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Delta

BoCC supports cross-country skiing as tourism attraction

The county commissioners have continued their traditional support of the cross-country ski programs on Grand Mesa sponsored by the Grand Mesa Nordic Council, saying the programs are a tourism draw that can be developed.

On Monday, the BoCC endorsed the GMNC's grant request to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for a grant that will help purchase a new trails grooming machine.

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County addresses subdivision roads

The county commissioners, acting at their regular bi-monthly meeting on May 16, adopted terms of a policy for taking private subdivision roads into the county system for future maintenance.

In addition, the commissioners designated a list of seven roads that immediately qualify for inclusion in the county system.

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DCMH clinics add providers

Delta County Memorial Hospital clinics are adding new physicians in the next few months.

"Delta County Memorial Hospital and clinics are actively recruiting for new physicians to continue to meet the demand for providers in Delta County," said CEO Jason Cleckler.

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Delta County celebrates National Drug Court Month
Delta County celebrates National Drug Court Month

In celebration of National Drug Court Month, Drug Free Delta County and Delta County's Treatment Courts hosted an open house Thursday, May 12, in Judge Sandra Miller's courtroom. Drug Free Delta County is a non-profit organization that works alongside Delta County's Treatment Courts, providing services to clients of both the Adult and Family Treatment Courts.

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Delta County Independent earns five awards

"Perfect timing - a great moment to capture" the judges said about a Tamie Meck photo that earned first place in the Colorado Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented during the CPA's annual convention in Denver May 13-14.

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Delta man arrested after wild ride through Montrose

Aaron Weedman, 22, of Delta is facing a number of felony charges after crashing into a Montrose residence with a stolen vehicle.

The incident unfolded during the early morning hours of May 7, when Weedman allegedly jumped the fence at Hot Water Productions and stole a service truck, using the truck to smash through a gate before driving off.

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First Colorado announces open house, ribbon cutting
First Colorado announces open house, ribbon cutting

First Colorado National Bank is partnering with the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce to host a ribbon cutting and open house Tuesday, May 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at the branch located at 150 Gunnison River Drive.

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Generous donations contribute to 'Stamping Out Hunger'
Generous donations contribute to 'Stamping Out Hunger'

The generosity of Delta citizenry was remarkable in Saturday's annual postal food drive. During these trying economic times, the Delta community contributed over 4,000 pounds of nonperishable food for those in need.

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GMUG staff recognized for 2015 achievements
GMUG staff recognized for 2015 achievements

On Friday, April 22, regional forester Dan Jirón and deputy regional foresters Maribeth Gustafson and Jacque Buchanan honored over 90 partners and employees for their contributions and successes during the annual regional forester's honor awards ceremony. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell joined the celebration by videoconference.

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HopeWest receives elite national award for high level of care

HopeWest has been named a recipient of the 2016 Hospice Honors award, an elite national award that recognizes hospices that provide the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver's point of view.

Presented annually by Deyta Analytics, a division of HEALTHCAREfirst, the Hospice Honors award winners are announced at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Management and Leadership Conference held each spring in Washington, D.C.

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Law enforcement blotter May 18, 2016

Joaquin E. Cancio Morales, 39, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged first degree criminal tampering and tampering with a utility meter.

Jack W. Eberling, 64, of Austin was issued a ticket for alleged careless driving after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on H Road at Industrial Boulevard.

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Libraries gear up for summer
Libraries gear up for summer

At this time of year, three words echo repeatedly around the Delta County Libraries -- these three words are at once a cheer, an invitation, a challenge and a promise of great enjoyment.

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VOA welcomes new registered dietitian
VOA welcomes new registered dietitian

Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Goodwin as the new regional registered dietitian. The position serves all of the Volunteers of America programs in both Montrose and Delta counties, providing oversight and direction to dietary directors and their food service staff members.

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Work on election issue to continue post-session

The demise of two presidential primary bills late in the 2016 session didn't signal the end but the beginning of a statewide debate about the future look of Colorado elections, according to a group of Senate Republicans who have formed a working group to keep the dialogue going between sessions.

The Colorado Elections Study Group already has announced its first meeting, to be held Saturday, June 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the capitol's old Supreme Court chambers.

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Zhane Ware pleads guilty to robbery

Zhane Ware, 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, a class three felony, in Delta District Court Monday. As part of a plea agreement, Ware will be sentenced to a youth offender program, described as a type of "boot camp" for offenders between the ages of 18 and 21.

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Opinion

Affordable health care for rural Colorado

No matter your background or your zip code, every Coloradan deserves a fair shot at affording a quality health care plan. Unfortunately, those of us in the high country are all too aware of the ever-rising cost of health care.

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Formula is harmful

Thank you for the article called "When and how to start babies on solid foods" in your 2016 Health Care Guide.

Clarifications of a few points would be beneficial to mothers who might be pregnant and seeking information on safe infant feeding.

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Joining the debate on climate change

Greg Walcher's comments on climate change in the GJ Daily Sentinel April 29 finally moved me to comment about the many letters on this subject. Most seem to believe in the greenhouse gas propaganda.

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Liberals have little tolerance

Recently in Denver my truck was "keyed," with a deep, wide scratch down most of the rear quarter panel. I'm sure it was because of my politically conservative bumper stickers.

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Protect the Second Amendment

Why is there a Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

It is second only to the First Amendment that guarantees our right to free speech, freedom of religion, right of assembly, right to petition the government and freedom of the press.

