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Delta

Abachiche sentenced

On July 24, Delta resident Ernest Abachiche plead guilty to distribution of a controlled substance (Schedule 1 or II), a class three drug felony, for selling heroin. The case was investigated by the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

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Arborist assesses Ute Council Tree

A professional arborist has been employed by the Delta County Historical Society to assess the health of the Ute Council Tree. Early this week, Gil Mitchell of Davey Tree Company got a close look at the tree, courtesy of a Delta-Montrose Electric Association bucket truck and crew.

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Citizens for a Healthy Community follows up on oil/gas impact study

At the Aug. 7 meeting of the Delta County commissioners, Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, associate program director for Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC), provided a follow-up presentation to a recent CHC study on economic impacts from oil and gas development (DCI 7-19-17). He submitted a letter to the commissioners making a number of points including the following:

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Law enforcement blotter Aug. 9, 2017

Linda A. Jones, 70, of Cedaredge was issued a ticket for alleged parking more than 12 inches from a curb after being involved in a two-vehicle crash in the 400 block of Main Street. No injuries were reported or observed. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

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New name becomes official at Technical College of the Rockies
New name becomes official at Technical College of the Rockies

It's official -- Aug. 9 marks the date the name change for Delta-Montrose Technical College takes effect. The college will now be known as the Technical College of the Rockies.

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Some landfill fees to increase

Following action by the Board of County Commissioners on Monday, some fees at the county landfill will be raised beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

The per-ton charge assessed mostly to commercial haulers will rise from the current $28 per ton to $40 per ton.

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Stitches and fabric help tell a great story
Stitches and fabric help tell a great story

Anita Evans and her team of volunteers have spent countless hours surveying community stakeholders, attending meetings, writing grants, collecting gear, and a thousand other small but important tasks, all in an effort to help bring Delta County together and offer richer outdoor recreational opportunities for the youth here. Evans and her crew have also worked tirelessly to build relationships with other groups interested in the same outcome: getting kids off screens, and outside.

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Test new election equipment by voting for your favorite cookie
Test new election equipment by voting for your favorite cookie

Delta County Elections Department has replaced its aging voting equipment with the new Colorado uniformed voting system Dominion.

Delta County's voting system, like most of Colorado's, was over 10 years old and was near the end of its useful life.

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Opinion

Cannabis warrants a close look

I attended the last meeting of the Orchard City Town Council at which cannabis was discussed. I mentioned the medical benefits of cannabis and recommended that all interested parties watch a 15-minute CNN report on the internet by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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Cedaredge back nine is a western Colorado jewel

Cedaredge doesn't have a golf course problem. Cedaredge has a problem communicating with its citizens about the value of this community asset.

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Military members are citizens too

In response to Robert I. Laitres' letter, referencing service members contacting their senators and representatives. As a retired USAF NCO, I can say unequivocally that there is NO prohibition on them being able to contact their senators and representatives.

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Rebuttal to criticism of Cedaredge Golf Course

This letter is in response to an opinion piece written by Ed and Peggy Baxter on July 12, 2017, titled "Cedaredge continues to rob Peter to pay Paul."

I have lived in a residence on the golf course for 12 years and I am a member of the Cedaredge Golf Club Men's Club.

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Transparency missing in trustee appointment

At the Crawford Town Council meeting of July 12, Cameron Clark resigned as a trustee. There was no official publication of this vacancy by the Town of Crawford either in local news media, town website, or town marquee.

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Trump's immigration rules lack awareness

The Trump administration has proposed legislation which would limit legal immigration and award immigration points based on ability to speak English, high-paying job offers, age, record of achievement, and entrepreneurial initiative. Really? How many swindlers can you think of that that describes?

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Sports

Hole-in-ones at Devil's Thumb

The final results from Devil's Thumb Men's play for July 17 and 24 indicate some strong play with plenty of accuracy, especially on the 17th. Two hole-in-ones were recorded, one in Senior Men's League play and the second in Men's League play.

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New generation of coaches at PHS
New generation of coaches at PHS

PHS alumni Blaine Escher, Josh Burns and Lucas Wiggins will make up the majority of the Eagles coaching staff as the program heads into the post-Brent McRae era. Veteran coaches Don Holt and Scott Rienks will help with the transition.

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Proposed  Hotchkiss High School/North Fork Pool and Parks Recreation District baseball/softball fields
Proposed Hotchkiss High School/North Fork Pool and Parks Recreation District baseball/softball fields

The diagram on the left represents the blueprints for the proposed Hotchkiss High School/North Fork Pool and Parks Recreation District baseball/softball fields provided by Mesa Engineering and Surveying Co., Inc., in Montrose.

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Tunget gymnastic teams compete at state meet

Tunget Gymnastics Bronze and Silver teams competed at the state meets in June.

The Silvers competed the first weekend in June.

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What's Happening

'All Things Fiber' showing in August at Blue Sage
'All Things Fiber' showing in August at Blue Sage

"Quilts and Felt and All Things Fiber," an exhibit of textiles by North Fork area artists, is open through Aug. 27 at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts. The center is located at 228 Grand Avenue, Paonia.

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Pea Green Pedal set for Sept. 9

The sixth annual Pea Green Pedal is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 9, beginning in Confluence Park. Participants can choose an 18-mile or 40-mile bike ride, or a fun run/walk around the lake.

