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Delta

City council supports hospital provider fee

The Delta City Council has sent a letter to Senator Kerry Donovan urging her to support legislation that moves the hospital provider fee to an enterprise fund.

The state Legislature has been debating the merits of SB 267, which city manager David Torgler describes as "a big, complicated piece of legislation that deals with some complicated concepts with respect to Colorado's Constitution, the state budget, TABOR, enterprise funds, government fees, taxes, health care expenses/eligibility, debt vs. not debt, certificates of participation, state highway funding, education funding, capital construction and other things."

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City seeks buy-in for urban renewal projects

The Delta Urban Renewal Authority has officially been expanded to include representatives from the taxing agencies that are being asked to buy in to the city's vision for economic revitalization.

The Delta Urban Renewal Authority, or DURA, has been in existence since 1985 but was inactive until recent economic revitalization efforts underscored the need to secure funding for future projects.

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County commissioners meet new BLM district manager
County commissioners meet new BLM district manager

The Board of County Commissioners on Monday, April 24, met with Greg Larson, the BLM's new manager for the Uncompahgre Field Office, during its regular meeting in Delta.

The county has deep interest in public lands issues.

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DCMH launches 'Look Good Feel Better'
DCMH launches 'Look Good Feel Better'

Delta County Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of the "Look Good Feel Better" program through Grand Mesa Oncology. Part of the oncology center's effort to focus on the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional aspects of each patient, this program will be beneficial to patients suffering with hair loss and skin issues during chemotherapy.

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Delta Housing Authority kicks the tobacco habit

Delta Housing Authority has extended its no-smoking housing policy to all its properties, including multi-unit housing units, single homes and private properties occupied by low-income individuals, families, disabled citizens and seniors. In addition, the Delta Housing Authority significantly strengthened policy language to meet current multi-use housing best practices.

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Habitat for Humanity Delta County seeks dedicated board members

Habitat for Humanity Delta County is in desperate need of new board members.

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization whose goal is to help provide a decent home for all of God's children.

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High speed internet is becoming a reality

High speed internet has long been a top priority for Delta County Economic Development, which has partnered with the Economic Development Administration, Region 10, DMEA, Delta County and municipalities to bring what is widely recognized as an "essential service" to western Colorado.

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Law enforcement blotter April 26, 2017

Joby E. Wright, 36, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged menacing and violation of a protection order. Kyle C. McCarty, 20, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged menacing, reckless endangerment, child abuse, third degree assault and criminal mischief.

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Planning appointments

Jay Stooksberry and Mary Cooper were recently appointed to the Delta Planning Commission. Cooper was appointed to the planning commission after serving out the remainder of Gerald Roberts' term after he was elected to the Delta City Council.

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Schedule revised for master plan meetings

A revised schedule for public meetings on the Delta County master plan rewrite has been released.

The dates, times and locations of the upcoming round of sessions is as follows:

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Vendors sought for Downtown DeltaFest

The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce is planning three Downtown DeltaFests this summer. Vendor applications for June, July and September can be downloaded at the chamber website, www.deltacolorado.org.

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Victims' advocates, Judge Miller honored
Victims' advocates, Judge Miller honored

In honor of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, Hilltop's Domestic Violence Services and the 7th Judicial District Attorney's Office recognized victims advocates last week and honored a special Victims Advocate of the Year for the 7th Judicial District. Judge Sandra Miller was honored as this year's recipient.

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Visit the library to learn what's in your DNA

"My interest in genealogy first arose when, decades ago, an uncle began family ancestry tracing, and my family history began to unfold," says Greg Hart, presenter at an upcoming DNA program offered at Delta Library. "When my uncle began his work, he did not have the internet or the various ancestry recording applications to help him, so progress was limited.

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Opinion

Hanging Lake closure not justified

The April 19 Daily Sentinel's first page story about "Vandals ruining it for everybody" is not correct. It's the Forest Service that is ruining it for everybody.

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Paonia will be a poorer place without the Rowells

The Sentinel article (April 17, 2017) on the North Fork Valley's efforts to create new economies in the wake of the decline in coal mining was first rate. It gave a sense of how much pain people experience when the economy shifts beneath them.

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Sports

Area track teams have top 18 performers

In track and field competition, a fraction of a second or an inch can mean the difference between a win and a loss. To qualify for the Colorado High School Activities Association's state track meet, athletes must be ranked in the top 18 in the state in their respective class.

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Bruin boys 2nd at CRHS

A large field meant keen competition for Cedaredge's track teams at Coal Ridge last week. The Bruins boys scored 98 points to finish second in the 19-team field while the girls finished seventh with 49 points in a 17-team field.

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Bruin nine shuts out Roaring Fork, 8-0

Cedaredge needed to keep on pace to be a part of the top tier in 3A WSL baseball.

The Bruins remained in third place (3-2, 9-5) after splitting with Delta and Roaring Fork last week.

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DT golfers open season

Devil's Thumb Golf Club hosted Senior play on April 14. Golf Pro Ken Brown provided results.

