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Delta

Arby's robber is still at large
Arby's robber is still at large

At about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, officers of the Delta Police Department were dispatched to a robbery reported at Arby's, located at 107 Gunnison River Drive. An extensive search of the area was conducted and the suspect was not located.

The suspect was reported to have walked into Arby's and after a brief conversation with an employee, was able to leave the store with a small amount of cash and coins.

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County awarded $680,000 to spur entrepreneurship, growth

The Technical College of the Rockies is the recipient of a $680,000 grant awarded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), as part of the 2017 Assistance to Coal Communities initiative. This grant will support the start-up operations of the ENGAGE (ENergy - Growth - AGriculture & Entrepreneurship) Innovation Project, which will be operated under the umbrella of TCR. ENGAGE will provide the necessary entrepreneurial support to help launch new businesses in Delta County with a special focus on value-added food manufacturing, energy, and ag-related businesses.

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DCMH trauma program earns kudos
DCMH trauma program earns kudos

On Sept. 20, 2017, site reviewers from the trauma division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment audited the Delta County Memorial Hospital trauma program. The reviewers toured the facility, interviewed staff and completed a thorough review of the processes used in the care of trauma patients.

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Hospital volunteers wanted

Delta County Memorial Hospital needs hospital volunteers. Days and hours are flexible.

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Law enforcement blotter Oct. 18, 2017

Darrell G. Anderson, 40, homeless was arrested and jailed on charges of disorderly conduct/trespass.

Justin C. Peters, 33, of Crawford was issued a summons for shoplifting.

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Mill levy increase sought for EMS

This week, the Delta County clerk and recorder's office mailed 13,728 ballots to residents of the Delta County Ambulance District (DCAD), plus another 947 to property owners for a total of 14,675.

DCAD has been reaching out to as many voters as possible in Delta and the Surface Creek through a series of community meetings addressing the mill levy question on the ballot.

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Needle Rock Brewing Co. to open Oct. 28
Needle Rock Brewing Co. to open Oct. 28

Renovations are nearly complete at the Needle Rock Brewing Company, where a grand opening celebration is being planned for Saturday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 11 p.m.

Where others saw a vacant building which had housed several failed restaurants, Sam Kimbriel saw one of the neatest buildings in Delta.

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New state wildlife area opens east of Montrose
New state wildlife area opens east of Montrose

An innovative project developed cooperatively by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the City of Montrose has resulted in the establishment of a new state wildlife area for CPW and a new park for the city.

The Cerro Summit State Wildlife Area, a 162-acre parcel that includes a 40-acre reservoir, opened on Sept. 29.

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Slaven-Emond recognized for enhanced medical care

AliceMarie Slaven-Emond was recently recognized as an enhanced primary care medical provider by the Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing.

The Medicaid Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) recognizes primary care medical providers (PCMPs) who meet certain enhanced standards as a patient-centered medical home.

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Urbina named region's Arborist of the Year
Urbina named region's Arborist of the Year

Vince Urbina, a community forester based out of the Colorado State Forest Service Grand Junction District Office, has been recognized as 2017 Arborist of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. The award acknowledges the service, actions and ideas of those who have made substantial contributions to practical arboriculture in the chapter, which includes Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming.

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Velarde sentenced to 3 years in prison

On Monday, Oct. 2, Tia Velarde was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to distribution of methamphetamine, a class three drug felony, in Montrose County.

Velarde also received concurrent prison sentences after previously pleading guilty to attempted introduction of contraband and driving while ability impaired in case 17CR91 (Montrose), possession of a controlled substance in case 16CR282 (Montrose) and possession of a dangerous weapon in case 16CR150 (Delta).

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Opinion

City of Delta: Stay out of taxpayers' pocketbooks

I fully support the positions that the Delta Fire Protection District and the Delta County Mosquito Control District have taken in regards to the City of Delta and the Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) -- they should not be able to demand taxpayer funds for projects that the City of Delta council members wish to fund.

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Demand release of health care subsidy

The president of the United States has declared war on the health of the citizens of the nation and our very lives are at risk.

This past week the president of the United States in effect told a good portion of the residents of the North Fork Valley, county and nation that he did not care if they died prematurely, and/or had to declare bankruptcy, plunging their families into poverty.

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There's more to the OC audit than meets the eye

You may have read the article in the DCI several weeks ago about the Orchard City audit and that it was quite positive. But as a retired CPA, I can tell you the inside story of the audit.

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Vote yes to ensure EMS response

The North Fork Ambulance Association fully supports a property tax increase to adequately fund the Delta County Ambulance District. We strongly encourage the residents of Delta, Cedaredge and Orchard City to pass this ballot measure for the safety and well-being of their community.

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We the people?

Delta County Commissioners have made an interesting addition to their public meeting agenda. If you follow these things, you know there is a regular agenda item called "constituent time," the time that "we the people" bring issues to the board.

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Sports

Bruins lose on road to 1A WSL leader

A formidable task was assigned to the Cedaredge football team last week. It was scheduled to face 1A WSL leader Meeker (in Meeker, 3-0 and 7-0).

