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Brothers sing a new song for packing plant
Brothers sing a new song for packing plant

Two brothers, Phil and Matt Sheader, are converting the former Cedaredge Meats building at 230 E. Main Street into a concert venue and art gallery they are calling "The Old Slaughterhouse."

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TDS Telecom to expand broadband

Construction is under way to expand and improve broadband to nearly 3,000 locations in western Colorado. TDS Telecom began work in the spring in portions of Delta and Gunnison counties.

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New Paonia clinic 'fits the needs of the public'
New Paonia clinic 'fits the needs of the public'

Delta County Memorial Hospital had several choices when deciding on a location for a new walk-in clinic in Paonia. Last winter, after considering numerous properties, it chose to locate in the heart of the downtown core and purchased the 6,000-square-foot Bank of Colorado building at 218 Grand Avenue.

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West Elk Clinic features all local art
West Elk Clinic features all local art

When Delta County Memorial Hospital committed to building a new clinic in Hotchkiss, it considered every detail. It wanted the best for the North Fork Valley community, and it wanted to be an integral part of the community.

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KVNF to open new studio in Montrose

KVNF Community Radio announces plans to open an on-air studio in Montrose in the spring of 2018 to be named Studio M. Studio M will operate seamlessly with the KVNF studio in Paonia.

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Center for Mental Health to open crisis clinic in Montrose

The Center for Mental Health announces it has purchased and intends to renovate into a crisis clinic the property located at the corner of Cascade and South 2nd Street in Montrose. When completed, this building will be open and available 24 hours a day for those experiencing a behavioral health crisis.

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Tri-State supports science in classrooms

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association's Montrose Employees Club is supporting middle school science classrooms and teachers in the area. The club donated $1,000 each to Centennial Middle School, Columbine Middle School and Olathe Middle School.

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Doug Speedie, MD, to serve as medical director of PACE
Doug Speedie, MD, to serve as medical director of PACE

Volunteers of America and Senior Comm-Unity Care is pleased to announce Douglas Speedie, M.D., as its medical director for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

"I am excited to be part of advancing the practice of medicine as the model at PACE with the goal to continue to explore ways to improve clinical services while working to keep costs down," he said.

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DCMH receives prestigious international award

Baby-Friendly USA, announces that Delta County Memorial Hospital has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility.

"Delta County Memorial Hospital administration is very proud of the efforts of the OB team to achieve this prestigious designation as a Baby-Friendly hospital," stated chief clinical officer Jody Roeber, FNP, MSN, RN.

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Kye Hall joins Alpine Bank
Kye Hall joins Alpine Bank

Alpine Bank announces Kye Hall as a vice president/relationship manager for the bank's Montrose, Delta and Ouray county markets.

Hall brings with him over 12 years' experience as a banker with Bank of the West.

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DCMH nurse named a Colorado Health Care Star
DCMH nurse named a Colorado Health Care Star

American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) named Janel Webb, RN, BSN, ICU/clinical education, ICU manager at Delta County Memorial Hospital, as a Colorado Health Care Stars Award winner. This award recognizes Webb as an exceptional health care professional.

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Transmission line construction begins

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., is upgrading an existing transmission line segment between the Montrose Substation west of Montrose to the Nucla Substation. Tri-State's construction contractor will begin upgrading the line segment in September 2017 and is scheduled to complete the project in October 2018.

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Paonia's oldest dining establishment for sale
Paonia's oldest dining establishment for sale

Linda's Bistro is located in a relatively nondescript brick building just off Grand Avenue. Owner Linda Little recently came before the Paonia town board for the 21st time to renew her liquor license.

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FCNB merger enhances small business lending, facilitates growth

First Colorado National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of First Colorado Financial Corp. ("FCFC") and headquartered in Paonia, announced it has entered into an agreement and plan of merger and reorganization with BoeFly, LLC, a non-bank financial technology firm that operates an online platform that connects small business lenders and borrowers.

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Donation enhances SEI's hands-on training environment

CertainTeed® Solar is pleased to partner with Solar Energy International (SEI) through the donation of an Apollo® II solar roofing array to the organization's Paonia training facility. The solar shingles, which are integrated into the roof of an equipment storage outbuilding, will generate power for the facility and provide attending students with a firsthand look at the training facility's first building-integrated solar products.

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Assessor's staff earns recognition

The county commissioners on Monday recognized Jolene George, senior commercial appraiser for the county assessor's office, for exemplary work performance.

Other members of the staff were recognized for their effort as well.

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Family center expands options for preschoolers

Delta County Joint School District #50 has assumed operation of the Head Start program in Delta County and has opened a Backpack Early Learning Academy (BELA) preschool in Cedaredge, enhancing the school district's ability to meet the needs of every preschool child in Delta County.

Angela Fedler, director of the Delta Family Center, said the ultimate goal is to facilitate the smoothest transition possible to kindergarten.

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Entrepreneurs prepare to pitch their products

Five entrepreneurs, including two from Delta County, have been selected for the ICELab Business Accelerator program. The program provides support for the five entrepreneurs as they prepare for ICELab's inaugural "Pitch Day" Nov. 6 at Western State Colorado University.

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Delta CPA creates billing system that's proven to increase revenue

Ken Richards is a born entrepreneuer who has started and sold three separate accounting practices. His latest venture is a value billing program for professional service firms. It's a program he uses within his own accounting firm. With guidance from ICELab Accelerator, he and co-founder Chris Hunter hope to commercialize the product for use by other professional firms.

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Paonia woman develops texting hotline for college students

A teacher and counselor for 25-plus years, Merrily Talbott often found herself in the position of listening and empowering teenagers and young adults.

"When texting first came on the scene, I found myself doing it over text," she explains.

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Library elevator repaired

Delta County Libraries staff would like the public to know that the elevator in the Delta Library, located at 211 W. 6th Street, has been repaired.

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DCMH receives $250,000 grant for clinic furnishings
DCMH receives $250,000 grant for clinic furnishings

Delta County Memorial Hospital was recently awarded $250,000 from the Colorado Health Foundation for the West Elk Clinic in Hotchkiss serving patients and families in Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford areas.

This grant will be used for equipment and interior furnishings at the new West Elk Clinic which is expected to open in early September for North Fork residents.

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Hospital, credit union expand in Cedaredge

To improve patient access, a priority for Delta County Memorial Hospital, the hospital has moved rehabilitation services and blood draws into a clinic at 1240 S. Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge.

Brooke Loucks, DPT, provides physical therapy on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Delta hospital re-accredited for another three years

Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) announces the entire hospital, physical rehabilitation and Grand Mesa Oncology & Infusion have been re-accredited through August 2020.

Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV-GL related in a letter to DCMH CEO Jason Cleckler dated July 18, 2017, that "pursuant to the authority granted by DNV-GL

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Merger won't affect services of First State Bank of Colorado

Operations at the First State Bank of Colorado locations in Hotchkiss, Delta, Paonia and Crawford will continue uninterrupted, following the announcement of the bank's parent company with TIG Bancorp.

Customer Bancorp, the holding company for First State Bank of Colorado, announced last week it has entered into an agreement to merge into TIG Bancorp, a newly formed Colorado-based bank holding company.

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Plan for hemp facility in Paonia under review

The Paonia Town Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Town Hall to consider a request for a special review/variance application to operate a commercial hemp business.

Applicant Elliot Brown submitted plans for the facility, which includes installation of climate and odor control infrastructure and other changes to property located at 719 Second Street.

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A night under the stars for the entire family
A night under the stars for the entire family

It's summertime in Colorado, and while the mountains await many, here in Delta there's a truly unique outdoor offering that can't be experienced in many other places across the country, let alone in-state.

The Tru Vu Drive-In is one of only 385 such outdoor movie spots left in America, according to owner Jeanne Dewsnup.

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HopeWest receives national award for level of care

HopeWest has been named a recipient of the 2017 Hospice Honors award for the second consecutive year and the only hospice in Colorado to receive "elite" status. This national award recognizes hospices that continuously provide the best patient and caregiver experience as measured from the caregiver's point of view.

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Stoney Mesa hosts art event

Stoney Mesa Winery hosted an open house all day Thursday, July 6, offering food, door prizes and discounts, along with a plein air art competition sponsored by the Art Co-op at Stoney Mesa Winery.

As customers flowed through the tasting room during the day, they were able to observe artists on the property creating magnificent pieces on their canvases.

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DMEA issues scam alert

DMEA is currently conducting random phone surveys regarding customer service and member satisfaction with DMEA. As a result, some members are being asked about member satisfaction, services, experience, and need.

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County supports solar growth through Dept. of Energy program
County supports solar growth through Dept. of Energy program

The Delta County Board of Commissioners signed a statement in support of fostering a solar-friendly market in Delta County on Monday, July 3, as a part of a larger effort to pursue a SolSmart designation for the county.

The SolSmart designation program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Sunshot initiative and supports the goal of making it faster, cheaper and easier to go solar, according to the SolSmart official website.

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PEAC expands mission

In an effort to expand its mission and further educate the people of Colorado on responsible oil and gas development, the Piceance Energy Action Council (PEAC) is growing and changing its name. PEAC is now CREAC -- the Colorado Rural Energy Action Committee.

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Local firm offers affordable housing nationwide
Local firm offers affordable housing nationwide

A business which began in Cedaredge 10 years ago has expanded to be the fifth largest chain of mobile home parks in the United States, with a company focus of offering safe, clean, affordable housing.

RV Horizons was started by Dave Reynolds in 2007 out of his garage in Cedaredge with one mobile home park.

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DMEA to conduct aerial line patrol next week

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) will be conducting aerial line inspections across the service territory on Wednesday, July 12, beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting throughout the day. The patrol will be conducted by Mountain Blade Runner of Montrose using a helicopter.

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Local business offers parachute jumping

For those of you who have bucket lists, one of the top things to do might be experiencing the thrill of parachuting. There is an easy remedy to fulfilling that wish, and it's more achievable than you think.

USA Ultimate Skydiving Adventures of Colorado is located in Delta at Blake Field Airport on 870 1575 Road.

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Stop work order halts remodel at Paonia Cleaners
Stop work order halts remodel at Paonia Cleaners

The new owner of Paonia Cleaners is claiming that two stop work orders almost two months ago by the Town of Paonia's building official have needlessly halted her efforts to remodel the building and should never have been issued.

During the "visitors" portion of the June 20 board meeting, Gia Fanelli asked for cooperation from the town in removing the orders so that she can resume work.

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ShadeScapes is Colorado Company to Watch
ShadeScapes is Colorado Company to Watch

ShadeScapes Americas has been named a 2017 Colorado Company to Watch. The award acknowledges the drive, excellence and influence of ShadeScapes Americas as a growing company developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enabling new industries and enriching the community.

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Unclaimed capital credits bolster Solar in Schools
Unclaimed capital credits bolster Solar in Schools

Solar Energy International's (SEI) Solar in the Schools program secured solid funding this month, when Delta-Montrose Electric Association committed $150,000 to the program. DMEA's board of directors voted unanimously at its regular May board meeting to funnel $150,000 from the co-op's Unclaimed Capital Credit fund to support the installation of solar electric systems at five high schools within DMEA's service territory.

