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Celebrating a Rock Steady birthday
Celebrating a Rock Steady birthday

People with Parkinson's disease experience a wide variety of symptoms and, although the illness is progressive and irreversible, there are choices. Medication helps but so does attitude.

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Chism obtains patent for his mice-catching invention
Chism obtains patent for his mice-catching invention

With perseverance and professional assistance, Delta inventor Gary Chism has obtained a patent for his adaptation of a mouse trap.

Like many great inventions, "The Trap" was designed to solve a very real problem.

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Food entrepreneurs go from recipes to revenues at ENGAGE workshop
Food entrepreneurs go from recipes to revenues at ENGAGE workshop

June 21 kicked off a workshop for food entrepreneurs titled "From Recipe to Revenues." Over 40 people gathered at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss in hopes to learn from experts in the food industry from across Colorado.

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GMUG welcomes new deputy forest supervisor
GMUG welcomes new deputy forest supervisor

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests welcome the arrival of Chad Stewart as the new deputy forest supervisor. Stewart reported to the GMUG on May 13, replacing Russ Bacon who left to assume the role of forest supervisor of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.

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Inventors' bootcamp helps ideas come to fruition
Inventors' bootcamp helps ideas come to fruition

As Gary Chism discovered during the five-year-long process of obtaining a patent for his invention, it takes time, money and perseverance to get an idea to the marketplace (see story above).

"This will cost money! Be prepared to invest in yourself," said Rita Crompton, The Inventor Lady. Recently, Crompton and Ray Burrasca, a crowdfunding expert, led an Inventor Bootcamp hosted by ENGAGE, Small Business Development Center and The Inventors Roundtable™.

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Law enforcement blotter June 27, 2018

Justin C. Brown, 35, of Delta was arrested and jailed on an active warrant with a no bond.

Officers responded to West 3rd Street and Palmer Street for a non-injury traffic accident.

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New museum curator honors tradition
New museum curator honors tradition

Laurie Elendu has been named the curator of the Delta Museum. She replaces longtime museum director Jim Wetzel, who continues to serve the Delta County Historical Society as a board member and volunteer.

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Pedestrians struck by suspected drunk driver

A family of five walking eastbound on E. 5th Street was struck from behind by a 26-year-old Delta resident suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Delta Police Department responded to the accident in the area of E. 5th and B Street Friday, June 22, at about 6:45 p.m.

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Primary election

On Tuesday, the final day to vote in Colorado's primary election, the secretary of state reports that 3,161 Republican and 1,272 Democratic ballots had been returned in Delta County.

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School district office to move in early July

Classrooms may be quiet during the summer months, but business is humming at the administrative offices of Delta County Joint School District #50. The district office is poised to move into its new downtown Delta location, staff vacancies are being filled and summer maintenance projects are proceeding at full throttle.

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SEI launches solar advising program for rural communities

Solar Energy International (SEI), an industry leader in solar energy technical training, kicked off its newest program, Solar Forward, through a partnership with the Coldharbour Institute in Gunnison County.

The Solar Forward program gives nonprofits or community groups in rural Colorado communities the opportunity to partner with SEI to implement initiatives aimed at kickstarting solar markets in a region.

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Senior CommUnity meals for July

Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County -- Cedaredge Civic 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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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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State Farm continues support of Food for Thought program
State Farm continues support of Food for Thought program

Willyn Webb, executive director of Vision Charter Academy and leader of the Food for Thought program, recently updated State Farm agents on the "kids feeding kids" program in Delta County schools.

Food for Thought is a two-time recipient of the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant of $25,000, for a total of $50,000.

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Opinion

DCED: Let private enterprise work for the city

Hey DCED (Delta County Economic Development), what's up with the "us against them mentality?" You know, the bully tactics, ganging up with the "my way or no way."

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Decline to sign petition for 97

This summer there will be petition gatherers in our town trying to get any number of things on the November ballot. One measure I wouldn't sign for is Initiative 97.

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Good ol' boys club is alive and well

We have all heard of the good ol' boys club and shrugged it off, but you don't understand how it impacts people's lives until you are a victim of it.

In November of 2017, I noticed the county putting up new road signs.

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Initiative 97 is a train wreck for the economy

Initiative 97 is a train-wreck for Colorado's economy.

Initiative 97 would mandate oil and gas development be set back at least 2,500 feet (eight football fields) from any occupied structure or defined vulnerable area.

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Initiative 97 is bad for Colorado

Here we go again. Environmental activists (with out of state backers) are trying once again to essentially ban fracking through Initiative 97, even though they failed miserably in 2016.

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Protect our water from fracking

As our local towns start talking about water conservation, most recognize that we are among many counties and states that are facing drought along with a potential increase in wildfires. Individually there are ways we can all conserve, and we should.

