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Pair arrested after barricading themselves in Delta hotel room

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

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

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Sales tax increase sought for city parks, recreation, golf

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

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North Fork residents feel 'disenfranchised'

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

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

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A Kidz Clinic provides whole child health care

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

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Awana Club starts at Delta First Baptist Church

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

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

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

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HopeWest honors senior VP for 25 years of employment

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

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

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Colorado to require online retailers to collect sales tax

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

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

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Tabeguache connector opens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Changes to county planning commission to be discussed

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

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

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Bennet, Hickenlooper call on BLM to defer lease sale

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

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Law enforcement blotter Sept. 19, 2018

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

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West Nile virus update

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

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Tech college has trained barbers, beauticians for 40-plus years

Manicures, pedicures, facials, and hair .... sounds like a trip to the spa, right? Before you book that expensive day of fun somewhere else, consider looking in your own backyard.

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Delta voters will consider four marijuana questions

An unprecedented number of area residents addressed Delta City Council on the issue of marijuana, input that was welcomed by council members who said they wished citizens were equally outspoken on a broader range of topics.

The issue of marijuana came to the forefront of the Sept. 4 meeting, where council members considered four marijuana questions for the November ballot.

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Locals take part in Club 20 debates
Locals take part in Club 20 debates

Despite the early hour, an estimated 150 voters attended the Club 20 debate Saturday morning between House District 54 candidates Matt Soper and Thea Chase, an independent candidate from Palisade.

They led off a series of debates that continued throughout the day and featured two other Republican candidates from Delta County -- Mike Mason, House District 61, and Olen Lund, Senate District 5.

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North Fork speakers appeal to BoCC regarding BLM leases

During constituent time at the Sept. 4 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners three people from the North Fork appealed to the county commissioners to take additional action on the Bureau of Land Management leases up for sale in December.

Mariah Whoolilurie said she arrived in the North Fork last November, battling health conditions, to heal and find fresh air.

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Local water expert retires after 39-year law career
Local water expert retires after 39-year law career

Longtime attorney Aaron Clay will be honored at a retirement reception Friday, Sept. 14. The open house will take place at Needle Rock Brewing Company, 820 Highway 92, from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Members to vote on change to DMEA articles of incorporation

Members of Delta-Montrose Electric Association have an important decision to make this fall: the co-op has asked them to approve amended and restated Articles of Incorporation.

The Articles of Incorporation together form the founding document of DMEA.

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Rocky Mountain Health Plans is not leaving Delta County

Despite a notice recently mailed to local participants in Rocky Mountain Health Plans, the health insurance plan will remain active in Delta County in 2019.

According to an email received from Nicole Konkoly, RAE network relations manager for Rocky Mountain Health Plans, "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a notice informing all RMHP (Rocky Mountain Health Plans) Medicare Members that their Medicare Cost Plan would not be available in 2019.

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Cowboy at the Cross plans new building, camp facilities
Cowboy at the Cross plans new building, camp facilities

After years of prayer and planning, Cowboy at the Cross is building a church. Thanks to an anonymous donor, the nonprofit ministry will receive $100,000 via a matching gift -- if it can raise $100,000 by October. Currently, $37,000 has been raised.

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Grants available for health care initiatives

The Western Colorado Community Foundation is currently accepting applications to the Western Colorado Health Fund.

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CDOT begins upgrading curb ramps in the city

On Monday, the Colorado Department of Transportation began a project to bring curb ramps into alignment with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and public right-of-way accessibility guidelines.

In CDOT's Region 3, about 1,000 curb ramps may be deficient.

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