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Delta

Ambulance, Crawford tax questions on ballot

The Town of Crawford and the Delta County Ambulance District will again ask voters to approve a mill levy increase after seeing those measures narrowly defeated in the 2016 general election.

Those two issues will be the only local questions on the November 2017 ballot.

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AWANA Club is starting in Delta

AWANA Club, a ministry that teaches the word of God to children from 3 years old through sixth grade is set to kick off at Delta First Baptist Church this week. The AWANA Club starts today, Wednesday, Sept. 13, and continues 6 to 7:30 p.m. weekly. AWANA

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City of Delta's building inspector draws fire

About a dozen property owners, contractors and tradesmen expressed concerns about the city building department, and specifically building inspector Dan Reardon, during the public comment portion of the Sept. 5 Delta City Council meeting.

Many said they do not offer their services in the city because the building inspector's demands -- described as unnecessary and inconsistent -- have cost them time, labor and materials.

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City purchases used climbing wall

Major decisions about parks and recreation facilities are being delayed until the completion of a master plan, but a recent purchase demonstrates that some deals are just too good to pass up.

The city was offered a used climbing wall for $7,000, which includes safety equipment, signage trailer and the climbing wall.

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DURA negotiations continue

Negotiations continue between the Delta Urban Renewal Authority and Delta County concerning the county's commitment to tax increment funding for a riverfront project in the City of Delta. After an executive session Monday night, DURA rejected a proposal from Delta County that modified plan boundaries for sales tax increment and eliminated lodging tax increments altogether.

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Events of 9/11 commemorated
Events of 9/11 commemorated

A ceremony commemorating the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was held in Delta Monday, Sept. 11, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

The event was organized and conducted by members of Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571.

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Felony filings see 'unprecedented' increase

Delta County is on track for what district attorney Dan Hotsenpiller calls an "unprecedented" year-to-year increase in felony criminal filings.

"We're not alone," he said at a meeting that included Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee, Undersheriff Mark Taylor and Delta Police Chief Luke Fedler. "This is a statewide trend."

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IOOF, Rebekahs give Labor Day drivers a break
IOOF, Rebekahs give Labor Day drivers a break

IOOF and Rebekahs had their Labor Day rest spot Sept. 1-4. The Escalante turnoff from Highway 50 provides a wide spot for parking, resting and a drink or cookie.

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Kelli Hepler embarks on tourism leadership journey

Kelli Hepler, Delta Tourism Cabinet, has been named to inaugural class for the Colorado Tourism Leadership Journey, a brand-new, yearlong executive training program aimed at building the state tourism industry's bench strength. The announcement was made by the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO).

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Law enforcement blotter Sept. 13, 2017

David A. Garcia, 33, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged drug offense.

Kimberly N. Springer, 30, of Austin was arrested and jailed for alleged second degree burglary with a bond of $5,000.

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Master plan shifts gears

The Delta County Planning Department issued a recent update on the master plan rewrite process that has been underway all year.

The report states that the first phase of the master plan is winding down, and that the planning commission, the agency responsible for the master plan project, is shifting mode.

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New CSU agronomy agent is based in Delta

Colorado State University is pleased to introduce Seth Urbanowitz, the new agronomy agent for Mesa, Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties.

Urbanowitz has worked as an agronomist for a farmer's cooperative and an extension educator focusing on irrigation management, agronomy and produce safety.

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Pea Green Community House receives historic designation
Pea Green Community House receives historic designation

The Pea Green Community House was recently named a Montrose County Historical Site -- largely because of the role the unassuming building at the corner of Highway 348 and Banner Road has played in the lives of area residents.

Native Pea Greener Lee Markley worked diligently with the Montrose County Landmark Properties Advisory Board to have the hall designated a historical site.

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Survey reveals community's vision for city parks, trails

A survey targeting the city's open spaces, parks and trails yielded data about the most utilized facilities -- picnic areas and trails -- and a "wish list" for additional amenities that includes climbing features, outdoor water play areas and additional trails/connectivity.

The survey was mailed to city residents and made available online to anyone who wanted to offer input on the city's parks and recreation master plan.

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TDS Telecom to expand broadband

Construction is under way to expand and improve broadband to nearly 3,000 locations in western Colorado. TDS Telecom began work in the spring in portions of Delta and Gunnison counties.

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USFS releases West Elk draft decision

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, and Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety has announced the availability of the Forest Service's draft record of decision and supplemental final Environmental Impact Statement for two federal coal lease modifications and an on-lease exploration plan for West Elk Coal Mine.

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Opinion

It's best to prevent problems

One can very clearly see the difference in perspective if one compares the contents of my previous letter demanding condemnation of white supremacists and fascists openly demonstrating in our city streets, proclaiming white supremacy, advocating fascism, advocating antisemitism, and Mr. Locke's irritation at NFL football players "taking the knee" during the national anthem.

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Thieves caught on camera

I built a bench and put it on the corner of Austin Road and 2100 Road, next to the Orchard City Town Hall, for school kids to sit on while waiting for the school bus. Wednesday night it was stolen.

