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Delta

$49M plan to boost local economy readied

A proposal for boosting the local economy with a $49 million program supporting organic food production, building tourist amenities, and creating lifestyle enhancements to attract young entrepreneurs from other places has been finalized.

If accepted by the state, the plan aims to bring $1.4 million per year into the county from state government.

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Alice Penick nursing scholarship awarded
Alice Penick nursing scholarship awarded

PEO Chapter BK is pleased to award Kayla Sanders with this year's Alice Penick Memorial Nursing Scholarship. The $500 was given to Sanders at Delta-Montrose Technical College.

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Chimney fire reported

On Tuesday morning, the American Red Cross responded to a single-family house fire on Hillcrest Drive in Delta that displaced one adult.

According to Jamie Head, Delta Police Department, the blaze was confined to the chimney.

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Fort partnership deemed a success
Fort partnership deemed a success

Between the removal of invasive tamarisk and Russian olive trees, and the creation of a tepee village, Fort Uncompahgre looks much different than it did a year ago when the Interpretive Association of Western Colorado (IAWC) took over operation of the city-owned attraction.

The coming year will bring additional changes,

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In the new year, Delta County Libraries resolve to ...

As 2016 rolls in, plenty of New Year's resolutions are tossed around. Some are upheld and some are forgotten. However, Delta County Libraries is providing Delta County patrons with lasting resolutions that will carry the community through the new year and beyond.

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Law enforcement blotter December 30, 2015

Anja G. Farnese, 18, of Montrose was arrested and jailed for alleged DUID and careless driving after being in a one-vehicle crash involving a utility pole in the 1600 block of H38 Road. The car was on fire. Delta Fire responded and extinguished the fire.

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Missing woman last seen in Delta
Missing woman last seen in Delta

The Delta Police Department, in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, is looking for an endangered missing person. Lacey S. Oar, a 32 year old female, is 5'7, about 130 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen in the City of Delta on December 28th.

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Nominations sought for Leopold Award

Applications are now being accepted for the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award® honoring agricultural landowners in Colorado who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the $10,000 award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntary conservation.

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Officials' pay hike up to state

The amount of pay increase that will go to newly elected county officials beginning next year is expected to be in the hands of the General Assembly which last year approved a pay hike of 30 percent.

State lawmakers apparently realized that the 30 percent increase could be a tough sell to taxpayers back home who are the ones that actually pay the money for their elected officials' salaries.

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Reservoir evaporation a big challenge
Reservoir evaporation a big challenge

Water managers in Colorado and the West, scrambling to meet the growing demand for increasingly scarce water supplies caused by large populations far from water resources, climate change and drought, need to focus more effort on conserving water, including addressing reservoir evaporation, say University of Colorado Boulder researchers.

While reducing water consumption has been successful in places like Denver and much of California, the loss of water from reservoir evaporation is an issue already affecting the growing population of the West, said CU-Boulder associate professor Katja Friedrich.

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Senior meals for January

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. More information is available by calling the Cedaredge meal site, 856-3636; the Delta meal site, 874-7662; Hotchkiss Senior Center, 872-3494; and Paonia Senior Citizen Center, 527-3435.

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Opinion

ALL local businesses contribute to our economy

I am writing in response to the letter submitted by Mike Drake, president of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce, which appeared in the Dec. 16 issue of the DCI.

Mr. Drake certainly makes some valid points and his general concept of "Collaboration will help strengthen our economy" has valuable merit.

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Global warming 'news'

From the Associated Press:

"The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department from the Consulate, at Bergen, Norway. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.

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The American dream has come to an end

The American dream ended on Nov. 6, 2012, in Ohio. The second term of Barack Obama has been the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest republic in the history of mankind.

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We must all work together to address climate issues

COP21, the "council of parties" that included some 194 nations, has concluded in Paris and agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly over the coming decades, with most countries, including the U.S., submitting plans to accomplish this. We are the highest per-capita GHG emitter and second, behind China, in total national emissions.

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What's Happening

AmeriGas sponsors Telluride Fire Festival

Delta's AmeriGas is sponsoring Telluride's newest festival. Now in its second year, The Telluride Fire Festival, a celebration of performance and sculptural fire arts, is to be held Jan. 14-17.

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Call for artists for benefit art show

Recognizing that we're all connected in some way within our community, Gallery De La Luz in Delta has issued a call for artists for its upcoming benefit, "The Ties that Bind." Artists are asked to create a piece featuring or showcasing neckties.

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Cross- country ski classes begin Jan. 9

The Grand Mesa Nordic Council offers cross-country ski classes, as well as skate ski classes. Both sessions are offered Jan. 9, 16 and 23, with ski classes from 11 to noon and the skate classes from 1 to 2 p.m. Visit gmnc.org to sign up for one or all three.

