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Delta

Assessor: No need to pay 'finder's fee'

A private company that has obtained address lists is mailing area residents offering to have their property tax classification changed and their tax lowered, county assessor Debbie Griffith reports.

Griffith said the company wants 30 percent of any money saved by the homeowner for getting their property taxes lowered.

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AWANA kicks off at First Baptist

AWANA Club, a ministry that teaches the word of God to children from 3 years old through middle school, is set to kick off at Delta First Baptist Church this month. The AWANA Club for ages 3 through the sixth grade will be starting on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. weekly.

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Chamber: Vote no on Amendment 69

The board of directors of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce has voiced opposition for Amendment 69. The chamber believes Amendment 69 is a costly, untested and risky government-run health care plan that would double the size of state government.

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Delta hospital promotes judicious use of antibiotics

Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) signed up in 2015 to participate in the Colorado Hospital Association's "Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative," a two-year effort focused on increasing the appropriate treatment for urinary tract infections and skin and soft tissue infections by correctly prescribing antibiotics.

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DMEA toasts success with Elevate IPA from Revolution Brewing in Paonia

Raise your glass in a toast to Elevate Fiber, powered by DMEA, at the annual Montrose Oktoberfest. Elevate, in partnership with Revolution Brewing of Paonia, will tap its Elevate IPA -- a special batch black IPA -- at the event on Oct. 1. Elevate Fiber representatives will be on hand to help pour samples of the new beer and answer questions.

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Fall prescribed burning planned

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are gearing up for fall prescribed burns. A total of nine areas are planned to burn.

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Irrigated agriculture producers surveyed about water leasing

Colorado Cattlemen's Association (CCA) has released a report summarizing the results of a survey of irrigated agricultural producers about leasing water. CCA's Ag Water NetWORK initiated the survey, which was conducted to better understand the interests, concerns and perspectives of agricultural water right holders about the topic of ag water right leasing.

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Law enforcement blotter Sept. 7, 2016

Elvisa Perez, 35, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged harassment. Martin A. Andrade-Avalos, 24, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged harassment and violation of a protection order

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OHV travel restrictions eyed
OHV travel restrictions eyed

An area in North Delta open to cross-country ATV travel could be subject to limitations under the BLM Uncompahgre Resource Plan now under review.

The open area covers 8,560 acres about six miles northeast of Delta.

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Pool remains closed

The aquatics area at Bill Heddles Recreation Center remains closed due to an issue with the lighting. The closure affects all the pools, the hot tub and the sauna.

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Sol Margaritas specializes in authentic Mexican food
Sol Margaritas specializes in authentic Mexican food

There's no shortage of Mexican restaurants in Delta, so when Felix and Karen Barron decided to open Sol Margaritas, they wanted to set themselves apart from the competition.

They did that with menu, location and a fresh new look.

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Swain named county coroner

Delta County Board of Commissioners appointed Chalmer Swain as interim county coroner on Thursday, Sept. 1. Swain was sworn in by Judge Sandra Miller shortly after.

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Opinion

Oil/gas at odds with economic development

Two seemingly unrelated key area events have occurred. First, the Bureau of Land Management's Uncompahgre Field Office (UFO) released the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) that will direct management of all BLM land and mineral rights in Delta County for at least the next 20 years. Public comments on the RMP are due Nov. 1, 2016.

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Thanks for refusing to sign anti-fracking petitions

Thank you to everyone who refused to sign proposed ballot initiatives #75 and #78. Despite the hundreds of petitioners out in force throughout the state over the past couple of months the "anti-fracking movement" was unable to collect enough signatures to get their anti-fracking initiatives on the November ballot.

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When facing change, let's make it change for the better

Several months ago I wrote two letters to the editor regarding the changes in our valley and state. Many of these changes are because of the regulations against the coal industry.

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Sports

Ames 14th at Battle Mountain Huskey Meet

Delta High School was not able to run at Devil's Thumb last week but did make the Battle Mountain Husky Invitational on Sept. 3.

The Panthers finished fifth in the boys' race with 161 points.

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News and notes from NF sports Sept. 7, 2016

The Curtis Hintz era in Hotchkiss football got off to a good start.

The Bulldogs beat Dolores 40-8 in their season opening road game last Saturday, winning Hintz his first game as head coach after patrolling the Hotchkiss sideline as an assistant for 13 previous seasons.

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Panthers' race past Central in soccer, 7-0

Delta High School's soccer team upped its season record to 2-1 after recording a 7-0 win over Central last week.

The Panthers had seven players score goals including Luis Munoz, Marcos Edmondson, Martin Corral, Danny Mendoza, Luis Meraz, Isaac Fuller and Pedro Montes.

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What's Happening

CMU 'Season of Tradition' based on well-known literature

The CMU Department of Theatre Arts is about to kick off its 2016-17 season with several audience favorites, many of which are based on well-known literature. The main stage season consists of Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach," Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," "My Fair Lady," which is based on George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," and 1960s era French farce, "Boeing-Boeing."

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Head to CUMC Friday night

Cedaredge Community Methodist Church, 210 NW 3rd Street, hosts "Overtime" every Friday during football season. The doors to the fellowship hall are open from 7 to 11 p.m.

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Community

Births Sept. 7, 2016

Shawn McRobbie and Ruth Robinson of Paonia are the parents of a daughter, Sadie Mae McRobbie, born Aug. 13, 2016, at Montrose Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches in length.

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Deans celebrate 78 years of marriage
Deans celebrate 78 years of marriage

Howard and Lorraine Dean of Cedaredge celebrated their 78th wedding anniversary on Aug. 29. They were married in Rifle in 1938.

