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Delta

'Voices of Rural Colorado' join forces for legislative trip

The 2016 Voices of Rural Colorado Denver legislative trip hosted by Club 20, Action 22, and Progressive 15 takes place Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21-22. While these groups work together frequently, the event marks the first time that the three advocacy organizations have joined to host an event together.

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Businessman takes steps to boost economy
Businessman takes steps to boost economy

A Delta County businessman with strong feelings about the future of the local economy is taking steps to try and improve it.

Mark Eckhart is the owner of Long Haul Folding Kayaks. As a businessman, he sees that a turnaround in the county's economic fortunes is going to require money. He believes he knows where some of that money can come from and has launched a petition campaign to get public support for the idea.

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Child abuse hotline

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) on Jan. 1 marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of 1-844-CO-4-KIDS, a statewide hotline to report suspected child abuse and neglect. The hotline directly links callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to the appropriate call-taker among the state's 65 counties.

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City to simplify special event liquor licenses

An ordinance is being drafted that would allow the Delta city clerk to handle most liquor license renewals, transfers of ownership and special event liquor requests without city council approval. As long as the applicant has had no liquor violations, and has the endorsement of the Delta Police Department, those routine matters will no longer require a hearing before city council.

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Commissioners adopt budget of $27.7M

The Delta County Commissioners have adopted a budget for 2016 totaling $27.7 million in spending. That is the largest budget appropriation since 2011 when the county's annual budget appropriation was $28.1 million.

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Crossroads Memory Care opens

Crossroads Senior Living in Delta is pleased to announce that Crossroads Memory Care opened Monday, Jan. 18. Crossroads Memory Care is a secured assisted living that specializes in dementia care.

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Dispatch equipped to receive 911 texts

Hearing and speech-impaired members of the community, or those in a situation where it is too dangerous to dial 911, have another option to call for help in an emergency -- text to 911.

"Call if you can - text if you can't" is the slogan developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the technology becomes available in Colorado.

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Law enforcement blotter January 20, 2016

Thomas Jungers, 54, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged driving on laned roads after being involved in a two-vehicle crash in the 1500 block of Highway 50. No injuries were reported or observed. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

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Mark your valentines with love

Love once again is in the mail and bound for Loveland and Colorado!

Loveland, CO 80538 has the biggest valentine remailing program of any community in the world, in which people request the postmark of a special love-themed named post office and community.

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Spotlight on Delta Library
Spotlight on Delta Library

Delta County Libraries consists of five libraries, each of which strives to meet the needs of a particular area in Delta County. The district collectively maintains a collection, budget, human resources, marketing and much more for all the libraries; however, because the patrons of one library may have different needs from those in another town, staff members at each location constantly work to reach out to their users.

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Tipton blasts coal moratorium

Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) is calling the Department of the Interior's (DOI) moratorium on federal coal leasing an "irresponsible, politically motivated decision that jeopardizes America's energy future."

On Friday, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a comprehensive review that will take "a careful look at issues such as how, when and where to lease; how to account for the environmental and public health impacts of federal coal production; and how to ensure American taxpayers are earning a fair return for the use of their public resources."

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Two sentenced in motorcyclist's death
Two sentenced in motorcyclist's death

In the fall of 2013, Trever Rawson had recently earned a bachelor's degree in information systems and was looking forward to starting a new job in Salt Lake City. Between the upcoming move to Utah and his impending marriage, he was the happiest family members had seen him in a long time.

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Opinion

A clear case of liberalism

Regarding the letter in the Jan. 13 issue of DCI written by Robin Nicholoff: It does not move any debate forward to publish a liberal hit piece about someone who happens to agree with many others, but not you.

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Educational options for your children

Classical Conversations, or what we call CC, is a great option to public school. It gives you a fun, interactive way to teach your children the education you desire them to get to succeed in our ever-changing world.

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It's time to make your voice heard

The time has come to make your voices heard! On the political scene you have more opportunities than just voting on the first Tuesday of November.

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Looking for witnesses

My stepfather passed away recently in a car accident. On Jan. 10 around 5 p.m., heading eastbound on Highway 92, there was a collision right outside of Austin.