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Pea Green native awarded for work on health data interoperability
Pea Green native awarded for work on health data interoperability

LOINC, the world's most commonly used universal code system for identifying medical test results, observations and other clinical measurements, has announced the recipient of the annual LOINC Award for Distinguished Contributions. The award, in its second year, honors individuals whose work advances the interoperability that ensures that medical data can be recorded, electronically exchanged and ultimately used to improve health -- when and where needed.

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Changes loom for Delta museum
Changes loom for Delta museum

Changes are on the horizon for the Delta County Historical Society and Museum. Director and curator Jim Wetzel has given the board of directors his notice that he will retire in April 2018, after 20 years on the job. Coupled with declining financial resources, his retirement has caused the board of trustees to look into new ways of operating the museum.

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Pregnancy Resource Center seeks volunteers to expand

One organization in Delta County is working hard at ensuring that families are functioning at their very best, and it is reaching out for help to expand the mission. The board of directors of the Pregnancy Resource Center in Delta invited area clergy and community supporters to the center last week to give an update of what they have been doing and future plans.

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Gunnison Energy closes some facilities

The Board of County Commissioners on Monday heard a report that Gunnison Energy LLC is working on decommissioning some of its production facilities in Surface Creek and elsewhere.

Bruce Bertram, local government designee, told commissioners that the work was "the first step" in an area-wide structures abandonment process.

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Stephenson attends county clerk conference in Snowmass
Stephenson attends county clerk conference in Snowmass

Colorado's county clerks and their staffs learned about election security and costs, motor vehicle registration kiosks and privacy vs. public access from a stakeholder's viewpoint at their conference in Snowmass Village last week.

Secretary of state Wayne Williams addressed the Colorado County Clerks Association on June 20, outlining legislation his office advocated for, the state's leading status when it comes to voter turnout and registration, and future training to learn about election audits.

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Renovations underway at Delta Family Physicians

A major renovation project spurred by HVAC failure at Delta Family Physicians has temporarily closed the clinic at 555 Meeker Street, Delta. Medical care, however, has not been disrupted, as the clinic's 23 employees temporarily provide patient care in other DCMH clinics in Delta.

Clinic director Diane Dockter is hopeful the clinic will re-open by mid-July. When it does, it will be even more functional for patients and staff.

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Buying local produce is good for you and for the economy
Buying local produce is good for you and for the economy

As Colorado's produce season arrives, the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is asking consumers to buy local.

"Colorado's high day time temperatures countered by cool nights, give our fruit a sweeter, more intense flavor," said Bruce Talbott, Talbott's Gold, Palisade, Colo., a fifth-generation Colorado fruit farmer.

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Compliance Staffing Agency acquires TK Mining

JENNMAR affiliate Compliance Staffing Agency (CSA), the premier nationwide provider of workforce solutions for the energy industry, expanded its service offerings and expertise with the acquisition of TK Mining Services. Along with its purchase of Price Mine Services in November 2015, CSA has assembled the assets, personnel and presence to offer unparalleled service offerings and pricing in the western U.S.

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Morris Optical celebrates 25th
Morris Optical celebrates 25th

Monica Morris-Whelan and Chanda Morris-Jones are carrying on a family tradition that began 65 years ago, when Dr. Thayer Morris and his wife Gerri moved to Colorado and Dr. Thayer began his career as an independent career of optometry.

He first worked with Dr. James Bush in Grand Junction, then established his own practice in Delta in August 1952.

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DMEA meeting a celebration of rural ingenuity
DMEA meeting a celebration of rural ingenuity

There was no contest for the three DMEA director terms coming up for election this year. As a result, at DMEA's annual meeting held at Hotchkiss High School on June 15 Mark Eckhart was returned to his board position for district 7; John Gavin was returned to his board position for the north region; and, Damon Lockhart was named to the district 6 board position formerly held by Terry Brown who chose not to run again.

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County's HHS staff recognized

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) recognized 16 counties for "2016 C-Stat Distinguished Performance" at the Colorado Counties Inc. summer conference. The counties' outstanding performance efforts were tied to programs that help Coloradans, including Colorado Works, food assistance, Child Support Services, the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), adult protection and child welfare.

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New U.S. flag flying at Delta Senior Center
New U.S. flag flying at Delta Senior Center

This Flag Day will be special at the Delta Senior Center, as the seniors honor the new American flag flying overhead at 247 Meeker Street.

Although the center has had a flagpole for many years, outside the building next to the sign welcoming visitors to the location, it has been a long time since a flag was raised on it.

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Owners of business equipment may challenge value June 15-30

From June 15 to June 30, owners of taxable personal property (e.g., business furnishings, equipment, etc.) may challenge the county assessor's valuation of their property. The value determined by the assessor is based on information submitted on your Personal Property Declaration Schedule.

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River Valley Family Health Center celebrates 5 years
River Valley Family Health Center celebrates 5 years

A street party to celebrate River Valley Family Health Center's fifth anniversary as a rapidly growing successful health care organization, will be held Friday, June 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. in front of the Olathe clinic at 308 Main Street to thank the community for its support.

The entire community is welcome -- neighbors, friends, board members (past and present) and especially patients and those who are considering being patients, said Jeremy Carroll, CEO.

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Solarize Delta County Farms hosts presentation

Solarize Delta County Farms is teaming up with the Colorado Energy Office and the Colorado Department of Agriculture to host a presentation for agricultural producers in Delta County on state energy efficiency programs and renewable energy financing. The event will be at Heritage Hall in Hotchkiss on June 14 at 7 p.m.

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Diamond Joe's opens
Diamond Joe's opens

Diamond Joe Cafe & Saloon opened last week in Crawford under the ownership/management of Tami Carver, a fifth-generation Crawford resident. The restaurant is located on Hwy. 92 in the former Boardwalk restaurant.

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Sweet success for Drost's award-winning fudge
Sweet success for Drost's award-winning fudge

The very best fudge in the state of Colorado is right in your backyard -- and, more than likely, it was handmade just a few hours before it appears on the shelves -- using real butter, sugar, cream and chocolate, of course. Mark and Lisa Hill, owners of Drost's Chocolates in Eckert, won first place last week in the 2017 Chocolatier Championships at the Colorado Chocolate Festival for their chocolate pecan fudge.

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Shelter Shoppe vols honored
Shelter Shoppe vols honored

Helping to fund the Surface Creek Animal Shelter in Cedaredge, the Shelter Shoppe at 290 N. Grand Mesa Drive has been so active that once again we feel we need to honor three women for this month.

Roberta Marean, Arlene Mellema and Marilee Claxton are not only great volunteers at the Shoppe, but they have been putting in many extra hours to get ready for the garage sale on May 26 and 27.

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Flower Motor opens North Delta satellite store
Flower Motor opens North Delta satellite store

Flower Motor Company has opened a satellite store in North Delta offering select high-end pre-owned trucks, SUVs and automobiles.

The store is managed by Larry Garrison, who is relying on his 40 years of experience to make the store a win-win scenario for both the consumer and for Flower Motor Company.

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Snow Capped ciders judged world class
Snow Capped ciders judged world class

Ciders from the local Snow Capped Cider brand have been awarded top honors at a prestigious major international competition.

The local ciders made from fruit grown in Surface Creek Valley took two of the top three places in their class with gold medals, and a third Snow Capped Cider won a silver medal at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) held at Grand Rapids, Mich., on April 20-21.

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Co-op empowers others to fix their bicycles
Co-op empowers others to fix their bicycles

Do goat head stickers have you fixing yet another flat on your bicycle? Perhaps your derailleur chain's derailed, or you just need a simple tune-up or brake adjustment.

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DCMH oncology nurses attend national conference
DCMH oncology nurses attend national conference

Recently Grand Mesa Oncology & Infusion Center sent four nurses to the annual Oncology Nursing Society Conference in Denver. This is a four-day conference packed with oncology updates, new treatment options, symptom management and leadership sessions.

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GMUG public affairs officer to retire June 1

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests announces the retirement of Lee Ann Loupe, forest public affairs officer, on June 1. Loupe has been the forests' representative for media, legislative affairs and various other roles over the past 11 years.

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DMEA wins communications award for Elevate campaign
DMEA wins communications award for Elevate campaign

Delta-Montrose Electric Association is the 2017 recipient of the Edgar F. Chesnutt Award for Best Total Communication Program, the highest honor in the Spotlight on Excellence Awards program. DMEA serves 27,000 members in Montrose, Delta and Gunnison counties.

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Paper clovers raise $825,000 for 4-H programs

4-H youth from across Colorado will have countless opportunities to learn valuable life skills this summer, thanks to more than $825,000 donated by Tractor Supply Company customers earlier this year.

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County offers incentive for new business, jobs
County offers incentive for new business, jobs

The county commissioners on Monday approved an "incentive agreement" with hopes it will help bring a manufacturing company to Delta County and fill an empty industrial building.

MITI manufacturing, Co., which describes itself as a manufacturer of wheel locks and portable decontamination equipment, is currently located in Clifton.

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City incentives support DIP Co. expansion

DIP Co., located in Delta's Industrial Park, will be the first enterprise to benefit from an economic incentive policy adopted by the City of Delta nearly a year ago.

The policy is intended to support new and expanding business development in the City of Delta.

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Elders of Colorow Care Center donate to the Dolphin House

Colorow Care Center, an Olathe-based provider of rehabilitation and skilled nursing, is proud to have presented the Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center of the 7th Judicial District with a check for $1,212.

Since the beginning in 1979, Colorow Care Center has centered its focus on the elders and "elders' choice."

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Learn how a business accelerator supports startups

The ICELab Business Accelerator is a joint program for Delta and Gunnison counties funded by a U.S. Economic Development Administration grant by request of Western State Colorado University. The entire effort is driven in response to the idling of the Elk Creek mine in Somerset and the need for sustainable, economic development.

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River Valley Family Health welcomes new provider
River Valley Family Health welcomes new provider

River Valley Family Health Center welcomes an enthusiastic new provider and outdoorsman to its rapidly growing family of eight practitioners serving Montrose, Olathe, Delta and the surrounding communities. David Cain, a nationally certified physician assistant, will begin seeing patients for primary care in early May at the Olathe Community Clinic, 308 Main Street, Olathe, said Debby Harrison-Zarkis, COO of River Valley.

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Delta Housing Authority kicks the tobacco habit

Delta Housing Authority has extended its no-smoking housing policy to all its properties, including multi-unit housing units, single homes and private properties occupied by low-income individuals, families, disabled citizens and seniors. In addition, the Delta Housing Authority significantly strengthened policy language to meet current multi-use housing best practices.

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DCMH launches 'Look Good Feel Better'
DCMH launches 'Look Good Feel Better'

Delta County Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of the "Look Good Feel Better" program through Grand Mesa Oncology. Part of the oncology center's effort to focus on the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional aspects of each patient, this program will be beneficial to patients suffering with hair loss and skin issues during chemotherapy.

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Dedicated volunteers earn thanks

Helping to fund the Surface Creek Animal Shelter in Cedaredge, Colorado, the Shelter Shoppe, 290 N. Grand Mesa Drive, has been so busy this month that three volunteers have arisen as volunteers of the month.

Alvena Richard, a 10-year resident of Cedaredge, has volunteered at the Shelter Shoppe almost since its beginning citing her love of animals as the reason she continues her tenure at the Shoppe.

