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Delta

'Choose Privacy' and Delta County Libraries

With current technology -- smart phones, social media, online credit card purchases, online banking, cloud computing, browsing histories, and more -- it is almost impossible to keep personal information private. Fortunately, Delta County Libraries cares about the privacy of library users.

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Caregivers complete training
Caregivers complete training

Certificates of completion for the spring class of Powerful Tools for Caregivers were awarded Monday, April 18.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide caregivers with the tools they need to 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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DCMH receives high marks for patient safety

Delta County Memorial Hospital has received its third patient safety "A" in the past four years from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. It is one of the only hospitals on the Western Slope to receive a patient "A."

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DMEA chief unveils broadband details

Speaking to a gathering of elected officials and senior staff at the Municipal Quarterly meeting in Paonia last Friday, Jasen Bronec, Delta-Montrose Electric Association CEO, unveiled details of DMEA's broadband plan including rates the co-op will charge.

DMEA is becoming a new entrant in the local Internet service provider marketplace which, by one recent count, already has 12 to 15 private sector companies competing for home and business customers.

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Fort Uncompahgre opens June 4; seasonal volunteers are needed

Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail is getting ready for the 2016 season and has many opportunities for volunteers who can devote three to four hours a week. The mission of the fort is to promote and preserve the heritage and history for locals and visitors using Fort Uncompahgre as a centerpiece to disseminate local, regional and national information.

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Law enforcement blotter May 4, 2016

April 25:

Tallon R. Schaublin, 18, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $5,000 bond.

April 26:

Sergio Rodriguez, 26, of Olathe was issued a ticket for alleged driving a motor vehicle while license revoked.

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Sales tax is not being allocated fairly, golfer asserts

Dennis Phillips is fed up with the portrayal of Devil's Thumb Golf Club as the "black sheep of the community." He shared strong thoughts on the subject at two consecutive Delta City Council meetings.

He began by referring to comments made by city council candidates "posturing to condemn the golf course even before elected."

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Scammers bilk residents out of thousands of dollars

The Delta County Sheriff's Office would like to remind people to be very cautious when dealing with individuals requesting money over the phone. In a one-week period at least two Delta County residents were victims of fraudulent scams.

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Sign code stymies entrepreneur
Sign code stymies entrepreneur

Tammy Murray has big plans for a restaurant at 420 Main Street in Delta. She purchased the building formerly occupied by Gabriela's and is completely remodeling the interior, as well as renovating the building to incorporate a smoker to impart flavor, primarily to chicken, but other meats as well. The restaurant will be known as "The Chicken Roost."

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Opinion

Camper living should be allowed

Recently there have been many layoffs in the coal mines and other places. Living with an already high cost of living, this puts many families in dire stress.

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Count your blessings

Each day as I come in contact with other people I am amazed at the many who have no understanding or realization of how blessed they are.

Each morning as I stretch, flex and tweek various parts of my body to get the blood flowing and the muscles warmed up, I am thankful I am able to do so and able to use my five senses.

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Delta has much to offer

Our county and city have been through a lot recently, with mines and businesses closing. In spite of this, I think we can survive -- even thrive -- if we all make a determined effort to shop and do our business locally.

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Don't try to change the North Fork Valley

When I wrote my letter and it was published on March 16, it was in response to Tom Wills' letter the week before. Just as he had every right to say why he wanted the marijuana issues passed in Hotchkiss, I also had the right to defend why I felt they should not be passed.

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Facts are stubborn things

One fact that isn't going away is the folly of anthropogenic climate change. Its adherents typically are delusional Democrats almost to a man.

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Letter highlights airport's value

In response to the excellent researched letter by Clay McDonald in the April 6 issue of the DCI:

The problem is not indigenous to Colorado.

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Movie rehashes claims, stirs up frenzy

This is in response to the April 27 DCI letter promoting the new climate science denier film put out by the fossil fuel industry-funded denier group CFACT and its notorious director, Marc Morano. According to reviews by those who have seen the film, it is a rehash of standard denier claims and features the usual cast of non-climate scientist-deniers and hucksters.

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National Drug Court Month to be celebrated

Drug Free Delta County would like to invite the community to share in our celebration of National Drug Court Month with a Delta County Adult Treatment Court graduation on Thursday, May 12, at 4 p.m. in Judge Sandra Miller's courtroom in the courthouse. We hope you'll enjoy seeing adult treatment court in action and stay after to share in refreshments to support our new graduate and other drug court clients, their families, our treatment court team and volunteers.

