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Bearproof your home to protect bears
Bearproof your home to protect bears

As if bears weren't already known for their insatiable hunger, the end of summer triggers an instinctual need to pack on the pounds to prepare for the months of hibernation ahead. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds everyone that this quest for calories, called hyperphagia, will send bears on an urgent search for food making it especially important to bearproof your homes and cars when in bear country.

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Call 811 before you dig

It was time for Joe to replace a few fence posts on his family's farm. Those posts were likely older than him.

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Compensation available to protect forests

Colorado landowners who want to protect environmentally valuable private forest areas that could someday be threatened by development or conversion to other non-forest uses -- and who desire to receive monetary compensation in the process -- now have the opportunity to submit proposals to protect their forestlands.

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County seeks law enforcement grant for victim assistance

At their Aug. 6 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes signed a full-year grant application to the Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement Fund for a $10,000 grant for victim services, provided through the sheriff's office and under the direction of Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee.

The grant application provides the number and type of primary victims that the sheriff's office expects to serve in the next calendar year, and estimates the number of victims in each category.

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Delta Tractor Supply celebrates pets of all kinds
Delta Tractor Supply celebrates pets of all kinds

Tractor Supply Company in Delta​ is dedicating the entire month of August to showing its appreciation for animals. The rural lifestyle retailer will host a variety of animal-centric happenings and deals as part of Out Here With Animals, its monthlong event for animals of all kinds and the people who care for them.

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Electric Mountain Lodge purchased

A group from the Roaring Fork Valley has purchased the Electric Mountain Lodge. The lodge is located on Stevens Gulch Road above Paonia and has been fully renovated back to its nostalgic roots with plans to have it operational within a month.

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Emmons appointed to trauma advisory council

At their Aug. 6 meeting County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes appointed Jillian Emmons to the Western Regional Emergency Trauma Advisory Council Board for a term expiring in 2020.

Emmons has served as trauma nurse coordinator at Delta County Memorial Hospital since April 2018, and has been employed by DCMH for six years.

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Encampment draws attention of health officials
Encampment draws attention of health officials

The sight is all too common in Delta County -- an older RV is parked in the middle of a parcel of land without access to water or a sewage disposal system. Some folks are just passing through; others seem to be more permanent, surrounding their residences with a growing collection of vehicles, outbuildings and, on occasion, trash and cast-off items.

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Energy startups have until Aug. 15 to apply for Spark Tank

Innovative startup companies working in the energy sector are invited to apply to the Spark Tank, a pitch event kicking off the second annual Energy Conference hosted by ENGAGE. The conference will be held Sept. 17 in Paonia.

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Five initiative petitions filed on Aug. 6 deadline

Secretary of state Wayne Williams announced Monday that five initiative petitions were turned in by the 3 p.m. deadline:

Initiative 97, setback requirement for oil and gas development,

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Fund established for toddler's transplant

With the cost of a life-saving transplant often exceeding $800,000, most transplant families are unable to shoulder that financial burden. The Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national 501(c)3 charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses.

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Home health reorganizes
Home health reorganizes

Delta-Montrose Home Health, owned and operated by Delta County Memorial Hospital, has a new administrative team -- Jon McMurphy, RN, BSN, MBA/MHA, as the director, Hilary Showalter, RN/BSN, as quality manager and Tiffany LaHue, RN, clinical manager -- whose primary goals include strategies to improve the exceptional care of patients.

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Hospital ER institutes additional procedures to enhance patient safety
Hospital ER institutes additional procedures to enhance patient safety

The Delta County Memorial Hospital emergency department is instituting additional procedural changes to enhance patient safety and efficiencies within the department, according to chief clinical officer Jody Roeber, RN, MSN, who supervises the department.

New procedures now being implemented include:

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Land swap appeals to Delta City Council

The City of Delta is exploring a possible land swap with Bill St. James, a move that would exchange park land on the north side of the Gunnison River for numerous parcels St. James owns on the south side of the river from Ute Street to the east.

The land swap will require voter approval, and to get the question on the November ballot, the wording must be finalized by the Sept. 4 council meeting.

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Law enforcement blotter Aug. 8, 2018

Erric L. West, 23, of Delta was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.

Bryan D. Dillie, 37, of Cedaredge was arrested on a warrant with a bond of $350.

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North Fork activist challenges BoCC to fire planning commission member

Lisa Niermann, president of North Fork Valley Community Rights Advocates (NFVCRA), presented a letter to Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes at their Aug. 6 meeting.