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SEI slated to launch third and final round of Solarize

Solar Energy International (SEI) is launching a third and final round of Solarize, which is an educational community outreach program aimed at kickstarting a solar market in a region. Solarize has been successful in introducing 42 new solar systems to the region and garnering nearly $1 million in local investments, and now SEI is building off of past momentum and shifting its focus to major contributors to the Delta County economy: farms and businesses.

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Alpine Bank participates in National Volunteer Week

Alpine Bank is committing once again to participate in National Volunteer Week, April 23-29.

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve.

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New owners at the Bross
New owners at the Bross

Years of wondering who will buy Paonia's beautiful Bross Hotel are over.

On Monday Kevin and Karen Kropp became the eighth owners of the 111-year-old Victorian-style hotel on Onarga Avenue.

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9-1-1 dispatchers recognized this week

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management recognizes National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 9-15. When an emergency arises and you call 9-1-1 for help, the stress of the situation may cause you to forget your address.

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Bank supports Delta Food Pantry

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Alpine Bank in Delta, the bank and staff are planning various monthly activities throughout the year. There will be a bigger celebration occurring during the month of July, the actual month the bank opened in 2007.

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Delta-based Look Buildings sets the stage for growth
Delta-based Look Buildings sets the stage for growth

A business born of desperation has now moved into a new location that will set the stage for continued expansion.

Brian Johnson, the manager of Overholt Truss, was looking for ideas to keep his employees busy during the construction downturn.

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DCED hosts 21st annual meeting April 20

Delta County Economic Development will host its 21st annual meeting Thursday, April 20, at the Orchard City Town Hall. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers.

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Renee Joyce honored for behavioral health care

The Center for Mental Health is pleased to announce the Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care (CASBHC) has chosen Renee Joyce, therapist at A KidZ Clinic in Delta, as the recipient of the 2017 CASBHC Inspiration Award for Outstanding School-Based Health Center Behavioral Health Provider.

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Tractor Supply customers donate $4,155 to FFA student projects

In support of the next generation of agricultural leaders, Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Foundation partnered for the second consecutive year to back student-driven agriculture projects that will benefit Colorado communities and FFA chapters for years to come.

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Volunteers of America approves new ministers for commissioning
Volunteers of America approves new ministers for commissioning

The church governing board of Volunteers of America has approved 48 individuals to become commissioned as Volunteers of America ministers from across the country. Two candidates are from western Colorado -- Erin Berge, regional marketing director, and Tara Cassidy, admissions and marketing director at Valley Manor Care Center.

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Suppes retires from Delta County Federal Credit Union

If you have been a credit union member in Delta over the past 30-plus years you almost certainly know Mary Suppes. Even before Mary was employed by what was then Delta Federal Credit Union, she was a volunteer on the credit committee, helping with the loan review and decisioning process.

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DCMH nurses nominated for Nightingale award
DCMH nurses nominated for Nightingale award

On March 4, the annual Western Colorado Nightingale Awards banquet was held at the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom in Grand Junction. This event is a way to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and nursing practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer.

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Shelter Shoppe honors volunteer
Shelter Shoppe honors volunteer

The Shelter Shoppe Volunteer of the month for March is Peg, who not only volunteers at the shop but is also a dog walker for the shelter itself.

To say she is a busy lady is an understatement.

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Straw bale house earns honors for local builder
Straw bale house earns honors for local builder

A local home by Cedaredge homebuilder Tate Locke of Locke Construction LLC dba Cristee-Meade Building Company entered in Fine Homebuilding magazine's annual HOUSES Awards has placed first in the readers' choice contest, the DCI has learned.

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Todd Ranch named producer of the year
Todd Ranch named producer of the year

The Todd Ranch in Crawford, owned and operated by Danny and Monita Todd and their daughter Hannah, was recently honored as the 2016 Outstanding Commercial Producer of the Year by the Colorado Cattlemen's Association.

A release issued by the Cattlemen's Association says, "The Todd Ranch represents an exemplary family-owned commercial cattle operation that is deeply seeded in ranching heritage.

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Senior CommUnity Meals welcomes new program director
Senior CommUnity Meals welcomes new program director

Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Walker as the new program director for Senior CommUnity Meals (SCM). Walker was previously employed as the program director and returns to Colorado after working remotely from Missouri as the program dietitian.

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Alpine Bank sponsors Delta County Seed Library

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Alpine Bank in Delta County, the bank is sponsoring local organizations and events on a monthly basis throughout the year as a way of recognizing not only its 10-year milestone but also its commitment to the community. The monthly events and activities are selected by the staff at the Delta location under the leadership of branch manager, Barbara Wolfe.

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Crawford company is big on tiny houses
Crawford company is big on tiny houses

It was a rush to the finish line last week for Colin and April MacGregor of Crawford, owners of Broadtail Builders, a custom home design and construction business, as they made the finishing touches on a home that was heading to Oregon first thing this week. The home was the couple's first tiny home they designed and built.

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Cooper awarded CTFA designation
Cooper awarded CTFA designation

Gena Cooper, vice president of Alpine Bank Wealth Management, was recently awarded the CTFA designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association.

The CTFA designation is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of wealth management and trust.

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ShadeScapes nominated as company to watch

ShadeScapes Americas, a Hotchkiss-based company which designs architectural grade residential and commercial shade umbrellas, has been nominated as a Colorado Company to Watch for 2017.

The program honors 50 second stage companies that develop products or services which help create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries.

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Neil retires from library district
Neil retires from library district

For years, on the first and 15th of every month, Delta County Libraries administrative staff has gathered bills, organized payroll and arranged vouchers to deliver to the home office of bookkeeper Emma Neil. "Inevitably, we could look forward to a phone call a couple hours after we left our bills with Emma," laughs district director Lea Hart.

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BLM Southwest associate district manager named

In January, Dana Wilson was named the new associate district manager for the Bureau of Land Management's Southwest District, based out of the Montrose Public Lands Center. The Southwest District includes about 2.6 million acres of BLM lands within the Grand Junction, Uncompahgre and Tres Rios Field Offices.

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United Country's Hubbell wins national marketing awards
United Country's Hubbell wins national marketing awards

United Country Real Estate is not only one of the largest land brokerages internationally, but it is also one of the largest real estate and personal property auction companies in the world, with over $1 billion in auction sales in 2016. United Country has 431 offices nationwide, with 329 auctioneers working out of 177 auction-centric offices.

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Homes for Heroes offers savings for military, law enforcement, more

Mallori Salazar, Christi Prettyman and Porgia Vigil have joined Homes for Heroes®, a national program that brings savings to the hometown heroes who serve and protect our communities and our country.

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Rod Fraser named to UPS 'Circle of Honor'

Rod Fraser and 26 other elite drivers from Colorado have been inducted into UPS' prestigious "Circle of Honor." Every year, the Atlanta-based company recognizes UPS employees who have delivered packages for a quarter of a century without an accident.

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GMUG employees honored for 2016 contributions

On Feb. 8, regional forester Brian Ferebee, U.S. Forest Service, honored employees and partners for their contributions and successes in 2016 during the annual regional forester's honor awards ceremony.

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CEO: DCMH is 'vulnerable,' but not at risk of closing

Recent media reports have placed Delta County Memorial Hospital on the "critical condition" list, but CEO Jason Cleckler says the hospital is in no danger of closing.

In January, Steven Summer, president and CEO of the Colorado Hospital Association, was quoted in the Denver Post, saying as many as eight Colorado hospitals "could have sustainability problems" if the Affordable Care Act is repealed without a similar replacement.

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New life for old packing shed
New life for old packing shed

The home of Dave and Edie Burgess -- and the site of the Graystone Restaurant -- was originally an apple packing shed. The Burgesses purchased the building in 1996, intending to covert it into a house.

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Twenty years of upscale design
Twenty years of upscale design

For 20 years Elisabeth Delehaunty has designed upscaled clothing for her company, Elisabethan. Each piece of Elisabethan apparel is made of post-consumer materials.

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Larson to serve as BLM Uncompahgre manager

Greg Larson has been selected as the Uncompahgre field manager in Montrose. Larson is responsible for overseeing about one million acres of BLM lands in Montrose, Ouray, Delta, Gunnison, San Miguel and Mesa counties.

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DCMH, MMH: Top hospitals second year in a row

A new report ranks both Montrose Memorial Hospital and Delta County Memorial Hospital in the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals for the second year in a row.

The report is issued by The National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

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DMEA, Elevate Fiber host Morning Buzz in Delta County

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is bringing the Morning Buzz to Delta County. The co-op is hosting three of its popular morning coffee events during the months of March and April.

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Skydiving business eyes Blake Field

A skydiving business wants to set up commercial operations at Blake Field.

County commissioners at their Feb. 21 meeting approved a permit for Ultimate Skydiving Adventures LLC to operate out of a private hangar on a temporary basis.

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Top honors for CEO Cleckler, Delta County Memorial Hospital
Top honors for CEO Cleckler, Delta County Memorial Hospital

Jason Cleckler, CEO of Delta County Memorial Hospital, was recently recognized as one of the "Top 60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know" in the country by Becker's Hospital Review, which will feature Cleckler and other top rural hospital CEOs in its March issue.

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Hospital volunteers saluted
Hospital volunteers saluted

Forty-one years of volunteering for Delta County Memorial Hospital was celebrated with a Mardi Gras theme Saturday, Feb. 18. About 70 Pink Ladies, Red Barons and guests attended the annual banquet and meeting in the oncology classrooms on the Delta County Memorial Hospital campus.

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Bank springs for the town's coffee

Having your coffee bought by a buddy at the morning coffee klatch is a good deal.

But how about buying morning coffee for the whole town?

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Colorow receives Pinnacle's Customer Experience Award

Colorow Care Center, an Olathe-based provider of rehabilitation and skilled nursing, is the recipient of Pinnacle Quality Insight's 2017 Customer Experience Award™. Colorow qualified for the award in the categories of activities, quality of food, dining service, cleanliness, overall satisfaction, nursing care, professional therapy service, individual needs, communication from facility, dignity and respect and recommend to others.

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WAR professionals donate to building restoration fund
WAR professionals donate to building restoration fund

At the Jan. 10 meeting of the We Are Referrals group, Brad Davis of Davis Clothing was awarded $1,000 toward restoration of his building, which was damaged by a hit and run RV on Thanksgiving Day.

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Delta Senior Center displays the works of Erin Williams
Delta Senior Center displays the works of Erin Williams

The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by Erin Williams in the dining hall located at 247 Meeker Street.

Williams has made western Colorado her home for the past 42 years and says the visual splendor of this area is a constant inspiration for her work.

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City of Delta begins environmental assessments of blighted properties

Environmental assessments are being conducted on the five blighted properties targeted for potential acquisition and demolition by the City of Delta.

The project is being funded through a $507,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), combined with a city match of $104,000.

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DCMH lab receives accreditation from College of American Pathologists

As part of a recent on-site inspection, Delta County Memorial Hospital Laboratory has been accredited by the accreditation committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

"I am pleased with the recent review of our laboratory reflecting the continued dedication of our DCMH lab staff in providing quality lab services and high quality patient care," stated hospital CEO Jason Cleckler.

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Alpine Bank program benefits local nonprofits

In 2016, Alpine Bank donated $989,719.76 to local nonprofit groups and projects through funds generated from the Loyalty Debit Card program. Alpine Bank is a true local bank -- giving where its employees live, together strengthening communities.

