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Locals take part in Club 20 debates

Despite the early hour, an estimated 150 voters attended the Club 20 debate Saturday morning between House District 54 candidates Matt Soper and Thea Chase, an independent candidate from Palisade.They led off a series of deba...

Cole Lahoe's spirit lives on

Vision Charter Academy dedicated a basketball court to Cole Lahoe, "a very, very special boy" who attended kindergarten at VCA last year. "He blessed our entire town with his spirit and his heart and his love for sports, and ...

96 years and counting!

Women, and several husbands, continued the legacy of Orchard City Women's Club's first Friday of the month meeting on Friday, Sept. 7.They met in the community room of Orchard City Town Hall where speaker Jason Cleckler, CEO ...

World music coming to 'Paradise'

For more than a decade, David Alderdice has been the face of World Music in the North Fork Valley. The percussionist and former host of KVNF's Global Express show, he played music from all over the world.

Paonia trustees approve BLM comment letter at special meeting

In a special meeting held Monday evening, the Town of Paonia Board of Trustees voted to authorize Town Administrator Ken Knight to execute and submit a draft letter to the Bureau of Land Management regarding the Preliminary E...

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Law enforcement blotter Sept. 19, 2018  39 views

Officers responded to 180 Gunnison River Drive, Quality Inn, for a possible protection order violation. Deborah J. Cook, 47, of Delta was arrested on a felony warrant with a $10,000 bond.

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North Fork residents feel 'disenfranchised'  31 views

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.

Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.

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West Nile virus update  29 views

The Delta County Health Department is reporting several human cases of West Nile virus. The cases are residents from the North Fork area, and include four individuals, ages 60-69 and 70-79, who are all recovering from West Nile virus uncomplicated fever.

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Delta

Lake Powell continues to pose major mussel threat to Colorado

Lake Powell continues to pose major mussel threat to Colorado

Boats that have recently been on Lake Powell are posing a serious threat of infesting Colorado lakes and reservoirs with invasive quagga and zebra mussels, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reports.

So far this summer, CPW and other inspectors in Colorado have found a record 43 boats containing mussels, and 32 of those came from Lake Powell which is infested with mussels.

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VFW remembers lives lost during and after 9/11

VFW remembers lives lost during and after 9/11

Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary 3571 in Delta performed a memorial service on Sept. 11, Patriot Day, at the intersection of US 50 and Confluence Drive, near Arby's.

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Changes to county planning commission to be discussed

The Delta County Commissioners have been in the process of revamping the makeup of the Delta County Planning Commission since early 2017, with the goal of balancing representation from across the county.

Also, for several years there has been discussion about eliminating the Area Planning Committees (APC), which were established for the same goal -- balancing representation in planning matters across the county.

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Bennet, Hickenlooper call on BLM to defer lease sale

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper last week sent letters to the Colorado Bureau of Land Management expressing concerns with the pending December 2018 oil and gas lease sales and urging the agency to defer the remaining parcels that have been requested for deferral by the state and local communities.

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Law enforcement blotter Sept. 19, 2018

Officers responded to 180 Gunnison River Drive, Quality Inn, for a possible protection order violation. Deborah J. Cook, 47, of Delta was arrested on a felony warrant with a $10,000 bond.

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West Nile virus update

The Delta County Health Department is reporting several human cases of West Nile virus. The cases are residents from the North Fork area, and include four individuals, ages 60-69 and 70-79, who are all recovering from West Nile virus uncomplicated fever.

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North Fork

Paonia trustees approve BLM comment letter at special meeting

Paonia trustees approve BLM comment letter at special meeting

In a special meeting held Monday evening, the Town of Paonia Board of Trustees voted to authorize Town Administrator Ken Knight to execute and submit a draft letter to the Bureau of Land Management regarding the Preliminary Environment Assessment for proposed oil and gas lease sales in the upper North Fork Valley. The letter is signed on behalf of mayor, the board, and town citizens.

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World music coming to 'Paradise'

World music coming to 'Paradise'

For more than a decade, David Alderdice has been the face of World Music in the North Fork Valley. The percussionist and former host of KVNF's Global Express show, he played music from all over the world.

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You say tomato, I say Tomato Fest!

You say tomato, I say Tomato Fest!

Despite being a drought year, tomatoes are ripening in gardens across the county. Staff at Delta County Libraries are once again aiming to harness some of the excitement about homegrown tomatoes with the fifth annual Tomato Fest in Hotchkiss.

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Crawford okays late fee update

The Sept. 1 meeting of the Crawford town council opened with the mayor reminding residents that school is back in session, so please watch for children and drive carefully.

On the agenda for old business was a franchise tax agreement with TDS Telecom and an update to the water and sewage shutoff ordinance 3-2018.

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Call for artists for Paint Paonia

Paint Paonia is a plein air competition happening on Saturday, Sept. 22. Painters will need to sign in at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts at 226 Grand Avenue, Paonia, starting at 7 a.m.

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18th annual Mountain Harvest Festival set for Sept. 27-30

Mark your calendar to be in Paonia Sept. 27-30 for the 18th annual Mountain Harvest Festival. This is our time to celebrate every local harvest that blesses our town and the river valley beyond.

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Surface Creek

Colorado Grand cruises through Delta County

Colorado Grand cruises through Delta County

Get ready for the Colorado Grand because a host of classic automobiles are headed our way. As many as 85 vehicles will pass through Delta County on the final leg of their multiple-day 1,000-mile route through the Rocky Mountains.

