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Delta

Community takes steps to address mental health crisis

Beds for psychiatric stabilization, with coordinated transport capacity, are a priority among the individuals and agencies tasked with addressing mental health needs in Delta County.

Law enforcement, health and human services, advocacy groups, mental health, the hospital, the school district and others have joined together to develop a collaborative approach to behavioral health care.

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Delta CPA creates billing system that's proven to increase revenue

Ken Richards is a born entrepreneuer who has started and sold three separate accounting practices. His latest venture is a value billing program for professional service firms. It's a program he uses within his own accounting firm. With guidance from ICELab Accelerator, he and co-founder Chris Hunter hope to commercialize the product for use by other professional firms.

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Dr. Rafanelli joins River Valley Family Health Center
Dr. Rafanelli joins River Valley Family Health Center

A highly-respected physician, Dr. Rosalind Rafanelli, or "Dr. Roz" as she is also known, has become part of River Valley Family Health Center's team where she joins eight other providers in its growing practice in three locations, Montrose, Olathe and soon, in Delta.

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Eclipse viewing, train tours offered

The National Park Service will be providing opportunities to view the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. Join rangers at the Elk Creek Campground Amphitheater from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as the moon passes over 85 percent of the sun's face.

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Entrepreneurs prepare to pitch their products

Five entrepreneurs, including two from Delta County, have been selected for the ICELab Business Accelerator program. The program provides support for the five entrepreneurs as they prepare for ICELab's inaugural "Pitch Day" Nov. 6 at Western State Colorado University.

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Highway 92 access plan update provided

Representatives from CDOT and Stolfus, the consultant that is conducting the Rogers Mesa SH 92 access control plan study and conceptual design, presented an update during the Board of County Commissioners' Aug. 7 meeting.

The Highway 92 plan is looking at specific access points to the highway that will be incorporated in CDOT roadway improvements when they take place.

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HopeWest gala is sold out at 300+

The largest fundraising event for HopeWest in Delta is sold out with more than 300 people expected to attend the annual gala on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

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Input sought on trails

Public input sessions for the county's recreational trails master plan have been held in Hotchkiss and Delta.

According to Elyse Casselberry, county economic development director, the recreational trails master plan is being conducted to run concurrently with the county's land use master plan rewrite.

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Law enforcement blotter Aug. 16, 2017

John L. Vaughn Jr., 41, of Grand Junction was arrested and jailed on two warrants with a total of $1,000 in bonds.

Tafare R. Davis, 43, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with no bond.

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Library elevator repaired

Delta County Libraries staff would like the public to know that the elevator in the Delta Library, located at 211 W. 6th Street, has been repaired.

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Paonia woman develops texting hotline for college students

A teacher and counselor for 25-plus years, Merrily Talbott often found herself in the position of listening and empowering teenagers and young adults.

"When texting first came on the scene, I found myself doing it over text," she explains.

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Pastor's comments: The whole word of God

The Apostle Paul writes in the book of Colossians 2, verse 8, "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." (NIV)

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Rec center closure

Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta will be closed for annual maintenance Wednesday, Aug. 23, through Friday, Aug. 25. The aquatics area will remain closed through Sunday, Aug. 27.

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School lunch prices increase

Breakfast and lunch prices are increasing for the 2017-18 school year, primarily because of the amount of fruit required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Breakfast will cost a nickel more, and will run $1.50 for elementary students and $1.70 for middle/high school students.

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Solar eclipse fever strikes Delta County
Solar eclipse fever strikes Delta County

Solar eclipse fever has taken over the U.S., and residents here are gearing up for the phenomenon, too, with a handful of residents making plans to travel to Wyoming, Nebraska or Oregon to see the total eclipse. Next Monday, Aug. 21, all of North America will be able to see a partial solar eclipse, and those lucky enough to be in the path of totality, a thin, 70-mile wide ribbon that will pass through 14 states, will see a total solar eclipse.

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Sweitzer State Park get kids on bikes
Sweitzer State Park get kids on bikes

When Scott Rist learned that 50 percent of the kids in Delta County don't own a bicycle he decided to take action.

Rist, a senior park ranger for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, applied for a grant from the Colorado Parks Foundation to buy bicycles for Sweitzer Lake State Park which is located just south of the town of Delta.

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Tipton, Stewart introduce bill to streamline habitat preservation

U.S. Reps. Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Chris Stewart (UT-02) introduced the Sage Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act (H.R. 3543), a bill that would streamline the approval process for vegetation management projects to protect or restore the habitat of the sage grouse and mule deer.