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DMTC observes SkillsUSA Week

Students and faculty at Delta-Montrose Technical College (DMTC) will join others across the nation to celebrate SkillsUSA Week, Feb. 5-11. The annual celebration, presented by Carhartt, represents over 300,000 SkillsUSA members nationwide and promotes career and technical education (CTE).

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Huffman joins Clay and Dodson

The law firm of Clay and Dodson P.C. announces that Julie J. Huffman has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Huffman received her bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado and her law degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in Kentucky.

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Rio Bravo slated to open in Paonia in February
Rio Bravo slated to open in Paonia in February

A new Mexican restaurant is coming to Paonia. The Rio Bravo will open this month at the site of the former Sol Margaritas location at 240 Grand Avenue .

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SEI, HCN, Cirque among chamber honorees
SEI, HCN, Cirque among chamber honorees

An international solar energy company, a regional newspaper with more than 30,000 subscribers and two companies operating under a synergistic business model were among those honored at the annual meeting of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 25.

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Carol Crawford joins RE/MAX Today team
Carol Crawford joins RE/MAX Today team

RE/MAX Today would like to welcome Carol Crawford to its team. Crawford has lived in Colorado for 15 years.

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Alta Vista meets need for safe, affordable housing

Alta Vista de la Montana opened five years ago, but property manager Nicole Mata believes many people still don't understand how the North Delta property is meeting the need for affordable housing for agricultural workers.

A project of the Community Resources & Housing Development Corporation (CRHDC), the development just off Highway 50 features 40 three- and four-bedroom apartments suitable for families.

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Alpine Bank supports wellness
Alpine Bank supports wellness

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Alpine Bank in Delta, the bank and staff are planning various monthly activities throughout the year.

To kick off the festivities, Alpine Bank made a $3,500 donation to the Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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Comfort Home of Delta closes

Comfort Home of Delta is closing as an assisted living facility. The smallest of three privately licensed assisted facilities serving Delta County, Comfort Home has been licensed for eight beds since March 2008.

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County employee numbers reported

According to a report delivered last month to the county commissioners, there were just over 210 full-time equivalent employees on the county payroll.

The report was compiled by the human resources department.

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Abraham Connection seats youth board member
Abraham Connection seats youth board member

The Abraham Connection is excited to welcome a new youth board member to its board of directors. The youth seat is the idea of Delta High School senior Lizzy Ward, who will fill the seat until May.

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Heirlooms is on the move
Heirlooms is on the move

Sandra Barie, a Heirlooms for Hospice volunteer, arranges a clothing display at Heirlooms' new location at 532 Main Street. The commercial building was recently renovated by Pam and Shane Atchley; Heirlooms finished the interior with repurposed wood and crates.

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DCMH takes steps to ensure food safety
DCMH takes steps to ensure food safety

Foodborne illness (what we usually call "food poisoning) is a common, costly -- yet preventable -- public health problem. Each year, one in six Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages.

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Horizons welcomes new directors, extends invitation to open house

Volunteers of America and Horizons Care Center are pleased to announce the new additions of Lora Weber, PT as director of rehabilitation and Karen Crump as director of admissions and marketing.

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Marijuana taxes eyed as possible solution

The idea of Orchard City turning to marijuana as a town government tax source first came up at the end of a budget work session last September. Mayor Ken Volgamore took a straw poll of trustees on the marijuana-as-revenue issue. No decisions were made at that time.

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Swain qualifies for recertification

Chalmer Swain, owner of Taylor Funeral Service & Crematory, recently qualified for recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Swain is a lifetime member of the academy.

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DMTC bid for vacant building falls short

School superintendent Caryn Gibson reports that a bid on the old City Market building was declined.

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Building renovation progresses
Building renovation progresses

The day before snow started falling in Delta, crews finished the exterior repairs of Davis Clothing, on the southwest corner of 4th and Main.

The building suffered extensive damage Thanksgiving Day, when a Grand Junction woman, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, rammed her RV through the side of the building. The popular mural depicting Delta County fruit labels was also damaged.

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An update on DCMH clinics

Delta County Memorial Hospital clinics strive to make preventative health care our priority and continue to explore avenues to make it a positive experience for our patients.

During 2016 the clinics have undergone many changes.

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Kiwanis transform kids' area at the Delta Library
Kiwanis transform kids' area at the Delta Library

It's amazing what a little paint can do. The children's area at the Delta Library has gone from "blah" to "wow" with the help of the Kiwanis Club of Delta.

Last spring, club members undertook a community service project to transform the children's area in the lower level of the library into a friendly, welcoming spot.

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Podiatrist is seeing patients in Delta
Podiatrist is seeing patients in Delta

Joseph Dahlin, DPM, is now seeing patients in Delta. Dr. Dahlin specializes in reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery, foot and ankle injuries and/or deformities, sports medicine, pediatric foot/ankle conditions and foot/ankle arthritis.

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Nina Suzanne's is closing its doors

After 10 years in business, Nina Suzanne's women's clothing boutique will be closing at the end of the year. Nina Crozier, owner, announced she is semi-retiring and all her inventory will be on sale until Dec. 31.

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PUC significantly reduces Black Hills electric rate request

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) slashed by about 85 percent a request by Black Hills Energy to increase electric rates by $8.5 million annually.

Final rates won't be determined until after a technical conference on Dec. 7 to input the commission's decisions on various rate adjustments into the company's cost model, but it is expected that the increase will be less than $2 million.

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Arby's opens in Delta
Arby's opens in Delta

United States Beef Corporation (US Beef), Arby's largest franchisee, headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., announces the grand opening of its newest Arby's restaurant in Delta Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. Arby's is located in the building formerly occupied by Kentucky Fried Chicken on the northwest corner of Highway 50 and Confluence Drive.

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USFS to remodel current location
USFS to remodel current location

Meeting with county commissioners on Monday for a "relatively informal presentation" and informational update, GMUG Forest supervisor Scott Armentrout said the agency will remain at its present headquarters location in Delta.

Also attending the meeting was Paonia District Ranger Levi Broyles.

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Drawing winners named

The Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the Small Business Saturday drawing for "Cedaredge Bucks" to spend at local businesses.

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DMEA board OKs rate increase

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the DMEA board of directors approved a rate increase to take effect Jan. 1, 2017. No changes were made from the original proposal.

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USFS lease

The Forest Service has awarded a new lease for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests headquarters office in Delta. The awardee is the current owner of the Forest Service office located at 2250 Highway 50 in Delta.

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Mural, historic building seriously damaged
Mural, historic building seriously damaged

It's business as usual at Davis Clothing, thanks to a legion of friends who stepped in to help dust and vacuum the interior of the store after a Grand Junction woman rammed her RV through the side of the building.

Owner Brad Davis was just sitting down to his Thanksgiving meal when his phone rang shortly after 2:30 p.m.

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Local small businesses join national promo

Local small businesses throughout the Surface Creek Valley threw open their doors to the holiday season on Small Business Saturday held on Nov. 26. It was part of a national promotion to recognize the importance of shopping your local merchants.

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Little Sprouts teaching its second generation
Little Sprouts teaching its second generation

Since 1995, Little Sprouts Preschool has given a generation of local families a chance -- that is a chance for quality, early learning experiences for its preschoolers in a safe and caring environment close to home.

As Little Sprouts Preschool enters its second generation of service and looks to the future, it also offers a choice -- that is the choice for its children's early learning in a community-based setting that places the family at the center of fully professional, caring guidance and instruction.

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Support your local businesses on Small Business Saturday

Local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce this week will be participating in a nationwide promotional event sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Set for this coming Saturday, Nov. 26, the "Small Business Saturday" promotion is offering greatly expanded opportunities for retailers and their customers over the "shop local, shop small" promotions seen in the past.

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VOA awards scholarship to Horizons employee
VOA awards scholarship to Horizons employee

Volunteers of America National Services Foundation and Horizons Care Center announce that current employee, Joe Kersen, LPN, has received an educational scholarship for 2016-2017.

The purpose of the educational scholarship is to support and encourage employees to pursue learning opportunities through education and training, as this is a core value and a strategic imperative within the non-profit organization.

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VFW, Dollar Tree join effort to assist needy veterans

Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Post 3571 of Delta is teaming up with the Colorado Aviation Business Association's (CABA) Holiday Airlift and the Dollar Tree in Delta to assist needy and homeless veterans and their families in the area.

This will be the sixth year the VFW has worked with CABA to distribute food and toys to needy veterans.

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Pharmacy moves
Pharmacy moves

Cedaredge Pharmacy has closed its location at Food Town and as of Monday, Nov. 14 is open at 215 West Main Street, one door east of Town Hall.

Co-owner John Breitnauer advises customers needing walk-up prescription service that the best entrance to the pharmacy is now through the west door of 4B's Brewery.

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Co-op artist gallery celebrates first anniversary
Co-op artist gallery celebrates first anniversary

The ImpressionZ artists co-op gallery in Cedaredge is observing a first successful year in business.

During its first year, the gallery has expanded the art offerings exhibited for display, it has become a magnet and a center of promotions for the local arts community, and it is planning new ventures in outreach, marketing, workshops and instructions.

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DCMH breaks ground on Hotchkiss facility
DCMH breaks ground on Hotchkiss facility

Delta County Memorial Hospital plans to open its new DCMH Hotchkiss Family Medicine facility by next summer.

"I think this is a great project for the hospital," said DCMH CEO Jason Cleckler at a Nov. 4 groundbreaking ceremony. "It certainly shows our ongoing dedication to health care across the entire county."

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CDOT awarded for rockfall mitigation

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) received five awards from the 2016 Engineering News-Records Mountain States Best Project competition for various transportation projects. Mountain States Best Project awards are judged based on design and construction quality, contribution to the community and the industry, and how a project overcame unusual challenges through teamwork and collaboration.

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HopeWest honored as a top health care company

HopeWest has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's Top 100 Best Places to Work in Health Care nationwide, ranked number 54, among hundreds of organizations that participated across the country.

Modern Healthcare, a national trade publication, honors workplaces throughout the health care industry that empower employees to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services.

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RNs promoted at Grand Mesa Oncology Center
RNs promoted at Grand Mesa Oncology Center

Nysha Wilson, RN, BSN, OCN (registered nurse, BS in nursing, oncology certified nurse) has recently been promoted to assistant manager and Danielle Gallegos, RN, BSN, OCN was promoted to oncology nurse navigator, at Grand Mesa Oncology Center, announced LouAnn Drown, RN clinic manager.

Wilson has worked for Delta County Memorial Hospital for over 12 years, primarily in the oncology clinic.

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John Sisson hangs up his apron after 52-year career
John Sisson hangs up his apron after 52-year career

John Sisson always knew he wanted to be a cook. He got his start as a teenager working at the Rainbow Hotel and Cafe in Hotchkiss, now marked by a faded sign on the side of the two-story historic brick building.

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Results are in: Solarize Delta County yields 150 kW

The sun has set on the recent Solarize campaign, but the future of the solar market in Delta County is bright. Results of this program revealed that as a community, Delta County invested $500,000 in 150 kW of solar energy, achieving the $500 mark in a tiered rebate system.

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Bill Hellman Jr. nominated for TIME Dealer of the Year
Bill Hellman Jr. nominated for TIME Dealer of the Year

The nomination of Bill Hellman Jr., dealer at Hellman Motor Company, a Ford and Toyota dealer in Delta, for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced this week by TIME.

