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Investments in conservation easements reap benefits

Colorado is famous for its iconic landscapes, which have helped shape the state's identity and economy. From agriculture to recreation and tourism, from minerals and fuels to forest and wildlife, Coloradans are dependent on nature for many things that enrich our lives.

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Health department donates tobacco-free signs to DCMH
Health department donates tobacco-free signs to DCMH

Jolyne Young, health educator with Delta County Health Department, donated 50 customized tobacco-free signs to George Baier, manager of operational services at Delta County Memorial Hospital, as part of a grant through the State Tobacco Education & Prevention Partnership (STEPP). The signs indicate no cigarettes, vaping or chew are allowed on the tobacco-free campus of the hospital, or at any of its 10 clinics in Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia.

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Access resources statewide with your Delta County library card

As summer reaches its apex and Delta County residents travel to other places, library card holders may be pleasantly surprised to find out that a library card from Delta County Libraries will provide them access to other libraries, reading materials, and online tools. Many people are aware they can request books from other libraries through interlibrary loan, but fewer know that a local library card entitles them to obtain additional library cards at other libraries or library districts within the state of Colorado.

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USFS plans road work on Grand Mesa

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests' Grand Valley Ranger District will be undertaking summer road work on the Grand Mesa National Forest. The work will primarily be on Flowing Park Road (NFSR 109) and Highway 65 in the County Line and Skyway areas.

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BoCC hires lawyer to negotiate with DURA

The Board of County Commissioners on Monday, July 17, engaged an attorney specializing in work that will involve the county's interests in negotiations with the Delta Urban Renewal Authority.

In other business on July 17, Region 10 director Michelle Haynes reported that the broadband middle mile system is now providing service to carrier neutral locations in the cities of Delta and Montrose.

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Understand your coverage before you need to file a claim
Understand your coverage before you need to file a claim

Last Tuesday evening, Howard and Barbara Garland were seated at the dining table in their North Delta home when they heard a loud crash. The wind had torn loose a large limb from a huge cottonwood tree in their yard.

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Cost vs. benefit of energy development aired

The North Fork Valley's Citizens for a Healthy Community group attended the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Monday to present results of a study the CHC has produced.

The study is titled "Economic Impact of Natural Gas Development in Delta County."

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Law enforcement blotter July 19, 2017

Sheriff's deputies responded to a complaint of criminal mischief in the town of Crawford. The complainant believed her ex-husband had broken out a window of a structure she owns. A restraining order is in place.

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CSU to reopen Rogers Mesa site

Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.

The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.

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Mountain Coal seeks support for exploration

Representatives of Mountain Coal Company on Monday asked the Board of County Commissioners for words of support as the North Fork mine begins once again the process of applying for a federal lease modification to explore for, and hopefully one day mine, new coal resources.

The company's plans for expansion were halted abruptly five years ago on the day before construction was to begin.

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Confluence Drive/5th is Delta's most dangerous intersection

As traffic increases on Confluence Drive in Delta, so does the number of accidents taking place at intersections. The intersection of 5th and Confluence is the most dangerous in Delta, according to accident statistics compiled by the Delta Police Department.

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Fire ban lifted

Effective immediately, fire restrictions in the unincorporated portions of Delta County have been lifted. The Delta County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to use caution when burning and to call the Delta County burn line, 970-399-2955, before any agricultural burn.

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County worker resuscitates child

A county Human Services Department employee's professional knowledge and quick action at work helped to resuscitate a young child who had stopped breathing, the county commissioners learned on Monday.

Rita Fowler, a caseworker for the county's Adult Protective Services unit at the North Fork Annex, was working at her desk recently.

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Funds available for rental rehab

A pilot program has made funds available to landlords who rent to low-income tenants for home rehabilitation or restoration projects, thanks to a joint effort between the Delta Housing Authority (DHA), Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) and the Department of Local Affairs - Division of Housing. The program is a two year pilot, with a total pool of $250,000.

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HopeWest receives national award for level of care

HopeWest has been named a recipient of the 2017 Hospice Honors award for the second consecutive year and the only hospice in Colorado to receive "elite" status. This national award recognizes hospices that continuously provide the best patient and caregiver experience as measured from the caregiver's point of view.

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Third party bill pay charges unnecessary fees

The City of Delta has become aware of an online bill pay service which has been collecting payments from City of Delta utilities customers. The City of Delta recommends customers use the city website (www.cityofdelta.net) to pay their bill directly to the city.

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PEAC expands mission

In an effort to expand its mission and further educate the people of Colorado on responsible oil and gas development, the Piceance Energy Action Council (PEAC) is growing and changing its name. PEAC is now CREAC -- the Colorado Rural Energy Action Committee.

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County supports solar growth through Dept. of Energy program
County supports solar growth through Dept. of Energy program

The Delta County Board of Commissioners signed a statement in support of fostering a solar-friendly market in Delta County on Monday, July 3, as a part of a larger effort to pursue a SolSmart designation for the county.

The SolSmart designation program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Sunshot initiative and supports the goal of making it faster, cheaper and easier to go solar, according to the SolSmart official website.

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Delta County to see lower revenue from property taxes

Because of changes in assessment of residential property dictated by the Gallagher Amendment to the Colorado Constitution, Delta County government is expected to receive less revenue from property taxes next year.

Nevertheless, many homeowners will not see any corresponding decrease in next year's tax bills.

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Gubernatorial candidate looks to expand private sector jobs

On June 29, Victor Mitchell, a Republican candidate running for Governor of Colorado, sat down to visit with Trish Thibodo, the executive director of Delta County Economic Development, about local issues.

Delta County Economic Development, or DCED, is a nonprofit organization with the goal of creating a strong, vibrant and resilient economy for Delta County.

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Law enforcement blotter July 12, 2017

Zachary T. Pfister, 28, of Cedaredge was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $1,200 bond.

Troy M. Messano, 50, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged second degree criminal trespass.

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20-year reunion planned

Delta High School Class of 1997 is planning a 20-year class reunion during Deltarado Days.

On Friday, July 28, a social gathering will be held at the Throttle and Spur, 1410 Valley View Drive, beginning at 6 p.m.

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GMUG hosts open houses on forest plan revision

This summer, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests is holding public open houses throughout the neighboring communities to invite input for the forest plan revision.

The open houses will be held in the evenings, starting with Delta on July 25, Gunnison on July 27, Ouray on August 1, Grand Junction on Aug. 3, Telluride on Aug. 10, Montrose on Aug. 14, Lake City on Aug. 15, and Saguache on Aug. 17.

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Delta loses utilities/public works director to Fort Morgan
Delta loses utilities/public works director to Fort Morgan

Steve Glammeyer, a 24-year employee of the City of Delta, pictured himself working another nine years, then retiring at the age of 55 with time to enjoy life. He never dreamed of finishing out those nine years in another community -- until he got an intriguing offer from the city manager in Fort Morgan.

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Search for Glammeyer's replacement begins

Steve Glammeyer leaves some big shoes to fill, and it will be up to city manager David Torgler to find the applicant with the right fit. Because the position requires a licensed engineer, there is no one currently on staff with the proper qualifications.

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