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Delta

Compensation available to protect forest lands

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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Food For Thought needs your votes!

Food For Thought/Vision Charter Academy has been selected as a State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Top 200 finalist and needs your help by voting for them to receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm®. From now until Aug. 24 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can vote for their favorite cause at https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2012962.

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History Colorado seeks rural applicants for tax credit program

History Colorado is calling all rural entrepreneurs with a business idea, a vision for historic preservation, and an interest in accessing tax credits to help defray eligible rehabilitation costs. Applications for the annual tax credit program are accepted on a rolling basis, but most of the credits are claimed by early November so time is of the essence to tap into the 2018 funds.

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Law enforcement blotter Aug. 15, 2018

Officers assisted Child Protective Services with a child abuse call.

Officers responded to Maverik Gas Station for a two-vehicle traffic accident.

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Libraries provide valuable services for adults

Delta County Libraries continues to offer valuable adult education services, despite losing a grant in the summer of 2017 that funded a majority of the literacy program.

"We are doing the best we can with the limited resources we have," says Gail Srebnik, literacy administrator for Delta County Libraries.

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Low-income seniors may qualify for nutrition assistance

Adults aged 60 and over in Delta County may be eligible to receive a monthly nutritious food box consisting of non-perishable protein, milk, juice, cereal, canned or dried fruits and vegetables, and refrigerated cheese.

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Marijuana question may be on the ballot

During the municipal election in April, the issue of marijuana sales in the City of Delta frequently cropped up. Most questions were prompted by two ballot measures concerning the taxation of retail marijuana and retail marijuana products -- if in the future those sales were allowed. Both measures passed by about a 60-40 margin.

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Premises approved for broadband infrastructure

At their Aug. 6 meeting Delta County Commissioners signed a lease agreement with Region 10 LEAP, Inc. to bring broadband to the North Fork Annex. The lease is for a term of 20 years, after which the lease shall be renewed on a year-to-year basis.

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Rain fails to slow spread of Bull Draw Fire

Although storms brought 1/10 to 1/3 of an inch of rain to the Bull Draw Fire, there was not enough rain to impact the fire's spread southwest of Delta.

According to an update provided Tuesday morning, the lightning-caused fire has consumed 25,190 acres.

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School starts Monday

Motorists are reminded that the first day of school is Monday, Aug. 20. Extra caution should be exercised in school zones and around bus stops, particularly in the mornings before school starts and in the afternoons when students start to head home.

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Take it slow on Owl Creek Pass

Work has commenced on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests' Owl Creek Road Improvement Project. Overall, there has been great public support and enthusiasm for the work, but recently the project contractor has begun expressing concerns over public safety due to unsafe driving in the project area.

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Volunteers needed for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, now in its 51st year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can't afford a tax preparation service.

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Opinion

Ask yourself:How can we make things better?

To reply to Mr. Jacobson of Paonia, I hesitate to resort to the same placating tactics as he did. Instead, all I can say is, if you live in a glass house, you really shouldn't throw stones.

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County leaves surplus funds to languish

The county is about to begin its annual budget process. In a recent interview with KVNF, Commissioner Don Suppes sidestepped a question about county reserve funds telling listeners that the county wants 25 percent of its annual budget carried over to the new year in case of emergencies.

The problem with his answer is that it was only half true.

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Put the blame where it's due

I am really tired of smoky skies and burning eyes, and the cause of most of it is inane pressure from environists (environmentalists without the "mental"). Too many of our forests are full of dead, dying, and overcrowded trees because these people oppose timber harvests and even the creation of fire breaks in brush, actions that make areas less susceptible to catastrophic fires.

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The choice in House District 61 is clear

I would like to offer my condolences to Julie McCluskey, liberal Democrat candidate for Colorado House District 61, for receiving the kiss of death endorsement from former President Obama yesterday. His failed statist Keynsian central planning philosophy is now squarely on her shoulders and is her political weight to bear.

