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Delta

City intends to put property sale or swap on the ballot

The City of Delta has notified the Delta County clerk and recorder of its intention to participate in the coordinated election to take place in November.

The decision was made July 24, during the council's last scheduled meeting prior to the deadline for notifying the clerk.

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Commissioners act on subdivisions

Commissioners Mark Roeber and Don Suppes approved subdivisions which were at various steps in the planning process at their July 30 meeting. Commission Doug Atchley was absent.

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County maintains fire restrictions

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests lifted fire restrictions on Friday, July 28, but Stage 1 restrictions remain in effect in unincorporated areas of Delta County. Although GMUG fire managers noted a significant decrease in wildfire risk, the Delta County Commissioners were urged by several fire districts to leave restrictions in place locally.

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Delta police, sheriff's blotter Aug. 1, 2018

Officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street for a report of a two-vehicle accident with no injuries.

Officers responded to the 600 block of Palmer Street for the report of a disturbance. Bill E. Higgs, 47, of Delta was arrested on charges of violation of a protection order.

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Driver dies after short pursuit

At about 9:45 p.m. the night of July 27, a Colorado State Patrol trooper attempted to stop a 2007 Toyota Camry near Delta. The vehicle took off and crashed within one minute at 2000 Road and G Road.

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Empowered Energy Systems recognized as top solar contractor

More than 10,600 megawatts of solar power were installed last year in the United States, and local installer Empowered Energy Systems LLC has been recognized by Solar Power World magazine for its contributions to the industry.

The Top Solar Contractors list is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the United States.

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Hickenlooper comments on BLM oil/gas lease sale

On July 17, Governor John Hickenlooper sent Colorado's scoping comments to the Bureau of Land Management regarding BLM's December 2018 oil and gas lease sale.

The governor applauded BLM for using its discretion to allow the state and the public the opportunity to provide scoping comments, as well as a public comment opportunity on the environmental assessment later this summer.

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Ludlow named to oil/gas working group

At their July 30 meeting Delta County Commissioners appointed Mike Ludlow to the Delta County oil and gas working group.

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Move completed for school district office
Move completed for school district office

There are still some finishing touches to be done at the new district office at 145 W. 4th Street in Delta, but staff members have settled into their new offices and begun in earnest to prepare for the 2018-19 school year.

The building was purchased from the Bank of Colorado and renovated to turn the teller line into office space.

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Nature Connection receives grant for mountain bike trailer

The Nature Connection is delighted to announce receipt of a $10,000 grant from The Goodwin Foundation of Grand Junction. This funding will be invested in purchasing a large Huckwagons mountain bike trailer.

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Police K9 to join Delta Police Dept.

In late September, a new team member will be joining the Delta Police Department. A K9 by the name of Racio (Ra-ko) will be paired with Officer Will Hammon.

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Rockfall work requires full closure of I-70

Safety critical rockfall work will require full closures of I-70 in De Beque Canyon. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will conduct full closures of both westbound and eastbound I-70 at Exit 49 (Colorado 65 interchange) the week of Aug. 13-16 to perform rockfall mitigation.

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Senior meals listed for August

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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Smoke from multiple fires impacts air quality
Smoke from multiple fires impacts air quality

Two wildfires burning in the region, as well as smoke from additional fires in the western United States, are to blame for hazy conditions in much of Delta County.

Lightning sparked a fire that's burning in a remote area of the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness.

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Opinion

Commissioners don't speak for community on oil/gas

As the DCI reported on July 18, the Colorado BLM has posted notice of its intention to offer nearly a quarter of a million acres of public lands for oil and gas leases. This proposed lease sale spans Colorado, and includes parcels in Delta County, Gunnison County, Mesa, Garfield, Moffat, Weld, and other counties.

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Donald Smith
Donald Smith

Donald L. Smith of Austin died July 27, 2018, at the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 82.

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Howard Tidwell

Farmer and former Delta County assessor Howard U. Tidwell died July 27, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 84.

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Please be respectful

This year during the Farm to Fiddle Festival, the Hotchkiss Town Council has given Mike's Barber Shop permission to have two designated parking spaces in front of my shop for customer parking. These two spots will be on Bridge Street directly in front of my shop.

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Republicans: Stand up for the values we share

To all my friends who are proud and honored to call themselves Republicans, I want and need you to know that I like you. I work with you, I have meals with you, I watch movies, plays, outdoor concerts with you.

