NORTH FORK TIMES SURFACE CREEK NEWS SPORTS DEADLINE EXTENDED HOSPICE FUNDRAISER IN THE FAST LANE BLM extends comment period on North Fork oil/gas development, B1 Tournament pays tribute to well-known Cedaredge golfer, C2 10 new records set at Cedaredge Invitational, five by the Bruins, C4 DELTA COUNTY APRIL 4, 2012 VOL. 129, NO. 14 75¢ INDEPENDENT www.deltacountyindependent.com Three superintendent finalists named BY PAT SUNDERLAND Managing Editor Delta County School District 50J has chosen three finalists from among the 20 applicants for the superintendent of Schools position. The school board hopes to select a new superintendent mid-May, with a start date of July 1. Using screening criteria established through focus groups conducted throughout the county, the school board selected the following candidates to be interviewed April 21. Corey Doss completed his master’s degree in educational leadership at Adams State College. He is currently serving as the superintendent of schools for Mountain Valley School District in Saguache. He previously served as an elementary school principal in Garfield 16 School District in Parachute. Doss has two years of teaching experience and 10 years of administrative experience. Doss is the son of interim superintendent Dr. Jerre Doss. Corey was a student teacher in Delta County, but did not attend school here. Dr. Jeff Perry completed his doctorate in educational administration at Virginia Tech. He is currently serving as superintendent of schools for Wise County School Division in Wise, Va. He previously served as superintendent of schools in West Grand School District, Grand County, and superintendent of Byers School District, both in Colorado. Dr. Perry has four years of teaching experience and 20 years of administrative experience. Kelly Reed completed his master’s degree in secondary education at Adams State College. He is currently principal of Redlands Middle School in Grand Junction. He previously served as superintendent of schools of South Routt School District in Oak Creek and superintendent of Monte Vista School District in Monte Vista. Reed has a total of eight years of teaching experience and 17 years of administrative experience. The interview schedule set up by the board of education for April 20-21 includes a tour of the county and district schools on the afternoon of Friday, April 20, followed by a dinner with the board. On Saturday, April 21, the board and two community teams will interview the candidates. At a special meeting of the school board on April 2, 24 individuals were named to the interview teams: Michael Bowles, Kurt Clay, Joyce Conger, Sam Cox, Caryn Gibson, Amy Hawkins, Tom Huerkamp, Sandie Jungers, Jill Jurca, Robbie LeValley, Jennifer Magner, Amy Miller, Angela Morgan, Lee Ponder, Kena Price, Mark Queen, Debra Richards, Paul Rodriguez, Holly Rupp, Gwen Russell, Becky Shea, Cindy Swartzendruber, Dawn Ullrey and Sandy Wilson. The community will have an opportunity to meet the finalists at an open house Saturday, April 21, at the Delta Center for Performing Arts and Education, 822 Grand Avenue, Delta. Finalists will be introduced at 6 p.m. Photo by Pat Sunderland Mapping out the future Household hazmat facility to open BY HANK LOHMEYER Staff Writer The county’s long-planned household hazardous materials collection and recycling center is being slated for opening at the Adobe Buttes landfill during the third or fourth week in April. That is the best current estimate on the facility’s start date as reported to the county commissioners on March 19 by solid waste coordinator Gary Vance. The operation is being called a “hazardous materials management facility,” Vance told the DCI. The hazardous materials handling facility when open will accept most common household materials including paints, poisons, solvents, cleaners, batteries, light bulbs, and corrosives, Vance told the commissioners. The facility will include a “reuse station” for recycling paints, sprays and other materials to consumers. The facility will not accept some materials including bio-waste, pharmaceuticals, sharps (i.e. needles) or radioactive materials. Containers of unknown contents may require additional special handling procedures or off site inspection, Vance explained. The facility will be open to county residents only. At least initially, the facility will not charge a fee to users. At its beginning, the facility will be open one day per month to homeowners and businesses who have materials considered hazardous to dispose of. The county wants to keep expenses for the governmentsubsidized operation to a minimum. Vance and one other current landfill employee besides himself will take the special training for handling materials brought in. Individuals and businesses with materials to drop off will need to call ahead for appointments. As the program gets under way, Vance said, the number of appointments scheduled per day will be kept to a maximum of 50. Appointments are being required, Vance explained, because of the time needed to log-in and process each load of materials that is accepted. Having an appointment schedule will help eliminate long lines of frustrated people from forming, Vance told the BoCC. The disadvantage is that the number of people able to access the facility’s services will be restricted. “That could be a sore point,” observed commissioner Doug Atchley. Nevertheless, the one day of operations per month will be on a Saturday, Vance said, “because that’s the (day) most available to the people.” The facility’s operations plan is based partly on inspection tours that Vance made of other household materials facilities in the state. Vance makes a distinction between the terms “household hazardous waste” and “household hazardous HOUSEHOLD HAZMAT TO A3 The City of Delta is working closely with SEMA Construction to get the alternate truck route off the drawing board, but it may be fall before construction can begin, city manager Joe Kerby reports. Condemnation proceedings on one parcel of land and an issue with a small section of wetlands have delayed the start of the project. When the bid was awarded to SEMA in June 2011, it was hoped construction could begin in February 2012. That date was later amended to April 2012. When the project does get off the ground, SEMA will start on the northern portion from Gunnison River Drive (pictured above) to 5th Street. Prison, therapy handed down to convicted child abuser BY PAT SUNDERLAND Managing Editor Robert Vicencio has been sentenced to the Colorado Department of Corrections for an indeterminate amount of time after pleading guilty to a felony charge of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. The sentence was handed down March 28 by District Judge Charles Greenacre, who said Vicencio is clearly in need of sexual offender therapy. Because he’s not considered a good candidate for probation, the only way Vicencio can receive that treatment is through the Colorado Department of Corrections. Vicencio will serve a minimum of two years and a maximum of life in prison. He was also sentenced to a mandatory lifetime term of parole. Defense attorney Daniel Shaffer said Vicencio is willing to undergo treatment, but Shaffer believes DOC therapy options are limited for Spanish-speaking individuals like Vicencio. He told the court that 5,400 DOC inmates qualify for sexu- INDEX Easter hoppenings Accent ........................... A4 Activities ......................A11 Agriculture ...................A12 Back Page ................... D8 Business ........................ A8 Church ........................... D5 Classifieds .................. D1-2 Editorial ......................... A2 Legals ......................... D3-5 North Fork Times ........B1-6 Obituaries ....................A10 School Zone ............... A6-7 Service Directory ........ D7 Sports ..........................C4-8 Surface Creek News ...C1-3 TV Listings ..................B3-4 The Easter Bunny is hop, hop, hopping into Delta Saturday, April 7. The Delta Lions Club will host their annual Easter egg hunt in Cleland Park Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m. sharp. From 10 a.m. to noon, Bill Heddles Recreation Center will be the site of an Easter Egg Stravaganza. In the gym, kids can decorate eggs, play games, make crafts, get an airbrush tattoo and have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny (bring your camera). An outdoor Easter egg hunt is also planned. This event is for kids age 2-10. Admission is $3 if paid before 5 p.m. April 6, or $5 at the door. Adults are free. al offender therapy, yet at any given time only 400 to 500 are undergoing that treatment, which can take years to complete. For Spanish speakers, there’s an even lower likelihood of completing the program. Yet that’s the only way Vicencio can qualify for release, Shaffer said. “It’s a very untenable situation for everybody.” Judge Greenacre said he is not aware of program limitations within the DOC. He does know they are required to provide that service, and he said the court has to assume they will meet their obligations. Earlier in the hearing, the 16-year-old victim, her mother and a close family friend addressed the court. Sandra Ugalde said her daughter was just 5 years old when Ugalde and Vicencio got together. Vincencio was like a father to her daughter, so she was stunned to learn that he had been “sexually and mentally” abusing her daughter for several years. “I have no answers to why she didn’t say anything, or why he did this to her,” she said. “I want the maximum penalty for him.” The victim attends Delta High School, where she is involved in extracurricular activities and student government while trying to cope with the abuse she suffered. She told the judge she is not the only victim, that Vicencio’s actions have impacted her entire family and especially her mother. Cecilia Tafoya, who said she is like a grandmother to the victim, told the court she admires the teen for having the strength and courage to step forward and confront what has happened to her. Over the past year of court proceedings, the teen has had to “dig deep to get through this.” “I know this was prolonged in the hope that all this would go away, that she would give up,” Tafoya said. “But she speaks for other children — boys and girls — in the hope this horrible, horrible thing that has happened will not happen to any other children. VICENCIO TO A3 Motorcyclist killed in Peach Valley James Steckel, 52, of Delta was killed in a motorcycle accident in Peach Valley at about 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31. The Colorado State Patrol reports that Steckel was southbound on 2100 Road about a half mile south of E Road when he came upon a piece of farm equipment being driven by Norman Baldwin, 57, of Whitewater. Baldwin, who was also southbound on 2100 Road, had slowed near the crest of a hill and was turning left onto private property. When Steckel saw the vehicle slowing in front of him, he tried to brake, lost control of his 2003 Harley Davidson, and collided with the left rear quarter panel of the farm equipment. He was thrown from the motorcycle and died on the scene. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in the accident, but speed is considered a possible contributor. Steckel was wearing eye protection but no helmet. No citations were issued to the driver of the farm equipment.