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Trump's message is real

I must compliment David Jacobson on his writing skills and thoughtful plea to Republicans to rise up against what he sees as an assault on American values by President Trump (DCI letters to the editor Aug. 1). I have voted Republican for over 40 years but have only been a registered Republican for two of the last 49 years.

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Sports

Jeff Reiher new DHS golf coach in 2018
Jeff Reiher new DHS golf coach in 2018

A new school year often brings new coaching assignments and an excitement of the coming challenges. For Jeff Reiher, the golf season at DHS has begun and he has the reins of a young Panthers' team.

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Nathan Clay joins DCI as sports stringer
Nathan Clay joins DCI as sports stringer

As fall prep sports season begins, the Delta County Independent is gearing up for coverage of the local sports scene.

This season also marks the 98th season for the Colorado High School Activities Association.

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What's Happening

Head 'Down the River' on an educational adventure

The Museums of Western Colorado is excited to partner with Colorado Canyons Association for an educational adventure on the Colorado River, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. Paddle an inflatable kayak or relax aboard an oar raft as you travel 25 miles through Ruby and Horsethief canyons. Participants will marvel at the area's serenity, while winding through dramatic sandstone canyons deep in the heart of the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (NCA).

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Register for fall dance classes

Register now for fall dance classes taught by Lynda Dysart at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Classes start the week of Sept. 11.

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What's happening at your library? Aug. 15, 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 August 15, 2018

Zack and Erica Esser of Delta are the parents of a son, Henry Archer Esser, born Aug 3, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 10.4 ounces and was 21 inches in length.

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People in the News Smith

Desiree Smith of Austin was named to Fort Lewis College's Dean's List for the spring 2018 semester. Smith's major is elementary education.

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Obituaries

 Jim Sullenger
Jim Sullenger

Jim Sullenger of Edmond, Okla., died Aug. 11, 2018, at his home. He was 71.

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Amanda Wright

Amanda Faith Wright died Aug. 13, 2018, at her home in Cedaredge. She was 33.

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Donald Fick

Donald Eugene Fick of Cedaredge died Aug. 1, 2018. He was 87.

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Frances McMillen

Frances McMillen died Aug. 8, 2018, at Montrose Memorial Hospital. She was 80 and a resident of Colorow Care Center in Olathe.

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Harry Staub
Harry Staub

Harry Staub died July 16, 2018. He was 65.

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Irene Althoff

Irene LaVonne Althoff died at her home in Orchard City on Aug. 2, 2018. She was 88.

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James Roberts
James Roberts

Longtime Hotchkiss resident James "Jim" Roberts died Aug. 11, 2018, at his home. He was 75.

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Roger McPherson
Roger McPherson

Austin resident Roger R. McPherson died Aug. 6, 2018, at his home. He was 76.

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Virgina Young
Virgina Young

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

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Willis Walker
Willis Walker

Willis Walker died July 11, 2018, at his home in Hotchkiss. He was 77.

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Wilma Johnson
Wilma Johnson

Longtime Hotchkiss resident Wilma Johnson died July 13, 2018, at her home. She was 71

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North Fork

Bryan Hollembeak returns to Hotchkiss as HK-8 principal
Bryan Hollembeak returns to Hotchkiss as HK-8 principal

Bryan Hollembeak was raised in a family that highly valued education. His mother was a third grade teacher; his dad served as teacher and principal in both Hotchkiss and Delta.

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Crawford council offers citizens time to review franchise ordinance

When the Crawford Town Council convened on Wednesday, Aug. 1, they expected to adopt two ordinances -- one to renew the franchise agreement with TDS and another to establish a policy for late fees and disconnect/reconnect of water and sewer service.

The first seemed routine business as Mayor Wanda Gofforth read Ordinance 4-2018 into the record for a franchise agreement with TDS for the next 10 years with a 3 percent fee to the town.

