renewable generation projects."

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VOA staff trains on strategies to reduce transfers to hospitals

Volunteers of America health care management staff recently attended training to reduce the frequency of transfers to the acute hospital. Transfers to the hospital can be emotionally and physically difficult for long-term care residents, clients and participants, as well as costly.

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Young Carbondale Republican eyes Scott Tipton's seat
Young Carbondale Republican eyes Scott Tipton's seat

Alex Beinstein doesn't have the financial resources of U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, so he's counting on face-to-face contact with Republicans, media and citizens in the 3rd Congressional District. It's his hope to garner enough delegate votes to force a primary race in his effort to unseat Tipton.

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Opinion

All candidates should be heard

I was totally happy to be invited to a training session held by the Republican party. While there, I learned more about the importance of the local caucus and county assembly process.

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An independent voter responds

The letter from Robert Laitres (DCI 2/17) left me feeling both insulted and amused. Initially, he seemed to be aiming his remarks at people who believe independent voters should be allowed to participate in primary elections.

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Clean energy is good for western Colorado

Our governor, John Hickenlooper, is showing strong leadership in sticking to the goals set forth in the Clean Power Plan.

Although the Supreme Court issued a stay while it considers a lawsuit seeking to block this landmark effort addressing carbon pollution, the Clean Power Plan is only temporarily on hold.

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Hillary Clinton is the best choice for America

With next Tuesday being the Democratic caucus, I wanted to share why I believe that Hillary Clinton is the best choice for America. Former Secretary of State Clinton traveled over a million miles meeting with world leaders and her counterparts to forge strong alliances, support our allies and hold our adversaries accountable.

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Raise your hand for Bernie at the upcoming caucus

On March 1, Delta County Democrats, like all members of the party in the state who affiliated by the Jan. 4 deadline, will hold neighborhood precinct caucuses. The caucuses begin promptly by 7 p.m., but in this year of high interest I would urge all attendees to arrive at 6 p.m. when the doors open.

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Sports

Bruin boys earn win in regular season finale
Bruin boys earn win in regular season finale

Cedaredge's boys finished the regular season with a solid win over Caprock Academy last Saturday in Cedaredge. The Bruins held the Eagles to single digits in the first and fourth quarters on their way to a 69-36 victory in District 5 play.

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Bruins improve state mat stats
Bruins improve state mat stats

The wrestling team from Cedaredge High School saw what a difference a year makes when the Bruins went to the state tournament in Denver last weekend.

After posting just six team points and finishing 38th in 2015, the Bruins returned to the Pepsi Center this year and improved to 15th place overall in 2A and recorded 41 team points.

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Delta boys finish season
Delta boys finish season

It was a great learning process for Delta High School's boys' basketball team. A mixture of players ranging from freshman to senior athletes created a season which produced plenty of highs and lows.

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Delta girls end hoops year
Delta girls end hoops year

Delta High School's girls completed their basketball campaign for the 2015-16 season with a 4A WSL District loss to Durango last Thursday night at Grand Junction Central High School. The 48-23 loss to the Demons left a young Delta team with a 9-12 overall mark and 5-9 in league play.

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HHS girls lose final scheduled contest

Meeker High School's girls' basketball team dealt Hotchkiss a loss, 55-35, last Friday in Meeker. The Cowboys doubled Hotchkiss' score, 18-9, in the game's first eight minutes.

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Hotchkiss boys fall to Meeker; tourney next

For the Hotchkiss Bulldog boys, the season has been up and down. Last week's loss to Meeker, 54-42, left the Bulldogs with a 7-5 2A WSL District 5 record and an 8-11 overall mark.

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Panthers' roller coaster ride at state good for 5th
Panthers' roller coaster ride at state good for 5th

The wrestling team from Delta High School finished the 2016 season with some memorable moments.

After coming within one match of winning the 3A Region 4 title and finishing second to Highway 50 rival Olathe, the Panthers qualified nine wrestlers for the state tournament in Denver last weekend.

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Paonia hoops teams cruise

Last weekend's basketball games scheduled for Paonia High School required little thought as to who would win its games. The Eagles' boys found the going easy and raced to a 77-31 victory.

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Young Bulldog grapplers learn lessons at state
Young Bulldog grapplers learn lessons at state

The wrestling team from Hotchkiss High School peaked and won the 2A Region 1 title, then came back to earth last weekend at the state tournament in Denver.

The Bulldogs qualified an impressive 11 wrestlers for state, but many of them showed their youth and inexperience over the course of the three-day extravaganza and Hotchkiss finished in eighth place as a team with 75 points.

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What's Happening

Camera club hosts beginners' workshop

Black Canyon Camera Club is hosting a Lightroom 6 beginner workshop March 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta.

Lightroom is a photo-editing program developed specifically for photographers.

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Candidate forum set for March 15

Delta County Republican Women will hold a forum for county commissioner candidates from District #2 and #3 Tuesday, March 15, at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss.

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Chamber to host annual banquet

Food, music, awards and networking are on tap for the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet. The event will be held Saturday, March 12, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

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Concert series explores baroque

The Blue Sage's 2015-16 Concert Series resumes on Saturday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. with a program for clarinet and piano duo that is not to be missed.

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Grand Junction hosts garden show March 18-19

The 2016 Landscapes West and Outdoor Living event is returning to Grand Junction this March. The last show was in 2011.

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Handgun safety class held monthly

Certified instructors Dave Brown and Christopher McMillan will lead a "Handgun Safety" class at Bill Heddles Recreation Center Saturday, March 19, and again Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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What's happening at your library? February 24, 2016

The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.

