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Delta

BoCC addresses planning issues

The Board of County Commissioners recently discussed two specific development proposals that involve equestrian projects near Crawford among four planning items overall.

The commissioners approved a specific development application for an eight- to 10-bed residential treatment center, Rights of Passage.

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BoCC states position on NF coal exemption

On Jan. 18, the Delta County Commissioners ratified the county's position on reinstating the North Fork Coal Mining Area Exemption to the Colorado Roadless Rule.

The county had commented during the scoping period for the Forest Service's Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS).

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Cedaredge man held on pot charges in Nebraska
Cedaredge man held on pot charges in Nebraska

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of a Cedaredge man, 68-year-old Steven McElmury, for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

McElmury was arrested Thursday, Jan. 21, after a sheriff's K-9 indicated the odor of narcotics coming from McElmury's 2014 Dodge Ram pickup, which was found unoccupied in a business parking lot in Lincoln, Neb. The pickup had been observed driving eastbound on Interstate 80 a few minutes earlier.

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CRNAs focus on patient safety

National CRNA Week is the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist's annual celebration of anesthesia patient safety and the nation's 49,000-plus certified registered nurse anesthetists.

CRNAs (certified registered nurse anesthetists) are registered nurses educated, trained and licensed to administer anesthesia.

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Law enforcement blotter January 27, 2016

Dale J. Scarrow, 37, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged displayed fictitious license plates, driving after revocation prohibited, drove uninsured motor vehicle and obstruction of government operations.

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Library substitutes fill a vital role
Library substitutes fill a vital role

Everyone who has gone through public school is familiar with the unique role of the substitute teacher, a brave man or woman who enters unsuspecting classrooms at the last minute, expecting to be challenged, questioned or taunted.

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Mark Lee named to planning commission

After interviewing two applicants, the Delta City Council appointed Mark Lee to the Delta Planning Commission. The commission is comprised of seven members.

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Senate passes bill to help rural hospitals like DCMH

The Senate last week passed a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and fellow senators to extend a Medicare demonstration program that helps rural hospitals in sparsely populated states keep their doors open.

"This demonstration has helped several hospitals in Colorado's rural communities, like Delta County, Steamboat Springs, and Sterling, continue to serve their communities," Bennet said. "This bill will help maintain access to critical health care services in these rural areas."

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Opinion

Celebrating our public lands

I would like to thank Senator Donovan for introducing Senate Bill 21 -- the Public Lands Day bill -- into the state legislature recently. This is a great effort to designate a state holiday celebrating our public lands and recognizing all that they provide us as a community and as a state.

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Climate change alarmists deceive

In my Dec. 30, 2015, letter, I submitted a 1922 AP article stating that the Arctic zone was experiencing temperatures so warm that ice was melting and seals were leaving. Steve Lyons charged that the report represented only a selective area and time.

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Commit for your children

I read with interest a letter (DCI, 1/20/16) stating that schools should not expect single moms to have time to help their children with homework. I agree that it must be very difficult for single parents to do it all.

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Grateful for the sacrifices of our veterans

Last Saturday, my husband Les and I took a motorcycle ride from our home in Montrose to the C&J Restaurant in Delta for lunch.

We met up with five friends of ours from Grand Junction, all who ride with Patriot Guard Riders -- those who protect the honor of our fallen servicemen and women.

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Let's not visit cannabis again

I would like to respond to your article "Hotchkiss, Paonia may see cannabis on the ballot 2016."

Both towns already had a "discussion from the board and from the public" in 2014, and the impact on our communities was very divisive.

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Main Street is key to the future of Delta County

Delta County is faced with many challenges. Our county is a great place to live, but many residents, myself included, see our economic future going downhill and these trends will be difficult to stop without taking action.

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Sports

Bruins place fifth at 2016 Screamin' Eagle

Cedaredge High School's Bruins finished last weekend's Screamin' Eagle wrestling tournament with 136.5 points and placed fifth. Hotchkiss won the tournament with 229 points with Meeker second (210.5), Centauri third (204) and Paonia fourth (203.5).

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Delta girls beat GS, 55-38
Delta girls beat GS, 55-38

Delta had few answers for the Bulldogs in a rematch game. Palisade took advantage of numerous mistakes and poor shooting by the Panthers to sweep Delta in its two-game series for the season.

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Delta swim team competes

Delta High School's swim team participated in two meets recently. On Jan. 8 the Panthers were in Gunnison for what was to be more than a dual between the Cowboys and Delta.

