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Delta

County offers incentive for new business, jobs
County offers incentive for new business, jobs

The county commissioners on Monday approved an "incentive agreement" with hopes it will help bring a manufacturing company to Delta County and fill an empty industrial building.

MITI manufacturing, Co., which describes itself as a manufacturer of wheel locks and portable decontamination equipment, is currently located in Clifton.

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DMEA board election called off

Three Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members completed the necessary steps to be declared official candidates for the co-op's 2017 election. Each candidate is running unopposed in his respective district.

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Law enforcement blotter May 17, 2017

James N. Lovelady, 80, of Cedaredge was issued a ticket for alleged position and method of turning after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Stafford Lane at the Safeway entrance. No injuries were reported or observed. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

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Summer reading, summer fun for all ages

"The summer reading program is the quintessential public library program," says LaDonna Gunn, assistant district director of Delta County Libraries. "Children, their families and educators can count on the libraries to provide a fun way to engage in reading and other learning activities throughout the summer."

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Traffic accident kills one

A fatal accident was reported near the intersection of Ward Creek Road and R Road at approximately 1:46 a.m. May 13. Kandy Jackson, a 47-year-old male of Cedaredge, died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

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VFW golf tourney is May 20
VFW golf tourney is May 20

Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary are hosting their 5th annual golf tournament at Devil's Thumb on May 20, which is also Armed Forces Day.

The tournament is a fundraiser for the Post and Auxiliary's project to build a Veterans' and Family Center in North Delta.

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Wind knocks out power lines

Approximately 1,158 Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members experienced an early evening power outage Monday, May 15, when high winds snapped power poles along Highway 92. Three poles near the intersection of Highway 92 and 1800 Road broke, bringing down the power line serving the area.

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Opinion

Communication is the key to trust

On May 2, Delta County Commissioners appointed two new members to the Delta County Planning Commission. These are important appointments especially during the master plan update project, which officially kicked off this past week.

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Event name is offensive

Once again we read the "Did you know?" Cedaredge newsletter expecting better and were disappointed.

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Facebook post was not funny

So, to "celebrate" Earth Day, an employee of the Delta County Health Department thought it would be cute to post on his Facebook page encouraging people to burn a tire. At least he did not say you should invite your neighbors and your grandkids to roast marshmallows over the glowing embers filled with noxious gasses.

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Help needed to fill in the blanks

The Cedaredge Animal Shelter was dedicated on March 2, 2002. The shelter was made possible by a partnership between the Town of Cedaredge, many hardworking and dedicated volunteers and lots of donors.

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Senator disappoints constituent

As a retired naval officer who views active citizenship as a key value of democracy, I wrote to Senator Cory Gardner voicing my opposition to using Congressional Review Authority (CRA) to reverse the BLM methane capture regulation put in place during the Obama administration.

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Where are the defenders of our republic?

I am 58 years old. I lived through Watergate, Iran-Contra, and the Clinton impeachment. We are now in the most serious crisis this nation has faced in my life.

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Sports

Bruin baseball ends year

Unfortunately for the Cedaredge Bruins, their baseball season ended abruptly in the first round of the 3A Region 1 playoffs in Lamar. Cedaredge fell behind early in its contest against number three seed Sterling (11-8) and eventually lost 17-7 and was eliminated from this year's 3A state tournament.

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Bruin girls up for challenge
Bruin girls up for challenge

Competition for final spots in the field of 18 was keen around the state last weekend with athletes looking to make one last bid to make it to state.

Montrose's girls claimed the team title in Cedaredge with 181 points while the Bruins finished fourth with 81 points.

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Cedaredge boys 2nd in last home meet
Cedaredge boys 2nd in last home meet

Cedaredge's track team culminated a successful regular season with 16 boys and 13 girls qualified to attend this week's state track meet in Denver.

Last weekend's Bruin Invitational was a runaway win for Montrose's boys (219) with Cedaredge finishing second with 136 points.

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Dogs, Eagles; one more game

Because they are on the same side of the bracket, Paonia and Hotchkiss could face each other again this Friday.

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HHS girls get 5th relay

Ever since the Colorado High School Activities Association did away with regional meets and began qualifying athletes for state track and field based on the top 18 times, heights and distances, the Cedaredge Bruin Invitational has marked the last chance to qualify for state.

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Hotchkiss boys second

The 4x800m team of Zack Allen, Gabe Rodriguez, Myles Zouette and Sam Rodriguez ran for a season-best time of 8 minutes, 33.20 seconds to win the event. The time moved the team up from fifth to third place in state top-18 rankings, behind Cedaredge and Burlington.

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Paonia girls coast to 2nd
Paonia girls coast to 2nd

While some athletes were hoping for one last chance to hit that state-qualifying height, distance or time last Saturday at the Cedaredge Bruin Invitational track meet, Brian Mitchem's girls team, for the most part, took it easy. Their relay teams are already sitting comfortably in top-18 rankings and were mostly working on handoffs.

