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Delta

City offices close early

City of Delta offices will be closed Friday, Aug. 28, from noon to 5 p.m., for an employee appreciation event. Bill Heddles Recreation Center will also close at noon and remain closed until Saturday, Aug. 29, when regular operating hours resume.

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County seeks interest in Rogers Mesa site

County government is issuing a call for "letters of intent" from businesses or other organizations that have a proposal for use of the shuttered CSU agricultural research station on Rogers Mesa.

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County to search for new planner

The county administration is working to enlist an interim county planner until a permanent planner can be hired.

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Economic opportunities lie in ag, tourism, manufacturing

After months of stakeholder meetings and in-depth analysis, an economic recovery plan is taking shape for Delta and Gunnison counties. The plan was funded by a U.S. economic development assistance grant administered by Region 10, with partnerships from cities, counties and the Department of Local Affairs.

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Governor tours Doughty Steel
Governor tours Doughty Steel

A visit to Doughty Steel was like a step back in time for Governor John Hickenlooper -- his mother's family once owned the oldest family-held steel fabrication company in the United States.

He shared several memories while touring Doughty Steel en route to a town hall meeting in Montrose last Thursday.

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Law enforcement blotter August 26, 2015

Levi W. Duncan, 27, of Grand Junction was arrested and jailed for alleged speeding 66 mph in a 45 mph zone and driving under the influence (DUI).

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OHVs allowed on city streets

The City of Delta has adopted the 2010 model traffic code with an amendment that permits the operation of off-highway vehicles on any street, alley or other public right-of-way within the city, excluding Highway 50, Highway 92 and Highway 348. Drivers must be licensed.

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Skylyn Webb earns academic award

Skylyn Webb of Delta earned the 2014-15 Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement Award recognition. Webb, a member of the Fort Lewis College Skyhawk women's basketball team, is majoring in exercise science - exercise physiology option.

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Opinion

A passion for patients

My practice, Needlerock Family Health Care Clinic in Crawford, is open. My passion has been nursing and my dream for many years has been to serve as a practitioner in the North Fork Valley.

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Cedaredge reunion keeps the memories alive

On Aug. 7 and 8, a group of Cedaredge "Cub" graduates worked hard to put on the first Cedaredge Cub alumni reunion. We had an impromptu get-together for a group three years ago, former grads who just happened to be visiting in the Cedaredge area, and decided that an alumni reunion was long overdue.

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Delta, Gunnison proposal offers a balance

Delta and Gunnison county are both on record stating that for an exchange of national forest oil and gas leases to go through, other important public lands in the area need to be removed from the possibility of future leasing to help ensure a balance of uses of public lands in the valley.

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School board candidate steps forward

Delta County residents, let me introduce myself. I am Jill Jurca, and I am running for the open school board seat for District 2. This position is within the boundaries of the City of Delta, but is still a voice for all residents of the county.

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Sports

Bruins praised for play
Bruins praised for play

Following their weekend scrimmage games on Saturday, the DCI sports department contacted Cedaredge softball coach Matt Hall to get his impressions of his team's efforts.

The Bruins played three times and mixed their varsity and junior varsity players together in games in an effort to give all who made the trip a chance to get some game experience.

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Bruins solid in softball
Bruins solid in softball

Matt Hall and his Cedaredge Bruins' softball team will be looking to duplicate the success they had last season as the new year gets underway. The Bruins enjoyed a 15-7 record last year that included a league championship and a trip to state.

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Bruins' VB to be tough
Bruins' VB to be tough

Cedaredge High School's volleyball team posted a 20-5 record last season. Three of those losses came at the hands of Paonia and one to Olathe's Pirates. The fifth loss came in regional play to Dolores.

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Bulldog cross-country team has will to win
Bulldog cross-country team has will to win

After a fabulous finish at state last year and with some of the best senior running talent in the region returning, the Hotchkiss High School cross-country team begins the season with high hopes.

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Delta football team to contend for WSL title
Delta football team to contend for WSL title

If the summer camps and noted improvements are any indication, the Delta Panthers could be more than just a force in Class 3A football circles. Delta returns a core of performers who were at the top of the class in many categories at the end of last season's campaign.

