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Delta

Appointments, OHVs and H92 access plan discussed

The county commissioners named members to volunteer boards and commissions at their Feb. 21 regular meeting.

Named to serve on the Youth Shooting Sports Advisory Committee for were Marci Germann and Terry Welt. They join continuing members George Baier, Jerry Read and Kathy Welt.

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Bridge in the balance
Bridge in the balance

Work is progressing on replacement of the county's Escalante Bridge. A temporary bridge across Escalante Creek has been installed in the foreground.

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Contractors, project developers invited to C-PACE workshop
Contractors, project developers invited to C-PACE workshop

Delta County contractors and project developers will have the opportunity to widen their client base under a new financing mechanism adopted in Delta County, C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy). Participating contractors must complete a C-PACE contractor application and attend an in-person contractor training.

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DCMH, MMH: Top hospitals second year in a row

A new report ranks both Montrose Memorial Hospital and Delta County Memorial Hospital in the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals for the second year in a row.

The report is issued by The National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

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DMEA, Elevate Fiber host Morning Buzz in Delta County

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is bringing the Morning Buzz to Delta County. The co-op is hosting three of its popular morning coffee events during the months of March and April.

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Larson to serve as BLM Uncompahgre manager

Greg Larson has been selected as the Uncompahgre field manager in Montrose. Larson is responsible for overseeing about one million acres of BLM lands in Montrose, Ouray, Delta, Gunnison, San Miguel and Mesa counties.

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Law enforcement blotter Mar. 1, 2017

Feb. 20:

Isaac J. Gallegos, 26, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged indecent conduct.

Feb. 22:

Jason M. Ross, 31, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged trespass.

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Skydiving business eyes Blake Field

A skydiving business wants to set up commercial operations at Blake Field.

County commissioners at their Feb. 21 meeting approved a permit for Ultimate Skydiving Adventures LLC to operate out of a private hangar on a temporary basis.

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Soil conference showcases local efforts
Soil conference showcases local efforts

The 2017 Soil Health Conference featured a locally focused program of small breakout groups where farmers got right to the real issues of soil health practices in the local area. The conference provided a wealth of useful information that was geared to the issues faced by local ag producers, and discussion panels included local participants.

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St. Luke's is adding Saturday evening service
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Utility deposits, speed hump addressed at work session

After meeting with the owners of rental properties in Delta, the city council has decided against reinstating a $75 utility deposit for new customers.

City staff cited the "administrative burden" of collecting, tracking and refunding the deposit.

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Would you recognize elder abuse if you saw it?

Region 10 Community Living Services and its community partners are committed to educating the public about elder abuse and exploitation. Yes, it does happen in western Colorado, hundreds of times a day!

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Opinion

Ambulance service is vital to our community

There seems to be quite the debate lately regarding our local ambulance service. I was very disappointed when our community failed to vote in favor of a mill levy for the ambulance personnel.

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Politics and friends

There have been many articles lately by people who disdain our current president. That doesn't bother me a bit.

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Tax exemption should be transferable

I'm responding to your article (Feb. 15) "Seniors, disabled vets eligible for property tax exemption." One problem -- even if you have lived in and owned your home for 10 years you can NOT transfer that exemption to a new or different home.

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The deliberate corruption of climate science

What a travesty that the public at large has been deceived, yes deceived beyond comprehension by masterful propaganda. Unfortunately, this has been essentially a worldwide scheme backed by huge monetary gifts and orchestrated by a very successful but small number of politicians and scientists.

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This is no time for complacency

I hope the public will wake up to see that the misguided Republican party agenda is to cut taxes for the wealthy and eliminate much-needed services for the public and the planet. Choosing this agenda equates to the public shooting themselves in the foot.

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Tipton's presence surprising; his answers familiar

Saturday I went to the town hall meeting in Paonia. Hopefully this report will be of interest to a few readers. What interested me was the following:

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Sports

Bruins boys end season with loss

The Cedaredge boys' basketball team made a trip to Carbondale on Tuesday (Feb. 21) for a play-in game against Roaring Fork's Rams. The winner would advance to the 3A WSL district tournament held at Central High School in Grand Junction.