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Resurrecting old insurance model may limit who gets covered and how well

A new health insurance option awaits consumers this fall. Proponents say it will offer lower premiums and relief from increasingly expensive Obamacare policies sold in the so-called individual market.

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Reviews are online

Performance evaluations of Colorado appellate and trial court judges standing for retention in the 2018 general election are available online at www.ojpe.org.

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Smoky conditions persist

On Monday, the Minnesota Incident Command System Type 2 Blue Team assumed management of the Bull Draw Fire 12 miles northwest of Nucla.

The fire is blamed for much of the smoke filling the skies west of Delta, and on Saturday prompted a flurry of 911 calls when the smoke grew unusually thick and ash fell from the sky for a brief period of time.

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Traffic tip Aug. 8, 2018
Traffic tip Aug. 8, 2018

It's hard to believe, but summer is fading quickly and school is right around the corner. The start of school is accompanied by the presence of those big yellow buses.

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West Nile reported in Delta County

The first two human cases of West Nile virus in Colorado in 2018 have been reported in Weld and Delta counties. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reminds people that preventing mosquito bites is the No. 1 way to avoid getting any mosquito-borne illness.

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Opinion

Jacobson twists GOP positions


The Aug. 1 letter from David Jacobson was interesting. Almost like it was scripted instead of a regular letter.

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Marvin Stephens
Marvin Stephens

A celebration of life for Marvin Stephens will be held Saturday, Aug. 11,

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Paonia issues prompt a response

Paonia has been one very busy place this past month, so I have multiple items to address. Having attended every town council meeting for the past eight months with few other hard-core audience members, I was less shocked by Mayor Stewart's ejection of Suzanne Watson at the July 10 meeting than the reaction to it exhibited by Bill Brunner and whomever else he could stir up.

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Playing with the bank's money

President Trump recently announced that his war on trade was supported by the fact that the stock market was at near all time highs. Since stock prices are so high, he says, we can endure a little "pain" that may be caused by his tariff and trade policies because he is "playing with the bank's money."

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What is there to be afraid of?

Before you THINK about voting Republican in the upcoming election, turn off the noise of distractions about Russia and fake news and North Korea and take a long LOOK at what the GOP has been doing to America.

We successfully fought to keep the ACA and health care for 32 million Americans.

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What's Happening

Dancing with the Stars: Delta style

Get ready to be entertained and support your favorite nonprofit all at the same time. Delta County's Dancing with the Stars is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Delta County Performing Arts Center, with six local dance teams performing to raise funds for six area nonprofits.

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Water law seminar offered Aug. 23

The Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side conservation districts will host "Water Law in a Nutshell," from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Avenue.

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What's happening at your library? Aug. 8, 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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Youth volleyball skills and drills offered

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is offering volleyball skills and drills for youth grades K-4. Register before Sept. 23; the cost is $30.

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Community

Births Aug, 8, 2018

Chance and Jessie Davidson of Montrose are the parents of a daughter, Cambri Alana Davidson, born July 30, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 7.2 ounces and was 19 inches in length.

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People In The News Cerise

Amanda Cerise of Cedaredge earned a master of arts degree in school counseling

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School Zone

Vision Charter Academy: Onward and upward

The theme for the 2018-2019 school year for Vision Charter Academy is "Onward and Upward," reflecting the trend of increasing educational opportunities for learners, improving test scores and adding additional field trips and exploration classes. This continuous improvement theme also builds on the Vanguard mascot of the school in being the first and regional leader in individualized education.

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Obituaries

Christopher Allan Tafoya
Christopher Allan Tafoya

Christopher Allan Tafoya passed away July 27, 2018 at his home in Cedaredge, Colo. Christopher lost his battle with a rare type of cancer that settled in both lungs.

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David Shelton
David Shelton

John "David" Shelton died July 31, 2018, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 79.

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Donna Heronemus
Donna Heronemus

Donna J. Heronemus of Delta died Aug. 4, 2018, at Willow Tree Care Center. She was 90.

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Donna Waibel
Donna Waibel

Donna Waibel died May 25, 2018, at her home in Cedaredge. She was 91.

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Howard Tidwell
Howard Tidwell

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

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Jay Ayer

Jay Eugene Ayer died Aug. 4, 2018, at his home in Paonia. He was 64.

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Joyce Felix
Joyce Felix

Joyce A. Felix, recently of Lindale, Texas, died in Tyler, Texas, Aug. 3, 2018, at the age of 83.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Olathe Cemetery.

