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Delta

$100,000 total funding awarded to nonprofits
$100,000 total funding awarded to nonprofits

The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) announced grant awards totaling $15,000 to nonprofits serving Delta County from its Western Colorado Community Fund. Grants from the Community Fund combined with funding from foundation donor-advised funds total over $100,000 invested in Delta County by WCCF in 2015.

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Abraham Connection hosts open house
Abraham Connection hosts open house

Abraham Connection is just a few days, and a few dollars, short of completing the new permanent homeless shelter at 480 Silver Street in Delta.

A community open house is planned this Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m.

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Big-game survey flights planned for the Uncompahgre Plateau

In order to better track the population trends of mule deer and desert bighorn sheep in and around the Uncompahgre Plateau, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting helicopter flights and trapping in the area starting as early as Dec. 1.The flights aid biologists in surveying big-game herds, and allow efficient trapping and radio-collaring of animals.

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CDOT provides county with regional road update

Engineers and managers from CDOT reported to the Board of County Commissioners recently on the much improved railroad grade crossing at SH 50 in Delta, and on other road issues in the region.

The report is an annual review of CDOT activities in the sprawling Region 3 that includes Delta County and 14 other counties, and that is the largest CDOT region in the state.

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Chamber has new exec. director, board president

Holly Piatek has been named the executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce. She replaces outgoing director Leslie Workman, who accepted a new job at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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Christa Coats pegged as PACE nurse manager
Christa Coats pegged as PACE nurse manager

Senior CommUnity Care, Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Christa Coats as the new nurse manager of Senior CommUnity Care's Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

Coats earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Colorado Mesa University and her master's of science in nursing from Walden University.

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Christmas tree permits available

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests is now selling Forest Service Christmas tree permits. A permit allows the public to cut a Christmas tree for personal use on national forest system lands as authorized on the permit.

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City composts leaves, branches
City composts leaves, branches

The ultimate recycling project is underway at the city's wastewater treatment plant, where the bags of leaves and piles of branches picked up during the City of Delta's fall cleanup campaign are combined with biosolids to create compost.

Andy Mitchell, chief wastewater plant operator, said the organic matter from the plant is tested to prove volatile solids reduction has occurred through the use of mechanical and biological methods.

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City council sticks to drainage requirements

A number of residents of the Orchard Estates subdivision off G Road have been advised they're blocking the neighborhood drainage system by filling in their "roll over" curb and gutter with gravel or concrete. Among them is a tenant of Pat Stroud's who is battling cancer.

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Delta Food Pantry needs assistance
Delta Food Pantry needs assistance

The Delta Food Pantry needs assistance. People in need of food are at their door every day and some of the pantry shelves are empty.

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DMEA retires capital credits this month

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members will receive approximately $2 million in capital credit retirement checks this month. The DMEA board approved a $2.6 million capital credit retirement during its October meeting.

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Gallery prides itself on a big heART
Gallery prides itself on a big heART

Chile Pepper Pottery, located at the corner of 1st and Palmer in Delta, is now sharing space with a new business. Fred and Ann Honchell have opened Gallery de la Luz, an artist's studio where both can express their creative talents while showcasing artwork produced by other area residents.

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Habitat replacement funded by salinity projects
Habitat replacement funded by salinity projects

Major improvements to local irrigation ditches began in 1998 with the piping of laterals off the South Canal in the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users delivery system and now include over 100 miles of pipeline.

The Grandview Canal outside Crawford received Bureau of Reclamation funds in 2008 to install a section of pressurized pipeline, the first such project in the North Fork area.

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Housing sales jump

According to a report compiled by Heritage Title Company, real estate transactions jumped 40 percent in the third quarter of 2015 in Delta County. There were 262 sales compared to 187 for the same period of 2014.