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Entries sought for ag photo contest

Entries are being accepted for Range magazine's annual photo competition, Outback Roundup 2016. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 19. Range is an award-winning publication devoted to issues that affect America's food producers.

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Food/farm forum coming in January
Photo by Jeri Mattics-Omernik Verlin Rockey, 2015 forum speaker, chats with a conference attendee.
Food/farm forum coming in January

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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Free legal services

The Delta County Bar Association conducts pro bono (free) clinics for low income individuals who wish to discuss legal issues (other than criminal). The clinics are held in Delta every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 118 of the Delta County Courthouse (in the basement).

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Tai Chi classes will help improve balance

Tai Chi "Moving For Better Balance" is an evidence-based fall prevention class which begins in January in Cedaredge, designed for people with balance issues. Instructors are Linda Bull and Brook Loucks, physical therapists for Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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Community

People In The News Knutson

Congressman Scott Tipton announced this week that he has nominated Lydia Knutson, a senior at Cedaredge High School, to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Rep. Tipton nominated 24 students from Colorado's 3rd Congressional District to service academies this year.

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School Zone

GMUG receives field trip grant from National Park Foundation
GMUG receives field trip grant from National Park Foundation

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests is one of 186 federal sites selected to receive a field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Fourth grade students will participate in the Forest Service Junior Snow Ranger program and experience the "thrill of the chill" on cross country skis and snow shoes exploring the forest in winter.

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Kelly Johnson attains certified journalism educator status

Kelly Johnson, a teacher at Delta High School, has been awarded certified journalism educator status from the Journalism Education Association.

Journalism certification requirements for educators include earning college credit in news reporting and writing, communications, law and publications advising, or passing an examination that demonstrates the educator's proficiency in those areas.

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Obituaries

Charlotte Smith

Lifetime Delta County resident Steven Thomas Anderson died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at his home in Hotchkiss. He was 48.

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Chuck Swanson
Chuck Swanson

Former Delta resident Charles "Chuck" O. Swanson died from Parkinson's disease Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. He was 88.

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Frank Franklin

Cedaredge resident Frank David Franklin died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at his home. He was 69.

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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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Nancy Hensing

Nancy M. Hensing died Dec. 19, 2015, at her home in Austin. She was 75.

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Ronnie Jackson
Ronnie Jackson

Ronnie Lee Jackson died Dec. 22, 2015, at his home in Tucson, Ariz. He was 73.

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Walter Gay
Walter Gay

Walter Gay died Dec. 23, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 97.

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Wanda Lippman

Wanda Lippman of Arvada died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. She was 90.

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North Fork

Paonia okays town manager raise

Paonia town manager Jane Berry will receive a raise in 2016 after the town board of trustees approved a 5 percent pay increase by a 4-2 vote Tuesday morning. Dec. 29, during a special meeting. The raise, which is tied to a performance review, amounts to an increase of $3,730 for the year.

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Paonia surplus auction exceeds town's expectations

When the Town of Paonia's surplus auction was completed the morning of Dec. 18, nothing remained. Stacks of corrugated tin, snowmobiles, numerous water tanks and a long list of items from office chairs to a vintage fire truck once used by the Paonia fire department were auctioned off to the roughly 75 people who showed up.

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Strolling with the Scones
Strolling with the Scones

Followers of the North Fork music scene likely noticed that with all of the live music offered in 2015, one of the most prolific bands was relatively quiet.

The Scones and members Rick Stockton, Helen Highwater and Harry Knipe were busy making "Light in the Forest," a CD of 11 original songs. The band celebrated the release Dec. 12 at the Paradise Theatre.

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Surface Creek

Avalanche season is underway

The avalanche season is underway across much of the U.S. with a series of sizable storms bringing heavy snowfall and strong winds to the western mountains, U.S. Forest Service officials said. The snow is falling on a weak, existing snowpack, creating dangerous conditions.

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Holidays are complete with Christmas feast
Holidays are complete with Christmas feast

After all of the decorations have been hung; after all the carols and hymns have been sung; after all the caring and sharing has been done; and, after heartfelt thanks have been given to The One -- then it is time for the feast.

The community's Christmas feast took place in local tradition style at the Stolte Shed on a white Christmas Day that brought a foot and more of fresh snowfall to Cedaredge (elevation 6,100).

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Orchard City plots its own way to broadband

The Town of Orchard City has taken a different approach from other county municipalities on the broadband issue.

That doesn't mean the town won't be participating in the Region 10 broadband network project.

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Plants of the Western Slope December 30, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope December 30, 2015

The top of Grand Mesa has vanished -- again. I stepped out the back door a few minutes ago and that was far enough to know it is cold outside!

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Sewer plant construction pushes Cedaredge budget to $8 million

The Town of Cedaredge budget for 2016 totals a whopping $8 million in spending against anticipated revenues of $7.6 million.

The budget abstract shows spending deficits posted in each of the town's six budget funds next year.

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