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Delta

All Points Transit expands services

Sharon Fipps, executive director of All Points Transit, updated Delta City Council members and staff on new transportation initiatives in the Delta area. The city funds the program to the tune of $17,430 a year.

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Broadband focus turns to anchor sites

The anchor institutions designated for inclusion in the Region 10 broadband plan are a key element in the overall project vision. The county is working to arrange a discussion of anchor institution issues among local officials at the courthouse on Nov. 2.

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Connect for Health assistance site opens

Volunteers of America announces the opening of its new nonprofit assistance site in downtown Delta for Connect for Health Colorado. The office is located in Suite 103 of the Brown Building at 550 Palmer Street.

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Council will meet Thursday to review city manager applications

This Thursday, Delta City Council will be sitting down in an executive session to review the applications for city manager. A total of 45 applications were received as of the Oct. 9 deadline.

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Courthouse closed for training exercise

The Delta County Courthouse was closed late Friday, Oct. 22, for training designed to test the emergency notification system at the courthouse. Training was conducted by the Delta County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of Delta Police Department, and was designed to test the emergency notification system's "ready opps" and the countywide all page system.

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Delta-Montrose Electric Ass'n. website redesigned

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is launching a redesigned website this month. The new site focuses on user experience.

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Election is winding down

Delta County election officials advise voters it's getting late to return your ballots by mail. To ensure your votes count, drop off your ballots at either the Delta County Courthouse at 501 Palmer Street in Delta or the North Fork Annex at 196 W. Hotchkiss Avenue in Hotchkiss.

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It's hip to be square
It's hip to be square

Are you looking for a new, fun activity to learn? Are you looking for something that provides "easy exercise" and great mental stimulation? Try square dancing!

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Law enforcement blotter October 28, 2015

Angel B. Rodriguez, 20, of Olathe was arrested and jailed for alleged second degree burglary and theft.

Keith A. Goff, 48, of Hotchkiss was issued a ticket for alleged trespass.

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Operation Troop Bounty launched

Lee Marts VFW Post 3571, its Auxiliary, and the Delta Library are teaming up again to help supply deployed active duty military men and women with "goodie boxes" from home.

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Senior meals for November

Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County -- Cedaredge Community Center (Monday-Thursday), Delta Community Center (Monday-Friday), Hotchkiss Senior Center (Monday-Thursday) and Paonia Senior Citizen Center (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Meals on Wheels are also delivered from each location.

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Street Rodders aid homeless shelter project
Street Rodders aid homeless shelter project

The beautiful and impressive displays of automotive masterwork staged by the Delta Street Rodders car club at Deltarado Days are providing a real benefit to the community.

Members of the club presented a donation of $1,000 to the board of the Abraham Connection last week.

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Try the Backyard 'twist' for lunch or breakfast
Try the Backyard 'twist' for lunch or breakfast

Nick Pasquariello has worked in restaurants from Telluride to Montrose to Denver, so when he decided to go into business for himself, he knew exactly what he was looking for -- a small-town location with a downhome atmosphere where he could build his customer base by offering consistently good food and service week after week.

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VFW reaches out to needy and homeless veterans

Lee Marts VFW Post 3571 of Delta is teaming up with the Colorado Aviation Business Association's (CABA) holiday airlift and the local Dollar Tree in Delta to assist needy and homeless veterans and their families in the area.

This will be the fourth year that the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States has worked with CABA to distribute food and toys to needy veterans.

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Opinion

Ballot Question 4A is a win-win for everyone

The board of directors of the Ragged Mountain Water Users Association (RMWUA) asks property owners in the North Fork Water Conservancy District to vote "YES" on Ballot Question 4A. Approval of the ballot measure will allow the NFWCD to accept State of Colorado grant monies and manage tax revenues with greater financial flexibility and productivity. These benefits will be realized without any increase in tax assessments.

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Check the source for 'climate misinformation'

In his letter to the DCI editor (10/21/15), William H. Snyer expressed concern about "climate misinformation, deception and outright lies." I have the same concern. But I have a different take on where it is coming from.

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Help maintain a healthy ag economy

The North Fork Water Conservancy District has a question, #4A, on the ballot for voters residing within the district. Approval of this measure is a win for everyone by helping to keep the ag economy viable and providing for tourism and recreation.

