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Delta

BHRC turns 25

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary with activities throughout the year. The festivities begin Thursday, March 15, when the rec center hosts Business After Hours.

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City takes steps to clarify ballot measures

The two marijuana questions on the City of Delta's municipal ballot are creating confusion, as predicted by several council members.

Although it is not legal to sell retail marijuana or to conduct a commercial grow operation in city limits, the city is asking voters to approve taxation on both those possibilities.

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DCMH partners with Champions of Rural Health

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently acknowledged seven rural organizations from across the nation as champions in providing high-quality access to health care in rural communities. Families Plus of Delta was named Champion of Innovation in Health Care Delivery.

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Delta Police Department, sheriff's blotter March 14, 2018

March 4:

Dawn M. Simmons, 54, of Delta was arrested for an outstanding warrant with a $750 bond.

Officers responded to the 1100 block of Bluff Street for possible drug activity.

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DPD officers jump into firefighting mode
DPD officers jump into firefighting mode

It must be March in Delta County. Columns of smoke dot the landscape, a breeze carries an odor of burning, and the sound of sirens punctuates an otherwise peaceful day.

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Draft EA for Fire Mountain Canal project is released

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment on the Fire Mountain Canal Salinity Reduction Piping Project located in Delta County. The project would replace approximately 3.67 miles of open irrigation ditch with buried pipe.

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Hospital election

Elections for special districts throughout Delta County are scheduled for May 8. But only one -- Delta County Memorial Hospital -- has a sufficient number of candidates to trigger an election.

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Master Plan review continues

The Delta County Planning Commission continued its page-by-page discussion of the review draft of the Master Plan update at its March 7 meeting at the Maloney House in Hotchkiss. The commission began the discussion of the review draft on Feb. 28.

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PeeWee's sales tax license revoked

Failure to pay sales tax and interest in October, November and December resulted in revocation of the sales tax license held by Pee Wee's Animal House. The business briefly occupied a building on Main Street and is now located at 25 Stafford Lane.

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Planning commission has two vacancies

Mark Lee and Richard Simmons have been re-appointed to the Delta Planning Commission, leaving two spots still to be filled.

Carl Jahn's three-year term also expired, but he declined to apply for another term.

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Results provided for cribbage tournament

The City of Delta Recreation Department provided results of the annual cribbage tournament -- the largest on the Western Slope -- held at Bill Heddles Recreation Center on Feb. 25.

Sixty-five players came from Delta, Olathe, Cedaredge, Austin, Eckert, Hotchkiss, Paonia, Crawford, Somerset, Montrose, Fruita, Clifton and Grand Junction.

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Strong participation reported at caucuses

Representatives of the Delta County Republican and Democratic parties say they are pleased with the level of participation in the county caucuses held March 6.

Roger Bentley, chairman of the Delta County Republican Party, said about 150 party members gathered in two locations.

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Teresa Nelson announces candidacy for commissioner
Teresa Nelson announces candidacy for commissioner

Teresa Nelson, a 17-year resident of Delta County, has announced her candidacy for Delta County Commissioner, District 1. She is a Republican.

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Opinion

A vote for Jay Stooksberry

I am voting for Jay Stooksberry. I moved here over five years ago and wanted to get involved in Delta.

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Candidate corrects errors

There are several errors in Mr. Smith's reported interview with me which appeared in the March 7 DCI.

• I moved from Denver to Cedaredge 20 years ago and have lived in Orchard City for the best part of 15 years.

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Delta's leaders must understand risks of marijuana

Our community is crying out to understand what to do about drugs and suicide among our youth.

On Feb. 28, I attended a public event organized by a coalition of leadership from District 50 administration, Center for Mental Health, Delta County Sheriff's Office, represented by both the sheriff and undersheriff.

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Don't be enticed by promise of marijuana tax

This will undoubtedly create some discussion, but I hope that it clears up some questions and concerns.

As a proud Delta City Council member, I feel compelled to address the upcoming ballot initiative for the City of Delta re: the taxation of marijuana.

