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Economic boost set in stone
Economic boost set in stone

Colorado Stone Quarries is being touted as a bright spot in the effort to diversify the economy in Delta County.

"When Delta County lost hundreds of high-paying coal mine jobs, no one could have predicted that five years later sales tax would be up and unemployment rates would be low," Delta County Commissioner Don Suppes said at a Morning Business Buzz recently hosted by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce.

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City takes a major step toward blight remediation

The City of Delta has taken what city manager David Torgler describes as its first tangible step toward eliminating blight. The city is finalizing a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs that will cover the cost of demolition of West's Home Center, 327 Main Street, and create a pedestrian passage connecting Main Street and the large parking area on the opposite side of the vacant store.

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Chamber members enjoy a rip-roarin' good time
Chamber members enjoy a rip-roarin' good time

The period of sustained economic prosperity that marked the "Roaring '20s" was embraced by Delta Area Chamber of Commerce members both visually and with a sense of optimism underscored by the many, many nominations for Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Educator of the Year. Clearly, Delta's business community believes there's much to celebrate.

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Law enforcement academy resumes

The law enforcement academy at the Technical College of the Rockies is up and running again, six months after losing POST certification.

The Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) board, the governing body for law enforcement, suspended the academy last fall.

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Reardon on paid leave

City of Delta building inspector Dan Reardon has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. City manager David Torgler declined to comment on the nature of that investigation, citing personnel issues.

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Summer Rodeo Bible Camp dates announced
Summer Rodeo Bible Camp dates announced

Cowboy at the Cross Church recently moved to the Delta Sales Yard on 5th Street just west of Confluence Drive. Morning worship has almost doubled in attendance, according to Pastor Shane Kier.

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Hospice isn't about dying; it's about living your best

"I remember so vividly my father collapsing at his retirement party in front of our family and his coworkers," said Nancy Hovde, HopeWest development officer. "We called an ambulance to pick him up, not knowing he was even ill."

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Delta County library friends are forever

Feb. 14 is a great day to express gratitude with flowers, sweet feelings with sweet hearts, kind words in enclosed cards and, for the libraries, appreciation for loving friends.

"Celebrating our library friends goes hand-in-hand with Valentine's Day because we want each of them to know how much we love them, and appreciate their hard work and caring hearts for the libraries," comments Terry Johns, Hotchkiss Library manager.

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Nuclear Care Partners receives accreditation

Nuclear Care Partners received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) making it the only provider in the United States exclusively serving former atomic workers to achieve such a high level of patient care.

"We are thrilled to be accredited!" said Patti Kendall, VP of clinical compliance at Nuclear Care Partners.

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Phone scams: DMEA says don't fall for them

A rash of panicked phone calls filled the lines at Delta-Montrose Electric Association last week as members reported yet another phone scam. Although consumers are typically savvy regarding scams, DMEA advises members to exercise caution as the scammers become more sophisticated and clever.

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Delta Police Department, county sheriff's blotter Feb. 14, 2018

Feb. 4:

Two individuals were cited for violation of Delta Municipal Code 8.16.030, "Keeping of Junk."

Officers were called to 37 Stafford Lane to investigate a report of shoplifting.

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Feb. 16 is Elks Day

On Feb. 16, 1867, Charles Vivian and a handful of friends established the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in New York City.

The 150th anniversary of that date has been proclaimed Elks Day in the City of Delta and in cities and towns across the nation.

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Delta VFW post hosts district awards banquet

Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571 of Delta hosted the VFW District 11 meeting and district awards banquet Sunday, Feb. 11. VFW and Auxiliary members representing nine posts and seven auxiliaries on the Western Slope honored the district winners of three contests sponsored by the VFW and Auxiliary.

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Nebraska native purchases Dr. Scott's dental practice
Nebraska native purchases Dr. Scott's dental practice

Nebraska's loss is western Colorado's gain. When the Richman family moved from Imperial to Delta, DCMH Family Medicine gained a primary care physician in Jonathan Richman, M.D., and the communities of Olathe, Delta and Montrose gained a dentist.

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28 days to love your library

The public libraries in Delta County are in high demand. From the child attending weekly storytimes to the elder having books delivered to a care center, the libraries reach so many people in so many different ways.

As of January 2018, there are 8,605 active library users in Delta County, up by 674 at the same time last year.

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Grant, sheriff's office fund shooting range improvements
Grant, sheriff's office fund shooting range improvements

Delta County Undersheriff Mark Taylor was able to secure a generous grant from the Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST) for the Technical College of the Rockies to upgrade its law enforcement shooting range with the addition of concrete lanes and yard markers. The grant is managed by the West/Central POST training region which consists of law enforcement agencies from Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison and Hinsdale counties.

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Blake Field celebrates 2017, prepares for runway work

Cheryl Husmann presented the 2017 year-end report for Smiling Aviation at Blake Field at the county commissioners' Feb. 5 meeting.

Earlier in the meeting the commissioners approved the application to Federal Aviation Administration for federal assistance in the reconstruction and resurfacing of the runway at Blake Field to FAA standards.

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Law enforcement blotter Feb. 7, 2018

Jan. 28:

5:01 a.m.: Officers responded to 101 Highway 92 on a report of shoplifting. James C. Hollis was issued a summons.

11:45 a.m.: Officers responded to an abandoned vehicle call at 430 West 8th Street. The vehicle was towed.

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50J ramps up suicide prevention efforts

Delta High School has been rocked by two student deaths in three weeks. The most recent, the result of suicide, prompted school administrators to reach out to law enforcement and to the Center for Mental Health early Sunday.

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County, watchdog haggle over transparency

On Jan. 31, Delta County Citizen Report (DCCR), an apolitical, nonprofit media organization reporting on Delta County government activities, moved to vacate a temporary protection order hearing in its lawsuit against Delta County Commissioners. In a press release issued last week, DCCR president Jo Ann Kalenak said she believes this action will provide the time for direct negotiations with the commissioners before a permanent protection order hearing date April 6 in Mesa County Court.

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Ordinance limiting marijuana plants takes effect Feb. 10

A county ordinance limiting marijuana plants to 12 on residential property will take effect on Feb. 10.

To provide clarification concerning the number of marijuana plants a grower is authorized to cultivate, grow or produce, the Colorado General Assembly enacted HB 17-1220, which took effect Jan. 1.

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Drought forces Powderhorn to reduce hours

With snowpack far below average at Powderhorn Mountain Resort, the continued drought has forced the return to a reduced Thursday through Sunday operating schedule to preserve current snowpack higher on the mountain.

The season-to-date running snowfall total at Powderhorn is 45 inches which is almost nine feet behind the 2016-17 season snowfall pace and nearly 15 feet below this point in the 2015-16 season.

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Sheriff honors employees' outstanding work
Sheriff honors employees' outstanding work

A drug interdiction conducted in late September with the assistance of Delta Police Department, Montrose Sheriff's Office K-9 unit and Colorado Bureau of Investigation resulted in the seizure of approximately 29 grams of methamphetamine and the arrest of the driver transporting the illegal controlled substance.

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Mallach goes visiting
Mallach goes visiting

First, it must be expressly understood that Mallach is not a bear (although he was once mistaken for one). And it must also be recognized that (although he's only four years old) he is nevertheless a sizeable dog. Even so -- at 120 pounds, 2' 5" tall and 39 inches from nose to tail -- he is small for his breed.

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