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Delta

Alpine Bank participates in National Volunteer Week

Alpine Bank is committing once again to participate in National Volunteer Week, April 23-29.

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve.

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County adds community economic director post

Delta County has announced that Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry has accepted the position of community and economic development director. She will take up her duties here on May 1.

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County's banking goes to Alpine

The Board of County Commissioners on Monday chose Alpine Bank as the local financial institution to provide the county's financial service needs.

Alpine's offer for the county's business included no requirement for a minimum balance, no bank fees charged for four years, and a free supply of the first 250 checks.

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DCED shares vision for innovation center

The vision for the ENGAGE Innovation Center at Delta was outlined during the "Morning Business Buzz" hosted by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce. The April 18 networking event was held at the Delta United Methodist Fellowship Hall, where the women of the church served a light breakfast.

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Fund set up for 5-year-old

A medical fund has been set up for Saydee Allen, who is hospitalized in Denver Children's Hospital. The 5-year-old is the daughter of Kriss and John Allen and sister of Lane Allen, of Hotchkiss.

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Girl Scouts donate cookies to troops
Girl Scouts donate cookies to troops

The members of Girl Scout Troop 15057 came to the April meeting of the Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and its Auxiliary bearing gifts. The gifts weren't for the VFW and Auxiliary members, but for the troops they support who are deployed overseas in harm's way.

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Health fair partner reports theft of participant data

Western Health Screening has reported the theft of a password-protected jump drive with the names, addresses, phone numbers and in some instances, Social Security numbers of health fair participants. WHS provided onsite blood screenings at the health fairs sponsored by Delta County Memorial Hospital, Montrose Memorial Hospital and Gunnison Valley Health.

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Law enforcement blotter April 19, 2017

April 10:

Matthew J. Shiflet, 26, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $500 bond.

April 11:

Astube Rivard, 46, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $100 bond.

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Planning commission makeup to change

At its regular business meeting on Monday, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a change in makeup and representation of the county planning commission.

The Delta County Planning Commission will be expanding from seven members to nine members.

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Real property valuations to be mailed by May 1

For tax years 2017 and 2018, the county assessor is required by law to appraise all real property at a June 30, 2016, level of value. Notices of valuation reflecting the 2017 values will be sent to owners of real property by May 1.

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SEI slated to launch third and final round of Solarize

Solar Energy International (SEI) is launching a third and final round of Solarize, which is an educational community outreach program aimed at kickstarting a solar market in a region. Solarize has been successful in introducing 42 new solar systems to the region and garnering nearly $1 million in local investments, and now SEI is building off of past momentum and shifting its focus to major contributors to the Delta County economy: farms and businesses.

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Statewide book giveaway supports early literacy

One Book 4 Colorado (OB4CO) is back for its sixth consecutive year and is giving away 75,000 copies of the same book to every four year old in the state. OB4CO is a privately funded program that is a collaboration between Lt. Governor Donna Lynne's office, Colorado Office of Early Literacy, Colorado State Library, the Denver Preschool Program, public and military libraries statewide, the private sector and the nonprofit and foundation communities.

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Uninsured drivers will cost taxpayers

Two accidents involving school property are proving costly for Delta County Joint School District, district business manager Jim Ventrello reported last week. Both incidents involved uninsured drivers, forcing the school district to file claims with its insurance provider and pay deductibles of $10,000.

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Opinion

DCMH town hall proved to be very informative

On Thursday evening, April 13, more than 60 people attended an informative and cordial town hall meeting with Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) CEO Jason Cleckler. Many thanks to Mr. Cleckler for his articulate and illuminating presentation on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), its impact on health care in Delta county, the current state of DCMH and plans for the primary care clinic in Hotchkiss and the urgent care center in Paonia.

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Walk intended to raise suicide awareness

I am so fortunate to go to work every day at Grand Junction High School where I am surrounded by a remarkable group of students and staff. The rash of suicides throughout this valley, but especially within our high school, has made this school year indescribably difficult.

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Who were those rowdies at Tipton's town hall?

Who were those people at Congressman Tipton's town hall meeting in Montrose -- shouting, interrupting, stomping their feet, booing, waving signs and generally acting like the cheering squad at a hometown basketball game? And why were they so ill-mannered as to badger our elected U.S. congressman in this unseemly fashion?

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Would you recognize elder abuse if you saw it?

Financial exploitation targeting older adults is a major problem in the United States. As many as five million older adults fall victim to financial abuse each year at an estimated cost of $3 billion annually.

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Sports

3A tennis class could mean more qualifiers

With regional tennis just two weeks away, local tennis teams are considering the possibility of qualifying for state in a new light.

Beginning this year the Colorado High School Activities Association has three classes of tennis, 5A, 4A and 3A. Schools with enrollment of up to 1,059 students drop from Class 4A to 3A, which means smaller schools like Paonia, the smallest school in Region 8 with 152 students, Cedaredge with 259, and Delta with 610 students, won't compete against true 4A schools for the first time since the CHSAA sanctioned the sport in the 1990s.

