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Delta

'Leftover list' license sale began this week

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that leftover limited licenses (licenses remaining after the primary and leftover draws) went on sale in person and by phone Tuesday, Aug. 1. These licenses are also available for online purchase.

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Ag emerges as top planning issue

The first round of public input on the county master plan rewrite has found that agriculture is a top issue among all demographics and across all areas of the county.

Also, according to Erica Weeks of planning consultancy RPI, "People like not having zoning."

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Delta County goes global with tourism marketing

Much of what makes Delta County unique and wonderful is the six, very different, very distinct communities that make up the county. Each has something different to offer both residents and visitors; each has something wholly their own.

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Delta hospital re-accredited for another three years

Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) announces the entire hospital, physical rehabilitation and Grand Mesa Oncology & Infusion have been re-accredited through August 2020.

Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV-GL related in a letter to DCMH CEO Jason Cleckler dated July 18, 2017, that "pursuant to the authority granted by DNV-GL

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Delta man accused of regional burglaries
Delta man accused of regional burglaries

Jake Tuttle, 36, of Delta has been charged with second degree burglary and theft in connection with a burglary from a Delta home earlier this month.

The burglary was reported on July 18, by elderly homeowners living in the 1100 block of Hastings Street.

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Felony stalking conviction draws 3-year prison sentence

On Friday, July 28, Shawn Willshire was sentenced to three years in prison after stalking and "terrorizing" a young mother over a 14-month period.

District Court Judge Steven Schultz imposed that sentence, plus an additional three years of parole, after rejecting a previous deal in which Willshire pleaded guilty to trespassing.

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Fort named interpretive center

The National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management have entered into a partnership with the City of Delta and the Interpretive Association of Western Colorado (IAWC) to establish an interpretive center at Fort Uncompahgre highlighting the Old Spanish Trail, a national historic trail.

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GMUG seeking forest plan ideas
GMUG seeking forest plan ideas

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) is seeking substantive comments from the public on its forest plan revision process.

Substantive comments provide factual information, professional opinion, or informed judgment that is relevant to the action being proposed.

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Handmade blankets and toys comfort homeless animals
Handmade blankets and toys comfort homeless animals

In conjunction with Comfort for Critters, participants in the summer reading program at the Montrose Regional Library knit and sewed blankets and toys for the dogs and cats at the Delta animal shelter.

The theme of the summer reading program was "Build a Better World."

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Historic landmark damaged
Historic landmark damaged

A huge chunk of the Ute Council Tree broke off early Tuesday morning, raising questions about the future of the historic landmark in North Delta. When he heard a loud crash at about 7 a.m., neighboring homeowner Ken Kothe said there was no doubt in his mind what had occurred.

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Law enforcement blotter Aug. 2, 2017

Joseph P. Miller Jr., 25, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $4,000 bond.

A 16-year-old male of Delta was arrested and jailed at Grand Mesa Youth Corrections on a warrant with a $750 bond.

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Law enforcement classes suspended

Law enforcement training at Delta-Montrose Technical College is on hold pending Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) review.

To serve as a law enforcement officer in Colorado, an individual must successfully complete training through a POST-approved academy.

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Library elevator goes down

The elevator in the Delta Library, located at 211 W. 6th Street, is inoperative. Delta County Libraries is in the process of evaluating what it will take to repair the elevator to avoid such outages in the future.

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Local Teachers of the Year place second in state VFW contest

Three Delta County teachers who were honored by VFW Post and Auxiliary #3571 were also recognized at the state level.

On Loyalty Day, May 1, the post recognized Sharon Lee, Teacher of the Year at Lincoln Elementary School; David Piotrowski of Vision Charter Academy as Teacher of the Year on the middle school level; and Kelly Johnson, Teacher of the Year from Delta High School.

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Locally-grown poetry at Delta County Libraries

Starting around mid-July, Delta County Libraries staff members begin to regularly update each other on the size of their tomato plants and where their tomatoes fall on a scale of green to red. Tomatoes fill staff lunches, conversations and late-summer programming ideas.

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New organization formed to take over animal shelter

A new animal welfare organization is pursuing 501(c)(3) status with the intent of assuming operation of the animal shelter in Delta.

