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Delta

CDBG grant supports businesses in Region 10

At their Oct. 15 meeting, Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Don Suppes and Mark Roeber supported a grant request presented by Elyse Casselberry, county community and economic development director, and Robbie LeValley, county administrator.

The applicant for the Community Development Block Grant is Montrose County for Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties.

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City budget discussion focuses on marketing, law enforcement, DCED

The Delta City Council has held a series of work sessions to discuss the city's budget for 2019. Council members have heard presentations from all department heads and city manager David Torgler as they tweak expenditures for the coming year.

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County supports seismic operations

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Don Suppes and Mark Roeber met in work session with representatives from Gunnison Energy in regard to Gunnison Energy's proposed Iron Point Seismic Project.

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Delta Police Department introduces newest officer
Delta Police Department introduces newest officer

For the first time in nearly a year, the Delta Police Department is fully staffed.

Officer Jarrod Lang took the oath of office at the Oct. 2 meeting of the Delta City Council.

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Elevate introduces TV

On Nov. 5, citizens in Montrose and Delta counties will have a better way to watch TV. Elevate Fiber is introducing Elevate TV, a streaming TV solution that works over the same ultra-fast and reliable fiber connection as Elevate internet.

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Get rid of unwanted medications at permanent disposal sites

Region 10 is partnering with the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to pilot a new Colorado effort to educate seniors about safely using, storing, and disposing of prescription medication. Sixty-five percent of U.S. seniors use three or more prescription medications, according to AARP.

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Kelly Cox to showcase his Water Widget at Trout Tank
Kelly Cox to showcase his Water Widget at Trout Tank

An invention that's been years in the making earned Delta resident Kelly Cox a spot in a business accelerator known as the ICELab@Western. Cox is hoping the 12-week program will help him take his invention to the next level -- mass production.

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Law enforcement blotter Oct. 31, 2018

As a result of a traffic stop, Justin R. Dawson, 39, of Delta was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), license plates not legible and fictitious license plates.

Officers responded to Maverik where a female was reported to be unconscious.

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Open health insurance enrollment begins Nov. 1

For the more than 1,100 Delta County residents who purchase their health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado, open enrollment for 2019 begins on Nov. 1. This is the one time all year when customers can change their health insurance coverage, unless they experience a life-changing event.

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Public asked to weigh in on hazard mitigation

As part of a community-wide natural hazard risk reduction effort, Delta County, City of Delta, Town of Cedaredge, Town of Hotchkiss, Town of Paonia, Town of Crawford, Town of Orchard City, the School District, and each Fire Protection District are seeking public input on the draft Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

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Senior meals for November

Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County -- Cedaredge Community Center (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday), Delta Senior Center (Monday-Wednesday-Friday), Hotchkiss Senior Center (Monday-Wednesday-Friday) and Paonia Senior Citizen Center (Monday-Wednesday-Friday). Meals on Wheels are also delivered from each location.

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Shelter opens Nov. 1

Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter opens for its 11th season Thursday, Nov. 1. Last winter, the shelter provided 1,940 bed nights to 120 different individuals with the help of 300-plus volunteers.

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Tuesday, Thursday Delta meals listed

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Delta Senior Citizens prepares lunch at the Delta Community Center, 427 Meeker Street, beginning at 12 noon. Here is the menu for November:

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Voter turnout is strong

The Delta County clerk and recorder's office reports strong voter turnout for the Nov. 6 election. As of Tuesday morning, over 6,000 ballots had been cast, including 3,092 by Republicans, 1,688 unaffiliated and 1,278 by Democrats.

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What's all the buzz about?
What's all the buzz about?

As of February of this year, Delta County has a club dedicated to learning about bees. The club, the Delta Beekeepers, was started by Mike Suppes to educate those in the community who have an interest in bees and beekeeping.

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Opinion

A strong voice for us all

I am writing to urge your readers to support Jena Griswold for our state attorney general. Her experience as a voting rights attorney makes her extremely qualified to fulfill her promise to make every voice heard and every vote count.

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Christians should ease others' suffering

As a Christian, I am so glad to see local churches involved in community affairs, including elections. As a trained Christian outreach worker, I would respectfully ask to make a few clarifications to last week's letter from local pastors.

