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Delta

Alumni band is being put together

Former band members from Delta High School, or any school in the district, are invited to join the DHS/Alumni Band for the Deltarado Days Parade sponsored by Bank of Colorado Saturday, July 29.

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An important week for Western water users

The beneficial use of water in Colorado has a long history. It can be traced back to the mid 1800s, when people started settling the land that would become Colorado and the Western United States.

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City seeks input

Area residents are invited to offer input on needs/wants for city parks, trails, recreation and open space during an open house Thursday, June 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

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Create your summer playlist with Freegal

With temperatures rising above 100 degrees, Delta County residents are utilizing various recreational strategies for cooling off. Boating and kayaking the rivers, swimming at the local pools and reservoirs, drinking ice-cold beverages, and grilling outdoors are all popular tactics for enjoying the heat.

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Delta physician joins 'Protect Patients First' tour

Patients, doctors, hospitals and several leading national organizations that advocate for better health care are joining together to highlight concerns all Coloradans should have about health reform proposals being discussed in Congress, including the recently released U.S. Senate proposal.

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Elderly woman bilked of $85,000

An investigation launched in April 2016 has resulted in the arrest of a South Carolina woman who obtained over $85,000 from an elderly Delta resident.

The Delta resident was told she had won several million dollars in a lottery, but would need to send money to cover taxes and other expenses before claiming her prize.

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GMUG names new fire management officer

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests announce the arrival of CorDell Taylor to the GMUG supervisor's office as the forest fire management officer. Taylor will start work during the week of July 23. He replaces Clay Flower who accepted a position with the Job Corps in Washington D.C. in January.

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Gunnison Energy closes some facilities

The Board of County Commissioners on Monday heard a report that Gunnison Energy LLC is working on decommissioning some of its production facilities in Surface Creek and elsewhere.

Bruce Bertram, local government designee, told commissioners that the work was "the first step" in an area-wide structures abandonment process.

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H Road drainage project scheduled

The City of Delta has contracted with Wells Excavating & Farming to make drainage improvements on H Road.

Steve Glammeyer, utilities/public works director for the City of Delta, said H Road was identified for chip seal application this year due to early visible signs of structural failure and raveling.

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Hospital CEO prefers 'repair' to 'repeal' of health care act

Delta County Memorial Hospital dodged a bullet when the hospital provider fee was moved into a state enterprise fund, ensuring continued financial support for rural hospitals in Colorado. But with the Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, DCMH continues to operate in a world of uncertainty, CEO Jason Cleckler reported at an Indivisible gathering in Cedaredge.

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Jin Ho Pack named county court judge

Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed Jin Ho Pack as a judge on the Delta County Court in the 7th Judicial District. She fills a vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Sandra Miller.

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Law enforcement blotter June 28, 2017

Jessica A. Puckett, 28, of Olathe was issued a ticket for alleged theft and drove a motor vehicle while license revoked.

Colleen D. Koenig, 23, of Denver was issued a ticket for alleged failed to yield right of way at a stop sign after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at W. 5th Street and Confluence Drive. No injuries were reported or observed. One vehicle was towed from the scene.

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Mountain bikers awarded REI trail grant
Mountain bikers awarded REI trail grant

Delta County Area Mountain Bikers will receive $5,000 from REI for trails in Dominguez Escalante National Conservation Area west of Delta. The Delta chapter of COPMOBA, DAMB, plans to use the money for the design of a proposed non-motorized trail system in the NCA known as the Escalante Triangle.

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Online forum, questionnaire provide opportunity for input

In May, five visioning workshops were held around the county with nearly 300 people participating in the initial phase of updating the county master plan.

Many themes were presented that represent what we all love about living here -- the value of agriculture to the county, the rural lifestyle, open scenery, and the clean air and water.

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Prescribed burn scheduled on Uncompahgre Plateau

Federal lands management agencies have been planning a prescribed burn on public lands on the Uncompahgre Plateau that was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 27.

Jeff Wright, Delta County emergency manager, reported to the Board of County Commissioners on Monday that smoke from the burn will impact Delta County. Delta Dispatch and first responder agencies are expected to receive many calls about the controlled burn project.

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Renovations underway at Delta Family Physicians

A major renovation project spurred by HVAC failure at Delta Family Physicians has temporarily closed the clinic at 555 Meeker Street, Delta. Medical care, however, has not been disrupted, as the clinic's 23 employees temporarily provide patient care in other DCMH clinics in Delta.

