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Delta

Airport improvements

A GPS (instrument approach) landing system recently went into operation at Blake. The high-tech navigation gear is a major upgrade for operations and is the result of five years of planning, acquisition and installation, according to Blake Field managers Mark and Cheryl Husmann.

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Commissioners see truck route idea as a Delta issue

The county commissioners explained on Monday they believe the City of Delta is the jurisdiction that should be "leading the discussion" on having CDOT assume some $22 million in outstanding debt and take over ownership of Delta's new alternate truck route.

District 1 Commissioner Doug Atchley explained the truck route "is in the City of Delta and its citizens approved a bond to pay for it. It is a City of Delta indebtedness."

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Crafty women have a standing date every Tuesday
Crafty women have a standing date every Tuesday

About a dozen crafty women gather at Bill Heddles Recreation Center every Tuesday morning, a tradition that dates back to crochet classes that were offered 18 to 20 years ago.

One instructor moved, another took over but later passed away.

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Delta Fireside is 'here to stay'
Delta Fireside is 'here to stay'

The Fireside is here to stay, says owner Ernst Schopp. He resumed operation of the restaurant formerly known as Cynthia's, changed back the name, and put in place a manager and chef who are committed to the success of the business.

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DMEA selected for community solar demonstration project

The Colorado Energy Office and GRID Alternatives announce five community solar projects designed to demonstrate the viability of community solar models that serve low-income households. Delta-Montrose Electric Association, Gunnison County Electric Association, Holy Cross Energy, San Miguel Power Association and Yampa Valley Electric Association have volunteered to build low-income projects totaling 579 kW.

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February is Library Lovers' Month

Love is a word that comes up frequently in libraries, as patrons exclaim, "I love this book!" or "I love this library!" Fortunately, there is a month designed expressly for uttering such things, as February is Library Lovers' Month.

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Feedback welcomed

The Delta County Libraries Board of Trustees is undergoing a search for a new district director. Public feedback is welcome.

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Forestry agencies release 2015 aerial survey results
Forestry agencies release 2015 aerial survey results

Last week, the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Rocky Mountain Region, released the 2015 forest health aerial survey results for Colorado.

Every year the USFS and CSFS work together to aerially monitor forest health conditions on millions of forested acres across the state.

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Roeber to run

District 3 County Commissioner Mark Roeber has told the DCI he is filing the required paperwork and announcing his intention to run for a second term as county commissioner.

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USFS expands headquarters search

The U.S. Forest Service is expanding its search in Delta for a new headquarters.

Scott Armentrout, GMUG forest supervisor, in a report to the county commissioners on Monday, said the agency's search area for a new home now extends north from the Delta-Montrose Technical College to the Gunnison River. East and west boundaries are approximately one block on either side of Main Street.

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Opinion

Energy is not a partisan issue

As the political season heats up as we enter a volatile presidential election year, I hope you have the oil and gas industry on your mind as we select our new leaders.

Traditionally, Republicans and Democrats rarely see eye to eye, but it appears the strength of our country's job-fueling energy industry is where they do find some common ground.

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Law enforcement blotter February 3, 2016

Randall B. Allsup, 47, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged third degree assault.

Patricia E. Penfield, 51, of Paonia was issued a ticket for alleged failure to yield right of way to oncoming traffic after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at Highway 50 and Highway 92.

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Let's put art back in the conversation

Regarding the front-page article in the Jan. 20 DCI on potential grant money for economic development and the article Jan. 21 in the Sentinel, "... how arts bleed into other businesses":

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So-called independent thinkers are anything but

Mr. Sutton, in his most recent letter to this publication, this one on the plagiarism of another individual, is attempting to do nothing more than defend the indefensible. There is never any reason, or excuse, for plagiarism of any type or for any reason.

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Stop the reproduction of unwanted dogs and cats

February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month! Yes, it's that time of year and I would like to mention that some of you readers didn't follow through like you promised after last year's awareness notice.

