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Delta

9th Street closure

The traditional painting of 9th Street Hill by graduates of Delta High School will result in a street closure. The City of Delta is honoring a request from the Delta High School Student Council to close the street the evening of Tuesday, May 16.

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Abraham Connection to host community yard sale

Wouldn't it be great if you could visit dozens of yard sales, all in one place, without driving around town all day long? Now you can! Volunteers with the Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter are organizing a communitywide yard sale on Saturday, June 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the parking lots on 6th and Main streets in Delta (old Chaco building and the office of Edward Jones -- Isaiah St. Peter).

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Church vandalized; break-ins increase

Thieves who broke into the LDS meeting house in Delta over the weekend didn't get much for their efforts, but they left behind an expensive clean-up job.

The break-in at 1679 Pioneer Road occurred sometime the night of Saturday, May 6, or during the early morning hours of May 7.

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City incentives support DIP Co. expansion

DIP Co., located in Delta's Industrial Park, will be the first enterprise to benefit from an economic incentive policy adopted by the City of Delta nearly a year ago.

The policy is intended to support new and expanding business development in the City of Delta.

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Elders of Colorow Care Center donate to the Dolphin House

Colorow Care Center, an Olathe-based provider of rehabilitation and skilled nursing, is proud to have presented the Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center of the 7th Judicial District with a check for $1,212.

Since the beginning in 1979, Colorow Care Center has centered its focus on the elders and "elders' choice."

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Law enforcement blotter May 10, 2017

Josiah F. Newell, 40, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $1,000 bond.

Desiree D. Duran, 25, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged trespass.

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Learn how a business accelerator supports startups

The ICELab Business Accelerator is a joint program for Delta and Gunnison counties funded by a U.S. Economic Development Administration grant by request of Western State Colorado University. The entire effort is driven in response to the idling of the Elk Creek mine in Somerset and the need for sustainable, economic development.

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Mental health care options are expanding

Improvements being planned to mental health care were the focus of the municipal quarterly meeting in Paonia.

Roger Sheffield, vice president of development for Mind Springs Health, detailed the company's $17.5 million fundraising plans for expansion of the West Springs Hospital in Grand Junction from 16 to 48 beds.

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New name for DMTC

A bill changing the name of Delta-Montrose Technical College to Technical College of the Rockies has received legislative approval and is waiting for the governor's signature to become official.

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Post office, food pantry team up for food drive
Post office, food pantry team up for food drive

Saturday, May 13, is the 25th anniversary National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) annual nationwide food drive. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country's largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community.

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Privacy matters at Delta County Libraries

According to the American Library Association's website, "Privacy has long been the cornerstone of library services in America." Librarians across the nation are at the forefront of ensuring access to information without surveillance and with a high level of individual privacy.

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Property owner events added to master plan

Members of the county planning commission learned on May 2 that meetings will be available beginning next week for property owners, and for others, who want to meet individually with the master plan rewrite consultant.

Called "property -owner drop-in events," the sessions are a new feature to the master plan process that was first unveiled to local officials in January.

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Stormy Griffith convicted

Following a trial in the federal court in Grand Junction, Stormy Griffith was found guilty on charges related to a large commercial marijuana operation near Cedaredge. He and his wife, Staci, are expected to be tried for state charges in Delta District Court this summer.

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Yearlong planning process launched

Last week, Delta County officially launched a yearlong process to update the Delta County Master Plan. A master plan provides the overall vision for how the built environment -- infrastructure, housing, transportation, recreation, business and industry -- support and complement the other less tangible aspects of community -- the economy, health, the environment and quality of life.

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Opinion

A salute to correctional, parole officers

They are the largest group of underappreciated, under recognized, yet largest unsung heroes we have in our state. Every moment of every single day they place themselves in harm's way for the citizens of the State of Colorado.

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American Health Care Act protects people with pre-existing conditions

One of my top priorities is to pass legislation to replace the broken healthcare system created by the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA), with one that makes health care affordable and accessible for Coloradans. Too many people who are insured have premiums that exceed their mortgage payments and deductibles north of $6,500 that have to be met before their insurance even kicks in.

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Grateful for quick response

On Wednesday, April 26, one of our townhouse units had a fire. We thank the first responders of the City of Delta for their quick answer to our 911 call.

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Public employees deserve recognition

Across the country and in communities like ours, government employees serve and protect us every day. Throughout the year, but especially during Public Service Recognition Week, May 7-13, we should gratefully acknowledge their service.

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Remember Tipton's vote

It is critical that every resident in Colorado District 3 knows what "our" representative, Scott Tipton voted for in Washington. He voted to take health care away from all the working poor currently covered under the Medicaid expansion (149,000 Colorado families).

