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Delta

After hours pharmacy recognizes hospital RN
After hours pharmacy recognizes hospital RN

Linda Speedie, RN was awarded a nursing certificate recognizing her for her exceptional collaboration from PipelineRX, an "after hours" pharmacy that DCMH has contracted with for the past five to six years. The certificate recognizes Speedie for her partnership and dedication to quality care while interacting with the PipelineRX pharmacists during night shifts, 6 p.m.- 6 a.m.

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Atchley responds to criticism of budget

Prior to a budget hearing conducted by the Delta County Commissioners Monday morning, and during constituent time the morning of the commissioners' Dec. 3 meeting, Delta County Citizen Report president JoAnn Kalenak read a letter accusing the county of violating Colorado State Statutes in its preparation of the proposed 2019 budget.

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County holds public hearing on 2019 proposed budget

Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Don Suppes and Mark Roeber held a public hearing for the proposed 2019 budget on Monday, Dec. 3.

The 2019 budget will be adopted by the commissioners at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10.

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County planning commission reorganizes

The responsibility of the Delta County Planning Commission is to adopt and maintain the county's Master Plan, review and make recommendation on county regulations, including the county's subdivision regulations, specific development regulations and other regulations related to land use that the county may consider.

The planning commission does not make broad policy recommendations outside planning and land use, unless expressly requested to do so by the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC).

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Law enforcement blotter Dec. 5, 2018

An officer took a report of a concern for welfare/possible missing person.

An officer responded to a suspicious incident in the 500 block of Grand Avenue.

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Man jailed after assault with knife
Man jailed after assault with knife

On Dec. 2, officers of the Delta Police Department responded to a report of an assault. Officers spoke with a 64-year-old male with a bleeding injury on his neck.

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Marijuana centers to be capped at two

The Delta City Council is proposing to cap the number of medical marijuana centers to be licensed in the City of Delta at two -- and those two establishments will not be collecting city sales tax above the 3 percent levied by other businesses.

In what was described as a "proactive" move, in April the city asked voters to impose a special tax on marijuana sales and marijuana cultivation.

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Optimism surrounds open enrollment

We are five weeks into this open enrollment and in Delta County our early numbers are already above last year's record-setting pace. The number of initial sign-ups is the strongest start to an open enrollment period we have seen since opening six years ago.

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Outdoor recreation drives the economy

Human-powered outdoor recreation is a major economic engine on the Grand Mesa, Uncompaghre, and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG). That's the conclusion of a new series of studies commissioned by the Outdoor Alliance and conducted by researchers from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).

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Precautions taken at Walmart

After what was described as a "credible threat" to the Walmart in Delta, officers of the Delta Police Department stepped up their presence at the store on Stafford Lane and closed down one set of doors to keep a better eye on those coming in and out.

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Your help needed to chart the course for senior services

Delta senior citizens, and those who work with seniors, are invited to help chart the direction of senior services in our area.

Region 10 Area Agency on Aging is conducting a focus group to help determine the direction of aging services in Delta County and in Region 10.

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Opinion

Fishing license increase hits senior citizens

Thank you CPW for my 2018 Christmas present! I am referring to the 800 percent (not a typo) fee increase in the cost of my fishing license.

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Put the shoe on the other foot

My name is Alan Story. I am a 72-year-old Vietnam veteran.

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Staff turnover is worrisome

When I read the Oct. 17 articles "DCMH expands..." and "DCMH introduces new personnel" I had several questions for the hospital administration and board of directors.

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Thanks for highlighting those who make a difference

The national and world news can be bleak and demoralizing. Thanks to the DCI for presenting stories of people who have done many positive things in our community in the past week.

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Thanks for the memories

I received the Oct. 17 edition of the Delta County Independent and scanned through the pages to see if I might find a name that I'd recognized. I got to section D and on that last page found "Visiting with June."

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The pitiful result of methamphetamine use

The wondrous holiday season is here, so much happiness to enjoy. Except for those affected by methamphetamine.

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Young hero would have been better choice

Kudos to the DCI for highlighting the article on the front page of the Nov. 28, 2018, issue of a ne'er-do-well criminal, Dan-David Lamon, when deserved 9-year-old Tia Homedew from Crawford performed a totally selfless and heartfelt act of making quilts for traumatized children.

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Sports

Bruin basketball boys young but athletic
Bruin basketball boys young but athletic

A new basketball season and lots of questions greet Cedaredge High School's Craig Cerise who coaches the boys team. Last year's Bruins had 14 players to work with on the varsity team and this year's total team (varsity/JV) number is 16.

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Bruin wrestlers look for success again
Bruin wrestlers look for success again

Cedaredge High School's wrestling coach is ever the optimist. No matter the situation, Cutter Garrison is the epitome of positive reinforcement.