Net winners for the 18 holes of golf played included Harold Clay (70), Dan Burke (72), Jack Lonis (73), Steve Hicks and Ed Boiani (75).

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Eagles 15-0 after DH wins

Paonia takes a 15-0 overall record into the week following two five-inning wins at Meeker Saturday.

The undefeated Eagles opened with a 14-3 conference win over the Cowboys. Meeker (10-5 overall, 2-2 in 2A District 3/5) had five hits and three RBIs in the loss.

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Eagles win WSCU-GHS track meet Saturday
Eagles win WSCU-GHS track meet Saturday

At Saturday's Western State Colorado University -- Gunnison High School Combined Invitational track meet Saturday, the Paonia girls track team set 10 season-best marks. In the process the four-time defending state 2A champions scored 134 points to win the 13-team event. Class 2A Buena Vista scored 130 points to finish second, and 3A Gunnison placed third with 111 points.

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Firor, relays shine for 'Dogs

At Friday's annual Coal Ridge Invitational track and field meet at New Castle, sophomore Kaiya Firor won the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.85 seconds. Firor also took more than two seconds off of her prior best time to win the 300m hurdles event in 48.16 seconds.

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Hotchkiss 12-2 after DH

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs increased their overall record to 12-2 Saturday, outscoring Rangely by 31 points in a two-game series at Rangely.

Hotchkiss opened the series with a 17-0 conference win over the Panthers.

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What's Happening

A Little Help North Fork Valley will hold its spring Service Saturday on May 13.

A Little Help North Fork Valley will hold its spring Service Saturday on May 13.

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Cedaredge UMC hosts world religion study

Cedaredge United Methodist Church presents a six-week study, "Christianity and World Religions: Wrestling With Questions People Ask."

The study will take place on Tuesdays from April 25 to May 30.

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Community dance set for May 20

Route 66 will provide music for the community evening dance Saturday, May 20, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. The dance takes place from 7 to 10 p.m.

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Community VBS planned June 5-9

Bring your smile to the Nile! Elementary aged children are invited to learn all about Egypt in biblical times and the story of Joseph during this summer's vacation Bible school, held June 5-9 at Delta United Methodist Church.

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CPR, first aid offered

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is hosting an American Red Cross community CPR/AED and first aid class Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class will be repeated Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Kids' Pasta Project schedule announced

The 2017 schedule for the Kids' Pasta Project fundraiser dinners has been announced. The next pasta dinner fundraiser will be held May 1 and benefits the Ridgway Composite High School mountain biking team in Ridgway.

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Rodney Atkins to perform at Olathe Sweet Corn Festival

Country music performer Rodney Atkins has just been confirmed as the headlining musical act for the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival Aug. 5 in the Olathe Town Park. Now in its 26th year, the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival operates under the Montrose Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 that offers funds and resources to area non-profits.

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Show highlights many faces of photography

Black Canyon Camera Club will host the Chasing Light photography show and sale May 25-27, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

This entertaining show will be a display of just photographs, unframed and not matted.

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What's happening at your local library? April 26, 2017

The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.

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Women meet weekly to discuss what's 'Enough'

The Delta County Women's Connection is presenting "Conversations" every Saturday at 9 a.m. at Fairlamb Plaza at 3rd Street, a half block west of Main Street behind the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce office.

The current series, "Enough," has been created by Stonecroft Ministries to help women connect with others who are curious -- some skeptical -- about what Jesus and the Bible have to say concerning important areas in life.

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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

Births April 26, 2017

Hser Wah and Ray Htoo of Delta are the parents of a son, Johnny Eh Htoo, born April 18, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 8.6 ounces and was 19.75 inches in length.

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School Zone

DCSD reworking pay schedules to meet minimum wage requirement

When Colorado voters approved a new minimum wage law in 2016, they probably didn't consider how that could affect the state's school districts. After two work sessions, the Delta County Board of Education continues to grapple with how best to adjust employee pay schedules to meet the $12 per hour minimum wage requirement by January 2020.

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DHS speech team plans major fundraiser

Since November, the Delta High School speech team has competed all over Colorado, and has brought home dozens of trophies in various events. Now, at last, you will have the opportunity to actually see what has impressed judges about these wonderfully talented young men and women!

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Students explore health careers
Students explore health careers

A career in the medical field is not restricted to patient care, students learned during a Health Careers Symposium last week.

During a panel discussion, Rhonda Katzdorn, a human relations professional from Delta County Memorial Hospital, explained that the hospital and its clinics offer 230 different positions, from IT to maintenance to laboratory personnel.

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Vision Charter contract renewed

Vision Charter Academy will operate for another four years after the Delta County School District board approved a new contract. Delaine Hudson, district liaison, said a lot of negotiation and work with attorneys went into the contract, although it is substantively the same as the prior contract.

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Obituaries

C. "Bill" Hart

Clarence "Bill" Hart died at his home in Paonia April 23, 2017. He was 45.

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David Campbell

David Lawrence Campbell, formerly of Delta, died April 20, 2017, in Green Valley (Ariz.) Hospital. He was 86.

