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Delta

BLM seeks comments on recreation permits

The Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office is seeking public comments on 21 Special Recreation Permit applications, including six new applications and 15 applications for renewals.

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City, Stantec go to court over truck route

The City of Delta has filed a claim against Stantec, the firm that designed the alternate truck route, alleging design flaws caused construction costs to escalate.

In a letter written last summer to Stantec's corporate counsel, city attorney David McConaughy said, "Reflective of those failures, Hamon's construction costs associated with the project went from an original budgeted amount of $18 million to approximately $22.4 million, a difference of almost $4.4 million."

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CrimeStoppers alert

Montrose Regional Crime Stoppers and the Montrose County Sheriff's Office are seeking the help of citizens to locate and apprehend a dangerous armed fugitive. Mario Cristoval Gomez is wanted on felony charges out of the Montrose County Sheriff's Office and is subject to multiple warrants.

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DAMB partners with BLM for trails on Smith Mountain
DAMB partners with BLM for trails on Smith Mountain

Delta Area Mountain Bikers (DAMB), a local trail advocacy group, announces progress in its efforts to build new recreational trails in the Gunnison Gorge Natural Conservation Area east of Delta and south of Austin.

DAMB, as a chapter of COPMOBA (Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association) sees trail development as serving both recreation for Delta County residents and as an economic booster for the local and regional economy.

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Felony charges filed for marijuana grow

Charges have been filed against a Cedaredge couple accused of operating a large marijuana grow operation on Cactus Park Road east of Cedaredge.

Stormy Griffith, 36, and his wife Stacy, 32, have been charged with cultivation of marijuana (more than 30 plants); possession with intent to manufacture, dispense, sell or distribute marijuana or marijuana concentrate; processing or manufacturing marijuana and marijuana concentrate; distribution of marijuana concentrate; and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance.

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Finding love on Overdrive

Libraries contain plenty of books about love -- romance novels, classic literature, relationship advice, chocolate cookbooks, picture books, and more. A quick search on the subject of "love" in the Delta County Libraries catalog reveals intriguing titles such as "$10 Great Dates," "Post Romantic Stress Disorder" and "Kissing in America," just to name a few.

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GMUG releases strategy to treat insect, disease-affected trees

Last week, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and environmental document that outlines a multi-year project to treat insect and disease-affected spruce and aspen stands on 120,000 acres throughout the forests.

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Judge finalists selected

The Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created by the resignation of the Hon. Jeff B. Herron, effective March 1. Nominees Donald (Cory) Jackson of Ouray, Bennet Morris of Montrose and Keri Yoder of Telluride were selected by the commission on Feb. 2.

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Law enforcement blotter February 10, 2016

Charges are being filed against Shawn L. Willshire, 40, of Delta for alleged violation of a protection order and stalking.

A 17-year-old female of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged failed to yield right of way at a stop sign after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at 5th and Hartig.

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Library finalists named

The director selection committee for the Delta County Library Board of Trustees has reviewed nine applications for the position of district library director. Interviews have been conducted and the selection committee is pleased to announce the three finalists are Kimberly Grindrod, Megan Kinney and Lea Hart.

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Methodist youth help fill Delta Food Pantry shelves
Photo submitted Logan Freed, Grant Freed, Sara Jurca, Emma Corbasson, Ana Jurca and Claire Corbasson deliver nonperishable food items to the Delta Food Pantry.
Methodist youth help fill Delta Food Pantry shelves

The United Methodist Youth spent part of their Super Bowl Sunday gathering food and dollars for the Delta Food Pantry. These young superheroes delivered 30-plus bags and boxes of canned vegetables, meat and soups to help fill pantry shelves.

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Opinion

Caring citizens are critical to our prosperity

What are the greatest problems facing America? The reply so often heard is, "I don't know" and, "I don't care."

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Climate change challenges are real

In a letter to the editor last week, Bruce Many stated that those who accept climate change "refuse to use evidence showing that ice ages have alternated with warming periods for eons" because to do so would not support the reality of climate change: we are just in the natural warming period following the last ice age. Actually, the reverse is true.