Hellman is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 100th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in New Orleans, La., on Jan. 27.

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Hotchkiss-based firm hiring laid-off miners

As Delta County's mining industry lays off workers, a small fiber installation business based in Hotchkiss is grabbing those workers up and giving them jobs.

Eric and Teresa Neal and son Dakota Coats own Lightworks Fiber & Consulting LLC.

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Rev celebrates 1-gig connection with beer, brats
Rev celebrates 1-gig connection with beer, brats

Revolution Brewing in Paonia is the first business in the North Fork Valley to connect to Elevate Fiber's 1-gigabite internet service powered by Delta-Montrose Electric Association. The brew pub welcomed the connection at its annual Oktoberfest celebration last Friday with a specially-brewed beer, brats and live music by Mike Gwinn and the North Fork Flyers.

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Paonia food co-op fills a growing need
Paonia food co-op fills a growing need

The summer of 2016 was a banner year for North Fork fruit growers. And while that's a good thing, finding buyers for tons and tons of fresh food before it goes bad can be a challenge.

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Paonia advocacy firm opens Washington office

Incorporated in 2007 and engaged in some of Colorado's largest conservation, public lands, and community campaigns of the last decade, Mountain West Strategies, Ltd. has now opened an office in Washington, D.C.

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County employees recognized for service
County employees recognized for service

The county commissioners on Monday recognized 12 employees for their employment service to local government, from 10 to 30 years.

Recognized for 30 years of service to the county was Barbara Pierce, recently retired from a clerk's position in the treasurer's office.

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Sheriff's office employee receives CBI recognition
Sheriff's office employee receives CBI recognition

The Delta County Sheriff's Office has received recognition from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for outstanding work in the handling of crime statistics data.

Theresa Garcia, the sheriff's office technician who handles records for the CBI database, was singled out by CBI for the honor.

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Tayshen sponsors food drive

Tayshen Automotive is conducting a food drive to benefit Delta Food Pantry and the Abraham Connection homeless shelter. For every non-perishable food item you bring in, get $1 off any service.

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Blueprint 2.0 rolls out branding workshop

About 15 local citizens representing different communities and sectors of Delta County attended a workshop last week aimed at developing a local business brand. The discussion was spurred by a Blueprint 2.0 initiative -- one of three awarded to Delta County through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

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Gallery's new owners are thrilled with the move to Cedaredge
Gallery's new owners are thrilled with the move to Cedaredge

Scott and Stacy Malmgren, the new owners of Munson's Main Street Gallery, are looking forward to an exciting weekend and plan to add to the AppleFest fun with special events of their own. On Saturday, former owner Tracy Munson will be working as a barista, preparing lattés, espressos and smoothies while the Malmgrens dish out ice cream (including handcrafted ice cream sandwiches made especially for AppleFest).

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DCMH showcases new women's imaging systems
DCMH showcases new women's imaging systems

Area residents had an opportunity to view Delta County Memorial Hospital's new 3D mammography system and prone biopsy table last week.

The new technology offers earlier detection, more accuracy and an improved patient experience.

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Pump and supply business buys Meadow Gold property
Pump and supply business buys Meadow Gold property

Robert and Christy Cockerham, the owners of Valley Pump Company and AAA Septic and Drain, have purchased the former Meadow Gold site at the corner of 4th and Palmer.

Cockerham reports that his goal is to open a third business, Advanced Pump and Supply, which will sell and service irrigation pumps, septic systems and cisterns.

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Guild Mortgage, Portia Vigil help homebuyers realize their dreams
Guild Mortgage, Portia Vigil help homebuyers realize their dreams

Financing a new home purchase or refinancing an existing mortgage to take advantage of lower interest rates can be complex and confusing. As a mortgage loan officer, Portia Vigil's primary goal is to make the process as painless as possible.

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Alan King retires as financial advisor with Raymond James
Alan King retires as financial advisor with Raymond James

Alan King has retired from Raymond James financial services, transferring the business to his son, Toby, who served as co-manager for the past four years.

Toby King obtained his Series 24 registered principal license in 2012 and is a certified financial planner.

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Realtors conduct installations
Realtors conduct installations

On Sept. 14, the Delta County Board of REALTORS® held its annual recognition and installation of officers at Delicious Orchards in Hotchkiss.

Recognized for outstanding achievement were the following: Land Title Guarantee as affiliate business partner of 2016; Mallori Salazar of Next Chapter Properties as rookie REALTOR® for 2016; and Janice Pappas of Mason Real Estate as REALTOR® of 2016.

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Delta Hardware takes 'Ace helpful' to a new level

Ace Hardware Corporation is pleased to announce that Delta Hardware has achieved designation as a "Pinnacle Performance Retailing" store for its outstanding performance. Developed as part of Ace's long-term retail growth strategy, 20/20 Vision, Pinnacle Performance Retailing is laser-focused on Ace's customers, helping to ensure that Ace stores deliver on their brand promise day in and day out.

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New business gets county's go-ahead

Economic development efforts in Delta County got a major boost last week as the Board of County Commissioners approved a specific development application by Forgeworks.

Forgeworks is a manufacturer of equipment used in the craft brewing industry.

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Geisler is a Realtor Institute graduate
Geisler is a Realtor Institute graduate

Tammy Geisler recently completed extensive continuing education coursework to become a graduate of the Realtor Institute. The GRI is the mark of real estate professionals who have made a commitment to provide a high level of professional service to their community.

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DMEA toasts success with Elevate IPA from Revolution Brewing in Paonia

Raise your glass in a toast to Elevate Fiber, powered by DMEA, at the annual Montrose Oktoberfest. Elevate, in partnership with Revolution Brewing of Paonia, will tap its Elevate IPA -- a special batch black IPA -- at the event on Oct. 1. Elevate Fiber representatives will be on hand to help pour samples of the new beer and answer questions.

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Sol Margaritas specializes in authentic Mexican food
Sol Margaritas specializes in authentic Mexican food

There's no shortage of Mexican restaurants in Delta, so when Felix and Karen Barron decided to open Sol Margaritas, they wanted to set themselves apart from the competition.

They did that with menu, location and a fresh new look.

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Beer gear maker seeks county location
Beer gear maker seeks county location

Delta County is in line to land a new business that could bring the kind of economic development local officials have hoped for.

Forgeworks found a dream-come-true location for its business expansion as a company principal driving from Ridgway to Grand Junction noticed a vacant building sitting amid 300 acres of row crops on B-50 Road.

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Chamber director formally approved

Darnell Place-Wise, interim executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, has been officially named to the position.

Chamber board president Heather Redden said the position was advertised and two interviews were conducted prior to the permanent selection of Place-Wise.

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El Pomar awards $2,500 grants

As part of its regional partnerships program, El Pomar Foundation awarded four grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to organizations nominated by El Pomar Foundation San Juan Regional Council members.

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Alpine Bank celebrates Colorado Day with grants for museums
Alpine Bank celebrates Colorado Day with grants for museums

Colorado became a state in 1876, exactly 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, earning it the moniker of Centennial State. Colorado Day is an annual observance that commemorates the state's birthday on Aug. 1, 1876.

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DCMH offers 3D mammography exams, first 3D prone breast biopsy table in state

3D mammography exams are now being offered at Delta County Memorial Hospital. By utilizing advanced 3D breast tomosynthesis technology, mammography exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of invasive breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

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Orval's classic cars featured on YouTube

The rusty old cars on Main Street have proven to be a hot topic. Some folks love them, others say they do nothing to enhance the image of the city. To owner Orval Proctor, the cars and trucks are an important part of automotive history.

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DCMH offers state's first 3D prone mammograms

3D mammography exams are now being offered at Delta County Memorial Hospital. By utilizing advanced 3D breast tomosynthesis technology, mammography exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of invasive breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

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Sisters assume ownership of accounting service
Sisters assume ownership of accounting service

Sisters Nancy Reaksecker and Judy Thompson have always enjoyed spending time together. Now, as new business owners, they're also enjoying the chance to be their own bosses.

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Region 10 announces contractor for broadband

Region 10 has selected TCS Communications LLC, a Colorado-based contractor, to build broadband infrastructure in the City of Delta. Region 10 welcomes TCS to its broadband implementation team and looks forward to working with one of Colorado's best network construction companies, with extensive experience in middle mile and fiber to the premise projects.

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Emmons named correctional Employee of the Year
Emmons named correctional Employee of the Year

Karen Emmons is Delta Correctional Center's 2016 Employee of the Year. She won this distinguished award based on exceptional commitment to teamwork and outstanding performance. She is an administrative assistant III who goes above and beyond to assist staff and offenders in all administrative areas.

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Pizzeria throws an impromptu party
Pizzeria throws an impromptu party

The owners of a new pizza restaurant on Cedaredge's Main Street decided that last Friday would be a good time for a little celebration for customers and friends, and so they had a celebration.

Ray and Annie Batalla, owners of Annie's Pizzeria open since June 1, arranged for horse-drawn carriage rides and music by a Christian group as their friends and customers enjoyed pizza and ice cream on a pleasant summer evening.

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Phone scam hits DMEA area

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members in the Hotchkiss area have recently reported receiving scam phone calls from individuals posing as DMEA employees. The scammers are using more sophisticated technology to ensure DMEA's 1-877-687-3236 number appears on caller IDs and are providing fake names, employee ID numbers and supervisor names.

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Delta County has a new health director
Delta County has a new health director

The Board of County Commissioners on Monday, Aug. 15, officially confirmed Karen Koenemann as the county's new public health director.

She steps into the role long held by Bonnie Koehler who retired from the post earlier this year.

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Hilltop awarded Kiwanis grant

Hilltop's Robert A. Brown Center for Youth was awarded $2,000 from the Rocky Mountain District Kiwanis Foundation to support recreation and outdoor activities for the boys residing in the Brown Center. The money will help pay for youth sport fees, equipment for team sports, and camps for the youth.

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National health centers like River Valley are transforming health care
National health centers like River Valley are transforming health care

River Valley Family Health Center was proud to celebrate National Health Center Week Aug. 7-13.

National Health Center Week is an annual celebration that gives health centers across the nation a chance to showcase their unique ability to take care of the needs of their communities.

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Pizzeria's big menu reflects owner's big heart
Pizzeria's big menu reflects owner's big heart

Annie's Pizzeria may not make owner Ray Batalla-Santiago and his family a lot of money, but it's sure to make them a lot of friends, and in Ray's mind that's far more important than a fat bank account.

Ray is a big-hearted guy who doesn't like to see anyone go hungry.

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Children's summer reading concludes with celebration
Children's summer reading concludes with celebration

The signs of a new school year approaching are everywhere this time of year. Registration is gearing up, school supply lists are being distributed and back-to-school sales are everywhere.

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Business consulting offered

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and Trade is partnering with the counties of Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray, San Miguel and Montrose to bring one-on-one consulting to the area. All businesses in the region can take advantage of the business growth strategy assistance.

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BoCC to Interior Secretary: Keep federal coal royalty at current level

In a letter addressed to Secretary Sally Jewell, U.S. Department of the Interior, County Commissioners Bruce Hovde, Doug Atchley and Mark Roeber told Secretary Jewell, "Coal is the backbone of our nation's electric grid and Delta County."

The letter enumerates costs to the coal industry which add to the companies' expense in doing business.

