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BMW Top of the Rockies Rally in Paonia this week

The North Fork Valley will see an influx of motorcycle traffic beginning today. Cyclists are arriving in Paonia for the BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado's 47th annual Top O' the Rockies Rally scheduled for July 19-22 at Town P...

Former trustee booted from town meeting

A longstanding rift between a current and former elected town official came to a boil at the July 10 meeting of the Paonia Board of Trustees when Mayor Charles Stewart asked law enforcement to escort former trustee Suzanne Wa...

With full military honors

He was born Rudyard Kerwood Loose in Kansas in 1926 but the name 'Bud' seemed to suit him better. Bud Loose graduated from high school in 1944, just in time to enlist in the United States Navy.

A license to collect

Frank Swancara Jr. is a man of few words.Asked how he managed to amass his well-ordered collection of 850 license plates, he pauses then responds.

DHS teacher to embark on expedition

Delta High School science teacher Ben Graves has been selected as one of this year's Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows in recognition of his commitment to geographic education. The 2018 Fe...

Pothole rescue

The Delta Volunteer Fire Dept. responded to a rescue call in Escalante Canyon Saturday, July 14, around 4:05 p.m. The call was reported as people trapped in a flash flood at the potholes.

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Former trustee booted from town meeting

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A longstanding rift between a current and former elected town official came to a boil at the July 10 meeting of the Paonia Board of Trustees when Mayor Charles Stewart asked law enforcement to escort former trustee Suzanne Watson out of Town Hall.

The ousting came during consideration by the board to submit scoping comments to the Bureau of Land Management regarding recently revived oil and gas leases in the North Fork Valley.

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Dana Cooper to perform in Cedaredge on July 27

Dana Cooper to perform in Cedaredge on July 27  548 views

Dana Cooper is a road-warrior. Not the Mad Max kind, although in his youth he was a bit of a hellion.

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DHS teacher to embark on expedition

DHS teacher to embark on expedition  535 views

Delta High School science teacher Ben Graves has been selected as one of this year's Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows in recognition of his commitment to geographic education. The 2018 Fellows, a group of 40 highly respected educators from the United States and Canada, will embark on global expeditions to Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic to explore the rapidly changing marine ecosystems of the Far North.

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DHS teacher to embark on expedition

DHS teacher to embark on expedition

Delta High School science teacher Ben Graves has been selected as one of this year's Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows in recognition of his commitment to geographic education. The 2018 Fellows, a group of 40 highly respected educators from the United States and Canada, will embark on global expeditions to Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic to explore the rapidly changing marine ecosystems of the Far North.

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Pothole rescue

Pothole rescue

The Delta Volunteer Fire Dept. responded to a rescue call in Escalante Canyon Saturday, July 14, around 4:05 p.m. The call was reported as people trapped in a flash flood at the potholes.

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DURA project lacks hotel developers

The Delta Urban Renewal Authority received zero response to a request for proposals to develop an upper mid-scale hotel along the Gunnison River. The deadline for submission of proposals was July 2.

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Veterans' OneSource breaks ground in GJ

The Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for the Western Region OneSource Friday, July 20, in Grand Junction.

A state-owned, former Colorado National Guard armory in Grand Junction is the future home of the Western Region OneSource, which will help serve the needs of more than 40,000 Colorado service members, veterans, and their families who live in the 24 counties along the Western Slope.

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Commissioners act on financial items

At their July 16 meeting, Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley and Don Suppes acted on several financial items. Commissioner Mark Roeber was absent.

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BoCC responds to BLM oil/gas lease sale

The Colorado River Valley Field Office of Bureau of Land Management notified the Delta County Commissioners in late June of a competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Dec. 6, 2018.

At their July 16 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley and Don Suppes authorized and signed a letter of reply to BLM.

