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Adult Protective Services: An overview

Abuse, neglect, and exploitation involving at-risk adults is a growing problem in the United States, and Colorado is no exception. To help deal with this problem, each county department of human services in the state provides Adult Protective Services (APS) to its community.

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BHRC maintenance

Bill Heddles Recreation Center will be closed for annual maintenance beginning Friday, Aug. 26, with the main pool, and continuing Saturday, Aug. 27, with all pools. The basketball courts will be closed both Friday and Saturday for a special event.

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CDOT addresses 'killer habit' in new campaign

The first step in overcoming any bad habit is admitting you have one. And data suggests Coloradans do in fact have a dangerous habit -- distracted driving.

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Check it out! Libraries have iPads
Check it out! Libraries have iPads

In a world of rapidly changing technology it is an enormous task to stay on the cutting edge. Pathways to finding information become more complex and vast.

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Commissioners okay large tax abatement

County assessor Debbie Griffith got BoCC approval for a large tax abatement on a 1,267-acre parcel during the commissioners' meeting Monday, Aug. 15.

The abatement amount was $12,912. By state statute, Griffith explained, any property tax abatement over $10,000 needs BoCC approval before being sent to the state for additional approval.

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Court affirms Delta's right to compete with DMEA

The Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld a district court decision, affirming the City of Delta's right to provide electrical services in territory previously served by Delta-Montrose Electric Association.

The issue arose in September 2012, when Maverik contacted DMEA about plans to build a convenience store at the corner of Highway 50 and Highway 92.

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Delta County has a new health director
Delta County has a new health director

The Board of County Commissioners on Monday, Aug. 15, officially confirmed Karen Koenemann as the county's new public health director.

She steps into the role long held by Bonnie Koehler who retired from the post earlier this year.

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Hilltop awarded Kiwanis grant

Hilltop's Robert A. Brown Center for Youth was awarded $2,000 from the Rocky Mountain District Kiwanis Foundation to support recreation and outdoor activities for the boys residing in the Brown Center. The money will help pay for youth sport fees, equipment for team sports, and camps for the youth.

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Junior Market Livestock Sale brings in $239,475

A total of 211 market animals and pens and three cheese baskets were offered for sale by 4-H and FFA members at the 2016 Junior Market Livestock Sale, held Saturday, Aug. 13, at the county fair.

Sales totaled $239,475.00, including $95,400 for 30 beef animals, averaging $3,180 per head;

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Law enforcement blotter August 17, 2016

Aug. 3:

Quinn C. Williams, 31, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $500 bond.

Aug. 8:

Hoyte G. Williams, 85, of Grand Junction was issued a ticket for alleged failure to yield right of way at a stop sign after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Confluence Drive at W. 5th Street.

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National health centers like River Valley are transforming health care
National health centers like River Valley are transforming health care

River Valley Family Health Center was proud to celebrate National Health Center Week Aug. 7-13.

National Health Center Week is an annual celebration that gives health centers across the nation a chance to showcase their unique ability to take care of the needs of their communities.

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Petitions for five ballot measures turned in Aug. 8

Coloradans in November could be deciding whether to allow local governments to ban oil-and-gas development, triple the taxes on a pack of cigarettes and require county clerks to send unaffiliated voters ballots for Republican and Democratic candidates during the primary election.

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Phone scam hits DMEA area

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members in the Hotchkiss area have recently reported receiving scam phone calls from individuals posing as DMEA employees. The scammers are using more sophisticated technology to ensure DMEA's 1-877-687-3236 number appears on caller IDs and are providing fake names, employee ID numbers and supervisor names.

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PILT payments increase $2 million

Congressman Scott Tipton has announced that the state of Colorado will receive approximately $35.6 million through the federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for fiscal year 2016, which is an approximate $2 million increase in funding from fiscal year 2015. Delta County's share is $577,642 for 404,369 acres.

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Volunteers are needed

Do you have 3-4 hours (one day per week) to spare? Fort Uncompahgre is looking for folks who can help with the general operations and maintenance the fort.

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Opinion

Access to Hep C treatment is critical

The CDC reported that deaths from Hepatitis C, the only strain of the virus that is not vaccine-preventable, have hit a record high in recent years. Hep C now kills more Americans than any other infectious disease, including HIV/AIDS.

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F rated charity is soliciting in our area

We've received about 20 annoying robo-calls in the past month from Foundation for American Veterans soliciting donations. While we care greatly about our veterans, I was suspicious enough to check online to see if they were a real charitable organization.

