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Delta

Adult protection earns high marks

In light of growing threats of elder abuse involving theft and financial fraud, the Delta County Human Services Department has been recognized for high marks earned statewide for its Adult Protective Services case (APS) work.

The county's Adult Protective Services unit recently performed above average on a number of measures of efficiency as assessed by the Colorado state statistical measures of effectiveness, or C-Stat.

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Assessor's staff earns recognition

The county commissioners on Monday recognized Jolene George, senior commercial appraiser for the county assessor's office, for exemplary work performance.

Other members of the staff were recognized for their effort as well.

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Chamber praised for Deltarado Days

The energy and enthusiasm Darnell Place-Wise has brought to the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce earned praise from members of the Delta City Council last week. They were especially pleased with Deltarado Days and the decision to move most activities to Confluence Park.

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City to help fund animal shelter

The Delta City Council has agreed to a monthly stipend of $1,400 to assure continued operation of the animal shelter in Delta.

The monthly stipend is contained in an operating agreement with TAILS, The Animal Interest League and Sanctuary, which is assuming shelter operation from CAWS.

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Concern raised by camp rules

Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee has responded to concerns from the public about increasingly strict enforcement of campsite use on the national forest, and particularly on the Uncompahgre Plateau. Some of the campsites involved have been in continuous use for many years, and even for generations, McKee told the BoCC on Monday.

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County counters DURA proposal

By state statute, the Delta Urban Renewal Authority has 120 days to reach agreement with taxing districts being asked to give up sales, property and/or lodging tax to help fund a hotel project described as a "catalyst" for economic development.

With that deadline looming, the Delta County Commissioners held a special meeting the morning of Thursday, Aug. 17, to finalize a counterproposal that was presented to the DURA board Thursday night.

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Delta Methodists to host missionary from Cambodia
Delta Methodists to host missionary from Cambodia

The Delta United Methodist Church will host the United Methodist missionary Kennedy "Ken" Cruz, who is serving in Cambodia, Sept. 10. Cruz serves as a community development specialist with the Community Health and Agriculture Development (CHAD) Program.

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Discarded fishing line dangerous to wildlife

Fishing line can help you reel in the big one, but when monofilament is left carelessly along a lake or river it can be harmful to wildlife.

In early August, Colorado Parks and Wildlife received a call about a dead osprey on the banks of Trout Creek in the Routt National Forest in northwest Colorado.

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DURA hopes to avoid mediation

The one-year contract with the Denver law firm providing expertise for the Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) was extended last week after lengthy debate and a 3-2 vote by members of the Delta City Council.

Extensions of 30 days are also being sought with the taxing districts that have yet to sign off on tax increment financing DURA needs to fund a riverfront hotel development.

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Family center expands options for preschoolers

Delta County Joint School District #50 has assumed operation of the Head Start program in Delta County and has opened a Backpack Early Learning Academy (BELA) preschool in Cedaredge, enhancing the school district's ability to meet the needs of every preschool child in Delta County.

Angela Fedler, director of the Delta Family Center, said the ultimate goal is to facilitate the smoothest transition possible to kindergarten.

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Irrigation ditch planning grants now available

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) has approved funding for ditch companies to defray the cost of engineering services retained to prepare 2017 USBR Salinity FOA project applications.

Applications are to be submitted to the Delta Conservation District with selection review to be coordinated with CWCB and the Gunnison Basin Salinity Coordinator.

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Junior livestock sale totals $238,800

A total of 193 market animals and pens and four cheese baskets were offered for sale by 4-H and FFA members at the 2017 Junior Market Livestock Sale, held Aug. 11 during the Delta County Fair in Hotchkiss.

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Law enforcement blotter Aug. 23, 2017

Rachel Castle, 40, of Hotchkiss was issued a ticket for alleged harassment.

Alan M. Strojia, 22, of S. Charleston, W. Va., was issued a ticket for alleged cruelty to animals.

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Markee Travis retires from Delta County Libraries
Markee Travis retires from Delta County Libraries

The job of technology coordinator for Delta County Libraries includes a huge variety of tasks, from answering patron questions about iPads to swapping out printers and computers to selecting the new hold music for the district phone system. District director Lea Hart explains, "This job requires technical knowledge, customer service, creativity and a good deal of flexibility."

