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Delta

12-year sentence handed down for drunk driving death
12-year sentence handed down for drunk driving death

The heartbreak that can result when someone makes the decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana was palpable in Delta District Court Monday afternoon, as a Massachusetts man was sentenced for the death of Gladys "Josie" Varela in February 2017.

Josie was just three days shy of her 20th birthday when she was killed in a head-on collision with James Catlin, who is now 33 years of age.

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Bid awarded for Blake Field runway

At their Aug. 20 meeting the county commissioners awarded the bid in the amount of $3,699,004.60 for runway reconstruction at Blake Field to Old Castle SW Group, doing business as United Companies.

Ninety percent of the funding for the runway reconstruction is provided by Federal Aviation Commission (FAA).

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County joins class action suit

Delta County Commissioners discussed with county attorney John Baier options regarding a class action lawsuit, Kane County, Utah v. United States, at their Aug. 20 meeting.

Counties with large areas of federal land in their jurisdictions receive PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) monies from the federal government.

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County, Unc. Development partner for economic update

Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes perused a copy of Montrose County Economic Update, Second Quarter 2018, at their Aug. 20 meeting.

The 11-page report, prepared by the Business Department of Colorado Mesa University, provided an economic summary, covering such matters as local economic indicators, the local labor market, employment trends, local real estate indicators, and national economic indicators.

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CU: State is adding thousands more jobs than expected

Colorado's economy is growing more quickly in 2018 than projected, according to a new report from the Leeds Business Research Division at the University of Colorado Boulder. The state is on pace to add about 15,000 more jobs than expected.

The Colorado Business Economic Outlook forecasted 1.8 percent job growth, or 47,100 jobs across the Colorado economy in the annual December report.

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Delta Police, sheriff's blotter Aug. 22, 2018

Officers responded to Delta United Methodist Church for a report of a male party trespassing. Jesse A. McAfee, 35, of Delta was arrested and charges with possession of schedule II and protection order violation.

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Fire restrictions are back

Uncompahgre Plateau and Grand Mesa have transitioned back to Stage 1 fire restrictions. Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific fuel moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors such as predicted weather and amount of current fire activity.

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Grand Mesa road work continues

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests' Grand Valley Ranger District will resume work on a road improvement project for the Grand Mesa National Forests' Flowing Park Road (NFSR #109), located southwest of Highway 65. Project work is scheduled to begin Monday of this week and will consist of crushing operations that will improve the road bed.

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HopeWest celebrates 25 years at Delta gala
HopeWest celebrates 25 years at Delta gala

HopeWest celebrated its 25-year anniversary during the Delta gala themed "Celebrating the Past, Illuminating the Future" on Saturday, Aug. 18. The event was held at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

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Hunters can check websites for closures, fire information

Fires have burned in several mountain areas in Colorado this summer. So if you're planning to hunt on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management, check with those agencies for the latest backcountry travel, fire and closure information.

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Region 10 celebrates new Montrose location with open house Aug. 23

Region 10 is happy to announce its new location at 145 S. Cascade in downtown Montrose and will be celebrating the move with an open house on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 4-6 p.m. The open house will feature refreshments and door prizes from the six-county area Region 10 serves.

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Spark Tank applications are due Friday

Apply now to pitch your Colorado-based startup to Energy industry decision-makers at Delta County's second annual Energy Conference hosted by ENGAGE in Paonia Sept. 17-18.

Pitch participants will be guaranteed short meetings with attendees of their choice.

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Three counties hire consultant for GMUG Forest Plan

Delta, Mesa and Montrose counties have been working together in connection with the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest Plan revision process.

The three counties have each signed a contract with Mountain West of Glenwood Springs which will increase each county's capacity to participate as a cooperating agency with the U.S. Forest Service.

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Opinion

A livable climate should matter to us all

For the fourth time in 50 years, the North Fork's Fire Mountain Canal has been shut off during the growing season. The Colorado River District community affairs director recently noted the drought could be sign of a new reality, "... the new normal, we have more population, we have warming temperatures."