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Law enforcement blotter December 2, 2015

John R. Silva, 70, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged overtaking on the right after being involved in a two-vehicle crash in the 600 block of Grand Avenue. No injuries were reported or observed. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

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Making space for makerspaces at the libraries
Making space for makerspaces at the libraries

There are many ways to use a library: bring a child to a story time, access resources through the library website, check out a towering stack of books, format a document on a library computer, attend a teen event, enjoy the summer reading program, read the newspaper in a warm corner. In recent years, many libraries have added a new element to library services which brings together creativity, education, entertainment and group dynamics, appealing to users of varying ages.

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Seat belt use lags

A new study on seat belt usage conducted for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) reveals that 85.2 percent of the state's roadway users are buckling up. But a team of trained observers estimated the usage rate in Delta County at just 70.8 percent.

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Senior CommUnity meals aims to raise $10,000

Senior CommUnity Meals, a program of Volunteers of America, invites Coloradans to support its efforts to combat senior hunger by donating to the program on Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 8.

Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. The event is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round, online giving website.

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Suppes runs for District 2 county commissioner seat
Suppes runs for District 2 county commissioner seat

Orchard City's two-term mayor, Don Suppes, has announced as a candidate for District 2 county commissioner.

Suppes served as an Orchard City town trustee two and a half years before winning election as the town's mayor in 2008. His current term as mayor will end in April next year. The upcoming election for commissioner will be held Nov. 1, 2016.

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Winter farmers' market explored

A group of home business owners and farmers' market vendors met at Fourth and Main Exchange in downtown Delta on Friday, Nov. 20, to discuss the possibility of a business incubator or inside winter farmers' market. Also considered was an artist coop in the upstairs of the historic Hillman Building above the exchange.

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Opinion

Common sense has left us

A new Rasmussen survey shows that over one in four Democrats (27 percent) favor prosecuting those who don't agree with global warming. Only 11 percent of Republicans agree.

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Generosity of Creekside owners much appreciated

Thank you very much to the owners and staff of the Cedaredge Creekside Café for the wonderful Thanksgiving meal. It was so generous of you to support our community with this free meal.

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In favor of prescription reform

I urge your publication to publish an editorial urging Congress to pass important Medicare Part D and prescription drug bills. Passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act (H.R. 3261 and S. 1884) would create one or more Medicare-administered prescription drug plans to compete with the expensive, privately administered prescription drug plans currently offered under Medicare Part D.

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It's best to be prepared

Climate change by nature is acceptable, but weather by the bureaucrats in D.C. is not, to my way of thinking. Science is unpredictable, especially when directed by the New World Order and placed in human hands. Congress is no help.

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Paonia's water woes are self-inflicted

As you read this, Paonia will have adopted a 2016 budget that, in the words of one trustee "is full of padding!" (They think this is good.)

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You can do something about climate change

I am incredibly hopeful that the upcoming Paris Climate Conference can bring about a strong commitment among nations to put firm limits on carbon emissions. This is not only a tardy international need, but the harbinger of an improved economy as we transition to renewal energies rather than rely on depletable or non-usable fuels (due to climate change).

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Sports

Paonia's title hopes dashed
Paonia's title hopes dashed

For the first time in three years, the Eagles came up just short.

Buena Vista shut out the Eagles in the second half of the 1A state championship football game and prevented Paonia from winning its third consecutive title after the Demons won 27-20 last Saturday in Buena Vista.

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Community

Births December 2, 2015

Heather and Cody Suckow of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Averie Brooks Suckow, born Nov. 17, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20.75 inches in length.

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School Zone

School music program opens holiday season
School music program opens holiday season

The holiday season was off to a musical start on Nov. 23 when the Cedaredge High School and Middle School bands and choirs presented their combined fall concert at the school.

The Commons area was standing room only for the event which began with performances by the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade choir presenting music by John Williams and Katy Perry.

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Obituaries

Bruce Barker
Bruce Barker

Eckert resident Bruce Otto Barker died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Delta. He was 26.

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Carol Herman
Carol Herman

Carol Herman, a former resident of Delta, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 86.

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Donald Osborne

Donald Kessell Osborne of Paonia died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 92.