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I-70 bus expands transportation options

An article in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Oct. 22 issue, "Glenwood-to-Denver bus line to add weekend service," has an extremely important caveat included, the possibility of extending the service to Grand Junction. This is an exciting possibility to improve transportation options not only in Mesa County but in neighboring communities, particularly Delta County.

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It's time to renew your ambulance membership

Attention North Fork Valley residents,

Whether you are young, old, or in-between, sometimes the unthinkable happens. When it does, the North Fork Ambulance responds quickly to your emergency.

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Just to be on the safe side

Mr. Mason in his letter denying climate change (10/21/15) talked about the satellite temperature record, but cited no articles. I was able to find some charts online, but none of them agree with Mr. Mason's assertions.

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Sports

'Dogs' volleyball team ends regular season, looks to the future
'Dogs' volleyball team ends regular season, looks to the future

The Hotchkiss volleyball team completed the regular season last Saturday in the Bulldogs gym. While they fell in three sets to Meeker, the Bulldogs have much to look forward to.

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Bruins thump Lake County
Bruins thump Lake County

Cedaredge High School's football team rolled over Lake County's Panthers 49-6 last Friday night in Cedaredge.

The Bruins had 387 yards of combined offense and scored seven touchdowns in the course of the game.

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CHS dominates WSL softball

A second straight trip to the Class 3A State Softball Championships was a reward for a terrific season.

Unfortunately, for the second straight time, Cedaredge was unable to get past its opening game in first-round action. It was Burlington last year and Eaton this season.

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Delta VB moves up with wins

There was a change in top-five rankings in 4A WSL standings after last week's volleyball play concluded. Delta's Panthers moved from fourth to second in team standings following their two league wins against Glenwood Springs and Rifle.

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Hotchkiss-Paonia grid rivalry gets extreme
Hotchkiss-Paonia grid rivalry gets extreme

A player was ejected. The head coaches confronted each other during a contentious postgame handshake, and 63 points were scored.

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Panthers end XC campaign

Delta High School's cross country teams ended their seasons last week with competitions in the Colorado 4A Region 6 Cross Country Meet in Delta.

Battle Mountain won the team title in the girls' division with 31 points.

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Panthers roar in 41-0 win
Panthers roar in 41-0 win

Delta's Panthers control their own destiny with two football games remaining in regular season play. A 41-0 win over Eagle Valley last week moves the Panthers to a record of 5-0 in league play and 7-1 overall.

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Paonia volleyball to districts, finish strong
Paonia volleyball to districts, finish strong

The Eagles volleyball team got just what the doctor ordered.

After suffering through an uncharacteristic mid-season slump, Paonia recovered to win eight consecutive matches and heads to districts this weekend with tons of momentum.

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Paonia, Hotchkiss boys represent NF at XC meet
Paonia, Hotchkiss boys represent NF at XC meet

Caden Meilner never expected to make it to the state cross country championship.

"This is something I do kind of on the side.

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School Zone

Enhancing character at Cedaredge High School
Enhancing character at Cedaredge High School

At 7:15 a.m. every Wednesday, Ken Gates gathers a small group of Cedaredge High School students who desire a change in their lives that allows them to inspire their peers. Known to the school as "leadership meetings," the discussions take place in the library every week.

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Obituaries

Audrey Calhoun
Audrey Calhoun

Delta resident Audrey Phyllis Calhoun died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Valley Manor Care Center in Montrose. She was 88.

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Hollie Todd

Hollie Todd died Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, at her home in Crawford. She was 46.

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Jim Eddins
Jim Eddins

James "Jim" Eddins died Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at his home in Delta. He was 76.

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June Mosteller
June Mosteller

Delta resident Mary "June" Mosteller died Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, at Horizons Care Center. She was 91.

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Norma Moore
Norma Moore

Delta resident Norma Moore died Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 93.

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Sky Lee Reed
Sky Lee Reed

Three-month-old Sky Lee Reed died of congenital heart and liver disease Oct. 19, 2015, at the Ronald McDonald house in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was born July 17, 2015, to James and Christy Reed.

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North Fork

Foster bids Rotary adieu after 56 years

For more than five decades, Don Foster has helped keep the wheel of the North Fork Rotary Club turning. He has shaken countless hands, attended more than 2,500 meetings both here and abroad, helped raise money for scholarships, non-profits and other notable causes, dropped many a dollar in the donations can and sung a lot of silly songs.