The Animal Interest League and Sanctuary, or TAILS, has been founded by two animal shelter employees, Joe Messano and Brandy Ware.

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School board election set for Nov. 7

Three directors will be elected to the Delta County School Board in November. Beginning Aug. 7, interested candidates may obtain nomination petitions and notice forms from the Delta County clerk and recorder's office in the county courthouse. Candidates must reside in Director District 1 (City of Delta and west), District IV (Hotchkiss area, north and east of Cedaredge) and District V (Paonia/Crawford area).

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Several groups offer support for cancer survivors

A vibrant group of women is launching a women's cancer support group Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 11:30 p.m. in the Crag Crest classroom at the Grand Mesa Oncology & Infusion Center. Bring a lunch to enjoy.

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Opinion

Following the 'letter of the law' is not sufficient

The DCI ran a "clarification" in last week's issue confirming that the county revised its agenda for the July 17 commissioner public meeting and made it accessible to the public after the meeting had begun. In the article, Robbie LeValley, the county's administrator, reported "the revision was posted on the administration bulletin board at the county courthouse on Saturday, July 15 ...

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Get the facts on air emissions

While most of the coverage of air emissions issues tends to focus on the more densely populated Denver Metro area, we on the Western Slope have a great deal of familiarity on the issue given our history of oil and gas development.

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Modern Appliance has helped make Delta great

Congratulations to Modern Appliance for 68 great years.

In July 1949 John Sukle and his wife opened an appliance sales and repair shop out of their home at 144 Main.

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Orchard City trustees aren't listening

In response to last week's letter from Mr. Thomas Huerkamp, I would like to point out the following:

First, Mr. Huerkamp accuses reporter Hank Lohmeyer of reporting his "personal agenda in crafting" events at many of the trustee meetings.

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Rock on!

Support Kid Rock's running for the Senate effort by voting out every one of those old swamp creatures in 2018 and replace each one with a "deplorable."

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Trump is politicizing the military

While playing around with this or that, some fundamentals get ignored. One of those things was a recent request by Trump to have those on active duty in the military become involved in domestic politics by calling their senators and representatives.

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Sports

NFPPR survey to help guide GOCO grant app.

The North Fork Pool, Parks & Recreation District has partnered with Hotchkiss Home Plate Baseball Association to build a baseball and softball complex to the North Fork Pool on Bulldog Street. They are currently working on a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant application to fund the project.

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What's Happening

A season for all voices

Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church is embarking upon a five-week season featuring lay preachers. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear many different and interesting perspectives on a variety of topics, all from one pulpit.

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BQA hosting stockmanship and stewardship program

Colorado Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is hosting one of several new regional events for cattle producers as part of the Stockmanship and Stewardship program from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA). Colorado State University's Agriculture Research, Development and Education Center (ARDEC) in Fort Collins will house the event on September 22-23, 2017, which will feature world-renowned livestock behaviorist, Temple Grandin, Ph.D., as the keynote speaker.

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Creamery offering kids cartooning classes

The Creamery Arts Center is calling for artists to submit works for its annual fall show, which runs Sept. 1-30. Works should be submitted at the Creamery, 165 Bridge Street, on or before Aug. 19.

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Pickin' in the Park returns in August

Pickin' in the Park, the 10th annual free summer concert series, returns to Paonia Town Park every Thursday in August at 6 p.m.

The concert series feature free family-friendly live music, children's activities, and local food, beer and wine.

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What's happening at your local library? Aug. 2, 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 Aug. 2, 2017

Adam and Toshia Kenniger of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Cianna Mae Kenniger, born July 27, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 4.5 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.

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Delta Altrusa club receives district honor

Altrusa International of Delta, Inc., has been named one of just four Distinguished Clubs within District Ten of Altrusa International. District Ten comprises Altrusa clubs in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.

"Your members have demonstrated their commitment to the principles of Altrusa by achieving this great honor; it is an achievement your club can be proud of!" said Silvia Silverman, the 2015-17 international president.

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People in the News Kesler

Nicholas Kesler, of Hotchkiss graduated from Fort Lewis College on Saturday, April 29.