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Schools should be more supportive of single moms

I am sure I am not the only single mom who feels this way:

Recently, my 7-year-old son brought home his second-quarter report card.

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Support for the homeless has been overwhelming

As we begin this new year and reflect on the past year, we remain overwhelmed and overjoyed by the way this community has come together to create a warm, safe place for homeless men, women and families at the brand new facility of The Abraham Connection. More than a building, you have created a sanctuary, a place of hope and faith, a home.

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Sports

'Dogs win duals; big week for grapplers

The wrestlers at Hotchkiss High School keep posting impressive wins. On the Mat ranks the Bulldogs as No. 6 in 2A, right behind Paonia.

The Bulldogs had only one event last week.

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Eagle boys flying high; No. 5
Eagle boys flying high; No. 5

The boys' basketball team from Paonia High School keeps putting up big wins and is moving up rapidly in state polls.

The Eagles were ranked No. 5 in 2A in the most recent CHSAA online poll, and they might go higher after posting two big victories last week.

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Hoop Shoot winners
Hoop Shoot winners

Hotchkiss Elks Lodge #1807 held its annual "Hoop Shoot" free throw contest on Jan. 17, at Hotchkiss High School. The Hoop Shoot program is the largest and most visible of the many youth activities sponsored by Elks lodges.

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Hotchkiss girls finish short against Meeker
Hotchkiss girls finish short against Meeker

The Hotchkiss High School girls' basketball team proved the old adage, "You can learn more from a loss than a win," against Meeker last Saturday evening.

The Bulldogs led after the second and third quarters but succumbed to foul trouble and cold shooting in the end as Meeker prevailed 44-40.

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Panthers fifth in Alamosa

Delta's Panthers were in Alamosa over the weekend to compete in the 13-team wrestling tournament hosted by the Mean Moose. Pueblo West won the tournament with 189.5 points, with highly touted 2A school Rocky Ford finishing second with 187 points.

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PHS girls on mission; soaring to big victories
PHS girls on mission; soaring to big victories

Whispers around Paonia High School are reminding fans that this year's girls' basketball squad is starting to look a lot like another really good Eagles team.

The 2010 Eagles were the last Paonia squad to win state, and this year's version of the Eagles looks a lot like that dominating team.

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What's Happening

Blood draw, health fair dates set

Dates and times for this year's Lions Club and Delta County Memorial Hospital's annual health fair events have been announced.

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It's time for February cribbage tournament

It's time for the City of Delta/Lee Martinson annual February cribbage tournament. The event is scheduled Sunday, Feb. 21, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

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Community

Birthday celebration marks 90th
Birthday celebration marks 90th

Friends and family members are invited to a 90th birthday party for June Mills Saturday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. The celebration will be held at Crossroads Assisted Living, Delta.

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Births

Lance Kappel and Hope Case of Austin are the parents of a daughter, Bonnie Raelynn Kappel, born Jan. 6, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 5.4 ounces and was 19 inches in length.

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County council 4-H report

The January meeting of Delta County 4-H Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Derek Johnson.

Pledges were led by Adam Sheldon.

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Gilberts celebrate 60th wedding anniversary
Gilberts celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Harry and Peggy Gilbert, Delta County residents until 2003, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve.

They began dating in high school.

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People in the News Music

Bryanna Music of Delta was named to the Dean's Honor Roll at Ottawa University for the fall 2015 semester.

Dean's Honor Roll honorees must be full-time degree-seeking students who have earned a minimum of 12 semester hours during the preceding semester and earned a semester grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

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People In The News Ness

U.S. Air Force Airman Andrew Ness graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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People In The News Oxford

Mason Oxford of Hotchkiss was named to the Montana State University 2015 fall semester honor roll.

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People In The News Weber

Tessa Weber of Hotchkiss has been named to the Chatham University School of Arts, Science & Business Dean's List for the fall 2015 term.

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People in the News Wientjes

MeLissa E. Wientjes of Delta, a senior majoring in agricultural sciences, was named to the scholastic honor roll at Oregon State University.

Wientjes earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing.

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Valentine's wedding planned
Valentine's wedding planned

Jerry Grosshans of Eckert and Mary Avara of Cedaredge announce their engagement to be married at 2 p.m. Feb. 14.

