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Delta

AARP seeks community service nominees

AARP Colorado AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Colorado Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50-plus Coloradans who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.

"AARP Colorado is excited to shine a light on 50-plus Coloradans who are using what they've learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them," said Bob Murphy, AARP Colorado state director.

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Appointments made to Master Plan working groups

Appointments were made May 21 to the concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) working group and the oil and gas working group by county commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes.

The appointments were made upon the recommendations of the planning commission and county staff.

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Armory building is under contract

Sam Kimbriel, owner of Needle Rock Brewing Company, confirmed last week that his real estate firm has a contact to purchase the armory building at the corner of 4th and Grand in Delta.

It's one of several sites he's looked at for a brewing facility.

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Brewery tees up food service at Devil's Thumb

Effective June 1, Needle Rock Brewing Company is assuming food and beverage operations at Devil's Thumb Golf Course.

Black Canyon Golf Course in Montrose has successfully partnered with a local brewery, said Wilma Erven, director of parks, recreation and golf for the City of Delta.

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City purchases West Home Center property

The City of Delta has purchased the West Home Center property at 327 Main Street for $19,033.62 -- the current and past property taxes on the land. The building has no value, according to county property records.

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Class of 1973 plans reunion

Delta High School's Class of 1973 is planning a reunion during Deltarado Days. Classmates, whether they graduated in 1973 or not, are invited to the 45th class reunion Saturday, July 28, from noon to dusk in Confluence Park, sites #4, #5 and #6. Meat will be provided; please bring salads, sides or desserts and your own beverages. Please RSVP by mid-June.

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Committee to evaluate county agenda process

The county commissioners designated an ad hoc committee to evaluate the process and capacity for a hyperlinked county commission agenda at their May 21 meeting.

Appointed to the committee are: John Baier, county attorney; Robbie LeValley, county administrator; Teri Stephenson, clerk and recorder; and Elyse Casselberry, county community and economic development director.

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Community concert membership drive underway

Having completed its 2017-18 concert season on April 24 with a near capacity crowd, the Delta-Montrose Community Concert Association is now in the midst of its membership drive for its 70th anniversary season which begins next fall.

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Delta Police, sheriff's blotter May 23, 2018

Officers responded to the intersection of Highway 50 and Bluff Street for a traffic accident involving a deer.

Officers responded to the 1100 block of Park Ridge Court for an animal control issue.

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DMEA is on high alert for fire prevention

As much of the region continues to experience a bout of dry and windy weather, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) has put in effect its fire prevention procedures. The precautionary measures rely more heavily on fieldwork by operations personnel and less on the use of DMEA's automated and remotely controlled equipment.

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Drought brings disaster designation for Delta County

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Delta and Montrose counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. The designation follows a similar announcement for Mesa County.

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Fire ban implemented

Due to the extended hot, dry and windy weather in Delta County, open fires have been banned until further notice. All outdoor fires, including agricultural burning are prohibited.

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Natural gas and wind energy killed coal, not 'war on coal'

Cheap natural gas prices and the increasing availability of wind energy are pummeling the coal industry more than regulation, according to a new economic analysis from the University of Colorado Boulder and North Carolina State University.

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Sale of heroin, meth alleged
Sale of heroin, meth alleged

As the result of a search warrant executed at a Delta home on April 9, the Delta Police Department arrested Michael Lee Blair, 31, on charges of the unlawful possession, distribution, manufacturing, dispensing or sale of heroin, methamphetamine, Oxycodone, psilocybin mushrooms, Diazepam, Tramadol and Phentermine.

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Seniors, disabled vets may qualify for property tax exemptions

The Colorado Constitution established a property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans. For those who qualify, 50 percent of the first $200,000 in actual value of the primary residence is exempted from property tax.

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This summer, Libraries Rock!

Delta County Libraries is offering an eight-week summer program beginning the week of June 4 to all Delta County residents. Musical-themed activities, programs and prizes will be offered for all ages, at all libraries.

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Tractor Supply raises $8,986 for 4-H youth through Paper Clover

Colorado 4-H youth will have opportunities to learn valuable leadership skills thanks to $8,986 donated by Colorado Tractor Supply customers through Paper Clover, a biannual fundraising campaign held in partnership with National 4-H Council.

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Yager sentenced to 42 years

On May 15, Judge Steven L. Schultz imposed a 42-year prison sentence on Nathan Yager in the Delta District Court.

