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Delta

A Kidz Clinic provides whole child health care

A Kidz Clinic is starting its fourth year as part of the Delta County School District, with the goal of increasing the physical and mental well-being of children in our communities. A Kidz Clinic is an integrated clinic offering medical, mental/behavioral, and dental health services while providing the greatest quality of care and building lasting relationships with patients and their families.

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Awana Club starts at Delta First Baptist Church

Awana Club, a ministry that teaches the word of God to children from 3 years old through middle school, is set to kick off at Delta First Baptist Church this month. The Awana Club for ages 3 through the sixth grade will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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Bennet, Hickenlooper call on BLM to defer lease sale

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper last week sent letters to the Colorado Bureau of Land Management expressing concerns with the pending December 2018 oil and gas lease sales and urging the agency to defer the remaining parcels that have been requested for deferral by the state and local communities.

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BLM artist-in-residence publishes Dominguez-Escalante NCA essays

A newly published book of essays by artist-in-residence Joe Colwell highlights the scenery and serenity of Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. Sponsored by Colorado Canyons Association, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, "Echoes of Time: Reflections on the Mesas and Canyons on the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area" is a first-time artist-in-residence production for the national conservation area.

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Changes to county planning commission to be discussed

The Delta County Commissioners have been in the process of revamping the makeup of the Delta County Planning Commission since early 2017, with the goal of balancing representation from across the county.

Also, for several years there has been discussion about eliminating the Area Planning Committees (APC), which were established for the same goal -- balancing representation in planning matters across the county.

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Colorado to require online retailers to collect sales tax

The Colorado Department of Revenue will require out-of-state retailers who do business in Colorado to obtain a state sales tax license.

The change is a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., which struck down the requirement that a retailer have a physical presence in a state in order to be required to collect and remit sales tax.

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HopeWest honors senior VP for 25 years of employment

HopeWest, a local nonprofit hospice, palliative care and grief program, honors Kerri Mosinski, senior vice president, for 25 years of employment.

"Kerri helped create this organization from day one," said Christy Whitney Borchard, president & CEO at HopeWest.

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Lake Powell continues to pose major mussel threat to Colorado
Lake Powell continues to pose major mussel threat to Colorado

Boats that have recently been on Lake Powell are posing a serious threat of infesting Colorado lakes and reservoirs with invasive quagga and zebra mussels, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reports.

So far this summer, CPW and other inspectors in Colorado have found a record 43 boats containing mussels, and 32 of those came from Lake Powell which is infested with mussels.

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Law enforcement blotter Sept. 19, 2018

Officers responded to 180 Gunnison River Drive, Quality Inn, for a possible protection order violation. Deborah J. Cook, 47, of Delta was arrested on a felony warrant with a $10,000 bond.

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North Fork residents feel 'disenfranchised'

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.

Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.

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Pair arrested after barricading themselves in Delta hotel room

On Sept. 12, at approximately 7:19 p.m., officers with the Delta Police Department assisted the Mesa County Sheriff's Department street crimes unit and Mesa County SWAT team with the arrests of Jay Dee Linkenhoger and Alexandra Jae Gomez.

Lingenhoger and Gomez barricaded themselves in a Delta hotel room for about two hours after they learned law enforcement was outside the hotel.

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Sales tax increase sought for city parks, recreation, golf

The City of Delta's Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan, completed in June 2017, identified a lengthy list of deferred maintenance needs. The projects -- from playground improvements to meet safety and accessibility standards, to restroom upgrades, to irrigation and pump repairs -- add up to roughly $1.5 million.

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Tabeguache connector opens

The Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction Field Office, Grand Mesa Jeep Club and Mesa County officially opened the Tabeguache Connector Trail on Sept. 16.

The trail opening was commemorated with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new trail sign on Highway 141 in Whitewater. Grand Mesa Jeep Club (GMJC) hosted a barbecue after the dedication.

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VFW remembers lives lost during and after 9/11
VFW remembers lives lost during and after 9/11

Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary 3571 in Delta performed a memorial service on Sept. 11, Patriot Day, at the intersection of US 50 and Confluence Drive, near Arby's.

