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Delta

Atchley, Grother named to NCA board

Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently announced the appointment of two area residents to the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council.

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City manager contract negotiations continue

After a video conference with city manager finalist Mark Collins, conducted in executive session July 21, Delta City Council voted 4-1 to authorize Mayor Ed Sisson and Glen Black, interim city manager, to finalize Collins' employment contract. A start date of Sept. 14 was identified.

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Commissioners hear department updates

County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Bruce Hovde, and county administrator Robbie LeValley met in work session July 27 to hear updates from county staff on current and future projects.

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County, towns eye opt out ballot question

Local governments in Delta County all within a few days of each other have shown interest in ballot questions to "opt out" of state restrictions that forbid them from entering the Internet service provider (ISP) business.

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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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Grant funds joint effort to make Delta County healthier

Delta County is in the unique position of being tasked with developing a model that will show other rural communities how behavioral health can be integrated into the primary care setting.

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Grant funds trail maintenance
Grant funds trail maintenance

Thunder Mountain Wheelers has been awarded a grant for maintenance and construction of trails on U.S. Forest Service lands that are not only enjoyed by four-wheelers, but also hikers, bikers, equestrians, snowshoers and cross-country skiers.

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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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Law enforcement blotter July 29, 2015

From the Delta Police Department:
July 22:

Daniel A. Windemaker, 32, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged second degree burglary and third degree assault.

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PUC to hold hearings on telecom competition

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), a division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), will hold four public hearings in early August to take public comment about whether effective competition for basic telephone service exists in certain geographic areas.

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Relay For Life nears $30,000 mark
Relay For Life nears $30,000 mark

Thirteen teams took to the Delta High School track Friday night to raise funds for the American Cancer Society by participating in the annual Relay For Life. By the time the sun peeked over the horizon Saturday morning, the 121 registered relayers had raised $29,922 for the fight against cancer.

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Test scores lag state averages

"Disappointing" is the word being used to describe results of the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessments for science and social studies in Delta County. Tests were administered last spring and results were released earlier this month by the Colorado Department of Education.

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There's no end to entertainment with the Delta County Libraries

Delta County Libraries' official summer reading program has just concluded, but this does not mean that library-related fun has to end. Libraries may be well-known for containing tools for education and research; happily, they also overflow with opportunities for entertainment in many forms.

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Opinion

Commissioners must remain vigilant

A most sincere and heartfelt "Thank you!" to the Delta County Commissioners and staff for their support of withdrawal of the public lands surrounding the North Fork Valley from future oil and gas development.

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David Justice deserves a medal, not prison

On Tuesday July 20, in a packed courtroom David Justice was sentenced after an earlier jury found him guilty of removing an illegal barrier erected across Cushman Creek road by the U.S. federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He freely admits the action assisted by 22 other like-minded citizens.

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Fuel ethanol facts

Dave Eckhardt's letter, "Renewable Fuel Standard is working," July 22 DCI, didn't mention certain facts of the matter. Various studies and investigations have established that corn ethanol production consumes much more energy than it delivers.

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Rural health clinics need support, understanding

There are a lot of questions and concerns in regards to the North Fork clinics with the recent event of the clinics being "handed back to Drs. Hundley and Meilner." Everyone seems excited by this, but most people do not quite understand what it takes to run a clinic and why the hospital stepped in to begin with.

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Sports

New trail system opens

The Norwood Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests is announcing the opening of the new Thunder Trails System. The trails, located four miles south of the town of Norwood, offer more than 19 miles of single-track routes that are open for use by motorcycles, mountain bikes, hikers and horses.

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Community

Births July 29, 2015

Dan and Erin Hinchman of Cedaredge are the parents of a daughter, Aster Elizabeth Hinchman, born July 17, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

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Dan Zadra is hunter educator of the year
Dan Zadra is hunter educator of the year

Dan Zadra of Gunnison is a lifelong hunter who believes in paying it forward. He was recently named Southwest Region Hunter Education Instructor of the Year for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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Eleanor Wagner is turning 90
Eleanor Wagner
Eleanor Wagner is turning 90

Friends and neighbors are invited to a 90th birthday celebration for Eleanor Wagner.

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People In The News

The local students listed below have been named to the Dean's List of Distinction or the Dean's Honor Roll in recognition of their outstanding scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

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People In The News Baier

Christa Baier of Delta was named to the University of Dallas Honor Roll for the spring 2015 semester for earning a semester grade point average of 3.0-3.49.

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The journey of St. Joseph's Parish
The journey of St. Joseph's Parish

St. Joseph's Traditional Catholic Church in Olathe, located at 59350 Carnation Road east of Olathe, is small by any standard but never in its devotion and dedication. For more than 40 years, St. Joseph's has steadfastly and successfully maintained the teachings of the traditional Roman Catholic Church, as set down in the Council of Trent during the 1500s.

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School Zone

School board election is coming up

Two school board seats will be filled in the November election and while the election is several months away, the window for circulating nominating petitions is just around the corner -- Aug. 5 to Aug. 28.

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Obituaries

Melvin Boatman

Melvin Eugene Boatman died Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Paonia Care Center. He was 89.

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Michael Benson

Michael D. Benson of Clifton died July 20, 2015.

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Penney Mautz
Penney Mautz
Penney Mautz

Longtime Olathe resident Penney Mautz died Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 61.

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Richard Eakin Jr.

Crawford resident Richard "Rich" J. Eakin Jr. died Friday, July 17, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 51.

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Tony Garcia
Tony Garcia
Tony Garcia

Delta resident Antonio "Tony" E. Garcia died Friday, July 24, 2015, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. He was 70.

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North Fork

Area churches sponsor God and Nature Day Camps
Area churches sponsor God and Nature Day Camps

For four weeks starting in late June, the North Fork Baptist and West Elk Family churches offered free God and Nature Day Camps at locations in Crawford, Paonia and Hotchkiss.

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Blue Sage announces changes
Blue Sage announces changes

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia has welcomed four new faces on board in recent months.

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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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Test plot gives firsthand look at 34 types of grass
Test plot gives firsthand look at 34 types of grass

Trying to decide between blue gamma or basin wildrye? Potomac or Piaute orchardgrass? Dryland crops or irrigated?

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Surface Creek

Orchard City receives positive audit report

Orchard City trustees during a special meeting on July 22 heard a positive report from an audit of its finances for the year ending 2014.

As the town's auditor had done previously reporting to another Surface Creek Valley town, Cedaredge, on its financial report for 2014, auditor Pete Blair pronounced Orchard City "better off financially in 2014 than you were in 2013."

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Orchard City will meet with water companies

There will be an important water meeting taking place on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Orchard City Town Hall.

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Serenity Run is this weekend
Serenity Run is this weekend

The sounds of big motorcycles assembled en masse will begin thundering through Cedaredge and across the Grand Mesa this weekend as the 30th annual Serenity Run rolls into town headed for the Aspen Trails Campground.

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Two find bond in downed pilot's heroism
Two find bond in downed pilot's heroism

Over many years of supporting America's service personnel and veterans, Cathy Meskel of Cedaredge has experienced numerous moments of emotional connectedness with the country's war fighters and their families.

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What's bugging you? July 29, 2015

Welcome to hopper hell! Because of our mild winter and excellent soil moisture conditions, survival of overwintering grasshopper eggs was very high. Our May rains added insult to injury by providing a smorgasbord of plants for hoppers to feed upon.

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