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Marilyn Sullivan

Marilyn Theos Sullivan of Paonia died Sunday, July 29, 2018, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 75.

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Maxine Hazel Wheatcroft
Maxine Hazel Wheatcroft

Maxine Hazel Wheatcroft of Manhattan Beach, Calif., passed away peacefully at her family home since 1957 on July 22, 2018 ,at the age of 90 surrounded by her family and dog, Molly. She was born May 19, 1928, in Los Angeles to Hazel Beatrice Treaster and Pinckney William Baker.

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Vanette Hambek
Vanette Hambek

Paonia resident Vanette A. Hambek died July 31, 2018, at Paonia Care and Rehab Center. She was 91.

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Virginia Young

Eckert resident Virginia Young died Aug. 3, 2018, at her home. She was 86.

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Walter Giron
Walter Giron

Walter Franklin Giron died July 6, 2018. He was 61.

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North Fork

Building on HHS' outstanding tradition
Building on HHS' outstanding tradition

A teacher, coach and administrator who has been with the school district for eight years is taking the leadership role at Hotchkiss High School. HHS principal Paul Rodriguez resigned the position for medical reasons, but remains supportive of the Bulldog community and Marty Rover, the new principal.

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Bulldog boosters sell sweet corn at the fair

The Bulldog Booster Club will sell Mountain Fresh Sweet Corn this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11, in Hotchkiss.

Mountain Fresh owner Mike Ahlberg is donating the corn, which he and sons Seth and Zach have grown since 2000.

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Explore dostadning with A Little Help North Fork Valley

A Little Help is offering three one-hour discussions on "dostadning," from 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 14, 21 and 28, at the Paonia Library Community Room.

Based on the book, "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family of a Lifetime of Clutter," dostadning literally translates to "death cleansing," an invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a life.

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Fire Mountain Canal closure comes early
Fire Mountain Canal closure comes early

Users of the Fire Mountain Canal became the latest victims of the ongoing drought in western Colorado. Water to the 34-mile long canal running from Somerset to the south end of Rogers Mesa was shut off Saturday evening.

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Junior Market Livestock Sale is Saturday

The Delta County Fair continues this week with Heritage Hall exhibits, livestock shows and special events including a wild game chili cookoff Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m.; Mountain States Ranch Rodeo at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9; JC Propane Team Roping Saddle Shoot-out Finals and royalty coronation at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10; and the Demolition Derby and ATV Barrel Race at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.

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Raft raffle brings in waves of money
Raft raffle brings in waves of money

Lisa Niermann of Paonia is the lucky winner of a new Hyside Mini-Max raft. The raft, which included a set of Cataract oars and a custom oar frame was raffled off by the Western Slope Conservation Center. The setup is valued at over $4,000.

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Weather trends spell trouble for river basin
Weather trends spell trouble for river basin

For the fourth time in more than a half century, the Fire Mountain Canal was shut off before the end of the growing season, impacting some 488 irrigation water shareholders and more than 15,000 acres of arable land in the North Fork Valley.

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West Nile Virus warning issued for North Fork

The North Fork Mosquito Abatement District is warning residents that mild cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the North Fork area.

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Surface Creek

Cedaredge needs volunteer firefighters
Cedaredge needs volunteer firefighters

As the region's current drought persists -- and with wildfires burning throughout the West -- the Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department is continuing to seek new members. For application procedures, contact Chief Dan Sanders at the Cedaredge Police Department, 140 NW 2nd Street, 970-856-4301.

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Cedaredge trustees begin 2019 budget process

The Town of Cedaredge has canceled the usual monthly work session which would have been held on Aug. 9. Instead town trustees will focus on the process of planning next year's town budget.

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Explore 'flower pounding' at garden club program

Friday, July 20, proved to be a perfect day for the Plant & Dig Garden Club's annual wildflower viewing on Grand Mesa. There was a slight overcast which kept the temperature just right for our adventure.

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Methodists launch monthly program for kids

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.

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Orchard City trustees discuss committees, water

The Town of Orchard City board of trustees met Aug. 1 for a public work session during which they discussed a variety of issues ranging from water to committee assignments.

Trustees serve on various committees which meet periodically to consider topics such as water, personnel, and planning.

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What's bugging you? Aug. 8, 2018
What's bugging you? Aug. 8, 2018

Our drought has continued with generally hot, dry days. I did receive seven tenths of an inch of rain the last week of July but this storm was spotty at best. We have entered the monsoon season with expected increased chances of rain.

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