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Delta

A brief history of Deltarado Days

Though the event this year is being billed as the 81st anniversary, the Deltarado Days celebration started as a week-long event in 1920 and was called "The Annual Farmers Spree." It was held from 1920 to 1936 and was instituted when Holly Sugar was built in Delta.

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Alexis Halbert joins Orton Family Foundation
Alexis Halbert joins Orton Family Foundation

Orton Family Foundation executive director David Leckey announces the hiring of Alexis Halbert as senior associate of programs in the foundation's Arvada office.

"As the Orton Family Foundation brings our resident-driven community development method to towns across the country, Alexis will play a key role on our programs team," Leckey said.

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Board handles business matters

The Delta County Commissioners have dealt with a number of business matters at recent meetings including the following:

• Commissioners approved the budgeted purchase of a tandem axel dump truck for road and bridge district 3.

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Chronic wasting disease found in one Montrose County deer

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says that it found a deer that was infected with Chronic Wasting Disease just east of the city of Montrose in Game Management Unit 65.

The deer, found last spring, died on private property.

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City adopts economic incentive policy

In an effort to spur economic growth, improve the city's tax base and increase property values, the City of Delta has worked with Delta County Economic Development and county officials to develop an economic incentive policy.

Incentives will be offered, on a case-by-case basis, to new or expanding businesses.

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Closure

Pioneer Road, between Cherry and Frontier Delta, will be closed to all traffic on Tuesday, July 19, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., to allow for utility work involving water and sewer taps

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Commissioners seek speedy federal review

The board of county commissioners is pushing for a speedy review of the Colorado Roadless Rule Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Shaun Donovan, director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, has delayed final approval of the U.S. Forest Service Supplemental EIS calling it "a significant regulatory action."

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Delta mayor receives leadership training award

During the recent 94th annual Colorado Municipal League (CML) conference, CML recognized municipal elected officials statewide who reached milestone levels in its MUNIversity program -- a leadership program for Colorado's municipal elected officials. This program was started in January 1991 by the league's executive board to recognize the efforts of officials who go the extra mile to increase their knowledge of municipal government and their capacity to lead.

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Delta Police blotter July 13, 2016

July 4:

A 15-year-old male of Delta is being charged with alleged second degree burglary and obstruction of government operations.

July 5:

Spencer D.L. Bachman, 27, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged violation of a protection order.

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Deltarado Days queen
Deltarado Days queen
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Dominguez-Escalante council meets July 13

The Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council will meet on July 13 from 3-6 p.m. at the Mesa County Courthouse Annex to discuss the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement.

The advisory council provides guidance to the BLM in its management of the NCA through open meeting format with an opportunity for the public to comment.

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Food alliance sends delegation to Washington

Since soon after its earliest settlers moved into Colorado's North Fork Valley, the area has relied on two major forces to drive its economy: energy and agriculture. This week community leaders from one of Colorado's top coal-producing regions are taking a message to the nation's capital that energy and agriculture should remain a top focus for its prosperous future.

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GOP accountability committee releases findings on Sorenson

The accountability committee charged with investigating Delta County Republican Central Committee chairperson Linda Sorenson, and evaluating "the quality of the chair's apology" released its findings at the monthly committee meeting held July 5.

Sorenson, and by association, the local Republican party, was the subject of local and national news coverage in the wake of a Facebook meme portraying President Obama as a chimpanzee.

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Grant will fund expansion of mental health clinic

The Center for Mental Health, headquartered in Montrose, has been awarded $600,000 from the Department of Local Affairs, Community Development Block Grant program to help remodel a portion of the Delta clinic at 107 West 11th Street. These funds will make it possible to renovate an unused portion of the existing building currently owned by the organization.

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Hospital earns second national award

Delta County Memorial Hospital has received a second national award as one of the "Top 50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know" from Becker's Hospital Review. The Delta hospital is not officially recognized with a critical access designation, but is defined as a district, rural community hospital serving Delta County families.

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Library fitness challenge results: Motivation Wins!

Delta County Libraries administrative assistant Susan Hamrick holds up her arm to display a red bracelet that could easily be mistaken for a watch. "I was finally inspired to take my new Fitbit out of the box to record my steps for the fitness challenge week."

