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Delta

'Clean energy' plan questioned

The Delta County Commissioners want some light shed on a "clean energy" financing program that would involve joining a statewide special improvement district and use county offices for some program administration.

The BoCC on Monday heard a presentation from representatives of Solar Energy International of Paonia about a state program designed to encourage owners of commercial properties to install energy and water saving devices to their buildings.

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4-H'ers thankful for support
4-H'ers thankful for support

The Board of County Commissioners on Monday received a courtesy visit from members of the Delta County 4-H Council.

The occasion takes place annually during National 4-H Week and provides an opportunity for the county 4-H council members, their volunteer parent advisors, and the CSU Tri-River extension agent for youth, Jackie Shea, to thank the county for its support of 4-H programs.

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Celebrate local authors with Delta County Libraries
Celebrate local authors with Delta County Libraries

Delta County has so much to offer in the way of local specialties. Produce, meat, wine, music and art are all a part of what make our communities unique and attractive.

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Delta City Council takes steps to engage younger citizens

As a senior at Delta High School, Hannah Owens is looking to make an impact on her school and the community that's been home most of her life. So when she heard about the Montrose Youth Council, she decided the concept was so admirable, a youth council should be established in Delta.

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Haven House seeks support

A unique private, non-profit social services organization based in Olathe and which serves Delta County residents asked the Board of County Commissioners for financial support on Monday.

Commissioners heard a presentation from two representatives of Haven House of Olathe.

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Health equity learning series comes to Delta
Health equity learning series comes to Delta

The Colorado Trust is a foundation that has been dedicated exclusively to the health of the people of Colorado since 1985. On Thursday, Oct. 13, in partnership with Western Colorado Area Health Education Center, the trust will be bringing a health equity learning series to Delta County.

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Judicial performance

Marking the 50th anniversary of Colorado's merit selection for judges, judicial performance evaluations of 108 Colorado appellate and trial court judges standing for retention in the 2016 general election are available online at www.ojpe.org.

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Law enforcement blotter Oct. 5, 2016

Ashleigh J. Allen, 29, of Montrose was issued a ticket for alleged careless driving after being involved in a single vehicle crash in the 1300 block of Highway 50 North. No injuries were reported or observed. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

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Sheriff's office is recruiting victim services volunteers
Sheriff's office is recruiting victim services volunteers

In cases of domestic violence, assault, unattended deaths and suicides, victim advocates respond with deputies to provide emotional support, resources and help with filling out paperwork. After the crisis has passed, these professionals often shepherd victims through the judicial process.

Since the retirement of longtime advocate Barb Yant, Leah Valdez-Welk has been working with the sheriff's office to provide victim services.

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Tax-Aide volunteers needed

AARP Foundation TaxAide, the nation's largest free, volunteer-run, tax preparation and assistance service, is seeking volunteers across the state to help Colorado taxpayers who need assistance preparing and filing their 2016 tax returns.

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Tips sought on theft

At about 8:42 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, officers of the Delta Police Department responded to the 1300 block of E. 7th Street on a report of a stolen Polaris ATV and ATV trailer. The ATV is a 2009 Polaris Sportsman 850, orange in color.

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Upgrade in the works at VA Medical Center

The drive through that serves the Grand Junction VA Medical Center's main lobby entrance will be closed during the next 90 days for a security upgrade. Patients who have driven themselves to the facility's emergency room and after-hour visitors are asked to use caution when entering the building through the main entrance.

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Opinion

Don't fall for climate change 'crisis'

Last week's DCI featured a letter asking you to consider climate change when voting. Before you charter your space ship to leave this dying planet, maybe you should consider all sides.

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Family heirloom inadvertently donated

I'm writing this letter because inadvertently I gave a lot of material to hospice and in that box was a P-38 World War 2 plane made out of brass Japanese shells made by my father. Whoever has it or bought it from Heirlooms for Hospice, please this is a family heirloom and I would love to have it back.

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NARFE is strongly opposed to Amendment 69

The National Active and Retired Federal Employee (NARFE) Association represents the interests of almost 100,000 federal employees and retirees in the state of Colorado. ColoradoCare, also known as Amendment 69, would replace the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) as a single-payer health care system in Colorado.

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Neglected dogs/cats don't help attract jobs

I was speaking recently with some friends who are involved with Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter (CAWS) and they told me that the shelter in Delta, set up and managed by dedicated volunteers and employees in the face of overwhelming and heartbreaking conditions, is facing a serious funding shortfall.