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Number crunching to enhance human-powered travel

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is teaming up with Strava Metro to collect better cycling and walking trip information. That data then will be used to improve planning, safety and infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians throughout the state.

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Protect your hay from winter wildlife damage
Protect your hay from winter wildlife damage

Anyone who relies on hay to feed livestock during the winter should start planning now to protect that valuable crop from deer and elk.

During winters with deep snow, deer and elk will look for easy sources of food and unprotected hay stacks are an attractant, explained Chris Kloster, game damage coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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Short dedication planned for Ute Council Tree Friday

The Delta County Historical Society, owner of the 215+ year old Ute Council Tree, has made plans to have the ailing Ute Council Tree cut down to a level about 10 to 12 feet above the ground, with further plans to create a memorial with the surviving trunk of the tree. With the loss of the last limb on the tree trunk on Aug. 1, tree experts, following an up-close examination, have determined that the tree is now at great risk of a catastrophic failure since the crown of the tree contains the only remaining branches.

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The 'buzz' about economic development

Economic development was the focus of a presentation by Delta city manager David Torgler, who spoke at a Delta Area Chamber of Commerce gathering Tuesday morning.

In addition to providing an update on DURA (see related stories), Torgler talked about broadband and blighted properties.

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Opinion

Climate change is here

Climate change is here now. For Colorado that means impacts to our forests, our farms, our snow, and our water supplies.

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Hats off to the Delta County Planning Commission

What does a county's planning commission do when county commissioners take them out of the loop?

If they're worth their salt, they band together and ask commissioners for a little respect.

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Kudos to the Delta hospital

I recently had surgery and was in the Delta County Memorial Hospital for six days. I would like for everyone to know what a wonderful facility it is and how fortunate we are to have it.

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OC water rates too prohibitive for marijuana

Why all the concern about legalizing recreational marijuana sales in Orchard City? Water rates in Orchard City are so high (no pun intended) it would be difficult to keep your plants watered.

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Oil/gas development does not equal school funding

As a former educator, I am well aware of how convoluted and difficult it is to parse public education funding. I am also aware of the frequent promise made by oil and gas operators that increased development will improve our schools and increase funding.

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Paonia Care is a great place to live

My name is Claressa Fletcher. I have lived at Paonia Care & Rehabilitation Center for nearly 11 years.

I would like to thank the administrative staff, nurses, CNAs, kitchen staff, activities, housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, all volunteers and my friends, the other residents.

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Racism demands condemnation

There are some things which not only require, but actually demand, condemnation just by their nature. One of those is racism.

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WCC seems opposed to all oil/gas development

This past week Western Colorado Congress took several individuals, members of the community and media to the skies to survey the proposed land for the Fram Whitewater oil development project. I find it ironic that a group which continually protests and tries to block responsible oil and gas development projects in our region hopped in an airplane and burned 100 gallons of gas in an effort to battle yet another economic driver in our area.

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Sports

Elk Run 5k Sept. 30

The inaugural Elk Run 5k in Crested Butte, founded by Olympic medalist Emma Coburn, a 2008 graduate of Crested Butte Community School, will be held Sept. 30. Earlier this month she won gold in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics at the London Olympic Stadium.

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Nethington brings philosophical approach to Hotchkiss volleyball

When the Hotchkiss volleyball team opens the season this Thursday at Ouray, it'll have a new head coach. Peter Nethington replaces two-year head coach Taralee Williams. He brings some 30 years of volleyball experience to the program.

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What's Happening

Apollo Chamber Brass at Blue Sage

On Sunday, Sept. 10, the Apollo Chamber Brass will present a family friendly concert at 3 p.m. at the Blue Sage in Paonia.

The band takes a light-hearted approach to jazz and classical selections.

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CMU 2017-18 music season opens with guest ensemble

CMU's Department of Music will begin its 2017-18 season with a guest artist recital featuring Seventh Roadrunner Ensemble with CMU clarinet and saxophone professor Jun Watabe. The ensemble will perform on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Moss Performing Arts Center Love Recital Hall.

