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Delta

Center for Mental Health director retires after 20 years of service
Center for Mental Health director retires after 20 years of service

Jon Gordon, who has served as the executive director for the Center for Mental Health for the past 20 years, has announced his retirement. Gordon was named executive director in September 1996.

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Commissioners support renewables

The Delta County Commissioners have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny Tri-State's request for a punitive rate tariff on electricity generated by local alternative energy projects. The county letter to the FERC states, "Since 2012, Delta County has lost over 800 mining jobs and three supporting businesses.

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Delta seniors honored for longevity, contributions
Delta seniors honored for longevity, contributions

Citizens age 90 years and above have a lifetime of experiences and sacrifice which have helped shape our families and make our community a better place to live.

It is for their longevity that the Delta Senior Center annually celebrates these special persons with the Super Senior 90s luncheon at the center.

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Economic vision raises optimism

Members of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and Delta County Economic Development were heartened by a presentation made to both organizations last week.

On April 19, Trish Thibido, DCED executive director, and Delta city manager David Torgler spoke at "Morning Buzz," a chamber networking event.

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First-year employee honored
First-year employee honored

A first-year worker for Delta County Department of Health and Human Services has received a statewide award.

Stephanie Sandoval, an eligibility technician for the department, was named Employee of the Year.

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Illicit drugs, stolen guns found during search of Delta home

On April 21, the Delta County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant in relation to drug activity at a home located at 105 Dodge Street, Delta. Agencies assisting with the search warrant included the Montrose County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, the Delta Police Department and the 7th Judicial Drug Task Force.

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Inmates' work valued at $1.09M

The BoCC has recently gone on record strongly supporting the economic contributions made to the community by the Delta Correctional Center.

In a letter to the area's delegation to the General Assembly and to the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, the BoCC has endorsed continued funding of the DCC operations and programs and asserted once again the facility's importance to the community.

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New council seated
New council seated

Three new councilmembers were sworn into office at the April 19 meeting of the Delta City Council -- Ron Austin, Gerald Roberts and Christopher Ryan. The full council then elected Ed Sisson to another term as mayor.

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New license options for Colorado hunters

Colorado Parks and Wildlife now offers apprentice licenses and hunter education test-out options. The changes, effective April 6, are intended to encourage people to get active in the outdoors and interested in hunting.

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Police blotter April 27, 2016

Cory C. Burnham, 53, of Crawford was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $3,000 bond.

A 17-year-old male of Grand Junction was arrested and jailed (at Grand Mesa Youth Services) on a warrant with no bond.

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Reward offered
Reward offered

The Bureau of Land Management is offering a cash reward for information leading to a conviction of persons responsible for vandalism in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. On April 17, visitors reported vandalism of the Bridgeport footbridge, which is a popular access point to the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness.

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River study seen as a step toward revitalizing the economy

The Gunnison River is viewed as a major asset in an economic recovery plan developed by Better City. The consultant has been working with the City of Delta, Region 10 and Delta County Economic Development to identify ways to enhance Delta County's economic resiliency in the wake of coal mine layoffs.

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Senior CommUnity meals for May

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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Solarize Delta County to be launched in Delta May 4

Solar Energy International (SEI) along with Delta County Economic Development (DCED), and Empower Energy Systems are proud to announce the launch of the Solarize Delta County effort at an upcoming event in Delta. The Delta launch will take place Wednesday, May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m., hosted by DCED at 145 W. 4th Street, Delta.

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Uprooted
Uprooted

Gusty spring winds uprooted a dead tree behind an unoccupied office building at 455 Palmer Street in Delta Monday afternoon. The tree fell on top of the neighboring building occupied by Foster Farms.

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Young Life fundraiser draws liquor license objection

One complaint, written under a fictitious name, brought a special events liquor license request before the Delta City Council.

Council recently adopted an ordinance that allows liquor license renewals and special event requests to be handled administratively by city clerk Jolene Nelson -- as long as approval is straightforward.

