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Antler collecting rules changed in Gunnison area
Antler collecting rules changed in Gunnison area

Because of the severe winter in the Gunnison Basin, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has put a special regulation in place that prohibits shed antler collecting until May 15. Under established regulations, collecting is usually allowed to start on March 15.

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BLM Southwest associate district manager named

In January, Dana Wilson was named the new associate district manager for the Bureau of Land Management's Southwest District, based out of the Montrose Public Lands Center. The Southwest District includes about 2.6 million acres of BLM lands within the Grand Junction, Uncompahgre and Tres Rios Field Offices.

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CEO: DCMH is 'vulnerable,' but not at risk of closing

Recent media reports have placed Delta County Memorial Hospital on the "critical condition" list, but CEO Jason Cleckler says the hospital is in no danger of closing.

In January, Steven Summer, president and CEO of the Colorado Hospital Association, was quoted in the Denver Post, saying as many as eight Colorado hospitals "could have sustainability problems" if the Affordable Care Act is repealed without a similar replacement.

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Community takes steps to address mental health crisis

Last week saw a gathering of about 40 people representing entities that are working on the front lines of behavioral and mental health issues in Delta County. Law enforcement, health and human services, advocacy groups, mental health, the hospital, the school district and others all had a seat at the table to start discussion on how to integrate services to deal with complex, cross-system needs of those in our community dealing with mental and behavioral health issues.

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Devil's Thumb earns accolades

For the second year in a row, Devil's Thumb Golf Club has been ranked third in the category "Best Western Slope Course." The recognition comes from Colorado Avid Golfer, which determines the winners of the awards known as CAGGYs through an online voting process.

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Diversion dam removal aids in migration of native fish species
Diversion dam removal aids in migration of native fish species

A Delta area family with a concern for the health of a neighboring stream is being credited by wildlife officials for helping reopen Roubideau Creek to native fish populations.

Scott Dillon and his son, Doug, have a water right that comes out of Roubideau Creek for the ranch they have owned

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DPD, bomb squad respond

On the morning of March 3, law enforcement officers from the Delta Police Department, Delta County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado Department of Corrections (Parole) conducted a home visit at the residence of Alexander Fultz, 22, at 208 E. 5th Street in the City of Delta. During the visit and subsequent investigation, a handgun, ammunition, suspected heroin, suspected marijuana, explosive components and drug paraphernalia were located inside the residence.

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Funding available for Gunnison Basin irrigation projects

The Colorado River District has announced that it is making $1.8 million available to qualifying agricultural producers for planning and implementation of irrigation efficiency improvement projects that address identified resource concerns in the Lower Gunnison Basin. Landowners within the Bostwick Park, Paonia, Smith Fork and Uncompahgre project areas will be considered for grant funding.

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GMUG employees honored for 2016 contributions

On Feb. 8, regional forester Brian Ferebee, U.S. Forest Service, honored employees and partners for their contributions and successes in 2016 during the annual regional forester's honor awards ceremony.

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Grant sought for DMS construction
Grant sought for DMS construction

A grant application that would have funded an addition to Delta Middle School did not receive priority from the Colorado Department of Education, but has been placed in the "backup" category.

Delta County Joint School District #50 submitted an application for a Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant in the amount of $11.3 million, pledging a matching contribution of $3.4 million for the Delta Middle School project.

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Homes for Heroes offers savings for military, law enforcement, more

Mallori Salazar, Christi Prettyman and Porgia Vigil have joined Homes for Heroes®, a national program that brings savings to the hometown heroes who serve and protect our communities and our country.

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Input key to SH 92 plan
Input key to SH 92 plan

Some details of the conceptual access control plan (ACP) along Highway 92 on Rogers Mesa were sketched out for county commissioners at a Monday, March 6, presentation. As the project moves forward, public participation will be a key element, officials said.

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Law enforcement blotter Mar. 8, 2017

Sarah L. Way, 29, of Missouri was arrested and jailed for alleged speeding (67 mph in a 40 mph zone) and DUI.

