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Delta

2018 fire season anticipated to be fierce

This year's fire season could be the worst one, forecast-wise, in quite some time, according to Mike Morgan, director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. A dry winter and spring have left our mountains nearly barren. While it's too early to predict exactly what the fire season will bring, the forecast is looking a little grim.

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Austin elected mayor

Reorganization was the theme of the April 17 meeting of the Delta City Council. Kevin Carlson was sworn into office and outgoing council members Ed Sisson and Bill Raley were recognized for their service to the community.

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BoCC extends collaborative agreements

The county commissioners extended agreements with other entities for delivery of services at their April 16 meeting.

They signed a grant agreement with Colorado Department of Local Affairs in the amount of $58,334 for the Tri-County Federal Lands Coordination project.

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Check out free state parks passes

Did you know that you can check out a state parks backpack with a free day use pass from your local library? Explore the three state parks in Delta County or any one of the many Colorado state parks by using your library card to check out a backpack.

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Comment extension

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests' initial scoping period for forest plan revision has been extended by 30 days to June 2. The GMUG is currently requesting feedback on the scoping material, which includes three initial elements of the revised Forest Plan:

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Contractors, homeowners must call 811 before digging

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC), a division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), reminds all Colorado residents to always contact 811 at least three business days before any digging project.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a proclamation designating April 2018 as Dig Safely Month in Colorado, and a number of events are planned around the state to promote public safety and raise awareness for the damage prevention industry.

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Death investigated

The Delta County Ambulance District responded to a call from the Montrose Dispatch Center at 5:16 p.m. Saturday, April 21, regarding an injured turkey hunter on the Uncompahgre Plateau. Deputies and EMS responded and found Kyle Cody Duran, 23, of Montrose deceased on arrival.

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Delta Police, sheriff's blotter April 25, 2018

Christopher J. Frentzel, 35, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $1,200 bond.

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the area of East 2nd and Main Street.

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Delta receives grant from Baseball Tomorrow Fund

The City of Delta announced this week that it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $10,232 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF). The grant will support replacement of old worn out and unsafe youth baseball and softball equipment and provide funding for all brand new helmets, catchers' gear, batting tees and bats.

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Groups improve riverbanks for wildlife and recreationists
Groups improve riverbanks for wildlife and recreationists

People who hike, fish and boat along Colorado's rivers appreciate the shade of majestic cottonwood trees. On the other hand, the sharp thorns of Russian olive trees cut skin and snag clothes.

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Lifelong Delta resident faces liver transplant
Lifelong Delta resident faces liver transplant

Lifelong Delta resident Dora Valdez is facing a liver transplant after being diagnosed with an illness called NASH. NASH stands for Non-Alcoholic Steato Hepatitis and is a form of liver cirrhosis which develops from a fatty liver. Dora also suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure.

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New art gallery to host grand opening April 27

TADA! Your Art Space, a new art gallery in Delta, will hold its grand opening on Friday. The gallery exhibits original art and photography by Colorado's West Slope artists.

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Officers sharpen shooter response
Officers sharpen shooter response

The day after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., local law enforcement responded to the campus of the Technical College of the Rockies in response to the report of a 15-year-old student with a gun.

Officers from the Delta County Sheriff's Office, Delta Police Department and Colorado State Patrol responded to the 911 call fully expecting the worst.

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Rock 'n read to win this summer

Every kid in Delta County has the opportunity to earn a T-shirt, a book, a gift certificate and other prizes this summer just for participating in Delta County Libraries' summer reading program.

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Spring fishing highlights for western Colorado anglers
Spring fishing highlights for western Colorado anglers

There's lots of fishing action in the Delta and Montrose areas; here's some news-to-know from Colorado Parks and Wildlife for anglers as the fishing season starts to pick-up.

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Tech college doubles career pathways for high schoolers

To make a more seamless transition for high school students interested in career and technical training, Technical College of the Rockies (TCR) is making some scheduling changes. First, the school year will be aligned more closely with the district's calendar.

