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Delta

Business owners: Protect employees, customers from a potential allergic reaction

Colorado law now allows authorized facilities to stock epinephrine auto-injectors to treat individuals believed to be experiencing anaphylaxis (a sudden, severe and sometimes fatal allergic reaction). Until now, only schools and hospitals were allowed to stock and administer this emergency medicine.

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Commissioners review audit, student numbers

Delta County's conservative approach to financial management yielded dividends in 2014 with increasing fund balances and spending that came in below budget estimates.

The commissioners received the official 2014 audit during a regular meeting session on Monday.

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County looks at its emergency response

Matters of emergency preparedness and management occupied the Board of County Commissioners Monday at its regular meeting.

Local government staff has reported anecdotally that federal agencies are heightening funding priorities for emergency preparedness, though there were no federal funding initiatives noted in the BoCC's actions Monday.

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County prepares to begin budget work

The county's first budget meeting for making preparations on its 2016 spending plan is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 20.

Requests are coming in to the county for funding support from various organizations.

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CU offers Mini Med School via live video feed to Delta

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is offering a free program called "Mini Med School" for people who would like to learn more about medicine, health and the human body. Mini Med School II is an eight-week free course that meets each Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a one-hour lecture followed by a question-and-answer session with distinguished faculty members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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Dr. Huun joins Internal Medicine Associates
Dr. Huun joins Internal Medicine Associates

Mark A. Huun, MD brings 24 years of internal medicine experience in group practice settings from the Denver metro area to Internal Medicine Associates, which is owned and operated by Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta.

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Gardner roundtable targets economic opportunities

Through a series of economic roundtables across the state, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner is gathering input from business and community leaders. Thoughts from those meetings will be compiled into a "white paper" that will help shape policy to reflect economic opportunity.

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Law enforcement blotterAugust 19, 2015

Angel B. Rodriguez, 19, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $300 bond.

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Listening sessions target coal royalties

The U.S. Interior Department is holding a series of listening sessions targeting a recent proposal to raise royalty rates on leased federal coal. The first listening session was held in Golden Aug. 18.

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Recruiting firm chosen

At a special meeting Aug. 11, Delta City Council reviewed three proposals from recruiting firms interested in assisting with the city manager search. Pending final approval at the regular council meeting Aug. 18, the city will engage Mercer Group of Carbondale.

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Teens excel at national competition
Teens excel at national competition

An annual event offers the opportunity for teens across the country to join together as God made them, with different gifts and different passions, yet the same calling. The National Fine Arts Festival features inspirational speakers, bands, exhibits, workshops and presentations highlighting the teens' gifts in a competitive format.

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The most important school supply? A library card

With schools starting this week, displays in local stores have been flooded with piles of pencils, paper, backpacks, rulers and all those essentials that make going back to school an overwhelming shopping event for parents and an exciting chance to get new stuff for kids. The National Retail Federation estimates that the average American family will spend over $600 on back-to-school-related supplies, electronics and clothing in 2015.

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Opinion

A grateful and heartfelt thank you

Dear Editor:

The families we serve and the staff and board of Haven House wish to express our deep appreciation to all who helped us purchase the property formerly known as the dorm for our transitional housing and child development programs.

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Dr. Meilner and his staff are valued

Dear Editor:

I am writing to agree with Jane Poulos' letter on the North Fork Medical Clinic in Paonia. I am a patient of Dr. Meilner, who is one doctor who doesn't discriminate against chronic pain patients. He treats you with respect and he cares deeply for his many patients.

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Embrace change

Dear Editor:

The one constant in human life is change. Since being told, several times in one night, to go back to where I'm from, I'm so confused.

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Hospitals face uncertain times

Dear Editor:

Regardless of whether the reader is a consumer of the DCMH complex of health care or not, I would suggest that you take the time to find out who your representative to the DCMH is and request that they do the job to which they were elected. They seem to be in uninformed blissful ignorance currently.

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Options for North Fork students

Dear Editor:

North Fork School of Integrated Studies (NFSIS) would like to thank the DCI for the front page coverage of the magnet school that is beginning this year in Paonia. It is quite a testament to our district board that they have heard the educational needs of folks in the North Fork Valley and responded with inclusion.