On March 20, a verdict of guilty was returned against Yager on the charge of second degree murder of his wife, Melinda Yager.

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Opinion

An act of discrimination?

Last week I encountered a consequence of the Fair Housing Act when I attempted to place an ad for a female roommate in a local newspaper to find a woman to live in the spare bedroom of my house (I'm a widow). In wording my ad the ad taker insisted that I could not ask for a female roomer; I had to use the word person, otherwise the Fair Housing Act would call my request "discrimination."

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Master Plan process is ultimately undemocratic

It's not every day you hear a public official say he speaks for the silent majority. At least not since Richard Nixon.

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Oncology treatment was outstanding

I'm writing this letter to let others know about the outstanding oncology center at Delta County Memorial Hospital. The treatment at the center is patient centered.

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Sports

Firor wins gold at state in 400m, 300H
Firor wins gold at state in 400m, 300H

In a repeat of her 2017 performance, Hotchkiss junior Kaiya Firor brought home two gold medals, winning the 400-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles events at the Class 2A state track meet in Lakewood.

Firor finished the 400m a full second ahead of second place finisher Gracie Bradfield of Meeker.

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Hotchkiss, Paonia title matchup possible
Hotchkiss, Paonia title matchup possible

Could the North Fork baseball teams face off in the state championship baseball game?

It's possible.

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Malek-Madani, 3200 relay team win medals
Malek-Madani, 3200 relay team win medals

Cyrus Malek-Madani was ranked fifth in discus heading into last weekend's Class 2A state track and field meet. But in his third and final qualifying throw the senior surprised everyone with a career-best throw of 148 feet.

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Mother Nature KOs 3A playoff schedule

Rains continue to delay the 3A baseball tournament, in which the Delta Panthers were scheduled to begin play last Friday, May 18, in Niwot. Expected rains prompted officials to move the opening round to Monday, May 21.

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Tunget Gymnastics busy qualifying

Tunget Gymnastics has completed four qualifying meets and one state meet so far this season. So far there have been 37 gymnasts qualify for state meet competition.

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DCI Digital Editions

Delta County Independent, May 23, 2018
Delta County Independent, May 23, 2018
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What's Happening

Chapel's summer concert series begins June 3

The Chapel of the Cross announces its 2018 concert series. Performances are scheduled Sundays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m., during the months of June, July and August.

Additional programs are held in the fall and winter, as well as at Christmas.

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Senior theatre presents murder mystery

The Grand Junction Senior Theatre presents "The Affairs at Meddlers Top," a murder mystery comedy written by Richard Coleman and directed by James Werner.

The performances take place at the Robinson Theater at Colorado Mesa University Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 16, at 2 and 7 p.m.

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VBS set for June 4-8

The First Baptist Church of Cedaredge (370 West Main Street) is offering a free vacation Bible school to be held June 4-8. This program is for children ages 4 years old through entering sixth grade and runs from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

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What's happening at your library? May 23, 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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Wilderness, remote first aid certification offered

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is offering an American Red Cross wilderness and remote first aid course June 13-15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants must be 14 years of age or older.

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Community

People in the News Batt

Daryl Batt of Hotchkiss participated in Simpson College's Research and Creativity Symposium on April 19. The annual Simpson College Research and Creativity Symposium is a multi-disciplinary event that showcases outstanding student work through the presentation of papers, performances, posters and panel discussions.

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People In The News Pieper

Ceceilia Pieper of Paonia recently participated in the University of Findlay's 2018 Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity.

Pieper presented "Exploring the Culture of Prescribing: A Survey Study of the Correlation Between Patient Experience and Expectation for Antibiotics and Patient Knowledge in Rural Northwest Ohio."

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School Zone

'Live Like Casey' scholarship honors Casey Gillenwater
'Live Like Casey' scholarship honors Casey Gillenwater

Ask his friends what they remember about Casey Gillenwater and they'll say that he was humble, mature beyond his years, fun-loving, bubbly, friendly and caring, and fiercely competitive. They will say he made positive impact on many, many lives.

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32 practical nursing students graduate from TCR
32 practical nursing students graduate from TCR

On May 12, Technical College of the Rockies (TCR) graduated 32 practical nursing students at the Delta Center for Performing Arts and Education. Graduation marks the completion of rigorous study and clinical responsibility.

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DCMH volunteers award scholarships
DCMH volunteers award scholarships

The Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) volunteers recently awarded $5,000 in scholarships to Delta County senior high school students who are planning to major in a health related program at area colleges.