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Sports

Deltarado Days golf teams enjoy play

Seventy-four players, representing 20 teams, participated in last Sunday's Deltarado Days Golf Scramble at Devil's Thumb Golf Club in Delta.

A cooperating sky provided plenty of sunshine and was accompanied by well-timed cooling breezes throughout the 18 holes of play.

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Hotchkiss siblings sign to play ball
Hotchkiss siblings sign to play ball

Josie and Chase Hiatt have signed letters of intent to play softball and baseball at Colorado Northwestern Community College this fall. The college-bound athletes are the daughter and son of Ty and Dana Hiatt of Hotchkiss.

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This group of athletes completed summer baseball
This group of athletes completed summer baseball

This group of athletes completed summer baseball with a tournament win in Rifle.

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What's Happening

AARP offers drivers ed

Bill Heddles Recreation Center will host the AARP Smart Driver program Monday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Save money on insurance and keep up on newer traffic laws.

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Hubwheelers plan special square dance

The Delta Hubwheelers Square Dance Club is planning a special dance Thursday, Aug. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. with guest caller Dean Diederman from Nebraska at a special location -- Garnet Mesa Elementary School. Enter from the cafeteria off 5th Street.

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Libraries close for training

Delta County Libraries will be closed the morning of Thursday, Aug. 16, for an all-staff training. All five libraries in Delta County will open at noon that day.

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What's happening at your library? Aug. 1, 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 Aug. 1, 2018

Billy and Kelly Moss of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Layla Beth Moss, born July 22, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 inches in length.

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Obituaries

Charles Gohn
Charles Gohn

Charles Douglas Gohn of Chatsworth, Calif., died July 4, 2018, at Chatsworth Park Health Care Center after a long battle with multiple sclerosis (MS). He was 75.

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Elsie Dawirs
Elsie Dawirs

Elsie L. Dawirs died July 17, 2018, at her home in Delta. She was 92.

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Howard
Howard "Bob" Brooks

Hotchkiss, Colo., resident Howard R. Brooks passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2018, at his residence. He was 86 years of age.

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Julieanne Marquez
Julieanne Marquez

Crawford resident Julieanne Marquez died July 25, 2018, in San Diego, Calif. She was 39.

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Lynda Vincent
Lynda Vincent

Delta resident Lynda Jean Vincent died July 24, 2018, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 54.

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William Beveridge

Delta resident William G. "Bill" Beveridge died July 20, 2018, at his home. He was 68.

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North Fork

Arts 4 All expanding to Hotchkiss
Arts 4 All expanding to Hotchkiss

A program providing arts education and opportunities to elementary-aged children in the North Fork Valley is growing.

Arts for All will expand into the Hotchkiss K-8 School beginning this fall thanks to a $500 grant awarded to the Blue Sage Center for the Arts by the Sheila Fortune Foundation.

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Delta County fair honors the Cobb family
Delta County fair honors the Cobb family

The Jerry Cobb family will serve as grand marshals for the 2018 Delta County Fair. It's an honor that the elder Cobb's two surviving daughters wish their dad was alive to celebrate. Jerry Cobb died in the spring of 2016 at age 73.

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Demolition Derby returns to the fair
Demolition Derby returns to the fair

Are you ready for a night of pure car-nage? The Demolition Derby & ATV Barrel Race returns to the Delta County Fairgrounds and will close out the 113th annual Delta County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 11.

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Edesia Community Kitchen granted special use permits

Edesia Community Kitchen will be allowed to continue operations at 395 Clark Avenue, following decisions the Paonia Board of Trustees to approve a series of special use permits. Approval came following a lengthy public hearing that spanned two meetings and about five hours of public comment and deliberation.

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Experience the library at fair booth

How has your country library touched you? Visit Delta County Libraries' booth at Heritage Hall to share your library experience in a creative, hands-on way.

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Explore dostadning with A Little Help North Fork Valley

Dostadning is the new phenomenon outlined in Margareta Magnusson's "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning." In Europe, the book has already occupied a good deal of reviewing space and, according to Time magazine, dostadning will be the hot new trend stateside in 2018.

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Jordan Evans to kick off Pickin' in the Park series
Jordan Evans to kick off Pickin' in the Park series

Jordan Evans will open the 2018 Pickin' in the Park concert series at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2.

