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North Fork advocates rally to send message to Zinke

North Fork advocates rally to send message to Zinke  246 views

According to a release issued by Citizens for a Healthy Community, more than 70 Delta County residents gathered at Poulos Park in Paonia on Friday, Aug 10, to send a clear message to Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that public lands are the cornerstone to the well-being for the North Fork Valley and the Western Slope. The rally was spurred by Secretary Zinke's visit that day to Steamboat Springs, where a coalition of conservation groups and businesses organized a Stand for Our Land Rally

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Delta County Fair Parade  96 views

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CARS, MOTORCYCLES

1) New Pride of the Valley 4-H Club

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Delta

Marijuana question may be on the ballot

During the municipal election in April, the issue of marijuana sales in the City of Delta frequently cropped up. Most questions were prompted by two ballot measures concerning the taxation of retail marijuana and retail marijuana products -- if in the future those sales were allowed. Both measures passed by about a 60-40 margin.

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School starts Monday

Motorists are reminded that the first day of school is Monday, Aug. 20. Extra caution should be exercised in school zones and around bus stops, particularly in the mornings before school starts and in the afternoons when students start to head home.

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Food For Thought needs your votes!

Food For Thought/Vision Charter Academy has been selected as a State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Top 200 finalist and needs your help by voting for them to receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm®. From now until Aug. 24 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can vote for their favorite cause at https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2012962.

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Rain fails to slow spread of Bull Draw Fire

Although storms brought 1/10 to 1/3 of an inch of rain to the Bull Draw Fire, there was not enough rain to impact the fire's spread southwest of Delta.

According to an update provided Tuesday morning, the lightning-caused fire has consumed 25,190 acres.

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Premises approved for broadband infrastructure

At their Aug. 6 meeting Delta County Commissioners signed a lease agreement with Region 10 LEAP, Inc. to bring broadband to the North Fork Annex. The lease is for a term of 20 years, after which the lease shall be renewed on a year-to-year basis.

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Volunteers needed for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, now in its 51st year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can't afford a tax preparation service.

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North Fork

Junior Market Livestock Sale rings in at $274,300

A total of 185 market animals and pens and three cheese baskets were offered for sale by 4-H and FFA members at the 2018 Junior Market Livestock Sale, held Aug. 11 in Hotchkiss, during the Delta County Fair.

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Registration opens for E2 Energy Conference

ENGAGE and Delta County Economic Development are hosting their second annual E2 Energy Conference Sept. 17 and 18 in Paonia.

A special kickoff event, Spark Tank, takes place at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia Sept. 17.

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North Fork advocates rally to send message to Zinke

North Fork advocates rally to send message to Zinke

According to a release issued by Citizens for a Healthy Community, more than 70 Delta County residents gathered at Poulos Park in Paonia on Friday, Aug 10, to send a clear message to Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that public lands are the cornerstone to the well-being for the North Fork Valley and the Western Slope. The rally was spurred by Secretary Zinke's visit that day to Steamboat Springs, where a coalition of conservation groups and businesses organized a Stand for Our Land Rally

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Town of Paonia seeks auditing proposals

The Town of Paonia is soliciting proposals from qualified public accounting firms for its fiscal years 2018-2020 auditing services.

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Philanthropy Days conference to be held in Delta County

Following a successful pitch in July by Delta County community leaders, the 2019 Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days conference will be held in the North Fork Valley. The conference is scheduled for June 12-14.

Mikayla Curtis with the Eagle River Youth Coalition, along with Elaine Brett, have been selected as the Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) event co-chairs.

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Crawford council offers citizens time to review franchise ordinance

When the Crawford Town Council convened on Wednesday, Aug. 1, they expected to adopt two ordinances -- one to renew the franchise agreement with TDS and another to establish a policy for late fees and disconnect/reconnect of water and sewer service.

The first seemed routine business as Mayor Wanda Gofforth read Ordinance 4-2018 into the record for a franchise agreement with TDS for the next 10 years with a 3 percent fee to the town.

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Surface Creek

Veterans gather for coffee in Cedaredge

Veterans gather for coffee in Cedaredge

Delta County veterans meet in Cedaredge on the third Tuesday of every month. They will next gather for a meet-and-greet coffee on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at The Pondy in downtown Cedaredge at 220 West Main Street from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Building bridges and great golf swings

The Sizzler golf tournament, hosted by the Cedaredge Ladies Golf Club, has historically been a women's golf event with proceeds being raised for various charities in the Cedaredge community. In January 2018, the Cedaredge Ladies Golf Club executive committee members voted to create a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fundraising entity known as "The Friends of Cedaredge Golf Inc." with a specific fundraising objective.

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Chamber seeking board members

The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce has openings on its board of directors, and is seeking individuals who want to make a difference in the community.

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DCED addresses concerns of Orchard City trustees

DCED, Delta County Economic Development, took priority at the Town of Orchard City's regular meeting Aug 8. Stacey Voigt, executive director of DCED, is a new resident of Orchard City and came to update the board on the organization's work and to address concerns raised by trustees at the July 11 meeting.

She began by notifying the trustees that Tom Huerkamp, former Orchard City trustee and board vice president of DCED, is retiring from his board position to focus on the hospital.