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Sports

Cherry Days 5k set for Saturday, June 30
Cherry Days 5k set for Saturday, June 30

The annual Cherry Days 5k run/walk happens Saturday, June 30. A Cherry Days tradition for well over a decade, the course begins and ends at Apple Valley Park.

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Cherry Days baseball tournament Saturday

Registration is now open for the Cherry Days baseball tournament scheduled for June 30-July 1. All games are played at Volunteer Park, located off of Mathews Lane on Hayden Road.

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Former Delta athlete in USATF Championships
Former Delta athlete in USATF Championships

There seems to be a growing number of success stories for Delta County track athletes these past few months. Hotchkiss' Katy Parsons and Jennifer Celis have demonstrated their success by sports staff writer Tamie Meck's recent story of competition between the two Hotchkiss standouts running in the same heat in an 800m event at the college level.

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What's Happening

'Science Saturdays' scheduled

Grand Mesa Visitor Center is hosting "Science Saturdays" from 2 to 3 p.m. through Color Sunday. The visitor center is located near the intersection of Highway 65 and Forest Road 121. Programs are free and open to the public.

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Cimarron Sundays showcase train legacy
Cimarron Sundays showcase train legacy

Curecanti National Recreation Area will be providing special Cimarron Sundays this summer. The third Sunday of each month through September, National Park Service interpretive rangers will be stationed at Cimarron to greet visitors, answer questions and provide access to Engine 278.

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Delta County Women's Connection celebrates America

Delta County Women's Connection (DCWC) is excited to host its July 12 event for the women of Delta and surrounding areas from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Delta Christian Church. This month DCWC presents Celebrate America. Feel free to wear your red, white, and blue attire!

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Museum specialist sheds light on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Community members are invited to a special presentation on the Dead Sea Scrolls to take place Saturday, July 21, at the Delta LDS Ward building at 1679 Pioneer Road. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Jennifer Moss Logan, content specialist from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

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Summer dance classes to begin

Get moving this summer with summer dance classes at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Classes will be held July 9-26 and will include preschool, jazz/hip-hop and ballet/contemporary.

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What's happening at your library? June 27, 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 June 27, 2018

Juan and Elvia Barajas of Cedaredge are the parents of a son, Javier Adrian Barajas Roman, born June 17, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 13.2 ounces and was 20.5 inches in length.

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People in the News Grasmick

Johnathan Grasmick of Delta, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, was named to the spring 2018 honor list at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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People in the News Pieper

Emily Pieper, a nursing major from Paonia, was named to the Provost List at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa.

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Obituaries

Gary Lee Charles
Gary Lee Charles

Gary Lee Charles was born on Dec. 21, 1945, in Waltham, Mass., to the late Randall and Lillian Charles. Gary was ushered into the arms of Jesus on June 3, 2018, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Kalispell, Mont., after battling cancer.

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Judith Dixon
Judith Dixon

Judith "Judi" Anne Dixon died May 23, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 74.

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Kitty Dobbs
Kitty Dobbs

Kitty Halene Dobbs died June 23, 2018, at her home in Paonia after a long battle with cancer. She was 85

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Mildred Carver
Mildred Carver

Delta County resident Mildred "Millie" Eda Carver died June 23, 2018. She was 69.

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Miriam Hartig

Miriam Hartig died Feb. 23, 2018.

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Phil Espinoza
Phil Espinoza

Phil Espinoza of La Sal, Utah, formerly of El Llano, N.M., died March 3, 2018, in Grand Junction. He was 73.

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Raymond Rowland

Raymond G. Rowland of Leawood, Kan., died June 19, 2018. He was 102.

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Ruby Saenz

Ruby Grace Saenz died June 18, 2018, in Grand Junction. She was 71.

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Verna Pottorff
Verna Pottorff

Verna Rose Pottorff died June 24. 2018, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 89.

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North Fork

Bakers sought to showcase cherries

The Paonia Cherry Days baking contest is July 4. Bring your "cherry" item to the Cherry Days booth in Paonia Town Park from noon to 12:30 for judging.

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Beer and wine garden spotlights local products

This Cherry Days, enjoy a variety of locally-produced beverages at the Beer & Wine Garden at Paonia Town Park. "This year we're helping to launch Paonia United Brewing Co.," said Cherry Days 4-Ever beer and wine garden coordinator Sheree Fisher.

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Bulls 'n Broncs, mud volleyball are back for Cherry Days
Bulls 'n Broncs, mud volleyball are back for Cherry Days

The 13th annual Bulls 'n Broncs War (formerly the North Fork Challenge) returns to the North Fork Horse Patrol on June 30. This year, $750 of increased money will be added to each of the two main events.