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Thanks from Delta inventor

I would like to express a big thank you for the excellent writing in your paper, also a big thank you for all the stores that made room on the shelves, along with helpful advice, for "The Trap."

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Voter finally sees the light

It seems like I am not the only one that realizes, after many, many years and election cycles, that my vote doesn't really matter. The "parties" of both Democrats and Republicans are in fact the ones to actually select who will be the candidate running for office.

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Sports

Delta soccer team loses two

Delta's soccer team is currently resting on the bottom of the 4A WSL standings with its 1-10-0 and 3-11-0 ledger.

The Panthers lost, 6-0, to the league's number three team, Palisade (8-3 and 11-3-0), 6-0, and fell 3-0 to number one, Steamboat Springs (10-0-0 and 12-1-0) last week.

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Hotchkiss ball team stays close with wins
Hotchkiss ball team stays close with wins

The No. 3 Hotchkiss Bulldogs improved to 15-1 on the season after defeating Roaring Fork 15-3 last week.

Presley Pene and Mario Espinoza pitched the game for the Bulldogs.

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Paonia nine keep winning; still unbeaten

The baseball team from Paonia High School added three more wins to its already impressive resume this past week.

The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in 2A in the recent CHSAA online poll, got the week started off right with a 12-4 win in Gunnison last Wednesday.

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What's Happening

Community dance set for May 21

Route 66 will provide music for the community evening dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Bring a friend and a snack to share. Coffee and lemonade will be provided.

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Encampment, training planned at Fort Uncompahgre May 21
Encampment, training planned at Fort Uncompahgre May 21

Robidoux's Encampment is set for Saturday, May 21, beginning at 10 a.m. William Bailey, founder of Fort Uncompahgre will be hosting a volunteer interpreter training.

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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" 5k Fun 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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Register for building benefit golf tournament

VFW Post 3571 of Delta is sponsoring its fourth annual golf tournament May 21, with proceeds going to the new building in North Delta.

The tournament will take place at Devil's Thumb Golf Course and will include lunch, cart, silent auction and a prize of a car for a hole-in-one.

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Community

Births May 4, 2016

Samantha Sanchez and Justin Meredith of Cedaredge are the parents of a daughter, Lyrical Dawn Meredith, born April 17, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6.12 pounds and was 18.75 inches in length.

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Delta Emblem Club officers installed for 2016-17

The annual installation of 2016-17 officers for Delta Emblem Club #462 was conducted at the Delta Elks Lodge Saturday, April 16.

A potluck lunch was served at 12:30 p.m. Special guests were in attendance.

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State Rebekah president visits three local lodges
State Rebekah president visits three local lodges

On April 28, the state Rebekah president Linda Blancett visited Montrose #31, Elberta #106 and Katherine #65. The day started with a lasagna lunch at Montrose #31 at noon.

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School Zone

Generous donors give DHS grads a helping hand
Generous donors give DHS grads a helping hand

In the spirit of gratitude, Delta High School counselors and administrators welcomed a large crowd of graduates, parents and donors to the school's seventh annual scholarship breakfast April 28. The event is an opportunity for representatives from local businesses, service clubs and nonprofit organizations to meet the students who will benefit from their generosity, and for the students, parents and staff of DHS to thank the contributors who support the students' dreams.

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Vision Charter Academy learners excel on stage
Vision Charter Academy learners excel on stage

Excitement was in the air the night of April 28 at Vision Charter Academy's talent show. This talent show was the first VCA has hosted.

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Obituaries

Edith Lopez
Edith Lopez

Maria Erepina "Edith" Ann Madril Lopez died April 27, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 91.

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John Jackson

John Patrick Jackson died Saturday, April 30, 2016, at his home. He was 67.

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John Orth
John Orth

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

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Kathleen Reich

Paonia resident Kathleen Winnie Reich died Monday, April 25, 2016, at Paonia Care Center. She was 73.

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Leonard Stroud

Delta resident James Leonard Stroud died Saturday, April 30, 2016, at his home. He was 75.

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Max DeBusk

Delta County resident Max DeBusk died Monday, May 2, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 90.

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Rose Loring
Rose Loring

Rose Loring died Sunday, May 1, 2016, at her home in Cedaredge. She was 85.

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Sandy McGee

Sandra Lee McGee of Ken Caryl died Sunday, April 24, 2016, after a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 61.

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Wanda Gibson
Wanda Gibson

Wanda Gibson died at her home in Delta Friday, April 29, 2016. She was 63.