Evans, 18, is one of four local acts selected for a new Pickin' feature called "6@6."

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Life of Riley designs selected for juried arts and crafts festival
Life of Riley designs selected for juried arts and crafts festival

Local artist Michelle Riley of Life of Riley Designs from Paonia will be exhibiting at the 56th annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival in Nappanee, Ind., Aug. 2-5.

Riley is a jewelry maker whose pieces are available locally at the Refinery in Paonia.

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Paonia selected for Downtown Colorado marketing program

Paonia is one of six communities in Colorado to be chosen by Downtown Colorado, Inc. to receive marketing training through a program funded through a Rural Business Development Grant.

Through this grant, Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) will provide workshops and technical assistance services focused on digitial marketing.

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Rodeo events draw competitors of all ages

When it comes to barrel racing, team roping, pole bending and more, you'll find all the action you could want at the Delta County Fair & Rodeo.

The action begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, with the Junior Rodeo.

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Take self-guided tour of grass pasture demo plot

Tri-River Area small acreage landowners are invited to a "Management of Small Acreage Pastures Self-Guided Tour," at the Delta County Fairgrounds at 403 S. 4th Street in Hotchkiss. The two-acre plot is located on the southeast corner of the fairgrounds, near the river.

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Tour the West Elks Wine Country this weekend
Tour the West Elks Wine Country this weekend

The wineries of the West Elks Wine Country invite you to a special weekend of touring, premium wine tasting and winemakers' dinners during the 10th annual West Elks Wine Trail. Set your own route for a fun and relaxing day or weekend and come home with delicious wine and memories. Visit westelksava.com for details.

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Writers sought for Harvest of Voices

The Paonia Literary Committee is seeking original works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction for the 2018 Harvest of Voices performance during Mountain Harvest Festival. Winning submissions will be read by the writer the evening of Sept. 27 at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

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Surface Creek

'Celebrate Rotary' event draws 100 participants
'Celebrate Rotary' event draws 100 participants

The basement and sanctuary at Cedaredge United Methodist Church were packed last Wednesday as area residents gathered to celebrate the town's Rotary Club and the club's commitment to world-wide causes.

Joe Agne, pastor of the church and incoming president of the Cedaredge Rotary Club, hosted the evening which featured a pasta dinner prepared by church members.

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Aug. 3 Art Walk features Verity Martin poetry festival
Aug. 3 Art Walk features Verity Martin poetry festival

The August version of Cedaredge's popular First Friday Art Walk will add new wrinkles to its typical menu of artisan booths and restaurant treats. The monthly art walk will take place as usual along Main Street from 5-7 p.m on Friday, Aug. 3, but there will be lots to do inside the new Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC).

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Cedaredge chamber previews community events

As summer enters its final month, the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of events stretching from the August Serenity Run, through October's gigantic AppleFest celebration, and all the way to the town's Parade of Lights in December.

Beginning this Friday and Saturday -- on Aug. 3-4 -- the 33rd annual International Serenity Run (ISR) comes to town.

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Cedaredge residents invited to Party in the Park
Cedaredge residents invited to Party in the Park

No one knows how to do August like the Town of Cedaredge, and this weekend will be jam-packed, filled with family-friendly activities that will showcase just how wonderful the Surface Creek Valley is.

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Cedaredge United Methodist launches monthly kids' program

Cedaredge United Methodist Church will launch a monthly program for children of Cedaredge and surrounding communities with a back-to-school/end of summer celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, which says there is a season for every purpose under heaven, children from kindergarten to fifth grade will enjoy music, drama, arts and crafts, outdoor games, including water games, snacks, lunch and a trip to pick seasonal produce at one of the area's farms.

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Pancakes, motorcycles and music on deck for Celebrate Cedaredge
Pancakes, motorcycles and music on deck for Celebrate Cedaredge

The Town of Cedaredge and the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce are collaborating to bring the community the final Celebrate Cedaredge event of the summer on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Town Park from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Start your morning with a fresh, fluffy flapjack, courtesy of the VFW Post #9221, which is serving up its annual pancake breakfast at the Stolte Shed from 7-10 a.m.

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VFW hosts Serenity Run breakfasts

This weekend, in conjunction with the annual International Serenity Run, the Grand Mesa Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9221 will once again serve its popular pancake breakfasts. The morning meals will be dished up on Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4, from 7-10 a.m.

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