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Senator welcomes thoughts on coal, the economy

Dear Editor:

One of the many pleasures of serving as state senator is gaining a deeper understanding about the communities that make up our unique part of the state. Last week, I had the opportunity to tour West Elk mine.

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Thanks for another amazing fair

Dear Editor:

Here we are again at the end of another very successful Delta County Fair. The fair was held at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss.

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Tipton's town hall fails to provide answers

Dear Editor:

On Aug 4, I attended a meeting in Delta hosting Rep. Scott Tipton. This letter addresses issues that arose during that meeting -- Mr. Tipton's vote on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act and his evasive response to the question of whether he believed humans contributed to global climate change.

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Town of Paonia may have more important items to consider

Dear Editor:

I believe I heard through the grapevine that the mayor of Paonia engaged in a river trip with his family and others canoeing from Delta down to Whitewater this month. Can his trip be interpreted as his endorsement of BLM recreation plans?

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Sports

Hotchkiss athlete has his day in Chicago
Hotchkiss athlete has his day in Chicago

Hotchkiss' Kale Litzelman had a chance to visit Chicago this summer. While in Chicago, Litzelman showed off some of his athleticism at a showcase that included 61 other prep baseball players.

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Community

Births August 19, 2015

Dane and Sarah Tunget of Delta are the parents of a son, Everett Ray Tunget, born July 20, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 12.4 ounces and was 20 inches in length.

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Emblem conference deemed a success

Hotchkiss Emblem Club met Monday, July 6. Monthly reports were given. Under old business, a discussion was held regarding the convention held in Hotchkiss in June.

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Fletcher, Foster to exchange vows
Fletcher, Foster to exchange vows

Dale and Karen Harper of Paonia and Don and Nancy Foster of Hotchkiss announce the marriage of Angelia Fletcher to Adam Foster of Grand Junction in a private ceremony Sept. 16.

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Wallaces celebrate 60 years of marriage

Donald and Phyllis Wallace of Paonia celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 12.

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School Zone

Children required to be vaccinated for school

Colorado law requires that children going to school be immunized against vaccine-preventable disease. Colorado follows the immunization schedule approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other physician groups which recommend that health care providers follow the schedule known as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices or the ACIP schedule.

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Kids head back to school today

The 2015-16 school year is off and running, bringing the implementation of new K-12 math curriculum, a "magnet" school in the North Fork and implementation of a "breakfast after the bell" program at Lincoln Elementary School in Delta.

"Today, the yellow busses will roll, the school bells will ring, and the 2015-2016 academic year will begin for about 4,800 students and about 600 staff in Delta County School District," said superintendent Caryn Gibson.

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Obituaries

Alberta Sage
Alberta Sage

Former Delta resident Alberta Sage died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at her home in Longmont. She was 93.

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Angeline  Urich Helmericks
Angeline Urich Helmericks

Delta resident Angeline Urich Helmericks died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 84.

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Edna Aldridge
Edna Aldridge

Edna Aldridge of Cedaredge died Aug. 14, 2015, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 96.

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James Hunt
James Hunt

James Paul Hunt of Olathe died Aug. 13, 2015, at his home. He was 63.

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Ken Morris

Grand Junction resident Kenney "Ken" S. Morris died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 79.

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Merle Brew
Merle Brew

Olathe resident Merle E. Brew died Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at his home in Olathe. He was 89.

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Myrna Webster

Myrna E. Webster of Paonia died Aug. 14, 2015, at Valley Manor Care Center.

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Rick West
Rick West

Richard "Rick" Lee West of Paonia died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 52.

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Virginia Schocknmyer
Virginia Schocknmyer

Former North Fork area resident Virginia Schocknmyer died of Alzheimer's July 29, 2015. She was 75.

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North Fork

Benefit for Ray Penland to be held Saturday
Benefit for Ray Penland to be held Saturday

A benefit dinner and dance for firefighter and longtime Hotchkiss resident Ray Penland will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Hotchkiss Fire District headquarters, 193 Hotchkiss Avenue.

Penland, a family man and the longtime assistant fire chief in charge of the Redlands Mesa Substation, was injured in a fall last spring while farming and is currently unable to perform his duties.

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Dr. Meilner considering all options for NF medical clinic
Dr. Meilner considering all options for NF medical clinic

The Paonia office of the North Fork Medical Clinic is open.