Brian K. Burstein, 47, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $1,000 bond.

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Neil retires from library district
Neil retires from library district

For years, on the first and 15th of every month, Delta County Libraries administrative staff has gathered bills, organized payroll and arranged vouchers to deliver to the home office of bookkeeper Emma Neil. "Inevitably, we could look forward to a phone call a couple hours after we left our bills with Emma," laughs district director Lea Hart.

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Ordinance would allow OHV use

On Monday, March 6, the county commissioners had first reading of a proposed ordinance that would allow and regulate the use of off-highway vehicles on county roads.

Assistant county attorney John Baier told the commissioners the ordinance will be published in the DCI on March 15.

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Personal property declaration reminder

The Delta County Assessor reminds all persons owning, possessing or controlling taxable personal property (furnishings, equipment and other movable personal property) that the deadline for filing a Personal Property Declaration Schedule is April 17.

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Rod Fraser named to UPS 'Circle of Honor'

Rod Fraser and 26 other elite drivers from Colorado have been inducted into UPS' prestigious "Circle of Honor." Every year, the Atlanta-based company recognizes UPS employees who have delivered packages for a quarter of a century without an accident.

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SH 92 access is under review
SH 92 access is under review

A conceptual overview of the process that will eventually produce a highway access control plan (ACP) for Highway 92 across Rogers Mesa was presented at the county commissioners' meeting on Monday, March 6.

Stolfus and Associates, the traffic engineering firm that last year completed a highway access plan for the Highway 50/92 corridor at Delta, will be working on the access plan for the Highway 92 corridor from Hidden Springs to the grade crossing just west of Hotchkiss.

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State looking to fund ag energy efficiency projects

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, has released $750,000 in project assistance funds through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries and cold storage facilities. The deadline to apply is March 31.

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United Country's Hubbell wins national marketing awards
United Country's Hubbell wins national marketing awards

United Country Real Estate is not only one of the largest land brokerages internationally, but it is also one of the largest real estate and personal property auction companies in the world, with over $1 billion in auction sales in 2016. United Country has 431 offices nationwide, with 329 auctioneers working out of 177 auction-centric offices.

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Opinion

A big victory for the West

The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that was issued by the Obama Administration was one of the most onerous federal water and land grabs in history -- it undermined state water law and priority-based systems, inserted federal control over western water rights, and put decisions about our water in the hands of Washington bureaucrats.

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Empty pews

There are lots of empty seats in our churches today. Christians who should be sitting in those pews are absent.

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Energy policy and America First

Since the OPEC oil embargo in the 1970s, America's energy policy has appropriately (though ineffectively) been focused on energy independence for decades. Now, with the fracking boom providing abundant natural gas (NG) resources plus some oil on top of it, the United States finally has the opportunity to, if not completely achieve, come close to achieving energy independence.

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It's time to face facts

Recent reports of surge in coal production in the Appalachian coal fields. Amazing how fast a horse can run when you stop jerking on the reins.

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Marijuana is in keeping with our ag heritage

I have two, no three reactions, to the article "Timeline details marijuana votes and regulations" by Matt Soper (DCI, March 1). First the majority of the article is correct as it relates to the timeline of events and what occurred.

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Tipton urged to focus efforts on renewable energy

I am writing to ask you to withdraw your co-sponsorship and support for HR 167, Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017, and instead concentrate your efforts on stopping global warming by bringing renewable, non-polluting sources of energy online as quickly as possible.

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Sports

Bruin girls ousted in opening regional play

The first quarter start wasn't fantastic, but the No. 14 Bruins led 10-8 at quarter's end. A pair of three-balls, one from Hailey Henrie and another from Makayla Mckinney, helped achieve the short-lived lead for the Bruins.

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Delta girls win, lose tilts

Delta High School's girls team lost four of its last five games but had high enough RPI points to make it into the field of 32 of post-season play.

The Panthers (13-9) were seeded 26th in last week's regional play in Denver.