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Consider the consequences when you vote

There are consequences for who you vote for. Let's take immigration.

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Democratic candidates offer fresh ideas

It is time to VOTE and I believe it is crucial to vote for those who will move us forward with fresh ideas and motivation. I believe that the Democrat candidates will provide that representation.

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Glen Gallegos is a proven leader

This year the voters in our area will be choosing between three candidates for the University of Colorado Board of Regents. There should be no question that incumbent Glen Gallegos should be our choice.

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It's time to vote Tipton out

According to a survey conducted by People's Action, a multiracial grassroots coalition, these are the top five issues in 10 swing states:

1. Health care that won't bankrupt you if you get sick.

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Learn more about Mike Mason

Who is Mike Mason? I have known Mike over the past 4-5 years.

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Let's talk about Mike Mason

After a homecooked breakfast and a cup of kombucha, let's talk about Mike.

Mike and Judy Mason were working towards a subdivision on their 300+ acre property near Cedaredge when I met them 11 years ago.

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Look at candidates' records

In a DCI article Oct. 3 titled "Kerry Donovan has earned our votes" is a biased misrepresentation against our Republican candidate Olen Lund.

In the article it appears the writer has firsthand knowledge of the role Donovan played in bringing fiber optics to our county.

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Marijuana sales will benefit Delta's economy

While I don't live in the City of Delta, I am a resident of Delta County with a deep ongoing interest in our local economy.

According to state law, marijuana is already legal to use within our communities.

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Mitsch-Bush will truly represent the citizens

Tipton or his dark money or 501c4 is attempting to label Diane Mitsch-Bush a "Socialist." She is not a Socialist or a Social Democrat.

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Name change is just a cover-up

There's something we should all know before we decide who to vote for in the Colorado governor's race. It concerns our Democratic candidate, Jared Polis.

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Soper is a legal candidate

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel thought they had a blockbuster story of deceit and fraud in the candidacy of Matt Soper running for the House District 54. Sorry, folks: Matt Soper lives in House District 54, and has for over a year.

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The true intent of Amendment 74

I am finally getting my head wrapped around the true intent of Amendment 74. I've had to read it over and over again because it is so cleverly written as to create a false narrative, one which states that rights of property owners trumps the rights of citizens.

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Vote for a winner in HD61

One of the things I appreciate about living in a small town in western Colorado is knowing the people with whom I do business. I know who is trustworthy and who does good work.

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Vote for candidates who look out for veterans

My name is Carl Toothaker. I am a military veteran of more than 10 years active duty.

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Vote for Jena Griswold

We need to empower women running for office in this mid-term election, and encourage younger generations to get involved in the political process. To that end, I support Jena Griswold for secretary of state in this election, and ask people to vote for her.

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Vote yes on Y and Z

Amendments Y and Z replace gerrymandering with fair and competitive congressional and legislative districts. Independent commissions draw the boundaries. Currently, the state legislature, or a state legislative commission, draws the maps.

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Sports

1A teams in state playoffs

Two teams from the 1A Western Slope League advanced to this year's first-round of the 2018 state football playoffs this week.

At 6-3 overall, Paonia finished second in the 1A WSL and is 11th in state RPI rankings.

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Bruins earn three wins
Bruins earn three wins

Cedaredge High School's volleyball team began its volleyball week with a key match-up against 3A league foe Aspen on Oct. 23. The Skiers (7-2 and 17-6) came into the contest in third place, right behind Cedaredge (8-1 and 19-4).

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Delta's John Ames 20th at 3A XC meet

Going into this year's 3A State Cross Country State Meet, Delta senior John Ames wanted to be a top-20 runner with a decent time. "I don't know ... there's lots of fast runners at this year's meet," chirped Ames during an interview last week.

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Delta, No. 30, makes 3A volleyball regionals
Delta, No. 30, makes 3A volleyball regionals

The last weekend was a busy one for local volleyball teams. Cedaredge leads the way among the local netters and has accomplished an impressive record to date. With a 19-4 overall record and an 8-1 3A WSL slate, the Bruins are a lock for post-season play.

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Paonia beats Bruins 27-21
Paonia beats Bruins 27-21

Varsity football action in Cedaredge fired up on Friday, Oct. 26. When the Bruins hosted county rivals, the Paonia Eagles.

