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Delta

Bentley named GOP chair

Roger Bentley has been named chairman of the Delta County Republican Central Committee. Jim Wetzel, who chaired the GOP's vacancy committee, said the committee reviewed two applications before selecting Bentley.

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City hires attorney to revitalize DURA

On a 4-1 vote, the Delta City Council decided Aug. 2 to contract with a legal firm to revitalize the Delta Urban Renewal Authority established in the 1980s.

Councilmember Gerald Roberts cast the dissenting vote, saying he believes the money could be better spent elsewhere.

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Independent candidate petitions onto ballot

Mark Eckhart, independent candidate for Delta County commissioner district #2 has successfully petitioned onto the Nov. 8 ballot with a total of 326 valid signatures. The minimum requirement of 238 signatures was exceeded and the campaign will now move forward.

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Law enforcement blotter August 10, 2016

Aug. 2:

David H. Reynolds, 22, of Cedaredge was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $1,500 bond.

Aug. 5:

Ashley N. Windemaker, 29, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $10,000 bond.

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Memorial service set for Mary Finnegan

Two days after the search for Mary Finnegan was called off, family members located her body on the Uncompahgre Plateau about three miles from where her car had been previously located.

Finnegan, 82, went missing from a bowling alley in Montrose on July 15.

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Police chief search

Delta city manager David Torgler last week provided an update on the search for a new police chief, at the request of councilmember Christopher Ryan. Charles Kettle has been serving as interim police chief since Robert Thomas left Delta in September 2015.

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Residents protest 'sovereign citizen' label

Three local women are questioning how a peaceful meeting they hosted became the focus of a memo on "sovereign citizens" issued by city manager David Torgler.

In late June, Torgler sent an email notifying city council and staff members of an upcoming meeting hosted by a "group of sovereign citizens."

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Safe speed limits sought for Escalante Canyon Road

Several people concerned about speeding vehicles on Escalante Canyon Road met Aug. 1 at the Delta County Courthouse to discuss the traffic situations that make it necessary to establish and post speed limits.

Kent Davis, representing Escalante Ranch, noted that between the Capt. Smith cabin and the highway a lot of the land is being farmed.

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Stormwater upgrade is having an impact

The City of Delta and downtown businesses are already experiencing benefits from the stormwater project completed in June.

Ellen Michelson, city engineer, reports that the tie-ins from sump pumps have reduced the amount of water being conveyed to the wastewater treatment plant.

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Opinion

Delta's beautification efforts have paid off

As a former resident of Delta, born and raised, I felt compelled to write to express my thanks to the many residents who have dedicated themselves to the beautification of my hometown. I recently visited while attending my class reunion.

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Regulations cripple coal

I was sorry to read that the people of Delta County are facing layoffs and economic uncertainty as government red tape strangles coal mining in the North Fork area. Were coal not crippled by over-regulation, it is probable that coal, not natural gas, would be the cheaper option.

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Thanks for the hospitality

On behalf of the Old Spanish Trail Association, may I express our deep appreciation to all of the wonderful friendly people who hosted us in both Grand Junction and Delta during our recent Old Spanish Trail annual conference!

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Sports

Adult baseball teams competing
Adult baseball teams competing

If you haven't heard, there's a new game in town. It's the Men's Adult Baseball League (WSMABL) which features competition for players 18 years and older (18-50 in an original advertisement that is now listed as 18-60+).

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Community

Aug. 20 wedding planned

Friends are invited to the wedding of Constance "Connie" Lynn Sanders and Philip "Phil" Wendell Wilson, Saturday, Aug. 20. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at Mountain View Bible Church, 8733 3100 Road, Lazear.

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Aug. 4 proclaimed Anna Marie Suppes Day
Aug. 4 proclaimed Anna Marie Suppes Day

Anna Marie Suppes celebrated her 100th birthday last week, first with a party at Crossroads Assisted Living, then with a family celebration at the Olathe Community Center on Saturday.

Anna Marie has been a resident of Crossroads Assisted Living Center in Delta for eight years.

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Gwen Hallenbeck celebrates 90th birthday
Gwen Hallenbeck celebrates 90th birthday

Friends and family members are invited to celebrate Gwendolyn Hallenbeck's 90th birthday at Zack's BBQ, 721 E. Bridge Street, Hotchkiss. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.