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In support of veterans

I have a 2004 Ford Expedition with a replica of an M-16 on top and a sign that says, "I am a United States Military Veteran: Be advised." I once took a solemn oath to uphold the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.

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In thankful acknowledgement of the DCSRC

As recipients of many of the benefits offered by the Delta County Senior Resource Council, we would like to thankfully acknowledge this organization, as well as its senior coordinator, Leah Lewis.

A great deal of effort, hard work and sincere commitment go into the organizing of the annual events that are made available to the senior citizens of Delta County.

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It's great to have choice

I am a great-grandmother who has been homeschooling for seven years. At first my great-grands were enrolled in the Vision program through public school.

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League of Women Voters celebrates milestone

Feb. 14 marks the 96th anniversary for the national voter's rights group, the League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters of Montrose and Delta Counties is joining 800 local, state and national league chapters this month in honoring this milestone by celebrating their rich history in the fight for voter equality, as well as pressing forward in combatting current barriers to voting rights.

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Never agree with another's opinion

Thanks to Mr. Laitres for his needed and well-deserved instruction on plagiarism coupled with the illustrative example of liberalism and tolerance. Particularly appreciated was the convoluted definition of plagiarism and what it really means.

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Speeders kill more wildlife than hunters

This is to all the speeders that drive down G50 Road and don't care for the wildlife or anything else except to get to where ever they are headed for.

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Sports

Bruin cagers beat RHS
Bruin cagers beat RHS

The Cedaredge Bruin girls put themselves right back into the thick of things with their 42-40 win over Paonia on Saturday. That game was played in Paonia and avenges an earlier 54-39 loss to the Eagles on Jan. 22. (See related story.)

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Bruins stun Paonia girls
Bruins stun Paonia girls

The Cedaredge High School girls' basketball team just learned a lot about who they can be.

The Bruins trailed virtually the entire game before rallying to beat Paonia 42-40 last Saturday afternoon, handing the No. 2 Eagles their first defeat in 1A/2A Western Slope League play.

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Coach Brent McRae and Paonia seniors Jeramiah Hillman (left) and Taylor Walters celebrate
Photo courtesy Nicole Walters Coach Brent McRae and Paonia seniors Jeramiah Hillman (left) and Taylor Walters celebrate signing letters of intent to play football at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. In three years, this trio was part of a progr
Coach Brent McRae and Paonia seniors Jeramiah Hillman (left) and Taylor Walters celebrate
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Delta cage teams play twice

Delta's Panthers played two key 4A WSL contests this past week. On Tuesday, Delta was at home against Rifle and visited Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

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Delta senior Jonny Ponce sits between his father
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Hotchkiss grapplers win dual and tourney; on way to regionals

Hotchkiss High School wrestling coach Richard Flores has hoped all season that the Bulldogs will peak at the right time, and it's starting to look like he might get his wish.

The No. 4 Bulldogs grapplers won their last dual and a tournament heading into this weekend's regional matches in Grand Junction.

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Hotchkiss hoopsters want wins in stretch run
Hotchkiss hoopsters want wins in stretch run

The boys' basketball team from Hotchkiss High School saw a little bit of everything over the course of three games last week.

The Bulldogs are still in the thick of things in the race for the 1A/2A Western Slope League regular season crown.

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Paonia girls lose to Bruins
Paonia girls lose to Bruins

A busy week for the No. 2 Paonia girls' basketball team started as usual with some big wins but ended with an extremely unusual loss at home.

With three games left on their schedule before Districts, all at home, the Eagles are 14-2 overall and are 8-1 in 1A/2A Western Slope League action.

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PHS boys win 3; in control
PHS boys win 3; in control

The No. 4 Paonia High School boys' basketball team is in cruise control headed toward the post season.

Last week the Eagles posted three wins in five days and improved their winning streak to nine in a row. The boys are 15-1 overall and are undefeated in 1A/2A Western Slope League play at 9-0.

