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Delta

Breitnauer retires after 16 years on hospital board
Breitnauer retires after 16 years on hospital board

John G. Breitnauer Jr. is a pharmacist who has contributed his health care expertise as a member of the Delta County Memorial Hospital board of directors for 16 years. He is retiring from the DCMH board this spring.

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Celebrate Older Americans Month

Older adults are a growing and increasingly essential part of our nation. The contributions they make to our communities are diverse, deeply rooted, and their roles are influential.

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Commissioners eye economic indicators

On Monday, the Delta County Commissioners reviewed staff reports that prompted a discussion of statistical indicators for the local economy.

They dug into numbers being generated by the health and human services department including the relentless increase in the number of Medicaid-eligible cases here.

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Crimestoppers

On March 9, at approximately 5:52 p.m. officers of the Delta Police Department responded to the 200 block of E. 5th Street on a report of a possible assault. Investigation found 69-year-old Richard Gomez of Delta was the victim of the assault.

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DCAD faces a shortage of leadership, funding

The call for nominations went out, but no one responded. Now the Delta County Ambulance District (DCAD) is in need of an emergency infusion.

Election Day for special districts like DCAD is May 4. But in Delta County, only the hospital board generated enough interested candidates to generate the ballots that went out in the mail this week.

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DCMH clinics implement new electronic medical records program

A new electronic medical records program has been implemented at the clinics operated by Delta County Memorial Hospital.

"Athena is a software program which has the top rating score for an electronic medical records (EMR) program that fits with the size of the DCMH clinics," stated Jan McCracken, clinics director for Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH).

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DCMH invests in new surgical equipment

Delta County Memorial Hospital has just purchased new, state-of-the-art video technology in gastrointestinal surgical equipment. The new high definition equipment is for performing upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and bronchoscopy procedures.

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DCMH named one of nation's top 20 rural hospitals

Delta County Memorial Hospital has been named as one of the 2016 top 20 rural community hospitals out of 525 rural community hospitals in the nation by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), according to a recent announcement.

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Delta County Libraries tackle computer use challenges

Every year, Delta County Libraries sees an increase in the number of patrons who enter a library to use a computer. Over 238,000 computer sessions were recorded in 2015, up more than 5,000 from the year before.

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Eckhart enters race in Dist. 2
Eckhart enters race in Dist. 2

Delta County businessman Mark Eckhart last week officially announced his run as an unaffiliated candidate for Delta County Commissioner, District 2.

Eckhart was elected to the DMEA board of directors in 2014, after a previous stint on the board. He is the owner of Long Haul Folding Kayaks located on Ward Creek Road west of Cedaredge.

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Fandel retires from Region 10, SBDC

He's been a familiar face in the business community. He's helped many local businesses open their doors for the first time. He's also helped them figure out innovative ways to improve their businesses. And at the end of April, Vince Fandel, director of the Small Business Development Center, will be retiring from his position.

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Information sought on runaway
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Law enforcement blotter April 20, 2016

Clayton J. Ochs, 18, of Olathe was arrest and jailed for alleged two counts of possession 2 of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana (under 21) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Olathe grower named CCAC president
Olathe grower named CCAC president

Following the recent passing of Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) president Charlie Bartlett, CCAC board members elected Doug Wilson as the new president with a unanimous vote earlier this month.

"We lost an incredible leader with Charlie's passing, but we will certainly make it a priority to carry forward with his innovative and forward-thinking spirit as we address the challenges facing agriculture, and as we make investments on behalf of Colorado corn farmers," said Wilson, who farms near Olathe.

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Parks licenses and permits are now on sale
Parks licenses and permits are now on sale

Colorado Parks and Wildlife licenses, permits and registrations for boating, fishing, hunting and off-highway vehicle use are available now for 2016-17 at license agents, CPW offices and online at http://cpw.state.co.us/.

Anglers are reminded that they must purchase a 2016 fishing license, which will be valid through March 31, 2017.

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Real estate professionals support Fair Housing Act

April 11 marks the 48th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended, which enunciates a national policy of fair housing without regard to race, color, religion, sex, familial status, handicap and national origin, and encourages fair housing opportunities for all.

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Opinion

Taxpayers could benefit from captured methane

It's April and tax season is here. We might grumble and complain, yet every year tens of millions of dollars of our resources are wasted from inefficient oil and gas operations on public lands. This is real value taken out of the pocket of U.S. taxpayers.

