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Delta

18-year-old killed in rollover

Alexis Crosby, 18, of Montrose died as the result of a traffic accident the morning of Tuesday, June 13.

The Colorado State Patrol reports Samantha Crosby, 20, of Olathe was westbound on Highway 50 at milepost 78, between Delta and Olathe.

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City invites input on parks, recreation priorities

Montrose has a kayak park. Palisade is working on the "plunge." The City of Delta doesn't want to copy those ideas, but is looking for unique features to enhance its parks, open space and trails.

"We only have so many dollars and a small staff," said Wilma Erven, director of parks, recreation and golf for the City of Delta.

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Compliance Staffing Agency acquires TK Mining

JENNMAR affiliate Compliance Staffing Agency (CSA), the premier nationwide provider of workforce solutions for the energy industry, expanded its service offerings and expertise with the acquisition of TK Mining Services. Along with its purchase of Price Mine Services in November 2015, CSA has assembled the assets, personnel and presence to offer unparalleled service offerings and pricing in the western U.S.

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DCMH seeks enterprise zone status to improve patient access

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) offers an enterprise zone designation to support local economic improvements that result in job creation/retention. Colorado taxpayers may earn a 25 percent state income tax credit by contributing to targeted efforts.

As a qualifying nonprofit, Delta County Memorial Hospital is pursuing the enterprise zone designation for projects to improve patient access.

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Delta's urban renewal: 'There is no Plan B'

The clock is ticking. The Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) has 120 days to reach agreement with the taxing entities it's asking to help fund a gateway project near the intersection of Highways 50 and 92. Half that time has elapsed, and there is no Plan B, city manager David Torgler emphasized during a meeting with taxing entities Monday.

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Funding available for lower Gunnison irrigation projects

The Colorado River District has announced an additional funding opportunity (up to a total of $1.8 million) for the planning and implementation of irrigation efficiency improvement projects in the Lower Gunnison Project area for qualifying applicants.

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Judge rejects plea deal for Shawn Willshire

Although he does not generally reject plea agreements, District Court Judge Steven Schultz did just that last week when he refused to accept a plea of guilty to trespassing entered by Shawn Willshire. Instead, Willshire will stand trial for felony stalking.

Judge Schultz made the unusual decision after listening to a lengthy statement from the victim, who said she could not agree to dismissal of the stalking charge, or to the stipulation to two years in prison.

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Law enforcement blotter June 21, 2017

June 12:

Emelio M. Martinez, 26, of Delta was arrested and jailed on two warrants with a total of $27,000 in bonds. Martinez was also issued a ticket for alleged disregarded a stop sign, drove a motor vehicle while license revoked and failed to present evidence of insurance.

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Legislation provides one-time funding boost for rural schools

Senate Bill 267, titled "Rural Sustainability," not only converted the hospital provider fee to an enterprise fund, it also directed funds to rural schools. A one-time allocation of $30 million will be spread across the state, bumping per-pupil funding for Delta County students by $171.70. That amounts to about $819,000.

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Morris Optical celebrates 25th
Morris Optical celebrates 25th

Monica Morris-Whelan and Chanda Morris-Jones are carrying on a family tradition that began 65 years ago, when Dr. Thayer Morris and his wife Gerri moved to Colorado and Dr. Thayer began his career as an independent career of optometry.

He first worked with Dr. James Bush in Grand Junction, then established his own practice in Delta in August 1952.

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Rise to the challenge with your local library
Rise to the challenge with your local library

The theme of summer programming at Delta County Libraries for 2017 is a call to action for the entire county. Libraries aim to build better readers, better communities, and ultimately a better world through their programming this summer, but they cannot accomplish the goal without community participation.

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Opinion

'Whistle blower' resigns from Paonia council

I have resigned from the Paonia Town Council in protest. I have lost all respect for the majority of the board.

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Big government strikes (out) again

Once people are in Washington for a while, they get the impression they are smarter than the people who actually work for a living. Now Rep. Tipton has introduced HR 2907, requiring a federal agency to predict our energy needs over the next 30 years and create a four-year plan for meeting those needs.

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Community support is unmatched

On behalf of our Zeta Omicron ESA sorority I want to say thank you to the Delta County Independent and to the wonderfully supportive community in which we live. We just completed our 45th annual Edge of the Cedars Art show.

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Libertarians support Mark Levin's change of use

In anticipation of the June 21 joint meeting of the Delta County Planning Commission and the North Fork Area Planning Advisory Committee, the Libertarian Party of Delta County would like to express its support of Mark Levin's application of land use change for the parcels in question. LPDCO also encourages all advocates of private property rights to attend this meeting, which takes place on June 21 at the Paonia Town Hall, and speak on Levin's behalf.

