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Delta

16-year-old dies in accident

According to the Colorado State Patrol, alcohol is suspected in an accident that killed a 16-year-old Delta boy and injured three others June 11. The accident occurred on Highway 65 just a short distance from the Highway 92 intersection at about 1:35 a.m.

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City broadband nears completion

As middle-mile broadband installation in the City of Delta nears completion, the Delta City Council has finalized a number of service agreements/fiber exchanges with Region 10, DMEA and Elevate Fiber.

According to Glen Black, community development director, equipment installation and testing of fiber to the carrier neutral location should be finished by the end of the month.

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Commissioners, GMUG eye forest plan

The Delta County commissioners met on Monday with GMUG officials to discuss the forest management plan revision process that the Forest Service announced earlier this month.

Delta County's policy on public lands is one of strong support for the doctrine of multiple use, and commissioners took the opportunity to emphasize that point once again on Monday.

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County's HHS staff recognized

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) recognized 16 counties for "2016 C-Stat Distinguished Performance" at the Colorado Counties Inc. summer conference. The counties' outstanding performance efforts were tied to programs that help Coloradans, including Colorado Works, food assistance, Child Support Services, the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), adult protection and child welfare.

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Delta City Council denies de-annexation of remote parcel

On a split vote, Delta City Council approved a disconnection from the city late last year. With a similar request before them June 6 -- and fearing even more applications -- members unanimously denied a de-annexation request from a neighboring property owner.

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Hit to county revenue smaller than thought

A change in property assessment procedures mandated by the state will not have the big impact on county government revenue that had been feared.

County assessor Debbie Grifffith reported to the county commissioners Monday that the assessment rate on residential property next year will drop from 7.65 percent to 7.2 percent.

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Law enforcement blotter June 14, 2017

Katelyn A.M. Lee, 28, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged disobeyed red signal light after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of 4th and Main streets. No injuries were reported or observed. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

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Libraries and SEI offer solar program for teens

The 2017 teen summer reading program at Delta County Libraries is about more than just reading. Participating teens will also design, build, create, engage, volunteer, learn and share during the eight-week-long program.

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New U.S. flag flying at Delta Senior Center
New U.S. flag flying at Delta Senior Center

This Flag Day will be special at the Delta Senior Center, as the seniors honor the new American flag flying overhead at 247 Meeker Street.

Although the center has had a flagpole for many years, outside the building next to the sign welcoming visitors to the location, it has been a long time since a flag was raised on it.

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Nominate a cause for State Farm Neighborhood Assist

Neighbors across the country have an exciting opportunity to help change their communities for the better through State Farm Neighborhood Assist®. State Farm® recently began an effort -- Neighborhood of Good™ -- to inspire and empower people to get involved in their communities to create a positive, sustainable and measurable social impact.

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Non-allowable decor will be removed from cemetery June 19

On May 2, Delta City Council amended the City of Delta's Cemetery Regulations. The amendment is to better clarify the existing regulations regarding Section 9.1.7 Landscaping and Maintenance.

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Owners of business equipment may challenge value June 15-30

From June 15 to June 30, owners of taxable personal property (e.g., business furnishings, equipment, etc.) may challenge the county assessor's valuation of their property. The value determined by the assessor is based on information submitted on your Personal Property Declaration Schedule.

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Reim's body recovered from Escalante Creek

On the morning of June 8, a family member spotted the body of Bryan Reim a short way downstream from where he had jumped into the potholes on June 3.

Reim, 35, of Delta was enjoying the area with friends and relatives when he jumped into a pool and failed to resurface.

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Results of youth fishing derby listed
Results of youth fishing derby listed

The City of Delta Recreation Department has provided the results of the youth fishing derby held in conjunction with Outdoor Heritage Day.

The fishing derby was sponsored by the Gunnison Gorge Anglers. Results were based on length of all fish combined.

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River Valley Family Health Center celebrates 5 years
River Valley Family Health Center celebrates 5 years

A street party to celebrate River Valley Family Health Center's fifth anniversary as a rapidly growing successful health care organization, will be held Friday, June 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. in front of the Olathe clinic at 308 Main Street to thank the community for its support.

The entire community is welcome -- neighbors, friends, board members (past and present) and especially patients and those who are considering being patients, said Jeremy Carroll, CEO.

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Round 2 of state economic initiative draws local interest

The City of Delta is lending support to Delta County Economic Development in two efforts to support local business development and entrepreneurship.

DCED is following up on last year's Blueprint 2.0 success and has submitted an application for a Co-working 101 Initiative offered through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

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Opinion

Health care access is in jeopardy

As Republicans attempt to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they often claim that insurer withdrawals from health exchanges prove that the ACA has failed. And yet, the Republicans' actions are directly contributing to those withdrawals.