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Why are citizens being kept in the dark?

Delta and Gunnison counties held a joint work session in Delta on Wednesday, Aug. 30, regarding several issues that were of interest to many of us: the North Fork Methane Work Group, the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative, trail connections between Paonia and Crawford to the Gunnison Area, the ICELab/Business Development/EDA Grant, outdoor recreation industry opportunities, the Gunnison sage grouse, and oil and gas updates. In spite of this fact and in spite of the open meeting Sunshine Laws of the State of Colorado, Delta County did not give proper 24-hour notice of this meeting.

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Sports

Aspen's aerial assault overwhelms Bruins
Aspen's aerial assault overwhelms Bruins

The Cedaredge Bruins are still looking for their offensive mojo two weeks into the season. On Friday, Sept. 8, the Bruins suffered their second loss of the season, falling 40-0 to Aspen in a non-conference game.

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Bulldogs 1-1 heading into  week three of football season
Bulldogs 1-1 heading into week three of football season

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs are 1-1 heading into week three of the prep football season following a 14-26 non-conference loss to Class 2A's Coal Ridge Friday at New Castle.

Chase Hiatt connected on eight of 11 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown.

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Cedaredge 'Sizzler' set for Sept. 23

The Sizzler, the Cedaredge Ladies Golf Club's annual tournament, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Cedaredge Golf Course. Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start of play at 9 a.m.

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Friendship binds Delta County's top runners
Friendship binds Delta County's top runners

About two thirds of the way through Saturday's Hotchkiss Cross Country Invitational, Paonia senior Caden Meilner trailed Hotchkiss senior Sam Rodriguez as they cruised across the high ridgeline of the adobe desert course. "He's just such a phenomenal runner and I kept him in my sights throughout the race," said Meilner.

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Graff, Montrose win Hotchkiss Invitational
Graff, Montrose win Hotchkiss Invitational

After three years of placing in the top four, Montrose senior Evan Graff pulled off a convincing win Saturday at the Hotchkiss Cross Country Invitational. As part of his training, Graff delayed his start by 30 seconds and finished the course in 18 minutes, 11.35 seconds.

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Hotchkiss volleyball wins two on the road
Hotchkiss volleyball wins two on the road

Hotchkiss head coach Peter Nethington said he was very happy to see his Bulldogs come back from a three-game losing streak to win two conference matches last weekend.

At the Sept. 1-2 tournament at Rangely the Bulldogs lost three games, including a 2-1 loss to Hayden (25-20, 8-25, 15-10).

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Panthers' softball team doubles up against Durango
Panthers' softball team doubles up against Durango

Coach Jerry Sandoval's Panthers came away with back-to-back wins during a doubleheader with the Durango Demons Friday afternoon. Durango was 7-0 coming into the contest.

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Paonia Eagles rout Rye 44-3; home opener Friday at 4 p.m.
Paonia Eagles rout Rye 44-3; home opener Friday at 4 p.m.

The Paonia Eagles are now 1-1 after a non-conference routing of Rye Friday night at Salida. The 44-3 win is the first for the Eagles under new head coach Blaine Escher.

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What's Happening

Baroque music festival coming to Blue Sage

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is pleased to present a Baroque Music Festival weekend on Oct. 6 and 7, with a wine reception on Friday, Oct. 6, and full concert program on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Blue Sage's Baroque Festival will feature mezzo-sopranoCeline Ricci and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour performing as part of the Blue Sage's 2017/18 concert series lineup.

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Community band presents free concert

Join the Montrose Community Band on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. in the Montrose Pavilion auditorium for a free concert. The concert, titled "The Color of Music," will feature various styles of music with a color in the title.

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Learn to bake pies and breads

CSU Extension and the Straw Hat Farm Market and Kitchen Store would like to invite you to learn how to bake. A series of classes will be offered at Friendship Hall on the Montrose County Fairgrounds. Classes run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Learn to be a better babysitter

The City of Delta Parks and Recreation Department will offer an American Red Cross babysitter training course Oct. 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This class is for participants ages 10-14.

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Open house set for  forage demonstration plot
Open house set for forage demonstration plot

Landowners are invited to the "Forage Establishment, Renovation & Management Demonstration Plot Open House" on Friday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Delta County Fairgrounds (403 S. 4th Street, Hotchkiss). The event will be located on the southeast corner of the fairgrounds, by the river.

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Tour TCR

The Technical College of the Rockies is hosting a community open house complete with tours, free lunch and program presentations. The open house celebrates the new name of the college, as well as the new director, Michael Klouser.

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What's happening at your local library? Sept. 13, 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 Sept. 13, 2017

Gary and Kylie Jensen of Olathe are the parents of a son, Gary E. Jensen III, born Sept. 1, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 1.8 ounce and was 19.5 inches in length.

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School Zone

It's time to fill out the FAFSA

High school seniors planning to attend college or technical school next fall should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also called the FAFSA, as soon as possible beginning Oct. 1.

