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Delta

Architect selected for city hall renovation design

Architect Michael Oney has been awarded the bid to draw up plans for the renovation of Delta City Hall.

The project grew from the need to replace the building's heating, air conditioning and ventilation system.

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BoCC endorses pay hike plan

The Board of County Commissioners on a split vote Monday has endorses a legislative proposal that will raise the pay of newly elected county officials by 20 percent.

The Colorado General Assembly had already adopted a measure calling for pay increases of 30 percent for newly elected county officials.

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Cattle rustlers strike in Cimarron

Montrose Regional Crime Stoppers and the Montrose County Sheriff's Office are seeking the help of citizens to locate and apprehend the perpetrator(s) involved in the following incident involving the theft of cows and calves from a corral in Cimarron.

On or about Oct. 10, person or persons unknown stole 18 cows and 71 calves from Forest Corral on Cimarron Road in Cimarron.

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City awards bids for house demolitions, ML&P truck

A bid to demolish two city-owned houses and outbuildings has been awarded to Wells Excavation and Farming.

The house at 1390 East 3rd Street is located across from Stafford Lane and is on the route proposed for future extension of Stafford Lane to Pioneer Road.

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City manager search ends with Torgler
City manager search ends with Torgler

After three rounds of applications and interviews, consuming much of 2015, the City of Delta has hired David Torgler as city manager.

For the past five years, Torgler has served as city manager of Hayden, a town of just 1,800 residents on Highway 40 between Craig and Steamboat Springs.

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Glenwood Springs '65 grads sought

The Glenwood Springs High School Class of 1965 will hold its 50-year class reunion (one year late) Sept. 16-17, 2016, and information is sought on these classmates:

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Law enforcement blotter December 9, 2015

Ronald L. Brenner, 77, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged exceeded safe speed for conditions after being involved in a one-vehicle crash in the 1700 block of G Road. No injuries were reported or observed.

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Nobody should go hungry

The goal of the Delta Food Pantry is that "Nobody should be hungry!" Five days each week, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., volunteers distribute grocery bags filled with canned goods, frozen meat, staples and fresh produce for emergency assistance from the back of St. Michael's Catholic Church.

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Pearl Harbor Day remembered
Pearl Harbor Day remembered

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was observed in Delta on Monday, Dec. 7.

Members of Lee Marts VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary #3571 conducted ceremonies at the Confluence Park river access ramp.

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Pedestrian hit

A 24-year-old pregnant woman was struck by a car while crossing Main Street with her boyfriend Monday morning. The accident occurred at the intersection of 5th and Main at about 10:15 a.m.

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Seasonal road closures

The BLM and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area have implemented seasonal road closures within the Gunnison sage grouse area of critical environmental concern.

Under the annual closures, C-77 (Green Mountain), Black Ridge and Red Canyon Road are closed to motorized and mechanical uses effective immediately through May 15, 2016.

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Senior centers holiday schedules

The senior center meal sites at Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss, Paonia and Olathe will all be closed Fridays, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 for the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays, respectively.

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Shelter offers a safe, warm refuge

An open house at the Abraham Connection homeless shelter was a festive celebration befitting the holiday season. Live music from Beth Williams filled the air, while shelter volunteers and community members enjoyed appetizers and mingled in the common area.

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Water district accepting grant applications now

The Colorado River District is now accepting applications for grant funding to assist projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources within its 15-county region. Applications are due Jan. 29. The total amount available for the 2016 competitive grant program is $150,000.

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Opinion

Climate change hypocrisy

Yes, climate change exists. It always has.

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Climate change is not the biggest threat

Who do you think he is trying to convince?

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ISIS is the real worry

I listen to those who feel as the president does, that climate change is a more serious threat to us as a nation than the threat of isis coming here to take over. I fail to see how climate change is to blame for everything from isis domination to our out-of-work status.

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Like Walters, 'Fum' McGraw was an outstanding athlete

I enjoyed reading the article on the "Back Page" about Taylor Walters and his family. His grandmother and I are second cousins.

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On the road to recovery

On Sept. 13 of this year Ron suffered injuries from a fall at the cleaners building. We would like to take this opportunity to give heartfelt thanks to the North Fork Ambulance, Paonia Fire Department, Delta County Memorial Hospital, Transcare Ambulance, St. Mary's Hospital, Rocky Mountain Orthopedics and Paonia Care and Rehab for professional care and rehabilitation along with continuing therapy.

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Sports

'Dogs, Eagles look for fast start, trip to state
'Dogs, Eagles look for fast start, trip to state

Walk into the wrestling room behind the gym at Paonia High School and instantly you can tell: the Eagles are back.

Even though Paonia had its streak of 2A state championships halted at three last year after the Eagles finished third, enthusiasm and energy burst through the room as the grapplers returned for the 2015 campaign last week.

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2nd ranked Eagles poised
2nd ranked Eagles poised

The Paonia High School girls' basketball team came back from the 2A state tournament last year with a trophy, just maybe not the one it really wanted.

