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Delta

Check out library website during Dec. 24-26 closures
Check out library website during Dec. 24-26 closures

As she puts on a red sweater embroidered with green trees and bejeweled with tacky holiday broaches, interim district director Lea Hart laughs. Holiday spirit has reached the basement administrative offices of the Delta County Libraries, and it is likely to last through the next couple of weeks as staff members districtwide look forward to time off to spend with their families.

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City acquires 80 DMEA customers

The City of Delta is in the final stages of acquiring about 80 Delta-Montrose Electric Association customers on Garnet Mesa. The affected service territory lies between 5th and 7th streets, and adjoins DMEA territory previously acquired by the city.

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Commissioners seek clarity on access plan

The Board of County Commissioners reviewed some details of the new access control plan for Highway 50 north and Highway 92 as it heads east from downtown Delta.

Commissioners were concerned with criteria that are used to determine when traffic studies will be required, or when access to the highway is changed or denied for businesses along the corridors that have been in existence prior to the plan's adoption.

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Community makes Christmas brighter for Families Plus children

Each year, the Families Plus Christmas elves come out and give gifts to more than 60 boys and girls who belong to their program. These gifts are not made in a workshop up north but were donated by the wonderful people of Delta County to the Families Plus angel tree program.

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District Court vacancy announced

The Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Feb. 2 at the Montrose County Justice Center to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge for the Seventh Judicial District (Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties). The vacancy will be created by the resignation of the Hon. Jeff B. Herron.

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Kelsey Weaver awarded PEO education grant
Kelsey Weaver awarded PEO education grant

PEO Chapter BK is pleased to announce that Kelsey Weaver has been awarded a $1,500 grant from the PEO Program for Continuing Education. This grant was established in 1973 as a need-based program providing one-time financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to Colorado to complete a degree or certification that will improve their marketable skills for employment to support themselves and/or their families.

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Labor force report

According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the state the unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point in November to 3.6 percent. That places state unemployment at the lowest level since June 2007.

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Law enforcement blotter December 23, 2015

Greggory A. Trujillo, 46, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged following too closely, driving a motor vehicle while license revoked HTO, owner operated uninsured motor vehicle and no registration in vehicle after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Riley Lane at E. 3rd Street. No injuries were reported or observed. One vehicle was towed from the scene.

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Lesson for those who feed birds
Lesson for those who feed birds

Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue received a call Saturday from Amy Seglund of Colorado Parks and Wildlife about an injured sharp shinned hawk found on the ground at the Prestige Building by Montrose High School. Amy and Brenda Miller (volunteer licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator) met up at the Morningstar Vet clinic shortly thereafter where the hawk was warmed up, and then X-rayed.

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New chamber director gets down to business
New chamber director gets down to business

Holly Piatek is clear about the focus of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce as the new year approaches with a new executive director at the helm.

"I'm here to build business," she said. "What's going to help grow our community and bring our economy back?"

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PEO helps women attain higher education goals
PEO helps women attain higher education goals

PEO Chapter BK is pleased to announce that Jennifer Jones has been awarded an ELF by the PEO International committee. The PEO Educational Loan Fund (ELF) is a revolving loan fund established in 1907 to lend money to qualified women students to assist them in securing a higher education.

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Retiring after 40 years
Retiring after 40 years

The familiar, smiling face and cheerful, helpful voice of Carolyn Clemens will no longer be the first encounter that citizens have with Delta County administration. Clemens and many friends marked her retirement from nearly 40 years as receptionist and administrative assistant at the Delta County Courthouse.

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Roadless comment period extended

The Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service announced an 11-day comment period extension for the proposed reinstatement of the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception of the Colorado Roadless Rule.

The 45-day comment period, which began on Nov. 20, was scheduled to end on Jan. 4.

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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, 2016.

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Opinion

A historic plan for water

Recent weeks marked a moment in Colorado's water history by charting a path to the future with a comprehensive water plan being released to the public. The Colorado Water Plan was delivered to Governor Hickenlooper, and with it, the thoughts and goals of months of work by the basin roundtables.

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Changes at A kidZ Clinic

Parents and community members that have supported A kidZ Clinic would want to know that there have been significant changes to the clinic in the last 30 days. The school-based health center (SBHC) has lived in the hearts of many community members for over a decade and was finally made into a reality in July of 2014.

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Clean Power Plan ensures sane, safe energy supply

I urge everyone to stand up for themselves in their own lives, and to participate in democratic processes. Be vocal with decision makers and your many representatives.

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Short-term problem?

So Mr. Wills thinks global terrorism is a short-term problem. He needs to explain that to the families of the victims in San Bernardino, Boston, New York, Benghazi, Paris, London, Madrid, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Afganistan, Yemen, Somalia, Malaysia, Philippines, and elsewhere.