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There is no Santa Claus

No BLM leases you may be thinking. Don't. This would be somewhat like an event referred to as the subject of this letter.

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We need leaders who look at the big picture

Another week, another climate denial letter in the DCI. This one, another from Mr. Many who is apparently unaware of what IPCC assessments are and what they are based on; the current status of climate science.

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Sports

Bruins beat mat competitors
Bruins beat mat competitors

The Cedaredge Bruins picked up a team title at last weekend's Butch Melton Wrestling Tournament hosted by Ignacio. Cedaredge won the title with 205 points with second-place Pagosa Springs scoring 164.5 points.

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Bruins girls win two, start new win streak
Bruins girls win two, start new win streak

Cedaredge's girls' basketball team started another winning streak following last week's loss to the Class 2A second-ranked Paonia Eagles. The Bruins demolished Basalt, 61-27, on Tuesday and then rolled over Meeker, 57-30, on Saturday.

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Cedaredge boys split games this past week

Cedaredge High School boys' basketball team is currently fifth in 2A/1A WSL standings. A loss, 61-33, in Basalt and a win, 62-56, at Meeker, has the Bruins showing a 6-1 league mark and 9-5 overall.

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Eagles grapplers roll on; Pipher remains unbeaten

The wrestling season is a war of attrition, and the Paonia grapplers are battling through the final part of the campaign.

The state tournament in Denver is two weeks away and Paonia has several individuals who are rounding into top form.

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HHS basketball teams looking for more wins

The boys' basketball team from Hotchkiss High School got another win in league play last week.

The Bulldogs beat Plateau Valley last Friday on the road 57-16 and upped their record in 1A/2A Western Slope League play to 4-2 and are 5-8 overall.

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Hotchkiss grapplers improve to No. 4 in 2A
Hotchkiss grapplers improve to No. 4 in 2A

The Hotchkiss High School wrestlers keep improving.

The Bulldogs moved up to No. 4 in 2A according to the recent CHSAA online poll.

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Panthers defeat 4A Palisade in mat dual

The Delta Panthers had too much for Palisade last Thursday when the two teams met in Palisade for dual competition. The Panthers prevailed, 54-27.

There were six pins recorded by Delta along with three forfeits for wins.

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Panthers host quad swim meet

Delta High School finished fourth in a swim meet hosted by the Panthers Jan. 29. Fruita Monument won the meet with 507.5 points followed by Gunnison with 362, Delta 252 and Cortez 109.5.

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PHS hoopsters perfect in league; move up in polls

So far, everything is going right for the Paonia High School boys' basketball team.

The Eagles went to Meeker last Friday and won their sixth game in a row after defeating the Cowboys 67-56.

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Swoffer off to Australia
Swoffer off to Australia

Cedaredge junior Isaac Swoffer has been invited to play in the Down Under Sports Tournaments hosted on the Gold Coast of Australia. He will be participating in this international event on the Mountain Conference Football Team during the summer of 2016.

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What's Happening

'M&M' boys plan reunion

One of the valley's favorite music groups, The Metamoocil Mountain Boys, is scheduling a reunion and benefit concert on March 5 with proceeds going to the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control building fund.

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'Through our Eyes' opens Friday
'Through our Eyes' opens Friday

Through Our Eyes, an exhibition of new works by members of the Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association, is on display through March 14 at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia.

The show includes a variety of mediums.

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CSU Extension rolls out food safety courses
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Community

June Mills celebrates 90th birthday at Jan. 23 open house
June Mills celebrates 90th birthday at Jan. 23 open house

June Mills celebrated her 90th birthday during an open house at Crossroads Assisted Living Center Saturday, Jan. 23. About 130 guests joined the celebration.

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People In The News Roeber

Anthony Roeber of Paonia earned placement on the Gonzaga University President's List for fall semester 2015. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.

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Phaelen French to wed Mike Seery this summer
Phaelen French to wed Mike Seery this summer

Phaelen French and her parents, Don and Beth French, announce Phaelen's engagement to Mike Seery of Ohio.