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Delta High School grad named district judge
Delta High School grad named district judge

Lance Timbreza, a 1997 graduate of Delta High School, has been named a Mesa County district judge.

Timbreza was one of three finalists selected by the 21st Judicial District for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of the Hon. David A. Bottger.

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Broadband project director hired
Broadband project director hired

With the acquisition of several large grants and the development of a comprehensive implementation strategy, the regional broadband network proposed by Region 10 is becoming more of a reality by the day.

As this project accelerates, the need for a high level of detail and technical knowledge to implement the strategy are the utmost importance.

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Obermeyer expands duties at Crossroads
Obermeyer expands duties at Crossroads

Diane Obermeyer has worked in nearly every department at Crossroads of Delta. Now her responsibilities have been expanded to include the 32-bed memory care unit that opened early this year.

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Local RE/MAX agents named among 'America's Best'
Local RE/MAX agents named among 'America's Best'

Greg and Kristi Stratman with RE/MAX Mountain West are among the 2,691 RE/MAX agents and teams featured in the 2016 REAL Trends "America's Best Real Estate Agents" survey. The agents included in the survey represent less than 1 percent of all real estate professionals in the United States.

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The Center for Mental Health welcomes new CEO

The Center for Mental Health welcomes Shelly Spalding as its new chief executive officer. Spalding replaces the retiring Jon Gordon who served the center for the past 20 years.

Spalding comes to the Center for Mental Health from Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (BHI), of Aurora where she served as the chief executive officer.

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New dentist allows Yost Family Dentistry to expand patient care
New dentist allows Yost Family Dentistry to expand patient care

Since returning to Delta nearly 10 years ago, Morgan Yost DDS has steadily been growing the dental practice started by his father, Lyle.

Morgan, the youngest of Lyle and Judy's five children, returned to Delta in 2008 with the goal of updating his father's practice without losing the personal connections he believes are essential to a pleasant, comfortable visit to the dentist.

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Hotchkiss council weighs variances for DCMH clinic
Hotchkiss council weighs variances for DCMH clinic

The Hotchkiss Town Council got a look at the medical clinic coming to town at its monthly meeting last Thursday night at Hotchkiss Town Hall.

Montrose architect Tom Chamberlain represented his client, Delta County Memorial Hospital, which had three requests for the council to consider as the process to build a new medical clinic in town continued.

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Chamber celebrates openings

Officials with the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, friends and local businesses have welcomed new members to the chamber in ribbon-cutting held in the past week.

Chamber members and other Main Street business owners attended a cutting for Annie's Pizza, 280 Main Street.

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Food alliance sends delegation to Washington

Since soon after its earliest settlers moved into Colorado's North Fork Valley, the area has relied on two major forces to drive its economy: energy and agriculture. This week community leaders from one of Colorado's top coal-producing regions are taking a message to the nation's capital that energy and agriculture should remain a top focus for its prosperous future.

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Delta mayor receives leadership training award

During the recent 94th annual Colorado Municipal League (CML) conference, CML recognized municipal elected officials statewide who reached milestone levels in its MUNIversity program -- a leadership program for Colorado's municipal elected officials. This program was started in January 1991 by the league's executive board to recognize the efforts of officials who go the extra mile to increase their knowledge of municipal government and their capacity to lead.

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Grant will fund expansion of mental health clinic

The Center for Mental Health, headquartered in Montrose, has been awarded $600,000 from the Department of Local Affairs, Community Development Block Grant program to help remodel a portion of the Delta clinic at 107 West 11th Street. These funds will make it possible to renovate an unused portion of the existing building currently owned by the organization.

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New owner for Paonia Care

Grace Healthcare has sold its three remaining skilled nursing facilities in Colorado, removing its presence completely from the western United States.

The three properties, Paonia Care and Rehab Center, Grace Healthcare & Rehab of Glenwood Springs and Pioneer Health Care Center in central Colorado, sold to a California-based investor for $15,300,000 or $67,000 per bed, and will be leased to an operator with a Colorado presence.

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Alexis Halbert joins Orton Family Foundation
Alexis Halbert joins Orton Family Foundation

Orton Family Foundation executive director David Leckey announces the hiring of Alexis Halbert as senior associate of programs in the foundation's Arvada office.

"As the Orton Family Foundation brings our resident-driven community development method to towns across the country, Alexis will play a key role on our programs team," Leckey said.

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City adopts economic incentive policy

In an effort to spur economic growth, improve the city's tax base and increase property values, the City of Delta has worked with Delta County Economic Development and county officials to develop an economic incentive policy.

Incentives will be offered, on a case-by-case basis, to new or expanding businesses.

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Hospital earns second national award

Delta County Memorial Hospital has received a second national award as one of the "Top 50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know" from Becker's Hospital Review. The Delta hospital is not officially recognized with a critical access designation, but is defined as a district, rural community hospital serving Delta County families.

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Dan Scinto to handle business loans for Region 10

Region 10 welcomes Dan Scinto as its new business loan fund director. With a knack for commercial lending, Scinto brings over 25 years of banking experience to this newly redesigned post.

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Linda Lario earns RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award
Linda Lario earns RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda Lario with RE/MAX Mountain West has been presented with the prestigious RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors highly successful agents who have earned more than $3 million in commissions and have completed seven years of service with the company. Less than six percent of all active agents in the RE/MAX network have achieved this prestigious award since its inception.

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DCMH Foundation donates $10,000 to CU program

The DCMH Foundation board has voted to support CU Medical School's Rural Track Program, which will help bring a third year medical student to our community for a three-month medical residency rotation, reports Thelma Starner, foundation president.

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Alpine Bank offers CMU scholarship

For the fourth year, Alpine Bank is pleased to offer the Alpine Bank Scholarship for students attending the Montrose CMU campus. The scholarship is open to part time and full time students with a 2.5 GPA or above.

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Nancy Murphy brings business expertise to SBDC
Nancy Murphy brings business expertise to SBDC

Region 10 welcomes Nancy Murphy as its new director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). With over three decades of executive business experience (with a keen eye for marketing), Murphy will play a vital role in continued support of the small business community in Delta, Montrose, Ouray, Gunnison, Hinsdale and San Miguel counties.

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Hi Quality property changes hands

Delta County Economic Development has announced a new business is moving to Delta County.

Waste Farmers, a sustainable agricultural company manufacturing bagged soil products, recently closed on the Hi Quality food processing building at 215 Silver Street in Delta. They will be moving their manufacturing operations to Delta from the Front Range.

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HopeWest receives perfect results on unannounced state survey

HopeWest received perfect results for the second consecutive time on an unannounced, onsite survey of hospice organizations conducted every three years by the Health Facilities Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

"We are thrilled to have received notice that no deficiencies were cited for our survey," said Terri Walter, chief administrative officer and senior vice president.

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Touch of Care is deficiency free

Touch of Care recently had three unannounced surveys by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Touch of Care-Delta, Touch of Care-Montrose, and Touch of Care-In Home Support Services (IHSS) recently completed onsite surveys and for the second three-year-cycle in a row were all deemed deficiency free.

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DCMH named among nation's top 20 rural hospitals in 2016
DCMH named among nation's top 20 rural hospitals in 2016

Delta County Memorial Hospital was named one of the 2016 top 20 rural community hospitals out of 525 rural community hospitals in the nation by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).

"DCMH is honored to receive this national recognition as a rural hospital providing quality medical care at the highest level to Delta County families.

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New administrators
New administrators
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Grand re-opening
Grand re-opening
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'Brown Palace of Delta County' turns 110
'Brown Palace of Delta County' turns 110

A local landmark once referred to as "the only really first-class hotel in the county," the Bross Hotel in Paonia opened for business 110 years ago this May. On May 28, a celebration was held to mark the anniversary and to celebrate its recent inclusion to the National Register of Historic Places by the U. S. Department of the Interior.

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Yvonne Rowland named branch manager at Bank of the West
Yvonne Rowland named branch manager at Bank of the West

Yvonne Rowland has been named the branch manager of Bank of the West in Delta. She replaces Tracy German, who was promoted. German may still occasionally be spotted in the Delta branch, but her new responsibilities will require frequent travel.

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Physician assistant joins North Fork clinic
Physician assistant joins North Fork clinic

Physician assistant Danny Lee Mingus joined the North Fork Medical Clinic staff on April 14 and is seeing patients five days a week.

"He's a godsend," said Dr. Timothy Meilner, who has worked at the clinic for 20 years and has been its sole health care provider since last July.

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VOA welcomes new registered dietitian
VOA welcomes new registered dietitian

Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Goodwin as the new regional registered dietitian. The position serves all of the Volunteers of America programs in both Montrose and Delta counties, providing oversight and direction to dietary directors and their food service staff members.

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HopeWest receives elite national award for high level of care

HopeWest has been named a recipient of the 2016 Hospice Honors award, an elite national award that recognizes hospices that provide the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver's point of view.

Presented annually by Deyta Analytics, a division of HEALTHCAREfirst, the Hospice Honors award winners are announced at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Management and Leadership Conference held each spring in Washington, D.C.

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Surface Creek Family Practice embraces team approach
Surface Creek Family Practice embraces team approach

Surface Creek Family Practice is one of 445 practices across the nation participating in the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative.

CPC is a four-year multi-payer initiative designed to strengthen primary care.

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Delta County Independent earns five awards

"Perfect timing - a great moment to capture" the judges said about a Tamie Meck photo that earned first place in the Colorado Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented during the CPA's annual convention in Denver May 13-14.

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First Colorado announces open house, ribbon cutting
First Colorado announces open house, ribbon cutting

First Colorado National Bank is partnering with the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce to host a ribbon cutting and open house Tuesday, May 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at the branch located at 150 Gunnison River Drive.

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GMUG staff recognized for 2015 achievements
GMUG staff recognized for 2015 achievements

On Friday, April 22, regional forester Dan Jirón and deputy regional foresters Maribeth Gustafson and Jacque Buchanan honored over 90 partners and employees for their contributions and successes during the annual regional forester's honor awards ceremony. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell joined the celebration by videoconference.

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Six candidates vie for three seats on the DMEA board

Six candidates will compete for a seat on Delta-Montrose Electric Association's (DMEA) nine-member board this spring. The District 3, District 4, and the South Region positions are up for election. The official candidates are as follows:

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First Colorado Bank names new Delta market president
First Colorado Bank names new Delta market president

First Colorado National Bank announces a new Delta market president, Amy Crick. She and her family moved to Delta from the Grand Junction area.

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DCMH receives high marks for patient safety

Delta County Memorial Hospital has received its third patient safety "A" in the past four years from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. It is one of the only hospitals on the Western Slope to receive a patient "A."

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Sign code stymies entrepreneur
Sign code stymies entrepreneur

Tammy Murray has big plans for a restaurant at 420 Main Street in Delta. She purchased the building formerly occupied by Gabriela's and is completely remodeling the interior, as well as renovating the building to incorporate a smoker to impart flavor, primarily to chicken, but other meats as well. The restaurant will be known as "The Chicken Roost."

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Grant awarded to local producer

Recent grant funding may keep pie bakers and fruit lovers in Colorado happy. Two grants totaling $21,300 were newly awarded to fight peach Cytospora canker and increase sweet cherry production in Colorado.