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Trump is the wrong choice

Donald Trump's base is base. The Republicans dug their own hole when they determined that only those thoughts promulgated by the thought police on the right were to be used by their candidates.

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Sports

Both Bulldogs basketball teams welcome break
Both Bulldogs basketball teams welcome break

The basketball teams at Hotchkiss High School will get some needed time off during the Christmas break as the Bulldogs hoopsters are off to a 1-6 start.

Both Hotchkiss teams are led by new coaches.

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CHS boys need more consistent court play
CHS boys need more consistent court play

It's been an up and down season so far for Cedaredge High School's boys' basketball team. The Bruins find themselves near the middle of league standings with a 3-3 record heading into winter break.

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Delta boys face tough foes

Delta began its basketball year with three wins before a 61-48 loss to Palisade on Dec. 11 squashed the Panthers' win streak. A loss to a good Basalt team on Dec. 12 provided a wake-up call for the Panthers.

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Delta matmen place three

Delta's Panthers landed three athletes in the top five at last weekend's Warrior Classic in Grand Junction. Delta's top placer was Kory Mills at 170 with a second-place finish to Meeker's T.J.

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DHS girls win hoops tilts

Craig Cerise's Panthers have been working hard on the basketball court and last week's efforts, along with the prior week's play, are beginning to show some dividends.

After a 2-3 beginning over the past two weeks, the Panthers have put together a good stretch of games that includes three wins and a loss.

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Eagles quints playing well

The basketball teams at Paonia High School enter the Christmas break ranked among the top 10 teams in the state and are posting some big numbers.

The Paonia boys started the season with six straight wins before falling at Grand Valley.

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LaBossiere fifth at tough Warrior

The Cedaredge Bruins had several athletes advance past first-round bouts at last week's Warrior Classic in Grand Junction. Leading the way was the fifth-place finish by 195-pounder Tré LaBossiere.

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PHS, HHS wrestle well at Warrior; dual looms

The wrestling teams from Paonia and Hotchkiss went to the Warrior Classic last weekend and got a look at some of the best competition in the state before they retired to rest during the Christmas break.

The Warrior is considered one of the top tournaments of the season and this year featured 38 teams at Central High School in Grand Junction.

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What's Happening

Digital photography seminar planned Jan. 30

Want to make your pictures look special but don't know which editing programs are best? Upcoming holidays will give you some special photos to cherish -- make them the best they can be.

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Program helps kids develop a love of cross-country skiing

Grand Mesa Gliders youth programs are dedicated to instructing kids in the various disciplines of Nordic skiing and backcountry safety as well as fostering a life-long enjoyment of skiing. The Gliders' mission is to make Nordic skiing available to all and fun!

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Women, learn to defend yourselves

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is hosting a women's self-defense class beginning Jan. 23. This is a six-week session to be held Thursday afternoons from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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Community

75th anniversary celebrated
75th anniversary celebrated

Duke and Edith Jardon are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary Dec. 23 with their three sons and families, relatives and friends. Papa Murphy's pizza and ice cream will be the order of the day.

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Births December 23, 2015

Jorge Hernandez and Alba Cortez of Hotchkiss are the parents of a daughter, Karina Hernandez Cortez, born Dec. 9, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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Finochios celebrate golden anniversary
Finochios celebrate golden anniversary

Dan and Judy Finochio of Cedaredge celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 30. They have been together ever since that first motorcycle ride.

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People In The News Wilson

Doug Wilson of Olathe was re-elected as vice president of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee during its annual meeting in December. At the same meeting Charlie Barlett of Merino was elected president, Troy Schneider of Burlington as secretary and Chris Wagner of Longmont as treasurer.

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School Zone

Taking problem solving to soaring heights
Taking problem solving to soaring heights

Could you send a small box of instruments up 23 miles in altitude and back safely?

This challenge was made of Delta High School students earlier this year.

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Tests raise learning expectations

In the 2014-15 school year, students in Delta County joined those in 11 states and the District of Columbia in taking a national assessment known as the PARCC. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test is intended to measure students' achievement levels in math and English language arts/literacy.

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Obituaries

Alex Mehder
Alex Mehder

Alexander "Alex" Mehder of Delta died Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was 92.

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Ardith Ware

Longtime Hotchkiss resident Ardith L. Ware died Dec. 16, 2015, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 87.

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Carl Chance
Carl Chance

Carl Chance died Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, at his home. He was 63.

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Frank Newcomb

Hotchkiss resident Francis "Frank" Newcomb died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 79.

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Gregory Rule

Gregory Lee Rule died Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Delta. He was 34.

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Harold Fender
Harold Fender

Harold Edmund Fender died Dec. 15, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 89.