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Delta XC team numbers 26
Delta XC team numbers 26

Delta High School's cross-country roster lists 26 athletes. Seven of those listed are female. The senior and freshman classes boast eight runners each. The freshman class has six athletes and this year's junior class has four on the roster.

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Eagles look for third grid title
Eagles look for third grid title

Two consecutive state titles. A 23-game winning streak. The reigning Player and Coach of the Year.

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Eagles' VB team salty
Eagles' VB team salty

The Paonia High School volleyball team keeps resetting the standard for excellence.

The Eagles took to the floor last week and began the season looking to equal or better their stellar campaign last year.

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Eric Goold new DCI sports writer
Eric Goold new DCI sports writer

Eric Goold began his prep sports writing career at his alma mater, Wheat Ridge High School. He has covered high school sports in three different states and has worked for nine different newspapers, the DCI being the tenth, over the course of 15 years.

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Hotchkiss volleyball team young, dedicated
Hotchkiss volleyball team young, dedicated

The Hotchkiss High School volleyball team has a new coach and a new outlook this season.

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Milholland, Bruins vow to be better
Milholland, Bruins vow to be better

Cedaredge's Bruins made the Class 1A state playoffs last season and lost to Resurrection Christian in the first round to finish the year at 6-4.

Head coach Brandon Milholland believes there is solid commitment from his staff and players to improve play in 2015.

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New XC coach at PHS
New XC coach at PHS

The Eagles had to hit the ground running. And fast.

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Prep tennis now in Paonia
Prep tennis now in Paonia

The diverse landscape of high school tennis in the North Fork Valley is hard to predict, and coach Brian Benson has a whole new set of changes to deal with this season.

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Redlands Mesa links rough on county golfers

Cedaredge and Delta High School's golf teams competed in last week's Wildcat Invitational. The competition took place at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.

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Sirko lauds improving Hotchkiss grid squad
Sirko lauds improving Hotchkiss grid squad

What a difference a year makes.

Hotchkiss football coach Mike Sirko began his second season last week, and already the Bulldogs are showing signs of improvement.

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Community

Births August 26, 2015

Jaimi and Chris Comerer of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Kinnley Brooke Comerer, born June 29, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 6.5 ounces and was 19 inches in length.

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Deans celebrate 77 years of marriage
Deans celebrate 77 years of marriage

Howard and Lorraine Dean of Cedaredge will celebrate their 77th wedding anniversary Aug. 29.

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School Zone

Arch Coal kicks off teaching grants program

The Arch Coal Foundation is making a significant change to its popular Delta County Innovative Teaching Grants Program for the 2015-2016 school year. The announcement was made by Jim Miller, general manager of Mountain Coal Company's West Elk mine.

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Graduation dates set

Five members of Hotchkiss High School's graduating class missed commencement ceremonies in May because of state baseball competition.

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Kids equipped for school at Families Plus' annual picnic

On Aug. 14, Families Plus, a local non-profit, held its annual picnic at Confluence Park in Delta. The event celebrates the families of the program with great food, computer giveaways and school supplies provided by the local community.

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Obituaries

Myrna Webster
Myrna Webster

Myrna E. Webster of Paonia died Aug. 14, 2015, at Valley Manor in Montrose. She was 77.

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Phil Siebler Jr.
Phil Siebler Jr.

Phillip Siebler Jr. died Aug. 16, 2015, at his son's home in Crawford. He was 80.

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Ron Ayers
Ron Ayers

Ronald G. Ayers died Aug. 22, 2015. He was 60.

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Thelma Coverly
Thelma Coverly

Thelma Lavonne Coverly died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at a Delta care facility. She was 92.

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Vernon Neuberger
Vernon Neuberger

Vernon H. Neuberger died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at his home in Delta. He was 77.

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Beatrice Sanchez
Beatrice Sanchez

Longtime Delta resident Beatrice Sanchez died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Denver. She was 79.

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Bonnie Blair
Bonnie Blair

Bonnie Blair died Aug. 21, 2015, in St. George, Utah. She was 81.

