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Delta

Backflow prevention ordinance adopted; city property subdivided

At their regular meeting on Aug. 21, Delta City Council members adopted on first reading an ordinance addressing backflow prevention and cross-connection controls in the city's potable water system. The written policy, a requirement of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, formalizes what utilities director Betsy Suerth said has been the city's practice for many years.

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BLM plan calls for enhancement of Old Spanish Trail in Delta County
BLM plan calls for enhancement of Old Spanish Trail in Delta County

A plan to increase general knowledge and usage of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail in Delta and Mesa counties is detailed in a draft document prepared by the Bureau of Land Management.

Stakeholders came together to identify Old Spanish National Historic Trail sites that could be marked and developed for the public, including trailheads, overlooks and interpretive locations.

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Bull Draw Fire road closures reduced

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests has reduced the closure area around the Bull Draw Fire. The remote blaze, burning 12 miles northwest of Nucla, has reached approximately 30,280 acres and is burning on both the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service lands.

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City of Delta adds ballot questions

Delta City Council has approved two ballot questions for the November election but will likely be adding more before the cutoff date in early September.

At their Aug. 21 meeting, council members approved the wording for two questions concerning the sale of city property.

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Clean-up is underway
Clean-up is underway

At about 1:21 a.m. Aug. 23, a vehicle plowed into the side of the Stockyards Restaurant at 1205 Main Street. The driver struck the concrete patio wall, propelling cement blocks and breaking the restaurant's windows.

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Colorado State Fair results from Delta County 4-H'ers

Congratulations to all Delta County 4-H members for their excellent 4-H projects. Below are the results from the exhibitors who advanced to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.

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Delta woman jailed for shooting brother
Delta woman jailed for shooting brother

Officers from the Delta Police Department responded to a 911 call from an injured male asking for help in the early morning hours of Aug. 22.

Further investigation resulted in the arrest of Aliza Marie Archuleta, 33, of Delta for alleged first degree assault with deliberation, menacing, prohibited use of a weapon, child abuse and reckless endangerment.

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Funeral home's ability to operate permanently revoked

Megan Hess, owner/operator of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose, has agreed to permanently relinquish her registration to provide services as a funeral establishment and crematory, and has promised to never again apply for any type of registration from the state Office of Funeral Home and Crematory Registration.

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Law enforcement blotter Aug. 29, 2018

Jeremy W. Woodson, 29, of Austin was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), careless driving and failure to present evidence of insurance.

Officers responded to the 600 block of Howard Street to recover possible stolen property.

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No significant impact found for piping project

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft finding of no significant impact and environmental assessment on the Delta Irrigation Canal Salinity Control Piping Project located in Delta County. The project would replace approximately 6.1 miles of open irrigation ditch with buried pipe.

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Quiet afternoon shattered by gunshots

Two Delta residents who were out on bond for other crimes were arrested Tuesday, Aug. 21, after reportedly firing a gun six times from a red Toyota Tacoma pickup, then speeding away.

Officers of the Delta Police Department responded to the area of East 5th Street and A Street at about 2:18 p.m. the afternoon of Aug. 21.

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Senior CommUnity meals listed for September

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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Summer reading registration is up
Summer reading registration is up

The summer reading program offered by Delta County Libraries saw increased participation in 2018.

"We had 1,132 people register this year," says Lea Hart, district director of Delta County Libraries.

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Volunteers needed for AC/DC events

Arts Coalition of Delta County, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is asking for volunteers to help with important events coming very soon. AC/DC will need some help with security, ticket takers/sales, stage crews, set-up and clean-up crews and some others with some experience with stage management, stage sets, sound technology, and website management.

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Water park advocates encouraged by support

About 40 community members attended an Aug. 23 presentation intended to "pitch the vision" and generate financial support for a water park feasibility study. Proponents Scott Schaible and Ron Austin hosted the Aug. 23 event, which also featured comments from Joe Kingsley, on "Moab and the Great Comeback," and a video presentation by Dan Martin of Market & Feasibility Advisors of Chicago.

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Opinion

'Livable climate' letter demands a response

I must respond to the fear mongering, intentional deception and manipulation of Pete Kolbenslchag in his letter, "A livable climate should matter to all of us" on global warming. From the Snowtel data the drought of 1977 was worse as was the multi year drought of 1934 as was the 15-year drought of the 1200s that caused the Anasazi Indians to desert Mesa Verde. So what is global warming really?

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Civics 201

This is in response to Suzanne Watson's naive and ill researched complaint about the stifling of free speech at the Paonia town meeting in July (letter, Aug. 22). A bit of research into the First Amendment and applicable laws would have taught her that free speech IS limited and a government entity does have the right to place and enforce restrictions on time, place and manner of expression.

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Sports

17th season for cheer team
17th season for cheer team

After a successful 2017 season that included a regional championship and a third-place showing at state, the Hotchkiss High School spirit team is back.