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Opinion

City creates roadblocks for entrepreneurs

I am writing to convey my feelings about the City of Delta and Community Development.

I bought a restaurant on Main Street that will feature smoked and rotisseried chicken, along with other meats.

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Lease exchange proposal is a terrible idea

Representative Tipton has released a "discussion draft" of a proposed lease exchange bill for contested leases in the Thompson Divide with brand new leases of approximately 30,000 acres in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. It is a giveaway to two oil companies and a terrible proposal for the North Fork Valley where most of the new leases would occur.

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The truth about climate change

Please see the truth about climate change by attending the premiere of "Climate Hustle."

There has been a considerable amount of false information and pseudoscience about climate issues around the world.

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Sports

Bruins play well in tennis loss to Paonia
Bruins play well in tennis loss to Paonia

In what Paonia tennis coach Brian Benson described as "an old fashioned barn-burner," the Eagles played their way to a 5-2 win over league foe Cedaredge in Delta on Tuesday afternoon.

Benson quipped, "I don't know if you really use that term for tennis matches, but we had a lot of close matches to say the least."

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Bruins, Eagles track teams compete at CRHS

Cedaredge sent a handful of athletes to the Coal Ridge Invitational on Friday and then followed up with a trip to Gunnison on Saturday for a weekend of track competition. Hotchkiss' Bulldogs were in New Castle with their full team but did not attend Saturday's combined college/high school meet in Gunnison on Saturday.

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Bulldogs bounce back, take two from Bruins

The baseball team at Hotchkiss High School didn't need much time to bounce back.

The Bulldogs recovered from their first loss of the season and beat Cedaredge in a doubleheader last Saturday.

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Panthers hand Tigers twinbill league losses
Panthers hand Tigers twinbill league losses

Delta's Panthers maintained their lead in 4A WSL play with a doubleheader win over Summit last Wednesday. Delta rolled to a 14-2 win in game one and cruised to a 12-2 decision in game two.

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Skylyn Webb earns academic, athletic honors from Fort Lewis
Skylyn Webb earns academic, athletic honors from Fort Lewis

Skylyn Webb of Delta was chosen as an outstanding student in psychology by the faculty and department staff at Fort Lewis College. All outstanding students will be recognized Friday, April 29, at an on-campus ceremony.

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What's Happening

AARP offers drivers ed

Bill Heddles Recreation Center will host the AARP Smart Driver program Monday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Save money on insurance and keep up on newer traffic laws.

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Archery for youth, families

The City of Delta Recreation Department is offering a beginning archery class Sunday, June 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. The youth/family class costs $20 per person.

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Grief support group meetings begin in Delta May 3

HopeWest is hosting Mending Hearts, a weekly grief support group in Delta, for anyone coping with the death of a loved one.

Mending Hearts offers an understanding environment where participants can openly share their thoughts and feelings as they navigate their journey through grief.

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Memorial tournament benefits HopeWest

The fifth annual John D. Brewer Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, May 14, at the Cedaredge Golf Course. Proceeds benefit HopeWest.

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Community

Births April 27, 2016

Rebecca Ruiz of Grand Junction is the parent of a daughter, Adriana Amiyah Ruiz, born April 9, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and was 18.5 inches in length.

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Carpenter celebrates 80th birthday
Carpenter celebrates 80th birthday

Friends and neighbors are invited to a birthday celebration for Sonny Carpenter, who is turning 80. The celebration will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Delta IOOF Hall.

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People in the News Fabula

Nicholas Fabula of Delta recently graduated from Pacific University (Oregon) with a doctoral degree in physical therapy.

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Obituaries

Carol Broughton
Carol Broughton

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

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Dee Ann Kropp
Dee Ann Kropp

Dee Ann Kropp of Paonia, Colo., exchanged her earthly home for her heavenly home on April 23, 2016.

Dee Ann was born Oct. 23, 1937, in Washington, D.C., to George and Doris Pickrel.

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George Dickerson

George E. Dickerson died Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 72.