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Youth orchestra to host dinner, concert

The Valley Youth Orchestra is pleased to announce its annual dinner concert and silent auction at Delta High School on Saturday, March 12. This regional orchestra for children ages 6 to 18 will present music with bluegrass themes.

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Community

July 2 wedding planned

Amanda Ramos, daughter of Luis Ramos of Austin and Susan Janssen of Parachute, is engaged to Dustin DeBoer of Bozeman, Mont., son of Sam DeBoer and Carla Burns, both of Bozeman.

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National FFA Week celebrated Feb. 20-27

Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the national FFA board of directors designated the week of George Washington's birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.

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Olathe produces state champs, creates memories
Olathe produces state champs, creates memories

As I look back at 2015, Olathe FFA has had a huge year! It is important for our members to be goal oriented and strive for success in all that we do. With this in mind, I will recap some of the larger accomplishments, various trips, and community involvement.

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School Zone

Save money on your prom dress

High school girls looking forward to prom should plan on attending a Gown Extravaganza Saturday, March 19, in the basement of the AppleShed Gallery in Cedaredge. But this event isn't just for prom -- the collection features over 1,000 elegant dresses suitable for women of all ages and sizes.

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Obituaries

Betty Bridges
Betty Bridges

Elizabeth "Betty" Bridges of Montrose died Feb. 19, 2016, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 87.

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Bob McHugh
Bob McHugh

Robert Lyle McHugh died Feb. 19, 2016. He was 78.

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Dean Sullivan
Dean Sullivan

Cedaredge resident Earl Dean Sullivan died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. He was 75.

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Enis Hughes

Former Cedarege resident Enis Louise Hughes died Jan. 29, 2016, in Grand Junction. She was 89.

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Floyd Proctor
Floyd Proctor

Lifetime Delta resident Floyd Douglas Proctor died Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. He was 82.

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Lotis Smith

Longtime Paonia resident Lotis Smith died at her home Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. She was 91.

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Myron Hess

Myron B. Hess of Crawford died Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 94.

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Patricia Batchelor

Former Crawford resident Patricia S. Batchelor died Feb. 21, 2016, in Lafayette. She was 73.

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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 Blaine

Lifetime Delta resident Robert E. Blaine died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at his home. He was 102.

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Tobi Doyle
Tobi Doyle

Montrose resident Tobi Joan Doyle died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at Children's Hospital in Aurora. She was 2.

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North Fork

Commercial kitchen in town hall hits snag

The grand opening of the newly-renovated Crawford Town Hall was held last July, but one phase of the project remains incomplete, and that's causing a lot of frustration and may cost the Friends of Crawford Town Hall $5,000.

FCTH president Susan Hansen sought direction from council at the Feb. 17 work session.

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Crawford voters have choices for council

Crawford voters have six candidates from whom to choose to fill the two seats open on their town council in this year's election. The following are brief profiles of the council candidates.

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DMEA seeks nominees to fill charitable trust vacancies

Delta-Montrose Electric Association's (DMEA) Operation Round Up Charitable Trust is seeking to fill two upcoming vacancies for the District #3 and North Region trustee positions. Trustees serve three-year terms and are limited to a total of four terms.

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Dog attacks Crawford girl

A 10-year-old girl Crawford girl was attacked by a dog the afternoon of Feb. 16, while riding her bicycle.

Sammi Beck was bitten in the leg while riding down an alleyway while on her way to her Nana's house, said her mom, Shelley Bergem-Beck.

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Forest Service considers coal lease modifications

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced their intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider two coal lease modifications on lands adjacent to the West Elk Mine near Somerset.

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Van Vleet photo puts Paonia on soda label
Van Vleet photo puts Paonia on soda label

Last summer, Paonia resident Cameron Van Vleet purchased a bottle of Jones Soda from Don's Market and noticed something on the label. "Send us your photo," it reads. "If we like it we will put it on our label!"

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Surface Creek

'M&M Boys' to benefit shelter fund
'M&M Boys' to benefit shelter fund

One of the valley's favorite music groups, one that has also entertained audiences throughout the county and elsewhere, The Metamoocil Mountain Boys, is scheduling a benefit concert on March 5 with proceeds going to the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control building fund.

The group comprised of George Gertz, Paul Frazier and Larry Claxton has not played together since disbanding three years ago, Claxton told the DCI.

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Cedaredge moves ahead with computer upgrade

Staff for the Town of Cedaredge told trustees last week that computer systems need to be upgraded.

Not all of the computer work stations the town uses, 23 in total, have the same level of PC operating system.

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Cedaredge reviews costs of golf course restaurant
Cedaredge reviews costs of golf course restaurant

The Cedaredge Town Board reviewed documents citing $131,575 in additional 2016 expenses for the golf course fund and restaurant operation at its meeting on Feb. 18.

Board members were also presented with a spreadsheet business plan outlining a budget for town operation of the golf course restaurant during 2016.

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Ribbens earns student honor
Ribbens earns student honor

Orchard City's student of the month for February is Kerry Ribbens, a senior at Cedaredge High School.

His award was presented during the regular monthly meeting of the Cedaredge Town Board on Feb. 10.

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Wind sparks four-hour  power outage in Cedaredge
Wind sparks four-hour power outage in Cedaredge

The lights went out in Cedaredge and areas surrounding the town on Thursday, Feb. 18, from a power outage that lasted almost four hours -- from 7:36 to 11:10 p.m. according to a spokesperson with DMEA.

Police, fire, and ambulance crews responded to the site on West Main Street at about 12th Avenue where they found a fire burning atop a DMEA power pole.

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