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Finnegan family grateful for support

We, the family of Mary Finnegan, from the Eckert-Cory area would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who were so ready and willing to help in any way during the 2 1/2 weeks Mary was missing and since she was found.

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Hooray for rusty old cars

Hooray for old rusty cars​ on Main Street!​

Delt​a's ​new addition​ of a rusty car lot is certainly unique.

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RMP is a road map to industrializing the North Fork

The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) mission is "to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations." They recently released the draft Resource Management Plan (RMP), a 20- to 30-year blueprint for the course of future public land use.

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Robo calls are getting out of hand

My wife and I were awakened at 7 a.m. Sunday morning by a person telling us our computer was in need of service as it had problems.

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Sovereign citizens: Guilt by association?

I read the article in the DCI about the "sovereign citizen" label. I do not know any of the organizers of the meeting held on the subject. I do know that I was told as a very young person about "guilt by association."

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Sports

DHS swimmer competes in Arena Western Zone Senior Championships
DHS swimmer competes in Arena Western Zone Senior Championships

Local swimmer, Elias Carlson of Delta, traveled to California with five of his Montrose teammates to compete in the Arena Western Zone Senior Championships. His parents, Jessica and Derek Carlson, of Delta, provided the following account of the team's participation.

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Keely Porter wins Rockies' Skills Challenge
Keely Porter wins Rockies' Skills Challenge

The Colorado Rockies Skills Challenge consists of boys and girls in different age groups between 6 and 13 competing in the fundamentals of batting, base running and throwing. Keely Porter competed in the 12-13 girls group at Metro State University on Aug. 6 where she took first place.

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Tunget Gymnastics

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XCel State Meet BRONZE LEVEL

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Tunget Silvers perform at Centennial Meet

Shaylyn Griffith had the top all-around gymnastics performance at the Centennial Xcell State Meet. She placed third to lead her teammates to a 10th place finish out of 21 teams.

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What's Happening

CPR, first aid offered

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is hosting an American Red Cross community CPR/first aid class Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must register and pay by Sept. 14.

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Pea Green Pedal returns Sept. 10

The Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation invites everyone to participate in the fifth annual Pea Green Pedal on Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at the Lions Club Pavilion in Confluence Park. Options include an 18- or 40-mile bike ride or a 5k fun run/walk around the lake.

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Seminar for caregivers provides 'Powerful Tools'

Powerful Tools for Caregivers, an educational series designed to provide caregivers with the resources they need to take care of themselves, is coming to Montrose. Scheduled to start on Sept. 26, Powerful Tools will be presented at Montrose County Health and Human Services (1845 South Townsend Avenue).

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Vendors, salon pros sought for fundraiser

Vendors and salon professionals are sought for the fourth annual Girl Talk: A Day of Beauty & Bliss fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Delta-Montrose Technical College. This popular event is organized by the Abraham Connection homeless shelter as a way to raise operational funds.

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What's up on Redlands Mesa?

Have you ever wondered, "What's up on Redlands Mesa?" Well, here's your chance to find out. A group of artists, gardeners and farmers on Redlands Mesa, near Hotchkiss, have collaborated to offer a self-guided tour of their studios, farms and gardens on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Write a tomato haiku for library contest

Enter the Delta County Libraries' second annual tomato haiku contest. A haiku is three lines.

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Community

Births August 17, 2016

Ricardo and Amanda Olmos of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Sariyah Monae Olmos, born July 31, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 inches in length.

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Loucks' novel highlights need for preparedness
Loucks' novel highlights need for preparedness

Keith Loucks, Delta County resident, recently published a novel titled "I Wish I Had An Orange," which discusses physical and spiritual survival in a society brought to Third World conditions by electromagnetic pulse. Anything connected to the electric grid was rendered useless.

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School Zone

Atheists award $4,325 scholarship
Atheists award $4,325 scholarship

Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers (WCAF) have awarded a $4,325 college scholarship to Cidney Fisk, the newly-graduated Delta High School student who has been outspoken about what she believed to be Christian proselytizing in Delta County's public schools.

The scholarship is WCAF's largest to date.

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Homeschool parents must notify school district

Parents who plan to establish a non-public home-based educational program must provide written notification to the local school district of residence each year. The statement should include the name, age, place of residence and number of hours of attendance of each child enrolled in the home-based program.

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Obituaries

David Canaday

David Wayne Canaday died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at his home in Delta. He was 50.

