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Traffic shifts to Confluence Drive

Traffic counts conducted by the City of Delta last fall reveal that passenger cars make up 52 percent of the traffic on Confluence Drive.

Traffic was counted along the route during a one-week period.

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County considers possible revenue loss

Commissioners heard a report from Chair Doug Atchley during their March 6 regular meeting on a threat to county revenues from proposed state legislative action.

If carried out, the legislation would affect every county in the state by cutting residential property assessment rates from 7.95 percent to as low as 6 percent.

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City to spend $500,000 on road maintenance in 2017

The City of Delta is getting a lot of bang for the buck as it embarks on three street maintenance projects in the City of Delta. The city budgeted a total of $500,000 for street improvements in 2017; the three projects will cost a total of $393,536 but will extend the life of about 11 percent of the city's street network.

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Call before burning

If you are planning to conduct any open burning, you must first contact the Delta County Dispatch (399-2955) on the day you plan to conduct the burn. If a red flag day has been declared, callers will be notified to delay burning.

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Park visits up

Both Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area increased in visitation during the centennial year of the National Park Service.

Black Canyon received 238,018 visitors and Curecanti counted 982,498 visits.

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Nose dive
Nose dive

A Toyota 4-Runner ended up nose first in the Gunnison River near the Cottonwood Grove Campground off South River Road. The campground is on BLM property. At the request of the BLM, sheriff's deputies investigated the scene the morning of March 3.

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Skeletal remains identified

On Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, hunters in the Sawmill Mesa area of the Uncompahgre Plateau west of Montrose reported the finding of skeletal material believed to be human remains. The Montrose County Sheriff's Office and the Montrose County Coroner's Office of Medical Investigations with the help of the Montrose County Sheriff's Posse recovered bones and fragments of clothing.

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VFW post builds food pantry

Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571 and its auxiliary are starting to build a food pantry for local area veterans.

Members of the post and auxiliary became aware of the need last December, when over 20 local veterans and families were helped through the partnership of the VFW and Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA).

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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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Law enforcement blotter Mar. 15, 2017

March 6:

Shawn S. Lewis, 31, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $10,000 bond.

March 7:

William T. Craig Jr., 30, of Montrose was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.

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High wind warning

An awning bolted to the deck of the clubhouse at Devil's Thumb Golf Club fell victim to the high winds that swept through Delta the weekend of March 4-5.

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Diversion dam removal aids in migration of native fish species
Diversion dam removal aids in migration of native fish species

A Delta area family with a concern for the health of a neighboring stream is being credited by wildlife officials for helping reopen Roubideau Creek to native fish populations.

Scott Dillon and his son, Doug, have a water right that comes out of Roubideau Creek for the ranch they have owned

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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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Grant sought for DMS construction
Grant sought for DMS construction

A grant application that would have funded an addition to Delta Middle School did not receive priority from the Colorado Department of Education, but has been placed in the "backup" category.

Delta County Joint School District #50 submitted an application for a Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant in the amount of $11.3 million, pledging a matching contribution of $3.4 million for the Delta Middle School project.

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Funding available for Gunnison Basin irrigation projects

The Colorado River District has announced that it is making $1.8 million available to qualifying agricultural producers for planning and implementation of irrigation efficiency improvement projects that address identified resource concerns in the Lower Gunnison Basin. Landowners within the Bostwick Park, Paonia, Smith Fork and Uncompahgre project areas will be considered for grant funding.

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State looking to fund ag energy efficiency projects

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, has released $750,000 in project assistance funds through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries and cold storage facilities. The deadline to apply is March 31.

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DPD, bomb squad respond

On the morning of March 3, law enforcement officers from the Delta Police Department, Delta County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado Department of Corrections (Parole) conducted a home visit at the residence of Alexander Fultz, 22, at 208 E. 5th Street in the City of Delta. During the visit and subsequent investigation, a handgun, ammunition, suspected heroin, suspected marijuana, explosive components and drug paraphernalia were located inside the residence.

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Ordinance would allow OHV use

On Monday, March 6, the county commissioners had first reading of a proposed ordinance that would allow and regulate the use of off-highway vehicles on county roads.

Assistant county attorney John Baier told the commissioners the ordinance will be published in the DCI on March 15.

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Antler collecting rules changed in Gunnison area
Antler collecting rules changed in Gunnison area

Because of the severe winter in the Gunnison Basin, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has put a special regulation in place that prohibits shed antler collecting until May 15. Under established regulations, collecting is usually allowed to start on March 15.

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SH 92 access is under review
SH 92 access is under review

A conceptual overview of the process that will eventually produce a highway access control plan (ACP) for Highway 92 across Rogers Mesa was presented at the county commissioners' meeting on Monday, March 6.

Stolfus and Associates, the traffic engineering firm that last year completed a highway access plan for the Highway 50/92 corridor at Delta, will be working on the access plan for the Highway 92 corridor from Hidden Springs to the grade crossing just west of Hotchkiss.

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Law enforcement blotter Mar. 8, 2017

Sarah L. Way, 29, of Missouri was arrested and jailed for alleged speeding (67 mph in a 40 mph zone) and DUI.

Brian K. Burstein, 47, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $1,000 bond.

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Devil's Thumb earns accolades

For the second year in a row, Devil's Thumb Golf Club has been ranked third in the category "Best Western Slope Course." The recognition comes from Colorado Avid Golfer, which determines the winners of the awards known as CAGGYs through an online voting process.

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Input key to SH 92 plan
Input key to SH 92 plan

Some details of the conceptual access control plan (ACP) along Highway 92 on Rogers Mesa were sketched out for county commissioners at a Monday, March 6, presentation. As the project moves forward, public participation will be a key element, officials said.

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Scholarships available for adult continuing education

Delta County adults who are seeking higher or continuing education are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship, offered by Altrusa International of Delta. The service organization annually awards several scholarships to non-traditional students.

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Hospital volunteers offer scholarships

Delta County Memorial Hospital Volunteers are offering scholarships to graduating seniors from Delta County high schools. The main scholarship is for students pursuing postsecondary education in a health care-related program.

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