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Delta

DCMH's Rustebakke wins Nightingale award
DCMH's Rustebakke wins Nightingale award

Carol Rustebakke, RN, from Delta County Memorial Hospital was the winner of the Nightingale Luminary Award for western Colorado in an awards banquet March 5 in Grand Junction, according to Jody Roeber, DCMH chief clinical officer. Rustebakke is a dedicated registered nurse of 43 years.

She won this award for "Innovation in Clinical Practice."

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Delta's Karen population has dropped to a 'very solid base'

In the spring of 2012 Karen families, resettled from Burma (also known as Myanmar), began moving into the Alta Vista de la Montana agricultural housing complex on Highway 50.

Four years later, Pastor James Conley of First Baptist Church says some families have moved on to other parts of the U.S. While they found seasonal work in the Delta area, it wasn't steady.

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Delta-Montrose Technical College is awarded national accreditation

The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) has granted accreditation to Delta-Montrose Technical College. Announcement of the action was made by Al Salazar, commission chair, following the COE winter meeting of the Council on Occupational Education on Feb. 22.

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Law enforcement blotter March 16, 2016

A 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old male, both of Delta, were issued tickets for alleged disorderly conduct.

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Library district links up with network
Library district links up with network

Staff members in the Delta County Libraries have been enjoying making jokes about varmints and critters recently as they embrace a new change in technology services throughout the county. The marmot jokes refer to an organization, Marmot Library Network, that will now be providing Information Technology (IT) services for the entire library district.

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Online bill pay offered through DCMH website

Delta County Memorial Hospital now offers an option to patients with bills from the hospital or any of the nine hospital-owned and operated clinics to pay online through the newly redesigned hospital website. In order to access this new feature, type in deltahospital.org, then go to the top, to the drop-down menu for Patient Information.

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Tri-County Health Network expands to Delta County

Tri-County Health Network's community health worker program, now in its fourth year, has begun serving Delta County.

This program allows community health workers to provide free, confidential diabetes and heart disease health screenings.

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Opinion

Don't try to change 'our little town' of Hotchkiss

I read both of Tom Wills' letters to the editor in disbelief and disdain. But when I read where he called Hotchkiss "his little town," I knew I also had to write a letter.

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Exciting news from DMEA

It is exciting to read that DMEA is moving forward to bring high speed Internet to our area. South Montrose County, Paonia and Orchard City appear to be the first recipients of this step into the future.

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High-speed Internet brings hope for economy

I was thrilled to see DMEA announce they are bringing quality, high-speed Internet to our area. It seems that within a very short time, Delta and Montrose county will conduct business at a competitive pace.

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OC mayor stands by his decision

For the last eight years as mayor of Orchard City I have worked to put the lies, bullying and dirty politics behind us. In last week's letter to the editor from former Mayor Tom Huerkamp we were reminded how nice civility is.

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Retail pot shops are not the answer

The future of our valley is beginning to take a turn. I would like to add my opinion that comes from my heart, not some fancy facts. My husband and I are deeply concerned of the ballot issues concerning retail sales of pot and the related industries that it would bring to our area.

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Select our leaders wisely

As citizens of western Colorado and Delta County we all have the opportunity to speak our opinions by selecting those who will lead our local government. Especially now we need to take that opportunity very serious.

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We're lucky to have great health care

We have a very nice hospital with a very professional staff. They saved my life.

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Where does your food come from?

Where does your food come from?

If you're like many Americans, the answer is the grocery store.

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Sports

Bruins fall to Fruita in tennis

Cedaredge's first tennis match of the season was a 4-3 loss to Fruita Monument High School on March 8.

Playing at home, the Bruins won three of seven matches against the Wildcats.

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Bruins win diamond DH
Bruins win diamond DH

The baseball team at Cedaredge High School got the new season started out the right way and swept Rangely in a doubleheader last Saturday.

The Bruins cruised behind the pitching of Jacob Lewis and beat the Indians 15-1 in the first game, then came from behind and defeated the visitors 21-11 in the second contest.

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Cedaredge takes third at state
Cedaredge takes third at state

A great season of basketball almost became a fantastic year for the Cedaredge Bruins basketball team. A highly controversial call in the late stages of last Friday's semifinal round of the 2A girls' state basketball championships may have cost Cedaredge a shot at an all-Western Slope final matchup.

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Delta soccer team gaining experience

Delta's Panthers began their soccer campaign with matches against Glenwood Springs, a 5-0 loss, on March 10 and with Eagle Valley, a 3-2 setback, on March 12.

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Delta wins 2 of 3 games
Delta wins 2 of 3 games

The 2016 high school baseball season is underway. Delta's Panthers hosted their annual baseball tournament, with three teams joining the Panthers in a two-day tournament.

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Panther tennis team loses two

Delta's Panthers tennis team has played twice in March.