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Neighbor against neighbor

I was so disappointed when I heard that Susan Raymond had lost her civil suit against the Hostetlers. But I was even more disappointed to watch people turn against each other where this issue is concerned.

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SB 17-267 supports cornerstones of our economy

The passing of SB 17-267, Sustainability of Rural Colorado, marks a significant moment in Colorado history. This bill -- in addition to other components designed to support rural Colorado through transportation and education funding -- will move the hospital provider fee into a separate enterprise, protecting Colorado's hospitals from a half-billion-dollar budget cut.

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Sports

Missa Webb gains All-State soccer honors
Missa Webb gains All-State soccer honors

Delta sophomore Missa Webb played in 13 matches this season, scored 14 goals and had three assists to finish the year with 31 points for the Panther offense. Webb took 50 shots (3.8 shots a game) during the season.

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Paonia baseball team leads all-state ballots

The 2017 high school all-state baseball selections were released recently.

Several athletes from Delta County were honored with selections to the state's elite baseball squads.

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Paonia to host VB camp

"Are YOU ready to Train Like a Champion this summer!? Our volleyball camp is coming to Paonia High School."

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What's Happening

'Women of Excellence' collection displayed at Museum of the West

The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame, Museums of Western Colorado and Chevron have joined forces to bring "Women of Excellence: The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Collection" to western Colorado. The collection will be on display at Museum of the West in downtown Grand Junction through Labor Day weekend.

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Deadline for brand assessment is June 30

Livestock brands are vital to protecting Colorado's livestock industry and are an important part of the state's history and culture.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture's Brand Inspection Division reminds brand owners that the brand assessment payment must be received in the Brand Office by 5 p.m. on June 30 to avoid payment of a $25 late fee.

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Elder fraud workshop planned

Region 10 and area church leaders are teaming up to present an elder fraud workshop Thursday, June 29, at the Abraham Connection homeless shelter located at 477 Silver Street. This workshop will cover several topics that will provide valuable information and tools for living.

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Learn the basics of fly fishing

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is taking registrations for a basic fly fishing class for kids ages 10-plus. This class offers basic fly fishing instructions and practice time on the water.

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Libraries issue challenge

"Build a Better World" and a better you this summer at Delta County Libraries. Registration for the children's, teen and adult summer reading programs is now underway. Register at your library or online.

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Paonia Library hosts summer concert series
Paonia Library hosts summer concert series

David Starr. Shelly Rae. Beth Quist. These are just a few of the names that will take the stage this summer at Paonia Library's outdoor amphitheater.

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Community

Cottens celebrate golden anniversary
Cottens celebrate golden anniversary

Larry and Lorell Cotten of Monte Vista will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception Saturday, June 24, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Crawford Community Church. Friends of the couple are invited to join the celebration.

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People in the News Baldozier

Dakota Baldozier, of Cedaredge was named to Fort Lewis College's Dean's List for the spring 2017 semester. Baldozier's major is exercise-physiology option.

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People in the News Fisher

Isaac Fisher of Hotchkiss, a veterinary medicine major, was recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the spring semester Dean's List at Iowa State University.

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People in the News Rodriguez

Alejandro Aguilera Rodriguez of Hotchkiss, a criminal justice major, was named to the Dean's List at Bethany College for the spring 2017 semester.

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School Zone

2018 grad dates under discussion

The Delta County School Board is taking a close look at 2018 graduation dates in light of feedback from the community. This year, all four graduation ceremonies were scheduled on Sunday, May 21 -- two at 1 p.m. and two at 4 p.m.

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Lincoln recognizes honor roll students at ROAR assembly
Lincoln recognizes honor roll students at ROAR assembly

Lincoln Elementary School students recognized honor roll students at a year-end ROAR assembly.

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School, student growth celebrated
School, student growth celebrated

The last day of school at North Fork School of Integrated Studies began with a chilly wind blowing out on the chairs and flowers set up outside for the occasion. As the parents seated themselves, the kindergarten and first grade came out with their chairs.

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Obituaries

Beatrice Sherbondy

Beatrice S. Sherbondy died Sept. 11, 2016. She was 100.

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Bill Mathews Jr.
Bill Mathews Jr.

Austin resident William John "Bill" Mathews Jr. died May 28, 2017, at his home. He was 72.

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Bryan Scott Reim
Bryan Scott Reim

Bryan Scott Reim died June 3, 2017, in a tragic swimming accident at the potholes of Escalante Creek. He was 35.

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Carol Fortune

Delta resident Carol Fortune died June 11, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 67.

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Dan Fergeson Jr.
Dan Fergeson Jr.

Delta resident Dan Leroy Fergeson Jr. died June 10, 2017, of brain cancer. He was 25.

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Ella Russell
Ella Russell

Ella Nora Russell died Dec. 9, 2016, at her home in Cleveland, Tenn. She was 71.