Clinic director Diane Dockter is hopeful the clinic will re-open by mid-July. When it does, it will be even more functional for patients and staff.

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Stephenson attends county clerk conference in Snowmass
Stephenson attends county clerk conference in Snowmass

Colorado's county clerks and their staffs learned about election security and costs, motor vehicle registration kiosks and privacy vs. public access from a stakeholder's viewpoint at their conference in Snowmass Village last week.

Secretary of state Wayne Williams addressed the Colorado County Clerks Association on June 20, outlining legislation his office advocated for, the state's leading status when it comes to voter turnout and registration, and future training to learn about election audits.

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Opinion

A wonderful place to call home

We write to you about the wonderful place we call home -- the valley of the North Fork of the Gunnison River and the surrounding countryside. What makes this place wonderful?

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DURA commitment means a brighter future for all

After reading the front page DURA article in last week's DCI, I feel the need to clarify Delta County Libraries reasons and thought process for signing the IGA with the DURA board. In 2013, we tried to increase our mill levy due to the decreasing funding from much reduced property tax values.

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GOP health care bill leaves questions unanswered

In my work, I attempt to involve as many stakeholders as possible so as to solicit as many good ideas as possible. In the case of overhauling the nation's health care infrastructure, the number of stakeholders is about equal to the population of the United States.

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Will history repeat itself?

In regard to the urban renewal proposal described in last week's paper, it seems that Delta leaders should have learned a good history lesson with the golf course considering, the excessive projection of economic impact from visitors playing. And we are still paying for the debt and operations.

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Sports

Close play in Men's League
Close play in Men's League

Last week's results from Devil's Thumb Men's League play showed close competition for the day's nine-hole round.

Atop the leaderboard at the conclusion of play, Larry Vincent and Dallas Overholt shared the top score of 41 in gross play.

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What's Happening

CPR, first aid training offered

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is hosting an American Red Cross community CPR/AED and first aid class Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class will be repeated Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Find out about grants for irrigation

Two meetings are planned for farmers interested in money to install high efficiency irrigation systems on their property through the Lower Gunnison Project. Meetings will be held on July 28, from 6-8 p.m. at DMEA, 11925 6300 Road, Montrose, and on July 29, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at Hotchkiss Memorial Hall, 276 W Main Street, Hotchkiss.

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Tibetan monks to visit the North Fork

Tibetan Monks Mystical Arts Tour will visit Paonia and Hotchkiss July 13-18. The monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery in India will perform healing and blessing ceremonies and share the Tibetan culture during their visit.

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What's happening at your local library? June 28, 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 28, 2017

Ty and Elena Kennedy of Delta are the parents of a son, Kyprien Michael Kennedy, born June 15, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 7.4 ounces and was 20.25 inches in length.

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People in the News Ebert

Leda Ebert, a junior from Delta, has been named to the 2017 spring semester Dean's List at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

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School Zone

WCCF supports grads with scholarships
WCCF supports grads with scholarships

The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) has committed $184,270 in scholarship awards to support 50 Delta County students over the next four years of their college career. WCCF manages nearly 40 scholarship funds across western Colorado, and 17 of those funds are specifically for Delta County students.

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Obituaries

Carol Fortune

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

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Dahlgren Andrews

Dahlgren Roberta Andrews died Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge. She was 95.

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Edith Lenard

Edith Lenard died May 10, 2017, at her son's home in Arizona. She was 102.

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Edward Morris
Edward Morris

Edward Scott Morris died June 22, 2017, at his home. He was 59.

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Harold Ellena

Paonia resident Harold E. Ellena died June 25, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 75.

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Julie Trembly
Julie Trembly

Julie Lynn Trembly died from cancer June 10, 2017, at HopeWest Hospice. She was 57.

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Kent Brakken
Kent Brakken

Cedaredge resident Kent Tenny Brakken died June 8, 2017, from injuries sustained in a car accident in Ogallala, Neb.

He was born Oct. 26, 1945, to Carl and Grace Brakken in Cable, Wis.

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North Fork

Blue Sage presents 'An Evening with Lipbone Redding'
Blue Sage presents 'An Evening with Lipbone Redding'

The headline musical act of the 2016 Cherry Days festival returns to Paonia Saturday night when The Blue Sage presents "An Evening With Lipbone Redding" this Saturday evening.

