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Delta

BLM expands comment period for Uncompahgre RMP

In response to public requests, the Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office is extending the comment period for Uncompahgre Field Office Draft Resource Management Plan for 60 days. The comment period, originally scheduled to close on Sept. 1 will be extended through Nov. 1.

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Blueprint supports economic diversity
Blueprint supports economic diversity

Delta County "really hit it out of the park," Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne said at a press conference in Delta last week. The lieutenant governor and representatives from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) chose Delta to announce recipients of the first round of the Colorado Blueprint 2.0 initiatives.

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Delta County Libraries welcomes newest hire
Delta County Libraries welcomes newest hire

I'd like to introduce our newest hire, our Communications and Outreach Administrator, Tracy Ihnot," Delta County Libraries district director Lea Hart declared at a recent meeting of the board of trustees. Welcoming words erupt from around the table, although they are mostly formalities, as Ihnot already knows many of the trustees and did not hesitate to introduce herself to the others before the meeting.

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Financial assistance available for organic certification

Financial assistance is available for Colorado companies with an organic certification. In order to qualify for this year's reimbursement, producers and handlers must have received certification or continuation of certification by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) accredited certifying agent commencing Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016.

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Law enforcement blotter July 27, 2016

Miguel D. Mejia-Arrendondo, 19, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged unlawful acts (alcohol).

Jesus E. Rodriguez, 31, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with an $8,000 bond.

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Master plan update to begin

The first steps are being taken toward updating the county's master plan.

At their July 20 meeting, Delta County Planning Commission members reviewed the draft of a request for proposals (RFP) which, when finalized, will be sent to professional consultants and planning firms which can lead and coordinate the process of updating the county's master plan.

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New dentist allows Yost Family Dentistry to expand patient care
New dentist allows Yost Family Dentistry to expand patient care

Since returning to Delta nearly 10 years ago, Morgan Yost DDS has steadily been growing the dental practice started by his father, Lyle.

Morgan, the youngest of Lyle and Judy's five children, returned to Delta in 2008 with the goal of updating his father's practice without losing the personal connections he believes are essential to a pleasant, comfortable visit to the dentist.

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Region 10 announces the arrival of fiber optic cable
Region 10 announces the arrival of fiber optic cable

Region 10's efforts for improving broadband services is becoming a reality. Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning announces the arrival of the first order of fiber optic cable for construction of its regional broadband network.

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Riders bring awareness to off-the-track thoroughbreds
Riders bring awareness to off-the-track thoroughbreds

Valerie Ashker and Peter Friedman have embarked on a cross-country horseback ride to draw attention to off-the-track thoroughbreds. These are horses that are "put out to pasture" after their racing days.

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Search intensifies for missing woman
Search intensifies for missing woman

The search for a missing 82-year-old Delta County woman with dementia is centered in a remote area of the Uncompahgre National Forest.

Mary Finnegan was last seen July 15 at about noon, when she left a bowling alley in Montrose. She was driving a silver 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis.

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Senior CommUnity meals for August

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. More information is available by calling the Cedaredge meal site, 856-3636; the Delta meal site, 874-7662; Hotchkiss Senior Center, 872-3494; and Paonia Senior Citizen Center, 527-3435.

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State treasurer warns of fiscal dangers in Amendment 69

Walter Stapleton, Colorado state treasurer, met with a small group of business people Monday, July 18, to discuss the fiscal dangers in passing Amendment 69 in the Nov. 8 election.

The luncheon meeting was sponsored by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and held at the Delta United Methodist fellowship hall.

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The Center for Mental Health welcomes new CEO

The Center for Mental Health welcomes Shelly Spalding as its new chief executive officer. Spalding replaces the retiring Jon Gordon who served the center for the past 20 years.

Spalding comes to the Center for Mental Health from Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (BHI), of Aurora where she served as the chief executive officer.

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Tri-State appeals FERC ruling on renewables

The dispute between DMEA and its wholesale power supplier entered a new phase last week with the filing of an appeal before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, D.C.

In that appeal, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association asked FERC to reconsider a June 2016 order striking down a Tri-State penalty imposed when DMEA buys from renewable resources.

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Opinion

An open letter to the community

As the United States of America struggles with the senseless killing of peace officers and the hostility toward law enforcement officers in many communities, I want to express my thanks to the citizens of Delta County who have reached out to state their appreciation and their thanks to the Delta County Sheriff's Office and to the police departments within Delta County.

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Fatal car crash was senseless

On Thursday, July 21, at around 3:30 p.m., I was returning home from the Cortez area with my wife on Hwy. 550 near Colona. An hour earlier we had gotten in the middle of the traffic backups due to CDOT operations performing cleanup of mudslides across the highway near Sawpit and Placerville.