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People in the News Malone

Paonia artist Mark Malone is among the artists featured in the exhibition Enigmatic Visions at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea, a neighborhood on the west side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Opening reception for the exhibit is Thursday, Aug. 3.

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Update from 4-H County Council

The Delta 4-H County Council meeting was held on July 10, at the Maloney House in Hotchkiss. The following was discussed:

As we approach the fair season, it has been noted by club leaders and our extension office that some members are missing critical information related to their fair entries.

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Obituaries

Benjamin Martinez
Benjamin Martinez

Delta resident Benjamin L. Martinez died July 31, 2017, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. He was 62.

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David Campbell

David Lawrence Campbell died April 20, 2017.

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Doris Beach
Doris Beach

Doris Jane Beach died July 26, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 86.

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Earla Bailey-Roy
Earla Bailey-Roy

Earla Jean Bailey-Roy died July 29, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was 78.

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Evelyn Audin Brown
Evelyn Audin Brown

Evelyn Audin Brown passed away in her sleep on July 7, 2017, just four days before her 93rd birthday. Born on July 11, 1924, in Hotchkiss, Colo., Evelyn was the youngest child of Harry (the Circle S Kid) Edwards and Lena Pearl Edwards.

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Harley Gaskins
Harley Gaskins

Harley Gaskins died July 22, 2017. He was 89.

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Omer Smith Jr.
Omer Smith Jr.

Delta resident Omer Smith Jr. died Sunday, July 23, 2017, at his home. He was 64 years.

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Renee Lawley

Renee Lawley died in Denver July 7, 2017, after suffering serious health problems for several years. She was 54.

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North Fork

Demolition Derby returns this Saturday
Demolition Derby returns this Saturday

One of the most popular big events of the Delta County Fair is back.

After a three-year hiatus, the fairgrounds arena will once again fill with the thrill of cars smashing into one another when the Demolition Derby kicks off the 112th annual Delta County Fair this Saturday night at the fairgrounds in Hotchkiss.

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Fair board member, 4-H leader named parade grand marshal
Fair board member, 4-H leader named parade grand marshal

A longtime Delta County Fair Board member and 4-H leader was chosen as the grand marshal of the 112th annual Delta County Fair parade.

For 20 years, Richard Bailey and wife Marilyn were active with the fair. They were on the Delta County Fair Board, were 4-H leaders, and served as sheep superintendents.

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Harness club carries on a rich tradition
Harness club carries on a rich tradition

When grand marshal Richard Bailey rides through downtown Hotchkiss in the Delta County Fair parade this Aug. 12, he'll ride in a carriage pulled by a team of Brabant red roan draft horses.

They're not what some would consider a show breed, said Eunice Ward of the Brabants. They were bred for their strength.

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Hemp facility clears planning commission

On Aug. 8 the Town of Paonia Board of Trustees will consider a request for a special review/variance application to operate a commercial hemp business within town limits.

At a July 20 meeting of the town Planning Commission, members Charles Stewart, Bill Bear, Mary Bachran and Barb Heck voted to recommend approval of the application by the town board of trustees, subject to testing and reasonable inspections.

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Hotchkiss grants setback variance for church expansion

The Hotchkiss council dealt with a lengthy agenda at its July meeting. Pastor Jake DeField from the First Baptist Church at 203 W. Main Street was granted a setback variance.

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Paonia chamber to close visitor center

In an email to its members on July 30, the Paonia Chamber of Commerce announced that effective Aug. 1 it would no longer staff a visitor center.

President Annette Pretorius wrote:

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Pennell will fill vacated seat as Paonia trustee
Pennell will fill vacated seat as Paonia trustee

Barry Pennell will be sworn in as a trustee for the Town of Paonia at the Aug. 8 board meeting. Pennell will serve until a new board is seated following next April's election, when four seats are set to expire.

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Self-guided small acreage pasture tour at fairgrounds
Self-guided small acreage pasture tour at fairgrounds

Tri-River Area small acreage landowners are invited to a "Management of Small Acreage Pastures Self-Guided Tour," during the 2017 Delta County Fair, scheduled for August 6-12 at the Delta County Fairgrounds, 403 S. 4th Street, Hotchkiss. The 2-acre plot is located on the southeast corner of the fairgrounds, by the river.