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Bruins stumble in Gunnison, beat Basalt
Bruins stumble in Gunnison, beat Basalt

A visit to Gunnison on April 11 turned out to be disastrous for Cedaredge as it lost a 14-0 conference decision to the Cowboys. Later in the week, the Bruins returned to their winning ways with a doubleheader sweep over the visiting Basalt Longhorns on Saturday.

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Bulldogs top Nucla, roll over Dove Creek

With six games remaining in regulation play the Hotchkiss Bulldogs are now 10-2 overall and 3-0 and in second place in the 2A District 3/5 baseball standings ahead of this Saturday's doubleheader at Rangely.

In their 11-2 win over Nucla, the Dogs took a 6-0 lead in the opening inning.

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Delta 16-0 hardball winner over Pirates
Delta 16-0 hardball winner over Pirates

Delta and Olathe have had a long history of playing baseball against each other. Last week's contest, played in Delta, was all Panthers from start to finish. Delta opened with four runs in the first inning, added one more in the second and piled on 10 big runs in the third to build a 15-0 lead.

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Delta soccer team defeats Vail Christian
Delta soccer team defeats Vail Christian

Three games last week resulted in one win and two losses for Delta's girls soccer team. The Panthers defeated Vail Christian (2A Region 2, 1-6 and 2-7) 6-0 on Tuesday, April 11, but fell to league-leading Vail Mountain (7-0 and 8-1) and Aspen (3-2 and 5-4).

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Eagles top 5A, 3A teams
Eagles top 5A, 3A teams

With five games remaining in the prep baseball season, it seems no one is going to touch Paonia. Even in facing a 5A team and a high-ranked 3A team last week, its record remained unscathed and it ended the week at 13-0.

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Paonia tops Delta in tennis
Paonia tops Delta in tennis

In its 5-2 win over Delta the Paonia tennis team swept the singles matches in straight sets last Thursday at Apple Valley Park.

At one singles competition, McKenna Erickson defeated Makyla Miramontez, 6-4, 6-0. At two singles Kelsey Stroud defeated Cassidy Parker, 6-1, 6-1.

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What's Happening

Apple Blossom Ride offers route options
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Calling all authors

The Montrose County Historical Society will sponsor the second annual Author's Affair on Saturday, May 6, at the Centennial Room in Centennial Plaza, 422 S. 1st, in downtown Montrose from 1-4 p.m. If you have written a book you would like to showcase, please come.

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Community Shred Days support 4-H

Are you overwhelmed with papers you would like to get rid of? Do you have old tax documents, bank statements, credit card solicitations, medical records, and other personal documents needing to be destroyed?

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Explore the bookcliffs with Canyonlands Field Institute

Driving along I-70 -- on top of trails used by Native Americans, fur trappers and pioneers --you can't help but notice the bookcliffs. Grey mancos shale rises up from the base and transitions into the Green River Formation's steep cliffs, reminiscent of bookshelves which gave this area its name.

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Spring forward and try something new

Consider embarking on a new personal challenge this spring. No, not a 5k or other physical exercise -- but a workout for your brain! Toastmasters is the place to start your personal training.

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Vendors invited to farmers market at Tractor Supply

Tractor Supply Company is looking for farmers, crafters and artisans to sell their homemade and homegrown goods at its spring farmers market scheduled for May 13.

Collectors, crafters and growers with interests in everything from homemade crafts and candles to baked goods, carvings, flowers and produce are encouraged to sign up.

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Work on the Sidewinder

Public land enthusiasts are invited to work on trail maintenance on the Sidewinder Trail in the Gunnison Gorge Conservation Area near Delta on May 20, the inaugural Colorado Public Lands Day.

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Community

Alexanders celebrate 70th anniversary, 95th birthday

Joe and Maryann Stites Alexander, longtime residents of Olathe, are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary, as well as Joe's 95th birthday this month.

Joe was born in Curlew, near Mullin, Neb., on April 11, 1922, and moved to Olathe when he was five.

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Births April 19, 2017

James and Andrea Thomas of Delta are the parents of a son, Rowan Stephen Thomas, born March 31, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches in length.

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Delta, Montrose Emblem Clubs hold joint installation

Emblem Club members from Delta, Hotchkiss and Montrose gathered at Delta Elks Lodge #1235 on Saturday, April 8, for a sandwich and salad luncheon.

Following the meal, they retired to the meeting room of the lodge. Delta Emblem Club #462 and Montrose Emblem Club #91 held an installation ceremony of officers for both clubs.

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Jim Collins is turning 80
Jim Collins is turning 80

Come celebrate Jim Collins' 80th birthday Saturday, April 29.

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People in the News Queen/Sandoval

Two Delta students graduated from Adams State University during fall commencement ceremonies in December 2016.