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Collins named to WSL elite VB team
Collins named to WSL elite VB team

Hotchkiss senior volleyball player Carson Collins was named to the 2A/1A Western Slope League all-conference team for 2018. Collins, a middle blocker/hitter, was ranked second in the conference in blocks with 136 -- 67 solo and 69 assists, third in the conference in hitting with 174 kills in 385 attacks, and sixth in kills.

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Delta girls believe this could be the season
Delta girls believe this could be the season

With a season of experience under their belts, Delta High School's girls basketball team is straining at the bit to kick off the 2018-19 hoops campaign.

After a 16-8 season last year the Panthers defeated Resurrection Christian in the opening round of the 3A state tournament and lost in the Sweet 16 round to top-seeded Kent Denver, 57-52, to end the season.

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Delta swim team very young in 2018

Third year Delta County swim coach Karoline Roome is excited with this year's turnout for swimming. The Panthers show more than 25 athletes making waves at Bill Heddles Recreation Center during practice sessions.

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Dogs' open wrestling season at CMU Duals
Dogs' open wrestling season at CMU Duals

Hotchkiss head wrestling coach Richard Flores expects between 15-18 wrestlers to be certified for the season.

Five state qualifiers return to the mat this season: seniors Presley Pene, 132, and Sergio Campos, 138; junior Jace Peebles, 170; and sophomores Traycer Hall, 145, and Robert Cochran, 126.

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Eagles staying primed for another title run
Eagles staying primed for another title run

After finishing second in Class 2A last February, Paonia returns six state qualifiers to the wrestling mat. The Eagles are third in preseason Class 2A rankings, as determined by On the Mat.

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Hotchkiss girls look for promising season
Hotchkiss girls look for promising season

The Hotchkiss girls basketball team is off to a good start, handily winning its first three games of the season.

The Bulldogs opened the season at home Thursday with a 53-15 win over Nucla, and on Friday held the Ridgway Demons scoreless in the first period and to single digits in three periods for a 44-23 win at the annual Norwood Shootout.

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Lightfoot, Mora, Deaton receive volleyball honors
Lightfoot, Mora, Deaton receive volleyball honors

Paonia senior Poppy Lightfoot was named to the 2018 Western Slope League All-Conference First Team in volleyball. A three-year varsity player, Lightfoot was ranked second in the league in kills and hitting percentage with 312 in 971 attacks.

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Nine Eagles named to All-Conference team
Nine Eagles named to All-Conference team

Nine Paonia football players earned a spot on this year's 1A Western Slope conference teams.

Six players made the 1A WSL first team.

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OTM subscriptions available

Delta County sports writers are approved to use Tim Yount's On the Mat Rankings each week they come out.

Only a certain number of individuals and teams are to be used in writing stories to discourage non-subscription followers unlimited access to information found each week.

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Panther boys' hoops team to be fun squad
Panther boys' hoops team to be fun squad

Rob Ames took the reins of the Delta High School boys basketball team a year ago and enjoyed a ride through a 16-8 season which included a trip to the Class 3A State Basketball Championships. Delta defeated No. 17 Arrupe Jesuit before falling to No. 1 Sterling in the Sweet 16.

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Panthers 3-2 at CMU Duals over weekend

Last weekend's wrestling season began for many teams across the state.

Delta was one of many teams to participate in the annual Maverick Duals hosted on the campus of CMU. The Panthers were 3-2 on the day.

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Panthers to compete on mat

Delta head wrestling coach Clayton Curtis (12 years head and three as an assistant coach) knows there is plenty of work to be done early on in the 2018-19 wrestling season. "Even though this is a rebuilding year for us because we lost a ton of seniors last year, I still feel that we will be very competitive in 3A," noted Curtis.

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Peebles, Smith, Shaw All-Conference gridders
Peebles, Smith, Shaw All-Conference gridders

Three Hotchkiss Bulldogs earned Class 1A Western Slope All-Conference football honors for 2018, and two were named to the All-Conference first team.

In nine games, junior running back Jace Peebles rushed for 1,081 yards and seven touchdowns in 136 carries, 278 yards on kick returns, and 81 yards on punt returns for a total 1,440 all-purpose yards.

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Ryan Cooper signs to play golf at Lamar
Ryan Cooper signs to play golf at Lamar

Delta senior Ryan Cooper has signed a letter of intent to pursue his love of golf at Lamar Community College and seek a degree in business management.

Cooper has been in Delta's golf program for several years and was a member of last year's DHS golf team.

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Underclassmen pose challenge for Eagles
Underclassmen pose challenge for Eagles

One varsity senior. If a high school coach sticks around long enough, it's bound to happen at some point. After 26 years of coaching basketball, it's Scott Rienks' turn.

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What's Happening

Grand Junction's Radio Room presents the Scones Dec. 20
Grand Junction's Radio Room presents the Scones Dec. 20

The Radio Room proudly presents The Scones in concert Thursday, Dec. 20. The Radio Room is located at 1310 Ute Avenue in Grand Junction.