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Paonia throwers on final state meet trek
Paonia throwers on final state meet trek

This week two of Paonia's throwers are making their second and final trip to state. Seniors Warren Minerich and Blake Benson are both ranked in the top five in their respective event -- Minerich in shot put and Benson in discus.

Since they started throwing back in middle school, qualifying for state their senior year has been their goal all along.

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Paonia, Hotchkiss in regional/state bracket  at Runyon in Pueblo
Paonia, Hotchkiss in regional/state bracket at Runyon in Pueblo

Paonia and Hotchkiss will advance to regional baseball competition in Pueblo this week after placing 1-2 at the 2A District 3/5 tournament at Grand Valley High School in Parachute Saturday.

Hotchkiss, which is seeded eighth in the state, takes a 15-5 record into the regional tournament.

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Scoreboard May 17, 2017

golf

Devil's Thumb Seniors Results (18 Holes)

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What's Happening

CMU workshop concludes with exciting jazz concert
CMU workshop concludes with exciting jazz concert

On Friday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Moss Performing Arts Center Robinson Theatre, the CMU Department of Music will conclude its fourth annual jazz workshop with an exciting concert featuring the CMU Faculty Jazz, the Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra and guest artist Ralph Lalama, lead tenor saxophonist with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in New York City.

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Get those Edge of the Cedars entries ready

The Edge of the Cedars Art Show is coming soon. Area artists are encouraged to submit their artwork as soon as possible.

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Herbal workshops begin with honey

The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism Herbal Center's Paonia Campus will host a series of weekend workshops, beginning May 19-21 with "Honey Pharmacy."

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It's time for annual rock show

The Delta County Rock, Gem and Mineral Show will be held Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 N. Palmer Street, Delta.

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Outdoor Heritage Day returns to Delta June 3

The sixth annual Outdoor Heritage Day will be held in Confluence Park Saturday, June 3. This free event will feature exhibitors highlighting outdoor sports and recreation for all ages.

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Plein air artists invited to gathering

Gallery de la Luz announces a plein air artists' gathering Saturday, June 3, in conjunction with Outdoor Heritage Day in Delta.

Gather up your art supplies or camera equipment and meet at the gazebo on the island in Confluence Park.

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Three-in-one concert benefits Arts Coalition

The first fundraiser concert to benefit Arts Coalition of Delta County has been announced. The "three-in-one" concert will feature three different artists from three different genres.

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Trap shoot, gala benefit VFW veterans, family center

Want to make some noise, break some things, and have a blast doing it while supporting a great cause?

Well, come on out for the Delta VFW Post #3571 second annual Shoot for the Boot Trap Shoot and Gala on July 1.

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Community

Births May 17, 2017

Josh and Sarah Field of Montrose are the parents of a daughter, Abigail Briar Rose Field, born May 4, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches in length.

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People in the News Park

Paonia resident Jayson Park graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor of science in biology on Saturday, May 6, joining approximately 1,700 graduates at the spring commencement ceremonies.

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education.

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School Zone

Ashby receives Betty Wolverton Scholarship
Ashby receives Betty Wolverton Scholarship

Hotchkiss High School senior Dylan Jacob Ashby, son of Jalce Ashby, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Betty Wolverton Scholarship. He is planning to go to college to become a veterinarian.

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High school students to share air quality research

Since January, nearly 150 Delta County high schoolers have been conducting hands-on air quality research, thanks to a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder and four local high schools.

The public is invited to view Delta High School student projects on Tuesday, May 23, at an Air Quality InQuiry (AQ-IQ) Science Symposium.

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Kathleen Wheeler Scholarship awarded
Kathleen Wheeler Scholarship awarded

Hotchkiss High School senior Joseph Nathaniel Nault, the son of Jessica Thomas-Houg, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Kathleen Wheeler Memorial Scholarship. He is planning to attend Colorado Mesa University at Grand Junction to study culinary arts.

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School district to move headquarters

Delta County Joint School District #50 is planning to move its headquarters from Read to the former Bank of Colorado building at the corner of 4th & Palmer in Delta.

The school board voted 4-1 to enter into a lease-purchase agreement with the bank contingent upon a building inspection.

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Obituaries

Cheryl Ann Holton
Cheryl Ann Holton

Grand Junction resident Cheryl Ann Holton died May 9, 2017, at the HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 56.

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Earl Hagen

Cedaredge resident Earl Hagen died March 12, 2017.

Memorial services will be held May 20 at 11 a.m. at Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church.

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Ed Guerin
Ed Guerin

Edgar "Ed" Guerin of Sterling died May 11, 2017, in Sterling. He was 78.

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Jack Austin

Jack R. Austin died May 12, 2017, at his home in Austin. He was 77.

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John Hallock

John H. Hallock, longtime resident of Delta, died April 3, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society in Loveland after a short illness. He was 98.

