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Delta

27-year-old man dies of exposure

On Nov. 22 at approximately 5 p.m. the Delta County Sheriff's Office received a call concerning a missing person. Bruce Barker, age 27, was reportedly last seen the night before at a large party at 7816 2100 Road in Delta.

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Best time to select seedling trees is now

It's almost Christmas and this is the best time to order seedling trees! Our seedlings come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including deciduous trees, shrubs and conifers, and you can purchase our seedlings as either bare root or potted.

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Bond reduction denied for armed robbery suspect
Bond reduction denied for armed robbery suspect

About 4,000 Delta area residents enjoying a quiet evening at home were startled by an automated Code Red alert warning them of two "armed and dangerous" individuals on the loose.

The calls were generated Thursday, Nov. 19, shortly after officers of the Delta Police Department responded to a robbery at the Western Convenience Store at 15th and Howard.

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Christmas tree permits available

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are selling Forest Service Christmas tree permits at a cost of $8 per tree.

Permits come with information explaining regulations and helpful tips.

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Dolphin House gains accreditation

The Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center has been awarded accreditation by National Children's Alliance. The accrediting agency for children's advocacy centers across the country, National Children's Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first.

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Friends and family members affected by alcoholics don't have to wait to get help

For anyone who is living with the effects of a loved one's drinking, the strain on mental and emotional well-being can be significant. "There is nothing worse than the pain and the loneliness of living with an alcoholic," said Suzanne, an anonymous commenter on a "First Steps to Al-Anon Recovery" podcast.

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Holiday help is on the way with Delta County Libraries

A Thanksgiving turkey sits on the counter, thawed and awaiting preparation. Sweet potatoes and apples beg to be made into delicious dishes.

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Judgment on hen house final

The Delta District Court last week granted a request from county government to reinstate the commissioners' 2013 specific development approval for Grand Mesa Layers and Western Slope Layers.

The court's action follows the state Supreme Court's recent decision not to hear an appeal of the Colorado Appellate Court's decision that had upheld the county commissioners' original decision.

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Kids connect at Delta County Young Life
Kids connect at Delta County Young Life

Many students in Delta County come to school wearing "DC Young Life" T-shirts. This indicates their membership in a countywide youth group that meets every Monday night.

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Large marijuana operation shut down
Large marijuana operation shut down

An extensive investigation that took DEA investigators from the west edge of Montrose County to a grow operation in Gateway Canyon, and finally to property north of Cedaredge, resulted in the seizure of approximately 1,300 pounds of marijuana last week. In addition, two arrests were made.

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Law enforcement blotter November 25, 2015

Jerry D. Galemore, 74, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged third degree criminal trespass.

William A.S. Chalfant, 32, of Montrose was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $300 bond.

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Library director resigns in wake of board action
Library director resigns in wake of board action

Delta County Library District director Annette Choszczyk has resigned after being placed on administrative leave on Nov. 4.

"The board felt they made the only decision that was available to them," said board president Laura Earley in addressing library users and supporters at a Nov. 18 meeting held at the Paonia Library ahead of the regular board meeting.

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Negotiations begin with unnamed manager finalist

Four city manager finalists were in Delta for a tour and interviews this week. The candidates -- Don Gaeddert, Dan Hamsmith, George Korthauer and David Torgler -- also met with community members at a well-attended reception Monday night.

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Paper clover campaign raises $893,817 for 4-H programs

Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, recently announced the fundraising results of its fall 2015 paper clover campaign.

Tractor Supply Company, the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States, raised an astounding $893,817 during the 11-day national in-store fundraiser.

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Sign up for Code Red alerts

The Delta County Code Red system was used to alert the area to the potential threat, asking citizens to remain indoors and to alert 911 of any suspicious activity. Later the system was used again to notify the community the subjects had been taken into custody.

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Support sought for VFW projects

Lee Marts VFW Post 3571 and its Auxiliary in Delta encourage all members of the community to help our local veterans. The post and auxiliary currently have two community-based projects going into the holidays.

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Tips for practicing gratitude this Thanksgiving and beyond

From the time we are young, we learn about being thankful from our parents, teachers, books and TV. According to Psychology Today, children under the age of 6 only say thank you about 20 percent of the time.

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War's lasting effects
War's lasting effects

"The war took my dad. He wasn't going to knock on my door and tell me it was all a mistake," Vicky Lehmann said during an emotional interview.