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The citizens of western Colorado deserve better

Representative Tipton, through his proposed "Western Colorado Lease Exchange and Conservation Act of 2016," has chosen to ignore the citizens of western Colorado in favor of a pork barrel giveaway to two Texas oil companies. The proposed act exchanges leases in the Thompson Divide area, leases that are expired or soon to expire and under threat of cancellation by the BLM, for brand new 10-year leases in the North Fork watershed near the Hubbard Park area north of Paonia.

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Vote climate deniers out of office

Another study has confirmed that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that humans are contributing to global warming. In addition, at the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.

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Sports

Bulldog nine unbeaten going into Paonia game
Bulldog nine unbeaten going into Paonia game

The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School is in a groove.

The Bulldogs swept a doubleheader from Meeker last Friday afternoon and improved to 12-0 on the campaign.

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County track teams finish strong at Husky meet

Paonia's girls won another track meet with a dominant performance in Edwards at the Battle Mountain Husky Invitational.

The Eagles scored 138 points to Battle Mountain's 123 points. Cedaredge was third with 108 points and Delta was 10th in the 15-team field with 28 points.

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Holt most recent Eagle to leave nest
Holt most recent Eagle to leave nest

Paonia senior Jessie Holt capped a remarkable comeback after signing a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Southern Virginia University.

After sustaining a knee injury that forced her to miss her senior volleyball season, Holt recovered from surgery in time to compete for the Eagles tennis team

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Paonia tennis team wins 5-2 over Delta

A visit to Delta on Thursday resulted in a 5-2 tennis victory for Paonia's Eagles. Paonia swept the singles competition and won two of four doubles matches in recording the decision.

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Community

Births April 20, 2016

Eric and Karisa Giron of Montrose are the parents of a son, Ayden Nathanial Giron, born April 3, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19.75 inches in length.

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Myers, Dietz to marry in Arkansas
Myers, Dietz to marry in Arkansas

Mr. and Mrs. Rod Myers of Delta announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Myers, to Garret Dietz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Dietz of Hays, Kan.

Megan is a 2015 graduate of Iowa State University.

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School Zone

VFW post honors teachers

On April 4, four local teachers were honored with "Teacher of the Year" awards by members of Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571.

The four teachers attended a banquet in their honor as they received the VFW's National Citizenship Education Recognition Award for their schools.

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Obituaries

Carol Broughton

Carol Ann Broughton died Monday, April 18, 2016, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 81.

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Connie Roberts
Connie Roberts

Former Buena Vista resident Constance "Connie" L. Roberts died Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Mesa Manor Center in Grand Junction. She was 76.

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David Boronda

David A. Boronda of Delta, Colo., was born Aug. 7, 1949, and passed away April 13, 2016.

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Doris Doudy

Doris V. Doudy of Grand Junction died Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Courtyard Care Center. She was 102.

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Harry Brauneis

Harry William Brauneis died Sunday, April 10, 2016, at his home in Eckert. He was 92.

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Inverness Stewart

Inverness Kathryn Stewart died at her home in Delta April 1, 2016. She was 92.

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Jane Dunkle

Delta County resident Jane Dora Dunkle died Sunday, April 3, 2016, at San Juan Living Center. She was 78.

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Jerry Cobb
Jerry Cobb

Jerry Lewy Cobb died April 11, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, due to complications from a massive heart attack suffered on Feb. 22. He was 73.

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Jimmy Eugene Armour
Jimmy Eugene Armour

Jimmy Eugene Armour, age 68, passed away at his home on Feb. 3, 2016.

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Kenneth Brew
Kenneth Brew

Lifetime Pea Green resident Kenneth L. Brew died Monday, April 11, 2016, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 88.

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Patricia Allen

Patricia K. Allen of Grand Junction died Thursday, April 14, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 85.

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Rebecca Waterman
Rebecca Waterman

Rebecca A. Waterman died Tuesday, April 13, 2016, at San Juan Living Center in Montrose. She was 69.

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Steven Grier
Steven Grier

Steven Ray Grier died of pneumonia April 3, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 67.

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North Fork

Cut line disrupts phone service

In the areas served by TDS Telecom, a partially cut fiber optic line disrupted phone and Internet access for several hours beginning around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night. Service was restored in the early morning hours of Monday, April 18.