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North Fork

April 29: Black Friday for coal mining industry

Friday, April 29, was a day of palpable sadness for the once world-class, community-building coal mining industry of the North Fork Valley.

That was the day the previously announced layoff of more than 100 miners at the Bowie mine took effect, said a local mining official at the Municipal Quarterly meeting in Paonia last Friday.

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Celebrate the Fork returns

Celebrate the Fork will return to Hotchkiss for a second year, according to Dave Mitchell with the North Fork Creative Coalition. Last year's event, a major fundraiser for the coalition, included a concert, arts and crafts fair, and a dinner.

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Crawford council discusses variety of topics

At the April meeting of the Crawford Town Council, the trustees heard that investigation of plumbing troubles by a local resident led to an interesting discovery. The public works department was unable to immediately locate the cause of the problem at the home on I Street.

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Early bird pool passes on sale

Discounted family and individual season passes for the North Fork Pool are available now until May. 15. After that, prices will go up $25 across the board.

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Grant awarded to local producer

Recent grant funding may keep pie bakers and fruit lovers in Colorado happy. Two grants totaling $21,300 were newly awarded to fight peach Cytospora canker and increase sweet cherry production in Colorado.

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HHS students bring art, the blues to The Creamery

The Hotchkiss High School art students will host their annual art gallery opening Friday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hotchkiss Creamery Arts Center, 165 Bridge Street. Students take their "final exam" by creating the opening, said art teacher Jamie Roeber.

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Hotchkiss to offer citizens' police academy in June

The Hotchkiss Marshal's department will offer a Citizens' Police Academy beginning in early June. Taught by Marshal Dan Miller and Deputy Gates Shaklee, the free eight- to 10-week course is open to all county residents over 18.

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Mock crash demonstrates dangers  of driving impaired, distracted
Mock crash demonstrates dangers of driving impaired, distracted

It was supposed to be a magical night. But as the rock group The Eagles sing, "In a New York minute, everything can change."

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New town board tackles Paonia sidewalk repairs
New town board tackles Paonia sidewalk repairs

Prior to the seating of the new board at the April 26 meeting, Paonia trustees addressed sidewalk repairs. In 2013, voters approved a $3 monthly fee for construction and repair of sidewalks. The fee started in January 2014, and sunsets December 2024. It brings in about $30,000 per year for sidewalk repair and replacement.

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PHS senior Chelsea Meilner named Boettcher scholar
PHS senior Chelsea Meilner named Boettcher scholar

Paonia senior Chelsea Meilner was recently named a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship.

The scholarship covers full tuition and fees and provides a book allowance and stipend for living expenses for four years at any in-state college or university.

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Sheep dog trials open Friday in Hotchkiss
Sheep dog trials open Friday in Hotchkiss

The 13th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials begin Friday. The trials offer a rare glimpse into the lives of herding dogs and their skilled handlers.

Unlike many sheepdog trials, "the whole community gets involved," said event founder Richard Bailey. "It's not just a dog trial."

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Surface Creek

Arboretum trees get a high tech upgrade
Arboretum trees get a high tech upgrade

The Pioneer Town arboretum is getting a high tech upgrade that will make it an even more useful resource for area landscapers and homeowners, as well as for curious arbor adorers.

Bringing accumulated knowledge from careers devoted to trees, volunteers Nick Greear and Ron Romatzke have identified, researched, cataloged, labeled and mapped all of the trees in the Charlie Baker Memorial Arboretum at Pioneer Town, as well as the other trees currently growing at the Pioneer Town complex.

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Chamber hires new director
Chamber hires new director

Lisa Martinez is the new office staff/director for the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce. Her first day on the job was Monday, April 25.

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From grads to Little Britches, Cedaredge is bustling in May

The area is getting ready for a spring season that will bring many activities for residents and visitors to participate in.

Starting off the spring season this week is the annual Pioneer Town Clean Up Days.

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July 2 patriotic events planned

Cedaredge's traditional mid-summer parade will be a tribute to local heroes, and Town Park events are being planned as stand-alone events taking place on Saturday, July 2.

Organizers are asking for entries in the parade to contact the Chamber of Commerce, 856-6961, as early as possible.

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Tax preparation for seniors has positive impact

According to a report provided to the town board on the annual free income tax preparation project for seniors, adjusted gross incomes of those using the service ranged from over $110,000 to less than zero dollars. The average adjusted gross income of the free service's clients was $24,000.

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