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Delta

DCMH physician billing to again be handled in-house
DCMH physician billing to again be handled in-house

The new year brings big changes for Delta County Memorial Hospital's physician billing department. Beginning Jan. 1 physician billing will again be done in-house for all new services. Patients will no longer receive statements from Reventics (ER and radiology) or AR Services.

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Delta police, sheriff's blotter Dec. 20, 2017

Dec. 12:

Alaina M. Johnson, 36, of Delta was issued a summons on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dec. 13:

Joey J. Gates, 23, of Delta was arrested and jailed on charges of resisting arrest/disorderly conduct/harassment.

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Discovery of remains brings closure to Goldman's niece

Last week, the Montrose County Office of Medical Investigations confirmed skeletonized remains found Dec. 1 at 59741 Highway 50 in Olathe are definitely those of Gary Goldman, 77.

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Fire destroys shed, motorcycles

A fire at 14238 Deer Run Road, Delta, destroyed a shed containing four Harley-Davidson motorcycles, motorcycle accessories and a drying rack for firewood on Dec. 12. The property is owned by Glen and Joyce Conger.

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GMUG employee receives prestigious Pinchot award

Anne Janik, public affairs specialist for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG), recently received the Rocky Mountain Region's Gifford Pinchot Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education Award.

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GMUG reports on five prescribed burns

Fire crews from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests conducted five prescribed burns during the months of October and November, successfully treating approximately 3,465 acres of the Uncompahgre National Forest.

During the week of Oct. 16 GMUG fire crews ignited the Rocky Pitch prescribed burn treating approximately 310 acres along the south rim of Unaweep Canyon.

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Lawsuit cites lack of transparency

Delta County Citizen Report (DCCR), which describes itself as "an apolitical, nonprofit media organization reporting on Delta County government activities," filed suit last week against the Delta County Board of County Commissioners alleging violations of state statutes designed to promote transparency in government.

News of the lawsuit prompted county attorney John Baier to reiterate the county's stance that its budget and open meetings processes are in compliance with state statutes.

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Nature Connection awarded $1.7M
Nature Connection awarded $1.7M

On Dec. 15, the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) board awarded an Inspire Initiative grant in the amount of $1,729,663.50 to Delta County and a coalition of partners called The Nature Connection (TNC), for the group's work to get kids outside.

Locally, announcement of the award was made at opening night of the 2017 Backcountry Film Festival opened in Paonia.

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Supplemental budget approved

Delta County Commissioners passed a supplemental budget for 2017 at their Dec. 18 meeting. The supplemental budget addresses circumstances not foreseen at the time the 2017 budget was adopted.

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What is a school-based health center?

Citizens of our community have been asking, "What is a school-based health center? We hear we have one in Delta County, but we don't really understand what it is." A school-based health center is a health care facility located within or on school grounds.

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White-tailed prairie dogs won't be listed
White-tailed prairie dogs won't be listed

The white-tailed prairie dog won't be listed as a threatened or an endangered species partly due to extensive survey work by biologists from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and other state wildlife agencies where the species exists.

Petitions to list the white-tailed prairie dog on the federal endangered species list were filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) starting in 2002.

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Opinion

Delta County can do better

Delta County is a wonderful place to work, play, and raise a family. Our county leaders have been wise to maintain a fiscally responsible budget reflecting the fact that our county is still recovering from the financial crisis.

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Judge not ...

I am not wealthy, from a wealthy family and have few friends who would be affected one way or the other by repeal of the estate tax. I feel compelled to respond to the diatribe of social justice warrior, Susan Wilmot, and her condemnation of wealthy people.

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Tax bill clearly benefits the wealthy

I could not resist responding to Mr. Lundberg's "economics 101" arguments supporting repeal of the estate tax in his Dec. 13 letter. While I'm at it, I'll explain a few other "quirks" in tax policy that clearly benefit the well-off over the middle class taxpayer.

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Sports

Bruin boys in title game
Bruin boys in title game

A big win over Hotchkiss (69-63) in Friday's first round of the First Colorado National Bank Tournament had Cedaredge High School's boys basketball team anticipating a highly competitive game in the title game on Saturday night.

That title game turned out to be against the tournament host school Delta High School.

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Bruins place four, Geyer takes third at Warrior Classic
Bruins place four, Geyer takes third at Warrior Classic

If there's a tournament that tests a wrestler's ability before February's state tournament, it's the Warrior Classic. The highest placer for the Bruins at last week's Warrior was Trey Geyer, who at 120 pounds placed third on a 12-5 decision over a wrestler from Pueblo South.

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Campos, Mayberry place at Warrior meet
Campos, Mayberry place at Warrior meet

Hotchkiss placed two wrestlers at the 41st Central Warrior wrestling tournament.

At 120 pounds, Sergio Campos was seeded first and won silver Saturday night after falling in the first round to Utah High School state champion Gavin Ayotte of Uintah.