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Georgie White
Georgie White

Juanita Kae "Georgie" White died April 17, 2017, at her home in Delta. She was 61.

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Gladys Bertram
Gladys Bertram

Cedaredge resident Gladys Rozella Bertram died April 20, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 91.

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Joseph McFadden

Cedaredge resident Joseph McFadden died April 14, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 90.

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K. Leroy Dolph
K. Leroy Dolph

Kenneth Leroy Dolph of Longview, Wash., died March 9, 2017, in Rochester, Minn., after a long battle with heart disease. He was 74.

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Nancy Stull

Nancy Belle Stull of Paonia died at Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center on April 23, 2017. She was 84.

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Robert Roesler

Robert Duane Roesler of Hotchkiss died April 16, 2017, at Montrose Memorial Hospital. He was 70.

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William Silas Feely

William "Bill" Silas Feely died at his home April 17, 2017. He was 82.

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North Fork

Final Friday is back in Paonia
Final Friday is back in Paonia

The first Final Friday of the season happens this Friday in downtown Paonia. Downtown galleries and studies including the new 2nd Story Studios at 228-1/2 Grand Avenue, and Cirque Cyclery will remain open from 5-7 p.m., offering wine samples, local cuisine and more. Meander between the galleries, taste a selection of wines and samples of local cuisine, and enjoy.

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Funding needed to keep aquatic inspections going
Funding needed to keep aquatic inspections going

A program to inspect watercraft for non-native invasive species at Colorado Parks & Wildlife-managed waterways is in danger of ending after the program lost its funding source in 2016.

Program funding has been secured through 2018, according to Ed Keleher, CSP park manager for Paonia, Sweitzer and Crawford reservoirs.

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Honoring Emery Townsend's 60 years of mail delivery
Honoring Emery Townsend's 60 years of mail delivery

Emery Townsend has delivered a lot of mail in his 60 years as a U.S. Postal Service contract route carrier. In 1957 Townsend and bride Bebe signed their first four-year contract for the Ragged Mountain and Muddy Creek areas.

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Paonia Holdings asks for land use change

Public comments on a proposed development northeast of Paonia were extended to May 5 after citizens complained that they were not given enough time to research the proposal.

Paonia Holdings, LLC, has applied to Delta County for approval of a land use change on commercial and light industrial property located at 41322 and 41402 Hwy. 133, and ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.

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Services for Bill Hart are Saturday

Following a short but fierce battle with Stage 4 small-cell lung cancer, former Paonia police officer Bill Hart passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 23.

Hart was a veteran of the U.S. Army and participated in Desert Storm.

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Third Street waterline project begins May 1 in Paonia

Work on the Town of Paonia Third Street waterline project is scheduled to begin Monday, May 1. The three-phase project involves replacing approximately 5,800 feet of potable waterline along Third Street between Grand Avenue and the railroad crossing between Oak and Delta avenues; from the tracks east to Lamborn Avenue and south to Second Street; and on Box Elder between Second and Fourth streets.

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Surface Creek

Cameras could keep an eye out for trail vandals
Cameras could keep an eye out for trail vandals

The installation of ten, steel "StoryWalk" pedestals along the natural setting of Cedaredge's Surface Creek Trail has attracted an act of vandalism.

As a result, the addition of camera surveillance to the section walking path between Independence and Deer Trail Avenues was discussed at the town board's April 20 meeting.

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Library in need of weed whackers

Do you ever think you'd like to volunteer a little time to a great cause but don't know how to offer your services?

This is your chance to do something important for your Cedaredge Library and the town.

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Memorial trees planted in Orchard City park

The Friends and Flower Garden Club appreciates the generous donation of a Ukrainian maple tree and a juniper pine tree from John and Ron Romatzke of Arbor Acres Farm. These trees were planted in the Orchard City Town Park in memory of Bobbie De Leau and Zoe Weiss.

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Resident calls engineering and design costs 'ridiculous'

The Town of Cedaredge's spending on a stalled, four-year-long involvement with a street intersection improvement project was called "ridiculous" by a constituent at the town board's April 20 meeting.

Known as the "enhancement project," the proposed beautification work at the intersection of Main Street and Grand Mesa Drive (Highway 65) was begun with a signed agreement for design and engineering in 2013.

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Town drops Region 10 anchor plans
Town drops Region 10 anchor plans

Cedaredge will not participate in the Region 10 broadband project by providing fiberoptic links to anchor institutions in town after all. (Anchor institutions are libraries, schools, fire departments, medical facilities that need broadband internet.)

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Vaccinate and license your dog

A low cost dog vaccination clinic is planned Saturday, May 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Cedaredge Town Park pavilion. The cost is $10 for a one-year rabies shot and town residents will need to buy a town license for $10 for a spayed/neutered dog or $50 for an intact dog.

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What's bugging you? April 26, 2017

We are entering the home stretch of our weed series, "The Ten Most Unwanted Weeds." Only three are left but I might cover a few more if it strikes my fancy.

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