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Bulldog boys on to regional action
Bulldog boys on to regional action

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs earned a berth in this week's Western Slope Region basketball tournament at Gunnison.

In district quarterfinals Hotchkiss pulled off a 65-63 win last Wednesday to eliminate Vail Christian.

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Delta girls in regionals
Delta girls in regionals

There was some doubt as to whether or not the Delta Panthers' girls basketball team would be in the round of 32 post-season playoffs following a 55-35 loss to Olathe last week.

That doubt was erased on Sunday when the Panthers were paired against The Academy (18-4) for this Friday's opening round of 3A state basketball playoffs.

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Eagles get bye in regional play
Eagles get bye in regional play

Paonia girls head coach Scott Rienks is eyeing his sixth consecutive trip to the Class 2A state basketball tournament. With an undefeated season and a top seed at this week's Western Slope regional playoffs, odds are they'll get there.

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Community

Births Mar. 1, 2017

Juan Carlos and Elvia Barajas of Cedaredge are the parents of a daughter, Aliyah Teresita, born Feb. 15, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches in length.

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Lady Bugs celebrate first anniversary
Lady Bugs celebrate first anniversary

Red Hat Hotchkiss Lady Bugs met at Zach's in Hotchkiss to celebrate its first anniversary on Thursday Feb. 16. The hostesses for the event were Sue Sidebottom and Mollie Young.

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Local girl wins title at National Finals Rodeo
Local girl wins title at National Finals Rodeo

Arla Nelson of Delta competed during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December 2016 with her team, the Dynamite Dames. The Dames roped the coveted first place spot in the specialty acts division and two other team members placed in individuals.

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People in the News Davignon
People in the News Davignon

U.S. Air Force Airman Jacob Davignon graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

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Triantoses are DSC 'sweethearts'
Triantoses are DSC 'sweethearts'

Craig and Tammra Triantos were recently honored as the 2017 Valentine sweethearts at the Delta Senior Center.

The Triantoses were chosen as this year's sweethearts because they are regular diners and supporters at the Delta Senior Center, which serves meals every weekday at 12 noon.

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School Zone

VFW honors student essay writers
VFW honors student essay writers

Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Post 3571 and its auxiliary recently hosted the District 11 VFW and auxiliary quarterly meeting in Delta. One of the highlights of the meeting was a banquet luncheon honoring the winning students of the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen programs from District 11.

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Obituaries

Amber Schaefer
Amber Schaefer

Amber Roxanne Schaefer of Cedaredge died Feb. 15, 2017, at her home. She was 34.

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Betty Lynn

Betty Ruth (Matheny) Lynn, 87, born Jan. 26, 1930 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed peacefully at home in Fredericksburg, Va., on Feb. 21, 2017.

Devoted mother, loved and honored by daughter and son, she was married to Jerry Lynn for 66 years.

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Cherryanne Drew
Cherryanne Drew

Cherryanne "Cherry" Drew died Feb. 17, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 74.

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Della Womack
Della Womack

Della Womack died Feb. 26, 2017, at Horizon's Care Center in Eckert. She was 80.

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Edward Rozman
Edward Rozman

Edward F. Rozman died in Grand Junction Feb. 20, 2017. He was 94.

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Hugh Carpenter
Hugh Carpenter

Hugh "Sonny" DeVere Carpenter Jr. of Delta died Feb. 24, 2017. He was 80.

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Janet Furlong

Janet Cathrine Furlong of Delta died Feb. 14, 2017. She was 76.

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Kenneth Holgate
Kenneth Holgate

Kenneth James Holgate died Feb. 21, 2017, at his home in Cory. He was 79.

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Peggy Andrews

Margaretta "Peggy" Andrews died Feb. 16, 2017.

She was born in Wilmington, Del., Feb. 17, 1930, to Robert and Margaretta (Parr) Foulk.

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Robert Nicodemis

Robert Nicodemis died in a home fire Feb. 23, 2017. A remembrance service will be held at Stolte Shed in Cedaredge Saturday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Robert William Eklund Jr.
Robert William Eklund Jr.

