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Delta

DMEA membership votes yes on Articles of Incorporation changes

At a special meeting Oct. 16 and through mail-in ballots, the Delta-Montrose Electric Association membership voted 2,677-1,248 to approve amended and restated Articles of Incorporation, giving the co-op the authority to operate under Article 56 of the Colorado Cooperative Act. In doing so, Jasen Bronec, CEO, said the membership has positioned DMEA for its next 80 years and has helped ensure that the cooperative remain competitive, reliable, and cost-effective.

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Electric vehicle charging station proposed for Delta

The City of Delta is the recipient of a Blueprint 2.0 award to determine how to better market the city. While the community explores ways to transform Delta into a destination, Atlasta Solar says one tool might be an electric vehicle (EV) charging station.

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Hospital foundation adds executive director
Hospital foundation adds executive director

Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a full-time executive director, Kaitlyn Jones, 2012 alumni of Hotchkiss High School and a 2015 graduate of West Texas A&M University.

"We are delighted that the foundation will have a full-time executive director for the first time in a number of years," stated board president Thelma Starner.

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Large quantity of meth located
Large quantity of meth located

Just after midnight on Oct. 16, officers from the Delta Police Department arrested Nathaniel Michael Hammond, 24, of Montrose. He was jailed after officers found approximately 74.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine and items relating to the distribution of drugs in his possession.

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Latimer House to hold open house

Hilltop's Latimer House in Montrose is holding an open house on Thursday, Oct. 25. The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at 540 South 1st Street, Montrose.

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Law enforcement blotter Oct. 24, 2018

A break-in was reported at a camper trailer parked at a storage facility on 1600 Road.

An Orchard City resident reported that someone had gone through his vehicle sometime during the night. Nothing of value was reported missing.

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Lisa Isaacson joins Alpine Bank staff
Lisa Isaacson joins Alpine Bank staff

Lisa Isaacson has joined the staff of Alpine Bank Wealth Management as vice president and client executive. She serves clients in Montrose, Ridgway, Ouray and Delta.

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Pertussis disease alert

During 2017 Colorado reported 680 cases of pertussis. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a very contagious illness, passed to others by respiratory droplets (usually through coughing).

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Phaelen French represents U.S. in military pentathlon
Phaelen French represents U.S. in military pentathlon

Phaelen French, a 2008 graduate of Delta High School and a captain in the U.S. Air Force, participated in the 46th World Military Modern Pentathlon Championship in Hungary Sept. 24-30. The event was hosted by the Hungarian Defence Forces.

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Planning commission restructuring, land use code update are in the works

County commissioners Doug Atchley, Don Suppes and Mark Roeber met with members of the Delta County Planning Commission Oct. 17 at the Maloney House in Hotchkiss in preparation for the land use code update and restructuring of the planning commission.

County planning commission members are: from District 1, Angela Mackey, vice chair, Steve Schrock and Steve Shea; from District 2, Layne Brones, Tate Locke, Lucinda Stanley; from District 3, Tony Prendergast, Kim Shay, Bob Stechert, chair.

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Soper's residency raises questions

A recent news article has raised questions about Matt Soper's residency, but the questions do not appear to affect his eligibility to run for state representative from District 54.

Soper responded to those questions via a short email to the DCI: "Typical October surprise.

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Tech college requests funding for scholarships

Jessica Carlson from Technical College of the Rockies requested funding from Delta County Commissioners at their Oct. 15 meeting for the college's Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.

The scholarships are needed for area high school students who take classes at TCR to equip the student to achieve certification for employment, or for students who are taking college classes to enter college with credits toward their degree.

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Voter center opens

On Monday, Oct. 22, a voter service and polling center opened in the Delta County Courthouse, where residents can vote in person, drop off a ballot and register to vote. The center will be open through Election Day.

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Opinion

Amendment 74 is disastrous for local government

Delta County and its residents should be 100 percent opposed to Amendment 74. This proposed amendment to the Colorado Constitution is a direct attack on local control and self-governance masquerading as protections for private property.