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Two Cedaredge High School athletes signed letters of intent
Photo courtesy Amie Henderson Two Cedaredge High School athletes signed letters of intent last week to compete in track and field at Western State Colorado University. Pictured from left to right are Bryan and Pam Klaseen, Bryce Klaseen, coach Mike Morgan
Two Cedaredge High School athletes signed letters of intent
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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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CMS water course begins Feb. 18

When you hear about climate change and increasing competition for limited water supplies, do you ever wonder what that means for you and for our community?

The upcoming three-evening water course offered by the Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University seeks to help answer that question.

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Delta churches plan joint Lenten services

Presbyterian Church of Delta, St. Luke's Episcopal Church and the Delta United Methodist Church will host Lenten services every Wednesday evening beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10. A soup supper will follow each week's service.

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Historical society speaker will talk about Santa Fe Trail
Historical society speaker will talk about Santa Fe Trail

The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society annual meeting will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. in the newly remodeled Crawford Town Hall.

The program will be a presentation by the co-author of a recently published book about the Santa Fe Trail.

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Marvin Swallow to exhibit art in Paonia

The Hive Paonia Art Gallery will exhibit paintings by Marvin Swallow, Sundance and Ceremonial Chief in the Lakota Tradition, Feb. 19 through April 15.

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Study at home for your hunter education card

People in western Colorado who want to hunt this fall but do not have a hunter safety card should sign up for the home study hunter education class, now being offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Students must complete the knowledge-based portion of the class on the Internet at their own pace.

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Community

Births

Christian Martinez and Monica Lozano of Delta are the parents of a son, Christian Samuel Martinez, born Jan. 21, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 7.4 ounces and was 20 inches in length.

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July wedding planned
July wedding planned

Tim Scraggs and Cathy Winkler announced their engagement on Dec. 3, 2015.

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People in the News Strickland

Paula Strickland of Delta has been named to the Elmira College Dean's List for the first term of 2015.

Students who earn a 3.6 or greater grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the academic term are recognized on the Elmira College Dean's List for academic excellence.

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School Zone

Changes listed for the Lena Sammons Reed Scholarship

The Lena Sammons Reed Scholarship 2015-2016 application is available, but the application process has changed. The application is only available online at wc-cf.org, the Western Colorado Community Foundation site.

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Judges sought for speech sessions

The combined Paonia/Hotchkiss speech and debate team is honored to host the regional national qualifying Congress this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13, at Paonia High School.

Judges for the three sessions are needed.

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Judges sought for upcoming speech meets
Judges sought for upcoming speech meets

At the Montrose Speech Tournament Feb. 5 and 6, the Delta High School speech team did an exceptional job. In congressional debate, Hannah Owens received first place.

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Middle school Math Counts competition held in Delta

Math Counts is a competitive math event for sixth-eighth grade students that includes both team and individual competitions. The Math Counts competition took place in Delta Dec. 10 at the Delta Performing Arts Center.

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Obituaries

Audrey Hood
Audrey Hood

Audrey M. Hood died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at her home in Cedaredge. She was 79.

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Boyd Murphy Jr.

Boyd was born in Battleship, W.Va., July 24, 1931. When he was 17 he married Helen Josephine Toler who was 15.

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Cecil Treadway

Cecil Thomas Treadway died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at his daughter's home in Delta. He was 88.

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Charlotte Udd

Delta resident Charlotte K. Udd died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 100.

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Dick Miklich
Dick Miklich

Cedaredge resident Richard "Dick" A. Miklich died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 90.

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Doc Panish
Doc Panish

Crawford resident Theodore "Doc" Michael Panish died of radiation poisoning following years of cancer treatments Jan. 28, 2016. He was 72.

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Edwin Minion
Edwin Minion

Eckert resident Edwin P. Minion died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 87.

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Jack Corey

Delta resident John "Jack" Corey died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 90.