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VFW marks Arbor Day with planting of blue spruce
VFW marks Arbor Day with planting of blue spruce

Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3571 and its Auxiliary, assisted by members of the American Legion and cadets of the local squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, celebrated Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting a blue spruce at the First Baptist Church in Delta Sunday, April 22.

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Volunteers sought

Delta County is finalizing the update to the Master Plan and will be moving into the land use regulation phase of county planning. Two areas of conflict have emerged -- confined animal feeding operations and the county's oil and gas regulations.

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Water park envisioned for Delta

An upper midscale hotel may stop "leakage" to neighboring communities, but to really draw visitors to Delta, local resident Scott Schaible envisions an indoor/outdoor water park.

He shared his idea with the Delta Urban Renewal Authority earlier this month, as commissioners were discussing a memorandum of understanding with MARS Hospitality, the developer selected for the hotel project.

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Opinion

Good riddance to an outdated tax code

This year, April 17, marked a day each American dreads: Tax Day. In the weeks leading up to this day every year, Americans scramble to fill out complicated tax forms with the hope that some of their hard-earned money will be returned by the government.

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Hanlon is building broad support

Aside from the people who got caught up in the IRS website crash on Tuesday, I imagine that we're all glad to have Tax Day behind us. I'm no exception, but it was a reminder of something that troubles me: a Republican tax plan that favors billionaires and corporations instead of hard-working people like me.

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Vote for a true representative of the people

There is only one person that has a possibility of overcoming the oil industry support of our current 3rd District federal representative and that is Diane Mitsch Bush. If we truly want across-the-aisle representation of the interests of the people of Colorado and the nation, we have only one choice: Diane.

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Sports

2A District 3/5 top teams play this week

The two top-ranked teams in the 2A Western Slope League will meet twice this week, with the outcome determining the league champions.

Paonia (13-1, 5-0) is currently in the number two spot in state Max Preps standings and Hotchkiss (11-1, 4-0) is number four.

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Bruin track teams second at Coal Ridge

Both Cedaredge track teams had impressive performances at last Thursday's annual Coal Ridge Invitational track and field meet in New Castle. The meet was originally scheduled for Friday, but was moved back a day to avoid a winter storm passing through the region.

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Bulldogs sweep twin-bill against Rangely
Bulldogs sweep twin-bill against Rangely

A nine-run second inning boosted the Hotchkiss Bulldogs to a 17-2 win over Rangely Saturday. With an 11-1 overall and 4-0 conference record, Hotchkiss remains in second place in 2A District standings.

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Cedaredge baseball team defeats Rifle
Cedaredge baseball team defeats Rifle

Cedaredge's Bruins hosted Roaring Fork on April 21 and used a two-run fourth inning to post a 2-1 3A WSL victory.

Following a scoreless first inning the Rams scored a single run in the top of the second inning and held that lead until the bottom of the fourth where Cedaredge plated two runs to finalize game scoring and earn the one-run win.

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Montrose, Aspen netters play Paonia
Montrose, Aspen netters play Paonia

With the 3A Region 8 tennis tournament less than two weeks away, the Paonia girls tennis team will wrap up the season Thursday against Delta before heading to regional competition May 4-5.

Paonia's most recent matches were against tough schools.

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Paonia thinclads fifth at Coal Ridge meet

Paonia senior Mckenna Palmer continues to dominate the triple jump event, where she's ranked first in state in Class 2A top-18 standings. At last Thursday's Coal Ridge invitational Palmer won gold in the triple jump with a mark of 35 feet, one-quarter inch.

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Rodriguez, Young, Firor win gold at CR

The Hotchkiss boys track and field team won two events last Thursday at the Coal Ridge Invitational track and field meet. Senior Sam Rodriguez finished more than seven seconds ahead of the pack to win the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 2.91 seconds.

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Track athlete omitted
Track athlete omitted

In the April 18 DCI, a top-three placer was inadvertently omitted from results of the Delta Twilight meet held April 13.