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Churches appeal to voters in Delta

This November, citizens of Delta are being asked by our city council to vote on four ballot measures to allow the presence of commercial marijuana shops and growing facilities in the City of Delta to boost the local economy.

There is no doubt that medical marijuana does have some effect on controlling seizures and pain if it is initiated through a medical professional.

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CPW encourages bird feeders

Re: Oct. 10 letter from Steve Smith in Paonia, "Are you also guilty of a crime?"

Being British, I assumed it was illegal to feed deer because it is unsportsmanlike to lure game to their deaths.

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Lund overstates his role on Hartland project

The Delta County Independent ran an article about Olen Lund's bid for Senate District 5. Lund stated he was chairman of the Painted Sky Resource Conservation and Development Council (PS) and he built a farmers', environmentalists', ranchers' and recreationalists' consensus to modify the Hartland Dam on the Gunnison River to facilitate passage of endangered fish and recreations boaters along the river.

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There's more to Amendment 73 than meets the eye

There are many amendments and propositions on this year's ballot - 107 pages in the Blue Book. It is much to digest.

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Vote yes on 7E and 7F

Accesses to critical, timely, emergency health care service in the North Fork Valley is threatened. The current funding model of the NFA is not sustainable.

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Voters urged to pass ambulance measures

Delta County Ambulance District No. 1 supports a property tax increase to adequately fund the North Fork Ambulance nonprofit subscription service to create a second tax based district in Delta and adjoining counties. We encourage the residents of the Crawford, Paonia, Hotchkiss and Somerset to pass this ballot measure for the safety and well-being of their community.

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Yes for North Fork Ambulance

As president of the Hotchkiss Fire Board I get to see how public funding is important to maintain a group of first responders. The North Fork Ambulance is the only ambulance service in the North Fork Valley.

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You can count on Olen Lund

By now we have received our election ballots and are making our decisions on which candidates to support. I urge you to support Olen Lund in Senate District 5 as the candidate who will represent us, the citizens of the forgotten Western Slope, as our voice in Denver.

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Sports

3A WSL honors top 2018 softball athletes

The 2018 3A WSL softball awards were released recently. Cedaredge and Delta had exciting seasons in 2018 and coaches from around the league selected the top players for this past season.

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Delta gears for playoffs

It's the time of the year when volleyball teams on the bubble need to find that winning combination to secure a post-season playoff berth. The top 32 are the teams that generally make the playoff pairings and Delta's Panthers are resting in 25th place in Class 3A volleyball rankings.

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Delta grid crew uses second half for win
Delta grid crew uses second half for win

It certainly wasn't pretty in Craig for Delta High School's football team in the first half last Friday. Moffat County's Bulldogs had the momentum and execution to keep Delta's visiting Panthers on the ugly side of a 20-7 score at halftime.

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Delta soccer seeded sixth

Delta High School's soccer team played three games in the span of four days and claimed wins in all three. The Panthers played at home against Coal Ridge on Tuesday the 16th, again at home on the 18th versus Basalt, and finally, the very next day, the 19th, away to Moffat County.

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Eagles blank Grand Valley in 1A WSL play
Eagles blank Grand Valley in 1A WSL play

Forty-one to zero. Paonia has won three conference football games and one non-conference game this fall by a score of 41-0.

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Hotchkiss falls in volleyball
Hotchkiss falls in volleyball

In its final home game of the season, the Hotchkiss volleyball team played to a 3-0 non-conference loss against Cedaredge. The Bulldogs had momentum early in the games, but the tenacious 16-2 Bruins easily swept the match, 25-16, 25-15, 25-10.

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Hotchkiss freshman Karlie Egging to state

Karlie Egging will represent Hotchkiss High School this Saturday at the Class 2A State Cross Country Championships at Colorado Springs after finishing ninth at the 2A Region 4 meet in Delta Friday.

Egging's time of 21 minutes, 3.21 seconds was also her best time of the 2018 cross country season for the Bulldogs team.

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Paonia third heading into district volleyball
Paonia third heading into district volleyball

After closing the conference season with two wins, Paonia is third in team standings heading into the 2A Western Slope League volleyball tournament, which opens Friday at Meeker.