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Sports

Bruins challenge Paonia in 3-set loss
Bruins challenge Paonia in 3-set loss

Cedaredge's Bruins are sitting in fifth place following last week's 1-2 record. Cedaredge played Coal Ridge on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and was defeated by the Titans in four sets, 18-25, 25-21, 19-25 and 15-25.

Titan senior Nicole Mooney paced Coal Ridge with 19 kills, two aces, two blocks and 18 digs.

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Bruins win a pair on softball diamond

Cedaredge's Bruins won two softball games last week; one against Meeker, 15-14, and the second was a 15-4 decision over Palisade's Bulldogs.

Against Meeker, the Bruins were outhit 19-10 but managed to get the winning run in the seventh inning.

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Delta 3-0 winner over OHS
Delta 3-0 winner over OHS

Delta was in a thrilling 3-2 match against Coal Ridge on Sept. 24. That win left the Panthers on top of the 3A WSL with a 3-0 and 10-3 record. The Titans slipped to second with records of 4-1 and 6-2.

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DHS gridders down Pirates

Delta High School made the long trek to Pagosa Springs last Friday and was rewarded for its effort with a 42-0 shutout over the Pirates. A running clock was initiated early in the fourth quarter as the Panthers picked up their third win of the season against two setbacks (Durango and Palisade).

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Hotchkiss netters lose trio of matches
Hotchkiss netters lose trio of matches

Hotchkiss faced three tough foes in 2A District 5 play with all three winding up being losses. The Bulldogs began the week with Vail Mountain (7-2) and fell 3-0 to the Gore Rangers in Vail.

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Panthers stun Bruins; winning streak at four
Panthers stun Bruins; winning streak at four

Delta's softball team picked up some serious ground this past week with four wins in 3A District 5 play. The week began with Gunnison coming to town on Sept. 26 and ended with a doubleheader against the visiting Cortez Panthers on Friday, Sept. 30.

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What's Happening

Come play chess at rec center

All ages are invited to participate in the annual amateur chess tournament at Bill Heddles Recreation Center Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration is $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 16 and under, which covers the awards.

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Craft sale benefits African Team Ministries

St. Luke's Episcopal Church will host a craft and jewelry sale to benefit the African Team Ministries. The sale will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 15 and 22, from noon to 4 p.m.

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Run for Young Life Oct. 29

Delta County Young Life is sponsoring a Zombie 5k Saturday, Oct. 29, at Confluence Park. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Following a survival briefing at 4:45 p.m., participants will hit the trails to escape the zombies in pursuit.

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Community

4-H empowers young people

Join over 102,000 young people in Colorado in celebrating the 4-H program during National 4-H Week slated for Oct. 2-8. 4-H is in all Colorado counties, in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries worldwide. The 4-H program reaches seven million young people throughout the world.

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Births Oct. 5, 2016

Liz and Jonathan Reckling of Paonia are the parents of a son, Rowan Vincent Reckling, born Sept. 20, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.

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County 4-H council report

I represented the Delta County 4-H Hotshots club at the Delta County 4-H Council meeting on Sept. 12. The meeting was held at the Delta County Courthouse. During the meeting, I was elected county council reporter, replacing Trey Hunt. As such, this is my first report to the Delta County Independent.

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Dance instructor competes in Chicago
Dance instructor competes in Chicago

Deb Aspen, director of the In Step Dance Academy, recently returned from an Arthur Murray dance competition in Chicago, bringing home an impressive array of awards. Northstar Dance-O-Rama held its yearly event in the glamorous Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel on Aug. 18-21, and included dancers from 47 studios around the U.S. and Canada.

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Finding a club

Not everyone's schedule is the same. At times it can be tricky to find a 4-H club that fits into yours. Fortunately, there are several different clubs in Delta County, offering a variety of options.

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People in the News Pieper

Ceceilia Pieper of Paonia has enrolled at the University of Findlay for fall 2016. New students began their studies on Monday, Aug. 22.

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Rotary camp teaches leadership
Rotary camp teaches leadership

It has been said that "leadership cannot be taught, but it must be learned."

Two outstanding Paonia High School students were given a unique opportunity last summer to experience what that means.

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School Zone

50J appeals for testing consistency
50J appeals for testing consistency

Delta County Joint School District #50 hosted its second annual legislative visit last week. State Representatives Yeulin Willett, a 1976 Delta High School graduate, and Dan Thurlow attended the event along with the three county commissioners, Delta's mayor and city manager, county administrator Robbie LeValley and Trish Thibido, executive director of Delta County Economic Development.