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DCI Digital Editions

Delta County Independent, April 25, 2018
Delta County Independent, April 25, 2018
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What's Happening

Community yard sale planned in Delta May 12

Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter is hosting a communitywide yard sale Saturday, May 12, from 8 to 4 in the parking lot at 6th & Main, Delta (Edward Jones - Isaiah St. Peter's office).

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Festival benefits Boys and Girls Clubs

The 15th annual Montrose Wine and Food Festival will be held Saturday, May 19, from 1-5 p.m. at The Bridges, 2500 Bridges Drive in Montrose.

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Float fest set for June 2-3

The Western Slope Conservation Center will host the 18th annual River Float and Festival on Saturday, June 2, at the Paonia Park. The family-friendly event will include food vendors, educational tables and events, live music, games, a raffle and a silent auction.

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Help send Boy Scouts to camp

Boy Scout Troop 485 will be holding a bingo fundraiser on Friday, May 11, at St. Michael's Parish Hall, 628 Meeker Street in Delta. Doors will open and sales will start at 6 p.m.; bingo will start at 6:30.

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Senior CommUnity meals for May

Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County -- Cedaredge Community Center (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday), Delta Senior Center (Monday-Wednesday-Friday), Hotchkiss Senior Center (Monday-Wednesday-Friday) and Paonia Senior Citizen Center (Monday-Wednesday-Friday). Meals on Wheels are also delivered from each location. More information is available by calling the Cedaredge meal site, 856-3636; the Delta meal site, 874-5302; Hotchkiss Senior Center, 872-3494; and Paonia Senior Citizen Center, 527-3435.

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What's happening at your library? April 25, 2018

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 April 25, 2018

Chris Hale and Jesica Wieben of Cedaredge are the parents of a son, Gabriel Lee Hale, born April 18, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 0.2 ounces and was 20 inches in length.

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People in the News Miller

Kari Miller, daughter of Kara Barnes Miller and granddaughter of Bob and Nelda Barnes, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship following a national competition of more than 12,000 applicants.

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School Zone

Eighth graders Rise Above with Commemorative Air Force

Delta County eighth graders will have the opportunity to learn about military aviation, personal growth, setting goals and developing a winning attitude as they attend the Rise Above program at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Rocky Mountain Wing on April 24 and 25.

The eighth graders will be bussed to the CAF museum and hangar at the Grand Junction Airport to experience the story of the Tuskegee Airmen -- African American fighter pilots who became the most effective bomber escort group of World War II.

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Obituaries

Charles Duain Cox
Charles Duain Cox

Olathe resident Charles Duain Cox passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. Duain was 85 years old.

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Donald Gene Anderson
Donald Gene Anderson

Donald Gene Anderson died peacefully, assured of his salvation, at Hospice/HopeWest on April 20, 2018, in Grand Junction, Colo., at the age of 77.

Donald is survived by his wife Barbara Anderson, children, Mark Anderson (Lisa) (Idaho Falls, Idaho, Paul Anderson (Allison) Delta, Colo., seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Edward Soper
Edward Soper

Delta resident Edward E. Soper died April 16, 2018, at his home. He was 81.

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Eleanor Kehmeier
Eleanor Kehmeier

Eleanor Kehmeier, the daughter of William Dan Kehmeier and Alberta Muriel Gregory, was born at her parents' ranch on Tongue Creek on July 3, 1931. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Alan Kehmeier and Bill Kehmeier, and sisters, Iona Gilger and Dorothy Kehmeier.

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Helen Alcott
Helen Alcott

Helen Gayle Alcott (formerly Helen Gayle Harding, Sandifer and Pobrik) of Paonia, Colo., and most recently Lexington, Ky., passed away on April 10, 2018, in her daughter Keydron Wheeler's home under hospice care. She was 86.

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Jim Smith
Jim Smith

Jim Smith died April 5, 2018, at the age of 79.

He was born Jan. 27, 1939, in Montrose to Edwin and Iris Smith.