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PACE reaches milestone

Senior CommUnity Care, a Volunteers of America program, has reached a milestone in serving 300 participants in its Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

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Center for Mental Health director retires after 20 years of service
Center for Mental Health director retires after 20 years of service

Jon Gordon, who has served as the executive director for the Center for Mental Health for the past 20 years, has announced his retirement. Gordon was named executive director in September 1996.

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First-year employee honored
First-year employee honored

A first-year worker for Delta County Department of Health and Human Services has received a statewide award.

Stephanie Sandoval, an eligibility technician for the department, was named Employee of the Year.

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Delta's Taco Time recognizes outstanding crew members
Delta's Taco Time recognizes outstanding crew members

On March 17, Taco Time's first co-op meeting of the year was held in Salt Lake City. The franchise's top stores, managers and crew members for 2015 were recognized at this meeting. There are 55 stores in the group.

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DCMH invests in new surgical equipment

Delta County Memorial Hospital has just purchased new, state-of-the-art video technology in gastrointestinal surgical equipment. The new high definition equipment is for performing upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and bronchoscopy procedures.

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DCMH clinics implement new electronic medical records program

A new electronic medical records program has been implemented at the clinics operated by Delta County Memorial Hospital.

"Athena is a software program which has the top rating score for an electronic medical records (EMR) program that fits with the size of the DCMH clinics," stated Jan McCracken, clinics director for Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH).

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DCMH named one of nation's top 20 rural hospitals

Delta County Memorial Hospital has been named as one of the 2016 top 20 rural community hospitals out of 525 rural community hospitals in the nation by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), according to a recent announcement.

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Fandel retires from Region 10, SBDC

He's been a familiar face in the business community. He's helped many local businesses open their doors for the first time. He's also helped them figure out innovative ways to improve their businesses. And at the end of April, Vince Fandel, director of the Small Business Development Center, will be retiring from his position.

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Horizons Health Care & Retirement Community welcomes new director
Horizons Health Care & Retirement Community welcomes new director

Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of John Norris as the new executive director for Horizons Health Care & Retirement Community.

Norris said he applied for the management position because he identified with the mission-based organizational structure of Volunteers of America, where resident care is a first priority.

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Real estate professionals support Fair Housing Act

April 11 marks the 48th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended, which enunciates a national policy of fair housing without regard to race, color, religion, sex, familial status, handicap and national origin, and encourages fair housing opportunities for all.

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Volunteers of America Eckert campus has new phone numbers

The Volunteers of America programs located in Eckert have received new phone numbers due to a necessary telephone system upgrade.

The programs affected are:

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The Cirque: A unique business model for Paonia
The Cirque: A unique business model for Paonia

When Amy DeLuca and Frederick Zimmer committed to opening a business in Paonia, they wanted it to reflect all that they love about the area -- its food, agriculture, recreation, arts, music and community.

That business quickly evolved into three businesses under one roof.

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Alpine Bank participates in National Volunteer Week

Alpine Bank is committing once again to participate in National Volunteer Week April 10-16. Locally, Alpine Bank has partnered with Delta senior citizens and Delta volunteer firefighters to provide employees with volunteer opportunities.

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Senior job training program seeks partners, participants

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federally funded job training program for unemployed seniors age 55 and over. SCSEP is seeking employers in Delta, Montrose, Mesa, Garfield, Gunnison, Eagle, Grand, Ouray, Pitkin, Routt and Moffat counties to host a participant in the program.

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Emergency manager recognized
Emergency manager recognized

Delta County's emergency manager, Jeff Wright, was recently awarded with the Colorado Emergency Manager "Rookie of the Year" award.

Wright took over his duties as the county's emergency manager in February of last year.

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New dimension added to Grand Mesa Oncology & Infusion Center
New dimension added to Grand Mesa Oncology & Infusion Center

A new dimension in oncology care has taken place at Grand Mesa Oncology and Infusion Center with the addition of a third oncology physician, Dr. Helen Goldberg, who offers credentials in integrative oncology along with 23 years as an oncology physician and six years as an oncology nurse.

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Center for Mental Health wins worksite wellness incentive

The Center for Mental Health has had a robust worksite wellness program for the past four years. The wellness program improves employee health and provides incentives to participate in wellness-related activities.

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Tri-County Resources has changed its name

Tri-County Resources is now operating under a new name -- Hilltop Domestic Violence Services. Hilltop's Domestic Violence Services will continue to provide services for those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault in Montrose, Delta and Ouray counties.

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Physicians thanked for services on National Doctor's Day

Doctors are special people who make the world a better place. Celebrating the science of healing and the art of caring, with tireless dedication and professionalism -- it is an honor to celebrate Delta County's medical providers on National Doctor's Day, commented Delta County Memorial Hospital CEO Jason Cleckler.

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ShadeScapes opens corporate office
ShadeScapes opens corporate office

A commercial building that originally served as a furniture store in downtown Hotchkiss has been repurposed and will now serve as headquarters for ShadeScapes Americas.

ShadeScapes, which designs innovative outdoor shade solutions for a global market, was co-founded in 2002 by Jo Edmondson of Paonia.

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Horse stable proposal headed to planning review
Horse stable proposal headed to planning review

Chelsea Frediani isn't horsing around. The Paonia teacher and riding instructor is confident that this spring she can begin construction of an indoor riding arena and horse stables on her 28-acre Bone Mesa farm.

Frediani has submitted an application for Trailhead Stables, a minor specific development proposed at the intersection of 4050 and L75 roads in unincorporated Delta County.

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Tri-County Health Network expands to Delta County

Tri-County Health Network's community health worker program, now in its fourth year, has begun serving Delta County.

This program allows community health workers to provide free, confidential diabetes and heart disease health screenings.

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Delta-Montrose Technical College is awarded national accreditation

The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) has granted accreditation to Delta-Montrose Technical College. Announcement of the action was made by Al Salazar, commission chair, following the COE winter meeting of the Council on Occupational Education on Feb. 22.

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Economic stability a hot topic for valley
Economic stability a hot topic for valley

With news of more North Fork Valley mine closures and losses of jobs and tax revenues, attracting business to the North Fork Valley is a hot topic right now. Almost 100 people packed the Paonia Library meeting room last week to hear about all the good things planned and already happening in Delta County.

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Online bill pay offered through DCMH website

Delta County Memorial Hospital now offers an option to patients with bills from the hospital or any of the nine hospital-owned and operated clinics to pay online through the newly redesigned hospital website. In order to access this new feature, type in deltahospital.org, then go to the top, to the drop-down menu for Patient Information.

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Restaurant earns award
Restaurant earns award

The Cedaredge Subway restaurant has earned recognition from the franchise for top performance in customer satisfaction.

The local restaurant earned a top rating for 2015 in its customer response satisfaction survey program.

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Delta businesses, volunteers celebrated

Food, music and awards highlighted the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet March 12 at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. The occasion was also an opportunity for new relationships to be formed, and for old acquaintanceships to be renewed.

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Urgent Care staff expands

Due to a substantial increase in patient demand at the DCMH Urgent Care clinic, Tony Maul, RN, MSN, MBA and Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified (FNP-C), has recently been added as the third provider. He is fluent in Spanish, has full prescriptive authority in Colorado, and was recently employed as a family nurse practitioner along the Front Range of Colorado.

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Dick Doherty's works presented to the county
Dick Doherty's works presented to the county

The citizens of Delta County have been presented with two artistic gifts -- landscape paintings that depict the remarkable Western Slope area.

They are oil paintings by Dick Doherty, a well-known artist and muralist who has also contributed his talents to the City of Delta murals program.

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Art at the Delta Senior Center

The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by W. Richard "Dick" Doherty in the dining hall located at 247 Meeker Street. Doherty is a well-known artist and teacher who has played an important role in the development of the arts in this area.

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New small business classes available in 2016

Region 10's Small Business Development Center hit the ground running in 2016. With a robust schedule of business classes already scheduled for the new year, SBDC is striving to provide valuable content that small business owners and entrepreneurs are demanding.

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Chamber welcomes newest member
Chamber welcomes newest member

Earlier this month representatives of the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce gathered for a ribbon cutting to welcome its newest member, Rudy's Pizzeria.

Rudy Lang and Jane Vandervelde have worked for nearly three years to create great a pizzerian and solid business in Cedaredge.

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VOA staff trains on strategies to reduce transfers to hospitals

Volunteers of America health care management staff recently attended training to reduce the frequency of transfers to the acute hospital. Transfers to the hospital can be emotionally and physically difficult for long-term care residents, clients and participants, as well as costly.

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Tractor Supply donates pet food to CAWS

The Tractor Supply Company store in Delta is donating 75 bags of pet food to CAWS, to feed local dogs and cats in search of forever homes.

"Tractor Supply is a partner for those working hard to connect homeless pets with loving families," said Calvin Stewart, manager of the Delta Tractor Supply store.

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Local fishing entrepreneur launches new business
Local fishing entrepreneur launches new business

The word "launch" is universally understood by anglers as the act of casting off a raft into the river for a fun-filled day of fishing. However, local Delta fishing equipment provider and entrepreneur, Chris Mortimer, is ready for another kind of launch -- one where he introduces his new business and a line of unique gear specifically designed for the "wilderness athlete."

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SourceGas is now Black Hills Energy

SourceGas is now Black Hills Energy, as Black Hills on Feb. 12 announced its successful acquisition of SourceGas, the natural gas utility serving 429,000 customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.

"Black Hills Energy is excited to serve our new customers with safe, reliable energy and to maintain strong local ties that benefit the communities where we live and work," said Susan Bailey, vice president of operations for Black Hills Energy's natural gas utility operations in Colorado.

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Stoney Mesa named 'Winery of the Year'
Stoney Mesa named 'Winery of the Year'

Stoney Mesa Winery on Happy Hollow Road has been named recipient of two awards during 2015 that owner/operator Brett Neal says are both very meaningful to him.

One is an industry honor from the Colorado Association of Viticulture and Enology (CAVE) naming Stoney Mesa "Winery of the Year."

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Delta Fireside is 'here to stay'
Delta Fireside is 'here to stay'

The Fireside is here to stay, says owner Ernst Schopp. He resumed operation of the restaurant formerly known as Cynthia's, changed back the name, and put in place a manager and chef who are committed to the success of the business.

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DMEA selected for community solar demonstration project

The Colorado Energy Office and GRID Alternatives announce five community solar projects designed to demonstrate the viability of community solar models that serve low-income households. Delta-Montrose Electric Association, Gunnison County Electric Association, Holy Cross Energy, San Miguel Power Association and Yampa Valley Electric Association have volunteered to build low-income projects totaling 579 kW.

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Swain qualifies for recertification

Chalmer Swain, owner of Taylor Funeral Service & Crematory, recently qualified for recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Swain is a lifetime member of the academy.

A number of professions grant special recognition to members upon completion of specified academic and professional programs; CFSP is the funeral service's national recognition.

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Big B's ciders garner national honors
Big B's ciders garner national honors

Big B's, the local organic juice company, received national attention at the 2016 Good Food Award. The North Fork-based company garnered medals for two of its hard ciders, Orchard Original and Pear Supply.

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Businessman takes steps to boost economy
Businessman takes steps to boost economy

A Delta County businessman with strong feelings about the future of the local economy is taking steps to try and improve it.

Mark Eckhart is the owner of Long Haul Folding Kayaks. As a businessman, he sees that a turnaround in the county's economic fortunes is going to require money. He believes he knows where some of that money can come from and has launched a petition campaign to get public support for the idea.