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Opinion

Action is now the key to Colorado's Water Plan

We should all truly celebrate. Two years after the governor's executive order, we finally have a Colorado Water Plan that lays out measurable objectives and metrics to help guide us toward a secure water future.

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Send the terrorists to Cuba

Perhaps President Obama's buddy, El Presidente Castro of the island prison of Cuba will entertain a proposal from Obama to release the remaining Islamic terrorists at Guantanamo to freedom in Cuba. Castro has run Cuba as a prison for most of the island's people for over a half century, while executing thousands of his own citizens.

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Waking up in another dimension

Imagine living in a very remote location at a very high elevation that doesn't afford TV or radio access, you haven't read the newspapers and have avoided outer human contact for some time. This was my experience some years ago and it became very obvious to me, one of the first times I went in to the nearest town to get supplies, that something very strange was happening.

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Sports

Eagles, Demons could be donnybrook
Eagles, Demons could be donnybrook

Paonia goes for the 3-peat on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Buena Vista. The matchup seemed fated from the very beginning of the season.

Paonia was No. 1 and the Demons were ranked No. 2 until the Eagles lost to 2A Bayfield (currently No. 1 in 2A and playing for the state title on Saturday as well) in Week 4.

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Panthers beat TCA 3rd time
Panthers beat TCA 3rd time

Last weekend's quarterfinal round of this year's Class 3A state football championships featured play between Delta's Panthers and The Classical Academy's Titans. The contest, won by Delta, 27-14, marked the third time in two years Delta has faced TCA on the gridiron.

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Paonia after 3rd straight title
Paonia after 3rd straight title

The Paonia High School football team found itself in unfamiliar territory last Saturday afternoon.

On the road. Trailing the entire game. The Eagles' season and quest for a coveted 3-peat state championship on the line.

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Community

Births November 25, 2015

Chevelle and Steve Mercilliott of Delta are the parents of a son, Armani Dezmond Sabastian Mercilliott, born Oct. 31, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 5 pounds, 2.2 ounces and was 18.5 inches in length.

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Longtimeå Cedaredge residents celebrate 70th
Longtimeå Cedaredge residents celebrate 70th

Ernie and Ida Mae Bailey, ages 94 and 90, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Saturday, Nov. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Baileys are longtime residents of Cedaredge.

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School Zone

Arch Coal Foundation awards teaching grants

Nine Delta County teachers have been named recipients of innovative teaching grants by the Arch Coal Foundation, according to Jim Miller, general manager of Mountain Coal Company's West Elk mine. This is the ninth year that the Arch Coal Foundation has set aside $10,000 to award grants to support teaching excellence in Delta County.

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DOS, DMTC collaborate for kids' shoeboxes
DOS, DMTC collaborate for kids' shoeboxes

Building on the positive behavior support system of DOS Dollars, 38 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child are being sent by Delta Opportunity School students.

Knowing that students were earning DOS dollars for exceptional work, excellent behavior and good citizenship, Angela McMurdy and Willyn Webb decided to take it one step further.

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Rotary supports local students
Rotary supports local students

Each year the Cedaredge Rotary provides nice, hardbound Scholastic Children's Dictionaries for each third grader at Cedaredge Elementary School.

The kids are always more than excited to receive them.

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Speech team does well at Eagle Valley
Speech team does well at Eagle Valley

The Delta High School speech team did remarkably well at the Eagle Valley Tournament on Nov. 14. Senior Cidney Fisk and junior Lydia Stalcup placed fourth in humor duet.

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Back Page

Reaching new heights with the Civil Air Patrol
Reaching new heights with the Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, performs about 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions in the U.S. The squadrons search for lost hikers or hunters, locate downed aircraft and transport emergency personnel or medical materials.

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Obituaries

June Story
June Story

Longtime Paonia resident June E. Story died Nov. 15, 2015, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 83.

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Neil Thompson
Neil Thompson

Paonia resident Neil Thompson died Nov. 20, 2015, at Paonia Care Center. He was 85.

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Steve Perea
Steve Perea

Steve L. Perea, a Delta resident for 50 years, died Nov. 16, 2015, at his home in Delta. He was 78.

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North Fork

Bair appointed to Gunnison Roundtable
Bair appointed to Gunnison Roundtable

Bruce Bair, public works director for the Town of Crawford, has been named an at-large member of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable. Bair expressed interest in the roundtable in September when Wendell Koontz, the mayor of Hotchkiss and senior mine geologist for Arch Coal, announced he would be stepping down as municipal representative for Delta County.