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Carol Hattstaedt

Former Paonia resident Carol Hattstaedt died Aug. 21, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 81.

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Harold Motz Jr.

Grand Junction resident Harold Motz. Jr. died Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at Larchwood Inns.

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Joan Lacey
Joan Lacey

Joan L. Lacey of Cedaredge died of lung cancer Aug. 7, 2015, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 71.

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Karen Imel
Karen Imel

Hotchkiss resident Karen Imel died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Hotchkiss. She was 56.

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Patty Tweedy

Delta resident Patty Tweedy died Aug. 19, 2015, at her home. She was 66.

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North Fork

Blue Sage kicks off concert series

All-around bad boy of boogie-woogie and the blues, pianist David Vest returns to Paonia to open the Blue Sage's 2015-16 concert series with a master class and performance.

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Crawford considers options for SB 05-152

The Crawford Town Council was considering calling a special meeting last week following a presentation by Delta-Montrose Electric Association and Delta County Economic Development representatives regarding bringing high-speed broadband Internet fiber optics to the town.

For the town to support the effort, voters must approve a referendum asking for the town to opt out of Senate Bill 05-152.

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DCMH continues support of health care
DCMH continues support of health care

At the invitation of John Gavan, Delta County Memorial Hospital CEO Jason Cleckler spoke to an audience of about 25 members of the Aging in Place working group, Rotarians and health care providers last Thursday at the Paonia Library.

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Meals made with love bring the community together
Meals made with love bring the community together

When Jeanne Gatto started serving weekly community dinners two summers ago her goal was to put otherwise wasted food to good use.

"I thought it would be awesome if we could use it to get community meals going," said Gatto.

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NFAA eyes options ahead of membership drive

With its annual membership drive just around the corner, the North Fork Ambulance Association is asking a simple question: "What if you called the ambulance and nobody came?"

The NFAA, the only ambulance service operating in the North Fork area, is considering all of its options after estimating a 2015 budget deficit of almost $200,000.

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Poetry and tomatoes are bountiful at area libraries

With carefully counted syllables and plenty of colorful imagery, poems have been flowing into the Delta County Libraries three lines at a time. Patrons are responding with delightful creativity to a haiku poetry contest planned to coordinate with Delta County Libraries' upcoming Tomato Fest events in Delta and Hotchkiss.

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Town of Paonia seeks board members

The Town of Paonia is currently seeking citizens interested in serving on town committees.

The Town Planning Commission currently has one vacancy.

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Surface Creek

Cedaredge appoints planning members

The Cedaredge Town Board approved appointment of three new members to the planning commission at its Aug. 20 meeting, reports Mayor Pat Means.

Karen Hebert was appointed to complete a three-year term that expires in 2017.

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DMEA seeks town's support for ISP proposal

Delta Montrose Electric Association is asking local governments in Delta County for assistance in making plans for a possible decision to enter the "last mile" Internet service provider business.

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Emily Anderson awarded $600 Knights scholarship
Emily Anderson awarded $600 Knights scholarship

Dennis "Hoot" Harlan, Grand Knight of Our Lady of the Rockies, Knights of Columbus, Council 11731 of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Mission in Cedaredge, presented a $600 scholarship to Emily Marie Anderson at Sunday Mass.

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Orchard City will not ask 'opt-out' question in November

The Orchard City Town Board has hit the brakes and taken a "slow down, wait and see" approach to the coordinated push to place a broadband "opt-out" measure on local November ballots.

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Rockies invite CHS

The Cedaredge High School marching band has been invited to play the national anthem at the Colorado Rockies baseball game in Denver Saturday, Sept. 5. The band will join about four other state championship bands from other competition classes.

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Water reports show progress on system

Orchard City continues to make strides in its program of minimizing leaks that cause lost water and lost money from its sprawling domestic water utility.

Evidence of success in its efforts came from two reports presented to town trustees at their Aug. 12 meeting.

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What's bugging you? August 26, 2015

Cottonwood trees are ubiquitous to Colorado. For most folks it is the narrowleaf cottonwood that comes to mind when cottonwoods are mentioned.

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