The information on the FAFSA determines if students qualify for federal grants and student loans.

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Obituaries

Ronald Reese

Ronald Ray Reese of Delta died Sept. 7, 2017, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 90.

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Andy Garcia
Andy Garcia

Rudolph Andrew "Andy" Garcia died Sept. 8, 2017, at his home in Delta. He was 56.

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Charlie Todd

Lifetime North Fork resident Charlie J. Todd died Sept. 10, 2017, at Paonia Care Center. He was 97.

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Janet Burgess
Janet Burgess

Janet Claire Burgess of Delta died Sept. 2, 2017. She was 76.

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JoAnn (Jody) Evans
JoAnn (Jody) Evans

JoAnn (Jody) N. Evans, 88, died Sept. 3, 2017, at Center Rehabilitation and Nursing while under the compassionate care of Pathways Hospice.

Jody was born June 6, 1929, on a ranch near Crawford, Colo.

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Michael Kramer
Michael Kramer

Michael A. Kramer of Delta died Sept. 6, 2017, at his home. He was 79.

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Milton Klatt
Milton Klatt

Crawford resident Milton Klatt died Sept. 3, 2017, in Crawford. He was 62.

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Wes Gates
Wes Gates

Former Delta resident George W. "Wes" Gates died Sept 10, 2017, at the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 91.

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North Fork

Citizen complaints drive Crawford town meeting

Trustees for the Town of Crawford spent a good majority of their meeting last week hearing and discussing issues brought up by concerned citizens.

Resident Trudy Mikus brought forth a concern that emergency service personnel are unable to find her home.

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It's Homecoming  at Hotchkiss High
It's Homecoming at Hotchkiss High

With a theme of Decades, Hotchkiss High School is celebrating Homecoming Week 2017!

Throughout the week, each class will represent a separate decade. Seniors are '90s, juniors are '70s, sophomores are '50s, and freshmen are '20s.

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Libraries go beyond books and buildings
Libraries go beyond books and buildings

Librarians across the globe are stepping out into their communities this month in celebration of "Outside the Lines," a weeklong event in September demonstrates the creativity and innovation happening in libraries.

Since 2014, "Outside the Lines" has inspired an international grassroots effort to reintroduce libraries to their communities.

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Paonia in-town water main project on schedule
Paonia in-town water main project on schedule

The Town of Paonia's water system improvement project is on schedule and within budget, according to Paonia Public Works Director, Travis Loberg. The three-phase project involves replacement of about 5,600 lineal feet of water main line and associated repairs and upgrades.

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Pink Out sponsors sought

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs volleyball program is seeking sponsors and donations for its Oct. 6 game against rival Paonia. "Hotchkiss Volleyball Pink Out" will recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Week by raising money to support the oncology department at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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Trustee, former mayor defend local business

Former mayor and former Crawford business owner Jim Crook took exception to a proposed resolution under consideration by the Crawford Town Council last week; Trustee Chris Johnson shared his concerns. The council has been working since August toward adoption of Resolution No. 7, 2017, which sets forth conditions on the operations of Peaches RV Park, owned by Carl and Cheryl Page.

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Surface Creek

Ag burning complaint set for OC board meet
Ag burning complaint set for OC board meet

Deann Thomas, a retired physical therapist, says she will raise concerns with the Orchard City Town Board about an agricultural burn operation next to the senior mobile home park where she and elderly neighbors live.

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AWANA meets weekly at First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church of Cedaredge, 370 W. Main Street, invites the community to an exciting program for kids between the ages of 3 and sixth grade. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 13, AWANA will meet every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. during the school year, except for school breaks and holidays.

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Birds of the Western Slope Sept. 13, 2017

The last column that I wrote was about George Archibald. Now, after the festival at Steamboat Springs, I need to write another column about George. He was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Brothers sing a new song for packing plant
Brothers sing a new song for packing plant

Two brothers, Phil and Matt Sheader, are converting the former Cedaredge Meats building at 230 E. Main Street into a concert venue and art gallery they are calling "The Old Slaughterhouse."

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Chamber welcomes new ambassador
Chamber welcomes new ambassador

Jessica Medrano recently joined the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce as an individual supporter member, and has also joined the ambassadors team, a group of chamber members whose goal is to create vibrant events and assist with business enhancement efforts.

That goal was the driving force behind Jessica's decision to join the chamber and the ambassadors team, she said.

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It's Homecoming week at CHS

Cedaredge High School is celebrating Homecoming this week with dress-up days, class games, softball, volleyball and football competitions.

The Cedaredge softball team will take on Delta Thursday, Sept. 14, with games at 4 and 6 p.m.

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Orchard City now eyeing 3 tax questions on April ballot

Orchard City's Cannabis Revenue Committee announced last week that it is ready to drop a recommendation for immediate repeal of the town's ordinances which bans marijuana business. The committee had recommended the town repeal current bans on medical and commercial marijuana businesses before taking the question of sales tax from marijuana businesses to the voters. It has drawn notable public opposition.

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