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Commissioners adopt North Fork Ambulance District service plan

Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes passed a Resolution to adopt the North Fork Ambulance District Service Plan at their June 25 meeting.

North Fork Ambulance District (NFAD) will serve in three counties: Delta, Montrose and Gunnison. Montrose County has adopted the service plan and Gunnison County is expected to adopt the service plan this week.

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Creative coalition offers explanation, assurances

Susie Kaldis, board president, and Spencer Lightfoot, program director for the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition, recently updated Hotchkiss trustees on the status of the North Fork Creative District, which now encompasses only Paonia. The creative coalition, however, continues to promote events in the communities of Crawford, Hotchkiss and Paonia.

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Farm Runners celebrates opening of The Station in Hotchkiss
Farm Runners celebrates opening of The Station in Hotchkiss

The Station, located at 235 Highway 133, Hotchkiss, celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, June 22.

The venture is an extension of Farm Runners, which was established by Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette.

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Get creative for costume contest

A 4th of July costume contest brings a new twist to Cherry Day activities. Participants are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue, or in any attire that reflects the 4th of July or the Cherry Days theme, "Grounded in Our Roots."

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Get your act together for July 4 talent show

Can you sing? Dance? Tell jokes? Do magic tricks?

"Show us what you've got," said event organizer Maralyn Bloomer.

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Hwy. 92 closed for barricaded suspect
Hwy. 92 closed for barricaded suspect

On June 21, the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office responded to an address in Hotchkiss for a report of a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived they learned the male suspect, identified as Jimmy Jones, age 33, had left the scene.

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Motorcyclist sustains serious injuries in crash
Motorcyclist sustains serious injuries in crash

A motorcyclist from Broomfield sustained serious injuries in a collision that closed down Highway 133 near Bethlehem Road Friday, June 22, at approximately 4:35 p.m.

According to Trooper Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol, a 2002 Toyota Tundra driven by Don Gates, 57, was westbound on Highway 133 when Timothy Staroba, 47, lost control of a 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle as he was riding eastbound.

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Paonia activist prevails in lawsuit

A libel claim by SG Interests against Paonia resident Pete Kolbenschlag was dismissed on grounds "that the statement attributed to the defendant was substantially true."

On June 20, Delta County Judge Steve Schultz issued a ruling in a widely-watched defamation case that Kolbenschlag claimed was a SLAPP action for his years of effective activism.

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Take a cool break at Paonia museum's ice cream social
Take a cool break at Paonia museum's ice cream social

While enjoying the 72nd Cherry Days celebration take a break from all the festivities and take in Paonia's rich history at the North Fork Historical Society Paonia Museum. From 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, after the parade is over and the Cherry Days royalty has been crowned, the museum will host its annual ice cream social.

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There is something for everyone to be found at Cherry Days vendors
There is something for everyone to be found at Cherry Days vendors

More than 40 vendors, civic groups, non-profits and activities booths are expected at this year's Cherry Days festival. From Aunt Nancy's yarn marionettes to Annette's famous Toadstool Face Painting booth, the Civil Air Patrol and the Paonia Bike Club, more than 40 booths mean something for every taste, age and interest.

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Surface Creek

Cedaredge celebrates its 'independents'

Cedaredge businesses and citizens are encouraged to welcome the 4th of July with a bang as the town encourages shopping at locally-owned independent businesses. The shop-local campaign kicks off on July 1 and extends to July 7 with Thursday, July 5, designated as Shop Cedaredge Day.

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Cedaredge water issues draw a crowd
Cedaredge water issues draw a crowd

An announced intention to move the town into a Stage II drought response drew a crowd of 50 citizens to last week's regular meeting of the Cedaredge Board of Trustees. Citizens had received a postcard from the town announcing new temporary "financial incentives" to encourage water conservation.

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Community yard sale flea market planned

As part of the Celebrate Cedaredge Community Fair on Saturday, July 14, a community yard sale and flea market will take place in the parking lot of the town's public works facility on High Country Avenue across from Cedaredge FoodTown. The event will run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Grand re-opening
Grand re-opening

A large crowd was on hand to celebrate the ribbon cutting as the Surface Creek Animal Shelter officially re-opened its renovated building last Saturday. Holding the ribbon were Deb Fairchild, vice president of the nonprofit shelter board and Larry Dumler, president.

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Gymkhana riders post early series point totals
Gymkhana riders post early series point totals

Melinda Katchur, secretary/treasurer of the Surface Creek Saddle Club, has announced the point totals for gymkhana events through June 20. A gymkhana features horse and rider activities which demonstrate equestrian skills including barrel racing, pole bending, flag races, and a variety of fun events.

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