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Resources lacking for mentally ill

"There's a crisis in our communities, and it's affecting nearly every family, our schools, our libraries, our hospital, even county adult/child protective services," says DCMH emergency room manager Misty Sakala. She's referring to the lack of resources to appropriately care for individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis or psychiatric emergency.

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School budget supports staff, student achievement

With the fiscal year beginning July 1, Delta County Joint School District staff members received a two-pronged boost to salaries called a "step and roll."

The "step" entails a bump in the salary schedule for current employees; the "roll" is an adjustment to the salary schedule that moves up starting salaries for beginning teachers, while also supporting existing staff. Between the two, staff members receive an estimated salary increase of 4 percent for 2016-17.

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Signatures for proposed ballot measures due Aug. 8

Aug. 8 is the deadline for backers of proposed ballot initiatives to turn in petition signatures to try to get on the November ballot.

To get on the ballot, proponents need to submit 98,492 valid voter signatures -- 5 percent of the total votes cast for all candidates for Colorado secretary of state in the last general election.

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Opinion

At least one nitwit lives among us

Count me among the disappointed: a political sign has been stolen from our front yard.

Having voted in the 15 previous presidential elections, I am undecided about this current 2016 contest.

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BLM continues to ignore citizen concerns

Advocating for extractive industries at the expense of local communities or living, sustainable ecosystems, a tone-deaf BLM continues its long, outcome-proven tradition of ignoring the concerns of citizens. Releasing its long-awaited Uncompahgre RMP, a document laying out a blueprint for decades of activity in our resource area, the agency has muted citizens' issues regarding oil and gas development on thousands of acres in and around our cherished North Fork Valley.

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DPD, drivers should pay more attention at four-way stops

Recently, I've noticed an influx of people not knowing how to operate a four-way stop. TWICE this week I've pulled up to the stop sign, and while waiting for my turn, a vehicle would squeeze in on the right and then turn right.

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Hillary should be held accountable

I am a licensed and insured driver of a motor vehicle. In a scenario of me NOT intending to violate a traffic law by failure to stop at a stop sign but the traffic officer cites me anyway into court to face the charge.

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It's up to voters to hold government accountable

A special thank you to the persons of Delta County who wholeheartedly carried the message of Roger Bentley in the election effort for county commissioner District 3. Many hours were spent by numerous folks in planning, writing and distributing my message to the Republican voters in Delta County.

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Research into brain health is more critical than ever

Our priority at the Colorado Gerontological Society is providing seniors with the best care possible, which is why we are joining the community in recognizing June as Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. One in 10 Coloradan seniors suffers from Alzheimer's, and many more family members and friends are impacted by the illness.

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There's little difference between alcohol, marijuana

Getting too emotional about any issue will always result in exaggeration and distortion, and the failure to place things in any type of a proper perspective. We even lose track of reality.

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Sports

Cherry Days 5k
Cherry Days 5k

The Dream Team, a group of local youngsters, ran in the Cherry Days 5k last week during Paonia's 70th celebration of the fruit. The 5k was a fundraiser for the Paonia High School cross country team, which was able to raise enough money to buy much needed new uniforms in time for the upcoming season.

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Cornerstone wins Gold title

Cornerstone Home Lending drew a bye in the first round of Tuesday night's Gold Coed League tournament on June 28. Number four Delta Metals (3-9) and number five Twist Off (1-11) opened the tournament with first-game honors, and the right to face Hometown in round two.

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Softball title for men up for grabs Thursday
Softball title for men up for grabs Thursday

This year's men's slowpitch league title went to Dynamic with its 10-2 record. Moralez Trucking finished second (9-3) and River Bandits and Delta Metals Crusaders listed third and fourth respectively.

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Van Vleet qualifies for track Junior Olympics
Van Vleet qualifies for track Junior Olympics

Paonia long-jumper Brianna Van Vleet has qualified for national competition in the U.S.A. Track & Field Junior Olympics.

Van Vleet, the daughter of David and Tracy Van Vleet, is a state record-holder in the long jump.