Phaelen is a 2008 graduate of Delta High School where she earned accolades in basketball, track and field, and cross country all four years and represented DHS at state competitions each year in track and field and cross country.

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Swain qualifies for recertification

Chalmer Swain, owner of Taylor Funeral Service & Crematory, recently qualified for recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Swain is a lifetime member of the academy.

A number of professions grant special recognition to members upon completion of specified academic and professional programs; CFSP is the funeral service's national recognition.

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School Zone

DHS hosts speech tournament

At Delta's home speech and debate tournament, Delta High School showed the Western Slope who was boss! Anthony Streich received first place in extemporaneous speaking. Cidney Fisk placed second, Hannah Owens placed fifth, and Allison Castrejon placed sixth in original oratory.

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Early release days dropped from 2016-17 school calendar

A new school calendar for 2016-17 eliminates early release days and adds two professional development/work days for teachers.

The calendar formally adopted by the Delta County Board of Education in January is the result of a collaborative effort spearheaded by Marty Rover, a Delta High School teacher who is pursuing an advanced degree and chose the calendar as the focus of a research project for a leadership course.

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Schools team up for Souper Bowl food drive

Delta Opportunity School's Food for Thought and Lincoln Elementary School's College for Every Student team up to sponsor the Souper Bowl of Caring food drive contest this week at Lincoln. The classrooms will compete to see which one will donate the most pounds of food.

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Students begin transitioning to SAT

Because it is more closely aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards, the SAT college entrance exam will soon replace the ACT for high school juniors.

The shift in the state's college entrance exam is a result of state legislation passed last May (H.B. 15-1323).

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Obituaries

Barry Paull
Barry Paull

Barry Bruce Paull died Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 79.

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Charley Tyler Porteus
Charley Tyler Porteus

Charles "Charley" Tyler Porteus died suddenly at home from a heart attack on Jan. 21, at the age of 40. He was born in Grand Junction, Colo., to parents Rod and Arlene Porteus on Feb. 5, 1975.

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Clifton Hood
Clifton Hood

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

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Clyde Townsend
Clyde Townsend

Reverend Clyde H. Townsend died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Amarillo, Texas. He was 81.

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Dale Suckow
Dale Suckow

Lifetime Delta resident Dale W. Suckow died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. He was 75.

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Deloris Brewer

Longtime Cedaredge resident Deloris L. Brewer died from respiratory complications Jan. 28, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. She was 83.

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Gabby George
Gabby George

Lifetime North Fork area resident Dale "Gabby" George died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at Horizons Health Care Center in Eckert. He was 71.

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Gilbert Cox
Gilbert Cox

Lifetime Colorado resident Gilbert Cox died Jan. 20, 2016, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 86.

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Norma Jean Treadway Cecil Treadway

Norma Jean Treadway died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 88.

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Philip Pinel II
Philip Pinel II

Philip John Pinel II died of cancer Dec. 13, 2015. He was 73.

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Robert Hanson
Robert Hanson

Robert Wayne Hanson of Delta died of a pulmonary embolism Jan. 17, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital, following a recent hip replacement surgery. He was 79.

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Rusty Tullio
Rusty Tullio

Russell "Rusty" Tullio died Jan. 21, 2016, in Tulsa, Okla. He was 68.

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Wallace Wright

Wallace William Wright of Pea Green died Jan. 20, 2016, at his home. He was 86.

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North Fork

Coalition seeks partners for Rogers Mesa ag site
Coalition seeks partners for Rogers Mesa ag site

Since it closed in 2011, a lot of ideas have been tossed about on how best to use the former Colorado State University Extension Research Center on Rogers Mesa. After all, the 83-acre chunk of agricultural land has water rights, hay fields, fruit trees and grape vines, a three-bedroom house, and more than 4,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

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Former planning commissioner critical of cohousing approval

Paonia resident Paul Douglas believes that the proposed Silver Leaf Cohousing project should go back to the planning commission.