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HHS grapplers get it done
HHS grapplers get it done

Hotchkiss entered the week fifth in 2A, just ahead of Paonia and behind Rocky Ford, Centauri, Meeker and Norwood/Nucla, respectively.

The Bulldogs got up-close and personal looks at every one of those teams but No. 1 Rocky Ford this past week, and Hotchkiss showed that it can compete on the mat with all of them.

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NF hoop teams revving it up

Both basketball teams from Paonia are firing on all cylinders.

The Eagles boys' and girls' teams are both 11-1 and undefeated in 1A/2A Western Slope League play. At the end of a five-game road stretch, Paonia is at Meeker on Friday and at Hotchkiss on Tuesday.

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Panther matmen beat EV; 5-0 at Rifle Duals
Panther matmen beat EV; 5-0 at Rifle Duals

Had it not been for a forfeit at 113, Delta's Panthers might have posted a shutout against Eagle Valley last Thursday night. The Panthers went on to win 71-6.

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Paonia wins showdown
Paonia wins showdown

After a 60-34 win against Hotchkiss' boys on Jan. 19, Cedaredge was looking for a sixth consecutive win heading into last Friday's encounter against Paonia's Eagles. Paonia, after starting the season with six straight wins, was dealt a loss by Grand Valley on Dec. 19.

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Young Panther boys grow as hoops season continues
Young Panther boys grow as hoops season continues

Delta's Panthers returned to the hardwood this past week with three games being played in six days. A Jan. 19 contest at home with Palisade started the week off. The Bulldogs took advantage of a 34-7 third quarter to blow the game open for a 79-47 4A WSL victory.

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What's Happening

Hunter education class to be offered in February

Hunter education classes are scheduled Feb. 15-19 in the Enterprise Room of Delta-Montrose Technical College.

Class will be held Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m., and again Friday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. Total class time is approximately 14 hours.

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What's happening at your library? January 27, 2016

The Delta County Libraries offer many educational and entertaining activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. If you want to know what else your library is offering, please contact the library or visit the Delta County Libraries website at www.deltalibraries.org.

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Community

Barbershoppers of the Year announced
Barbershoppers of the Year announced

The Black Canyon Barbershop Chorus announced "Barbershoppers of the Year" for 2016 at the annual installation banquet, which was held recently at Daveto's in Delta.

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Births

Jennifer and Tyler Valdez of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Kami Brooke Valdez, born Jan. 13, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 0.8 ounces and was 19.25 inches in length.

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People in the News Fisher & Smith

Isaac Fisher, a veterinary medicine student from Hotchkiss, and Benjamin Smith, an animal science major from Paonia, were named to the Dean's List at Iowa State University.

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People In The News Tembrock

Luke Tembrock received a Ph.D. in botany from the School of Biology at Colorado State University at commencement exercises on Dec. 18. Dr. Tembrock attended Hotchkiss schools, graduating from Hotchkiss High School in 1997.

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Raymond Rowland turns 100

Raymond Rowland, former resident of Rogers Mesa in Hotchkiss, will turn 100 years old Feb. 6.

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School Zone

Grant sought for DMS construction

An architect is putting the finishing touches on a design for a Delta Middle School project that will enhance student safety and address the aging infrastructure of the sixth grade wing.

School board members reviewed preliminary designs with 50J maintenance supervisor John McHugh at a Jan. 15 work session.

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Journalism scholarships available

Up to four college scholarships and two high school scholarships are available through the Colorado Press Association's scholarship program, run by the Denver Foundation.

The Colorado Press Association is a trade association dedicated to the preservation, progression and modernization of the state's news media.

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Obituaries

Aubrey Pierce

Aubrey Dale Pierce of Delta died Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center. He was 85.

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Clifton Hood

Clifton L. Hood died at his home in Delta Jan. 23, 2016. He was 55.

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Donald Mitchell
Donald Mitchell

Donald Lee Mitchell died Jan. 20, 2016. He was 78.

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Pete Sisson

William "Pete" Albert Sisson died Jan. 8, 2016, in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 66.

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Sally Aime
Sally Aime

Sally Beth Aime died Jan. 1, 2016. She was 73.

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Selena Pedersen
Selena Pedersen

Selena Pedersen died after a two-year battle with cancer Jan. 2, 2016, at her home in Cedaredge. She was 80.

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North Fork

Ben Lehman: Empowering others through photography
Ben Lehman: Empowering others through photography

Photographer Ben Lehman doesn't want people to just look at his images. The Paonia resident wants viewers to find inspiration to venture out into the natural world and "get to know it personally" through their own camera lens.