Spirit is one of nine fall sports sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

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Bruins expect optimum in VB
Bruins expect optimum in VB

Heather Dunbar returns for the eighth season as Cedaredge High School's head volleyball coach and she has an 11-year coaching stint overall in Cedaredge.

The Bruins numbers are average with 26 athlete for three levels of competition in 2018.

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CHS softball gets new start
CHS softball gets new start

The past is just that, something that has happened and can not be changed. What takes place in the next instance is controllable to some degree.

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Delta Barracudas look back on a successful season
Delta Barracudas look back on a successful season

The Delta Barracuda swim team kicked off the 2018 season with a two-day meet in Gunnison June 1, and closed out competition Aug. 5 at the seasonal state meet Aug. 5 in Colorado Springs.

The team was comprised of 38 swimmers ranging in age from 4 to 13:

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Delta earns 3-0 soccer victory

Delta's Panthers outshot host Central 24-8 en route to a 3-0 non-conference soccer win Aug. 24.

Junior Martin Corral scored two of the three Delta goals and junior Jarrett Hernandez recorded the third Panther score.

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Delta runners on cusp
Delta runners on cusp

Delta High School began its cross country season with a total of 23 names on this year's roster. Six of those individuals are seniors, including John Ames, Beki Atchley, Shanaya Deuschle, Andrew Toole, Shoshanna Vigil and Abby Williams.

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Experience to guide Delta's softball fortunes
Experience to guide Delta's softball fortunes

Second year head softball coach at Delta High School, Jerry Sandoval, has not changed his approach to helping kids earn the rewards they are working for. His Delta Panthers made it to last year's state tournament and were ousted by the eventual state champion, Strasburg.

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Hotchkiss CC team small, hardworking group in 2018
Hotchkiss CC team small, hardworking group in 2018

Hotchkiss cross country coach Kelly Cowan is fielding a small team of cross country runners this season, each one a quality athlete and student.

Running for the girls team are senior Mariah Griffith, junior Grace Hatheway, sophomore Adair Ela and freshman Karlie Egging.

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Hotchkiss volleyball squad looks to improve in 2018
Hotchkiss volleyball squad looks to improve in 2018

Hotchkiss head volleyball coach Peter Nethington understands that his players attend a small school of 200 students (officially 197) in rural western Colorado. "The chance that one of these players will go on to be an elite athlete is pretty small," said Nethington.

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Juniors lead Bulldog gridders
Juniors lead Bulldog gridders

The Bulldogs list 32 players on the preseason football roster, among them, seniors Kaiya Firor and Elysah Shaw. Firor, who was 19-for-22 in PATs her junior year, will kick and play at wide receiver and cornerback. A transfer from Louisiana, Shaw will play both offensive and defensive lines.

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Panthers back in WSL fold
Panthers back in WSL fold

Delta's Panthers missed the playoffs last season and there's a sense of determination among players and coaches to rectify that in 2018. "We were very disappointed we were not in the playoffs.

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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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Delta County Women's Connection hosts Date Night

Delta County Women's Connection is excited to host its Sept. 13 event, open to women of Delta and the surrounding areas from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Delta Christian Church. This month is Date Night, DCWC's annual fundraiser with a gift basket and dessert auction.

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Fort Uncompahgre gears up for Mexican Heritage Celebration

Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail will be in fiesta mode Saturday, Sept. 15, for its second annual Mexican Heritage Celebration with entertainment and activities for the whole family.

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Learn how to counsel suicidal people

There will be a group meeting to read and study the book "Counseling Suicidal People." The book will come at no cost and the meetings will be each Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Coffee Trader on Main Street in Montrose.

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Lifeguard training offered

The aquatics department at Bill Heddles Recreation Center will be hiring lifeguards this winter. A lifeguard training class is being offered Oct. 9-12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Musical afternoon to benefit Abraham Connection

The Abraham Connection is hosting a "Notes of Grace" concert Saturday, Sept. 15, 3 to 7 p.m. in the pow wow arbor at Confluence Park.

Enjoy a beautiful day in the park and listen to three amazing bands!

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What's happening at your library?

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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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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School Zone

DHS students wrap up internships in science and engineering

A collaboration between Uncompahgre/Com and the U.S. Forest Service offered Delta High School students an opportunity to job shadow Forest Service professionals and gain work experience assisting on projects. Each intern had an individual research project based on his or her field of interest.

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Homeschool parents must notify the school district

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.

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Vision's original learners, 18 years later

Approximately 18 years ago, Dev Carey, a local student advocate with a PhD in biology, approached the Delta 50J School District superintendent, Laddie Livingston, with a proposal involving the district and 75 home-schooled learners who were not currently attending schools in the district. The premise of this proposal was to sculpt a self-directed educational model for learning.

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Obituaries

Cindy Jo Scott

Delta County resident Cindy Jo Scott died Aug. 16, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 64.

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Dottie LaRue

Dorothy L. "Dottie" LaRue died Aug. 21, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 69.