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Felipe Armendarez
Felipe Armendarez

Felipe Armendarez died June 1, 2017. He was 80.

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June Lawson

June Alice Hartman Lawson died June 1, 2017. She was 78.

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North Fork

Booze, marijuana and money: all in a night's work in Hotchkiss

The Hotchkiss Town Council made quick work of a lengthy agenda on June 8. The council approved the first reading of two ordinances that will be officially adopted within the coming months.

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Draft EIS released for two West Elk lease modifications

The U.S. Forest Service, along with cooperating agencies, Bureau of Land Management, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, and Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety announce the availability of the supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for two federal coal lease modifications and an on-lease exploration plan for West Elk Coal Mine, located near Somerset on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Arkland Company, LLC and Mountain Coal Company requested the modifications to expand their existing federal coal leases by a total 1,720 acres to ensure coal reserves are not bypassed.

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Farm to Fiddle is beneficiary of pasta dinner June 19

A Kids Pasta Project dinner on Monday, June 19, will benefit both the Farm to Fiddle Summer Festival and the Revitalize Hotchkiss/Colorado Main Street program. The dinner will be hosted at ShadeScapes Americas, 122 E. Bridge Street in Hotchkiss and begins at 6 p.m.

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Jakubiak resigns from Hotchkiss council
Jakubiak resigns from Hotchkiss council

With a hearty "Let's rock and roll!" Hotchkiss mayor pro-tem Larry Jakubiak called to order the town council meeting on June 8 promptly at 6:30 p.m. Seated next to him was Marlene Searle, town clerk extraordinaire (seriously -- it's on her name plate).

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Paonia seeks comments on trash collection

The Town of Paonia is considering a request for proposals for trash collection and disposal services. But whether the town will get out of the business of collecting trash is only in the discussion stage.

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Pioneer Days winners

Parade Winners

Best of Theme --

Ferrier Family.

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Reception planned for Mary Woodruff, former HHS teacher
Reception planned for Mary Woodruff, former HHS teacher

Friends and former students are invited to a party for former Hotchkiss teacher, Mary Woodruff. It will be held at the Hotchkiss Senior Citizen Center at 276 W. Main Street Saturday, June 17, from 2-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and memories shared.

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Surface Creek

Cedaredge audit report is mostly positive

Another poor financial showing for the Cedaredge Golf Course cast a shadow over an otherwise positive financial audit report for the Town of Cedaredge's 2016 operations.

For example, the practice of "conservative budgeting" (i.e. estimating expenses at the high end of a range and for income at the low end) helped produce results wherein the town "actually did a lot better than anticipated," according to the report presented to trustees by auditor Pete Blair.

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Cedaredge board will look at new water, sewer rates

Cedaredge trustees are in discussions about water and sewer rates, and hosted a meeting recently to reveal the results of a comparative rate study.

The town board will consider a resolution on changes to its water and sewer rates at the June 15 regular business meeting.

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Cedaredge concert helps search and rescue
Cedaredge concert helps search and rescue

Balladeers of "happiness, light, and love," David and Tamara Hauze, traveled from their Crawford home on June 8 to give a benefit concert in Cedaredge Town Park for Delta County Search and Rescue.

Delta County sheriff Fred McKee, serving as emcee for the evening, explained to the audience why the county's Search and Rescue team is important.

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Cedaredge man dies in auto accident

Kent Brakken, 71, died as the result of a traffic accident on Interestate 80 west of Ogallala, Neb., June 8.

The North Platte Telegraph reports the crash occurred just after 8:30 p.m. when an eastbound Toyota Tacoma pickup crossed the median and collided head-on with a westbound Dodge pickup.

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Garden club busy at Horizons, Pioneer Town

May was the month our club planned to visit the arboretum at Pioneer Town. So off we went, even though the weather was cold and rain threatened.

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Golf course continues to need subsidies, write-offs

Money from the Cedaredge water fund, general fund and sewer fund were used to subsidize golf in 2016 providing an amount equal to 30 percent of total golf course funding for the year.

An audit report presented to Cedaredge trustees last week confirmed that in 2016 the Cedaredge Golf Course received large cash subsidies for operations and equipment, primarily from the water fund.

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Larry Dumler earns People's Choice honors
Larry Dumler earns People's Choice honors

A very successful 45th annual Edge of the Cedars Art Show sponsored by Zeta Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority has been completed. Ninety-two artists exhibited a total of 256 entries which included paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, stained glass and an open category.

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Plants of the Western Slope June 14, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope June 14, 2017

What a lovely bunch of weeds! They line the roadways on my right. I pull off the road onto the widened gravel area and stop.

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Town seeks applicants to fill vacancy

With 10 months until the next municipal election the Town of Cedaredge is seeking interested, qualified applicants to fill a vacancy on the town board, created when Larry Smith stepped down last month. The appointment would fill the remaining term to April 2018.

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