After the clinic wasn't listed among health care options for North Fork residents in a Delta County Memorial Hospital press release in the Aug. 12 edition of the Delta County Independent, Dr. Timothy Meilner said he received several inquiries about the clinic's status.

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Hotchkiss council weighs DMEA broadband resolution
Photo by Tamie Meck DMEA smart grid coordinator Mark Kurtz gives a presentation on the background of the organization's efforts to bring broadband Internet access to Delta County at the Aug. 13 meeting of the Hotchkiss Town Council. The town has submitted
Hotchkiss council weighs DMEA broadband resolution

Trish Thibodo, director of Delta County Economic Development, came before the Hotchkiss Town Council on Aug. 13 to give a presentation on efforts to bring broadband Internet access to Delta County. DCED is working with Region 10, which was recently awarded a $5.2 million grant to build middle-mile infrastructure to provide that access to the county.

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Monks share culture during visit
Monks share culture during visit

Six Tibetan monks, scholars from the Gaden Shartse Monastery, spent last week in the North Fork Valley, raising awareness of their culture while experiencing the local culture. Tibetan monks have been visiting the North Fork area since 1977.

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North Fork Pool celebrates successful season
North Fork Pool celebrates successful season

The staff of the North Fork Pool in Hotchkiss gathered Friday to celebrate a successful season, to honor their lifeguards and swim instructors, and to thank three long-time staff members who are retiring.

Swim classes were completely filled this year, according to Lenore Cambria, who replaces Esther Koontz as district administrator of the North Fork Pool, Parks & Recreation District. Koontz retired in June with 14 years of service.

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North Fork Rotary, Paonia Library dedicate gazebo
North Fork Rotary, Paonia Library dedicate gazebo

Representatives from the Paonia Library and Rotary Club of the North Fork dedicated the log gazebo located on the north side of the library grounds last Thursday. The structure, designed by former Rotary president and architect Norm Luark, and was constructed of almost all local products and age-old, time-tested methods.

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Paonia grad joins Teach for America anniversary corps

Teach For America announced last week that a Paonia local has been accepted into the organization's 2015 teaching corps. Teach For America is a national non-profit working to expand educational opportunity for students in low-income communities.

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Paonia steps up to code enforcement
Paonia steps up to code enforcement

Paonia resident Kathy Greer came before Paonia trustees on Aug. 11 to complain about a neighbor's "junkyard." Greer, who lives on Box Elder Avenue in the Lee's Park Subdivision, said six vehicles, some of which are leaking oil, and three of which aren't running, along with other unsightly objects are making the property an eyesore.

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School, mother at odds over daughter's enrollment
School, mother at odds over daughter's enrollment

Angie Watson wants her daughter to have a chance at a normal life.

Alexis Watson, 13, was born with a rare chromosome irregularity, 4p-11p maternity Trisomy, and communicates through simple words, gestures, and American Sign Language.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope August 19, 2015
Birds of the Western Slope August 19, 2015

And here he is! I've been keeping a close eye on our trumpet vine waiting to see our rufous hummingbird. Our usual hummers are the black-chin with the broad-tailed and the tiny calliope (the smallest of the small at 2 1/2 inches long) at higher elevations as on the Grand Mesa.

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Exhibit showcases artistic talents of Horizons residents
Exhibit showcases artistic talents of Horizons residents

Residents at Horizons Care Center are rediscovering art, and in the process they are experiencing new talents and ways of self-expression that enhance their own lives and the lives of others.

A renewed interest in art at the center is the result of the residents themselves. Works by Horizons artists were on display in the front lobby during a showing last Saturday afternoon,

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Orchard City seeks answers on opt-out question

The Orchard City Town Board is hoping to get some questions answered soon about the Region 10 broadband fiberoptic cable network project. At the trustees' Aug. 12 meeting, concerns about potential pitfalls of the project were aired when supporters advised the board on allowing the town to enter the Internet service provider business.

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Trail trials return Sept. 12
Trail trials return Sept. 12

The Women's Surface Creek Saddle Club is conducting its biennial Trail Trials at the Mesa Top Trail on Sept. 12. This popular local trail riding event will be held at the Mesa Top Trail head on Grand Mesa.

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