"We finished as the consolation champs," Paonia head coach Scott Rienks said.

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Bruin boys big and physical
Bruin boys big and physical

The Cedaredge head boys' basketball coach will bring a staff that enters its sixth season with the Bruins. Joining head coach Kevin Dunbar will be assistants Derek Kehmeier and Dave Boyd.

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Bruin girls 3-0 in tourney
Bruin girls 3-0 in tourney

There were some slow segments of their game, but the Cedaredge girls' basketball team, once it got rolling, was nearly unstoppable. Olathe's Pirates had the most success against Cedaredge but fell, 41-33, in first-round action of the First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament last week in Delta.

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CHS boys battle late losses
CHS boys battle late losses

The Cedaredge boys' basketball team played three games last week, all in the annual First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament played in Delta and Paonia. Play began on Thursday, Dec. 3, for Cedaredge with a game against Olathe. Cedaredge won that contest, 56-35, and looked to be in good form to start the 2015-16 hoops campaign.

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Delta girls 1-2 in hoops
Delta girls 1-2 in hoops

Delta High School's girls' basketball team got its first taste of a new season with a new coach and new offensive and defensive systems. The results were not totally successful, with the Panthers winning just one of three games played in last weekend's First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament.

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Delta girls adjusting to new coach and systems
Delta girls adjusting to new coach and systems

The Delta girls' basketball program has a new head coach and will be striving to make a successful transition to Craig Cerise's new offense and defense as the season progressses.

Cerise, a former head coach for the Lady Panthers for two seasons, will be in his third season at the helm for the program. Overall, Cerise has nine years experience.

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DHS boys win 3 on hardwood
DHS boys win 3 on hardwood

This year's Delta High School boys' basketball team will make fans, and coaches, smile a lot. The Panthers will be inexperienced but talented as they continue their season following last week's 3-0 start.

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HHS boys struggle to finish
HHS boys struggle to finish

If all of the Hotchkiss High School boys' basketball games play out like their first week did, head coach Eric Hollembeak is in for a lot of sleepless nights.

The Bulldogs battled through four games in five days last week.

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High hopes for boys' hoops at Hotchkiss

The Bulldogs boys' basketball team has a mix of veterans and young talent that it hopes will achieve new heights of glory at Hotchkiss High School.

Now the test will be putting all of the pieces together into a winning mix for the Bulldogs.

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Hotchkiss girls get a win; look for chemistry

The Hotchkiss High School girls' basketball team played four games in five days last week and showed signs that the Bulldogs are building a solid foundation for the season.

The Bulldogs have two games this week, playing at Aspen on Thursday and then hosting Vail Christian on Saturday.

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Hotchkiss girls want hoops success
Hotchkiss girls want hoops success

The Hotchkiss High School girls' basketball team has a new coach but the same old winning attitude as the Bulldogs hit the hardwood for the 2015 season.

Ginger McPherson is in her first year on the Bulldogs bench and also is teaching mathematics at the high school.

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Panther grapplers to be strong in Class 3A
Panther grapplers to be strong in Class 3A

This year's Delta High School wrestling squad is beginning to shape up. With the run through state playoffs in football over, the Panthers welcomed a big number of athletes to the mat.

According to the pre-season information sheet, there are 30 hopefuls in the mix for varsity and junior varsity starting spots.

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Paonia boys 3-0 in hoops
Paonia boys 3-0 in hoops

The Paonia High School boys' basketball team appears to be a very motivated bunch.

After making it to the regional championship game the past two seasons, the experienced Eagles began their quest for the state tournament with three straight wins.

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Paonia boys' team has high ranking and hopes
Paonia boys' team has high ranking and hopes

Paonia High School boys' basketball coach Chase Roeber doesn't mince words when asked about goals and expectations for the 2015 version of the Eagles hoopsters.

"Nothing short of making the state tournament," Roeber said after the first game of the year. "If we don't get to the state tournament, it's a bust."

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PHS girls No. 2, no limit
PHS girls No. 2, no limit

 If the first week of the season is any indication, the Paonia High School girls' basketball team is going to be celebrating quite a few wins this year.

Many of the Paonia girls are still making the transition from volleyball to basketball, but the natural athletes that make up the deep Eagles roster showed no ill effects of a late start during the First Colorado National Bank Tournament last weekend at Paonia High School.

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What's Happening

Bird counts yield valuable information

The Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BACS) and the Bureau of Land Management are teaming up to conduct this year's Audubon Society annual Christmas Bird Count and invite anyone interested in bird watching to join them. This is the 116th anniversary of the count which has provided over a hundred years of valuable information throughout the world to help scientists monitor the health of bird populations.

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Master Gardener class begins in January

The Colorado State University Extension, Tri River Area, is now accepting applications for the Master Gardener training class. The Tri River Area includes Mesa, Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties.