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North Fork

BMW Top of the Rockies Rally in Paonia this week

BMW Top of the Rockies Rally in Paonia this week

The North Fork Valley will see an influx of motorcycle traffic beginning today. Cyclists are arriving in Paonia for the BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado's 47th annual Top O' the Rockies Rally scheduled for July 19-22 at Town Park.

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Former trustee booted from town meeting

Former trustee booted from town meeting

A longstanding rift between a current and former elected town official came to a boil at the July 10 meeting of the Paonia Board of Trustees when Mayor Charles Stewart asked law enforcement to escort former trustee Suzanne Watson out of Town Hall.

The ousting came during consideration by the board to submit scoping comments to the Bureau of Land Management regarding recently revived oil and gas leases in the North Fork Valley.

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Judge reduces bond for Heather Jones

On Monday, Delta District Court Judge Steven Schultz modified bond for Heather Jones, who's being held in a shooting incident that took place in Paonia Jan. 12. Ryan Redifer, 54, remains hospitalized from injuries he suffered during the incident.

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Paonia P&Z considers rezoning, special review

The Paonia Planning and Zoning Commission will make recommendations to town trustees regarding two separate issues at the July 24 public meeting.

Commissioners voted 4-0 to recommend denial of an application for rezoning for Autumn Clark, who requested a zoning change from R-1 to R-2 for property located at 123 Oak Avenue.

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A lotta helping hands for 'A Little Help'

A lotta helping hands for 'A Little Help'

July 3 in Paonia Town Park was kind of quiet. Not much activity prior to the big Cherry Day celebration. "A Little Help" volunteers were staffing their booth at the park and decided to close it down around 5 p.m.

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Cancer bike tour rolls into town

Cancer bike tour rolls into town

Members of a coast-to-coast bike ride to raise support for cancer victims passed through Delta County over the weekend.

"Team San Francisco" is one of six teams of cyclists and runners traveling coast to coast this summer through the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults "4K for Cancer" ride.

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Surface Creek

A license to collect

A license to collect

Frank Swancara Jr. is a man of few words.

Asked how he managed to amass his well-ordered collection of 850 license plates, he pauses then responds.

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OC trustees want to hear from DCED

During committee reports at the July 11 meeting of the Orchard City Board of Trustees, trustee Mel Cook raised concerns regarding his role with the entity known as Delta County Economic Development (DCED). DCED is a nonprofit organization which (according to its website) works "in partnership with public and private sectors to strengthen and diversify the economy of Delta County, Colorado."

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Dana Cooper to perform in Cedaredge on July 27

Dana Cooper to perform in Cedaredge on July 27

Dana Cooper is a road-warrior. Not the Mad Max kind, although in his youth he was a bit of a hellion.

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GMAEC offers dance classes and more

GMAEC offers dance classes and more

Lorna Beard has earned a blue belt in the energetic dance activity called "Nia." And she's teaching others to enjoy what she describes as "a very strengthening form of healing dance."

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OC trustees approve audit report, adopt county fire restrictions

The Town of Orchard City Board of Trustees held a regular meeting on Wednesday, July 11. After approving the minutes of their June 13 meeting, the trustees discussed last month's disbursements and financial statement.

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Cedaredge sets budget calendar

The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a work session on Thursday, July 12. The work session was a discussion-only meeting with no action taken.

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Opinion

Health care coverage is in peril

Two articles in the July 11 edition of the DCI truly encapsulate what is at stake in both the upcoming mid-term elections and the nomination for the Supreme Court. DCI profiled the owners of the Pondy.

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Interesting reading

What a treat that we have a local newspaper in face of this technical age.

I was delighted with the July 11 Delta County Independent:

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Paonia mayor overssteps

Mayor Stewart rose to his full glory as the king of Paonia when he ordered Chief Ferguson to evict former Trustee Watson from the last council meeting. Sadly, Chief Ferguson complied, choosing to serve the mayor's prejudice rather than the Constitution.