Douglas spoke during the "visitors" portion of the Jan. 26 town board meeting after sitting in on a special joint meeting between the town board and staff and planning commission members regarding the proposal.

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Hotchkiss Red Hat chapter forming

A new Red Hat Society chapter is forming in Hotchkiss. The Red Hat Society is an international women's organization dedicated to giving its all to family, career and community and was created to connect like-minded women and make new friends through the power of fun and friendship.

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Hotchkiss residents say reg changes unclear, unfair
Hotchkiss residents say reg changes unclear, unfair

The Hotchkiss Planning Commission will schedule at least one more public comment session after hearing numerous complaints regarding proposed changes to the town's "Mobile Home and Travel Home Regulations" ordinance during a hearing at the Jan. 26 planning meeting.

The main concern expressed by the 14 who spoke is the perceived unfairness of the regulations, which were viewed as potentially cost prohibitive to mobile home owners and renters.

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Lauren Mann remembered for love of music and culture
Lauren Mann remembered for love of music and culture

Lauren Mann's Facebook page continues to receive tributes and remembrances after the 25-year-old former Paonia resident was found dead in her apartment in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

Officials in Vienna have determined Mann died of suffocation. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

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Loving Spoonful meals on hold

Jeanne Gatto, who directs the community "Loving Spoonful" meal at the Teen Center in Paonia, has had to put all Wednesday meals on hold for the month of February. Gatto has some medical problems that need to be treated and has no one to step in and take over the service in the next month.

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Paonia trustees ponder pot issue

At the Jan. 27 meeting of the Paonia town board, a discussion regarding the issue of allowing marijuana businesses within town limits focused largely on jobs and the economy. Trustee Ross King, who requested the discussion, said the creation of jobs, in light of the struggling economy, is a "paramount concern" the board should be discussing. He noted that other area towns are eyeing cannabis sales, production and testing as an "economic generator... We should be discussing it among ourselves and among our community."

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Services Thursday for 'Gabby' George

A memorial service honoring lifetime North Fork area resident Dale "Gabby George will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge #1807. George passed away Monday, Feb. 1, at Horizons Care and Rehabilitation Center in Eckert.

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Snow blower decision on hold

In her report to the trustees, presented during the regular meeting of the Paonia town council on Jan. 27, town manager Jane Berry discussed a possible purchase of a snow blower attachment.

The snow blower would allow the public works department to remove snow from "very tight spots," including narrow streets and parking lots.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope February 3, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope February 3, 2016

The second day of February was "Groundhog Day." I've wondered for years about the groundhog and I just found www.stormfax.com/ghog.htm so now I know a bit more! Since this common rodent hibernates for the winter, its appearance indicates spring (well, sometimes).

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Crockpots for Critters benefits building fund
Crockpots for Critters benefits building fund

The annual Crockpots for Critters fundraiser is set for the Cedaredge Civic Center Saturday, Feb. 13, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Shelter Shoppe volunteers are promising lots of great home cooking for everyone to enjoy at the small price of a $5 ticket, available at the Shelter Shoppe or at the door of the event.

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Opt-out vote set for Orchard City ballot

Orchard City voters will have a chance to decide whether their town government may "opt out" from the statutory prohibitions of Senate Bill 152 and thereby use public resources to support a local telecommunications "broadband" business.

An opt-out measure similar to the ones adopted by voters in five other local municipalities, and also by county voters, was approved by the town board in January.

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Town adopts new water connect rules

The Cedaredge Town Board has adopted an ordinance providing for installation of backflow prevention devices on town water taps where cross-connection contamination could occur.

The first new ordinance of 2016 outlines the program called "Public Services, Water Service System, Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control Program."

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Trustees hear plans for tennis and trails

On Jan. 21, Cedaredge town administrator Katie Sickles reported to the trustees on issues involving improvement to the park tennis courts.

A proposal includes enhanced lighting and needed maintenance work among the items being looked at for work when weather turns nice.

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