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Norwegian Fjord horse day planned

Vestafjell, Colorado Western Slope Sons of Norway, invites those interested to attend its Sunday, Sept. 17, lodge meeting and Norwegian Fjord horse day from 2-4 p.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church, Austin.

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Picture Paonia registration opens at the Blue Sage

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is seeking photographers to capture the essence of Paonia in the biennial "Picture Paonia" photography event.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, photographers will have 12 hours to take a photo, indoors or outdoors, within a one-mile radius of the Blue Sage, that captures the essence of Paonia.

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Sixth annual Pea Green Pedal takes place Sept. 9

The Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation invites everyone to participate in the sixth annual Pea Green Pedal on Saturday, Sept. 9, beginning from the Lions Pavilion at Confluence Park.

There is an 18- or 4-mile bike ride or a 5k fun run/walk around the lake.

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What's happening at your local library? Aug. 23, 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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What's up on Redlands Mesa?
What's up on Redlands Mesa?

If you've ever wondered, "What's up on Redlands Mesa?" here's your chance to find out! A group of gardeners, farmers, ranchers, artisans and great cooks have collaborated to offer a tour of several places of interest on Redlands Mesa, near Hotchkiss on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Community

Anniversary couple
Anniversary couple

Marv and Jude Kieca celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 19.

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Births Aug. 23, 2017

Micheal and Kirsten Hall of Delta are the parents of a son, Omar Azule Leon Hall, born Aug. 10, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20.25 inches in length.

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Knights set goal of saving one million unborn lives

The Knights of Columbus is taking its popular and successful ultrasound program to the next level with the goal of saving one million unborn lives with the help of technology that helps mothers to choose life over abortion.

Since 2009, Knights at the state and local levels have partnered with the Supreme Council in New Haven, Conn., to fund ultrasound machines for pregnancy care centers.

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School Zone

50J addresses student absences

The school district is taking steps to address chronic absenteeism -- students who miss nine days a semester or 18 days in a school year.

School administrators will be taking a look at last year's attendance records to determine which students are affected by the newly-revised policy.

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Colorado Corrections director awards scholarships
Colorado Corrections director awards scholarships

Colorado Department of Corrections executive director Rick Raemisch presented two Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), Susan M.Hunter Scholarship Awards.

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Student enrollment is up

First-day tallies indicate enrollment is up in Delta County Joint School District #50. On Tuesday morning, assistant superintendent Kurt Clay estimated enrollment will increase by 20 to 30 students across the district.

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Obituaries

Alice Winkler
Alice Winkler

Alice Merty Beaman Winkler died Aug. 8, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert, where she resided since October 2010. She was 97.

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Alma Snider
Alma Snider

Alma Mae Baker Snider died Aug. 17, 2017, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 89.

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Earl Cabe

The family of Earl Cabe wishes to extend an invitation for the celebration of Earl's life on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. at Pat's Bar and Grill in Hotchkiss.

Earl Bryan Cabe completed his life's journey on Dec. 25, 2016, with his best friend Bobby Dickerson and Joan by his side at his home in Crawford.

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Garry Lippard
Garry Lippard

Delta resident Garry D. Lippard died Aug. 12, 2017, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 75.

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Harry B. Kingery
Harry B. Kingery

Harry B. Kingery passed away in his chair with his puppy Migs by his side on August 11, 2017.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Dian, two children as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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John Douglass

Longtime Eckert resident John "Ed" Douglass died Aug. 10, 2017, at Horizons Care Center. He was 89.

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Kevin O'Dell

Kevin Eugene O'Dell of Delta died Aug. 14, 2017. He was 62.

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William Cobai
William Cobai

William G. "Bill" Cobai died Aug. 13, 2017. He was 82.

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North Fork

Donation enhances SEI's hands-on training environment

CertainTeed® Solar is pleased to partner with Solar Energy International (SEI) through the donation of an Apollo® II solar roofing array to the organization's Paonia training facility. The solar shingles, which are integrated into the roof of an equipment storage outbuilding, will generate power for the facility and provide attending students with a firsthand look at the training facility's first building-integrated solar products.