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Crossroads Memory Care opens

Crossroads Senior Living in Delta is pleased to announce that Crossroads Memory Care opened Monday, Jan. 18. Crossroads Memory Care is a secured assisted living that specializes in dementia care.

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Paonia chamber honors community businesses
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The Creamery reorganizes; classes continue
The Creamery reorganizes; classes continue

A new ceramics class starting this week at the Creamery Center for the Arts in Hotchkiss promises to give potters of all abilities an opportunity for freedom of expression and creativity and one-on-one instruction.

Last Saturday, instructor Lucas Hoyt gave a presentation on the class "Intro to Ceramics: Wheel throwing, Handbuilding & Sculpture," and a visual presentation of his work to more than a dozen interested participants.

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Todd Sheets wants to promote Delta County
Todd Sheets wants to promote Delta County

Todd Sheets is a videographer and owner of Hutman Media in Hotchkiss. His films have been used in promoting the area for almost a decade. A former chair for the Delta County Tourism Council, he's helped promote the area "where the deserts greet the mountains and the mesas."

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Delta's Alpine Bank welcomes Barbara Wolfe, Tammy Anderson
Delta's Alpine Bank welcomes Barbara Wolfe, Tammy Anderson

Alpine Bank is pleased to announce the relocation of longtime employee, Barbara Wolfe (assistant vice president/branch manager), to the Delta branch as well as welcome Tammy Anderson to the Alpine Bank family.

Barbara Wolfe is a Colorado native, growing up on a ranch in the eastern plains of Colorado. Wolfe's career in banking began in 1981.

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Paonia art studio awarded two grants

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $10,000 grant through the Art Works category that supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. Elsewhere Studios received one of 22 grants awarded in Colorado.

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DCMH employees collect food, toys
DCMH employees collect food, toys

The third annual Delta County Memorial Hospital "holiday food fight" was a huge success. Hospital departments competed in teams to see who could donate the most food, toiletries and pet food for local food banks, with close to 5,700 pounds donated this year.

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Bistro offers handcrafted fare
Bistro offers handcrafted fare

The Brickwall Eatery has opened under a new name and with a new chef/owner. At the Wild Flower Bistro, 305 Main Street in Delta, Gretchen Morfogen is offering "timelessly crafted freshly made comfort classics."

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Christa Coats pegged as PACE nurse manager
Christa Coats pegged as PACE nurse manager

Senior CommUnity Care, Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Christa Coats as the new nurse manager of Senior CommUnity Care's Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

Coats earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Colorado Mesa University and her master's of science in nursing from Walden University.

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Gallery prides itself on a big heART
Gallery prides itself on a big heART

Chile Pepper Pottery, located at the corner of 1st and Palmer in Delta, is now sharing space with a new business. Fred and Ann Honchell have opened Gallery de la Luz, an artist's studio where both can express their creative talents while showcasing artwork produced by other area residents.

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K&C wants to end lease at golf course restaurant

Cedaredge trustees heard during a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 23, that the manager of K&C's Local Grill, the restaurant at Cedaredge Golf Course, intends to terminate his lease on the facility at year's end.

Town administrator Katie Sickles told the trustees that restaurant manager Doug Coburn had notified the town that he wants to terminate his lease at the restaurant effective Jan 1. Coburn was not present at the meeting.

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Restaurant serves up free holiday meal
Restaurant serves up free holiday meal

People who live in Surface Creek Valley know they have a lot to be thankful for.

To that list of blessings the community can add a local business that demonstrated last Thursday how it understands the meaning of Thanksgiving day in a small community.

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Free business consulting service adds two advisors
Free business consulting service adds two advisors

Region 10 and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) continue to expand services in the Delta area.

Using a new shared space with Delta County Economic Development (DCED), SBDC recently added two locally-based business consultants -- John Angelo and Jay Stooksberry -- to support small business owners and entrepreneurs in Delta and surrounding municipalities.

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New GM brings depth of experience to KVNF
New GM brings depth of experience to KVNF

After a months-long search, KVNF Public Radio has a new general manager.

"This is either my fifth or sixth station," said Jon Howard as he headed into his fourth day on the job.

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Dolphin House gains accreditation

The Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center has been awarded accreditation by National Children's Alliance. The accrediting agency for children's advocacy centers across the country, National Children's Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first.

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Cynthia's dishes up a memorable dining experience
Cynthia's dishes up a memorable dining experience

Great food ... good friends ... unforgettable memories. That's the vision that forms the basis for Cynthia's, the restaurant operated by Deon and Anine Appelgryn.

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AC Foundation continues the Delta Doves mission

The Delta Doves Organization for Breast Cancer has turned over its mission of providing breast imaging examination to the AC Foundation, its director, Cody Carlson, and founding member, Annie Carlson.

Delta Doves has been in existence for more than 18 years.

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DCMH opens Hotchkiss clinic

Delta County Memorial Hospital is meeting the demand for primary care by opening its DCMH Family Medicine - Hotchkiss clinic on Nov. 2. The clinic is located at 365 Bridge Street in Hotchkiss.

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Farm improvements yield rebate
Farm improvements yield rebate

Delta-Montrose Electric Association recently issued its first ever variable speed drive rebate.

Randy Meaker of Montrose installed a 50-horsepower variable speed drive pump on his irrigation system, which resulted in a $2,350 rebate from DMEA.

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Try the Backyard 'twist' for lunch or breakfast
Try the Backyard 'twist' for lunch or breakfast

Nick Pasquariello has worked in restaurants from Telluride to Montrose to Denver, so when he decided to go into business for himself, he knew exactly what he was looking for -- a small-town location with a downhome atmosphere where he could build his customer base by offering consistently good food and service week after week.

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Six local nonprofits receive grants from Wells Fargo
Six local nonprofits receive grants from Wells Fargo

Local recipients of grants from the 21st annual Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund were announced Oct. 14 by Cesar Garcia, Wells Fargo's store manager for Delta. Six locally based nonprofit organizations received the donations totaling $5,000.

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Memory care unit opens
Memory care unit opens

Crossroads Senior Living has opened a new memory care unit thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of residents with dementia. Crossroads at Delta Memory is located on the same property as the assisted living center and independent cottages operated by Crossroads just off 3rd Street in Delta.

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DCED, Region 10 partner to create community hub

Delta County Economic Development (DCED) and Region 10 are partnering to create a new business center and community hub for Delta. To kick off this collaboration, these two organizations moved into the former Bank of Colorado building located at 145 W. 4th Street.

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Clinic blends medical, behavioral health care
Clinic blends medical, behavioral health care

Health care delivery is changing fast! To keep up with rapid changes, Families Plus has embarked on a project to develop a rural model for integrating behavioral health care and medical care. Families Plus employs eight behavioral health care professionals, some full-time and some part-time.

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Region 10, ADRC expand Options counseling services

The goal of Options counseling is to connect those in need -- specifically the elderly and disabled -- with the services and benefits that will make them self-sufficient. Region 10 and Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC) have provided Options counseling for Montrose residents for years, but will soon be expanding into neighboring counties.

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Drones give the economy a lift
Drones give the economy a lift

Drones have arrived in Delta County -- but they aren't the spying, harassing kind of drones that are reported on the national newscasts.

A Cedaredge company is helping bring the high-tech surveillance craft here for economic development uses that range from marketing promotion to improving agricultural yields.

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Two creative grants awarded in Delta County

Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) announced recipients of the 2015-2016 Colorado Creates grant program, and two Delta County organizations are among the recipients. Delta Montrose Youth Services was awarded $6,500 and Elsewhere Studios in Paonia was awarded $4,000.

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Villas at the Bluff celebrates opening
Villas at the Bluff celebrates opening

Phase II of the workforce housing units known as Villas at the Bluff was completed this summer -- and in fact is entirely occupied -- but Delta Housing Authority (DHA) delayed a grand opening ceremony until all its partners could join the celebration.

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River Valley celebrates first anniversary
River Valley celebrates first anniversary

Since moving into its new location on Olathe's Main Street, River Valley Family Health Center has seen over a thousand new patients. To keep pace with the rapid growth, a second location will open in Montrose next month.

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RE/MAX Today welcomes new team member
RE/MAX Today welcomes new team member

RE/MAX Today welcomes Kim Frovarp-Isom to its team.

Kim has lived in Delta for 43 years, having moved here from eastern Colorado.

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Thrift stores give community a lift
Thrift stores give community a lift

Small town living is thrifty living, and Cedaredge families are fortunate to have two well-managed thrift shop operations that provide quality clothing and other needs at very affordable prices.

The Shelter Shoppe is located on North Grand Mesa Drive just south of the elementary school, and the Methodist Women's Thrift Shop is located in the heart of West Main Street.

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Community Options breaks ground on new location
Community Options breaks ground on new location

Community Options, Inc. has broken ground on a new location at 932 North Park Avenue in Montrose. Local contractor Vostatek Construction has been hired for the initial phase which is scheduled to be complete in the fall.

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Shish KaBikes is more than just a bike shop
Shish KaBikes is more than just a bike shop

"Shish KaBikes" may seem like an unusual name for a bike shop, but once you meet Scott Shishim, it makes perfect sense.

Shishim opened Shish KaBikes in Paonia this summer.

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Nicole Walters named branch president
Nicole Walters named branch president

Bank of Colorado announces the promotion of Nicole Walters to branch president of the Hotchkiss and Paonia branches.

Walters joined Bank of Colorado in March 2015 as branch manager and brings over 17 years of bank management skills and leadership experience to the team.

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Foster Farms feed mill receives safety award

Nine Foster Farms facilities in five states, including the feed mill in Delta, earned the highest level of achievement for employee safety. The company received Awards of Distinction from the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council during the 2015 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held last week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Bank of Colorado hires Chris Cox
Bank of Colorado hires Chris Cox

Bank of Colorado announces the hire of Christopher Cox as market president of the Delta branch.

Previously, Cox was with First State Bank of Colorado, serving as market president.

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Opa's plans grand opening celebration

The German restaurant Opa's is planning a grand opening celebration Saturday, Aug. 15. Live music, a chance to win dinner for two, and a special appearance by The German Club are planned.

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Two Brothers Organics awarded marketing grant
Two Brothers Organics awarded marketing grant

Two Brothers Organics, the Hotchkiss-based company that operates Big B's Juices and Hard Ciders, was recently awarded a Colorado Department of Agriculture marketing and sales grant through the Enrich Colorado Ag Grant program.

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Keeping it local at Lizzy's
Keeping it local at Lizzy's

When Elizabeth Plummer purchased Homestead Market in Paonia last January, she envisioned increasing the number of locally-produced products.

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DMEA invited to D.C. meeting

Delta-Montrose Electric Association CEO Jasen Bronec met with White House officials in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss recent progress and potential collaboration on efficiency and renewable energy development. DMEA was one of 30 cooperatives invited to attend the meeting with officials from the White House Rural Council and the USDA's Rural Utilities Service.

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Hilltop celebrates 65th anniversary with a bash

This year marks Hilltop Community Resources 65th year of providing services and support to individuals and families in western Colorado. To celebrate, Hilltop is hosting a bash Friday, July 31, at the CMU Ballroom.

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H.H. Huff Excavating marks 60 years in business
H.H. Huff Excavating marks 60 years in business

The construction industry has its ups and downs, so it's noteworthy that one family-owned business is still going strong after 60 years.

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