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Delta

Appeal made for homeless shelter

As construction of the homeless shelter moves toward completion, The Abraham Connection finds its building fund depleted. Board members have approached the city for help in ensuring the facility can open as anticipated on Nov. 1.

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Badgers successfully raised, released
Badgers successfully raised, released

On April 24, a badger den near Bayfield was destroyed by gas well drilling. At the end of the day, district wildlife manager Stephanie Schuler arrived at the site to pick up the one out of the den, and then she reached way into the den and retrieved the remaining two.

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Bear not involved in hunter's injuries

Wildlife officers from the Grand Junction area have completed their investigation of the reported bear attack and mauling on the Grand Mesa Saturday evening, concluding that the injuries to the individual were not caused by a bear.

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Chamber is rethinking Downtown DeltaFest

With the completion of the truck route, the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed the unique opportunity to close down a portion of Main Street for special events such as parades and street fairs. The intent -- to draw area residents downtown to enjoy music, food and vendors, and to see what Main Street merchants had to offer.

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Chamber shares 2015 highlights

The City of Delta has been asked to increase its membership status and commit an additional $3,000 for special events.

The request was made by executive director Leslie Workman during a city council work session.

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Delta police, sheriff's blotter September 23, 2015

Charles E. Foley, 79, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged disregard a stop sign after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at 4th and Meeker. No injuries were reported and one vehicle was towed from the scene.

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Elections certification aimed at accuracy, trust
Elections certification aimed at accuracy, trust

The county elections department conducted a public test of voting equipment last week to help ensure voters that their votes are being counted completely and correctly.

Although the upcoming coordinated election will be conducted via mail ballot, there are still voting booth terminals and other electronic ballot counting equipment that must be tested and certified in proper working order before any voting takes place.

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Owl Creek maintenance

The Forest Service announces that road maintenance work on Owl Creek Pass (Forest Service Road #858) from the forest boundary on the Ridgway side to the top of the pass is occurring. Road maintenance activities will be active on Mondays-Thursdays.

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School superintendent's contract extended 4 years

After a favorable performance evaluation, the Delta County Board of Education approved a contract extension for district superintendent Caryn Gibson.

Gibson is a 26-year employee of Delta County Joint School District and has served as superintendent for four years.

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Valdez pleads guilty

Mark Valdez, one of two defendants charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Trevor Rawson, has pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter and transfer or alteration of a hunting/fishing license. The plea was entered Sept. 18 before Judge Jeff Herron in Montrose County.

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Opinion

An old Eagle completes the circle in Paonia

Success -- it always feels like it should happen for both the individual and the team (group). It sure takes both halves to make success be complete and feel as good as it can.

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BELA provides amazing opportunities for kids

As parents, we see enormous value in providing young children with the opportunity to love education before they even start kindergarten. We are extremely lucky to have BELA (Backpack Early Learning Academy) preschools in Delta County to start our kids on the right foot.

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Gas prices are out of line

The price of unleaded gas in Grand Junction has fallen to $2.40 per gallon. On Monday it was $2.70 per gallon in Delta.

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Grandpa exemplified the meaning of hard work

Labor Day has come and gone. Did anyone even notice, or remember what it once meant?

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Sports

'Dogs play hard, lose 25-15

Monte Vista's Pirates came into last week's contest against Hotchkiss with a 1-1 record and in third place behind Center, 3-0, and Dolores, 2-1.

The Pirates' win elevated Monte Vista's record to 2-1 and it remains in third place in the 1A Southern Peaks League.

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Bruins battle in SB play
Bruins battle in SB play

The Bruins have played up a few times this season and have recorded an overall mark of 5-4 with a 4-0 3A District 5 League record.

All of the Bruins' opponents this past week involved 4A and 5A division schools.

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CHS gridders win 35-0
CHS gridders win 35-0

Cedaredge's homecoming festivities included a 35-0 football victory over the visiting Aspen Skiers last Friday night.

The Bruins scored three times in the first quarter and were never threatened in the game.

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Delta soccer team wins

Delta High School's soccer team picked up its first win of the season last week against Palisade. The Panthers got three goals from sophomore Danny Mendoza and another two from sophomore Brandon Harper. Junior Luka Htoo and sophomore Ian Downey scored goals as well.

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Eagles soar and score for 48-6 Homecoming win
Eagles soar and score for 48-6 Homecoming win

Paonia had all the motivation it needed going into last Friday night's football game against visiting Centauri.