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Mabel Howard
Mabel Howard

Mabel I. Howard of Delta died April 18, 2018, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 93.

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Verla Huffington
Verla Huffington

Verla Huffington, a longtime Delta resident, died Monday, April 23, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 84.

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North Fork

Almost 9 tons of e-waste collected in Hotchkiss
Almost 9 tons of e-waste collected in Hotchkiss

On Saturday morning, April 21, 196 residents participated in this year's Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce E-Waste recycling event. From cell phones with shattered screens to big-screen televisions, 196 residents packed 17,274 pounds of electronic waste and hauled it to the Delta County Fairgrounds for disposal Saturday morning, paying between 25-40 cents per pound to have it recycled.

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Arbor Day tree planting to honor Bill Hart

In honor of April 27 as National Arbor Day, this Friday the Paonia Tree Board will hold a tree planting at 1 p.m. at Apple Valley Park.

A sensation box elder was chosen for the occasion and will be planted in honor of Clarence "Bill" Hart, a former Paonia police officer, Army veteran and volunteer firefighter who lost his battle with cancer on April 23, 2017.

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Engage is cooking up fun 'Foodie Friday'
Engage is cooking up fun 'Foodie Friday'

Do you have an idea for turning your crops and other food products into a business, but aren't sure where to start or how to make it grow? Then Foodie Friday might be for you.

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Highway 133 resurfacing project is underway

Crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation are working on a paving project on Highway 133 beginning about 12 miles east of Hotchkiss and extending to Kebler Pass at Gunnison County Road 12.

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New officer sworn in
New officer sworn in

Kristopher Urbin was sworn in as an officer of the Paonia Police Department at the April 10 town board meeting. Urbin grew up in the Grand Junction area and is a graduate of Palisade High School.

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NF Ambulance seeks to become a special district
NF Ambulance seeks to become a special district

The North Fork Ambulance Board is considering changes to ensure emergency medical services remain sustainable into the future. North Fork Ambulance was established in 1969 for the purpose of providing emergency medical care and transport for the people of the North Fork valley and beyond.

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Vendors sought for Pioneer Days

The Crawford Pioneer Days Committee is looking to fill open vendor spots for this year's Crawford Pioneer Days. The booths will set up for one day, on Saturday, June 9 beginning at 6 a.m.

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Surface Creek

Cedaredge begins Stage 1 of drought response plan

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees recognizes that drought is a natural on-going situation in Colorado and a phenomenon that has recurred regularly throughout Colorado's history, and

WHEREAS, a Drought Response Plan was adopted with Resolution 12-2012 Sept. 20, 2012 and

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Plants of the Western Slope April 25, 2018
Plants of the Western Slope April 25, 2018

How pretty! A lovely pink-purple flower and I have it all to myself. I kneel down and pluck a single blossom.

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SCVHS honors the past, looks to the future
SCVHS honors the past, looks to the future

The roots of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society stretch back 42 years to the Colorado centennial and U.S. bicentennial celebrations of 1976. Building on the momentum of that statewide and national celebration, concerned citizens began an effort to establish an historical society and museum to preserve local history which was falling into disrepair and being auctioned off or sold at garage sales.

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Trustees approve stage one drought measures, hear school safety concerns
Trustees approve stage one drought measures, hear school safety concerns

At their April 19 regular meeting, Cedaredge trustees approved a resolution adopting the first stage of a drought response. The resolution calls for voluntary conservation measures on the part of citizens and continual monitoring of the drought situation by town officials.

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Upcoming Pioneer Town events listed

Consider joining the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society and mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

• April 30-May 4 -- Clean-up Days. Help get Pioneer Town ready for visitors. Call 970-856-7554 to leave your name and number.

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What's bugging you? April 25, 2018
What's bugging you? April 25, 2018

If I were to ask you which common western Colorado tree is cursed more than any other, what would you say? Russian olive? Salt cedar? Globe willow? What about cottonwoods?

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