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Saddle club ends the season on a high note

By all accounts, the Surface Creek Saddle Club had a successful summer this year. Competition was keen in the 2018 Saddle and Buckle Series gymkhana.

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Vendor applications available for Applefest

There are limited vendor spots available for the 2018 Applefest being held Oct. 6-7.

"We listened to feedback from our community and are happy to announce this year we are offering different rates for vendors," said Alisha Komives, executive director of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce.

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PACE welcomes new chaplain Justin Williams

PACE welcomes new chaplain Justin Williams

Volunteers of America and Senior CommUnity Care PACE (SCC-PACE) is pleased to announce Justin Williams as the program's new full-time chaplain. Williams will share his time between the program's two day center sites in Montrose and Eckert, serving the spiritual needs of the program participants.

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Tiny houses and marijuana regs on Orchard City radar

The trustees present at the Sept. 5 workshop for Orchard City were eager to tackle the agenda and get to work on various matters. First, they reviewed the ordinance for regulating the cultivation and possession of marijuana.

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Christian family says thank you

Christian family says thank you

The Christian family would like to thank everyone for their support and fundraising that has been done for our family. We are overwhelmed and humbled by the kindness that has been shown.

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Opinion

Kindness appreciated

I would like to thank Hellman Chevrolet for the kindness extended to me following my accident June 20.

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Don't let oil/gas fall to the same fate as logging

I thought the quarter page letter in the Sept. 12 paper was more comical than factual. Those people will think up so many things to stop progress in our country as possible.

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Disappointment in Cedaredge

If you are thinking of buying a house in Cedaredge, be very careful were you buy it.

Our neighbors and I bought our property 24 years ago, in one of the best subdivisions in town, but things can change.

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Marijuana is indeed a gateway drug

It's not about growing or selling marijuana, rather it's all about marketing the THC that's in it.

The higher the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) the greater the risk of dependence and that's what drives the market.

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Mini ice-age cooling explained

To answer Lon Kugler's question of last week about what caused, and ended, the "mini-ice age" cooling period, mainly in northern Europe, that went up and down from the 1300s and ended in the mid 1800s, I checked to make sure that I remembered my science teachers correctly.

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Fracking vs. irrigation?

Oil and gas extraction nationally already uses 16 percent of freshwater in the US (http://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2018/09/this-is-how-much-water-it-takes-to-produce-energy-in-the-us/).

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Sports

Eagles volleyball goes 1-3 for the week

The Paonia Eagles volleyball team is 3-3 overall after three straight losses and a win. Paonia opened at De Beque (6-0 overall, 4-0 2A/1A Western Slope League) with a 3-2, 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-13, 14-16 conference loss.

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Eagles rout Monte Vista 41-0 in football

After a season-opening loss, the Paonia Eagles gave Monte Vista a drubbing on its own turf Friday for a 41-0 win. The Pirates (0-2, 1A Southern Peaks League) were coming off of a 24-0 season-opening loss to 2A Alamosa.

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Delta splits soccer road games last week

Delta High School's soccer team had its express train slowed down this past week with tough games against Crested Butte and Roaring Fork. Both matches were on the road and proved to be difficult contests.

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Cedaredge falls to Buena Vista, 41-27

A high-scoring first quarter ended with Buena Vista holding a touchdown lead, 14-21, heading to the second quarter.

Each team scored in the second quarter leaving the Bruins trailing by seven, 28-21 at halftime.

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Bruins lose to Meeker, split DH with Cortez

Bruins lose to Meeker, split DH with Cortez

Cedaredge's softball team found last week's diamond opponents to be stout competitors with the Bruins falling 11-1 in Meeker on Sept. 4 and splitting a doubleheader with Cortez at the Field of Dreams Sept. 8, losing the opener 11-8 and claiming a 10-9 win in game two.

In game one Cortez jumped out to an early 9-2 lead but had to hold on for an 11-8 win.

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Lewis leads Delta boys at Hotchkiss XC

Lewis leads Delta boys at Hotchkiss XC

Hard work is paying off for Shad Lewis. The Delta junior ran the best cross country race of his career Saturday, on one of the toughest courses on the Western Slope, placing third at the Hotchkiss Invitational.

His time of 19 minutes, 17.35 seconds bested last year's eighth-place time by a full 27 seconds.

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What's Happening

Learn CPR and first aid

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is hosting an American Red Cross community CPR/AED and first aid class Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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What's up at your library? Sept. 19, 2018

The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.

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Calvary Baptist hosts eighth annual car show

Calvary Baptist Church, located at 1290 A Street in Delta, will host its eighth annual car show Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon to 3 p.m. Registration will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

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Benefit dinner for Art For All

The Kids' Pasta Project will be serving up a dinner to benefit Arts For All on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at Delicious Orchards, 39126 Highway 133, Paonia.

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Low cost vaccination clinic set for Sept. 29

There will be a low cost dog vaccination clinic in Cedaredge on Saturday, Sept. 29. It will be held in Cedaredge Town Park from 1 to 4 p.m. This is not a spay/neuter clinic.

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Sunset Mesa families plan gathering

Those affected by the investigation into the operation of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors are invited to a gathering at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Confluence Park in Delta.

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