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Friday service set for Hotchkiss trustee James Roberts
Friday service set for Hotchkiss trustee James Roberts

The North Fork Valley lost one of its best-loved citizens. James Roberts passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, at his home. He was 75.

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Grant brings Crossroads ballfields closer to reality
Grant brings Crossroads ballfields closer to reality

This week, the North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District is excited to announce that it has received an energy and mineral impact assistance grant of $426,677 from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to complete the Crossroads Ballfield Complex.

Fourteen years ago, the community came together to honor the memory of the "Hotchkiss Ambassador," Tom Roberts.

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Junior Market Livestock Sale rings in at $274,300

A total of 185 market animals and pens and three cheese baskets were offered for sale by 4-H and FFA members at the 2018 Junior Market Livestock Sale, held Aug. 11 in Hotchkiss, during the Delta County Fair.

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North Fork advocates rally to send message to Zinke
North Fork advocates rally to send message to Zinke

According to a release issued by Citizens for a Healthy Community, more than 70 Delta County residents gathered at Poulos Park in Paonia on Friday, Aug 10, to send a clear message to Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that public lands are the cornerstone to the well-being for the North Fork Valley and the Western Slope. The rally was spurred by Secretary Zinke's visit that day to Steamboat Springs, where a coalition of conservation groups and businesses organized a Stand for Our Land Rally

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Philanthropy Days conference to be held in Delta County

Following a successful pitch in July by Delta County community leaders, the 2019 Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days conference will be held in the North Fork Valley. The conference is scheduled for June 12-14.

Mikayla Curtis with the Eagle River Youth Coalition, along with Elaine Brett, have been selected as the Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) event co-chairs.

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Registration opens for E2 Energy Conference

ENGAGE and Delta County Economic Development are hosting their second annual E2 Energy Conference Sept. 17 and 18 in Paonia.

A special kickoff event, Spark Tank, takes place at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia Sept. 17.

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Town of Paonia seeks auditing proposals

The Town of Paonia is soliciting proposals from qualified public accounting firms for its fiscal years 2018-2020 auditing services.

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Surface Creek

Building bridges and great golf swings

The Sizzler golf tournament, hosted by the Cedaredge Ladies Golf Club, has historically been a women's golf event with proceeds being raised for various charities in the Cedaredge community. In January 2018, the Cedaredge Ladies Golf Club executive committee members voted to create a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fundraising entity known as "The Friends of Cedaredge Golf Inc." with a specific fundraising objective.

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Chamber seeking board members

The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce has openings on its board of directors, and is seeking individuals who want to make a difference in the community.

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DCED addresses concerns of Orchard City trustees

DCED, Delta County Economic Development, took priority at the Town of Orchard City's regular meeting Aug 8. Stacey Voigt, executive director of DCED, is a new resident of Orchard City and came to update the board on the organization's work and to address concerns raised by trustees at the July 11 meeting.

She began by notifying the trustees that Tom Huerkamp, former Orchard City trustee and board vice president of DCED, is retiring from his board position to focus on the hospital.

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Food bank seeks donations of fresh produce

According to Maria Nakai, a spokesperson for the Surface Creek Community Services food bank, the non-profit group "will graciously accept your abundant harvest from your garden or orchard. Farm eggs are also welcome."

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Town committee keeping eye on water usage

To start off the Orchard City water committee meeting on Aug. 8, Steve Kehmeier approached the board with a proposal regarding his water line. In short, he plans to pay for the relocation of his water meter and line near Nowhere Road.

Per his concern, the board agreed that if he desires extra pressure than what the town guarantees up to his meter then he will need to put in a water pump booster.

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Veterans gather for coffee in Cedaredge
Veterans gather for coffee in Cedaredge

Delta County veterans meet in Cedaredge on the third Tuesday of every month. They will next gather for a meet-and-greet coffee on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at The Pondy in downtown Cedaredge at 220 West Main Street from 10 a.m. to noon.

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