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Paonia volleyball on to regionals
Paonia volleyball on to regionals

The Paonia Eagles went 2-2 to place third at last weekend's 2A Western Slope League volleyball tournament in Meeker.

In their opening game, Carly Horn had 32 assists and Poppy Lightfoot made 13 kills in 19 attacks in the 3-0 win over Vail Christian.

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Paonia's Bartlett 4th at state XC meet
Paonia's Bartlett 4th at state XC meet

Paonia High School senior Ethan Bartlett, who was ranked fourth heading into the race, capped a stellar season with a fourth-place time of 17 minutes, 1.1 seconds at the 2A Colorado State Cross Country Championships.

The boys team scored 109 points to place ninth out of 19 teams.

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What's Happening

Crab Crack fundraiser planned in Montrose

The Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club's fourth annual Crab Crack fundraiser, presented by Elevate Fiber, will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion. Tickets are $60 and include all-you-can-eat crab, shrimp, andouille sausage, Olathe sweet corn, potatoes, bread, and dessert.

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Library launches 'Voices of the Western Slope' series
Library launches 'Voices of the Western Slope' series

Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center and Delta County Libraries present "Voices of the Western Slope," a series of entertaining, engaging, and informative presentations on noteworthy topics of the Western Slope.

The first presentation in the quarterly series is "The Ute Indians" with Alma Evans.

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Community

Births Oct. 31, 2018

Jose and Tristanne Barajas of Cedaredge are the parents of a daughter, Milena Barajas, born Oct. 16, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 12.6 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.

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School Zone

Bands compete

The marching bands from Delta and Cedaredge high schools traveled to Pueblo Monday, Oct. 29, to compete in the state championships sponsored by the Colorado Bandmasters Association.

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Donation buys graphing calculators for PHS
Donation buys graphing calculators for PHS

A recent donation to Paonia Junior-Senior High School will add up to a lot more students obtaining the proficiency in skills needed to get into engineering and other math-heavy fields of study.

The high school will purchase a set of 10 TI-84 graphing calculators Texas Instruments thanks to a donation of $1,500 from the Beta Sigma Phi of Paonia chapter.

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Food for Thought celebrates third Neighborhood Assist grant
Food for Thought celebrates third Neighborhood Assist grant

Last week, the Food for Thought program was recognized as the only three-time recipient of a State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant in the United States. Such a remarkable accomplishment required a celebration to match, so Vision Charter Academy took the show on the road, starting a kick-off celebration at its Delta campus.

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Obituaries

Charlotte Thomas
Charlotte Thomas

Charlotte E. Thomas died in Glenwood Springs on Oct. 17, 2018, while on an annual quilting retreat. She was 74.

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David Kissner
David Kissner

Cedaredge resident David Kissner died Oct. 24, 2018, at HopeWest Hospice in Grand Junction. He was 76.

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Helen Gillum
Helen Gillum

Former Cedaredge resident Helen Mae Gillum died Oct. 16, 2018, in Stevensville, Mont. She was 84.

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Jerry Crawford Jr.
Jerry Crawford Jr.

Jerry Glen Crawford Jr. died Oct. 1, 2018. He was 48.

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Joseph Silva

Joseph Silva died Oct. 1, 2018, at the age of 44.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road, Grand Junction.

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M. Hazel Hamilton
M. Hazel Hamilton

Longtime Delta County resident Hazel Hamilton died Oct. 25, 2018, at her home in Cedaredge. She was 89.

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Marilyn DeCeasar
Marilyn DeCeasar

Delta resident Marilyn S. DeCeasar died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, at her home. She was 64.

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Michael Menke

Cedaredge resident Michael John Menke died Sept. 20, 2018, in Grand Junction from complications of pneumonia.

He was born on Oct. 5, 1942, to Louis and Joan (Carson) Menke in Wray.

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Natheal Ballard
Natheal Ballard

Natheal Ballard of Delta, Colo., died Oct. 25, 2018, at the age of 71.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Garnet Mesa Baptist Church in Delta, Colo.

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Novella Nicholas

Cortez resident Novella Irene Nicholas died Oct. 22, 2018, at her home. She was 64.