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Funding awarded for small hydropower project near Hotchkiss

A small hydropower project has been awarded a grant through the "Advancing Colorado's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency" (ACRE3) program. The project will generate electricity as water flows to the field through irrigation pipelines.

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Mock crash gives hard-hitting lesson

A mock crash event scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, may look like the real thing, but it's only a drill.

With high school proms happening April 30 and end-of-school-year celebrations a month away, local EMS, fire, police and state troopers will conduct a mock crash event.

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One vote gives Gofforth the win

It's official. Wanda Gofforth won the mayoral race over Gill Saunders by a single vote. "It was a little close," said Gofforth, who claimed a 69-68 win.

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Paonia finalizes water ordinance

At the April 12 board meeting, and after six months of consideration and revision, Paonia trustees adopted Ordinance 2016-01, which governs the provisions of the town's water service, water taps, rate and fees structures. In December, the rate portion of the ordinance was approved under emergency measures in order to meet the requirements of the 2016 budget.

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Paonia project launches Solarize Delta County
Paonia project launches Solarize Delta County

That it was a blustery day with overcast skies didn't overshadow the spirits of those attending last Friday's groundbreaking of a solar array installation at Paonia High School. If anything, it made the event more memorable.

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Shift by Stewart to Paonia mayor creates vacancy
Shift by Stewart to Paonia mayor creates vacancy

After newly elected trustees and mayor Charles Stewart are sworn in next Tuesday, the Paonia Board of Trustees will need to appoint a person to the board to complete the remaining two years of Stewart's four-year term. Just how that appointment will be made has yet to be determined, but several citizens and some of the sitting trustees believe the decision should be left up to the voters, and not to the board, to decide.

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Surface Creek

Arbor Day celebration includes tree planting

The Cedaredge Tree Board is partnering with the fifth grade students from Cedaredge Elementary School to plant two trees at the east side of the skate park in High Country Park on Tuesday, April 26, at 10 a.m. Included in the celebration will be the reading of the proclamation by newly elected mayor Gene Welch.

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Big night out at prom
Big night out at prom

It was an evening of striking formal attire, of fun centered around friends and families, and of the community's young people stepping out to display its finest at Cedaredge High School's prom on Saturday, April 16.

With family and friends watching, cheering and snapping pictures, the grand march was an hour-long procession of radiant young people strolling arm-in-arm through an Enchanted Forest.

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Carr is student of the month
Carr is student of the month

Tori Carr has been named Orchard City's student of the month for April.

Tori's resume includes numerous accomplishments and achievements during her career at Delta High School.

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Funds approved for bridge work
Funds approved for bridge work

The Town of Cedaredge has received a confirmation from the state grant-making agency DOLA of a cash award for helping to pay for replacement of the Jay Avenue bridge, it has been announced.

The one-lane bridge has been at the top of the town's to-do list of projects for many years.

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Golf course eatery deal is discussed

Some details about a prospective lessee and an offer that has been made to take over management of the Cedaredge golf course restaurant were part of discussions at a trustee work session on April 14.

According to statements made by trustees and town staff during a discussion at the work session, the town has received a proposal for lease/management of the restaurant from a Colorado Springs couple.

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Horizons Health Care & Retirement Community welcomes new director
Horizons Health Care & Retirement Community welcomes new director

Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of John Norris as the new executive director for Horizons Health Care & Retirement Community.

Norris said he applied for the management position because he identified with the mission-based organizational structure of Volunteers of America, where resident care is a first priority.

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Local artists' works featured
Local artists' works featured

Lindy Palmer of Eckert is the featured artist of the month for April at the Grand Mesa ImpressionZ artists' co-op gallery.

The gallery opened last December and is making sales for the approximately 25 local artists who are contributing members.

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Many thanks to those great library friends
Many thanks to those great library friends

The people of the Surface Creek Valley can thank a number of individuals and organizations each time they experience Cedaredge's public library as a hub of social and community life.

First, they can thank the taxpayers who provide almost all of the funding that makes the library possible.

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Orchard City trustees focus on youth sports

Giving final approval to the annual agreement with Field of Dreams for organized youth sports use at Orchard City Town Park was the major business item on the agenda for town trustees on April 13.

The town board's business item gave occasion for the trustees and the youth sports organization's president to exchange appreciation for each other's efforts on behalf of the area's youth sports.

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