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Kathy Lemon
Kathy Lemon

Kathleen "Kathy" Lemon died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 62.

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Katie Hollenbeck
Katie Hollenbeck

Delta resident Katherine "Katie" Hollenbeck died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at her mother's home in Delta. She was 44.

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Laonia Conrad
Laonia Conrad

Francis Laonia Conrad died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 88.

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Patsy Hice-Weber
Patsy Hice-Weber

Delta resident Patsy Lee Hice-Weber died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at her home. She was 80.

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Twila Wingard
Twila Wingard

Twila Wingard of Delta died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 31.

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North Fork

Holiday schedules

North Fork municipalities have announced this week's holiday schedules.

Hotchkiss Town Hall will close its doors at noon Thursday, and remain closed for Christmas day.

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Hotchkiss approves first donation of 2016

Partners of Delta, Montrose and Ouray will be the first recipient of a donation from the Town of Hotchkiss after council voted unanimously to give the organization a $250 donation for 2016 at the Dec. 10 council meeting. The town has donated to Partners in the past, with the last donation being made in 2012.

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Hotchkiss OKs 2016 budget

The Town of Hotchkiss passed a balanced budget for 2016 and related ordinances at the Dec. 10 public meeting.

Last-minute changes to the budget included an inter-fund transfer of $459,516 from Water Fund Expenses to the Sanitation Fund to cover debt services.

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Kerry Donovan meets with constituents
Kerry Donovan meets with constituents

Some of the bills Colorado Senator Kerry Donovan is considering for 2016 could provide benefits to Delta County and the other District 5 counties she represents.

Donovan spoke Friday night at a meet-and-greet at Paonia Town Hall and gave a rundown of bills she plans as the General Assembly prepares to open session in January.

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Paonia art studio awarded two grants

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $10,000 grant through the Art Works category that supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. Elsewhere Studios received one of 22 grants awarded in Colorado.

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Paonia schedules special meeting

The Town of Paonia has scheduled a special meeting for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, to authorize final payment of bills related to this year's water system upgrades projects.

In addition, the town will consider renewal of its contract with the U.S. Geological Survey for operations of the flow gauge monitoring of the North Fork of the Gunnison River.

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Santa spreads Christmas cheer in Hotchkiss
Santa spreads Christmas cheer in Hotchkiss

'Tis the season to give, and for the last eight holiday seasons the Town of Hotchkiss and the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office have demonstrated the spirit of giving by providing the gifts to the area's children and their families through the Secret Santa Program.

Last week, local families in need received a bag packed full of gifts including food, clothing, outerwear, blankets, toys and gift cards.

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Sewer project goes on despite cold weather
Sewer project goes on despite cold weather

It's not a pretty job anyway, but when it's wet and cold outside, the sewer line replacement project underway in Hotchkiss can get downright mucky. Workers are replacing pipe, some of it originally installed 100 years ago, with the aid of a "trench box," which prevents trenches from dangerous collapses.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope December 23, 2015

But of course, it really isn't -- winter's only just begun. The Winter Solstice is the 21st of December which marks the shortest day of our year in the Northern Hemisphere, and we think of it as "winter."

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Cedaredge finds solution to plant operator licensing

The Town of Cedaredge has succeeded in hiring an operator for its new wastewater treatment plant.

According to the staff report to trustees on Dec. 10, Clinton Smith has agreed to obtain his "B" operator's license from the state.

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Community's caring comes in gift boxes
Community's caring comes in gift boxes

The Surface Creek community showed the real spirit of its Christmas holiday observance as more than 200 holiday gift dinner boxes prepared by volunteers were made available for distribution.

Vehicles lined up at the Surface Creek Community Services food bank and some 30 volunteers who had worked to assemble and package the holiday feast fixings carried the boxes filled with food and placed them into trunks, pickup beds, and back seats of the waiting vehicles.

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Garden club report

The Plant and Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge enjoyed a great meeting in November at the home of Barb Klein. She had gathered many items with which we could make Christmas centerpieces.

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Tourism cabinet reviews activities, future plans

The following is a report by Patricia Luna, a Surface Creek Area representative on the Delta County Tourism Cabinet, on the cabinet's annual meeting.

The Delta County Tourism Cabinet (DCTC) held its annual retreat on Nov. 11 at Wisehart Springs Inn in Paonia.

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Town lists various 2016 expenditures

Cedaredge has provided a list of its expenditures budgeted in 2016 for memberships and various contributions as follows:

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What's bugging you? December 23, 2015

You're late! You're late for a very important date. I'm referring to the upcoming 2016 Colorado Master Gardener Training Program. This program is an 11-week course starting Jan. 13, held in Grand Junction.

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