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Rose Ballard

Lifetime North Fork resident Rose E. Ballard died Oct. 27, 2018, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 75.

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Virginia Harris
Virginia Harris

Virginia Harris died Oct. 28, 2018, in Eckert. She was 100.

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Wayne Rule
Wayne Rule

Arla "Wayne" Rule of Delta died Oct. 28, 2018, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 63.

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William James Vance Jr. (Jim)
William James Vance Jr. (Jim)

William James Vance, Jr., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, surrounded by family in Grand Junction, Colo.

Jim was born to William and Coralee Vance on Dec. 25, 1923, in Dixon, Miss.

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North Fork

Crawford to hold rate hike hearing

The Town of Crawford will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 7, to consider an increase to its water and sewer fees. The hearing will begin at 6:45 p.m., prior to its regular board meeting.

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Hotchkiss trustees review 2019 budget, mobile home regs

Last Thursday, Hotchkiss trustees dug into the 2019 budget and opened discussions on revisions to the town's mobile home regulations.

The town anticipates modest increases in revenues from property tax and specific ownership tax, but mineral leasing and severance taxes continue to drop off.

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Paonia shifts building services to private firm
Paonia shifts building services to private firm

Melissa Munoz and her husband moved to Paonia two years ago and began building a new home. Last year, their builder unexpectedly quit, Munoz told trustees during the Oct. 23 town board meeting.

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Seismic activity seen as threat to Terror Creek dam
Seismic activity seen as threat to Terror Creek dam

This story uses the word "terror" many times over, but it's not about Halloween.

In the late 1990s, longtime Paonia resident Richard Rudin fought to ensure that proposed expansion of local coal mines took into consideration protections for the area's water resources.

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Surface Creek

Arts Center presents unique evening of music and poetry
Arts Center presents unique evening of music and poetry

On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) will host "Last Dance at the Eagles on a Saturday Night." The unique event features music and poetry.

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Brownfields presentation turns to discussion on OC vision

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the Orchard City Board of Trustees and planning commission members met with Jamie D. Silverstein from Community Builders to learn about brownfields and discuss ways to improve the town. The first half of the evening was spent in education, the last in discussion.

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Cedaredge trustees approve appointments, hear updates

Meeting in regular session on Oct. 18, the Cedaredge Board of Trustees approved the appointment of a new town attorney, replacing Steve Harper of Hotchkiss who will soon retire from that position. Carol Viner of the Montrose-based firm of Masters & Viner was approved by the trustees with trustee Dayton Myers abstaining because he was not present when the trustees conducted interviews of prospective applicants.

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Comments sought on proposed TDS tower

Telephone and Data Systems (commonly known as TDS Telecom) has submitted a specific development proposal to erect a pole exceeding 40 feet in height. Although it does not specify an exact location for the proposed development, a notice of the proposal has been posted at the intersection of Ward Creek Road and Brimstone Road in Cedaredge.

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Gardeners donate 298 pounds of fresh produce

The Cedaredge Community Garden celebrated its 10th anniversary with a successful season. Although the water situation this year was a challenge, gardeners were able to grow and harvest their produce using water-saving methods.

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Hours of food bank extended

Surface Creek Community Services announces the addition of family-friendly hours for the food pantry. To accommodate working families, the food pantry will be open Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 7.

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Neighbors turn out Saturday to offer a little help
Neighbors turn out Saturday to offer a little help

Last weekend 25 volunteers assembled at Cedaredge town park, then they dispersed to help their older neighbors with yard and household tasks. The volunteers were taking part in Service Saturday, an event sponsored by A Little Help of Delta County.

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Orchard City expects more revenue in 2019

On Oct. 10, the 2019 proposed budget was presented to the Orchard City Board of Trustees. Highlighted are the following:

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Pets not welcome at Cedaredge Cemetery

The Cedaredge Cemetery District has updated its rules and regulations regarding accessibility for pets as of Oct. 25.

The new regulation reads:

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Register now for police department fundraising 5k

Joining in a nationwide effort to unite communities and recognize the dedication and sacrifices of law enforcement, the Cedaredge Police Department (CPD) will host a "Back the Blue" 5k run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Registration is ongoing for the 5k race which starts at 9 a.m. at the Lions Pavilion in Cedaredge town park.

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