Robert William Eklund, Jr. passed away peacefully at his home on Feb. 24, 2017. The second of four children, he was born Aug. 15, 1920, in Lindsborg, Kan., to Robert William, Sr. and Daveta Childs Eklund.

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Roger Dodd
Roger Dodd

Roger Brian Dodd died Feb. 23, 2017. He was 84.

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Ted Haskell Sr.
Ted Haskell Sr.

Delta resident Ted Haskell Sr. died Feb. 18, 2017, after a long battle with COPD. He was 65.

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North Fork

Hotchkiss man convicted of sexual assault on a child

A Hotchkiss man was found guilty last week on felony charges of sex assault on a child and enticement of a child. Both are Class 4 felonies.

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NFV Constituent Meeting

[Editor's note: The Delta County Independent was unable to schedule a reporter to cover this meeting due to prior commitments. Rita Clagett, who is not an employee of the DCI and was among those who spoke during the meeting, submitted a 2,600-word report of the meeting organized by Grand Mesa Indivisible, We the People of the North Fork Valley and Indivisible Delta County, which has been edited due to space considerations. Her full write-up follows as submitted.]

NFV Constituent Town Hall, Saturday February 25

by Rita Clagett

Nearly 200 constituents of Republicans Senator Cory Gardner and Representative Scott Tipton packed the Paradise Theater in Paonia...

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Rep. Tipton a surprise participant at citizen's town hall meeting
Rep. Tipton a surprise participant at citizen's town hall meeting

[Editor's note: The Delta County Independent was unable to schedule a reporter to cover this meeting due to prior commitments. Rita Clagett submitted a 2,600-word report of the meeting organized by Grand Mesa Indivisible, We the People of the North Fork Valley and Indivisible Delta County, which has been edited due to space considerations. Her full story can be found online at by clicking here.]

Nearly 200 constituents of Senator Cory Gardner and Representative Scott Tipton, both Republicans, packed the Paradise Theater in Paonia on Saturday, Feb. 25...

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Summit seeks to strengthen local nonprofits

A summit held Feb. 9 to address the unmet needs of local nonprofits attracted 14 representatives from about a half dozen local non-profits.

Diana Yourell organized the event.

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Twenty years of upscale design
Twenty years of upscale design

For 20 years Elisabeth Delehaunty has designed upscaled clothing for her company, Elisabethan. Each piece of Elisabethan apparel is made of post-consumer materials.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 1, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 1, 2017

It is that time of year, and the Crane Hotline will be up and running on March 1. Our Greater Sandhills of the Rocky Mountain Population will soon pass through Hart's Basin Reservoir (also known as Fruitgrowers Reservoir).

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Cedaredge native participates in NROTC ship selection draft
Cedaredge native participates in NROTC ship selection draft

Navy Midshipman Samuel J. Williamson from Cedaredge participated in the 2017 spring Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) ship selection draft as a future member of the U.S. Navy's Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) community.

More than 280 midshipmen at Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) units around the country have selected to serve in the Navy as surface warfare officers.

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Fire consumes trailer; man dies

An elderly Cedaredge man was killed Thursday, Feb. 23, after a fire swept through his trailer house at 24693 Cedar Mesa Road, Cedaredge, at about 11 p.m. The Delta County Sheriff's Office has identified the deceased man as Robert Nicodemus, 89.

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Timeline details marijuana votes and regulations

Editor's note: With a majority of Orchard City trustees expressing interest in marijuana business as a way of raising town government revenue, and with a majority of town residents likely opposed to the idea, thanks to Orchard City resident Matt Soper for compiling a history of the marijuana issue in Orchard City and Delta County. (Sources and references are available.)

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Utility buyout finalized
Utility buyout finalized

An agreement that brought good drinking water to undeveloped areas of the county and that dates generations came to an official end on Thursday, Feb. 23.

The Town of Cedaredge and Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association (USC) closed on the final paperwork separating the two water providers from the cooperative operating agreements that once linked them.

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What's bugging you? Mar. 1, 2017
What's bugging you? Mar. 1, 2017

My records show that I have already covered five of the 10 most unwanted weeds in the garden series. The next one is the redstem filaree, a class "C" noxious weed in Colorado.

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