The first contest was against Glenwood Springs in Delta, on March 5. The Demons won the match 4-3.

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Paonia boys consolation titlists
Paonia boys consolation titlists

Paonia High School's boys' basketball team knew there was a good possibility of being in the state playoffs before season play began. All the preparations, dating from last summer to this year's 2A state playoffs, paid off for the Eagles. Paonia entered this year's state tournament as the No. 6-seeded team and with a 23-1 record.

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PHS girls second in 2A hoops
PHS girls second in 2A hoops

The hopes of a successful basketball season began last year for Paonia High School's girls' basketball program. After winning the 2A consolation title a year ago, Paonia looked forward to a return trip, and a shot at the state title in 2016.

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Spring sports underway

The prep baseball, track and tennis seasons are just getting started. Whether or not the weather cooperates, the spring sports season in Delta County is underway.

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What's Happening

Kiwanis ante up for fifth annual poker tournament

The Kiwanis Club of Delta is holding its fifth annual poker tournament at Bill Heddles Recreation Center Saturday, April 2. Registration is at 4 p.m., with tournament play beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until approximately 8 p.m.

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Nurses schedule second annual 5k fun run/walk

Delta County Memorial Hospital nurses invite area families to participate in the second annual "Run With a Nurse" 5kFun Run/Walk Saturday, May 21, at Lions Pavilion in Confluence Park. Check-in and registration for walk-ons begin at 8 a.m. Saturday morning; the event starts at 9 a.m.

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Community

Births March 16, 2016

Ruben and Acza Marquez announce the birth of their first child, a baby boy. William Glenn was born March 3, 2016, in Colorado Springs. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches in length.

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People in the News Clock, Park

Azusa Pacific University students served in ministry through the Center for Student Action during the fall 2015 semester.

Tiffany Clock and Jayson Park, both biology majors from Paonia, served in Mexico Outreach.

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People in the News Garcia

U.S. Air Force Airman Tyler Q. Garcia graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

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School Zone

Recyling poster contest open to students K-12

The Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) announces its 10th annual recycling poster contest. The contest is open to all K-12 students and youth organization members in Colorado. Deadline for entry is April 29.

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School counselors added to 50J staff

After years of budget cuts resulting in staff reductions, Delta County Joint School District #50 is excited to be adding school counselors at every middle and high school in the district. The new hires are being funded through a School Counselor Corps Grant Program.

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Students, teachers connect at CES after-school program

Cedaredge Elementary School continues to reach out to its students long into the school year, even after the typical learning hours have ended. A new after-school program allows young students to further their studies after hours at CES.

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Obituaries

Flynn Mangum

Longtime Powderhorn resident Flynn Mangum died Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at his home in Delta. He was 67.

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Franklin Carlyle

Franklin Wayne Carlyle died in his sleep at his home in Delta March 4, 2016. He was 35.

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George E. Roop
George E. Roop

Heaven has gained another "HERO."

George was born Jan. 8, 1924, in Hotchkiss, Colo., to George and Florine Roop; he passed away peacefully at Ashley Gardens in Mount Vernon, Wash., on March 1, 2016, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

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Nellie Clark
Nellie Clark

Longtime Delta resident Nellie Clark died Friday, March 11, 2016, at her home. She was 99.

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Nellie Mellott
Nellie Mellott

Nellie Clare Mellott died at her home in Paonia Thursday, March 10, 2016. She was 90.

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Patricia Batchelor

Patricia Shoemaker Batchelor was born in Laramie, Wyo., Aug. 6, 1942, to Norman B. Shoemaker and Martha (Casey) Shoemaker. She died Feb. 21, 2016. She was 73.

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Pearl Basher
Pearl Basher

Pearl Florence Basher died March 2, 2016, at Mesa Manor in Grand Junction. She was 91.

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Sonny Gettman
Sonny Gettman

Mervin "Sonny" Dale Gettman died at his home in Cedaredge Wednesday, March 9, 2016. He was 84.

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Truman Esau
Truman Esau

Truman G. Esau, M.D., of Whitewater died Friday, March 4, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 89.

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Uleta Hopkins
Uleta Hopkins

Uleta Fisk Hopkins of Olathe died Feb. 22, 2016, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 79.

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Virginia Liston
Virginia Liston

Delta resident Virginia Liston died Monday, March 7, 2016, at Willow Tree Care Center. She was 85.

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North Fork

Economic stability a hot topic for valley
Economic stability a hot topic for valley

With news of more North Fork Valley mine closures and losses of jobs and tax revenues, attracting business to the North Fork Valley is a hot topic right now. Almost 100 people packed the Paonia Library meeting room last week to hear about all the good things planned and already happening in Delta County.