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DMTC revives academy classes

The current school calendar that features six weeks of classes, followed by one-week breaks, once included "academy" sessions with fun, unique courses for students of all ages. Courses such as beginning guitar, scuba certification, photography and cooking were offered during the academy weeks in October, February and April.

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High school seniors encouraged to apply for Daniels Scholarship

Motivated college-bound high school seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming are encouraged to visit DanielsFund.org to apply online for the Daniels Scholarship Program. The application deadline is 4 p.m. Nov. 30.

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Obituaries

Barbara Troudt
Barbara Troudt

Barbara Mae Troudt of Broomfield, formerly of Paonia, died Sept. 28, 2016. She was 81.

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Carroll Locke
Carroll Locke

Carroll Locke died Sept. 26, 2016. He was 62.

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Connie Chism
Connie Chism

Eckert resident Connie Chism died Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at the HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 67.

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Denise Hess
Denise Hess

Denise "Katt" Hess, died on Oct. 2, 2016. She was 50.

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Maria Yzquierdo
Maria Yzquierdo

Longtime Delta County resident Maria Estela Yzquierdo died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at her home in Hotchkiss. She was 64.

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R.E. Norton

Cedaredge resident R.E. Norton died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 82.

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Verity Martin
Verity Martin

Verity Jean Martin died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at her home in Cedaredge, Colo. She was surrounded by the love of her family to complete her circle of life.

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Walter Boyd

Walter Boyd died Sept. 30, 2016, at his home in Cherry Acres Mobile Home Park in Austin. He was 82.

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North Fork

Candidate reports stolen, damaged signs
Candidate reports stolen, damaged signs

Delta County commissioner candidate Jere Lowe is getting a little tired of having to replace his campaign signs. Lowe, a Democrat, is a first-time candidate for the District 3 seat on the Delta County Board of County Commissioners. He is running against incumbent Republican candidate Mark Roeber.

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Fairgrounds disc golf course officially opens
Fairgrounds disc golf course officially opens

The North Fork Valley now has its own 18-hole disc golf course.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Delta County Fairgrounds Disc Golf Course was officially opened to the public.

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Gallob to sign her newest mystery at Creamery opening
Gallob to sign her newest mystery at Creamery opening

Karen Gallob's newest book is out, just in time to poke fun at the political turmoil of an election year.

The Crawford resident will be signing "The Climbing Dog Affair" Friday, Oct. 7, during the monthly opening reception at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss.

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Membership drive underway

Since 1969, the North Fork Ambulance has responded to emergency calls in all three North Fork communities and Somerset. Today it is the only ambulance service in the North Fork area. As it has since the beginning, NFA relies on memberships, donations, grants and volunteers to meet its budget needs.

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Paonia trustees meet tonight to discuss RMP letter

The Town of Paonia Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 5) to discuss proposed comments by the town regarding the Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office draft Resource Management Plan.

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Pink Night Friday at Paonia High

Get out your pink shoes and best pink attire, because this Friday is Pink Night!

Pink Night was started at PHS in 2007 by English teacher and volleyball assistant coach, Krissey Allen.

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Space to Create initiative eyed in North Fork

Question: What do a Hotchkiss High School teacher, a social worker, a retired architect, a drummer, an entrepreneur, a Paonia High School student, a farmer and a Delta County planning commissioner all have in common?

The question, posed by Paonia resident Elaine Brett at the Sept. 27 Paonia Town Board meeting, stumped the audience and trustees.

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Surface Creek

5k draws 119 entrants
5k draws 119 entrants

The eighth annual AppleFest 5k saw 119 entries this year.

The AppleFest 5k is a totally homegrown event that benefits Boy Scout Troop 482.

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Cedaredge trustees to address financial matters

The Cedaredge Town Board will meet this month to act on issues relating to town finances.

Included in the action items for that session are two loans that have been made to the golf course fund from other town funds.

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Orchard City holds budget work session

Orchard City trustees held their first work session for the 2017 budget on Sept. 21. In addition to reviewing department spending proposals, trustees discussed donations the town may make next year.

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Seniors find the right recipes
Seniors find the right recipes

The Surface Creek Senior Citizens searched for and found some of the best bakers of pies and other apple treats at the group's annual bakeoff and sale held during Saturday at AppleFest.

Winners were announced at noon on Saturday, and the enjoyment of local homebaked apple goodies continued from the 9 a.m. opening to the end of Saturday's big events.

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