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Shooting sports contest is a popular event for youth
Shooting sports contest is a popular event for youth

One of the first events of the 2017 Delta County Fair took place Saturday, July 22, at the 4-H Shooting Sports facility in Tongue Creek Valley.

Local 4-H members competed in various disciplines including archery and the Western Heritage shooting sports event.

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Street lights are 'way too bright' for Hotchkiss man

The Hotchkiss Town Council, at its July meeting, again discussed town streetlights at the request of resident Matthew Kottenstette.

Several months ago he lobbied a complaint with the town about the two streetlights adjacent to his home on Orchard Street, which he said are too bright.

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Trustees request Chesnik remain on supervised parole

Paonia trustees unanimously approved to send a victim impact statement to the Colorado Department of Corrections Parole Board requesting that former town finance officer Kristin Chesnik remain under supervised parole.

The town was recently notified by the state that Chesnik is being considered for early parole.

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Up and coming singer to perform at the fair

One of the country's most up and coming singers will perform at the Delta County Fair Friday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m.

Concertgoers will recognize his number one hit, "I Met a Girl," and other grew new music off his album "Vinyl."

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Volunteer, community support are key to the fair's success
Volunteer, community support are key to the fair's success

The Delta County Fair Board is a hardworking bunch, but without the support of additional volunteers, event sponsors and livestock buyers, it would be impossible to pull off this annual event.

"Every person on the fair board is on a committee, or is a chairman of a committee," said Gary Peebles, fair board president. "You're not on there for the prestige, that's for sure."

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Weekly locals' market Thursdays in Paonia

Edesia Community Kitchen, 395 Clark Avenue, Paonia, is hosting a weekly locals market from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Edesia's wood-fired pizza and a variety of products from local vendors are available.

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West Nile alert issued

With the recent warm and wet weather patterns, the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District is urging those living between the confluence of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre rivers to the North Fork area to take precautions against mosquito bites by wearing appropriate clothing and using insect repellent.

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Surface Creek

Account set up for accident victims

On July 22, Zack and Stacy Bates and their children, Izaak and Levi, of Wyoming were involved in a very serious automobile accident on Highway 65 just north of Cedaredge. All four family members were injured, and they lost all their belongings.

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Cedaredge author is an authority on avalanches
Cedaredge author is an authority on avalanches

Author Knox Williams, two-year resident of Cedaredge, has published the fourth in a series of books about avalanches.

"The Snowy Torrents: Avalanche Accidents in the U.S. 1996-2004" is co-authored with former colleague, Spence Logan.

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Find yourself at Cedaredge Art Walk this Friday

Thomas Merton, a writer, theologian, poet and social activist, once said, "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."

Wherever art is in your life, the ambassadors of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to beautiful downtown Cedaredge to find -- or lose -- yourself at this week's First Friday Art Walk, Aug. 4, from 4 p.m. to dusk.

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Goal for Elevate Fiber met in Cedaredge

Yet another community can now boast that it has access to gigabit internet. Just this month, Elevate Fiber announced that a zone in Cedaredge met its goal for preregistrations and kicked off construction.

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Gymkhana results Aug. 2

The summer gymkhana series hosted by the Surface Creek Saddle Club in Cedaredge concludes this week.

The following are results from July 19 and July 26 competition:

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Plants of the Western Slope Aug. 2, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope Aug. 2, 2017

I'm at home again, and I'm reliving my recent trip to the San Juan mountains. What a glorious trip it was! Flowers, flowers, flowers.

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Serenity Run is just part of a busy weekend
Serenity Run is just part of a busy weekend

The 35th annual Serenity Run Motorcycle Rally will top a list of events Aug. 3 through 6.

The Serenity Run normally begins as riders from all over roll into town on Thursday and events continue through to Sunday.

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Supporters rally for golf course, voice worries
Supporters rally for golf course, voice worries

About a dozen residents of the Cedaredge Golf Course neighborhood who see the course as a valuable asset to property values and to the town came to the July 20 town board meeting. Three of them spoke to express support for the course and to seek answers for the course's long decline in fortune and physical condition.

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