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John Morton

John Harold Morton died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 55.

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Norma Jean Treadwa

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

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Robert Erdmann Jr.
Robert Erdmann Jr.

Cedaredge resident Robert Edward Erdmann Jr. died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at his home. He was 72.

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Yvonne Fair

Yvonne Cecelia Fair died Feb. 1, 2016, at her home in Montrose. She was 63.

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North Fork

Burns, Carlson honored by Cattlemen's Association
Burns, Carlson honored by Cattlemen's Association

During the January Mid-Winter Conference of the Colorado CattleWomen (CCA) and Colorado Cattlemen's Association (CCA), two members of the Black Mesa CattleWomen were recognized.

Nancy Carlson was named CattleWoman of the Year.

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Crawford considers plowing, GOCO grant

Comments from a Crawford resident about problems caused by his neighbor plowing an alleyway prompted public works director Bruce Bair to bring the issue up before council at the Feb. 3 meeting.

The citizen expressed concern about drainage after the neighbor filled in a drainage system he'd created at the end of the alley.

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Holt, Fisher selected for All-State Choir
Holt, Fisher selected for All-State Choir

For the second consecutive year, Hotchkiss High School senior Gratia Fisher and Paonia High School senior Jessie Holt represented their respective schools and Delta County at All-State Choir.

Presented by the Colorado High School Athletic Association, Fisher and Holt joined more than 500 other students in the three-day annual event, which culminated Saturday evening in choral performances at the Bellco Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

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KVNF DJs on hiatus for municipal election cycle

Four KVNF volunteer DJs were recently put on hiatus through the end of the municipal election cycle due to a Federal Communications Rule law.

The regulation, titled "Facilities for candidates for public office," states, in part, that if a licensee permits a legally qualified candidate for public office an appearance on the station, equal opportunities shall be afforded to all other candidates for that office, provided "that such licensee shall have no power of censorship over the material broadcast..."

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Raley garners FFA project grants at National Western
Raley garners FFA project grants at National Western

Hotchkiss High School Future Farmers of America member Dalton Raley will be able to purchase a heifer for his beef breeding program after being awarded a $1,500 Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) grant from the Colorado Elks Association as part of the FFA Heifer Wrangle Program. Raley was awarded the grant during the 2016 National Western Stock Show in Denver.

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TEDxPaonia: Ideas take center stage
TEDxPaonia: Ideas take center stage

Paonia is known for many things: ranching, coal, orchards, wineries and scenery. But on Saturday, Paonia became a place of ideas when the Paradise Theatre presented TEDxPaonia.

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Surface Creek

Garden club calendar filled with great programs

The members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club kicked off 2016 with a meeting devoted to talking about each member's plans for their gardens during the year, including changes that they wish to implement. Programs for a number of the meetings were also finalized.

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Munson's hosts release party for David Starr's latest CD
Munson's hosts release party for David Starr's latest CD

Cedaredge's David Starr played music and sang for about 40 local fans at a release party for his new CD on Feb. 5.

The occasion, hosted by Tracy Munson at Main Street Gallery and Coffee Emporium, was repeated the following evening for another audience.

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Plants of the Western Slope February 10, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope February 10, 2016

Another gray day. I enjoy the view of the Grand Mesa from our dining room window but this morning the view is discouraging ... gray, gray, and more gray!

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Stoney Mesa named 'Winery of the Year'
Stoney Mesa named 'Winery of the Year'

Stoney Mesa Winery on Happy Hollow Road has been named recipient of two awards during 2015 that owner/operator Brett Neal says are both very meaningful to him.

One is an industry honor from the Colorado Association of Viticulture and Enology (CAVE) naming Stoney Mesa "Winery of the Year."

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Winter fun abounds on the Grand Mesa
Winter fun abounds on the Grand Mesa

From snowmobiling to cross-country skiing, ice fishing to sledding, fun abounds on the Grand Mesa during the winter. And this year's steady stream of snow has created an outstanding place to enjoy a winter adventure.

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