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West Nile virus update

The Delta County Health Department is reporting several human cases of West Nile virus. The cases are residents from the North Fork area, and include four individuals, ages 60-69 and 70-79, who are all recovering from West Nile virus uncomplicated fever.

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Opinion

Disappointment in Cedaredge

If you are thinking of buying a house in Cedaredge, be very careful were you buy it.

Our neighbors and I bought our property 24 years ago, in one of the best subdivisions in town, but things can change.

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Don't let oil/gas fall to the same fate as logging

I thought the quarter page letter in the Sept. 12 paper was more comical than factual. Those people will think up so many things to stop progress in our country as possible.

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Fracking vs. irrigation?

Oil and gas extraction nationally already uses 16 percent of freshwater in the US (http://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2018/09/this-is-how-much-water-it-takes-to-produce-energy-in-the-us/).

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Kindness appreciated

I would like to thank Hellman Chevrolet for the kindness extended to me following my accident June 20.

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Marijuana is indeed a gateway drug

It's not about growing or selling marijuana, rather it's all about marketing the THC that's in it.

The higher the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) the greater the risk of dependence and that's what drives the market.

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Mini ice-age cooling explained

To answer Lon Kugler's question of last week about what caused, and ended, the "mini-ice age" cooling period, mainly in northern Europe, that went up and down from the 1300s and ended in the mid 1800s, I checked to make sure that I remembered my science teachers correctly.

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Sports

Aspen defeats Bruins football team, 48-12

Cedaredge fell to 1-2 in the 1A WSL football standings following last week's 48-12 loss to 2A WSL Aspen (2-1).

The Bruins completed just four of nine passes for 44 yards against the Skiers but had a solid running game that produced 315 yards of offense for a combined total of 359 yards.

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Bruins win one, lose two in softball play
Bruins win one, lose two in softball play

Cedaredge High School had a great start to its softball week with a resounding 27-0 win over visiting Aspen. The Bruins led 1-0 after one inning and then paraded more than 20 batters to the plate in the second inning for a 20-plus run explosion.

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Bulldog gridiron team defeats Gunnison JV
Bulldog gridiron team defeats Gunnison JV

Jace Peebles ran for 236 yards and three touchdowns in 18 carries and Yahir Chavez ran for two TDs and 73 yards in seven carries in the Hotchkiss Bulldogs' 35-14 win against the Gunnison junior varsity squad Friday night at Gunnison High School. Gunnison did not field a varsity team this season.

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Bulldogs lose volleyball game to Plateau Valley

A 3-1, 24-26, 18-25, 25-22, 11-25 loss at Plateau Valley gives the Hotchkiss volleyball team a 5-4 overall and a 1-3 conference record.

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Delta soccer returns to its winning ways
Delta soccer returns to its winning ways

Delta High School's varsity team has made a winning start to league soccer in 2018. The contest was played on Sept. 13 in Delta's Panther Stadium against a ready Aspen side.

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Eagles 2-1 after CR win
Eagles 2-1 after CR win

Three big pass plays and a strong defensive effort gave the Paonia Eagles a non-conference, 19-0 win Friday night at Coal Ridge. Eagles quarterback Grey Neal completed four of eight passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

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Local teams compete in Gunnison Invitational

Led by Lupita Garcia's 16th place time of 22 minutes, 30.99 seconds, the Olathe girls placed fifth overall Saturday at the 21-team Mountaineer Cowboy Invitational cross country meet at Gunnison.

Angela Alcaraz placed 29th in 23:58.08 and and Jaden Valdez 30th in 23:59.3, respectively; Cheyanne Germann placed 48th, Bailey Harris was 78th, and freshman Raquel Lovato finished 92nd for the Pirates.

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Lockhart helps Delta get by Cortez, 19-14
Lockhart helps Delta get by Cortez, 19-14

There were some anxious moments near the end of last Friday's Delta versus Montezuma-Cortez football game in Delta. After building a 12-7 lead at halftime the Panthers found themselves in the midst of an exciting gridiron contest in the fourth quarter as Cortez had several challenging possessions in the second half of play.