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Facts do not matter to Bill Brunner

Mr. Brunner is a former Paonia town trustee. He resigned on June 14, 2017. When he resigned, the board was considering his removal for violating "state statutes, the Paonia Municipal Code, and the Rules of Procedure adopted by the board."

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It's time for a change in Orchard City

The time is coming for the election in Orchard City. If you like how the town is being run, then put those people who are running it back and give them more tax money to do so.

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Let there be no question

My name is Jan Gage and I am running for trustee in Orchard City in the election which closes April 3. In the last few days some of my friends and I have been approached by Orchard City citizens who have expressed concern about where I stand on the issue of commercial marijuana grow operations and retail dispensaries within Orchard City.

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Stooksberry demonstrates ability, desire to serve

Jay Stooksberry has shown in several ways that he has the ability, desire and leadership skills to be the person we need for a position on our city council. As an at-large representative, Jay has reached out to many residents to hear their concerns.

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Tax question does not open door to marijuana

Measure 2A on the Crawford ballot for April 3 is in reference to a marijuana tax to be implemented only if the sale of recreational marijuana was approved by the voters. The ballot issue has a lot of legal wording, which makes it hard to understand.

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Sports

Bruin hardballers win

The Cedaredge Bruins have gotten off to a good start to the 2018 campaign with a 10-0 win in Gypsum over the Eagle Valley Devils on Saturday, March 10.

Details of the game were not available.

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Former Delta coach selected to Colorado Coaches Hall of Fame

Former Delta High School basketball coach Al Blanc has been selected to enter the Colorado Coaches Hall of Fame.

Blanc has been a part of coaching the game of basketball for 45 years and jokingly stated, "I've been selected because of longevity!"

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Hotchkiss gets new grip
Hotchkiss gets new grip

Teams competing at the Hotchkiss Bulldog Track and Field Invitational on March 24 will have something to really sink their cleats into following improvements to Bulldog Stadium last summer.

Among those improvements are a new surface on the eight-lane track, new high jump pad, and long and triple jump runways.

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What's Happening

Alive at 25 offered

"Alive at 25," a defensive driving course, is offered to drivers ages 15-24. A Colorado State Patrol trooper will provide approximately four hours of classroom instruction designed to prevent traffic violations, collisions and/or fatalities.

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Good Friday worship scheduled

A community Good Friday worship service is scheduled at the Delta Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 30, at 6 p.m.

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Sign up for April Fool's softball tournament

The annual preseason April Fool's softball tournament will take place April 7-8 at Mountain View Park. Here's a chance to test your team and have a great time before summer softball starts.

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Train to be a lifeguard

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is holding American Red Cross blended learning lifeguard classes Monday-Friday April 16-20. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Community

Births March 14, 2018

Shelby and Levi Head of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Freyja Annalise Head, born March 3, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 15.8 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.

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Births March 14, 2018

Wesley and McKenzie Jacobson of Hotchkiss are the parents of a daughter, Kenna Monroe Jacobson, born March 7, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 inches in length.

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Helbert turns 90
Helbert turns 90

Louis "Bear" Helbert turns 90 on March 19.

Cards may be mailed to him at Willow Tree Care Center, Room #56, 2050 S. Main, Delta, CO 81416. No gifts, please.

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School Zone

LULAC chapters are planning a Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 5

LULAC chapters in Delta, Montrose and Olathe are planning a Cinco de Mayo Festival Saturday, May 5. A Monte de Rosas parade is planned at 10 a.m.; the festival will take place in Centennial Plaza from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Scholarships available for adult continuing education

Delta County adults who are seeking higher or continuing education are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship, offered by Altrusa International of Delta, Inc. The service organization annually awards several scholarships to non-traditional students and to high school students who are members of the Altrusa-sponsored ASTRA Clubs.

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Trevino earns grand prize, advances to state Science Fair

Vicente Trevino, a senior at Delta High School, placed first at the Western Colorado Regional Science Fair in Grand Junction on Feb. 26. Up to 20 projects, including Trevino's, qualified for the 2018 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Fort Collins April 5, 6 and 7.

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Obituaries

Fred Fisher

Frederick "Fred" Stephen Fisher died Thursday, March 8. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel.