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Delta girls beat Paonia
Delta girls beat Paonia

After rolling over Paonia 48-36 in their opener in this year's First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament, Delta's Panthers had control of the title game over Cedaredge but suffered lack of consistency in the second half in a 47-43 overtime loss to the Bruins (see related article).

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Eagles 7th at 42-team Warrior

At the Warrior Classic, where even the best wrestlers in the state can get beaten, and up-and-coming wrestlers can gain invaluable experience against athletes they might otherwise never see, victories often come in small measure: not getting pinned against a top-ranked wrestler, winning a consolation match or two, or scoring against a state champion from a bigger school.

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Paonia girls lose to Delta; beat Hotchkiss
Paonia girls lose to Delta; beat Hotchkiss

Paonia won last year's girls division of the First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament and Emily Pieper was named MVP. This year's Paonia Eagles are competitive but lack experience and the depth of last year's squad.

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Second half play nets  win for Eagles boys over Hotchkiss five
Second half play nets win for Eagles boys over Hotchkiss five

After suffering through a cold shooting night against Delta the previous day, Paonia's Eagles bounced back in the First Colorado National Bank's consolation game for a 60-43 win on Saturday. Paonia scored just 30 points against Delta in Friday night's opener.

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What's Happening

Delta hospital reports on tobacco cessation program

Delta County Memorial Hospital's cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation department kicked off a six-week tobacco cessation program during September. The program was designed to help individuals recognize triggers and to work on ways to get through each situation.

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Enjoy winter at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Enjoy winter with your friends at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Ranger guided programs are designed to help you get started on experiencing the snow.

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Financial Peace University offers hope to families

More than 4.5 million people have positively changed their financial future through Ramsey Solutions' Financial Peace University (FPU). Created by financial expert Dave Ramsey, the nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success.

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Grand Mesa ski clinics rescheduled

Grand Mesa Nordic Council ski clinics have been postponed until Saturday, Jan. 6. A guided ski tour will be provided, as well as group ski clinics.

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Learn about Scandinavian culture

Vestafjell Lodge invites those interested in Scandinavian heritage and culture to attend the next lodge meeting, followed by lunch, at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at The Egg & I, 1st and Patterson, Grand Junction.

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Community

Births Dec. 20, 2017

Jennifer and Tyler Valdez of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Parker Skye Valdez, born Dec. 6, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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Former residents married 70 years

Retired U.S. Navy SCPO Kenneth Smith, formerly of Bowie, and his wife, Mary Esther McMurry Smith, formerly of Crawford, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Dec. 23 in Aurora.

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Joe and Esther Bever Jr. celebrate 60th anniversary
Joe and Esther Bever Jr. celebrate 60th anniversary

Joe and Esther (Lampton) Bever Jr. will be married 60 years on Dec. 21. They were married by Reverend Biro at the Baptist Church in Delta in 1947.

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School Zone

Around DHS Dec. 20, 2017

Elegantly transitioning into the Christmas holiday cheer, the ambassadors took part in the 11/11 campaign. An effort made by Student Council to rein in the kindness within us all and bring to light efforts made by clubs and students.

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DHS physics students aim for new heights

Absolute zero has been declared physically impossible due to the third law of thermodynamics. Entropy of a system can never reach zero, students from Delta High School learned during their research.

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Final student meeting brings drug issues to light

Delta is full of nice people and are generally caring and respectful, but the community -- and its younger residents -- clearly have a drug problem. In the eyes of students from Grand Mesa Choice Academy, Achieve Blended Learning Academy and Vision Charter Academy, students who lack positive after-school activities, have little hope for the future or are simply bored turn to drugs.

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LES, CES nominated for Capturing Kids' Hearts award

Lincoln Elementary School and Cedaredge Elementary School have been nominated for a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2017-2018 school year by the Flippen Group.

This initiative has been embraced across the school district as a means to transform every school campus into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff and parents to come together with a love for learning.

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Quist headed to med school
Quist headed to med school

Reilly Quist, a 2014 graduate of Delta Vision and Boettcher Scholar, has been accepted into the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

A biology major, Quist will graduate from the University of Colorado Denver and enter medical school next fall.

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Obituaries

Agnes LeRoy

Agnes Joan LeRoy, who was born and raised in Paonia, died Dec. 7, 2017, in Pueblo. She was 90.

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Craig Triantos
Craig Triantos

Lifetime Delta resident Craig Triantos died Dec. 11, 2017, at San Juan Living Center in Montrose. He was 68.

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David E. Smith
David E. Smith

David Ewell Smith was born in Phoenix, Ariz., Dec. 21, 1937. He passed away at Horizons Care Center in Eckert, Colo., just 10 days prior to his 80th birthday.

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Esther Raff
Esther Raff

Esther Allene Raff died Dec. 16, 2017, at her home in Hotchkiss. She was 90.