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Bruins ousted in 3A softball playoff loss

Cedaredge High School's softball season came to an abrupt halt last Saturday in Brush.

The Bruins, playing in 3A Region 1, were seeded 17th and faced number 16 seed, Valley, out of 3A District 5.

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Bruins split in volleyball play

Cedaredge High School's volleyball team split four matches played last week. All but one was against 3A WSL foes.

The Bruins began the week with a win at home against Gunnison.

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Eagles sink Pirates in 42-7 blowout win
Eagles sink Pirates in 42-7 blowout win

If there was any question whether Paonia could adjust to a new coaching staff and play as one unit, the answer may be found in its 42-7 routing of Olathe.

For the Pirates, who were coming off of a seven-point win over Cedaredge, it marked their first conference loss of the season.

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Hotchkiss playing solid volleyball this season
Hotchkiss playing solid volleyball this season

For the first time in recent years, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs are set to advance to the district volleyball tournament without having to play an elimination round pigtail game.

Hotchkiss is now 9-9 overall and 6-5 in the 2A/1A Western Slope League after ending the week with a non-conference, 3-2 (18-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-15) loss to De Beque (9-9, 5-6, 1A District 1).

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Kendra Hillman swims in roughwater event
Kendra Hillman swims in roughwater event

Anyone for swimming in the ocean? And, not just a brief leisure excursion either. Try a 2.4 mile swim off the island of Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Panthers move on in 3A softball playoffs
Panthers move on in 3A softball playoffs

Even though Delta's Panthers had an up and down softball season they believed in themselves and proved that belief by securing a berth in this week's 3A state softball tournament in Aurora.

Delta played last Saturday in Region 4 (in Lamar) as the 13 seed, defeated 20th seed Lyons 10-4 in first round play last.

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Rangely deals Paonia volleyball league loss

Paonia remains in third place in 2A District 5 volleyball standings after posting its first conference loss of the season Saturday at Rangely. The three set (17-25, 25-27, 16-25) loss gives Paonia an 8-1 conference and 13-3 overall record with three games remaining in the regular season.

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What's Happening

Al-Anon, Alateen offer hope and help

Al-Anon helps friends and families of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. The focus is on you, not the alcoholic.

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Mark your calendar for Daddy-Daughter Dance

The City of Delta Recreation Department is offering a special evening for dads, daughters, grandfathers and granddaughters. The annual Daddy-Daughter Dance is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 11, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

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Sign up for 'Alive at 25

"Alive at 25" is offered to drivers ages 15-24. A Colorado State Patrol trooper will provide approximately four hours of classroom instruction designed to prevent traffic violations, collisions and/or fatalities.

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Support group meets in Paonia

Mending Hearts meets Thursdays through Dec. 7 at The Hive, 130 Grand Avenue in Paonia. Meetings are held weekly from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

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Community

Births Oct. 18, 2017

Nubia and Jesus Alvarado of Hotchkiss are the parents of a daughter, Tatiana Alvarado Gonzalez, born Oct. 6, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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Natira Orr, Quintin Gray exchange wedding vows
Natira Orr, Quintin Gray exchange wedding vows

Natira Danne Orr and Quintin Wayne Gray, both of Delta, were married Oct. 7, 2017, at the home of Marvin and Cindy Shipley. The ceremony was performed by Pastor Terry Hedrick.

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PEO chapters participate in state, international conventions

Charlotte, N.C., a city noted for its southern hospitality, hosted the 2017 PEO International Convention Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Traveling as a voting delegate for Colorado State Chapter was Claudia King from Chapter GT/Delta.

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Vivian Gibson is turning 90
Vivian Gibson is turning 90

Vivian Gibson will be the guest of honor at a birthday celebration Saturday, Oct. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. An open house and light buffet will be held at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

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School Zone

$25,000 award applied to computer science at DHS

Last year, Delta High School was the state winner of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest for a student project designed to reduce the noise level in the cafeteria at Lincoln Elementary School. Students in Ben Magtutu's class employed STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) skills to design soundproof walls to absorb excess noise in the school cafeteria.

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Magtutu named a CU 2017 Outstanding Colorado Educator
Magtutu named a CU 2017 Outstanding Colorado Educator

Ben Magtutu, a science/physics teacher at Delta High School, has been named a 2017 Outstanding Colorado Educator by the University of Colorado Boulder. Magtutu was nominated by DHS principal Derek Carlson.

The Outstanding Colorado Educator award is presented to educators across the state who have demonstrated a commitment to helping students achieve their higher education goals.

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Obituaries

Beverly Williams
Beverly Williams

Longtime Cedaredge resident Beverly Williams (formerly Beverly Clothier) died Sept. 30, 2017, from complications of emphysema. She was 80.

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Donna Jensen
Donna Jensen

Delta resident Donna Jean Jensen died Oct. 4, 2017, at her home. She was 65.

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Edna Ballard

Edna Mae Ballard died Oct. 13, 2017, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 93.