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Ina Osborne
Ina Osborne

Ina Jane Osborne died April 15, 2016, in Shandon, Calif. She was 94.

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Inverness Stewart
Inverness Stewart

Inverness Kathryn Stewart died at her home in Delta April 13, 2016. She was 92.

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Janice Violett

Janice Violett died April 15, 2016, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 77.

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John Orth

Austin resident John Orth died Monday, April 25, 2016, at his home. He was 60.

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Joyce Price

Joyce Lavonne Price of Delta died March 28, 2016, in Delta. She was 82.

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June Dickerson
June Dickerson

June Dickerson died Saturday, April 23, 2016, at her home in Delta. She was 93.

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Kenneth Ensley
Kenneth Ensley

Kenneth Lee Ensley died Feb. 21, 2015. He was 84.

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Marvin Young

Marvin C. Young died of natural causes April 19, 2016. He was 85.

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North Fork

Hotchkiss 'H' to get a facelift
Hotchkiss 'H' to get a facelift

Carl Clay, a 1961 graduate of Hotchkiss High School and member of the HHS Alumni Association, is spearheading a project to improve the "H" located near the school. The hillside letter dates back to 1951 when three freshmen lettered in sports. Their initiation involved digging a trench in the shape of an H.

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Pocket park proposed on Bridge Street lot

A long-vacant piece of Bridge Street property could soon be transformed into a beautiful pocket park.

Hotchkiss resident Linda Cannon came before the Hotchkiss council last Thursday to garner support for a park at Second and Bridge streets just north of the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum.

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TDS met with local officials Tuesday

TDS Telecom, Inc., has confirmed that the network outage that impacted 911 service was caused by an animal, or animals. The outage impacted TDS services, including 911, in the communities of Cedaredge, Crawford, Eckert, Hotchkiss, Paonia and Somerset.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope April 27, 2016

I pull off of N Road into the widened area where the Black Canyon Audubon sign depicts our shorebirds. They've already begun to arrive: pelican and ibis, avocets and godwits.

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Cedaredge considers restaurant lease proposal

A letter drafting proposals for operation of Cedaredge's golf course restaurant calls for more public spending, support, and a "partnership" arrangement for the town's restaurant business going forward.

A prospective husband-and-wife management team from Colorado Springs with some 20 years in the restaurant business has expressed interest in a lease-management deal with the town to operate the restaurant for three years.

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Cedaredge town clerk is 'let go'

The Cedaredge Town Board made a number of official appointments during its April 21 meeting; but trustees' nomination and voting for one appointment, that of Town Clerk Patricia Luna, was conspicuously missing.

Though Luna's name and position were included with nine other appointments on the agenda and her appointment was indicated as an "action item," no motion to nominate her for the post was made by any trustee, and the appointment of town clerk was left unfilled.

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New board seated in Orchard City
New board seated in Orchard City

The Orchard City Town Board met in special session April 20 for a changing of the guard as newly elected trustees and mayor accepted their oaths of office and assumed their positions on the town board.

Mayor Ken Volgamore's election by voters to mayor halfway through his four-year trustee term has left one more vacancy on the town board.

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PACE reaches milestone

Senior CommUnity Care, a Volunteers of America program, has reached a milestone in serving 300 participants in its Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

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Rose Garden Club prepares for work day

The Rose Garden Club has enjoyed many fun and fascinating activities so far this club year.

In October, one of our members taught us about the history and service of HopeWest, which was originally Hospice.

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Spaghetti dinner raises $1,464 for Cedaredge VFW projects
Spaghetti dinner raises $1,464 for Cedaredge VFW projects

Thanks to the generosity of 151 Delta County residents, and a few from Montrose County, All Saints Lutheran Church's benefit spaghetti dinner raised $1,464 for the Cedaredge VFW. This was the eighth annual benefit spaghetti dinner where each year 100 percent of the proceeds go to a selected organization in Delta County.

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What's bugging you? April 27, 2016

I recently was given a question pertaining to early season grasshopper control. So where do all the little grasshoppers come from this time of year?

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