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Dick Norvell

Thomas "Dick" Norvell died Aug. 5, 2016, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. He was 85.

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Doyle Fergeson

Montrose resident Doyle Fergeson died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at Valley Manor in Montrose. She was 90.

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Fransecita Duran
Fransecita Duran

Fransecita Duran died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at the HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 63.

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James Bryson
James Bryson

James "Jamie" Bryson died of Parkinson's disease Aug. 8, 2016, at home in Paonia. He was 81.

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June DeVries
June DeVries

June Patricia DeVries died July 27, 2016, in Delta. She was 75.

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Larry Davis
Larry Davis

Larry Earl Davis of Delta died Aug. 5, 2016.

He was born in Denver May 12, 1947, to Jack and Bonnie (Slugger) Davis.

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Margaret Fournier

Hotchkiss resident Margaret E. Fournier died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at her home. She was 99.

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Mary Finnegan
Mary Finnegan

Mary Finnegan died Aug. 2, 2016, on the Uncompahgre Plateau. She was 82.

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Stanley Dove

Stanley E. Dove, 87, of Castle Rock died at the Belleview Heights Memory Care Center in Aurora Aug. 6, 2016.

He was born in Crawford June 27, 1929.

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Wayne Berto
Wayne Berto

Wayne George Berto died of ALS Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, at his home in Delta. He was 63.

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North Fork

Crawford voters may see mill levy question

At the Aug. 3 Crawford Town Council meeting, trustees voted unanimously to continue discussion of a proposed mill levy increase to the Aug. 17 work session and possibly vote on a related ballot question to be placed on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

In light of recent and steep declines in mineral tax revenues, the town is considering increasing the mill levy from the current 2.420 to 7.420 mills.

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Paonia trustees approve new liquor license
Paonia trustees approve new liquor license

The Paonia Town Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new hotel and restaurant liquor license application for Cirque Cyclery, LLC, located at 232 Grand Avenue and doing business as Remedy.

The Cirque opened about six months ago and includes a bicycle repair shop, retail and bike sales, and bicycle rentals.

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Paonia trustees interview three for interim role
Paonia trustees interview three for interim role

After calling and holding two special meetings over the course of three days, the Paonia Board of Trustees approved the plan to hire an interim town manager and moved quickly to fill the void created by town manager Jane Berry's abrupt resignation.

Berry tendered her resignation in late July.

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Thliveris annexation gains approval

Paonia grew by 2.54 acres last week when the Board of Trustees voted 4-2 to adopt an annexation application for two parcels of land submitted by Andrew Thliveris. The parcels are located adjacent to the Paonia Public Library.

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Surface Creek

Day-long session begins Cedaredge's budget talks

The Cedaredge trustees will hold their annual budget work session on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the public is being invited to attend all or any portion or event.

Moving through their day-long agenda, trustees will hear from town staff on various categories of budget expenses and on particular line item expenditures that department heads will want included in their spending plans for 2017.

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Directors offer views on mediation settlement

Directors of the member-owned Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association (USC) last week asked the Delta County Independent to attend an Aug. 8 board meeting and sit in on a discussion of the association's position in the water utility ownership mediation with the Town of Cedaredge.

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Orchard City looks again at small hydropower

The much-studied and eventually abandoned idea for a small hydropower generator driven by Orchard City's water plant inflows came up for discussion again by trustees on Aug. 10.

The agenda topic was prompted by a trustee invitation to Jim Heneghan, renewable energy engineer for DMEA.

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Pizzeria throws an impromptu party
Pizzeria throws an impromptu party

The owners of a new pizza restaurant on Cedaredge's Main Street decided that last Friday would be a good time for a little celebration for customers and friends, and so they had a celebration.

Ray and Annie Batalla, owners of Annie's Pizzeria open since June 1, arranged for horse-drawn carriage rides and music by a Christian group as their friends and customers enjoyed pizza and ice cream on a pleasant summer evening.

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Plants of the Western Slope August 17, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope August 17, 2016

Well, I'm back home with a column that just won't wait! I was writing about my shorebird trip to the state of Washington, but the Century Plant at my friend's home in Cedaredge is in bloom -- spectacular!

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Surface Creek activities to close out August
Surface Creek activities to close out August

A number of special events in Surface Creek Valley will close out the final two weeks of August and usher in the annual late summer and autumn months of grand western Colorado weather.

On Thursday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. another in the summer series of Cruise Nights is being hosted by members of the Lugnuts Car Club of Cedaredge.

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