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Sports

Paonia grads commit to college athletics
Paonia grads commit to college athletics

Three Paonia High School student-athletes signed their national letters of intent to participate in college sports on April 24.

Warren Minerich will compete in track and field as a thrower for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, where he plans to study mining engineering. Minerich was a three-year state qualifying thrower in discus and shot put.

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PHS seniors play in CHSCA All-State tilts

Four Paonia High School student-athletes and two head coaches were nominated to participate in the annual Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games June 6-10.

All team coaches and senior athletes who participate in the games are nominated and voted on by CHSCA member coaches.

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Run, bat, and bump-set-spike at Cherry Days

If you're looking for some competitive fun over the July 4 weekend and want to support some good causes, consider these three fundraising events planned in conjunction with the 71st annual Paonia Cherry Days festival.

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Seriani Post's All-Colorado baseball 2017 selection
Seriani Post's All-Colorado baseball 2017 selection

With six Paonia baseball players receiving all-state honors from the Colorado High School Activities Association, it's easy to see why the Eagles went undefeated this season. They are loaded with talent.

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What's Happening

City of Delta organizes youth soccer program

The City of Delta is excited to run the youth recreational soccer program this season. Registration will be open through Sunday, July 23. Late registrations will be accepted until July 30 with a $10 late fee.

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Crested Butte lists 2017 music line-up

Crested Butte Mountain Resort and the Mt. Crested Butte Town Center Community Association are excited to announce the 2017 summer line-up for the Live! From Mt. Crested Butte free Wednesday night concert series.

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Grief support group meets weekly in Delta

Mending Hearts grief support group will be meeting on Wednesdays, June 7-Aug. 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at HopeWest, 205 Stafford Lane, Delta.

Mending Hearts is free of charge and open to anyone coping with the death of a loved one. Members may join at any time.

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Hubwheelers plan July 1, 15 dances

The square dancing will be hotter than a firecracker when the Delta Hubwheelers Square Dance Club hosts its Independence Day-theme dance, from 7-9 p.m., on Saturday night, July 1, in the aerobics room of the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 N. Palmer Street in Delta. Dancers are encouraged to wear red, white and blue for America.

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Mark your calendar for DCSPERA meeting

Mark your calendar for an important meeting of the Delta County School and Public Employees Retirement Association (DSCPERA) meeting Thursday, July 20. The get-together will be held at Nancy Carlson's Rogers Mesa home, 11498 3150 Road, Hotchkiss, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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Paonia Library hosts Musical Tuesdays through July
Paonia Library hosts Musical Tuesdays through July

On most Tuesday evenings in June and July the Paonia Library amphitheater is the venue for performances by Delta County musicians. Musical Tuesdays are organized by Laura Lee Yates, librarian and author, and supported by the Friends of the Paonia Library.

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What's happening at your local library? June 21, 2017

The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.

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Community

Births June 21, 2017

Christopher and Janice Huff of Delta are the parents of a son, Owen Mathew Huff, born June 13, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7.06 pounds and was 19 inches in length.

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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 Center. (Please note the corrected location.) Friends of the couple are invited to join the celebration.

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County 4-H'ers gearing up for fair

The Delta County 4-H Council met June 12 at the Maloney House and the discussion was focused on the upcoming county fair.

Items discussed included:

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People in the News Katzdorn

Kurt Katzdorn of Hotchkiss has been named to the spring honor roll at McPherson College, a four-year private liberal arts college located in central Kansas.

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People in the News Strickland

Paula Strickland of Delta has been named to the Elmira College Dean's List for the winter 2017 term. Full-time students who achieve a grade point average of 3.600 or higher at the end of any Term I or Term II are placed on the Dean's List at the college.

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Teagon Harris is fourth Eagle Scout in his family
Teagon Harris is fourth Eagle Scout in his family

The Boy Scouts of America has bestowed the rank of Eagle Scout on Teagon Harris, age 15.

Teagon is a member of BSA Unit 475 chartered by the Uncompahgre Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Obituaries

Cheryl Holden
Cheryl Holden

Cheryl Lynn Holden died June 10, 2017. She was 68.

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Darlene Griffith

Darlene J. Griffith died June 16, 2017, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 70.

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Dewey King
Dewey King

Dewey Isaac King died June 1, 2017, in Denver. He was 76.

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Dwayne Tenbrink
Dwayne Tenbrink

Dwayne Larry Tenbrink died June 3, 2017, at his home. He was 77.

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E. Leroy Kenner

Cedaredge resident E. Leroy Kenner died June 16, 2017, at his home. He was 84.

