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Delta

City council reviews zoning request, hears audit report

A recommendation from the Delta Planning Commission to deny a rezoning request for a Crawford Avenue home was upheld by the Delta City Council last week.

CASA of the 7th Judicial District had hoped to move staff and clients from rental space to the home at 755 Crawford Avenue.

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Comments sought on draft Gunnison sage grouse plan

The Bureau of Land Management has released the Gunnison Sage Grouse Rangewide Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a 90-day public comment period.

In the Draft Plan, the BLM is examining the adequacy of current conservation measures for Gunnison sage grouse and considering additional measures on a landscape scale.

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County office to be filled

The Board of Delta County Commissioners is soliciting letters of interest for the position of county coroner. Kevin Lucy is resigning effective Sept. 2 and by state statute, the county commissioners are to appoint his replacement.

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DCMH offers state's first 3D prone mammograms

3D mammography exams are now being offered at Delta County Memorial Hospital. By utilizing advanced 3D breast tomosynthesis technology, mammography exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of invasive breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

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Delta Food Pantry needs volunteers

The Delta Food Pantry has found that the people of Delta County are more than generous. "We would like everyone to know just how much it means to us," said Mary Pfalzgraff and Karen Basher, the food pantry's new directors.

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Delta man held at gunpoint, knifepoint in 'bad drug deal'

A Delta man who was ordered, at gunpoint, to give a ride to his two attackers instead sped away in search of help shortly before midnight Aug. 8.

The 58-year-old North Delta resident was spotted speeding south on Main Street and was pulled over by DPD Officer Everett Neil after he blew through a red light at the intersection of Highway 50 and 92.

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Emmons named correctional Employee of the Year
Emmons named correctional Employee of the Year

Karen Emmons is Delta Correctional Center's 2016 Employee of the Year. She won this distinguished award based on exceptional commitment to teamwork and outstanding performance. She is an administrative assistant III who goes above and beyond to assist staff and offenders in all administrative areas.

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Foreign investors must report ag land holdings

Foreign investors with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, according to Alan Bull, executive director of the Delta County Farm Service Agency.

"Any foreign person who acquires or transfers any interest, other than a security interest, in agricultural land in the United States is required by law to report the transaction no later than 90 days after the date of the transaction," said Bull.

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Law enforcement blotter August 24, 2016

Ashley N. Windemaker, 29, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged violation of a protection order.

Patrick J. Flannery, 53, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.

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PACE celebrates eighth anniversary

Senior CommUnity Care, a Volunteers of America program, is celebrating its eight-year anniversary for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) which features comprehensive, coordinated care for adults age 55 and older.

The PACE program is currently serving a total of 306 participants in both Montrose and Delta counties with the care, medical treatment and support they need to achieve the highest quality of life -- while remaining independent as long as possible.

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Pokémon Go: What you need to know

Chances are someone in your life is playing Pokémon Go. It's the newest game craze. And, it has kids and adults alike off the couch, away from their computers and gaming consoles, and glued to their mobile devices.

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Region 10 announces contractor for broadband

Region 10 has selected TCS Communications LLC, a Colorado-based contractor, to build broadband infrastructure in the City of Delta. Region 10 welcomes TCS to its broadband implementation team and looks forward to working with one of Colorado's best network construction companies, with extensive experience in middle mile and fiber to the premise projects.

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School board revises distribution policy

The Delta County School Board has revised the policy that opened the door for religious materials to be distributed in the schools.

The revised policy maintains the school district's non-discriminatory stance, instead targeting the amount of non-curricular material that will be permitted.

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Share your favorite fall outings

With summer winding down, folks are giving thought to fall excursions. The DCI wants to share your favorite fall color loop, day trip, or overnight camping outing.

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Sisters assume ownership of accounting service
Sisters assume ownership of accounting service

Sisters Nancy Reaksecker and Judy Thompson have always enjoyed spending time together. Now, as new business owners, they're also enjoying the chance to be their own bosses.

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Tax losses are less than feared

A fear held recently by county government officials, that the Bowie Mine shutdown and other factors would take over $500,000 from property tax revenues next year, has proven to be a fear largely unfounded.

During a county department head budget meeting on Monday, assessor Debbie Griffith reported that the hit to county revenues from the Bowie closure and other economic setbacks will be "less than $100,000," far less than originally thought.

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Text 2 register 2 vote

The Colorado Secretary of State's Office is offering yet another innovative method to access voter registration: texting.

Eligible Coloradans can simply text the word "Colorado" or "CO" to "2Vote" (28683) on their smartphones, and then open the link to the SOS' online voter registration and election information site.

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Opinion

Democrats are setting us up for a catastrophe

So-called global warming and resultant climate change are ostensibly being used to justify the war on coal and energy independence thus funneling trillions of dollars to radical Islamist regimes like Iran that are dedicated to the destruction of Western ideas and culture. But what if there is no global warming and therefore no climate change?