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Iris Hibbert
Iris Hibbert

Longtime Delta County resident Iris E. Hibbert died Oct. 8, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 91.

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Jason Blair
Jason Blair

Jason A. Blair of Olathe died unexpectedly Oct. 15, 2017. He was 39.

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Melvin Arterburn
Melvin Arterburn

Delta resident Melvin Lee Arterburn died Oct. 8, 2017, in a tragic fishing accident on the Gunnison River. He was 75.

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Raymond Baker

Longtime Grand Junction resident Raymond Baker died Sept. 28, 2017, at Larchwood Inns in Grand Junction. He was 92.

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North Fork

Blue Sage annual meeting is Oct. 29

Although memorable events are greatly appreciated in the North Fork Valley, the source of their success is often overlooked. A particular arts group that plays a key role in this respect is Paonia's Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

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Crawford voters will decide mill levy increase

With the school district cancelling its board election, the only North Fork voters who will be receiving ballots this week will be Crawford residents.

The Delta County Clerk's Office reports that 285 ballots were mailed to Crawford residents, with a single question.

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Fall is the time for saving seeds
Fall is the time for saving seeds

Gardeners across the county are reaping late harvests, putting garden beds to rest and preparing for the cold, quiet, months of winter. Many local gardeners have added a new activity to their fall checklist with the emergence of the Delta County Seed Library: seed saving.

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Paonia council puts time limit on building permits

Town of Paonia building permits will now expire in a year, with an option to renew for 180 days, after trustees voted to ratify a statement on the building permit application form. Trustee Suzanne Watson voted against the change.

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Paonia invites public input on marijuana regs

A meeting with the Town of Paonia's governmental affairs committee to discuss a proposed ordinance related to the Town of Paonia's in-town marijuana growing regulations will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Paonia Town Hall, 214 Grand Avenue.

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Paonia looking closer at sales tax allocation

The amount Paonia trustees must cut from the 2018 draft budget increased from $83,000 to $165,800 during last week's budget meeting. The deficit increase resulted from trustees' decisions to eliminate a proposed impact fee on enterprise funds and to restrict $40,000 in Samuel Wade Bridge reserve funds to bridge repairs.

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Paonia seeks to revive tree board

Do you have a passion for trees? The Town of Paonia is looking to revive its tree board and is seeking members.

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Pat Medina takes seat on Hotchkiss council
Pat Medina takes seat on Hotchkiss council

The Hotchkiss Town Council, during its Oct. 12 meeting, received an update on the membership drive underway for the North Fork Ambulance Association.

Kathy Steckel, executive director of the North Fork Ambulance Association, gave an update on the association's status.

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Planners consider land use change at Oct. 25 meeting in Paonia
Planners consider land use change at Oct. 25 meeting in Paonia

After several postponements, a controversial application for a land use change at the former Bowie Resources, LLC, coal load-out site north of Paonia will come before the Delta County Planning Commission and Upper North Fork Area Planning Committee for review. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Energy Tech Building, 218 Fourth Street in Paonia.

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Property owner caught in water tap dilemma in Paonia

Kraig Henry is caught between a rock and a hard place.

Henry owns vacant land in the Minnesota Creek area just east of Paonia.

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Surface Creek

Assembly of God is now the True Life Church
Assembly of God is now the True Life Church

A recent name change at the Cedaredge Assembly of God has folks talking, and that's a good thing. Pastor Bob Hillyer is excited to share what the True Life Church is all about and to extend an invitation to join the congregation in worship and outreach.

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Don Suppes talks county road policy with Orchard City

County commissioner Don Suppes was present at the Oct. 11 meeting of the Orchard City town board to answer questions about road work the county is doing in Cedaredge.

Suppes addressed the trustees to waylay concerns about the county's efforts to repair and pave SW 11th Street in Cedaredge.

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First Tee program underway in Cedaredge

Cedaredge is the newest location for The First Tee, a program that introduces children to the game of golf, incorporates nine core values, and encourages healthy living habits through a physical education curriculum.

The local ladies golf league raised $4,000 with a charity golf tournament in September to bring this program to Cedaredge Elementary School.

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Grace Andrews is honored
Grace Andrews is honored

At the Oct. 11 Orchard City town board meeting, Grace Andrews was presented a certificate naming her Student of the Month. Andrews is a senior at Cedaredge High School.

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New Christy Minstrels entertain in Cedaredge
New Christy Minstrels entertain in Cedaredge

Their concert banner proclaims 'The New Christy Minstrels®--STILL Under the Direction of Randy Sparks.'

And so they are.

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Plants of the Western Slope Ocvt. 18, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope Ocvt. 18, 2017

Another gray day. It does seem like they are becoming common! I wish that the sun would shine! As we come down Cory Grade, just north of the Gunnison River, I'm watching for Virgin's Bower.

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What's bugging you? Oct. 18, 2017
What's bugging you? Oct. 18, 2017

Another bee beastie that can be observed in our gardens are members of the genus, Bombus, or bumblebees. I like to refer to these as the teddy bears of the insect world as they are plump and furry.

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