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We're increasingly disconnected from nature

Wild child: As we reflect on the past, we tend to ask ourselves what things have changed since I was a kid? Was nature deficit disorder even a thing 20 years ago? Fifty years ago?

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Sports

Bruin boys top field at 1A/2A track meet
Bruin boys top field at 1A/2A track meet

The 12 boys teams participating in last week's 1A/2A league meet in Grand Junction were dominated by Cedaredge's Bruins. Cedaredge scored 170 points to outdistance the nearest competition by 89 points.

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Bruin nine wins three

Cedaredge High School's baseball team ended the regular season with a win over visiting Aspen on May 2 and then won a doubleheader in New Castle with Coal Ridge on May 6, 3-2 and 12-2.

Most of the game against Aspen was close until the sixth inning when the Bruins erupted for eight runs to seal the 10-1 win.

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Delta boys score 93, third at 3A WSL meet in Grand Junction

A number of personal best performances helped Delta's Panthers' track team finish third at last week's 3A WSL meet. Delta scored 93 points to finish third behind Coal Ridge (142) and MoffatCounty (98).

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Delta boys sweep district relay races
Delta boys sweep district relay races

The four runners on a relay team can all be the fastest on the track, but a single bad handoff can mean the difference between silver and gold.

The Delta boys 4x100m relay team put speed and good handoffs together to win the 3A Western Slope League title Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

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Delta doubles teams stopped short of state
Delta doubles teams stopped short of state

Three of four Delta doubles teams saw chances for a state tennis qualification disappear last Saturday at the Class 3A Region 8 tennis tournament in Grand Junction.

The four doubles team of Peyton Schuster and Lucy Streich advanced to finals on a 6-1, 6-3 win over Vail Mountain and a quarterfinal 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) win over Aspen.

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Panthers 3A WSL baseball champions
Panthers 3A WSL baseball champions

After winning a pair of conference baseball games the Delta Panthers completed the 2017 league schedule with a 9-0 record and 15-4 overall. Delta defeated Gunnison 24-1, in Gunnison, on May 4.

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Paonia boys post strong showing at district track
Paonia boys post strong showing at district track

As Paonia's top distance runner, junior Caden Meilner can run all out for more than three and a half miles in a single day. You might say he's driven.

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Paonia qualifies five for state tennis meet
Paonia qualifies five for state tennis meet

The Paonia tennis team qualified a singles player and two doubles teams for the Class 3A state tennis tournament in Greeley. This is the most players a Delta County team has qualified for state in a single season, and the first time Paonia has qualified doubles teams for state.

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Paonia, Hotchkiss 1 & 2
Paonia, Hotchkiss 1 & 2

Paonia will take a 19-0 record into this week's District 3/5 tournament after wins over Nucla and Sanford.

Last Tuesday's 9-1 home win over Nucla was a little closer than their first meeting.

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Peebles aims for 300M

The Hotchkiss boys scored 45 points to place eighth at the 1A/2A Western Slope League meet, held Friday and Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

In his first year in the 800-meter run, junior Sam Rodriguez took more than 10 seconds off of his season-best time to win bronze.

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Relay teams, Firor win silver
Relay teams, Firor win silver

The Hotchkiss girls 800-meter sprint medley relay team posted its season-best time of 1 minute, 54.46 seconds to win silver at the 2A/3A Western Slope League track meet. Hotchkiss also took silver in the 4x100 relay with a time of 51.52.

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Young wins 1A/2A district shot put title

On his final throw in district shot put competition Saturday, Darrin Young hit a mark of 46 feet, 7.5 inches to win the 2A/1A WSL district title. "It was a good throw," said Young, a soft-spoken junior.

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What's Happening

Ecumenical VBS planned June 5-9

For over 25 years, children in Delta County have had an opportunity to learn about God during an ecumenical vacation Bible school.

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Gymkhana series in Cedaredge

The Surface Creek Saddle Club will again host a gymkhana series this year at the arena located at 24224 Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge on every Wednesday evening from May 31 to Aug. 2.

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PERA launches outreach

The Colorado Public Employees' Association (PERA) will begin a statewide community outreach tour to engage all stakeholders in conversations on options to adapt PERA to a growing Colorado and changing environment.

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Community

Births May 10, 2017

Mariah Aragon and Octavio Rodriguez of Delta are the parents of a son, Jaime Rodriguez, born May 1, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 11.6 ounces and was 19.25 inches in length.

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Emblem Club holds first meeting of 2017-18

The first meeting for the year 2017-2018 of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge on April 23.