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Ute Council Tree to be cut down
Ute Council Tree to be cut down

The Delta County Historical Society board of trustees met in emergency session Aug. 10 and concluded by unanimous vote that the Ute Council Tree must be cut down. A portion of the base trunk will be left standing as a memorial.

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Opinion

Citizens should understand cost/benefit of oil/gas

The public is being asked to absorb the environmental and public health risks associated with oil and gas development, based on promised economic benefits. Unfortunately, Delta County, like many other counties, supports oil and gas projects without conducting a cost-benefit analysis, and most importantly without a public debate on perceived costs and benefits.

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Orchard City water rate increase hits hard

Some good news and some bad news out of Orchard City. First, the good: Duane of Orchard City staff detected a significant water leak somewhere on my property.

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Paonia can pride itself on civility

Our Town of Paonia council meeting on Aug. 8 was so civil that was a pleasure to attend. Much of the time was spent on the approval of All Hemp Trading which had attendees on opposing sides of the issue.

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Sports

Bruins near par with talented Aspen golfers
Bruins near par with talented Aspen golfers

There were 11 varsity golf teams playing for medalist and team honors last Thursday (Aug. 10) at Cedaredge Golf Club. There was plenty of sunshine and temperatures were conducive to excellent conditions for the Bruins and visiting linksters hoping to finish the day with the top scores of the day.

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Correction for new complex in Hotchkiss

An item in the Sports section on page B5 of the Aug. 9 Delta County Independent should have said that the baseball complex represented in the diagram is being proposed by the North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District, in partnership with the Home Plate Baseball Association.

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Delta's Carlson 4th at Devil's Thumb
Delta's Carlson 4th at Devil's Thumb

Sixteen varsity teams and four junior varsity teams gathered at Devil's Thumb Golf Course on Aug. 11 to play in the Delta Panther Invitational.

Aspen's Skiers won its second straight tournament with a score of 218 with Montrose (221), Fruita (227), Grand Junction (231) and Durango (237) completing list of the top five teams in the tournament.

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What's Happening

Savor the San Juans

Tour and taste your way through seven fabulous properties and homes, each showcasing a local chef and their gourmet bites from local farms. Begin the day Sunday, Sept. 10, with a brunch sampler at Cobble Creek at 10:30 a.m. End

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Sixth annual Pea Green Pedal takes place Sept. 9
Sixth annual Pea Green Pedal takes place Sept. 9

The Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation invites everyone to participate in the sixth annual Pea Green Pedal on Saturday, Sept. 9, beginning from the Lions Pavilion at Confluence Park.

There is an 18- or 4-mile bike ride or a 5k fun run/walk around the lake.

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The Radio Room presents David Starr

The Radio Room proudly presents David Starr Saturday, Sept. 9. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show is at 7:30 p.m.

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Community

Births Aug. 16, 2017

Eleazar and Erica Garcia of Olathe are the parents of a daughter, Jasmine Garcia, born Aug. 3, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21 inches in length.

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School Zone

Enrollment packets are due

Delta Opportunity School is now Grand Mesa Choice Academy.

All enrollment packets are due on Aug. 16.

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Homeschool support is available

If you are interested in a self-paced, independent learning curriculum and/or support for your current homeschool program, contact Delta County School District's new blended learning program, Achieve Blended Learning Academy.

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Obituaries

Carla Humphrey

Carla J. Humphrey died Aug. 1, 2017, at her home in Crawford. She was 62.

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Elton Caddell

Elton Haskell Caddell of Eckert died Aug. 10, 2017, at his home. He was 86.

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Garry Lippard

Delta resident Garry D. Lippard died Aug. 12, 2017, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 75.

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James Hoffbauer
James Hoffbauer

James "Clown Jim" Robert Hoffbauer died Aug. 5, 2017, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 64.

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John Olin
John Olin

John Clifford Olin died at his home in Paonia Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. He was 71.

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Montie George Slaughter
Montie George Slaughter

With Great Sadness, we share that Montie George Slaughter entered into Eternal Peace on Aug. 9, 2017. Montie was born on March 8, 1934, to Oscar and Fredricka Slaughter in Bremerton, Wash.

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North Fork

Crawford council tables RV park issue to Aug. 16

When the Crawford Town Council met on Aug. 2, a discussion of old business was continued to its scheduled work session on Aug. 16. The town has been working on a resolution to clarify utility service at the Peaches RV Park.