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Robert Arnold

Robert Warren "Bob" Arnold died June 17, 2017, in Lexington, Okla. He was 73.

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Rodney Tribble
Rodney Tribble

Hotchkiss resident Rodney K. Tribble died June 17, 2017, at his home. He was 58.

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Tee Kue
Tee Kue

Tee Kue died Sunday, June 11, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction following a one-car accident on Highway 65. He was 16.

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North Fork

'Before I Die' wall is a community bucket list
'Before I Die' wall is a community bucket list

It's hard to miss: a multi-paneled blackboard at the entrance to Paonia with the words "Before I die..." written across it. The board invites passers-by to write their thoughts in chalk.

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Alumni share tales of Maher Schoolhouse
Alumni share tales of Maher Schoolhouse

The 100th anniversary of the Maher Schoolhouse on Sunday, June 11, was honored by the Members of the Maher-Onion Valley Community Club. The club hosted an open house starting the presentation as if it was the start of a regular school day, with the Pledge of Allegiance, Lord's Prayer, followed by God Bless America and then the ringing of the school bell.

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Brunner resigns amid turmoil on Paonia board
Brunner resigns amid turmoil on Paonia board

After 45 minutes of arguing motions, amendments, he-said-she-said and a couple of temper tantrums (at one point Mayor Charles Stewart had to give the board an impromptu etiquette lesson on how to decorously address one another), the Paonia board of trustees came to a decision regarding Trustee Bill Brunner, and whether or not he violated Colorado's open meeting laws, town ordinances or the board's Standards of Conduct.

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Celebrating an 'undying love of this valley'--Bill & Sarah Bishop
Celebrating an 'undying love of this valley'--Bill & Sarah Bishop

Bill and Sarah Bishop are being honored this week for their contributions to the Mountain Harvest Festival, and for their "undying love of this valley." While they are humbled by the honor, much of the annual festival's success is owed to the Bishops.

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Death Café serving up more than tea and cake

Death is a natural part of living. So why, as a recent survey by Caring.com demonstrates, do more than half of American adults die without a will? Why do we have "life" insurance and not "death" insurance? And why do so many go out of their way to avoid the subject?

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Hotchkiss plans to build $1 million water tank
Hotchkiss plans to build $1 million water tank

Staff and trustees for the Town of Hotchkiss are working toward replacing one of the town's three water storage tanks within the next year, a project that will cost an estimated $1 million.

Town engineer Joanne Fagan presented the proposal at a June 8 public meeting.

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Paonia preparing for 71st Cherry Days
Paonia preparing for 71st Cherry Days

With July 4 rapidly approaching, the 71st annual Paonia Cherry Days celebration is almost upon us. Here are a few things to know ahead of the celebration.

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River awareness float filled with superheroes
River awareness float filled with superheroes

Many a superhero were spotted at the Western Slope Conservation Center's Float Fest on the morning of June 3. The festival's superhero theme celebrated the organization's 40 years of dedication to watershed stewardship, public lands advocacy, and environmental education in Delta County and beyond, as well as the vast community support making these efforts possible.

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Surface Creek

Bridge work done on Jay Avenue
Bridge work done on Jay Avenue

In a report to the town board, the Cedaredge Public Works Department reports that the Jay Avenue bridge opened for Memorial Day weekend. Town staff, contractors, and the engineer met on-site on June 6 to discussing striping issues, the report stated.

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Buying local produce is good for you and for the economy
Buying local produce is good for you and for the economy

As Colorado's produce season arrives, the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is asking consumers to buy local.

"Colorado's high day time temperatures countered by cool nights, give our fruit a sweeter, more intense flavor," said Bruce Talbott, Talbott's Gold, Palisade, Colo., a fifth-generation Colorado fruit farmer.

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Meetings planned to discuss deer, elk management

Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff is starting work to update big-game management plans in the Gunnison Basin and in the Paonia/North Fork areas. The public is invited to meetings where the planning efforts will be discussed.

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Police Report June 21, 2017

According to the Cedaredge Police Department's incident summary report for May, there were 60 reported incidents and five traffic citations issued during the month.

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Shelter board recognized for volunteer work
Shelter board recognized for volunteer work

As volunteers of the month for June, the Surface Creek Animals Shelter Board Members are being named volunteers of the month.

The Surface Creek Animal Shelter in Cedaredge opened the Shelter Shoppe, 290 North Grand Mesa Drive, in March of 2010. The members of the Board of the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control (FCAC, also known as The Surface Creek Animal Shelter) were many of those folks who organized this project.

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Town seeks applicants to fill board 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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