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Register now for food/farm forum

The fourth annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum, the state's premier gathering of farmers and ranchers, and others involved in the sustainable farm community, announced its lineup of workshops and speakers.

The conference on Jan. 23 at the Montrose Pavilion has a wide array of breakout sessions, which convey vital, regionally specific agricultural information in areas including maximizing crop and livestock production, innovative agricultural marketing and management strategies, and specialty crops.

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Community

Births December 9, 2015

Camden and Nikki Welt of Hotchkiss are the parents of a son, Brantlee William Welt, born at 2:41 a.m. Dec. 3, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He weighed 7 pounds, 11.4 ounces and was 20 inches in length.

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School Zone

DOS partners with Safeway to provide full Thanksgiving dinner

It was a great day for Food for Thought when Mary Saunders called and said she had been contacted by Safeway about donating Thanksgiving dinners for needy families. Saunders explained that Safeway needed an outlet, a way to connect with needy families to provide donated Thanksgiving dinners.

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Western State offers courses in Delta

Western State Colorado University in Gunnison has expanded its partnership with Delta-Montrose Technical College (DMTC) to host six undergraduate courses at DMTC beginning in January 2016. Western, one of America's Colleges of Distinction, is targeting students who are ready to begin pursuing a bachelor's degree close to home.

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Obituaries

Cora White

Cora L. White of Hotchkiss died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 90.

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Marjorie Sullivan
Marjorie Sullivan

Cedaredge resident Marjorie Sullivan died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 73.

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Mary Heath
Mary Heath

Eckert resident Mary Heath died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at home. She was 64.

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North Fork

Cocker holiday house sale nets $99,000
Cocker holiday house sale nets $99,000

Everyone was feelin' alright when the doors opened to the Cocker Kids Foundation holiday house sale last Friday morning. More than 300 people lined up early to pay $5 to get first pick of thousands of items belonging to the late Joe Cocker and his wife, Pam.

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Holiday village provides inspiration for writing contest
Holiday village provides inspiration for writing contest

There is a beautiful village in Crawford that many Delta County residents have never seen, even those who live in the area. Lights twinkle in houses frosted with snow, people sing carols and cross country ski and chop wood, animals wander freely through pleasant snowy streets, and, despite the weather, no one seems cold.

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Hotchkiss council to approve 2016 budget

The Hotchkiss Town Council is set to approve the 2016 budget during this week's monthly public meeting.

The draft budget estimates total available revenue of $1,970,246, based on estimates prior to certification of the fiscal year 2015 mill levy by Delta County.

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Hotchkiss fire, theft remain unsolved

Two incidents that occurred in Hotchkiss early in the year remain unsolved.

According to Marshal Dan Miller, cause of a March 8 fire at Tucker's Pizza, Pub and Arcade, 221 W. Bridge Street, suspected to be arson, remains under delayed but active investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

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Natural gas development OK'd near Somerset

The Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office and the U.S. Forest Service Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests posted Decision Records granting Gunnison Energy LLC and SG Interests, Ltd. the approval to develop up to 25 natural gas wells north of Somerset.

This decision includes the approval of 10 of 25 anticipated applications for permit to drill allowing for wells to be drilled on an existing multi-well pad and construction of four new multi-well pads and associated infrastructure.

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Solarize project installs 22 systems in the North Fork
Solarize project installs 22 systems in the North Fork

Solar Energy International (SEI) is proud to announce that the round of Solarize North Fork Valley resulted in over $400,000 in local investment through the installation of 120 kilowatts of solar in 22 new systems. For our tiny community of Hotchkiss, Crawford and Paonia, this is significant and only the beginning.

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Variance request tests board of adjustments
Variance request tests board of adjustments

Last September, Randy and Mara Derryberry were planning to build a gabled cover over a section of their sidewalk on Poplar Street. For five years they traveled from their home in Grand Junction to spend weekends remodeling the interior of Mara's family home, once owned by her parents and grandparents.

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Water quality study provides baseline data for North Fork

A recently completed two-year study shows surface, spring and groundwater samples collected throughout the North Fork area testing below method federal detection limits for a list of major ions, metals and volatile organic compounds that can occur during the process known as hydraulic fracturing.

The results of the study are contained in the recently released "2014-2015 Water Quality Monitoring Report."

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Surface Creek

Bulky gear vexes Orchard City staff

The Orchard City Town Board may be close to deciding what to do with a new piece of equipment the town bought earlier this year that isn't performing as promised.

The town purchased the $6,900 road shouldering side dresser with expectations that it would cut in half the number of man-hours need for the labor-intensive task of maintaining road shoulders.

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Plants of the Western Slope December 9, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope December 9, 2015

Today the sky is clear ... what a nice change! It's been gray day after day, but it isn't warmer.

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Six seek seats on chamber board

The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce has six people seeking four open positions on its board of directors.

At the December meeting held last week, the candidates introduced themselves to the sitting board members and to members in attendance.

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