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Hilda Jones
Hilda Jones

Paonia resident Hilda Anna Jones died March 3, 2018, at Paonia Care Center. She was 92.

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Homer Miller

Homer Lee Miller of Loma died March 5, 2018, in Grand Junction.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

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Kenneth Holton
Kenneth Holton

Longtime Delta resident Kenneth Lawrence Holton died March 8, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 75.

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Kevin Galloway
Kevin Galloway

Kevin Earl Galloway, 45, of Allen, Kan., passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018.

He was born June 25, 1972, in Montrose, Colo., the son of Glendene and Rebecca (Bridges) Galloway.

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Pete Hylton Jr.
Pete Hylton Jr.

Lynn Oco "Pete" Hylton Jr. of Paonia died March 9, 2018, at the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 86.

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Richard Tuck
Richard Tuck

Longtime Delta County resident Richard A. Tuck died March 5, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 62.

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Sharon Malinowicz
Sharon Malinowicz

Sharon Marie Malinowicz of Hotchkiss died March 6, 2018. She was 71.

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Steven Dunstan
Steven Dunstan

Steven Roy Dunstan died March 7, 2018, at Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was 67.

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Tony Cone

Lifetime Paonia resident Charles Anthony "Tony" Cone died March 4, 2018, at his home. He was 66.

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North Fork

Four Hotchkiss candidates will fill four seats

Four candidates -- all female -- are poised to fill the four vacant seats on the Hotchkiss Town Council. The top three vote-getters will serve four-year terms; the fourth position is a two-year term.

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Libraries honor Kelso for 14 years of service
Libraries honor Kelso for 14 years of service

Jane Kelso has a gentle, quiet way about her in almost everything she does. She brings this calm manner to the way she leads the staff of Paonia Library as manager, the way she responds to patrons at the circulation desk, and the way she introduces children to books during weekly storytimes.

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Local chapter of Moms Demand Action forms

The country's largest organization dedicated to reducing gun violence in America recently formed a chapter in the North Fork Valley.

Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America North Fork held its first meeting in Paonia on March 1.

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North Fork Reads!

Delta County Libraries joins the Blue Sage Literary Committee and The Paradise Theater in presenting "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle, the first North Fork Reads!

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Wrestling with tricky challenge of sediment
Wrestling with tricky challenge of sediment

In the fall of 2017, workers navigated sloppy mudflats in the bottom of the drained Paonia Reservoir in an urgent effort to prevent catastrophe: a damaged bulkhead threatened to break apart and damage the Paonia Dam's outlet works, which would have made it impossible to control releases from the reservoir.

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Surface Creek

Brinck named town administrator
Brinck named town administrator

The Town of Cedaredge board of trustees held a special meeting last week to finalize a contract appointing Greg Brinck as town administrator. Brinck began work with the town in January 2016 as an administrative intern.

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Crane Days this weekend
Photo by Ellie Tunget
Crane Days this weekend

The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.

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Eckert woman defines courage
Eckert woman defines courage

When I was a cub reporter in high school, they gave me advice. And when I worked as a journalist in the Army, they said the same thing.

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Orchard City voters have three different tax questions

In addition to electing three members to the board of trustees, Orchard City voters will consider three different tax questions on this year's municipal election ballot.

All were referred to the ballot by the Orchard City Board of Trustees.

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Scramblers will reopen as the Lost Mesa Grill
Scramblers will reopen as the Lost Mesa Grill

After 23 years in Cedaredge, the owners of Scramblers Restaurant are moving on. Feb. 23 marked the end of an era for Toni and Van Morris who have owned and operated the restaurant since 1995. The couple purchased the business when it was known as the Apple Orchard Restaurant and changed the name to Scramblers four years ago when they decided to concentrate on breakfast.

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What's bugging you? March 14, 2018
What's bugging you? March 14, 2018

Today let's talk about trees. Not just any trees, but the smaller deciduous ones that have flowers and maybe even some colorful fruit and leaves that have interesting fall color.

I like to refer to these trees as specimen trees as they add accents to the landscape and can often provide a view block.

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