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Georgine Carré

Georgine Marie-Louise Carré of Hotchkiss died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at her home. She was 90.

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Pamela Bordes

Pamela Marie Bordes died of cancer Nov. 19, 2015, at her parents' home in San Antonio, Texas. She was 56.

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North Fork

Crawford set to approve 2016 budget
Crawford set to approve 2016 budget

The Crawford town council is scheduled to pass the 2016 budget at the regularly scheduled Dec. 9 work session. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

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Feeding the community an honor for Jakubiak
Feeding the community an honor for Jakubiak

Since 2007, the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas day meals served at the Hotchkiss Senior Center have provided a holiday meal to more than 1,000 citizens. How many meals were served during the 17 years before records were kept is anyone's guess.

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Former Paonia clerk takes town, manager to court

Former Paonia town clerk Barbara Peterson has filed a civil rights lawsuit in Colorado District Court against the Town of Paonia and town manager Jane Berry. The suit was in U.S. District Court for the Colorado District.

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Fruitland Mesa Club still going strong
Fruitland Mesa Club still going strong

While no one knows the exact date it happened, when the Fruitland Mesa Club was founded sometime in the 1930s, the ranch women living on the agriculturally rich mesa were quite secluded from the rest of the world. They formed the club as a way to overcome that feeling of isolation and provide support to one another.

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Holiday art fair celebrates 23rd year in Paonia
Holiday art fair celebrates 23rd year in Paonia

When Susie Lowe needed a name for her handmade beaded jewelry business, she turned to her grandmother. Lowe is the talent behind Theoni Designs. "Theoni," says Lowe, is her grandmother's name and the Greek word for "divinely gorgeous," which she used for her tagline: "Divinely Gorgeous Jewelry."

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Hwy. 92 overpass nears completion
Hwy. 92 overpass nears completion

A major road construction project on Highway 133 between Delta and Hotchkiss is nearing completion.

The $13.1 million railroad overpass at Stengel's Hill was funded from a variety of sources -- $3.6 million in FASTER safety funds, $4.1 million in railroad crossing funds, $4.3 million in Regional Priority Project (RPP) funds and $1.1 million in surface treatment funds.

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Paonia continues to refine water, sewer ordinances

Paonia trustees are leaning toward continuing a moratorium on sales of out-of-town water taps until a proposed rate study is completed sometime in 2016 and in light of problems associated with the town's aging water delivery and distribution systems. The town had anticipated lifting the moratorium, established in 2007, once storage could be increased as part of the recent water systems upgrades project.

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Paonia renews parks contract with Altenhofen
Paonia renews parks contract with Altenhofen

He's up before dawn, and out after dark. He's pulled picnic benches out of the creek, cleaned up after vandals, picked up more than his share of dog poo, and manicured Dan Lawrence Field ahead of two state championship football games.

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Town of Paonia considers 2016 projects
Town of Paonia considers 2016 projects

As the Town of Paonia prepares to pass the 2016 budget, discussion at the Nov. 24 public budget hearing turned toward anticipated construction and upgrades projects.

The town has set aside $95,000 in capital outlay funding for replacement of sewer line crossings on Third Street.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope December 2, 2015
Birds of the Western Slope December 2, 2015

I've been watching the horses and sheep in the pasture across the road. It's a lovely day, doesn't look like November at all.

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K&C wants to end lease at golf course restaurant

Cedaredge trustees heard during a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 23, that the manager of K&C's Local Grill, the restaurant at Cedaredge Golf Course, intends to terminate his lease on the facility at year's end.

Town administrator Katie Sickles told the trustees that restaurant manager Doug Coburn had notified the town that he wants to terminate his lease at the restaurant effective Jan 1. Coburn was not present at the meeting.

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Restaurant serves up free holiday meal
Restaurant serves up free holiday meal

People who live in Surface Creek Valley know they have a lot to be thankful for.

To that list of blessings the community can add a local business that demonstrated last Thursday how it understands the meaning of Thanksgiving day in a small community.

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