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Town committee keeping eye on water usage

To start off the Orchard City water committee meeting on Aug. 8, Steve Kehmeier approached the board with a proposal regarding his water line. In short, he plans to pay for the relocation of his water meter and line near Nowhere Road.

Per his concern, the board agreed that if he desires extra pressure than what the town guarantees up to his meter then he will need to put in a water pump booster.

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Orchard City community picnic is this Saturday

The town of Orchard City invites all town residents to its annual picnic Sat., Aug. 18. The mayor and trustees will be serving hotdogs and hamburgers provided by the town, with side dishes provided by the trustees.

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Opinion

County leaves surplus funds to languish

The county is about to begin its annual budget process. In a recent interview with KVNF, Commissioner Don Suppes sidestepped a question about county reserve funds telling listeners that the county wants 25 percent of its annual budget carried over to the new year in case of emergencies.

The problem with his answer is that it was only half true.

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The choice in House District 61 is clear

I would like to offer my condolences to Julie McCluskey, liberal Democrat candidate for Colorado House District 61, for receiving the kiss of death endorsement from former President Obama yesterday. His failed statist Keynsian central planning philosophy is now squarely on her shoulders and is her political weight to bear.

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Put the blame where it's due

I am really tired of smoky skies and burning eyes, and the cause of most of it is inane pressure from environists (environmentalists without the "mental"). Too many of our forests are full of dead, dying, and overcrowded trees because these people oppose timber harvests and even the creation of fire breaks in brush, actions that make areas less susceptible to catastrophic fires.

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Ask yourself:How can we make things better?

To reply to Mr. Jacobson of Paonia, I hesitate to resort to the same placating tactics as he did. Instead, all I can say is, if you live in a glass house, you really shouldn't throw stones.

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Trump's message is real

I must compliment David Jacobson on his writing skills and thoughtful plea to Republicans to rise up against what he sees as an assault on American values by President Trump (DCI letters to the editor Aug. 1). I have voted Republican for over 40 years but have only been a registered Republican for two of the last 49 years.

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Marvin Stephens

Marvin Stephens

A celebration of life for Marvin Stephens will be held Saturday, Aug. 11,

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Sports

Nathan Clay joins DCI as sports stringer

Nathan Clay joins DCI as sports stringer

As fall prep sports season begins, the Delta County Independent is gearing up for coverage of the local sports scene.

This season also marks the 98th season for the Colorado High School Activities Association.

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Jeff Reiher new DHS golf coach in 2018

Jeff Reiher new DHS golf coach in 2018

A new school year often brings new coaching assignments and an excitement of the coming challenges. For Jeff Reiher, the golf season at DHS has begun and he has the reins of a young Panthers' team.

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Penn State wrestler Bo Pipher living his dream

Bo Pipher is living his dream. A 2017 graduate of Paonia High School, Pipher just completed his freshman year as a member of the Penn State University Nittany Lions wrestling team. The Nittany Lions have won seven of the last eight national Division I wrestling titles and ended the 2017-18 season with a 14-0 record and a third straight national title.

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Delta golfers finish fifth

There may not have been a better day for the opening day of golf season for last week's Delta Panther Invitational at Devil's Thumb Golf Course in Delta.

A high sky, glazed with the smoke from numerous fires in the western United States, did not deter play allowing a successful start to the 2018 golf campaign for new Delta coach Jeff Reiher and his Panthers.

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Score of 126 wins 18th annual Diablo Duo

There were 78 players who teed off last weekend for the 18th annual Diablo Duo Golf Tournament at Devil's Thumb Golf Club. The two-day tournament featured three flights of competition.

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Twenty-two run Farm to Fiddle 5k

The Farm to Fiddle 5k race featured a number of runners last Saturday in Hotchkiss.

Cedaredge resident Gerald Harding was the race's oldest participant and finished 19th with a time of 52:37.ete.

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What's Happening

Register for fall dance classes

Register now for fall dance classes taught by Lynda Dysart at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Classes start the week of Sept. 11.

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Tour the LDS church building

Have you ever wondered what's inside an LDS church building?

Well, you're in luck! The LDS missionaries will be hosting a tour of the church building at 1679 Pioneer Road in Delta.

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What's happening at your library? Aug. 15, 2018

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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Surviving drought: A workshop for ranchers on the Western Slope

CSU Extension, Colorado Cattleman's Association, Delta County Livestock Association and Mesa County Cattlemen join forces to host a workshop, "Surviving Drought: A Workshop For Ranchers on the West Slope and Beyond." Extreme drought conditions in 2018 require ranchers and livestock owners to make difficult and stressful decisions regarding their operation, land and livestock.

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Flag Football Pro Day comes to Delta

Flag football season is upon us. Kids will have a chance to showcase their skills at Delta's first Flag Football Pro Day. Stop by Confluence Community Fields Friday, Aug. 17, any time between 5 and 7 p.m. to participate and to register for flag football.

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Hubwheelers plan special square dance

The Delta Hubwheelers Square Dance Club is planning a special dance Thursday, Aug. 16, with guest caller Dean Diederman from Nebraska at a special location -- Garnet Mesa Elementary School. Enter from the cafeteria off 5th Street.

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