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Women's slowpitch play to end this week

Thursday night's women league titlest, Cornerstone Home Lending, won the title without much difficulty with an 11-1 record. Crested Oak Dentistry was a distant second with a 5-7 mark followed by Overholt Sheds and H & R Block with identical 4-8 records.

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What's Happening

Book signing is July 16
Book signing is July 16

"The Devastation of Bartholomew Ka" is a work of fiction written by local author Susan Knight. It was published on June 15 by Knight IndiePub through CreateSpace, a division of Amazon. It is book one in The Ka Series Trilogy.

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Register for adult fall softball leagues

Take advantage of our mild fall weather and extend your summer fun by registering your team for the City of Delta's fall softball league.

Register now through July 31 for the coed, women's or men's leagues for only $225 per team, plus a $20 player fee.

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Register for youth soccer with the city

The City of Delta is eager to run the youth soccer program this season. Registration is open through Sunday, July 31.

Soccer is for ages 5-14 with birth dates from Jan. 1, 2003, to Dec. 31, 2012.

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Sheep Day is a fun outing

The annual Sheep Day outing is being offered this year on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to everyone!

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Volleyball skills, games offered for grades K-6

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is offering volleyball skills and games for grades K-4. The registration fee is $30.

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Wine trail pairs the best West Elks wines with Colorado cuisine

The wineries of the West Elks Wine Country invite you to a special weekend of touring, premium wine tasting and winemakers' dinners during the eighth annual West Elks Wine Trail Aug. 5-7. Set your own route for a fun and relaxing day or weekend and come home with delicious wine and memories.

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Community

Births July 13, 2016

Mariela Garcia and Justin Trujillo of Delta are the parents of a son, Julius Justin Trujillo, born July 1, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 18.75 inches in length.

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Doerer, Czarnota plan September wedding
Doerer, Czarnota plan September wedding

Dennis and Nancy Doerer of Delta announce the engagement of Joel Doerer to Dana Czarnota, daughter of Jay and Patty Czarnota of Pueblo.

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People in the News Webb/Wecker

In a ceremony on Saturday, April 30, Skylyn Webb of Delta, Theodore Wecker of Hotchkiss and over 500 Fort Lewis College graduates and their families packed Whalen Gymnasium for spring commencement. The commencement address was delivered by Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia.

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Obituaries

Jerry VanderVelde

Gerald "Jerry" VanderVelde of Cedaredge died June 21, 2016. He was 82.

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Arlene Angeletti
Arlene Angeletti

Arlene Angeletti died Sunday, July 3, 2016, at her home in Delta. She was 75.

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Dale Marah

Cedaredge resident Dale W. Marah died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 86.

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Dorothy Kehmeier
Dorothy Kehmeier

Dorothy Blankenagel Kehmeier died at her home in Eckert Wednesday, July 6, 2016. She was 87 years of age.

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Frances Dalton
Frances Dalton

Frances Louise Dalton died April 19, 2016, at her home in Austin. She was 72.

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Francisco Saenz, Sr.
Francisco Saenz, Sr.

Longtime Delta resident, Francisco Saenz, Sr., died July 10, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center. He was 74.

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Gene Magill
Gene Magill

Gene Arnold Magill died June 30, 2016.

He was born in Sterling April 18, 1939.

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Joan Queen
Joan Queen

Joan Caroline Queen died Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at her home in Hotchkiss. She was 84.

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Mike Neden
Mike Neden

Michael W. Neden died Monday, July 4, 2016, at his home in Carthage, Mo. He was 63.

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Phyllis I. Knorr
Phyllis I. Knorr

Phyllis I. Knorr died July 3, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta. She was 85.

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Rosa Lee Coonts
Rosa Lee Coonts

Rosa Lee Coonts died July 7, 2016, at home with her husband at her side. She was 78.

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Verla Mae Doyle
Verla Mae Doyle

Verla Mae Doyle died July 8, 2016, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta, CO. She was 83.

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North Fork

BLM releases Bull Mountain EIS

On July 7, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Uncompahgre Field Office released its preferred plan for environmentally responsible oil and gas development in the Bull Mountain Unit, located in the upper North Fork Valley near Paonia, while addressing potential resource impacts and the public's concerns.