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Gary Hubbell graduates from Texas Auction Academy
Gary Hubbell graduates from Texas Auction Academy

Gary Hubbell, real estate broker with United Country Colorado Brokers in Hotchkiss, is proud to announce that he is a recent graduate of the Texas Auction Academy, one of the world's foremost auction schools.

The nine-day intensive auctioneering course teaches not only the basics of building the auctioneer's bid-calling "chant," but covers many different aspects of the auctioneering business, including marketing, clerking, business practices, and auction law.

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Generating revenue tops issues in Hotchkiss
Generating revenue tops issues in Hotchkiss

At the March 11 Hotchkiss forum, council candidates fielded questions ranging from how to attract business in a time of declining revenues to whether they support creating infrastructure for bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Marijuana, streets and sidewalks, affordable housing and how to bring new revenues to town were among the top issues.

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Old resentments surface at Crawford forum
Old resentments surface at Crawford forum

In a question and answer session moderated by outgoing mayor Carolyn "Susie" Steckel, years of tension between the sitting council and two of the candidates present was dredged to the surface at the March 9 Crawford candidate forum.

Steckel and candidates Jay Ziegler and Carl Page have a history of inhospitable discourse over events that have been reported by local media in recent years.

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Paonia candidates find common ground
Paonia candidates find common ground

Despite its nine trustee candidates and one mayoral candidate, the March 10 Paonia candidate forum ran smoothly and provided the public with candidates' views on a variety of topics.

Moderated by Gretchen Nicholoff with the Delta County League of Women Voters, candidates responded to questions ranging from the need for a town manager to support of the arts, budgets, and the future of the North Fork Airport.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope March 16, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope March 16, 2016

And the time is NOW! As I admire Peter's photo, my mind races back to the spring of 2015, and then to all the springs before.

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Cedaredge man remains at large

On March 6, Cedaredge Police Department asked for an agency assist after a physical altercation between Officer Roy Spiker and Kent Church, 45, of Cedaredge. Church fled the scene but on March 10 was spotted parked on a back road near Aspen Trails Campground.

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CHS picks up newspaper, yearbook awards at Media Day

Cedaredge High School placed first for Best All Around Yearbook - Small School at Colorado Mesa University's Media Day.

The yearbook title is "Recorded Live." Kristen Gardner was the editor and Michele Gillis was the adviser.

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Many hands are helping students
Many hands are helping students

Supporting the community's promising young students is a big job that takes the energies of many people and many hands from members of community groups, along with support from the community at large.

Members of the local Zeta Omicron chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority saw strong community support on March 11 at their annual scholarship fundraising Irish Stew Luncheon.

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Mike Morgan earns coaching honors
Mike Morgan earns coaching honors

Mike Morgan, a team sports coach at Cedaredge High School, has been named assistant coach of the year by the Colorado High School Coaches Association, the DCI has learned.

Morgan, who is the public works director for the Town of Orchard City, was congratulated on his recognition by members of the town board at their regular monthly meeting on March 9.

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Orchard City backs DMEA in hydropower scuffle

The Orchard City Town Board has agreed to lend the town's support for development of local renewable hydroelectric power generation.

Following a presentation to the trustees during their meeting on March 9, the town staff will draft a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission opposing a proposal by Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

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Orchard City sets special meeting after official tally

Orchard City's new town board will not take up its official position until a special meeting scheduled for April 20.

According to Town Administrator Melissa Oelke, there is a 10-day gap between the April 5 election and the April 15 official determination (canvass) of the election results.

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Police conduct armed search

Police last week were conducting a search in the south Grand Mesa area for a wanted suspect.

Cedaredge Police Chief Dan Sanders said that officers were looking for a felony suspect who had been reported in the area.

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Restaurant earns award
Restaurant earns award

The Cedaredge Subway restaurant has earned recognition from the franchise for top performance in customer satisfaction.

The local restaurant earned a top rating for 2015 in its customer response satisfaction survey program.

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Start planning your parade entries

According to Surface Creek Valley Lions Club member Bill Miller, a patriotic parade is being planned for July 2 in Cedaredge and participants are being asked to sign up for the event.

"Several organizations in the Cedaredge area have started planning for a parade to honor our veterans, active military, law enforcement and other first responders on July 2.

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Tourism officials take in the valley's sites
Tourism officials take in the valley's sites

Members of the Delta County Tourism Cabinet got an orientation of tourist sites in Surface Creek Valley last week.

The orientation got running behind schedule and wasn't able to visit three of the area's top tourist attractions that were on the original itinerary: Aspen Trails Campground, Pioneer Town and the AppleShed.

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What's bugging you? Mrch 16, 2016
What's bugging you? Mrch 16, 2016

Some insects are interesting, beautiful and otherwise beneficial. There are others that seem to draw universal disdain. One of these is the earwig. But is an earwig a "911 insect," one that elicits panic, fear and screams for help?

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