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Eclipse a memorable event for class of 2021
Eclipse a memorable event for class of 2021

That the first day of the 2017-18 school year in Delta County also fell on the day of the great solar eclipse was something students are likely to remember for the rest of their lives.

At Hotchkiss High School, all students received a pair of "SAFE" eclipse glasses and watched the event from the athletic field.

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Farm to Fiddle at success

Larry Jakubiak reported during the Aug. 17 Hotchkiss Town Council meeting that this year's Farm to Fiddle event, held on Aug. 11-12, was a success. There were good crowds for both days, and the music was a big draw.

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Hotchkiss meeting a lesson in civics
Hotchkiss meeting a lesson in civics

The opening comments to the final action of the night, Thursday's Hotchkiss Town Council meeting was a lesson on civics.

It was the final night for Larry Jakubiak on the council. In June he announced he would be resigning his position as a trustee in August, citing health reasons.

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Paonia senior center receives big donation
Paonia senior center receives big donation

The Paonia Senior Center received a big, big surprise recently. A couple buying a new home in Paonia recently donated a 73-inch Mitsubishi high-definition television included in their purchase to the center.

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Shadow cast needed for showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Paradise Theatre plans to run the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 10 p.m. nightly Oct. 27-28 and is looking for a shadow cast to perform during the screenings. Rehearsals will be held Mondays beginning Oct. 2. There are no speaking parts.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope Aug. 23, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Aug. 23, 2017

It's that time again, and I can hardly wait! The Yampa Valley Crane Festival begins on Thursday, Aug. 31, and continues until Sept 3. There are scheduled events to fit most anyone's tastes and there are shuttles to take you there -- all of it in Steamboat Springs.

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Cedaredge begins to shape 2018 budget

Cedaredge trustees began the process of setting a budget for the coming year on Thursday, Aug. 17, spending time with town staff and department heads discussing spending needs.

Street maintenance was one of the items discussed. The town is budgeting $110,000 for this, "And this won't be cut," said Trustee Al Smith.

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Energy industry praised at bridge ribbon cutting
Energy industry praised at bridge ribbon cutting

The contributions made by the local energy industry were highlighted last week as a ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted for the new Jay Avenue Bridge. Attending were town officials, special guests, and members of the public.

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Hirschboecks bring fresh perspectives, vitality to area
Hirschboecks bring fresh perspectives, vitality to area

Too young to retire but too old to shovel the 300-500 inches of annual snowfall in Steamboat Springs, Kathy and Jeff Hirschboeck moved to Cedaredge several years ago, where they've done more than settle into the area -- they, like many of their newcomer neighbors, have stepped up to help shape and move the community to new heights.

When friends asked the Hirschboecks what on earth they were going to do in Cedaredge, Kathy's answer was, "Well, pretty much what we're doing in Steamboat."

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Project re-bid raises costs

A re-bidding of the Main Street Enhancement Project has come in with higher than expected costs requiring the town to try another change to keep the long-delayed project alive.

Trustees on Aug. 17 agreed to an additional $43,805 for the project and will delay naming a low bidder pending the certainty of grant money for the project.

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Relief fund can cut utility costs by 30%

One purpose of the question-and-answer session was, in the words of the facilitator, to discuss whether utility rate increases are having a disproportionate impact on citizens with fixed incomes.

During the forum, that issue was also raised by Peggy Baxter, who had been contacted by an elderly resident who was concerned about how she'd be able to pay her water bill.

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Town, citizens talk about golf course
Town, citizens talk about golf course

A public forum hosted by the Town of Cedaredge provided an opportunity for residents to ask questions about the golf course, and for town officials to put several rumors to rest.

The first is that recent utility rate increases are tied to golf course subsidies, and specifically to a $81,950 loan from the water fund that was written off.

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Water leak brings high repair bill
Water leak brings high repair bill

Charlie and Sue Bolinger were surprised to find that what they had believed was an Orchard City water line supplying their home in Tongue Creek Valley is actually a customer service line they are responsible for the cost of maintaining.

When the line began leaking earlier this month, the couple thought the town would fix it, they said. But the town's policy states that water customers are responsible for leaks that occur on the customer's side of the water meter.

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