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Big B's ciders garner national honors
Big B's ciders garner national honors

Big B's, the local organic juice company, received national attention at the 2016 Good Food Award. The North Fork-based company garnered medals for two of its hard ciders, Orchard Original and Pear Supply.

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Hotchkiss approves liquor license renewals

Hotchkiss trustees voted at the Jan. 14 council meeting to approve two liquor license renewal applications.

The license for Pat's Bar & Grill, 140 N. Bridge Street, was recently suspended by the state liquor licensing board for two incidences of serving after hours.

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Hotchkiss council approves marijuana ballot language

The Hotchkiss Town Council doesn't have to address all the issues related to the upcoming vote on cannabis unless voters approve in-town operations in the April election. But trustees do want to ensure that ballot language gives the town the ability to impose taxes and pass additional regulations, such as setback and zoning laws, which they will need to address if it passes.

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Hotchkiss to hold 'Farm to Fiddle' celebration
Photo by Tamie Meck From left, Hotchkiss residents Amanda Martinez, Marsy Moore and Lynda Cannon, with the newly-formed group "Destination Hotchkiss," address town council about a new community celebration called "Farm to Fiddle." The event is scheduled f
Hotchkiss to hold 'Farm to Fiddle' celebration

Hotchkiss will welcome a new community celebration this summer.

"Farm to Fiddle" is scheduled for Aug. 12 and 13. The group formed as "Destination Hotchkiss" is behind the celebration.

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North Fork Ambulance seeks board members

North Fork Ambulance, which serves a 1,500-square-mile area including Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford, is seeking area residents interested in serving a two-year term on the board of directors. NFA seeks people experienced in business and finance and nonprofits, said executive director Kathy Steckel.

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Paonia trustees pass town's first pay plan

In what Paonia town manager Jane Berry described as a "very, very positive tool for managing, working with and rewarding (town) employees," the board of trustees adopted the "Town of Paonia Pay Plan."

The resolution implements a document outlining job classification and compensation pay ranges, based on salaries paid by towns of similar size and according to position title, pay grade and pay range.

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Study session held to clean up water ordinance

In a special study session held Jan. 12, the Paonia Board of Trustees began the process of cleaning up language associated with the town's emergency water ordinance, which was adopted Dec. 8.

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Three North Fork towns to hold trustee elections

All three North Fork municipalities received enough petitions for councils and board of trustees to hold elections in April.

In Hotchkiss, council seats currently held by Larry Jakubiak, Dustyn Foster, James Roberts and mayor pro tem Carrie Wingfield are up for election.

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West Elk Mountain Rescue elects officers for coming year

West Elk Mountain Rescue is happy to announce the new slate of officers elected at the monthly meeting on Jan. 6. Steve Morris of Paonia is president, James McCain of Paonia is vice president, Cedar Keshet of Paonia is returning secretary, Tanya Gallob of Crawford is returning treasurer, Ira Houseweart of Hotchkiss is training director and Wally Nelson is the returning equipment manager.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope January 27, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope January 27, 2016

Another day of snow. I keep thinking of Mesquite, Nevada!

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Community band perseveres

Every Monday at 7 p.m., the Cedaredge Community Band meets at the Assembly of God to rehearse. The group usually welcomes between seven and 10 members, including director Grady Weiszbrod.

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Library sees staffing changes

The Cedaredge trustees heard a report from Lea Hart on recent staffing changes at the Cedaredge Public Library at their Jan. 21 meeting.

Hart has been named interim district library director as a search for a permanent director is conducted.

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Officer credited for saving a life

Cedaredge Police Sergeant Roy Spiker is being credited with sharp observation skills, quick action, and determined follow-up that may have helped to save a local man's life.

Police Chief Dan Sanders recounted the incident for the town trustees during their regular monthly meeting on Jan. 21.

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Races set in Orchard City, Cedaredge

There will be mayoral races in both Cedaredge and Orchard City in the April 5 municipal elections.

At the Jan. 25 deadline, in Cedaredge there are two candidates.

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Town wants professional help to find restaurateur

The Cedaredge Town Board, during its regular meeting on Jan. 21, gave the go-ahead for staff to work out an agreement with an experienced local listing agent to find someone to operate the golf course restaurant.

One problem that was discussed in marketing the business and finding a qualified operator will be that management has changed hands several times in the past decade.

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