This year scholarship recipients each receiving a $1,000 scholarship are:

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Jordan Tamayo receives Betty Wolverton memorial scholarship
Jordan Tamayo receives Betty Wolverton memorial scholarship

Hotchkiss High School senior, Jordan Danielle Tamayo, daughter of Melissa and Alonso Tamayo, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Betty Wolverton Scholarship. She is planning to attend the Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and pursue a degree in athletic training/pre-physical therapy.

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Lena Sammons Reed scholarship committee awards $119,000
Lena Sammons Reed scholarship committee awards $119,000

The Lena Sammons Reed Scholarship committee awarded $119,000 to students who attended Crawford Elementary for a minimum of two years and graduated or are graduating from Hotchkiss High School. The awards went to one nontraditional student, 12 renewal students, and three graduating seniors.

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Nolan Egging receives Kathleen Wheeler Memorial Scholarship
Nolan Egging receives Kathleen Wheeler Memorial Scholarship

Hotchkiss High School senior, Nolan James Egging, son of Kimberly and Douglas Egging, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Kathleen Wheeler Memorial Scholarship. He is planning to attend the Colorado School of Mines in Golden and pursue a degree in Engineering and Physics.

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Obituaries

Bernard Bouwens

Bernard E. "Bob" Bouwens died Feb. 7, 2018, at his son's home in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 88.

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Fern Sedberry

Fern Sedberry died May 18, 2018, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta.

Family viewing was held May 20 at Taylor Funeral Home in Delta.

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Joanne Burns
Joanne Burns

Delta resident Joanne Burns died May 17, 2018, at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 82.

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John Pope
John Pope

Lifelong Delta resident John R. "Johnny Bob" Pope died May 21, 2018, at Willow Tree Care Center in Eckert. He was 86.

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Mary Ann Kastning

Mary Ann (Myers) Kastning died March 19, 2018.

She was born on a farm in Delta County on April 8, 1921.

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Paula Moore
Paula Moore

Paula Antoinette (Schieber) Moore died Feb. 24, 2018, at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham, Ill. She was 87.

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Service notice

Military services for William "Rocky" P. Branigan III will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction.

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North Fork

Highway 133 will be a 'cone zone' this summer

The Colorado Department of Transportation began a project on Colorado Highway 133 on the south side of McClure Pass on Monday, May 20, with anticipated completion in mid-October, weather permitting. The work, contracted to Anderson Drilling for $1.3 million, will reinforce a rock slip (fault) area between mile points (MP) 40.54 and 40.61, about five miles south of the Marble turnoff.

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Hotchkiss trustees support Creamery, Farm to Fiddle

As a nonprofit organization, the Creamery Arts Center relies on volunteer and community support to keep its doors open. Linda Tullis is also seeking a Colorado Creative Industries grant to help with operating costs.

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Memorial Day events in the North Fork

There will be Memorial Day observances in Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford this weekend.

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Spruce up Paonia is June 11-15

Planning a big spring cleaning project?

The Town of Paonia will hold its annual Spruce Up Paonia June 11-15.

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Surface Creek

GMAEC grand opening celebration is June 15
GMAEC grand opening celebration is June 15

Anticipation and curiosity about the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center is about to end! Join us to celebrate our Grand Opening, "Art on the Edge," beginning Friday, June 15, at 5:15 p.m.

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Observe Memorial Day in the Surface Creek

Today we are a nation at war against terrorism. The armed forces of the United States are fighting the terrorist armed forces in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq and are working hard to protect our country against those who would do us harm.

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Pioneer Town opens Saturday

The much-anticipated opening of Pioneer Town is Saturday, May 26. As in the past, opening day is known as Heritage Day, with special events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cowboys -- some carrying guns and others guitars -- will be roaming the historical village.

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Police officers, teachers recognized in proclamations

The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met May 17 at the Cedaredge Civic Center. Mayor Eugene Welch proclaimed May 13-19 as National Police Week to pay tribute to local and national law enforcement.

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Ripping the hard pan
Ripping the hard pan

The dirt surface of a rodeo ground should never be hard-packed. A so-called "hard pan" surface is dangerous for horses and riders alike.

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What's bugging you? May 23, 2018
What's bugging you? May 23, 2018

You've probably heard of IPM or Integrated Pest Management. But what about an even more holistic approach? Try PHC or Plant Health Care.

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