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Participation appreciated

I want to thank the churches who came together to present the service in the park as part of Deltarado Days last week, and all who attended. It was a wonderful service, and it was nice to see so many in the community gather and worship together.

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School board must stand up to transgender directive

I'm submitting this so the community is aware of what I told the Delta County School Board at its last meeting, July 21, in reference to the Department of Education directive for Safe & Healthy Students concerning so-called transgendered persons using restrooms and locker rooms of their opposite anatomical sex.

You scoff at the ridiculous story of the emperor who was duped into wearing no clothes, and whose trusted ministers followed along, but look at what's happening before your very eyes today!

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We just join together to exert our political will

It has become clear that big corporations have immense power over Congress. We have seen that on many issues where there is a broad consensus in the general population, Congress refuses to act.

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We need a leader who will keep us safe from harm

I just watched a video showing the aftermath of murders in Nice, France. Then I heard our president telling us the world has never been safer.

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Sports

Golfers tee off to support HHS
Golfers tee off to support HHS

"What a great day at Devil's Thumb Golf Course for the first annual Bulldog Booster Club Scramble!" said Curtis Hintz. "A big thank you to Ken Brown for helping organize and hosting this event.

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Muddy winners
Muddy winners

The team from All Glass Station won the mud volleyball tournament held during Deltarado Days.

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What's Happening

Jeneve Rose Mitchell to headline Farm to Fiddle Festival

After rising to fame on the American Idol television show, Crawford's Jeneve Rose Mitchell will be performing at Hotchkiss's first annual Farm to Fiddle Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 3 to 6 p.m. The performance will be free to the public. Her appearance is sponsored by Adam Camacho, AXA Advisors in Hotchkiss and Grand Junction.

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Rim Rock Marathon returns with new features

One of the most scenic marathons in Colorado returns on Nov. 5, and this year, there's something for every runner.

The US Bank Rim Rock Marathon, which returns to the Colorado National Monument (a unit of the National Park Service) on Nov. 5, has twice been voted Most Scenic Marathon by "Colorado Runner."

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What's up at your library? July 27, 2016

The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.

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Community

Anniversary, going away party planned
Anniversary, going away party planned

The Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church is hosting a farewell party and 65th wedding anniversary celebration to honor longtime members Ann and Ron Troxel of Eckert.

Please join the couple on Saturday, July 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lower level fellowship hall of the church located at the corner of 3rd and Aspen, Cedaredge.

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Births July 27, 2016

Marina Duran and Adan Ramirez of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Giselle Ramirez, born July 15, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 12.6 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.

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Ruth Anderson turns 90
Ruth Anderson turns 90

Ruth (Shetley) Anderson will celebrate her 90th birthday Aug. 1. She was born in Illmo (now Scott City), Mo., on Aug. 1, 1926, to Frank and Esther Shetley.

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Obituaries

Eugene Lorig

Eugene Lorig died July 23, 2016, at his home in Paonia. He was 89.

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Betty TeGrotenhuis
Betty TeGrotenhuis

Longtime Delta County resident Charlotte "Betty" TeGrotenhuis died Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Crossroads Assisted Living Center in Delta. She was 94.

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Cole Sukle
Cole Sukle

Cole Michael Sukle, 14, of Denver died July 14, 2016, after being struck by a car.

He is survived by his father, Mike Sukle, a Delta native and a DHS graduate;

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Donald Justice
Donald Justice

Donald Ivan Justice died quietly at the age of 80 at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction June 5, 2016, after a long battle with kidney disease and heart issues which he tackled bravely and with a positive attitude.

Don was born in Clyde, N.C., Aug. 21, 1935.

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Elma Wiening
Elma Wiening

Elma "Tiny" Wiening died July 17, 2016, in Boise, Idaho. She was 94.

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James Wren Jr.

James Wren Jr. died Saturday, July 23, 2016, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 72.

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Jerry Boyd
Jerry Boyd

Lifetime Delta County resident Jerry D. Boyd died Monday, July 18, 2016, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 76.

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Joseph Hobbs
Joseph Hobbs

Joseph Hobbs died Sunday, July 10, 2016, at his home in Montrose.

He was born in Rolla, Kan., June 28, 1923, to Alvin and Blenn Hobbs.

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Joy Elliott-Bailey
Joy Elliott-Bailey

Joy Elliott-Bailey died July 24, 2016, at Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 80.

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Joyce Clay

Joyce Elizabeth Clay died Thursday, July 21, 2016, at her home in Paonia. She was 104.

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Lois Smith
Lois Smith

Lois Frances Cunningham died July 24, 2016. She was 94.

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Margaret Armendariz

Delta resident Margaret Marina Armendariz died July 26, 2016, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 83.

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Marlene Rhodes
Marlene Rhodes

Marlene Rhodes of Paonia died Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at her daughter's home in Delta. She was 81.