Paonia edged out the Tigers Friday at Hayden for a 3-1, 27-25, 25-27, 25-17, 25-23 win.

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What's Happening

Delta County Women's Connection presents 'Twice Loved Clothing'

Delta County Women's Connection invites women of all ages to share in a girls' night out complete with catered dinner, free child care, an activity, door prizes, a guest speaker, and live entertainment.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, DCWC presents "Twice Loved Clothing," a thrift store fashion show and presentation.

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Register for youth basketball

Little hoopsters, lace up your high tops and dribble on down to Bill Heddles Recreation Center to register for another season of Little League basketball. This program is for boys and girls in grades 3-6.

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Sign up for Turkey Bowl Classic

It's time for the City of Delta's adult flag football Turkey Bowl Classic, to be held Saturday, Nov. 17. The team fee is $75 which includes a two-game guarantee.

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Tables available for UMC craft fair

The Cedaredge United Methodist Church located at 3rd and Aspen, is hosting a fall festival and craft fair in its fellowship hall on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The craft show opens at 9 a.m. along with breakfast of biscuits and gravy or all-you-can-eat pancakes.

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What's happening at your library? Oct. 24, 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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Community

Births Oct. 24, 2018

Brian and Lindsey Balderston are the parents of a daughter, Carley Kaye, born at St. Mary's Hospital on Oct. 1, 2018.

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Harry A. White American Legion Auxiliary chartered
Harry A. White American Legion Auxiliary chartered

At the American Legion District 11 Fall Conference hosted by American Legion Post 190 in Crawford on Sunday, Oct. 21, the ladies of the newly formed Harry A. White Ladies Auxiliary 65 of Delta received their official charter and list of charter members. Members of each American Legion post and auxiliary in District 11 were present to witness the charter awarded by American Legion Ladies Auxiliary President Laurie Kuntz.

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Open house planned for Lee Martinson's 80th
Open house planned for Lee Martinson's 80th

The family of Lee Martinson is hosting an open house in celebration of his 80th birthday Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church.

Martinson, a registered pharmacist, moved from Iowa to Delta in 1981, when he bought Comet Drug Store from Bill Heddles and Don Cooper.

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School Zone

CenturyLink grants support technology

As part of its ongoing commitment to the communities it serves, CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is accepting applications for the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation's Teachers and Technology grant program. With education at the forefront of the foundation's focus, the program is designed to help teachers bring technology into their respective classrooms to increase student achievement.

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Deadline nears for Elks scholarship

The deadline is Nov. 15 to apply for the 2019 Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship.

Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.

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Obituaries

Arthur Glaser
Arthur Glaser

Arthur C. Glaser of Cedaredge, age 89, passed away peacefully on Oct. 21, 2018. He was born April 18, 1929, in Bellevue, Pa., to Arthur Jacob and Elizabeth Mary Muchow Glaser.

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Edna Deihl

Longtime Delta resident Edna Deihl died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. She was 87.

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Helen Barton
Helen Barton

Helen Barton of Cedaredge died Oct. 14, 2018, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 86 years old.

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Ira Edwards

Ira Chamberlain Edwards passed away at his home in Cedaredge on Oct. 7, 2018, at the age of 101. He was born in Emmiton, Kan., to Eber and Leta (Chamberlain) Edwards on March 13, 1917.

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Jacquelyn Manguso
Jacquelyn Manguso

Delta resident Jacquelyn Dee Manguso died Oct. 14, 2018, at Willow Tree Care Center from progressive supranuclear palsy. She was 76.

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Peter Kasper
Peter Kasper

Peter Kasper died Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Fowler. He was 68.

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Stephen Saruwatari
Stephen Saruwatari

Lifetime Delta resident Stephen G. Saruwatari died Sept. 25, 2018, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 62.

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North Fork

Big B's Cider Fest celebrates seven years

When it comes to the popular beverage known as hard cider, Big B's put the North Fork Valley on the map.

Big B's has been making hard ciders for more than a decade.