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School Zone

3 DHS students qualify for national speech competition
3 DHS students qualify for national speech competition

Delta High School has three national qualifiers in speech and debate. The national competition will be held in Birmingham, Ala., this summer.

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Obituaries

 Geraldine Carrow
Geraldine Carrow

Geraldine N. "Gerry" Carrow of Paonia died April 4, 2017, at Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was 96.

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Gregory Fast
Gregory Fast

Gregory Scott Fast of Somerset died April 4, 2017, at his home after a courageous fight with cancer. He was 59.

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Joan Cronin

Cedaredge resident Joan M. Cronin died April 12, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 89.

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Lois Fritz

Lois Elaine Fritz of Hotchkiss died April 6, 2017. She was 76.

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Marian Balch

Marian Kay Balch of Grand Junction died Dec. 8, 2016. She was 78.

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Roy Norris

Delta resident Roy Bernard Norris died April 7, 2017, at Crossroads at Delta. He was 99.

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Victor Petranovich
Victor Petranovich

Victor George Petranovich of Eckert died April 13, 2017, at his home after a long battle with multiple sclerosis and cancer.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 20, at Cedaredge Cemetery.

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North Fork

'Best places to retire' lists Hotchkiss, Paonia

Two North Fork area communities recently made a list of the top 500 towns and cities in the U.S. for retirement.

LendEDU, an organization offering a marketplace for student loans and student loan refinance, states in the introduction to the study related to the list that "retirement is as topical an issue as ever."

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A Little Help organizing Service Saturday in May

A Little Help in the North Fork Valley is having a Service Saturday! on Saturday, May 13. If you are a member of A Little Help or even think you might want to try it out, call the office, 527-3482, to sign up.

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County requirements could increase Paonia project costs

Requirements by Delta County related to the final phase of the four-phase out-of-town water line replacement project on Lamborn Mesa could increase the cost of the project by about $100,000.

At the April 11 board meeting trustees voted to adopt a revised bid for project Schedule C, and to direct town staff to continue negotiations with the county on the requirements, which the town's engineer has deemed unnecessary.

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Expect crossing closures in Paonia

According to the Town of Paonia website, through the end of this week Paonia residents can expect street closures to allow for scheduled repairs to in-town railroad crossings.

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Hospital chief talks about local, national healthcare concerns
Hospital chief talks about local, national healthcare concerns

A capacity crowd showed up for a town hall meeting last week in Hotchkiss where Jason Cleckler, CEO of Delta County Memorial Hospital, spoke about both local and national health care issues. Over 60 people gathered for the nearly two hour presentation and Q&A session that Crawford resident Cynthia Hines organized in an effort to spur the community into action to help address health care concerns on both the local and national level.

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New owners at the Bross
New owners at the Bross

Years of wondering who will buy Paonia's beautiful Bross Hotel are over.

On Monday Kevin and Karen Kropp became the eighth owners of the 111-year-old Victorian-style hotel on Onarga Avenue.

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Paonia VFD responds to two fires in two days
Paonia VFD responds to two fires in two days

The Paonia Volunteer Fire Department responded to two fires late last week. On Thursday, April 13, they responded to a structure fire on Cresthaven Road.

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Simulation puts disaster response team to test
Simulation puts disaster response team to test

A two-day training that took place last Thursday and Friday at the Maloney House in Hotchkiss simulated a 17-member incident management team and its response to a large tornado in Chelsea County, a fictitious county based on a real Colorado county.

Put on by the Southwest Incident Management Team, the tornado badly damaged facilities from hospitals to animal rescue shelters and there were numerous deaths, trainer Paul Hollar, a member of the Southwest Incident Management Team.

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Surface Creek

Arbor Day to be celebrated April 24
Arbor Day to be celebrated April 24

The Cedaredge Tree Board is partnering with the fifth grade students from the Cedaredge Elementary School to plant three specimen trees at the southeast area of the Cedaredge Middle School grounds on Tuesday, April 24, at 10 a.m. Included in the celebration will be the reading of the proclamation by Mayor Gene Welch.

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David Starr's new release out soon
David Starr's new release out soon

According to music promoter Richlyn Marketing of Nashville, David Starr's latest EP (extended play) CD "The Head and Heart" is set for an official release date of April 28.

There are six songs on the EP which were arranged and produced by John Oates; a friend and musical collaborator of David's.

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Horizons honors volunteers
Horizons honors volunteers

On April 8, staff from Horizons Care Center in Eckert gathered to recognize and honor the many volunteers who dedicate time to enriching the lives of residents at the care center. Staff put together a fun luncheon and awards ceremony for the organization's nearly 70 volunteers.

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Rowdy crowd weighs in on water rate hike

Orchard City's base water charges for residential water customers with three-quarter-inch taps were revised for the second time in a month at the town board's April 12 meeting. The latest rates corrected a math problem with the rates adopted last month.

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