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Church of Art hosts 'Shared Space'
Church of Art hosts 'Shared Space'

"Shared Space: A Mother Son Collaboration," featuring works by Irie Sentner and Marie Velez Sentner, of Durango, is now on exhibit at the Church of Art.

The show "is an exploration into the creative minds" of the two artists.

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Citizens engage council about court, communication
Citizens engage council about court, communication

The "public non-agenda items" portion of the Crawford Town Council's July 6 meeting made up most of the discussion. Crawford resident Carl Page exercised his First Amendment rights by presenting council with a petition opposing a municipal court that is currently under consideration by the town.

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Geisler posts winning kid's saddle bid

Tammy Geisler, of Paonia, placed the winning silent auction bid of $50 for a youth saddle, which will benefit the Delta County Partners program.

The 14-inch youth saddle and youth halter were donated by Don and Nancy Foster of Hotchkiss and auctioned off during Cherry Days Downtown Day and at the North Fork Bull Ride.

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Hotchkiss joins North Fork Creative Coalition

The Town of Hotchkiss recently became the first North Fork municipality to join the North Fork Creative Coalition.

"I am very grateful Hotchkiss would see the value in this and vote their support," said newly-elected trustee Mary Hockenbery.

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Hotchkiss Second Street project nears completion
Hotchkiss Second Street project nears completion

The project by Williams Construction to re-surface the north section of Second Street is nearing completion, which will mark the end of the town's Sanitation Line Upgrade project.

Contractor Williams Construction estimates that the project to resurface 950 lineal feet of Second Street is anticipated to be complete the week of July 18, according to Hotchkiss Mayor Wendell Koontz.

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New owner for Paonia Care

Grace Healthcare has sold its three remaining skilled nursing facilities in Colorado, removing its presence completely from the western United States.

The three properties, Paonia Care and Rehab Center, Grace Healthcare & Rehab of Glenwood Springs and Pioneer Health Care Center in central Colorado, sold to a California-based investor for $15,300,000 or $67,000 per bed, and will be leased to an operator with a Colorado presence.

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Paonia entrepreneur awarded CCI grant
Paonia entrepreneur awarded CCI grant

There was a time when an entrepreneur wanting to start a cottage industry business sought a small business loan, set up shop in their home or garage, and advertised their business through signs, in local papers and on radio.

Teresa Shishim is a good example of today's entrepreneur.

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Town clerk seeks restraining order against citizen

A citizen's request for information at Crawford Town Hall led to the issuing of a temporary restraining order against a Crawford citizen by the town clerk.

A Motion for Civil Protection order was filed on June 30 in Delta County Combined Court on behalf of Cally Gallegos, 53, who was hired as town clerk in February. Gallegos alleges that Crawford resident Carl Page was a threat to her life or health.

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Trees had to go, say Paonia town officials
Trees had to go, say Paonia town officials

About a dozen evergreen trees planted between Third Street and the decommissioned Paonia Water Treatment Plant several years ago were cut down last week to make way for a new water main installation approved in June by the town board of trustees.

The trees, explained town manager Jane Berry, are being removed as a consequence of that water line project.

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Surface Creek

$175,000 sought for water fund

The Cedaredge Town Board, at its July 14 work session, is set to review a proposal to allocate by resolution an extra $175,000 for the town's water fund for 2016.

According to the proposed resolution, the extra $175,000 appropriated for the water fund would come from "loans, transfers, or water revenue bonds to be in place by Dec. 31."

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Author weaves local history of native peoples
Author weaves local history of native peoples

Visitors to the Grand Mesa last Saturday got a bonus to their weekend recreation with a program on native peoples of the area given at the Visitor's Center.

The Grand Mesa Visitor Center's summer interpretative programs schedule that began last month is continuing on Saturdays through Sunday, Sept. 25, which is Color Sunday this year.

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Chapel concerts giving great entertainment
Chapel concerts giving great entertainment

The Chapel of the Cross summer concert series is providing music lovers with some of the best and unique entertainment ever, organizers say. The two performances last week are perfect examples of the kind of entertainment audiences have enjoyed this summer.

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