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For the health and safety of our community

I like to use my life energy to improve the health and well being of people and our planet, so I am volunteering as a coordinator for the Colorado Rising ballot initiative that would create commonsense setbacks for neighborhood fracking from the current 500 feet to 2,500 feet. I am a mother of two young adults, nanny for five children and have worked in community health and education for 15 years.

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A shovelful of propaganda

Re: Marijuana Q&A from the Delta County Sheriff's Office published in the June 20 DCI:

The only way that county ordinance 2018-01 mirrors the state law is if it is a fun house mirror.

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Grateful for knowledgeable assistance

This afternoon I'm "singing the praise" for the friendly helpful owner and employees of our local Ace Hardware. I have a fairly large patch of grass in my lawn that's dead with little circles of green in it.

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Sports

CHSAA sets new registration plan

Beginning this fall, all Colorado high school coaches and athletes will be required to register with the Colorado High School Activities Association through an electronic platform.

CHSAA, the governing body of high school sports in the state, signed an exclusive statewide agreement with ArbiterSports to implement ArbiterAthlete across all 355 CHSAA member high schools.

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Hotchkiss Booster Club hosts golf play

Nineteen teams represented the largest number of teams in the history of Hotchkiss' Booster Club 18 Hole Golf Scramble at Devil's Thumb on Saturday, July 14. There was plenty of sunshine and a few low scores as 76 players played for bragging rights and prizes.

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Deltarado Days Golf Scramble July 29

Delta High School Alumni Association is sponsoring this year's Deltarado Days Golf Scramble hosted by Devil's Thumb Golf Club. Players will begin their quest for bragging rights and a variety of prizes July 29 with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m.

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Third annual Bulldog Scramble on July 14

The Third Annual Bulldog Booster Club 18-Hole Golf Scramble will be hosted by Devil's Thumb Golf Club on Saturday, July 14.

Registration is set for 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. at the clubhouse with a shotgun start to begin play set for 9:00 a.m.

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How Paonia's football field got its name

How Paonia's football field got its name

Did you know that the football field at Paonia Town Park actually has a name?

In a history of the field compiled by former town trustee David Bradford, in 1922, Violet M. and Harold C. Clark agreed to sell the parcel that would become Paonia Town Park to the town for $10,000.

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Cedaredge Golf Course offers summer of fun

There has been a steady flow of golfers of all ages at Cedaredge Golf Course in an otherwise stressful time for new golf professional Erik Hansen and his wife Tara. As many know, the community of Cedaredge has been under a water restriction recently and the local golf course was not spared from the parching heat and winds of a nasty drought.

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What's Happening

Library to host huge book sale

The Friends of the Delta Library are hosting a book sale in conjunction with Deltarado Days on Wednesday, July 25, and Thursday, July 26. A great selection of books and other materials will be for sale under a tent on the library lawn from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.

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Brown Family Band offers a unique sound

Brown Family Band offers a unique sound

Don't miss the Brown Family Band in concert at the Chapel of the Cross Sunday, July 29, at 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.

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Competitive trail ride set for Aug. 4-5

The Women's Surface Creek Saddle Club hosts the Island In The Sky, a NATRC competitive trail ride on Grand Mesa Aug. 4 and 5.

Ride mileage varies from 8 miles to 30 miles a day depending on the class folks enter.

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Register for fall adult softball

Take advantage of our mild fall weather and extend your summer fun by registering your team for the City of Delta's fall softball league.

Register now through July 28 for the coed, women's or men's leagues for just $225 per team and a $20 player fee.

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Learn how astronomy has transformed us

Molly Pittman will present "How Astronomy Has Shaped Us" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, in the Centennial Room, 24 S. Uncompahgre Street, Montrose. Pittman is a park ranger at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

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Singer songwriter to perform at the chapel

Singer songwriter to perform at the chapel

The Chapel of the Cross welcomes Alan Cunningham in concert Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m.

Alan Cunningham has made his musical home in the folk/Americana world of singer songwriters for many years.

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