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Ethan Keller Commits
Ethan Keller Commits

Delta's Ethan Keller, second from right, signed to attend Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb. Keller will be working toward a culinary diploma while attending school and is expected to see plenty of baseball action for the Hawks in their inaugural baseball season.

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Local wrestlers receive CHSAA all-state honors

Five Delta County wrestlers were recently named to the Colorado High School Activities Association All-State wrestling team. From Paonia, senior heavyweight Trevor Smith received Class 2A First Team honors, and Sackett Chesnik (138) was named All-State Second Team.

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Paonia hoops starters all headed to college
Paonia hoops starters all headed to college

Paonia girls head basketball coach Scott Rienks has one of the most athletic teams of his career. The Eagles were league and district champions, and last weekend they won their 22nd consecutive game of the season to qualify for this week's final 8 state tournament.

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Paonia's Godwin to play soccer at Adams
Paonia's Godwin to play soccer at Adams

Colton Godwin is about to become a Grizzly. Last Friday the Paonia senior signed to play soccer at Adams State University in Alamosa, which competes in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Godwin plans to study business marketing after taking a business class this year with Brent McRae.

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What's Happening

Blues & Brews tickets go on sale

The 24th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival will once again take over the world-famous mountain town of Telluride Sept. 15-17. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the festival boasts three days of music, comedy, craft beer, yoga, art and entertainment in the iconic Telluride Town Park set against a backdrop of stunning 13,000-ft mountain peaks.

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Grace meets in Crawford

Grace Community Church of Crawford will celebrate its first public worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 12, at Crawford Town Hall. Pastor Jeff Peed, his wife Jennifer and their four children have moved to Crawford, called by God to plant a church.

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Community

Births Mar. 8, 2017

Freddie and Heather Hotz of Cedaredge are the parents of a son, Dominic Michael Hotz, born Feb. 24, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 0.2 ounces and was 19 inches in length.

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Delta County 4-H'ers feed 3,109 people at annual Beef Roasts
Delta County 4-H'ers feed 3,109 people at annual Beef Roasts

Delta County 4-H'ers served approximately 3,109 dinners at their 67th annual 4-H Beef Roast Sunday, March 5. The annual fundraising activity served 720 meals at Hotchkiss High and 2,389 at Delta Middle School.

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Delta Emblem Club makes donations

The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge on Monday, Feb. 27.

The meeting was opened according to ritual by president Diane Martinez at 6 p.m.

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People in the News Wellman

Edna Wellman of Hotchkiss received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Western Governors University (WGU).

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School Zone

Pinnacol scholarship applications due April 15

The Pinnacol Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The foundation provides scholarships to children whose parents have been injured or killed in work-related accidents, regardless of insurance carrier. The application deadline is April 15.

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Obituaries

Billie Bowen

Billie Bowen died Feb. 12, 2017, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 86.

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Dale Klatt
Dale Klatt

Dale G. Klatt died Feb. 28, 2017, at HopeWest Hospice. He was 89.

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Harold Gray
Harold Gray

Cedaredge resident Harold "Lynn" Gray died Feb. 28, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 86.

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Jerald Orton

Jerald Wilcock Orton died March 1, 2017, at his home in Olathe after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 75.

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Joe Hick
Joe Hick

Colonel (Ret.) Joe Bolton Hick, MD, of Columbia, S.C., died March 1, 2017, due to complications following routine surgery. He was 83.

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John Austin
John Austin

John Frost Austin died Feb. 24, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital. He was thrown 90 feet by a hit and run driver last May, an accident that ultimately led to his death. He was 84.

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John Stephens

Lifetime Delta County resident John L. Stephens died March 4, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 97.

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Larry V.C. Linn

Larry V.C. Linn, 34, of Delta, Colo., passed away Feb. 16, 2017.

Larry worked as a chef.

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Myron Bennett
Myron Bennett

Myron B. Bennett, longtime Eckert resident, died March 1, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 83.

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Robert Nicodemus

Robert "Bob" Duane Nicodemus died Feb. 24, 2017, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 89.

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Rose Byers
Rose Byers

Paonia resident Rose Byers died Monday, March 6, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 93.