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DCMH receives $250,000 grant for clinic furnishings
DCMH receives $250,000 grant for clinic furnishings

Delta County Memorial Hospital was recently awarded $250,000 from the Colorado Health Foundation for the West Elk Clinic in Hotchkiss serving patients and families in Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford areas.

This grant will be used for equipment and interior furnishings at the new West Elk Clinic which is expected to open in early September for North Fork residents.

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Grand champion market beef rings in at $9,000

Just under 200 market animals and pens and several cheese baskets were offered for sale by 4-H and FFA members at the 2017 Junior Market Livestock Sale, held on the final day of the county fair.

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HHS named finalist

Hotchkiss High School was named one of five finalists for the "Succeeds Prize," considered the state's most prestigious award in recognition of honoring transformational public schools and educators.

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Niece of missing Paonia man doesn't want him forgotten
Niece of missing Paonia man doesn't want him forgotten

Marla Bear Bishop wants her missing uncle to be found. Until he is, she doesn't want people to forget him.

Gary Goldman, 77, is a bit of a curmudgeon, she said. And he loves to walk. "My whole life I saw my uncle walking," said Bishop.

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Paonia PD back on pedal patrol
Paonia PD back on pedal patrol

After a 14-year break, the streets of Paonia will once again be patrolled by bicycle. Police officer Stewart Byrge recently completed training as a bicycle police officer, and took to the streets Saturday afternoon.

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Paonia trustees consider snow removal, sidewalks and Tasers
Paonia trustees consider snow removal, sidewalks and Tasers

The Paonia board of trustees will consider approval of a town snow removal policies and procedures brochure at the Aug. 22 public meeting. The brochure addresses snow removal priorities, time of plowing, sanding, parked vehicles, safety and the public's responsibilities.

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Picture Paonia registration opens

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is seeking photographers to capture the essence of Paonia in the biennial "Picture Paonia" photography event.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, photographers will have 12 hours to take a photo, indoors or outdoors, within a one-mile radius of the Blue Sage, that captures the essence of Paonia.

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Surface Creek

Cannabis revenue committee has completed task

At the Orchard City Town Board meeting on Aug. 9, it was announced that the trustee Cannabis Revenue Committee has performed the task assigned to it by the full town board.

"We feel we have completed our work," announced Tom Huerkamp who along with Gynee Thomassen comprises the committee membership.

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Cedaredge High School football stadium improved
Cedaredge High School football stadium improved

A completely reconstructed announcer's booth, also known as the "Crow's Nest," will greet Cedaredge Bruin football fans at home field games this fall.

The new Crow's Nest will be accompanied by a new set of grandstand bleachers for the Bruin fans.

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Cedaredge residents complain about streets
Cedaredge residents complain about streets

Town streets remain a top citizen complaint for the Cedaredge Town Board and there may be renewed focus on budgeting for the problem in 2018.

For the second year in a row, the town board begins its budget discussions with a call for high priority on maintenance of the asphalt on town streets.

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East section of Crag Crest Trail closed

The U.S Forest Service, Grand Valley Ranger District has issued a temporary closure of the east end of the lower Crag Crest loop, Monday through Friday, through Aug. 25.

This closure will prohibit public access from the east trailhead at the Crag Crest Campground along the lower loop (NFST 711) to the intersection at Butts Lake/Bullfinch Reservoir #1.

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Orchard City citizens speak out on water, marijuana, finance

Orchard City constituents turned out for the town board's Aug. 9 meeting with comments offered to their government on management of the water utility, on marijuana businesses, and on the town board's fiscal responsibility.

Dave Stueck offered comments on the town water utility.

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Plants of the Western Slope Aug. 16, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope Aug. 16, 2017

How time flies! It seems like yesterday when I led a group on this flower walk. But it was really years ago.

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Student looks forward to giving back
Student looks forward to giving back

Cedaredge High School graduate Lexee Wilson on Aug. 10 was named the top vocational agriculture student in the state and presented with the Future Farmers of America Colorado Star Farmer award. She will be leaving soon for college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins with plans to continue her success in agriculture by pursuing a veterinary medicine career and eventually giving back to the community that she says "has given me so much."

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What's bugging you? Aug. 16, 2017
What's bugging you? Aug. 16, 2017

Leapin' lizards! Am I really going to include a reptile in my beasties series? You bet I am. The most interesting, to my mind, is the plateau striped whiptail (Aspidoscelis velox). This lizard is truly an Amazon!

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