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Wyatts celebrate 65th wedding anniversary
Wyatts celebrate 65th wedding anniversary

Calvin and Marilyn Wyatt of Hotchkiss will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 13.

A family reunion is planned during Delta County Fair week and the "Wyatt Bunch" will enter a float in the fair parade Saturday, Aug. 13.

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Obituaries

Ben Velasquez
Ben Velasquez

Ben Velasquez died at his home in Delta on Aug. 3, 2016. He was 93.

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Betty Vincent
Betty Vincent

Delta resident Betty Louise Vincent died at Colorow Care Center Aug. 8, 2016. She was 83.

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Bill Kissner
Bill Kissner

Bill Kissner died at his home in Cedaredge Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, after a long battle with ALS. He was 79.

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Catherine Goumas Nash
Catherine Goumas Nash

Catherine Goumas Nash died July 31, 2016. She was 92.

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Charles McKean

Charles David McKean of Eckert died of natural causes Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016.

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Dick Norvell

Thomas "Dick" Norvell died Aug. 5, 2016, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. He was 85.

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Fransecita Duran

Fransecita Duran died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at the HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 63.

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George Dale Wood
George Dale Wood

George Wood died July 7, 2016, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 61.

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George Lindley

George Ward Lindley of Cedaredge died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 82.

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Geraldine
Geraldine "Gerry" Wallace

Geraldine J. Wallace passed away on July 29, 2016, at Liberty Heights Nursing Home. She was 74 years old.

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James W. Vincent

James W. Vincent of Cedaredge died Aug. 7, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 69.

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Kathryn Flynn

Kathryn Fay Flinn died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, at her home in Cedaredge. She was 77.

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Leanne Martin

Leanne Dee Martin of Cedaredge died of a heart attack at her residence Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. She was 65.

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Mary Finnegan
Mary Finnegan

Mary Finnegan died August 2, 2016, on the Uncompahgre Plateau. She was 82.

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Mary Majnik

Mary Majnik of Grand Junction died Aug. 6, 2016, at Larchwood Inns in Grand Junction. She was 102.

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Wayne Berto

Wayne George Berto died Aug. 5, 2016, at his home in Delta. He was 63.

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North Fork

A royal year for Rachel Huerkamp
A royal year for Rachel Huerkamp

Looking back on the year, 2015-2016 Delta County Fair & Rodeo Queen Rachel Huerkamp said that while being ambassador for Delta County and the fair was challenging, she is grateful for the opportunity.

Huerkamp is the daughter of Peggy and Dave Huerkamp of Delta.

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Braslin has long ride with 4-H
Braslin has long ride with 4-H

After completing his showmanship pattern Saturday at the Delta County Fair Horse Show, Jayden Braslin led his horse, Malibu, out of the arena. He was carrying a red ribbon, but that's not what he was hoping for.

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Downtown Institute hosts economic conference
Downtown Institute hosts economic conference

When an area like Delta County needs to create a new economy, where does it begin?

As Delta County and the communities within it look for opportunities to replace economic losses due to declines at the local, regional and national level in the coal mining industry, numerous organizations and governmental entities are offering businesses and communities help with funding opportunities, workshops, training and other resources.

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Fair: 'Where the Road Ends and the Fun Begins!'

Where can you go to watch dirt bikers maneuver their bikes around obstacles, catch two nights of mutton bustin', cowboy up for Rodeo Night, ooh and ahh at a fashion show, pick your favorite at an antique tractor pull, scoot your boots to some live music, watch a tail waggin' good dog show, get your hands on some great food, grab the perfect spot to watch a parade, and maybe meet the queen? Why the Delta County Fair, that's where!

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Farm to Fiddle Festival debuts this weekend in Hotchkiss
Farm to Fiddle Festival debuts this weekend in Hotchkiss

The first annual Farm to Fiddle Festival adds to the festive atmosphere in Hotchkiss during fair week. With activities and live music on Friday and Saturday, the festival celebrates the people, agriculture and the arts.

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Farm tour showcases center pivot irrigation
Farm tour showcases center pivot irrigation

When Brett Barker and Heidi Berger first purchased their place on Rogers Mesa (near Hotchkiss) in the fall of 2013 it was in serious need of some TLC. There was a gated pipe system for irrigation, but much of it was broken or plugged.