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Paonia leads 2A CC teams at Eagle Valley
Paonia leads 2A CC teams at Eagle Valley

The Paonia cross country teams both had strong showings Saturday at the 22-team Eagle Valley Cross Country Invitational. Paonia was one of three Class 2A teams at the mostly 3A/4A meet.

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Pre-register for the MHF/PES 5k walk/run

This year's Mountain Harvest Festival 5k is guaranteed to be FUN. Paonia Elementary School and the festival are coordinating efforts for the PES Harvest 5k FUNraising FUNrun/walk on Sunday, Sept. 30.

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What's Happening

Artists sought for October fair

A Delta County Art Fair is being scheduled for Oct. 19-20 at the Technical College of the Rockies, just south of Delta on Highway 50. The fair will open Friday evening from 4-8 p.m. and continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Learn CPR and first aid

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is hosting an American Red Cross community CPR/AED and first aid class Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers offered

Powerful Tools for Caregivers, an educational series designed to provide caregivers with the resources they need to take care of themselves, is coming to Delta. Scheduled to start on Oct. 8, Powerful Tools will be held in the Grand Mesa Oncology Center classrooms on the campus of Delta County Memorial Hospital, 1501 E. 3rd Street.

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Prison ministry presents annual fall fundraising banquet

The annual fall fundraising banquet for Good News Jail & Prison Ministry is scheduled Friday, Oct. 5, at Crossroads Victory Church in Montrose.

This year's theme is "Western Colorado Getaway."

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What's up at your library? Sept. 19, 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

Birthday celebration planned
Birthday celebration planned

Diane Seever will be honored at an 80th birthday celebration to be held Saturday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Hamiltons celebrate 50th wedding anniversary
Hamiltons celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Doug and Melody Hamilton of Cedaredge will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 20.

They were married Sept. 20, 1968, in Cedaredge.

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People in the News

Fort Lewis College welcomed new transfer and freshmen students from all over the country and globe to Durango.

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School Zone

Enrollment dips countywide

Early enrollment figures indicate the student count in Delta County Joint School District #50 is down across the county. Although the "official" student count will not take place until early October, administrators have been gathering student numbers and comparing them to the October 2017 count.

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School safety cited as top priority for 50J

The Delta Police Department is taking the lead in an effort to offer ALICE training to all employees of Delta County Joint School District. An overview of the program was offered to school board members last week by Chief Luke Fedler, Commander Jesse Cox and Sgt. Jeremy Gay.

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Obituaries

June Latta

Surface Creek resident June M. Latta died Sept. 17, 2018, at Crossroads Assisted Living Center in Delta. She was 82.

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Dovie Nell Story
Dovie Nell Story

Dovie Nell Story died Sept. 10, 2018, at the age of 86.

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Leonard Fedie

Longtime Delta County resident Leonard Leo Fedie died Sept. 16, 2018, at Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was 89.

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Ray Kennedy

Lifetime North Fork Valley resident Ray Kennedy died Sept. 13, 2018, in Crawford. He was 40.

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Shirley Franklin
Shirley Franklin

Shirley Ann Franklin of Sun City, Calif., died Sept. 7, 2018, in Riverside, Calif. She was 89.

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North Fork

DMEA urges members to vote 'yes' on changes
DMEA urges members to vote 'yes' on changes

Delta-Montrose Electric Association has had to adjust to a lot of changes since its incorporation as the Delta-Montrose Rural Power Lines Association in August of 1938. When power first flowed through its lines in May of 1939, the cooperative served 250 members.

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Hotchkiss town council meeting was busy, uneventful

The Hotchkiss Town Council had a busy agenda for its Sept. 13 meeting, although it was not particularly eventful. Most of what was done was housekeeping.

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Paonia trustees address budgets, buildings and mag chloride

It's municipal budget season and the Town of Paonia has released its annual preliminary budget calendar. The second of a series of budget work sessions is scheduled from 5-6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, ahead of the regularly scheduled meeting of the trustees at 6:30 p.m.