It was the Falcons who last beat Paonia, a little over two years ago, handing head coach Brent McRae and star quarterback Taylor Walters their only high school defeat.

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Music XC titlest

Last week's Ramble at the Reservoir in Ridgway did not attract a large number of teams. Only eight varsity teams were listed.

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Paonia volleyball 5-0 in middle of schedule
Paonia volleyball 5-0 in middle of schedule

The Paonia High School volleyball team is putting all the pieces together.

After beating Plateau Valley and Gunnison last week, the Eagles are up to 5-0 and are rolling into the middle portion of their schedule with some tough challenges ahead.

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PHS tennis team better
PHS tennis team better

The Paonia tennis team is small in numbers but big in heart and enthusiasm.

The Eagles, featuring a combined team of players from Paonia and Hotchkiss, have improved steadily over the course of the season despite having to forfeit doubles matches because of a small turnout.

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Triathlon relay team proves it's 2 Fast 4U
Triathlon relay team proves it's 2 Fast 4U

The team of Kindra Spiker, Jim Farmer and Jock Kallsen placed first in the Desert's Edge Triathlon near Fruita.

The Olympic distance triathlon was held at Highline Lake Sunday, Sept. 13.

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Community

Births September 23, 2015

Megan Collins and Dave Todd of Crawford are the parents of a son, Leo Boyd Todd, born Sept. 5, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.

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People In The News Deal

Rebecca Deal of Eckert is a resident assistant for Fort Lewis College for the 2015-16 academic year. Deal is majoring in elementary education.

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School Zone

Grant will improve access for kids' mental health

Access for children and their families to needed services of mental and behavioral health are improving greatly for Delta County residents, the county commissioners were told on Sept. 21.

The Families Plus program founded in 1998 by psychologist Brenda Holland and directed by her, along with an associate, John VanDenBerg, presented the Board of County Commissioners with an encouraging update of progress during the BoCC's regular meeting.

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Paonia Reads! helps students enjoy books
Paonia Reads! helps students enjoy books

It's Tuesday and Betsy Frank collects book bags from Emily Horn's students. A week earlier the 20 first graders received the bags filled with books and took them home. On Wednesday they will all take home their bags filled with a new set of books.

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Obituaries

Betty Pallas
Betty Pallas

Betty J. Pallas of Delta died Sept. 4, 2015, at Crossroads Assisted Living in Delta. She was 90.

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Dick Kennedy

Delta resident Richard "Dick" Kennedy died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 70.

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Eileen Miller
Eileen Miller

Olive Eileen Miller died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. She was 89.

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Neal Knutson

Neal Knutson died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at his home in Austin. He was 66.

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Wes Hammerich

George Wesley "Wes" Hammerich of Eckert died Aug. 28, 2015. He was 82.

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William Calhoun
William Calhoun

William Alec Calhoun died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at Larchwood Inn in Grand Junction. He was 79.

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North Fork

Blue ribbons show support for law enforcement
Blue ribbons show support for law enforcement

A small group of people took to the streets of Hotchkiss Saturday morning to put blue ribbons up as part of the national Blue Ribbon Campaign. Michelle Sparks, who has friends and family members working in law enforcement, said she learned about the ribbon campaign through a Facebook group dedicated to support of law enforcement and begun by a group of police wives who want to show their support for law enforcement in light of national negative attention.

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Celebrate the harvest with self-guided farm, wine tours

On Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mountain Harvest welcomes back the much-celebrated free farm tours. Each farm will have fresh goods for purchase, including gourmet cheese, gorgeous produce, wines, wool and more.

Included on the self-guided tours are:

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Don't miss pub crawl Friday night

Enjoy some great entertainment, food and drink at several venues on or near Grand Avenue Friday night. Participants include Revolution Brewing, No Fo Foods, Back Country Bistro, Thomas Waldo's, Paradise Theatre, and Louie's Pizza and Loft.

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Drink locally, drink responsibly

Enjoy a glass of beer or wine at the festival this year, when you stop by the Drink Locally Pavilion in Paonia Town Park.

The Drink Locally Pavilion features beers provided by Paonia's Revolution Brewing, founded and owned by Gretchen and Mike King.

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Friday's menu features tasty chili, homemade pies

This year's Mountain Harvest Festival will mark the 14th annual Chili Cook-Off in the park. The cook-off, which has been run by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts for the past eight years, is a signature part of Mountain Harvest Festival that is anticipated by many members of the community.