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Gail Schwartz is a proven leader

I'm a registered Republican, but I won't be voting for Donald Trump or Scott Tipton in November. Trump is incompetent, and Tipton doesn't seem to understand that being a U.S. representative means he should represent the people of his district, not outside big industries.

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Proud to stand with those who tell the truth

My response to the letter by Larry Condon Aug. 17:

My parents, too, taught me guilt by association and as a kid not to be in or around those who smoked pot or groups that were drinking. Even if I wasn't partaking, I would be arrested -- guilt by association.

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Public apology is warranted

Because silence is consent, this letter is written in response to the sovereign citizen story. It is very troubling that a city manager and local law enforcement would make assumptions based on their personal beliefs and then act with federal authorities to label local citizens.

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Rural areas win with ColoradoCare

There are many reasons to live in rural Colorado: plentiful elbow room, tight-knit communities, and gorgeous panoramas, to name a few. But easy access to doctors isn't one of them.

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Sports

Fall sports kicks off year
Fall sports kicks off year

Fall sports, with the exception of boys golf, is slated to get underway this week. Golf programs at both Delta High School and Cedaredge High School have been playing since Aug. 11.

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Pickleball enthusiasts have a place to play
Pickleball enthusiasts have a place to play

The morning began with nearly 20 players and soon grew to more than 20 enthusiastic pickleball players who were waiting to play this fast-paced game at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

A local group of players, spearheaded by the efforts of Maxine Behrman, play three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) beginning at 7 a.m. and lasting until 10 a.m. or longer.

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What's Happening

'Stepping On' balance class begins Sept. 13

Stepping On is an evidence-based seven week workshop that helps seniors to reduce falls and build confidence, sponsored by Delta County Memorial Hospital. The class starts Sept. 13 in an oncology classroom on the DCMH campus.

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Chili cook-off set for Sept. 23

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is now receiving registration for cooks interested in competing in the 2016 Chili Cook-Off which will take place on Friday, Sept. 23, from 5-7 p.m. during the Mountain Harvest Festival, in Paonia Town Park.

The cost to enter is $10 and the deadline is Friday, Sept. 16.

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Families can win a night in a cabin or a camping package

The U.S. Forest Service and its partners are offering a chance for families to win a one-night stay in a cabin on the Grand Mesa National Forest during the summer of 2017. Drawings will also be held for a camping package (tent, sleeping bag and lantern) provided by Cabela's, and a Grand Mesa sweatshirt and two educational books provided by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.

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Paint Paonia Sept. 17

Celebrating the significance of the North Fork Valley, Blue Sage Center for the Arts presents Paint Paonia 2016. Paint Paonia is an annual plein air competition welcoming painters from across the Western Slope of Colorado.

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Pea Green Pedal offers options for bicyclists, walkers, runners

The Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation invites everyone to participate in the fifth annual Pea Green Pedal on Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at the Lions Club Pavilion in Confluence Park. Options include an 18- or 40-mile bike ride or a 5k fun run/walk around the lake.

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The Nature Connection hosting meetings around Delta County

The Nature Connection, a hub of outdoor recreation for students and their families in Delta County and Olathe, is hosting a series of planning meetings to create community-specific plans for providing youth and their families opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, biking, rafting and kayaking, archery, camping and more.

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Community

Births August 24, 2016

Benjamin and Justine Benedict of Paonia are the parents of a son, Asher Dean Benedict, born at 7:09 p.m. Aug. 13, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He weighed 7.13 pounds and was 20.5 inches in length.

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Chan: I am a U.S. citizen!
Chan: I am a U.S. citizen!

Somneang Chan came to Delta County from Cambodia 16 years ago. Chan was an employee of United Nations in Cambodia. The late Marce Teas of Redlands Mesa was also a U.N. employee.

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Delta native retires after 28-year career in the military
Delta native retires after 28-year career in the military

On Saturday, July 2, Jean Barber of Delta joined her family to celebrate the retirement of her grandson, Captain Timothy Espinoza, U.S. Coast Guard. He served in the military for 28 years.

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Klaseens to celebrate 60th at open house
Klaseens to celebrate 60th at open house

Charles and Betty Klaseen will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 17.

The Klaseens were married Sept. 17, 1956, in Crawford, where they still reside. They are ranchers.

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People in the News Sidor and Thierry

Carissa Sidor and Matthew Thierry, both of Delta, graduated from from Adams State University, Alamosa, during the spring 2016 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14.

Sidor received a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies.

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Wright, Merling wed in Rangely
Wright, Merling wed in Rangely

Donald and Vandy Wright of Delta announce the marriage of their daughter, Acacia Dawn Wright, to Robert Gene Merling, son of Patrick and Pamela Goetz of Dinosaur.

The ceremony took place March 18, 2016, in Rangely.

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Obituaries

Alan Hill

Alan L. Hill of Crawford died Aug. 21, 2016, at Horizons Care Center. He was 92.

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Bradley Scott
Bradley Scott

Bradley D. Scott of Delta died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at the Hope West Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 62.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta. Inurnment will take place at a later date.