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Comments sought on Zanni Lateral EA

Crawford Public Works Director Bruce Bair updated the town at the Nov. 18 work session on the Bureau of Reclamation's recent release of a draft environmental assessment on the Zanni Lateral of the Clipper Ditch. The EA addresses a proposed piping project on the lateral as part of the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program.

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Crawford's Parade of Lights this Friday
Crawford's Parade of Lights this Friday

The Town of Crawford is gearing up for a long list of holiday events, most of which will be held at the newly-remodeled Town Hall. For those who haven't seen the new Town Hall, festivities will run Nov. 27 through Dec. 4, providing numerous opportunities to see all of the work, said organizer Tristan Pfeffer.

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JROTC, speakers highlight Veterans Day assembly
JROTC, speakers highlight Veterans Day assembly

Hotchkiss K-8 School was honored to have First Sergeant Lopez and cadets in the Delta High School JROTC program at its Veterans Day assembly. They presented the colors and taught the students about the meaning of the folding of the American flag.

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New GM brings depth of experience to KVNF
New GM brings depth of experience to KVNF

After a months-long search, KVNF Public Radio has a new general manager.

"This is either my fifth or sixth station," said Jon Howard as he headed into his fourth day on the job.

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Operation Christmas Child sends boxes of joy
Operation Christmas Child sends boxes of joy

Hundreds of underserved children in the U.S. and throughout the world will receive a gift box this Christmas, thanks to an organization called Samaritan's Purse. Since 1993, the nondenominational evangelical Christian organization has coordinated Operation Christmas Child, an international effort to deliver gift-filled shoe boxes to children throughout the world and "to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way."

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Shining a light on Crawford's star

Crawford Town Hall won't be as festively lit as in past years due to removal of lights during the renovation project, which was completed last summer. There's not enough time left to reinstall them, said Bair.

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Students charged up about SEI class
Students charged up about SEI class

Tim Helmer is quick to explain how a microinverter converts energy generated by a solar panel from DC power to AC. And he does it in a way that makes it sound so simple.

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Water rate debate continues in Paonia

In order to address citizen concerns over an initial proposed increase in water rates that would have doubled commercial user base rates, Paonia trustees changed course during the Nov. 17 special budget work session, proposing an across the board base rate increase of $6, along with increases in volume usage.

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Surface Creek

Anchor broadband sites will cost town $75,000

Cedaredge will be looking at a cost of some $75,000 for its share to extend fiber optic cable to institutional anchor sites in town, according to a report to the trustees on Nov. 19.

Under the Region 10 broadband plan, fiber optic cable will be extended to a "carrier-neutral location" in the town.

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Cedaredge preps for a Cowboy Christmas parade

Cedaredge is making preparations for its annual Parade of Lights this year on Saturday, Dec. 5. Events are being scheduled and local businesses are including activities to help celebrate the event.

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Change orders adding to sewer plant costs

The Cedaredge trustees approved change order work on the sewer plant project at their Nov. 19 meeting that will add some costs to be paid from the project contingency fund.

There was lengthy board discussion over a telecommunications link from the plant to a plant operator's home that would sound an alarm in the event of serious failure.

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Christmas dinner needs donations and volunteers

The Cedaredge Rotary Club and Les & DJ Mergelman are organizing the free Community Christmas Dinner again this year. As in the past years, it will be held at the Stolte Shed at Pioneer Town, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Logging will affect Grand Mesa plowing

The harvest and removal of trees out of the Sheep Flats Timber Sale area is slated to continue through December 31, 2015. The Sheep Flats Timber Sale, designed to treat spruce beetle infestation and improve the health of the forest in that area, is located on the Grand Mesa National Forest approximately 10 miles southeast of the town of Collbran.

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Plants of the Western Slope November 25, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope November 25, 2015

As we come through our driveway, we note that the Mahonia berries have darkened from red to ruby-red. The orange Pyrancantha berries seem brighter ... or is it that the landscape has become darker ... more gray than tawny?

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Resignations at Chamber of Commerce bring reorganization

Three of the people largely involved with staging the Chamber of Commerce's biggest and perhaps most successful AppleFest ever have left the organization, raising issues for the organization to deal with.

President Lesley Lewis resigned on Oct. 14, less than two weeks following AppleFest, the biggest event of the year for the chamber.

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