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Geisler is a Realtor Institute graduate
Geisler is a Realtor Institute graduate

Tammy Geisler recently completed extensive continuing education coursework to become a graduate of the Realtor Institute. The GRI is the mark of real estate professionals who have made a commitment to provide a high level of professional service to their community.

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People in the News Anderson-Bennett, Fenske

Leone Anderson-Bennett of Delta received a bachelor of science in accounting degree and Melanie Fenske of Olathe received a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies (K-8) from Western Governors University.

The university held its 31st semi-annual commencement ceremony in Salt Lake City on July 16.

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School Zone

Delta Opportunity School sees many changes

The 2016-17 school year has brought many changes to the Delta Opportunity School, but one thing hasn't changed -- the school's commitment to providing an individualized educational program intended to give students at-risk of not graduating an alternative route to earning their high school diploma.

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Districtwide program helps staff connect with students

A new program known as Capturing Kids' Hearts has been implemented across Delta County Joint School District #50, from the cafeteria to the bus to the classroom. The program underscores how adults impact the lives of students every day.

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Pinnacol Foundation awards scholarships to local students

The Pinnacol Foundation has awarded nearly $390,000 in scholarships to 109 students across Colorado for the 2016-2017 school year.

Local recipients, and their colleges of choice, are:

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Obituaries

Bill Ela
Bill Ela

William "Bill" Ela died Sept. 1, 2016. He was 93.

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Bobby Ogden
Bobby Ogden

Longtime Delta County resident Bobby J. Ogden died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at Paonia Care Center. He was 77.

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Gaylon Guadarrama

Gaylon D. Guadarrama died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 62 and worked in marketing.

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Gene King
Gene King

Robert Eugene "Gene" King died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. He was 86.

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Jackie
Jackie "Jack" J. Schoonover

Jackie J. Schoonover quietly passed away at home early Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at the age of 88. Born Sept. 30, 1927 to Daisy (Redmond) and Alvia P. Schoonover, Jack graduated early from Delta High School in 1944 to join the war effort as an Army Aviator.

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Jeremy Bryant

Jeremy James Bryant died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at his home in Eckert. He was 27.

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John
John "Bud" Dekleva Jr.

John "Bud" Dekleva, Jr. was born on Nov. 19, 1933 at Somerset, Colo., to John and Mary Dekleva, and passed away on Aug. 29, 2016, at Hope West Hospice after a brief illness.

John attended school at Somerset through the eighth grade and graduated from Paonia High School with the class of 1951.

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Julia Hendricks
Julia Hendricks

Julia Mae Hendricks died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, at her home in Delta. She was 90.

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North Fork

Berry gives parting words on budget, parks and trash

Before her resignation took effect, Paonia Town Manager Jane Berry made a few recommendations to the town board at the Aug. 23 board meeting as the town welcomes an interim town manager and begins a search for a permanent administrator. Berry submitted her resignation in late July.

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Elk Foundation hosts banquet
Elk Foundation hosts banquet

On Saturday Aug. 20, the North Fork Valley Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation held its sixth annual fundraising banquet at Heritage Hall at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. The banquet was a huge success.

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Hotchkiss planners ask what questions should be on survey

The Town of Hotchkiss is working on its periodic update of the Community Master Plan, scheduled to occur in 2017. As part of that process, the Hotchkiss Planning Commission is seeking input on questions for an upcoming survey that will be used in determining what is included in that update.

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Mountain Harvest Festival honored with Governor's Award

In its recent announcement of the 2016 Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence, Downtown Colorado, Inc., recognized the annual Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia as a "Best Events, Festivals or Recurring Activity in a Small Community."

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Party headquarters

The Delta County Democratic Party has opened an office in Hotchkiss for the North Fork Valley. The office is located at 215 East Bridge Street and is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

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Plan ahead for these Harvest Festival events
Plan ahead for these Harvest Festival events

The 16th annual Mountain Harvest Festival, winner of the 2016 Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence, officially begins Sept. 22, but those planning to participate in some of the myriad events that coincide with the celebration may need to plan ahead.

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Scholarship barbecue at the fair a big success
Scholarship barbecue at the fair a big success

The Delta County Livestock Association had its annual barbecue at the Delta County Fair at the fairgrounds in Hotchkiss on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The livestock association would like to thank everyone who came and enjoyed its scholarship barbecue.

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Tour Redlands Mesa
Tour Redlands Mesa

If you've ever driven by and wondered, "What's up on Redlands Mesa?" here's an opportunity to find out. A group of artists, farmers, gardeners and others have collaborated to offer a self-guided tour of the area, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

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Surface Creek

AWANA begins in Cedaredge

The First Baptist Church of Cedaredge is beginning AWANA on Wednesday, Sept. 14, for kids between the ages of 4-13. It will meet every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. during the school year, except for school breaks and holidays.

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Chamber revives networking event
Chamber revives networking event

Following an absence of too many years from the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce roster of regular activities, the monthly Business After Hours has been revived.

The networking events will be held on the first Thursday of each month when a sponsoring local business is willing to serve as host at its location, chamber officials say.

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Christ-centered outdoor adventure program launched in Surface Creek

Trail Life USA Troop 4316, a Christ-centered outdoor character development adventure program open to boys and young men ages 5-17, is being formed by Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church in Cedaredge.

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What's bugging you? Sept. 7, 2016
What's bugging you? Sept. 7, 2016

The one thing we can all agree on is that weeds are the bane of every gardener. I promised in an earlier column that I would do a series on weeds, notably the 10 most unwanted weeds.

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Wildfire risk assessed for homeowners
Wildfire risk assessed for homeowners

Some 800 homeowners who live in the Cedaredge Fire Protection District's urban/wildland interface area can now access an individual web page with wildfire risk information about their own properties, organizers of a new program say.

The program is intended to provide information on how to deal with issues of wildland fire before they occur.

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