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Grover Thurman
Grover Thurman

Grover J. Thurman died Dec. 9, 2017, at the age of 98.

He was born to Ernest and Jimmie Thurman on Oct. 6, 1919, at the family home in Hotchkiss.

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In celebration of the Unstoppable Marti Brown
In celebration of the Unstoppable Marti Brown

Martha Mae Brown, aka "Marti," born Dec. 16, 1932, led an engaging, adventurous earthly life until Nov. 25, 2017. Having no known surviving family, many friends want to let the greater community know of her moving on to other worlds.

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Jimmy Retherford
Jimmy Retherford

Jimmy Eugene Retherford Jr. died Dec. 12, 2017, at his home in Delta. He was 54.

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Joan Towne
Joan Towne

Joan Towne died Dec. 17, 2017, at Montrose Memorial Hospital. She was 76.

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Lewis Leatherwood
Lewis Leatherwood

Crawford resident Lewis R. Leatherwood died Dec. 5, 2017, at his home. He was 70.

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Raymond Werner
Raymond Werner

Raymond "Ray" H. Werner of Delta died Dec. 11, 2017, at San Juan Living Center in Montrose. He was 83.

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North Fork

Crawford chamber seeks nominations

Nominations for Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Year and Non-Profit of the Year are being accepted by the Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Crawford hears request for help from health clinic

The Town of Crawford adopted its 2018 budget following a public hearing on Dec. 6, with two people speaking.

Jay Ziegler spoke first, describing how he opened a medical marijuana dispensary in Crawford seven years ago.

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Haystack wins 'Best American Cheese' award
Haystack wins 'Best American Cheese' award

Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy's Gold Hill Cheese was recently named the "Best American Cheese" at the 30th annual World Cheese Awards at Tobacco Dock in London.

Paonia farmer James Schott is the big cheese at Haystack Mountain.

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Hotchkiss musicians earn recognition

Seventh and eighth grade band members Izzi Houseweart (flute), Addi Neal (clarinet) and Tia Moore (percussion) were selected to participate in the CBA Western Slope Select Band.

High schoolers Katie Powers (flute) and Tristen Allen (percussion) were also named to the CBA Western Slope Select Band.

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Judge rules that Paonia was right and wrong on records requests

A former trustee for the Town of Paonia who was repeatedly denied documents requested under the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) may get copies of some of those documents, but they won't come directly from the town.

At a Nov. 21 hearing in Delta County Court, Judge Jin Ho Pack ruled that while the town can deny access to the documents in question to the public, the town must grant employee Eric Pace access to his personnel file.

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North Fork Ambulance needs board members

North Fork Ambulance is currently seeking two new board members. The mission of the North Fork Ambulance is to provide all people in the North Fork Valley with compassionate, excellent and timely pre-hospital care and emergency transport.

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Paonia cancels Dec. 26 meeting

Due to it falling on the day after the Christmas holiday, the Paonia board of trustees canceled its regularly-scheduled Dec. 26 meeting.

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Paonia splits tax windfall between bonuses, reserve

After learning that Paonia will receive unexpectedly high 2017 sales tax revenues, town trustees found themselves somewhat in disagreement about what to do with the windfall.

In the end, you might say, The Grinch and Santa Claus found a way to compromise.

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Paonia voters will decide sales tax hike in April

Paonia voters will be asked to consider a sales tax increase next April. At the Dec. 12 board meeting, trustees approved language for "Ballot Question #1," a proposed 1 percent increase in local sales taxes. If approved by voters, revenue would go to the town's general fund.

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Surface Creek

Axyle Belveal named student of the month
Axyle Belveal named student of the month

Cedaredge High School senior Axyle Belveal was acknowledged as the Orchard City Student of the Month.

Axyle maintains a 3.95 GPA and has received awards in a number of scholastic areas.

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Murphy's sendoff capped by surprise announcement
Murphy's sendoff capped by surprise announcement

The retirement party for Larry Murphy, golf pro at the Cedaredge Golf Club, included plenty of surprises but none bigger than when Murphy announced his successor.

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Plants of the Western Slope Dec. 20, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope Dec. 20, 2017

I take a deep breath. Enjoying the scent of these native trees. When we came to this area, I wanted native trees because they would withstand the drought. When we first planted them, we watered well and they became established.

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Real trees needed for All Saints bonfire

All Saints Lutheran in Cory celebrates the 12th Night of Christmas and closes down the Christmastide season with a huge bonfire of real, undecorated Christmas trees! This annual event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 5 p.m.

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Surface Creek Community Services meeting

The Surface Creek Community Services will be conducting its annual board meeting on Jan. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Wick Hall at the First Baptist Church, 370 W. Main Street, Cedaredge.

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What's bugging you? Dec. 20, 2017
What's bugging you? Dec. 20, 2017

How many of you have looked wistfully at the beautiful orchids at City Market? I have and I finally purchased one, a white moth orchid from the genus, Phalaenopsis.

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