The meeting was opened according to ritual, led by president Diane Martinez.

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Red Hats welcome five new members
Red Hats welcome five new members

Red Hat Dolls of the Valley entertained five new members at a roast beef supper on May 5 at the Hightower Cafe in Hotchkiss. New members were Carol Garner, Evonne Rubio, Carol White, Georgia Mettz and Lisa Walker. They gave some interesting facts about themselves.

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Obituaries

Anthony Abeyta

Anthony "Tony" Abeyta, former resident of Delta, died April 13, 2017, in a car accident in Lindon. He was 53.

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Curtis Sisson Sr.
Curtis Sisson Sr.

Delta resident Curtis Sisson Sr. died May 3, 2017, at Denver Hospice in Denver. He was 88.

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Mary Orris

Mary Lillian Orris of Fruita, formerly of Meeker, died May 3, 2017, at Memorial Hospital at Craig.

Graveside services were held May 9 at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction.

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North Fork

Crawford council tackles safety, vacancy policies

At the recommendation of CIRSA, the insurance cooperative the Town of Crawford uses, trustees implemented new safety procedures for town staff last week.

Public works director Bruce Bair prepared three policies and presented them to trustees for consideration.

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Land use change eyed for Bowie load out
Land use change eyed for Bowie load out

An application to the Delta County Board of County Commissioners for a land use change at a former coal load out site north of Paonia is drawing skepticism and criticism from neighbors, who are requesting that that the land be returned to its original state under its current permit.

Mark Levin, with Dumont, Colo.-based Paonia Holdings, LLC, has applied for a land use change to "commercial and light industrial use" under Delta County's Specific Development Regulations, for parcels located at 41322 and 41402 Hwy. 133.

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Messy kitchen prompts new fee in Crawford

After a church group washed greasy dishes in the commercial kitchen at Crawford Town Hall, and after public works director Bruce Bair had to spend three hours cleaning out the grease trap, the town council has decided to implement a $75 refundable cleaning deposit to all entities that use the facility.

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North Fork river float, festival is June 3
North Fork river float, festival is June 3

The Western Slope is pulling out its paddles and PFDs for Western Slope Conservation Center's 17th annual Float Fest Saturday, June 3. This year, the Conservation Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary and the completion of the new one-mile loop at the Paonia River Park.

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Surface Creek

Garden club visits Soil Makers

Our April meeting, a visit to the Soil Makers facility in Delta, met everyone's expectations. Julie Hilton (a correction of her last name from the April article -- it will not be Stransky until next September) gave an informative presentation on the background of this company -- whose product is sold under the name of Maxfields -- and the operation in Delta which has just begun retail sales at their warehouse at 215 Spring Street.

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Members named for Cory Cemetery board

The county commissioners named two members to serve on the Cory Cemetery board of directors.

Dick Kirkpatrick and Gary Tollefson, both of whom were elected to the Orchard City Town Board in April last year, will now also serve on the cemetery board.

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Orchard City town council sees money in cannabis

In spite of strong opposition from town residents at a February public meeting, the Orchard City Town Board is moving forward with the idea of allowing marijuana business in the town.

Mayor Ken Volgamore announced at a work session last week that he will appoint two trustees, Gynee Thomassen and Tom Huerkamp, to research the issue further.

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Pioneer Town adds a Little Free Library
Pioneer Town adds a Little Free Library

A new Cedaredge Little Free Library is located on the porch of the Stolte Shed. It was officially dedicated last week during the annual Senior Tea for graduating CHS senior young women, an event hosted by the Cedaredge Women's Literary Club.

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Registration is open at this summer's 'Cedaredge University'

Cedaredge Elementary School is again offering its innovative summer school program called 'Cedaredge University' that will guide youth into areas of academic study in an atmosphere of making learning fun and interesting.

School Principal Daniel Renfrow said the name was chosen to help students begin early to visualize themselves in a future college career.

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Simmons is the artist of month
Simmons is the artist of month

The ImpressionZ Gallery's artist of the month is photographer Rae-Ada Ann Simmons.

Since 2003, she has been involved with photography and photo editing.

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Tradition of senior tea continues in Cedaredge
Tradition of senior tea continues in Cedaredge

Twenty-four young women who will graduate from Cedaredge High School this month were guests of the Cedaredge Women's Literary Club last week for a spring tradition that dates back to 1951.

The annual Senior Tea was hosted by members of the club at the Stolte Shed on May 3.

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What's bugging you? May 10, 2017
What's bugging you? May 10, 2017

When was the last time you walked through your garden and noticed all the activity going on before your nose? I'm not talking about the fragrance of your flowers. What about all the beasties in your garden?

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