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Sign up for K-2 basketball

Little hoopsters, it's time to lace up your high tops and dribble on down to Bill Heddles Recreation Center to register for another season of K-2 basketball. Practices will be held Saturday mornings starting Jan. 12.

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Sing along with AC/DC

Arts Coalition of Delta County (AC/DC) presents a Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 23, at 4 p.m. at the Delta Performing Arts Center, 822 Grand Avenue.

Not only will you hear some great Christmas music, you will hear the glory of the brass with solos, duets, trios and the first formal performance of the Western Colorado Brass Quintet.

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The redemption of Scrooge

Charles Dickens's classic novel, "A Christmas Carol," is a story of brokenness and redemption. The beginning of the story is dark -- the book opens with the words "Marley was dead."

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School Zone

DHS sign has a new look, thanks to ag students
DHS sign has a new look, thanks to ag students

Last spring, the ag department at Delta High School was challenged to give the school's "welcome" sign a facelift.

The granite sign, a project of the National Honor Society, was encased in a brick structure in the grassy area just off Pioneer Road.

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Obituaries

Christine Bickford
Christine Bickford

Christine Belle Bickford died Dec. 1, 2018, at her home in Eckert. She was 66.

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Cynthia Kline
Cynthia Kline

Cynthia "Cindy" Ellen (Hinchman) Kline of Cedaredge and North Pole, Alaska, died Nov. 19, 2018, in Delta. She was 61.

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Hope Gomez
Hope Gomez

Delta resident Mary "Hope" Gomez died Nov. 21, 2018, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 75.

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Keith Littlejohn
Keith Littlejohn

Keith Littlejohn died Nov. 28, 2018, in Beaver Dam, Ariz. He was 77.

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Richard Schmaltz

Richard Duane Schmalz died Nov. 27, 2018, in Delta. He was 61.

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Robert (Bob) Eugene Reed
Robert (Bob) Eugene Reed

Robert (Bob) Eugene Reed was born April 3, 1932, in Hotchkiss, Colo., to Naomi and Jake Reed. He was a fourth generation native from this area.

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Terry Garner
Terry Garner

Roy "Terry" Terrance Garner died Nov. 24, 2018. He was 71.

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North Fork

Paonia activist awarded legal fees

A judge has ordered a Texas-based oil and gas company to pay attorney fees to a Paonia environmental activist whom it sued for libel after he posted a critical comment on the website of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

In June, Delta County District Court Judge Steven Schultz dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by SG Interests I, Ltd. against Pete Kolbenschlag, finding that his online comment was "substantially true."

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Paonia considers legal options after CORA ruling

A little more than two weeks after District Court Judge Steven Schultz ruled that the Town of Paonia mishandled an open records request made by a former trustee, the town board met in executive session on Nov. 27 to discuss the outcome. The stated purpose of the closed meeting was to receive legal advice from town attorney Bo Nerlin specific to the case, which the town filed in 2017 against former trustee Bill Brunner on behalf of the Custodian of Record.

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Paonia has opening on planning commission

The Town of Paonia is seeking to fill a seat recently vacated on the town planning commission.

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Scoping comments sought on second seismic project

A second seismic project in Paonia's watershed has been proposed by Gunnison Energy, LLC.

If approved, the Trail Gulch Seismic Project would allow GELLC to "conduct 2D and 3D seismic surveys to map subsurface geology in the Trail Gulch Oil and Gas unit" to determine oil and gas development potential on existing leases, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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West Elk fund distributes $21K to nonprofits
West Elk fund distributes $21K to nonprofits

Twenty one North Fork area non-profits recently became the first to receive grants from the West Elk Community Fund.

At a Nov. 28 celebration at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, WECF founding members awarded a total of $21,200 in grants, ranging from $500-$1,500, to North Fork area non-profits representing the arts and culture, community, education, the environment, health, and human services.

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Surface Creek

Food bank adds hours to accommodate working families

Each week the Surface Creek Community Services Food Bank serves anywhere from 20 to 40 qualified families and individuals in need who reside in Cedaredge, Eckert, Austin and Cory. In hopes to help those who struggle with getting to the facility during the day, the non-profit group will now be open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

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Ready or not, Christmas is coming

"Christmas Is Coming, Ready or Not." That's the theme of services and events at Cedaredge United Methodist Church this month. But don't be concerned.

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St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church collects snacks, warm clothing

St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Cedaredge is beginning the Advent season with a giving tree. This year the church will support the Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter.

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What's bugging you? Dec. 5, 2018
What's bugging you? Dec. 5, 2018

Last time I started a three-part series on 'Tree-ology,' discussing how trees grow and how that might influence our management of them. Roots were the first part of this puzzle. Now we move up to the trunk and branches.

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