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Civics 101: The First Amendment

I am writing in response to Jakki Taylor's letter that supported my removal from the July 10 Paonia Town Board meeting by the mayor.

What Mayor Charles Stewart and Ms. Taylor must realize is that in a public forum, such as a town meeting, their personal opinions and judgements are NOT the law.

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Don't start down that road

Councilman Nathan Clay is quoted as saying "explore all sources of revenue... the city needs some income." The council's job is to see that money is used efficiently.

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Harry Staub's death will be deeply felt

Harry Staub, along with many friends, founded the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control in 2001. His home served as the first Cedaredge Animal Shelter and he was the first animal control officer in Cedaredge. His death is a loss we feel deeply.

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The facts matter, but which ones can we rely on?

David Jacobson's letter (8/1) and James Timmerwilke's response (8/15) have prompted me to reflect on the widening divide in this country. The letter writers expressed their opinions in a civil and respectful manner, but no one's mind was changed.

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Sports

Bruins' softball date in Rifle rained out

The Cedaredge Bruins' softball team sports a new coach this season and both he and the players are going to support each other as the experience of coaching girls becomes comfortable for Terry Montoya. Montoya is no stranger on the diamond with a few years of experience in baseball in Rye and as Cedaredge's boys baseball head coach for the past two seasons.

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What's Happening

Celebrate Square Dance Month

September is Square Dance Month, as proclaimed by Colorado Governor Bill Owens in 1999. Known as the folk dance of Colorado, square dance started on the Western Slope in 1945 with "Stop and Creek" in Grand Junction.

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Financial Peace University provides hope to families

More than 5 million people have positively changed their financial future through Ramsey Solutions' Financial Peace University (FPU). Created by financial expert Dave Ramsey, the nine-week digital course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success.

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Grief support groups to meet

Although each person's grief is unique, those coping with the death of a loved one share a common bond. Join HopeWest's experienced facilitators to share your grief journey in its Mending Hearts grief support group.

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Register for fall swim lessons

Fall swim lessons begin at Bill Heddles Recreation Center Monday, Sept. 10, for the Monday-Wednesday evening classes and Saturday, Sept. 15, for Saturday morning classes. Please sign up early as space is limited.

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School Zone

50J explores bond, mill levy override question for 2019

Delta County School District #50 is exploring the possibility of a 2019 ballot question that would generate revenue through a bond or a mill levy override.

Whether the school district borrows money through a bond, or collects more property tax through a mill levy override, it would likely use the additional revenues for two primary purposes -- transportation and school security.

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50J focuses on student growth

The results of statewide assessments for English language arts, mathematics and science were released by the Colorado Department of Education last week, along with academic growth summary information.

"We really focus on the growth aspect," said assistant superintendent Kurt Clay.

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Homeschool parents must notify 50J

Parents who plan to establish a non-public home-based educational program must provide written notification to the local school district of residence each year. The statement should include the name, age, place of residence, number of hours of attendance and where test or evaluation results will be submitted for each child enrolled in the home-based program.

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Schedules, routines and school ... oh my!

My sister text me a picture at the end of June when she walked into her local retail store and found the aisles stocked with brightly colored school supplies for the next year. Her comment: "Already? My kiddos are still in school!"

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Obituaries

Amanda Wright

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

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Bob Brooks

Howard "Bob" Brooks died July 25, 2018, at his home in Hotchkiss. He was 86.

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Donald Pobirk
Donald Pobirk

Paonia resident Donald W. Pobirk died Aug. 16, 2018, in Paonia. He was 83.

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Helen Marie Sukle
Helen Marie Sukle

Longtime Delta area resident Helen Sukle passed away peacefully at her home, Monday morning at the age of 99 with her children at her bedside.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, at Saint Michael's Catholic Church in Delta.

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Jeffrey Milstein

Hotchkiss resident Jeffery H. Milstein died Aug. 16, 2018, at his home. He was 57.

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Kevin Drummond
Kevin Drummond

Delta resident Kevin Drummond died Aug. 15, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 96.

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Norma Olin

Norma Jean Olin died Aug. 15, 2018, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 89.