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Forty years of blue ribbon gardening
Forty years of blue ribbon gardening

It's fair to say that Frances Hunt knows about the hours and hours it takes to grow beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables. "If you do a good job in the garden, it's time-consuming," said Hunt.

Over the last 40-plus years, Hunt has spent countless hours weeding, watering, planting and planning in preparation for entering her flowers, fruits and vegetables in the annual Delta County Fair, and she has a lot of ribbons to show for it.

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Hard work of 4-H, FFA members pays off at sale

The 2016 Junior Market Livestock Sale is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. Plan to attend and support the efforts of area 4-H and FFA youth by purchasing quality market livestock animals over the auction block.

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Live music will fill the grandstands Friday night

The Delta County Fair has something for everybody. Just take a look at the evening events -- a nonstop lineup of endurocross, team roping, barrel racing, mutton bustin' and on Friday, live music.

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Local chapter of Elk Foundation helps with trail work day
Local chapter of Elk Foundation helps with trail work day

On June 18 the North Fork Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) hosted a work day along with Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) and employees of West Elk Mine.

A dozen volunteers were involved in a long strenuous day of trail clearing on the Gunnison National Forest.

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Paonia moves quickly to find interim manager

The Paonia Town Council acted quickly after receiving town manager Jane Barry's resignation.

In a special meeting last Thursday, trustees voted unanimously to instruct the Personnel Committee (trustees Dave Bear and Karen Budinger) to compile a list of candidates to hire as interim town manager.

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Parade grand marshals are committed to ag, the fair

Parade grand marshals are Les and Dorothy Mergelman. Both are multi-generational residents of western Colorado.

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Protective order against Crawford resident is denied

Delta County Judge Sandra Miller denied the request for a permanent restraining order against Crawford resident Carl Page by the Town of Crawford.

At a hearing on Aug. 2, Miller said she could find no evidence that Page presented any threat to town employees, the Crawford Town Council, or to town clerk Cally Gallegos, who filed the original motion for a civil protection order on June 30 following a June 29 incident at Crawford Town Hall.

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Self-guided pasture management tour available
Self-guided pasture management tour available

Landowners are invited to the "Pasture Management Self-Guided Tour" during the 2016 Delta County Fair, scheduled Aug. 6-13 at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. The plot is located on the southeast corner of the fairgrounds by the river.

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X Games athletes open fair
X Games athletes open fair

The Delta County Fair opened last Saturday with some thrilling endurocross action at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss.

Montrose Motomayhem put on the second annual event, which featured motos for kids in the afternoon and for pros and adults in the evening.

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Surface Creek

4B's hosts weekly Bible study

"Sacred Bites," a Bible study at 4B's brewery, takes place weekly on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Each participant orders and pays for their own meal.

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Birds of the Western Slope August 10, 2016

And here we are, walking along a boardwalk with lots of other birders. And it's starting to rain again (I think this is part of the local scene).

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Learn about God, the Bible, Catholicism

If you would like to learn more about God, or have questions about the Bible and the Catholic Church, you're invited to St. Philip Benizi. The Rite of Christian Initiations for Adults is the process where unbaptized adults, and those baptized in other Christian denominations, may learn about the Catholic faith and way of life.

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Missionary returns to western Colorado
Missionary returns to western Colorado

Returning after 17 years as a International Mission Board missionary, Dennis Scroggins, who was born in Grand Junction, will take up residency in Cedaredge as the new pastor of Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church.

Dennis Scroggins' father, Eddie Scroggins, was a highly respected pastor from Grand Junction. His mother still resides in Grand Junction.

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Pizzeria's big menu reflects owner's big heart
Pizzeria's big menu reflects owner's big heart

Annie's Pizzeria may not make owner Ray Batalla-Santiago and his family a lot of money, but it's sure to make them a lot of friends, and in Ray's mind that's far more important than a fat bank account.

Ray is a big-hearted guy who doesn't like to see anyone go hungry.

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Tracy Munson switches careers, resumes focus on art

It took four years, but Tracy Munson sold her gallery on Main Street and in the process discovered a new career.

Munson's Main Street Gallery and Em-pour-ium was purchased by Stacy and Scott Malmgren of Castle Rock in late May.

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What's bugging you? August 10, 2016

What's in a name you might ask? When naming plants using scientific nomenclature, a lot of Latin is thrown around.

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