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Ruth Miller

A celebration of life for Ruth Miller will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Chicken Roost in Delta.

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North Fork

Crawford board okays water rate hike with modifications
Crawford board okays water rate hike with modifications

After another long discussion over the state of the water fund by Crawford trustees, and after a handful of constituents spoke out against the proposed increase to the water rates during a public hearing, trustees approved a modified plan last week, with the promise to keep working on making the water fund more solvent.

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Crawford expands hours for town clerk to full time

Citing an increased workload, trustees for the Town of Crawford voted last week to increase the town clerk's hours from part time to full time. The office will be open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., starting in two weeks after clerk Cally Gallegos gives notice to her second employer.

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Hotchkiss Angus breeder recognized

T N T Angus, Hotchkiss, recently enrolled in the American Angus Association®'s MaternalPlus® program as a commitment to making genetic improvements in lifetime cow herd productivity. Breeders participating in MaternalPlus are keenly focused to better evaluate herd reproductive performance, the number one profit driver in the cow-calf industry.

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Local businesses urge support for methane rule

More than 60 business owners from across the Western Slope have submitted a letter to senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner urging support for keeping the Bureau of Land Management's Methane and Waste Prevention Rule in place.

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Paonia approves Space to Create application without town match

At the Feb. 28 board meeting, Paonia trustees passed a resolution endorsing the submittal of a full application for participation in the statewide Space to Create program. Space to Create is a state-led initiative aimed at creating work spaces and affordable housing for a broad range of artists and related businesses.

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Pioneer Days presents 'Heritage, Family & Friends'

Pioneer Days presents "Heritage, Family & Friends" June 8-11. To celebrate these three categories organizers would like to organize parade participants for each group.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 8, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 8, 2017

And here it is -- March already! And cranes! I can't get enough of them! And they are cooperating. As I gaze out of our dining room window, I know there are cranes at the reservoir. And I am happy!

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Day of Prayer brings area Christians together
Day of Prayer brings area Christians together

Local Christians joined with other followers of Jesus Christ around the world on Friday, March 3, with an observance of World Day of Prayer at the Cedaredge Assembly of God.

The theme for the gathering this year was "Am I being Unfair to You?"

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Eckert producer elected to promotion committee
Eckert producer elected to promotion committee

Beef producer Hugh Sanburg of Eckert has been elected to serve on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion & Research Board Operating Committee. The election took place in early February during CBB's annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Garden club explores connection with nature

What a wonderful experience the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club had for our February meeting!

Kathleen Ray's program, "Awakening the Quiet Within" presented many ideas of how our connection with nature and our gardens helps us keep the cares of the world at bay.

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Orchard City to consider running Cory Cemetery

Orchard City Mayor Ken Volgamore has promised a discussion and possible vote March 8 on whether the town board wants to get involved in management of the Cory Cemetery.

The future status of Cory Cemetery management has been uncertain since its board of directors resigned six years ago.

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Purim and the Fast of Esther

The 11th of Adar (the Fast of Esther) is a Jewish fast day equating to Thursday, March 9, 2017.

The 14th of Adar is the Jewish holiday of Purim which begins on Saturday evening, March 11, and ends the following evening. Adar is the 12th month of the Hebrew sacred calendar.

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TDS customers have faster broadband speeds

TDS Telecommunication Corp (TDS®) customers in the town of Cedaredge have faster broadband speeds with the recent launch of up to 50Mbps internet speed.

"For households that demand lots of internet, 50Mbps offers enough bandwidth for delay-free downloads and uploads of speed of 1.5 to 10Mbps," said Shane West, vice president of marketing and product development for TDS.

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Water rates could double for Orchard City residents

The Orchard City Town Board at its Wednesday, March 8, meeting will act on a proposal which, if adopted, would double residential water rates.

For example, based on preliminary figures provided to the Delta County Independent, the monthly base charge in-town would rise from $13 to $25, and the use rate for the first 20,000 gallons would rise from $0.99 per thousand gallons to $1.89 per thousand gallons.

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