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Raymond Sievers
Raymond Sievers

Raymond Edward Sievers was born on Feb. 17, 1930, in Hotchkiss, Colo., to Kate and John Sievers. His older siblings were Marguerite Sievers Emge, Beth Sievers Davidson, Helen Sievers Herrick, and Bill, Lee, Jack, and Bob Sievers.

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Richard Bell
Richard Bell

Cedaredge resident Richard M. Bell died Aug. 18, 2018, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 81.

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North Fork

Abrupt policy change delays CORA request

Citizens wanting to request public records from the Town of Paonia will now be required to make those requests on the town's "Public Records Request" form.

The DCI became aware of the new policy after submitting two open records requests on Aug. 14 under the Colorado Open Records Act.

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Art/ag tour offers best of the North Fork
Art/ag tour offers best of the North Fork

Whether you're a long-time local or visiting for the Labor Day weekend, enjoy the best of Paonia, Hotchkiss, and Crawford, three thriving communities where art and agriculture meet.

The North Fork Valley Creative Coalition (NFVCC) is hosting its third annual 'North Fork Valley Art and Ag Tour' from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.

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Crawford gnaws on ways to enforce code complaints

Like a dog with a well-gnawed bone, discussions about municipal court keeps showing up on the Crawford Town Council agenda.

During the Aug. 15 work session trustee John Paton presented a report on the need for a municipal court and an idea of how much it would cost.

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Drought won't stunt tomato haiku contest

It has been a hot, dry summer here in Delta County. Water restrictions, empty reservoirs, wildfires, smoky air, and difficult growing conditions have marked this season for everyone.

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Gubser to lead School of Integrated Studies through continued growth
Gubser to lead School of Integrated Studies through continued growth

With the start of the new school year, the North Fork School of Integrated Studies begins its fourth year as a Waldorf-inspired school within a school at Paonia Elementary School, and with a new principal.

Christi Gubser brings more than 20 years of education experience to NFSIS.

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Hotchkiss tables marijuana resolution
Hotchkiss tables marijuana resolution

The Aug. 16 meeting of the Hotchkiss Town Council opened on a rather somber note, mourning the passing of trustee Jim Roberts. Roberts was an active member of the community serving not only as trustee since 2012, but volunteering his time with the local fire department and the North Fork Ambulance.

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Town of Paonia hit with state water reporting violations

On Aug. 15, the Town of Paonia sent a mailing to all of its water customers, informing them that state reporting requirements during calendar years 2016 and 2017 were not met in violation of state law.

The letter states that the town violated five different reporting requirements.

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Surface Creek

Budget process begins in Cedaredge

The Town of Cedaredge board of trustees met for a seven-hour session on Thursday, Aug. 16, to hear from town departments regarding their budgetary priorities. It's early in the budget process and some figures presented by staff are firm while others need to be revised.

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Cedaredge trustees hold executive session, approve liquor licenses

Following last Thursday's lengthy budget planning session, the Cedaredge town trustees met in executive session to discuss property issues related to the Surface Creek Trail.

Next the trustees held a public hearing regarding an application by the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) for a special event liquor license.

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Gymkhana point totals

The following are the individual point totals for competitors in the 2018 Summer Gymkhana Series held at the Surface Creek Horse Arena in Cedaredge:

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Orchard City residents are reducing water use
Orchard City residents are reducing water use

During constituency time at the Aug. 8 meeting of the Orchard City trustees, Mary Ditlove expressed concern over not seeing a detailed disbursements ledger in the town financial statements. Trustee Gynee Thomasen was quick to say that the trustees do receive copies of detailed deposits and check details for all town accounts each month.

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Task force tackles drought policy

Drought: a word that strikes worry into any farmer, garden enthusiast or lawn lover. For the Town of Orchard City, it's also a word meaning increased water rates, water conservation efforts and this year, a drought task force.

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What's bugging you? August 22, 2018

Colorado's semi-arid climate has historically been punctuated with multi-year droughts, reminding us of the value of plentiful water supplies. Fortunately, most of our water supply is renewed annually as snowpack in the Rockies. But not this year.

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