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Scones offer high energy mix of music
Scones offer high energy mix of music

The exciting band The Scones will appear at the Chapel of the Cross Thursday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m.

This well-traveled band is an original Colorado trio performing what is called "rockin' Americana."

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Steak, burgers are on the menu

The Crawford Community United Methodist Church is having its annual steak dinner Saturday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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Community

Births Aug. 9, 2017

Nathan and Brittney Madsen of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Alexandria Jay Madsen, born July 27, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was 22 inches in length.

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Garden club savors its herbs

The Plant & Dig Garden Club's meeting for July was all about herbs. Members discussed the ways that we use herbs in cooking, which ones we grow in our individual herb gardens, how we dry them and how much we enjoy having them as part of our personal gardens.

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Tuell, Sacco exchange vows
Tuell, Sacco exchange vows

Kaitlyn Nicole Tuell, daughter of Randy and Monika Tuell of Grand Junction, and Nicholas Zachary Sacco, son of Nick Sacco of Pennsylvania and Ronda Sacco, formerly of Delta, exchanged wedding vows July 8, 2017, at the Avalon Theater in Grand Junction.

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Obituaries

Betty Koehn

Austin resident Betty J. Koehn died Aug. 1, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 87.

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Dick Fischer
Dick Fischer

Lifetime Cedaredge resident Richard "Dick" Fischer died Aug. 1, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 87.

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Dorothy Boren

Dorothy Boren of Delta died Aug. 3, 2017, at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 81.

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Edith Jardon

Delta resident Edith V. Jardon died July 26, 2017, at her home. She was 97.

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Jene Young

Andrew "Jene" Young, lifetime Delta County resident, died July 30, 2017, at his home in Eckert. He was 88.

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Margaret Rose Sargent Lewis
Margaret Rose Sargent Lewis

Services were held Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery for Margaret Rose Sargent Lewis of Delta, formerly of Colorado Springs.

Margaret was born July 3, 1921, in Seattle, Wash., to Joseph Melvin Sargent and Margaret Jane Johnson Sargent, and passed from this life on July 30, 2017, in Grand Junction.

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Suzie Stramel
Suzie Stramel

Suzie Stramel of Cedaredge died Aug. 6, 2017, from breast cancer at Porter Hospice Residence in Littleton. She was 62.

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North Fork

Be 'bear aware' as their feeding activity increases
Be 'bear aware' as their feeding activity increases

At the conclusion of last week's Crawford Town Board meeting, trustee Mike Tiedeman reminded everyone, "Bears are around. Keep that trash picked up!"

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Crawford quickly fills vacant trustee seat
Crawford quickly fills vacant trustee seat

On July 12, the Crawford Town Council accepted the resignation of trustee Cameron Clark during its regular board meeting. On Aug. 2, at the next scheduled board meeting, 22 days after the vacancy was recognized, Jeff Peed was sworn in to serve as trustee until the next municipal election in April 2018.

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Delegates pitch Delta County at Slow Food summit
Delegates pitch Delta County at Slow Food summit

A group of delegates from Delta County recently joined some 500 delegates from around the globe at the Slow Food Nations Delegate Summit, held July 14-16 in Denver.

An estimated 25,000 attended the summit, which featured 305 speakers, 70 exhibitors and 155 events, among them the "Big Bad Breakfast" brunch party, and the "Colorado Made Block Party," an evening of demonstrations and tasting by some 65 restaurants, held on Larimer Square.

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Delta County Fair has a rich and storied history

The Delta County Fair wasn't always in Hotchkiss. The Colorado Historical Newspaper website reveals that the first official Delta County Fair was held in September of 1897 in Delta.

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Holding fast to her hometown roots
Holding fast to her hometown roots

To say that Jeneve Rose Mitchell has done a lot in her 17 years is an understatement. She grew up living off the grid near Crawford, where she recently helped a mare having a difficult labor to deliver her colt.

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Music, food and fun on tap at Farm to Fiddle in Hotchkiss

Meanderers, music lovers and localvores are invited to Hotchkiss this weekend to experience the bounty of the North Fork Valley, which will be on display at the second annual Farm to Fiddle Summer Music Festival.

"Something for everyone" can sometimes be a promise unfulfilled -- not so at Farm to Fiddle.

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Surface Creek

Cedaredge begins program to curb feral cat population
Cedaredge begins program to curb feral cat population

A totally new animal control program designed to improve the health of cats living in Cedaredge's feral cat colonies and to reduce the risk of disease transmission to humans is being made available to the public at the Cedaredge Police Department.

The program is called "TNR," which stands for "trap, neuter, and release."

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Mountain lion taken near town
Mountain lion taken near town

On July 21, on a private property three miles north of Cedaredge, a marauding mountain was taken. The property owner, who asked that her name not be used, told the DCI that state wildlife official had given permission for the animal to be taken.

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Potential fee revenue added to cannabis report

The Orchard City Town Board is scheduled to hear a further report from the Cannabis Revenue Committee -- trustees Tom Huerkamp and Gynee Thomassen -- on potential town revenue from licensing fees on marijuana business at its regular Aug. 9 meeting.

The draft report update is a one-page document dealing with "manufacturing, testing, and transport licenses."

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