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Delta

DCED seeks continued financial assistance

Delta County Economic Development director Trish Thibodo spoke of recent and pending economic development successes achieved by DCED, working with other stakeholders, when she met with the Delta City Council in work session Sept. l. She asked for the city's continued financial support for DCED.

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Foster Farms feed mill receives safety award

Nine Foster Farms facilities in five states, including the feed mill in Delta, earned the highest level of achievement for employee safety. The company received Awards of Distinction from the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council during the 2015 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held last week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Law enforcement blotter September 9, 2015

Heather I. Henson, 19, of Eckert was issued a ticket for alleged theft.

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Libraries step Outside the Lines to engage the community
Libraries step Outside the Lines to engage the community

Near the end of September last year, a table in front of the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss displayed some of the most decorated tomatoes ever seen in Delta County. Tomatoes were dressed as iguanas, monsters, businessmen and more.

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Public version of broadband report released

An 81-page public version of the 120-page plan for Region 10's middle mile fiberoptic network has been released.

The report was authored by NEO Fiber, Inc., a digital consultantcy headquartered in Carbondale.

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RR work to close Hwy. 50

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews will be working with a specialty unit of the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) to perform much-needed repair work to rails that run on U.S. 50 in Delta. The closure is expected to last five days, from Sept. 18-22.

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Supreme Court case prompts sign review

Delta city attorney David McConaughy reviewed with the Delta City Council a draft of possible revisions to the City of Delta's sign regulations at the council's work session Sept. 1.

McConaughy's advice to the council to review Delta's sign regulations was prompted by the June 18 decision in the case of Supreme Court of the United States v the Town of Gilbert, Ariz.

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Trail builders wanted
Trail builders wanted

With community volunteers, a new hiking/biking trail will be built near the County Line cross-country ski area on Grand Mesa.

A trail build day is scheduled for what is expected to be a colorful day, Sept. 19. Volunteers should meet at the marked County Line trailhead, just off Highway 65 on Grand Mesa at 9 a.m.

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Opinion

Death penalty should be abolished

In 2006 the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) adopted its position supporting abolition of the death penalty. The League of Women Voters of Colorado (LWVCO) concurs with this position and supported legislation in 2013 to repeal the death penalty in Colorado. This legislation was not passed.

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Do you call Cedaredge home?

It may not be common knowledge that Sept. 14-20 has been designated as "Colorado Cities and Towns Week." The idea is that during these seven days, every city and town in the state can take the opportunity to show the pride that we have in the special place we call home.

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Join the fun of Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Colorado is inviting girls from across the state, along with their families, to join the fun! As a Girl Scout, your girl will make friends, try new things and learn leadership skills through activities like building robots, camping, playing sports and doing her part to make the world a better place.

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Laziness, or just lack of courtesy?

What a person truly believes is not to be found in what they say, no matter how noble they claim are their objectives, but rather in what they do or don't do, something which is clearly noticeable to those who have trained themselves to observe and note minutiae. There are many such indicators but two which some of us have noted are observable in supermarket parking lots.

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Let's go meatless on Monday

With the new school year just around the corner, parents' attention is turning to school clothes, supplies and lunches. Yes, school lunches! In past years, USDA had used our nation's schools as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities.

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Opposed to fracking

I am opposed to fracking. I do not believe that there is a safe and responsible way to produce oil and gas and I support the proposed legislation that will permanently remove a large portion of the previously proposed sale of leases in the North Fork Valley.

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Selfless acts of sharing make wonderful story

Your wonderful article on the "Loving Spoonfuls" program gave me great joy (B1, Aug. 26 DCI). The commitment that Ms. Jeanne Gatto had in her idea to put locally produced food to good use, to bring people together in a completely selfless act of sharing,

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Sports

Bruins split softball games; lead league

The Cedaredge Bruins stand alone atop the 3A District 5 standings with a perfect 2-0 league mark and a 3-1 overall slate.

Last weekend the Bruins split a pair of games. On Sept. 5 Cedaredge took on Class 3A Faith Christian in Gunnison with the Eagles defeating Cedaredge 15-13.

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Bulldogs building strong XC foundation
Bulldogs building strong XC foundation

A young core of Bulldogs is supplemented by one outstanding senior, making the Hotchkiss boys' cross country team a potential force to be reckoned with.

The Bulldogs finished 10th in the team standings at the Delta Invitational last Friday at Confluence Park and are content to build a strong foundation that will hopefully peak at regionals and state.