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John O'Connell Sr.
John O'Connell Sr.

Hotchkiss resident John M. O'Connell Sr. died May 7, 2017, in Eckert after a brief illness. He was 79.

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Mona Vasquez-Hill
Mona Vasquez-Hill

Ramona "Mona" Vasquez-Hill died April 30, 2017, at her home in Cedaredge. She was 69.

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Richard Esra

Richard A. Esra of Hotchkiss died May 10, 2017, at Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 58.

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Ronald Johnson
Ronald Johnson

Austin resident Ronald C. Johnson died May 14, 2017, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 77.

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North Fork

Crawford chamber launches beautification project
Crawford chamber launches beautification project

The Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce has set out to beautify downtown and make the business sector more welcoming and inviting to travelers by launching a beautification project they hope to wrap up within the year.

The first phase is to install planter boxes at businesses in town; the board hopes to have six boxes constructed, placed and filled with flowers before Pioneer Days on June 8.

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Elsewhere Studios project awarded $25,000 Arts in Society grant

Elsewhere Studios in Paonia has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Arts in Society Program, a collaboration between Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and Hemera Foundation in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Elsewhere was chosen as one of 21 recipients from a field of over 265 applicants.

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Historic school bell  may soon be back home
Historic school bell may soon be back home

The Friends of the Crawford Town Hall have their sight set on a new goal: getting the historic schoolhouse bell returned to the old school building and the current town hall and community center. Now that the town hall has been renovated, many in the community want to see the bell back at the original location, town trustee Hetty Todd explained.

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Neighbors seek help with trailhead parking issues
Neighbors seek help with trailhead parking issues

As hiking and biking season begins, residents of Pan American Subdivision are requesting that the Town of Paonia place parking signs at the Jumbo Mountain trailhead.

Ali Lightfoot lives at the top of Pan American Avenue, which is also the main access to Jumbo Mountain.

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Paonia Holdings revises land use change application

A joint meeting of the Delta County Planning and Zoning Commission and Upper North Fork Area Planning Committee to hear comments regarding a land use change application at a former coal load-out near Paonia was rescheduled to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at Paonia Town Hall.

An on-site meeting for "ancillary property" located on Stevens Gulch Road was also rescheduled for 3 p.m. this Friday, May 19, at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.

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Paonia trustee questions board behavior, sanctions threatened

The Paonia Town Board of Trustees is considering sanctions against a trustee after he released a series of board-related emails during a recent public meeting.

At the May 9 board meeting, trustee Bill Brunner provided copies of emails, sent during 2016 and 2017, to the media and the town clerk.

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TDS outage affects local email service

According to TDS public relations manager Deanne Boegli, on Friday a widespread outage affected TDS Telecom email customers throughout the U.S., including Delta County and western Colorado. Outages affected local services for about six hours.

On Friday, May 12, said Boegli, TDS network services and engineering teams were working to restore services, and customers could get updates through a blog at blog.tdstelecom.com.

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Volunteers offer 'a little help' to seniors
Volunteers offer 'a little help' to seniors

Last Saturday some 40 volunteers with A Little Help North Fork Valley descended on the homes of senior residents to provide a little help.

ALH is a Denver-based nonprofit that connects neighbors and helps seniors thrive. Held each spring and fall, Service Saturdays provide an opportunity for members to receive assistance with various chores in and around the house.

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Surface Creek

Cedaredge trustee resigns
Cedaredge trustee resigns

Cedaredge Trustee Larry Smith in a May 1 letter has submitted his resignation from the town board effective May 15. His current term runs until April 2018.

Smith told the DCI that he felt his extensive travel schedule was taking too much time away from his duties as trustee.

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Plants of the Western Slope May 17, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope May 17, 2017

I certainly enjoyed lunch with my friend, Barbara. And now I'm driving along Tongue Creek Road because there's so much less traffic here than on Highway 65 and I can look at the landscape. There's not much to see except for the Dobe' Daisies.

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Public to get look at rate study

A special public information meeting to discuss results of a water and sewer rate study for the Town of Cedaredge will be held on Wednesday, May 24, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Community (Civic) Center.

According to a town hall staff memo, the study looks at "revenue requirements necessary to comprehensively determine cost of service and rates for domestic water service including raw water collection, water treatment, water distribution and service and wastewater treatment including sanitary sewage collection and treatment."

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Tiny house project raises concerns from neighbor
Tiny house project raises concerns from neighbor

Orchard City's first "tiny house" development at 2100 and Iris roads is drawing concern from area neighbors who say they had no advance notice of the project.

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Water customers feel 'soaked' by billing date

Orchard City residents told trustees that it is the town's water customers themselves who have gotten soaked by higher water charges because new rates were implemented ahead of the promised schedule.

The revelation was one of several complaints presented to trustees at a second consecutive boisterous business meeting on May 10.

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