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PHS Homecoming is a star-struck week of activity
PHS Homecoming is a star-struck week of activity

Hang on to your top hats and put on your sunglasses. It's Homecoming week at Paonia Junior-Senior High School. This year's star-struck theme is "The Movies."

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Sponsors wanted for PHS Pink Night

The Paonia Eagles volleyball team is looking for sponsors and donors to help support its ninth annual Pink Night fundraiser.

This year's Pink Night event happens Friday, Oct. 5. In conjunction with the American Cancer Society, the Colorado High School Activities Association encourages schools to "think pink" and come up with creative ways to promote breast cancer awareness at a home volleyball match in October.

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Surface Creek

10-year reunion planned

Cedaredge High School's Class of 2008 is planning a 10-year reunion weekend. The celebration will include dinner and dancing at Alexander Lake Lodge Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.

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AWANA meets weekly at First Baptist Church

AWANA in Cedaredge at the First Baptist Church, 370 W. Main Street every Wednesday evening from 6:30 until 8:00.

The First Baptist Church of Cedaredge, 370 W. Main Street, extends an invitation to a very exciting program for kids between the ages of 3 and sixth grade.

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Budget, tiny homes on work session agenda for Cedaredge

To start the Sept. 13 Cedaredge work session, Delta County Economic Development executive director Stacey Voigt addressed the board. To increase communication, she is trying to meet with the county's municipalities once a quarter.

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Cedaredge trustees to meet Sept. 20

Following last week's work sessions, the Cedaredge Board of Trustees will meet for a regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the Cedaredge Civic Center, Grand Mesa Room, 140 NW 2nd Street. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Color Sunday is Sept. 30
Color Sunday is Sept. 30

Sept. 30 has been designated as the official Color Sunday on Grand Mesa. But the 10,000-foot scenic area apparently didn't get the memo because trees lining Hwy 65 are already popping with the gold and red hues of autumn.

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Drought task force wraps up policy recommendations

At the Sept. 12 regular meeting of the Orchard City Board of Trustees, the drought task force presented an update on its progress. Previously it created a list of categories for evaluating drought need.

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Fire station is site for five-alarm chili cook-off

Autumn is just around the corner, nights and mornings are growing colder -- which means it's a perfect time for another "Five Alarm Chili Cook-Off." The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the town's volunteer fire department to launch the firefighter's 17th annual fundraising event.

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Host families wanted

The Council for Educational Travel USA (CETUSA) is seeking host families for international high school students. Barbra Campbell of Cedaredge is the local community coordinator for CETUSA.

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Labor costs outpace Cedaredge tax revenue

The majority of the Sept. 13 Cedaredge work session focused on the continued 2019 budget discussion. Three items were of focus: changes from the August draft budget, employee benefits and health insurance, and the fleet fund.

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Orchard City looks for missing water

Several items were on the agenda for the Sept. 12 Orchard City water committee. First, the Bull Mesa Pipeline group proposed replacing Bull Mesa's upper line and having the town take it over.

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Private roads present issues for Orchard City

At the Sept. 12 regular meeting of the Orchard City Town Council, Nancy Hovde with HopeWest discussed the local nonprofit with the board of trustees. She began by giving background and how they work to provide hospice and care to those in need.

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Senior CommUnity Center celebrates caregivers during National PACE Month
Senior CommUnity Center celebrates caregivers during National PACE Month

The National PACE Association has proclaimed September as National PACE Month, an opportunity to celebrate the lives improved by Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®). This year's theme of "Caring for Caregivers, Caring for You" highlights the role of caregivers and the support provided to them by PACE programs.

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Volunteers honored for hunger relief teamwork
Volunteers honored for hunger relief teamwork

Two local community groups which teamed up to address hunger have been honored for their achievements. The Cedaredge Community Garden and Surface Creek Community Services received grants from the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF).

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What's bugging you? Sept. 19, 2018
What's bugging you? Sept. 19, 2018

The signs of an early fall are beginning to show up across the Surface Creek Valley. Cottonwood leaves beginning to turn yellow, rabbitbrush in full glorious bloom and cooler nighttime temperatures are some of these signals of what is to come.

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