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Patsy Cairns
Patsy Cairns

Lifetime Delta resident Patsy Dean Cairns died July 19, 2016, at her home. She was 80.

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Patsy Lovato

Patsy Lovato died July 23, 2016, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 74.

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Ronald Rudolph Richard
Ronald Rudolph Richard

Ronald R. Richard passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 79 years old.

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Susan Altstatt
Susan Altstatt

Susan Delia Keenan Altstatt died July 25, 2016, in Seattle, Wash.

She was born in Delta June 25, 1950, to Thomas and Marie Keenan.

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North Fork

Crawford looking at town hall security camera

Following a June 29 incident at Crawford Town Hall that resulted in the filing in Delta County Court of a protection order against a town citizen, Crawford council will vote at the Aug. 2 meeting to approve purchase and installation of security cameras to be placed in town hall.

At the July 20 work session, public works director Bruce Bair was directed by council to research camera systems.

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Crawford moving forward with mill levy increase

Crawford Town Council is considering the creation of a pamphlet to educate the public on a mill levy increase which it plans to place on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. At the July 20 work session, Mayor Wanda Gofforth noted that the town's severance tax revenues declined by $821.56 between 2014 and 2015, while mineral leasing declined from $16,348.90 to $7,807.91 or $8,576.99.

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Crawford vote skirts state's Sunshine law

Crawford Town Council appears to have violated Colorado Open Meetings Law (Sunshine Law) in conducting town business without proper public notification.

Colorado's Sunshine Law provides that public business, including votes by council members, may not be conducted without public knowledge or proper notification.

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North Fork clinic to close
North Fork clinic to close

Dr. Timothy Meilner has announced that North Fork Medical Clinic, 225 Minnesota Avenue, in Paonia, will close its doors effective Aug. 26.

Dr. Meilner, who joined the clinic in 1996, will join Dr. Kevin Pulsipher and Surface Creek Family Practice, effective Sept. 6. Surface Creek Family Practice has offices in Delta and Cedaredge.

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Paonia grads patrolling Paonia State Park
Paonia grads patrolling Paonia State Park

Colorado Parks and Wildlife must believe in hiring locally. For the past few years, staff members at Paonia State Park have been graduates of Paonia High School.

Ben Linnell and Michael Hansen Lum make up this summer's park staff.

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Paonia seeks applicants for airport advisory board

The Paonia Board of Trustees is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the Delta County Airport Advisory Board. The town appointment is for a three-year term for an ex-officio, non-voting member.

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Town intervenes in protection order against resident

What began as a protection order against Crawford citizen Carl Page by town clerk Cally Gallegos is now a protection order with the Town of Crawford as petitioner after Ouray County Court Judge Cory Jackson approved a motion to intervene Friday in a continued hearing at Delta County Court.

Page is represented by attorney Michael Vaughn, of Michael Vaughn Law Offices in Delta.

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Surface Creek

Anderson benefit set for Saturday

A group of friends that has worked together raising funds in the fight against cancer by supporting national organizations is banding together again this summer to raise cancer fighting money on a strictly local level.

"The Pondy Cancer Warriors Fighting for Mark Anderson," is finalizing plans for a day-long, 12-hour community walkathon at the CHS athletic track on July 30 beginning at 9 a.m.

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Birds of the Western Slope July 27, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope July 27, 2016

How strange it all seems! I know that it's morning, but everything looks hazy . . . fog?

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Cedaredge works out settlement with water group

Meeting on July 21, the Cedaredge Town Board voted to inform the Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association (USC) that the town will not pursue further litigation in its water utility ownership dispute with the private domestic water provider.

In addition, the town board stated that a decision will be made on Dec. 12 regarding which of two mediation options it will choose.

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Ice Cream Social honors vision of event founders
Ice Cream Social honors vision of event founders

The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society hosted its annual Ice Cream Social at the Stolte Shed last Saturday. The event honored the vision and contributions of founders Herb and Retta Carson, former residents of the town.

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Orchard City joins county's hazard planning
Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Orchard City trustees are in the hunt for funds to upgrade rest room facilities at the Field of Dreams.
Orchard City joins county's hazard planning

The Orchard City Town Board agreed at its July 13 meeting to participate in developing a hazard mitigation plan for the county.

The request to participate was made by county emergency manager Jeff Wright. He told the trustees that the deadline for participation was that same evening.

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Serenity Run rolls into Cedaredge this weekend
Serenity Run rolls into Cedaredge this weekend

The 31st annual Serenity Run is scheduled to roll into Cedaredge July 28 through 31, a change from the event's past first-weekend-of-August venue.

Headquarters for the event, according to the International Serenity Run's website, will be the Big Spruce Campground, 24862 Ute Trail Road north of Cedaredge.

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