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School Zone

Early release days used for planning, sleep, catching up

Throughout the school year, Delta County schools occasionally release students from classes three hours early. Students usually take the bus or drive home to use the time for homework or relaxation.

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Foundation announces scholarship opportunities

The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) is accepting applications for a wide variety of scholarships available to students residing in Delta County. Sixteen different scholarship funds managed by WCCF are available specifically to Delta County students through one online application at www.wc-cf.org.

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Obituaries

Alberta Lavy

Delta resident Alberta Lavy died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at Willow Tree Care Center. She was 100.

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Darrell Geyer

Longtime Surface Creek area resident Darrell Jess Geyer died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 80.

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Harold Webb
Harold Webb

Lifetime Delta County resident Harold Webb died at his home in Delta Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. He was 92.

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Jim Norris
Jim Norris

James "Jim" A. Norris died at his home in Cory Jan. 11, 2016. He was 73.

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Jimmie McClure
Jimmie McClure

Delta resident Jimmie R. McClure died Jan. 11, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 89.

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Judy Rarick
Judy Rarick

Cedaredge resident Judy Diane Rarick died at her home Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. She was 62.

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Uetiva Pitt
Uetiva Pitt

Uetiva Zoe Pitt of Fort Morgan died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Valley View Villa Care Center in Fort Morgan. She was 81.

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North Fork

Crawford council petitions due Monday

Crawford Town Council will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, at Crawford Town Hall.

It's an election year and three, four-year council seats, held by Wanda Gofforth, Larry Kontour and Hetty Todd, and a two-year term held by Gill Saunders are up for election.

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Hotchkiss considers changes in mobile home regulations

The Hotchkiss Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to mobile home regulations within the town of Hotchkiss, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The commission will hear public comments on a draft ordinance amending the town's "Mobile Home and Travel Home Regulations."

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Pot questions on Hotchkiss ballot

Hotchkiss voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to allow cannabis and cannabis-related businesses after the town council vote to put the issue on the April 5 ballot. Trustee James Roberts did not cast a vote.

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Sewer line project creates mess for local businesses

Recent cold temperatures are hindering progress on the Town of Hotchkiss' main sewer line rehabilitation project. "The alleys are really frozen," said town engineer Joanne Fagan.

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TEDx Paonia is 'a celebration of ideas'

Did you know that a Fishtrap Fellow and Wyss Scholar for Conservation of the Intermountain West and a pioneer in sustainable regenerative investing live in Paonia? And that the teacher and head coach of the two-time state champion Paonia Eagles earned his master's degree in leadership in 2015?

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Surface Creek

Candidates are circulating their election petitions
Candidates are circulating their election petitions

As of the weekend, Orchard City reported eight people running for its five open positions for elective office in the April 5 municipal election, and Cedaredge had reported four people circulating nominating petitions for the five open seats there.

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Cedaredge, water association headed to arbitration

The Cedaredge Board of Trustees meeting in special session on Jan. 14 authorized the town administrator and Trustee Ray Hanson to participate in a court-ordered arbitration (or mediation) with Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association (USC).

A dispute between the town and the private domestic water provider has gone in court over the past year.

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CHS senior is honored student
CHS senior is honored student

Orchard City's student of the month for January is Brittany Chlarson, a senior at Cedaredge High School.

Brittany has attained a 4.02 grade-point average.

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CML head visits with Orchard City trustees

The Orchard City Town Board and the top administrative official from Colorado Municipal League met in public on Jan. 13 in a bid to mend fences.

A disagreement with how the CML is using annual member dues had led the trustees to consider withdrawing from the organization which provides educational resources to and lobbies for the municipalities of Colorado.

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Valley lifestyle is about its people
Valley lifestyle is about its people

Nelson and Marilyn Cederberg will both miss the same thing about the Surface Creek Valley lifestyle when they move to Florida soon.

They will most of all miss the people here -- the neighbors and friends they have made over 10 years of sharing their lives and being an active part of community in Surface Creek Valley.

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What's bugging you? January 20, 2016

Have you made any New Year's resolutions for 2016? How is that going for you? Have you ever completed all your resolutions? To avoid embarrassing failure I just resolve to do better than last year.

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