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GOCO grant gets kids outdoors
GOCO grant gets kids outdoors

Kids in Delta County and Olathe could be spending more educational and recreational time outdoors in the future, thanks to a planning grant awarded last week by Great Outdoors Colorado.

GOCO's Inspire Initiative, described as "a five-year strategy aimed at inspiring Coloradans, particularly kids, to appreciate, enjoy and take care of our great outdoors," is providing $25 million in grants aimed at getting kids "off the couch and out the door from the backyard to the backcountry."

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Hotchkiss volleyball team digs deep to support cancer center
Hotchkiss volleyball team digs deep to support cancer center

For Hotchkiss senior Gratia Fisher, singing The Star-Spangled Banner ahead of Saturday's varsity volleyball game against Meeker was a little more challenging than most of her past performances. Not only was it the final game of the regular volleyball season, and possibly her final home game as a volleyball player, Fisher and her teammates had just distributed 50 light pink long-stemmed roses to people in the stands whose lives have been affected by cancer as part of the team's Dig Deep, Dig Pink volleyball breast cancer benefit.

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LEDs amount to big savings for Crawford

The Town of Crawford is saving more than $300 per month to light its streets after Delta-Montrose Electric Association replaced existing high-pressure and mercury vapor bulbs with LED lights throughout the town last year.

"That's insane," said town clerk Toby Stephenson.

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Outdoors, art, education all at River Park
Outdoors, art, education all at River Park

Visiting Paonia River Park it's difficult to imagine it was once an industrious in-stream gravel mine. From the arch entryway and river overlook to a recently improved section of walking path, the park is trail system, outdoor classroom, sanctuary and art gallery all rolled into one.

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Paonia water users urged to prepare for water main breaks
Paonia water users urged to prepare for water main breaks

The Town of Paonia is urging town water users to collect potable water after several water main breaks occurred over the weekend, resulting in brief disruptions in service.

The town's infrastructure has experienced at least 80 breaks this year, according to town manager Jane Berry.

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Ramey is leaving citizens' group
Ramey is leaving citizens' group

Jim Ramey announced last week that he is stepping down after three and a half years as executive director of Citizens for a Healthy Community. Ramey is heading to The Wilderness Society's Denver office to work on energy policy after being recommended for the job.

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Surface Creek

Boisterous Bruin fans draw a yellow flag

Rambunctious rooting for the home team and celebrations of success at the Cedaredge Bruins' Homecoming game against Aspen drew a yellow flag when the visiting team convinced the ref to have Cedaredge fans tone things down a bit.

But after a delayed review of the episode via the CHSAA rule book, it was found that the ref had been in error and that boisterous Bruin fans were playing by the rules.

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Cedaredge policy tightens rules for contributions

Citizen groups and organizations wanting support from Cedaredge for their activities and projects may now have to prove their mettle and should expect to pay to play with dollars from the town.

A new town policy has been prompted by an article from the Colorado Municipal League that warns cities and towns against funding organizations or projects that "develop an unhealthy dependence upon the financial assistance of a municipality," or that "may falter or even cease to exist" without tax dollar support.

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DMEA members get $10 to attend energy forums

DMEA is offering $10 to its members for attending local forums designed to help them reduce their energy use.

DMEA will host two of the member forums next month.

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Lions bingo is becoming popular
Lions bingo is becoming popular

A full house of hopeful bingo players turned out at the first anniversary of the twice-monthly Lions Club bingo nights on Oct. 21.

The big attendance put a real community endorsement to the club's newest fundraising activity.

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Plants of the Western Slope October 28, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope October 28, 2015

When we came to the Delta region, Allen and I wondered what the Grand Mesa might look like without the golden aspen leaves. During the past few days, I've watched the patches of aspen gold fade into aspen gray.

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Spinning yarns, weaving tales and knitting sweaters
Spinning yarns, weaving tales and knitting sweaters

After a few weeks of rainy, cold fall weather, many people feel the call of their wool hats, socks and sweaters and find themselves reaching into closets and drawers to shake out these seasonal items. Other folks feel the call on a more basic level, brandishing knitting needles and crochet hooks to make their own warm garments.

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