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Delta netters win two

Delta High School's volleyball team finally got a chance to play against another team. The Panthers were at last weekend's Gunnison Invitational where they competed against Olathe and Cedaredge.

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Eagles soar again

No. 1 Paonia opened defense of its third straight 1A state championship on the road last Friday night at No. 7 Monte Vista.

The Eagles won the game 21-7 behind Player of the Year Taylor Walters and a stingy effort from its young defense.

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Hotchkiss football team learns as it goes
Hotchkiss football team learns as it goes

The Hotchkiss High School football team is going through some growing pains, but the young Bulldogs are learning along the way, and they are not going to roll over for anybody.

In a scintillating and often frustrating home opener at Hotchkiss last Friday night, the visiting Olathe Pirates stormed back from a late deficit to force overtime and beat the Bulldogs 29-27.

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Hotchkiss girls show well at Delta XC meet
Hotchkiss girls show well at Delta XC meet

The Hotchkiss girls' cross country team finished fourth in the state last year and early results this season show that the Bulldogs might well be among 2A's best once again.

Senior Mae Anderson finished second overall, and the Bulldogs made a strong showing at the Delta Cross Country Invitational last Friday morning at Confluence Park.

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Meilner 5th at XC meet
Meilner 5th at XC meet

The Paonia girls' cross country squad showed that the Eagles have one of its deepest, most talented teams yet.

Leading the way last Friday was senior Chelsea Meilner, who completed the course in 20:23.75 to finish fifth overall.

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Montrose defeats Delta gridders; Ponce injured
Montrose defeats Delta gridders; Ponce injured

This year's edition of the Montrose versus Delta football game was evenly played, scorewise, for the first half of play. Each team found the end zone once in the game's first 24 minutes of play. Montrose scored in the first period and the Panthers in the second for a halftime score of 7-7.

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Panthers 2-3 after big softball schedule
Panthers 2-3 after big softball schedule

The Delta Panthers wrapped up their first full week of softball competition with two wins and three losses. Even with the three losses, Delta is leading the 4A WSL with a 1-0 league mark and a 2-3 record overall.

Delta's week began with Rifle on Sept. 1. A 10-run third inning turned the game around and allowed the Panthers to score a 15-4 decision in five innings.

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Paonia boys making strides
Paonia boys making strides

Paonia's boys' cross country team continues to make strides and is starting to set higher goals for itself as more and more talented Eagles join the squad.

In the second meet of the year at Confluence Park in Delta last Friday morning, nearly all of the Eagles posted times that improved upon their first meet marks.

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Community

Births September 9, 2015

Elizabeth and Curtis Bowers of Montrose are the parents of a son, Quinton Curtis James Bowers, born June 2, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches in length.

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School Zone

Church offers child care for early release

Delta United Methodist Church is again offering after-school care when children are released early from school. This outreach is for kindergarten-middle school children. Like last year, Delta County School transportation will have a designated bus for elementary school children to ride.

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DMS administrators anticipate a great year
DMS administrators anticipate a great year

Delta Middle School staff members are wearing pins in the shape of puzzle pieces -- a reminder from principal Jennifer Lohrberg that "every piece has a place and every piece belongs."

It's her way of saying that staff, students, parents and the community are all a piece of the "big picture" -- challenging the students at Delta Middle School to be the best they can be.

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Sign language offered to DHS students, the community

After 13 years of teaching American Sign Language (ASL) to those who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families, Matt Kevan decided to bring the language to the schools. Students at Delta High School can now take ASL as a second language.

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Obituaries

Chris Rogers
Chris Rogers

Chris was born in Delta Colo., the youngest of six boys, to Arthur and Mary Rogers.

Chris passed away in his home with family surrounding him at the age of 67.

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Darrell Miller
Darrell Miller

Darrell Vernon Miller died Sunday, June 28, 2015, at his home in Delta. He was 63.

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Robert Bryant

Robert Earl Bryant died Aug. 31, 2015. He was 80.

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Rosemarie Stotts
Rosemarie Stotts

Rosemarie Hinton Stotts died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2015, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 87.

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North Fork

Paul Rodriguez is new principal at Hotchkiss
Paul Rodriguez is new principal at Hotchkiss

Hotchkiss High School has a new principal, but Paul Rodriguez is hardly a stranger to the Delta County school system.