This is a rare opportunity to catch Redding on the stage, says Cherry Days committee member and music coordinator Skip Naft.

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Hotchkiss grad joins Marine Corps
Hotchkiss grad joins Marine Corps

Kaila Harward of Lazear became a United States Marine on May 5.

She graduated in the top 10 percent of her series and was meritoriously promoted to private first class the same day.

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Hotchkiss receives water quality reporting violation
Hotchkiss receives water quality reporting violation

The Town of Hotchkiss received a violation notice this month from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment because not all town water users submitted results of their backflow prevention devices. The health department requires municipalities, and by extension individual water users, to annually test the devices.

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Melodrama added to Cherry Days offerings
Melodrama added to Cherry Days offerings

This weekend is jam-packed with lots of great family-friendly activities to celebrate "Family, Friends & Freedom" during this year's annual Cherry Days in Paonia. One event you definitely don't want to miss is a showing of the melodrama "Pillow Talk in Mattress Springs, or, No Rest for the Wicked," on Sunday, July 2, at the teen center in town park.

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Music weaves in and around Cherry Days

For the fourth consecutive year, Skip Naft has lined up an eclectic mix of musical talent for Cherry Days. From classical to funk and jazz, rock 'n' roll and folk, more than a dozen local and regional acts will be presented.

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Paonia board looking for Brunner's replacement

The Town of Paonia will accept letters of interest from members of the public interested in serving on the board through next April after Trustee Bill Brunner resigned. Letters should be submitted by July 20. Per town ordinance, applicants must be registered voters and have been a resident living within town limits for the past 12 consecutive months. The board has until Aug. 13 to make an appointment or call for an election.

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Paonia Library changes art lending library
Paonia Library changes art lending library

A grassroots program designed to showcase local artists is changing, but it's not going away.

The Paonia Public Library's Art Lending Library has undergone a transition and will move forward as The Gallery at Paonia Library, according to Delta County Libraries communications and outreach administrator Tracy Ihnot.

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Reception Sunday for departing pastor

A card shower and festive cake at Paonia United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 25, honored Pastor Steve Dunkel. Dunkel is returning to his hometown of Creede to start a new career as a online marketing consultant. His goal is to pay off student loans and then complete more classes online to continue as a Christian minister.

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Runners, walkers take to the trail

The annual Cherry Days 5k Run happens Saturday, July 1. The run/walk begins and ends at Apple Valley Park.

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Sales, events, treats on deck for Downtown Day in Paonia

The Paonia Chamber of Commerce and its business members are ready to roll out the welcome mat for locals and visitors alike during the annual Downtown Day of Cherry Days. On Monday, July 3 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., the downtown blocks of Paonia will be filled to overflowing with specials, sales, treats and live entertainment available at many businesses.

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Take a break at museum's annual ice cream social

While enjoying the 71st Cherry Days celebration take a break from all the festivities and take in Paonia's rich history at the North Fork Historical Society Paonia Museum. From 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, after the parade is over and the Cherry Days royalty has been crowned, the museum will host its annual ice cream social.

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Vivian Cheney honored as parade grand marshal
Vivian Cheney honored as parade grand marshal

A beloved teacher of 50 years will be honored as grand marshal of the 71st Cherry Day Parade.

A nonagenarian, Vivian Cheney taught music in public schools from 1947-1997, the last 21 years of which was at Paonia Middle School, where she also taught social studies, reading and English.

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Surface Creek

Core issues are paying for services, building reserve

The marijuana tax issue for Orchard City is not simply one of somehow raising $1.2 million to fund government needs. Indeed, the answer lies in first deciding how to use $1.2 million that is already been raised through newly enacted water rates.

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New faces at the Cedaredge chamber

Nancy Hovde has stepped down as president of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce.

Elected by the board to take her place is Nick Streza.

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Plants of the Western Slope June 28, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope June 28, 2017

The landscape looks poorly -- rather like the 'dobes! There were some birds at Hart's Basin.

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Pot debate continues in Orchard City

Orchard City Town Board members are expressing second thoughts about allowing marijuana businesses in town as a way to generate more tax revenue for town government.

Speaking at the town board's June 14 meeting, trustee Craig Fuller expressed his opposition to the town board taking unilateral action and allowing marijuana business because it would be against the express will of the people, and he offered an alternative plan.

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Results

Results of the June 14 gymkhana:

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