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Groups demand full review as fracking exploration starts without approval

Conservation groups are calling for a halt to unauthorized fracking-exploration activities in North Fork Valley to protect public health, safety and the environment until federal officials complete a full environmental review and two counties approve the operation.

Elk hunters recently alerted conservation groups that survey crews had begun working on Gunnison Energy's plans for dynamite-based seismic exploration across 28,000 acres of public land in Delta and Gunnison counties, north of Paonia.

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Hotchkiss FFA members headed to Indianapolis for nationals

The Hotchkiss FFA Chapter was recently selected to compete for national recognition in a career development event at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 24-27.

Members will vie for national honors in agricultural technology and mechanical systems area. Caterpillar Inc. and Firestone Agricultural Solutions sponsor the event.

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Hotchkiss ordinance targets marijuana, minors in possession

A draft of the 2019 budget is in the hands of Hotchkiss trustees, who will review the numbers individually, then meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, for a work session.

They will also review revisions to the mobile home regulations at that work session.

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New sales tax rule will add to Paonia's revenue

The Town of Paonia expects to see more tax revenue when a new state tax rule goes into effect this December.

According to a Sept. 26 letter from the Colorado Department of Revenue, effective Dec. 1, a new state rule will take effect that allows collection of sales tax on taxable goods delivered to a Colorado address outside of retailers' jurisdictions (see the Sept. 20 DCI, "Colorado to require online retailers to collect sales tax").

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Paonia's draft 2019 budget tops $3 million

Following several work sessions beginning on Aug. 28, the Town of Paonia is looking at passing a balanced budget of just over $3 million.

The draft budget estimates total revenues for 2019 of $3,037,022 and total expenses of $3,076,071.

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Search is on for WSCC executive director

The Western Slope Conservation Center is accepting applications for a full-time executive director. Founded in 1977, the Paonia-based grassroots environmental organization is focused on watershed stewardship, public lands advocacy, and environmental education.

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Surface Creek

Arts Center highlights fall events

As autumn colors begin to illuminate the Surface Creek area, the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) has scheduled a full slate of activities.

Next up is a High Altitude Cabaret featuring a variety of music and dance.

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Drought restrictions lifted in Cedaredge

During an Oct. 18 regular meeting the Cedaredge Board of Trustees approved a variety of measures.

In an action closely anticipated by town residents, the trustees approved a resolution rescinding the special drought rates that have been charged to town water users as well as the watering restrictions imposed over the past few months.

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Local senior citizens need 'A Little Help'
Local senior citizens need 'A Little Help'

A Little Help of Delta County will sponsor its "Service Saturday" event on Oct. 27. The immediate goal of the Saturday morning event is to help local senior citizens with home and yard tasks.

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Meth, heroin seized in traffic stop

Cedaredge residents passing by the Pioneer Town parking lot last Thursday may have noticed the presence of several law enforcement vehicles with lights flashing. On the afternoon of Oct. 19, the Cedaredge Police Department posted the following explanation on its Facebook page:

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OC fixes leak, installs meter to find missing water

Orchard City's water committee meeting on Oct. 10 was short, with not many agenda items.

After discussing progress on some unfinished projects, the committee reviewed the water audit. Last month system input read 17.5 million gallons.

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Trick-or-treaters have a lot of options on Oct. 31
Trick-or-treaters have a lot of options on Oct. 31

Families looking for alternatives to traditional after dark trick-or-treating will have plenty of choices this year.

As Cedaredge Elementary School students are dismissed on the afternoon of Oct. 31, students and parents can begin their Halloween adventures by visiting a "Trunk or Treat" event and by taking part in the town's "Trick-or-Treat Trail."

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Trustees hear constituent concerns, multiple reports

The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a public hearing and a busy regular session on Oct. 18. The public hearing was held to consider a special events liquor permit requested by the Surface Creek Animal Shelter for a fundraising concert scheduled for Nov. 9.

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What's bugging you? Oct. 24, 2018
What's bugging you? Oct. 24, 2018

Nothing like a few days of rain to help us forget how dry and hot our summer was this year. My rain gauge has collected over 2.5 inches in the first ten days of October.

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