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DMEA seeks applicants for John Gavan's board seat

Last month, John Gavan, a longtime board member of Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA), was appointed by the then Governor Hickenlooper to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

"This appointment is a great honor for John and DMEA.

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Hang up on spoofed Social Security calls

There's a new phone scam targeting Social Security beneficiaries that advocates for older adults should be aware of. The Federal Trade Commission is warning that scammers are engaging in a caller ID trick called "spoofing" to make it appear that they are calling from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Spoofing means that scammers can call from anywhere, but they make your caller ID show a different number -- often one that looks legit. Here are few things the Federal Trade Commission says you should know about these so-called SSA calls.

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El Pomar Foundation approves $93,750 to regional nonprofits

El Pomar trustees approved $93,750 allocated to seven nonprofit organizations in the San Juan region at the foundation's September and December trustees meetings. Through the foundation's grant processes, the following organizations were grant recipients:

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Delta police, sheriff's blotter Jan. 16, 2019

Jan. 6:

Officers responded to Delta County Memorial Hospital to assist a Colorado State Patrol trooper with an arrestee.

Jan. 7:

An officer responded to Tayshen Automotive, 135 Eaton Avenue, for a theft.

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Accident involves 5 vehicles, 3 injuries

At approximately 5:14 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, officers of the Delta Police Department responded to Maverik Convenience, 101 Highway 92, for a multiple vehicle crash in the parking lot. Investigation revealed five vehicles were involved, three people were injured and three vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

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City receives funds to fight black market marijuana

The Delta Police Department will receive up to $31,000 to investigate unlicensed marijuana cultivation and distribution operations.

Funds for the gray and black market marijuana enforcement grants come from the state's marijuana tax and are allocated by the state legislature through the marijuana enforcement division.

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Commissioners give go-ahead for Fairfield Specialty Eggs project

At their Jan. 7 meeting, county commissioners Don Suppes, Mark Roeber and Mike Lane approved the Fairfield Specialty Eggs project to move forward administratively, as provided for in the county's Specific Development Regulations.

Fairfield Specialty Eggs purchased two adjoining parcels of land located at 10079 Hidden Mesa Road in Austin.

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Roger Christian retires from city
Roger Christian retires from city

Friday, Jan. 11, marked Roger Christian's final day as an employee of the City of Delta.

He joined the Delta Police Department on April 29, 1987, and served as patrol officer, sergeant, commander, interim and acting chief of police.

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School board vacancy announced

Delta County School Board is looking to appoint a new board member due to the recent resignation of Richard Hypio, Hotchkiss area representative. The new appointee must reside in District IV (Hotchkiss area) of Delta County.

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City of Delta seeks feedback

The City of Delta is hosting a tourism town hall Thursday, Jan. 17, in conjunction with business after hours sponsored by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce. This event will take place at the Needle Rock Brewing Company from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is no charge. RSVPs are requested at 874-8616.

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Mark Taylor shares mission, vision for Delta County Sheriff's Office
Mark Taylor shares mission, vision for Delta County Sheriff's Office

During the year he campaigned for sheriff, Mark Taylor put a great deal of thought into his mission, vision and values for the Delta County Sheriff's Office. He shared that vision one-on-one with every employee of the sheriff's office, and now with the readers of the DCI.

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Medical marijuana moratorium extended

The subject of medical marijuana dominated both a work session and the regular meeting of the Delta City Council on Jan. 8, but the evening ended on a musical note. Under the heading of "Only in Delta," Judy Hagan picked up her microphone and sang "Happy Birthday" to the mayor, with a refrain that included blessings from her mother in heaven.

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City of Delta restructures community development

Restructuring of the City of Delta's community development department has resulted in a reduction in force and the termination of department director Glen Black.

Following that action, the City of Delta issued a press release detailing how the department will be meeting the needs of the community going forward.

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New runway paves the way for airport growth
New runway paves the way for airport growth

Mark and Cheryl Husmann, owners of Smiling Aviation and the managers of Blake Field, hosted a Christmas open house in conjunction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly reconstructed main runway, Runway 3-21.

The Husmanns report that the existing runway was about 28 years old and might have lasted another 10 if not for some water working its way underneath the northeast end.

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Delta hopes to cash in on tourism

City of Delta officials are enthused about a local effort to increase tourism revenue in partnership with Delta County Tourism and the Colorado Tourism Office.

The city was one of two communities in Colorado to qualify for CRAFT 201 -- Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism, a grant through the Colorado Tourism Office.

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K-9 Raico locates suspect in field

On Dec. 27, at approximately 12:33 p.m., officers of the Delta Police Department responded to Safeway on a report of a shoplifter. As officers arrived, the male subject ran east across Stafford Lane, behind Taco Bell and into the brush field.

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County begins process of updating land development regulations

On Jan. 9, the Delta County Board of County Commissioners is holding its first work session meeting with members of the consulting team selected to work with the county to update the county's land development regulations. The discussion will focus on the community involvement process.

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Delta police, sheriff's blotter Jan. 9, 2019

Officers responded to a property on Ute Street for a possible trespass.

An officer responded to the 100 block of E. 4th Street for a two-vehicle crash. No injuries were reported or observed.

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Health coverage

The open enrollment period for health insurance through the Colorado marketplace ends Jan. 15. In Delta County, 1,069 residents have enrolled in private health insurance. Households, on average, are saving $1,114 a month on their premium.

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Commissioners change meeting days

At their meeting on Jan. 7, Delta County Commissioners Mark Roeber, Don Suppes and Mike Lane elected Suppes as chairman and Roeber as vice chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. Suppes and Roeber welcomed Mike Lane, who was sworn in as commissioner prior to the meeting.

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