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Grape Stomp is a must-see event
Grape Stomp is a must-see event

The popular Grape Stomp Competition is a must-see event at Paonia's Mountain Harvest Festival. The "stompin'" begins at noon Saturday, Sept. 26, in Paonia's Town Park.

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Local writers featured at Harvest of Voices

"One of the things I like best about local authors is they usually deliver their books by hand, so you get to meet them," says regional manager Lea Hart. This is more than an occasional occurrence at the Delta County Libraries, as western Colorado has a wonderful abundance of local authors, and the libraries work hard to collect and exhibit their books.

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Local, regional bands have been handpicked for this year's festival
Local, regional bands have been handpicked for this year's festival

Since 2001, the annual Mountain Harvest Festival has brought to the stage an eclectic assortment of handpicked local and regional musicians. This year, you'll have an opportunity to meet the musicians at a meet-and-greet reception to be held at Eccentric Artist, 217 Grand Avenue.

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Mountain Harvest Festival growing strong

To look at the long list of events planned for this weekend's Mountain Harvest Festival, it's hard to believe that it all began 15 years ago when Rick Stockton and Helen Highwater decided to throw a party. The husband-and-wife duo made a sampler of more than a dozen western Colorado artists at their recording studio and wanted to throw a release party.

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New events to savor
New events to savor

Mountain Harvest Festival organizers are pleased to present two new events in 2015:

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Paonia updates its fines and fees

As part of the Town of Paonia's efforts to maintain existing services and bring outdated fines and fees closer in line with actual costs, a draft fee schedule was recently released to the public.

The draft, available at Town Hall or online at townofpaonia.com, splits fees and fines into three categories:

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Paonia woman needs a hero with a kidney
Paonia woman needs a hero with a kidney

Masa Holle, a resident of Paonia, is badly in need of a kidney. Holle, 62, is a Naropa grad with a successful counseling practice.

According to Liz Payton, a friend of Holle's from Boulder, Masa has kidney failure of unknown origin.

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PHS diploma presented 46 years after graduation
PHS diploma presented 46 years after graduation

It may have come 46 years after the fact, but Frank Michael Griffin is officially a high school graduate. Griffin was awarded an honorary diploma from Paonia High School during halftime ceremonies of Friday's Homecoming football game.

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Plan for chicken barn clears APC
Plan for chicken barn clears APC

The Leroux Creek Area Planning Committee has forwarded a specific development request for the Kuntz Chicken Ranch to the county planning commission with a recommendation for approval.

The county planning commission will hear and review the application request on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the county courthouse. The board of county commissioners will decide on the application at a later date.

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Run/walk benefits two great causes

The Mountain Harvest Festival 5k Run, Walk, Stroll not only follows a great course this year, it benefits two good causes.

Organizer Dave Knutson said the course follows the route of the early MHF races.

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Teens on Farm produces future farmers
Teens on Farm produces future farmers

With many of the area's farmers and ranchers reaching retirement age, and much of the area's youth moving away after high school and college, who will be tomorrow's farmers?

If anyone knows, and knows them personally, it's probably Cassandra Shenk.

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Surface Creek

Austin man injured in motorcycle accident

Trent Ashby, 37, of Austin suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident at about 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.

Ashby was traveling southbound on Happy Hollow Road when he went through the "T" intersection of Happy Hollow and North roads

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Chief seeks funding for victim advocates

Cedaredge Police Chief Dan Sanders is asking the town trustees for funds to continue support of a local victim advocate program as they work on next year's budget.

Sanders, at a recent work session, asked the council to include $1,000 supporting the program which has been orphaned by budget constraints in the district attorney's office.

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Decommissioning old hydro plant has big price tag

Word of a federal government regulation carrying expensive consequences for the town came as a surprise to Cedaredge trustees on Sept. 3 during a preliminary work session on the town's 2016 budget.

The feds can assess fines of $12,000 per day if rules on how to deal with a piece of town property aren't followed to the letter, trustees learned.

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Time to register for AppleFest car show

Time is running out to register antique cars, classic cars and trucks for the annual Antique & Classic Car Show at Pioneer Town during AppleFest 2015.

The show will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, (one day only) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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What's bugging you? September 23, 2015

Fall is upon us and winter can't be too far away. There are a number of garden chores that can be accomplished now and besides, the weather is warm and sunny.

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