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Drew Cotten
Drew Cotten

Longtime area resident Drew Wayne Cotten died Aug. 23, 2018, due to complications from cancer. He was 52.

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Evelyn Waitman
Evelyn Waitman

Evelyn Louise Waitman died Aug. 21, 2018, at her home. She was 81.

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Jim Westwood
Jim Westwood

Paonia resident Gerald "Jim" Westwood died Aug. 22, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 88.

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Joy Beth Wieben
Joy Beth Wieben

Joyce Elizabeth Barz Wieben (Joy Beth) died Aug. 20, 2018. She was 87.

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Mary Jo Anderson
Mary Jo Anderson

Mary Jo Anderson of Fredonia, Ariz., died at her daughter's home in Hotchkiss on Aug. 23, 2018. She was 86.

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Naomi Bryson
Naomi Bryson

Paonia resident Naomi Bryson died Aug. 21, 2018, at her home. She was 101.

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Robert Jones
Robert Jones

Robert "Bob" Jule Jones of Delta died Aug. 21, 2018. He was 69.

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Robert Pearce

Robert Eugene Pearce of Crawford died Aug. 25, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 73.

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Terry Rutan
Terry Rutan

Terry Lynn Rutan of Delta died at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction on Aug. 24, 2018. She was 71.

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Walter Buchanan
Walter Buchanan

Walter Earl Buchanan died Aug. 24, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction after a brief illness. He was 80.

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William
William "Bill" Gerald Kendrick

William (Bill) Gerald Kendrick of Delta passed away peacefully at home the 23rd of August at 88 years of age. He was born Dec. 1, 1929, in Denver and grew up in the small town of Palmer Lake, Colo.

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North Fork

Eventful night for first responders in Hotchkiss

Thursday, Aug. 23, proved an eventful night in the small town of Hotchkiss. Around 9:30 p.m. local emergency services received a call reporting the "strong odor of [natural] gas" at the Hotchkiss Inn.

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Fair designed to help people prepare for disaster

As Delta County enters the final phase of updating its multi-jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, county Emergency Management Manager Jeffrey Wright wants citizens to consider what they'd do if a disaster strikes.

"I'm talking about things that keep you up at night," like fire, flood, power outages, and even drought, said Wright during last Saturday's Disaster Preparedness Fair held at the Paonia Library.

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Local quilt guild supports education
Local quilt guild supports education

When Alice Marie Slaven talks about quilting her passion and humor are contagious. Whether you quilt or not, you will find yourself imagining aisles of colorful textiles, laughing quilters sharing jokes and ideas, and babies and newlyweds wrapped in beautiful quilts.

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Pennell resignation opens seat on Paonia Town Council
Pennell resignation opens seat on Paonia Town Council

The Paonia Board of Trustees will consider the appointment a new trustee after receiving a letter of resignation from trustee Barry Pennell last week. The decision comes after Pennell and his wife purchased "our dream home just outside of town limits..." wrote Pennell in an email.

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Surface Creek

Arts center hits its stride
Arts center hits its stride

On the weekend of June 16-17, local musician David Starr took the stage at the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center alongside performers Shelly Rae Korntved, Erik Stucky and Ben Harris. Those sold-out inaugural concerts marked the christening of the fledgling arts center and follow-on performances by an array of talented artists signaled the center's coming-of-age.

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Cedaredge Methodists invite kids to be part of God's creation

Cedaredge United Methodist Church invites children and their families and friends to take a Sacred Hike on the Grand Mesa Saturday, Sept. 1. Participants in the church's second Just Kids/Just Kids Plus event will think about and experience God's creation as recorded in Genesis as they stroll the gentle Mesa Top Trail.

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Cedaredge trustees tackle 2019 budget

After one work session on Aug. 16, it's early in the budget process and some figures presented by staff to the town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees will need to be revised. The preliminary expenditures requested by town departments exceed preliminary projected revenues by nearly $1.2 million.

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Cedaredge UMC pastor begins fall preaching series

"How do we live with dementia?" is the first question Joe Agne, pastor of Cedaredge United Methodist Church, will address in a fall preaching series that will pair questions asked by members of the congregation and the parables of Jesus. The series begins on Sunday, Sept. 2.

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Free wi-fi access in Cedaredge
Free wi-fi access in Cedaredge

The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce and Adaptive Internet have established a partnership to bring free wi-fi to local businesses. Beginning Sept. 1, local customers can check their email, surf the web and utilize social media while eating and shopping in Cedaredge.

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Information on previous droughts delays task force progress

At the Aug. 21 meeting for the Orchard City drought task force, the agenda was to narrow down criteria for normal conditions in the previously established set of drought condition categories. These categories cover current springs and winter supply flow and demand, reservoir carry over, and moisture equivalencies.

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OC tackles nuisance policy

On Aug. 23 the Orchard City planning commission held a work session focused on the beginning developments for a nuisance policy and its ramifications. This meeting was discussion-oriented rather than creating concrete policy components.

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