Rodriguez brings more than 20 years of experience in education to the school. He began teaching high school math and science at Mancos, then taught those subjects for six years at Paonia High School.

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Recreation area to be built this fall
Recreation area to be built this fall

The Flight of the Eagle Project committee is a long way from realizing its years-long dream of a sports facility at Paonia Junior/Senior High School, but members are continuing fundraising and public awareness campaigns, and working to make the best of their situation.

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Mosquito season continues despite cooler weather
Mosquito season continues despite cooler weather

September may have brought cooler weather, but mosquitoes can still be a problem, and the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District reminds residents to remain vigilant.

"It's still mosquito season," said NFMAD operations manager Chris Tschinkel. "We are still dealing with the adult population that, given the opportunity, will hide out" and breed.

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Crawford discusses long-term camper use
Crawford discusses long-term camper use

During the Sept. 2 Crawford Town Council meeting, public works director Bruce Bair brought up a non-agenda issue regarding RVs and campers parked on in-town properties. The issue isn't the units themselves, but the fact some of them are currently occupied.

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Koontz stepping down from Gunnison Basin Roundtable
Koontz stepping down from Gunnison Basin Roundtable

Delta County has put out a call for citizens interested in joining the Gunnison Basin Roundtable as a municipal representative after Wendell Koontz recently announced he is stepping down.

Koontz, who also serves as mayor of Hotchkiss, was first appointed to the roundtable in 2009

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Paonia welcomes new police officer
Paonia welcomes new police officer

Officer Taffine Patterson reported to work at Paonia on Aug. 6 and is currently undergoing a 12-week training program. She is the first female member of the department in roughly 10 years, said investigator Neil Ferguson.

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Make me a firefighter

Hotchkiss Fire District is recruiting volunteer firefighters.

Anyone interested in volunteering or learning about what is required to be a volunteer firefighter is welcome to attend the district's "Make Me a Firefighter" events.

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Blasting requires full closure of SH 133

On Thursday, Sept. 10, State Highway 133 between MM 24 and 25.5, will be closed for five hours for rockfall work, weather permitting. The full closures will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Traffic must be held during this safety-critical rockfall work.

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Nicole Walters named branch president
Nicole Walters named branch president

Bank of Colorado announces the promotion of Nicole Walters to branch president of the Hotchkiss and Paonia branches.

Walters joined Bank of Colorado in March 2015 as branch manager and brings over 17 years of bank management skills and leadership experience to the team.

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Thrift Shop has new items for fall

The Thrift Shop sponsored by Paonia United Methodist Women announces that it is open and reorganized with new items for fall. Founded in 1956, the Thrift Shop located in the alley at Third and Onarga in Paonia and provides clothing, shoes, purses, knickknacks and household items to the people in the North Fork for a nominal fee.

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Welcome the new pastor

Join the members of the Crawford Community Methodist Church in welcoming their new pastor, Rev. Amos Kariuki at an open community barbecue at the Crawford church on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m.

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Surface Creek

Sewer plant taking shape
Sewer plant taking shape

Workers from Moltz Construction of Salida have been making progress on Cedaredge's new sewer treatment plant for almost six weeks since construction began.

Last week they were in the process of pouring concrete that will make containment walls of the 25-foot-high treatment cells of the plant.

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Musicians get big check for trip
Musicians get big check for trip

As of last week, the Cedaredge High School marching band and choir had reached the $24,000 mark in their fundraising campaign to pay costs of a trip to Washington, D.C., in the spring.

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Relay team raises $8,481
Relay team raises $8,481

The dedication and energetic commitment of 20 local people has gone to benefit the search for new cancer treatments and cures by raising $8,481 in this year's Relay for Life.

The 20 members of the relay team fielded by Cedaredge's Pondy began work last February with a goal of being this year's top contributing team to the Relay for Life.

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Money available for small local nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations in the Cedaredge area need to make sure the Western Colorado Community Foundation knows who they are.

The Western Slope Community Foundation of Grand Junction hopes soon to have $6,000 available to nonprofit organizations in the Cedaredge area.

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Cookbook will raise funds for healthy lives
Cookbook will raise funds for healthy lives

A new, locally published cookbook is full of fun recipes and guaranteed to help people live healthy lives.

That is because all proceeds from sales of the $10 book -- produced entirely with local volunteer efforts -- will go to support a local Relay for Life team and its energetic efforts on behalf of the American Cancer Society in its work to advance treatments and effect cures for cancer.

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