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Sports

Bruins bow out of 2A state baseball playoffs

Cedaredge High School's baseball team held out hopes of moving deeper into this year's 2A post-season play after earning a play-in game victory over Rangely's Panthers on May 10.

The Bruins were unable to advance any further when Ignacio dealt Cedaredge a 7-3 loss in 2A District 2 play in Cortez on May 13.

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Eagles survive 'Dogs' rally; both move on

The rubber game went to the Eagles.

In the third game of the year between baseball rivals Paonia and Hotchkiss, the Eagles won 5-4 last Saturday in Cortez to capture the 2A District 2 championship and clinch a spot in the 16-team state tournament field.

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What's Happening

Region 10 Area Agency on Aging offers educational series

Region 10 Area Agency on Aging - Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC) is spearheading a six-county collaboration of businesses, community members and caregivers that serve and work with the aging and disabled populations. Goals are to enhance programs, reduce gaps, and increase access to resources.

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Summer chess tournament is new

New this year is the City of Delta Recreation Department's first amateur chess tournament. All ages are invited to Bill Heddles Recreation Center for this event, scheduled Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Community

People in the News Stelzer

Jheri Stelzer of Cedaredge received a graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorders

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School Zone

Peace Circle awards five $1,000 scholarships
Peace Circle awards five $1,000 scholarships

Five Hotchkiss High School graduates are receiving $1,000 scholarships from Peace Circle.

HHS senior Will Drbohlav is the son of Matthew and Rebecca Drbohlav.

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Schelle awarded memorial scholarship
Schelle awarded memorial scholarship

Hotchkiss High School senior Sophia Margaret Schelle, daughter of David and Cathy Schelle, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Kathleen Wheeler Memorial Scholarship. She is planning to go to CU's College of Media Communication and Information majoring in business media.

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Students present at Fort Lewis symposium

The Fort Lewis College School of Arts and Sciences held its annual undergraduate research and creative activities symposium on April 21. Student participants were selected by their departments to represent the best undergraduate research and performances done at Fort Lewis College this year, either in oral or poster presentations.

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Obituaries

Dale Maxwell
Dale Maxwell

Hotchkiss resident Milton Dale Maxwell died Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Paonia Care Center. He was 82.

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Dick Wellington
Dick Wellington

Richard "Dick" B. Wellington died May 14, 2016, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 92.

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Dollar  MacKendrick
Dollar MacKendrick

Lawrence B. "Dollar" MacKendrick of Hotchkiss died Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 97.

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LaVerne Miller
LaVerne Miller

LaVerne Miller died May 14, 2016, at Mantey Heights Care Center. She was 96.

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Vernon Moore
Vernon Moore

Vernon Lee Moore died Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the age of 65.

He was born in Ogden, Utah, Oct. 31, 1950, and graduated from Cedaredge High School in 1969.

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North Fork

Chelsea Bookout sworn in as Paonia trustee
Chelsea Bookout sworn in as Paonia trustee

In facing a decision between an incumbent board member who was not re-elected and a candidate who narrowly missed being elected, the Paonia Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Chelsea Bookout as trustee.

Bookout was among nine candidates vying for three board seats in the April 5 election, and was four votes shy of winning a seat.

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Hotchkiss council handles long agenda

A full council of six trustees was seated last Thursday night, May 12, and the Hotchkiss Town Council administrated its way through some 20 line items on the agenda.

Every seat in town hall was full when the meeting began at 6:30 but all had emptied by the time the meeting concluded nearly two-and-a-half hours later.

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Physician assistant joins North Fork clinic
Physician assistant joins North Fork clinic

Physician assistant Danny Lee Mingus joined the North Fork Medical Clinic staff on April 14 and is seeing patients five days a week.

"He's a godsend," said Dr. Timothy Meilner, who has worked at the clinic for 20 years and has been its sole health care provider since last July.

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Pickin' Productions announces August concerts

When the Town of Paonia built a stage at Town Park about a decade ago, Rob Miller knew it was time to start a free, family-friendly concert series. An idea came to him while touring the West with Sweet Sunny South. "We saw, as a band, that it was an opportunity to bring communities together," said Miller of the concerts.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope May 18, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope May 18, 2016

I'm looking out of our front window ... And here's Lewis. I usually call this bird "Lewis" although know that it is properly, Lewis' Woodpecker.

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Show opens at AppleShed
Show opens at AppleShed

Ten new artists are being introduced to the community during a show that will run through June 25 at the AppleShed

A reception for the artists was hosted last Saturday as the public was invited in for refreshments and to meet the artists and discuss their works.

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Sign up today for June's Apple Blossom Ride
Sign up today for June's Apple Blossom Ride

It's time to get registered for the second annual Apple Blossom Bike Ride and Tour in Cedaredge. The ride is Saturday, June 4, in conjunction with Celebrate Cedaredge Days, so cyclists still have time to get in riding shape for any of the three distances.

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Surface Creek Family Practice embraces team approach
Surface Creek Family Practice embraces team approach

Surface Creek Family Practice is one of 445 practices across the nation participating in the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative.

CPC is a four-year multi-payer initiative designed to strengthen primary care.

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Tollefson named trustee
Tollefson named trustee

The Orchard City Town Board has appointed Gary Tollefson, a 38-year resident of the community, to fill a trustee vacancy.

Tollefson was a U.S. Forest Service employee for 23 years before retiring, he said during his interview on May 11.

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Town planning a ribbon cutting
Town planning a ribbon cutting

Cedaredge town officials report there will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new sewer plant on June 16 at 2 p.m.

Town Hall, 856-3123, is the contact for further information.

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