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Ethan LeMaster

Ethan LeMaster died Aug. 15, 2016, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 5.

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Paul Cook

Longtime Delta resident Paul Cook died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at HopeWest in Grand Junction. He was 10 days shy of his 90th birthday.

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Shirley Koenig

Shirley Ann Koenig died Aug. 6, 2016, in Huntsville, Ala.

She was born Sept.16, 1918, in East Liverpool, Ohio, and was raised in Chester, W.Va. and East Liverpool, Ohio.

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Shirley McDaniel
Shirley McDaniel

Shirley Rae Dixon McDaniel died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at her home in Cortez.

She was born in Delta Sept. 2, 1935, to Charles and Vernice (Pratt) Dixon.

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Susan Altstatt

Susan 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

Check it out! Libraries have new collections administrator
Check it out! Libraries have new collections administrator

When you check out a book from the library, have you ever wondered how that particular book made it on the shelves? With millions of books to compete with, how does one book make the cut while another does not?

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Connecting kids to nature
Connecting kids to nature

In a recent survey of Delta County and Olathe area students ages 4-18, out of almost 30 outdoor activities, archery was identified as being the one they would most like to try.

The more than 3,700 students, along with 235 adults who participated in the survey, also identified a lack of time, of access to equipment and money as the biggest obstacles between them and trying new outdoor activities.

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Crawford will take 5-mill increase to voters

In a meeting continued from the Aug. 3 session, Crawford Town Council voted, 5-1, on Aug. 17 to place a mill levy increase on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot.

If approved, the increase will bring the mill levy back to mid-1990s levels, said Mayor Wanda Gofforth.

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Hotchkiss council hears Hillman House request

The regular meeting of the Hotchkiss Town Council last Thursday evening, Aug. 18, was gaveled to order by Larry Jakubiak, mayor pro tem.

The other five trustees and deputy clerk Ginger Redden navigated a 29-item agenda with aplomb and all votes were unanimous.

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Paonia Community Garden is an oasis for education
Paonia Community Garden is an oasis for education

Interest in small-scale gardening is booming. According to the National Gardening Association, more than one third of American households now grow at least some of their own food.

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Paonia taps test within federal limits for lead, copper

With the completion of the Town of Paonia's new water treatment system, the town is required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to increase the number of tap water sample tests for lead and copper.

The tests are just a precaution, said Public Works Director Travis Loberg.

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Police solve Paonia burglaries

A recent string of burglaries and acts of vandalism in Paonia's downtown business core has been solved.

According to Paonia Police Department Sergeant Neil Ferguson, the suspects are facing criminal charges for the incidences. Because they are all juveniles, their names are being withheld.

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Volunteers needed to help with ambulance brochure

The North Fork Ambulance Network will meet Aug. 25 through Sept. 2 to assemble the 2016-17 membership brochure. The organization is seeking non-emergency network volunteers to lend a hand.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope August 24, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope August 24, 2016

I was writing about my shorebird trip to the state of Washington, but Linda Croft's Century Plant came into bloom ... spectacular! So now I'm resuming the Washington trip.

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Chamber hosts annual meeting
Chamber hosts annual meeting

The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting, a luncheon held at RJ's Steakhouse on Aug. 17, attracted 34 members for a social occasion and networking session.

Welcoming remarks were given by chamber vice-president Phyllis Hoffman of Western Slope Long Term Care Solutions.

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Garden club prepares for fall plant exchange

For our July meeting, the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge went traveling to Montrose for a tour of the Botanic Gardens. And what a treat it was!

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Horizons welcomes new life enrichment coordinator

Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Cuthbert as the new life enrichment coordinator for Horizons Care Center. The life enrichment coordinator works with all residents to support their social and emotional well-being in positive and constructive ways within the community.

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Treatment plant costs for operations taking shape

The annual bill for electricity at the new Cedaredge sewer treatment plant will be "super expensive," the public works department reported at an Aug. 18 budget work session.

Costs for electricity are expected to be $42,000 next year based on costs so far this year.

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Trustees consider writing off golf loans

A proposal for directly subsidizing the Cedaredge Golf Course with as much as $145,380 from taxpayers and from sewer and water ratepayers is under consideration by the town board as it begins its budget talks.

Under the proposal, trustees would transfer $15,000 in cash from both the sewer and water funds to the golf course.

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Trustees want street maintenance a priority
Trustees want street maintenance a priority

The mayor and town trustees zeroed in on street maintenance as a priority for allocating available 2017 budget funds during a work session on Aug. 18.

Mayor Gene Welch said that the poor condition of town streets is the source of many complaints he gets. "You have to let people in town know you are working on this issue," Welch said.

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What's bugging you? August 24, 2016

Having spent much of my early childhood growing up in the northeast, I have a keen appreciation of the fall glory of maple trees, especially sugar maples. We even had a term for trips where we enjoyed fall color while driving down country roads. This term was leaf peeping.

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