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Delta

Brandon Flores is recovering

Brandon Flores, the 15-year-old Delta teen who was struck while riding his bike, remains hospitalized in Denver. A post to his gofundme account offered this update: "First, I would like to thank everyone so so much for contributing to help our family!

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Ceriani, Lane win election

Jean Ceriani and David Lane have been elected to four-year terms on the board of directors of Delta County Memorial Hospital. Tallies for the May 3 election were: Jean Ceriani, 2,691 votes; Curtis McCrackin, 1,903 votes; and David Lane, 2,739 votes.

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City council invited to weigh in on Thompson Divide lease exchange

Members of the Delta City Council were invited to ask questions about the proposed Thompson Divide lease exchange at their May 3 meeting. Brian Rinehart, a staff member from Rep. Scott Tipton's office, provided information about the proposal and invited comments.

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Delta County Senior Resource Council disbands

Delta County Senior Resource Council members have voted to dissolve the organization.

"When we started [DCSRC] back in 2005, no other organization was effectively fulfilling the need for outreach and education to seniors in Delta County.

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Economic challenges aired at forum

Elected officials and senior staff from around the county met for a municipal quarterly in Paonia on April 29.

Economic challenges to individuals, schools and local governments from coal mine layoffs and closures were foremost on officials' minds.

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First Colorado Bank names new Delta market president
First Colorado Bank names new Delta market president

First Colorado National Bank announces a new Delta market president, Amy Crick. She and her family moved to Delta from the Grand Junction area.

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Gardner hears local leaders' concerns

During a tour of the Western Slope last week, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner visited with the Delta County Commissioners about federal issues impacting local residents.

Gardner told the gathering of eight community leaders at the courthouse that he wanted to hear about the "economic rut the American people have been in for the last 20 years."

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Graduation is upon us

The 2015-16 school year is rapidly coming to a close, as is high school baseball, track and tennis competition. To avoid conflicts with state competition, graduation ceremonies for the four traditional high schools in Delta County have been moved to Sunday and Monday, May 15 and 16.

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Law enforcement blotter May 11, 2016

Deonta D. Pittman, 25, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $3,000 bond.

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Olen Lund announces candidacy for second term on DMEA board

All through his first term as Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) director Olen Lund has used his experience, knowledge and contacts to further develop hydro, micro-hydro, coal bed methane, solar and other local natural resources for local electricity generation within our service area.

Olen and his wife, Debbie have been married for 29 years and have three children who graduated from Paonia High School (as did Olen in 1978).

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Six candidates vie for three seats on the DMEA board

Six candidates will compete for a seat on Delta-Montrose Electric Association's (DMEA) nine-member board this spring. The District 3, District 4, and the South Region positions are up for election. The official candidates are as follows:

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VFW #3571 honors first responders
VFW #3571 honors first responders

The county's first responders received an annual "thank you" from the VFW on Monday.

The occasion, a banquet hosted by members of the Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571, was held in conjunction with Loyalty Day, which is officially observed on May 1.

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Opinion

Help preserve the history of the coal industry

With the slowdown of our coal industry in the valley, my heart aches. Then I hear the trains go by and it brightens my day.

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Ordinance prohibiting campers should be changed

Responding to the May 4 letter from Deanne Simmons, Delta, entitled "Camper living should be allowed," I emphatically agree with her every well-stated point. She gives a half dozen excellent reasons for changing the city's official attitude and asks three entities, the mayor, city manager and city council, to change the ordinance against living in a camper (trailer/RV/whatever name one might use) on private property in order to help or be helped by the property owner.

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There is a need for a people's assembly

Please be advised that the Delta County People's Assembly is advertising and recruiting for 25 people to join the assembly. These meetings are similar to town hall meetings, where folks are encouraged to voice opinions on social issues.

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Tipton's lease swap is bad policy

As the former mayor of Paonia, I was dismayed to read about Representative Tipton's lease exchange proposal. Please let me explain. During 2014 and 2015 the leaders of Delta County, Hotchkiss and Paonia met with the staff of Senator Bennet's office to see if we could come up with a win/win proposal reference oil and gas leasing in the North Fork and Thompson Divide areas.

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Sports

'Dogs bite back, beat Eagles on walk-off slam
'Dogs bite back, beat Eagles on walk-off slam

The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School took one huge step toward becoming a family last Friday afternoon.

Cole Carvill hit a walk-off grand slam and the Bulldogs beat No. 1 Paonia 12-8, evening the regular season series between the rivals and giving Hotchkiss a major shot in the arm as the postseason approaches.

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Eagles win last home game; playoffs loom
Eagles win last home game; playoffs loom

It wasn't pretty, but Paonia got another win in its last home baseball game of the season.

Paonia, ranked No. 1 in 2A and rolling toward the postseason, defeated Cedaredge 11-1 last Tuesday and improved to 18-0 on the campaign.

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Pipher signs with national champion Penn State University
Pipher signs with national champion Penn State University

"Sign your life away, Bo," said Paonia wrestling coach Andy Pipher.

With that, Bo Pipher fulfilled a lifelong dream last Wednesday when he signed a Letter of Intent to wrestle for national champion Penn State.

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What's Happening

Call for artists for June exhibit

Delta Fine Arts' annual art show will take place June 17, 18 and 19 at Garnet Mesa Elementary School in Delta.

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Get ready for a Deep Sea Discovery

Welcome to Deep Sea Discovery! Get ready for a life-changing adventure taking place right here at Cedaredge Community Methodist Church May 30-June 3.

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Go Hawaiian for annual North Fork river float and festival

The 16th annual Float and Fest hosted by the Western Slope Conservation Center will be held June 4. This long-standing tradition provides a unique opportunity for locals and visitors to float along the North Fork of the Gunnison River, so come make a splash with family and friends!

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Register for summer basketball

A three-on-three basketball league is being formed at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Games will be played Monday nights from June 13 through Aug. 1.

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Rock show returns to Delta

The Delta County Rock, Gem and Mineral Show will be held Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 N. Palmer Street, Delta.

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Summer chess tournament is new

New this year is the City of Delta Recreation Department's first amateur chess tournament. All ages are invited to Bill Heddles Recreation Center for this event, scheduled Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Summer worship dance camp offered in Delta

This summer Delta will be home to one of the summer dance camp tour locations put on by Praise His Name! Worship Dance Ministry. This dance ministry is excited to be hosting a five-day worship-filled dance camp June 13-16 at Delta First Baptist Church.

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What's happening at your library? May 11, 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

Births May 11, 2016

Alicia and Joseph Henson of Delta are the parents of a son, Leighton Ray Henson, born April 23, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 11.6 ounces and was 19 inches in length.

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People In The News Strickland

Paula Strickland of Delta has been named to the Elmira College Dean's List for Term II, winter 2016.

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School Zone

HHS livestock team wraps up competition
HHS livestock team wraps up competition

For the past several months, the Hotchkiss FFA chapter has been practicing the career development experience (CDE) of livestock judging or livestock evaluation. Team members Trenton Carr, Colton Peebles, Hailey Lofley, Morgan Miller, Ruby Shiflet, Bruce Turnbull and Dalton Raley met once a week in the Hotchkiss ag room to practice.

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High schoolers to share air quality research

Since last fall, nearly 150 Delta County high schoolers have been conducting hands-on air quality research, thanks to a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder and four local high schools.

Now the students are ready to share their research projects at the Air Quality Inquiry Science Symposium on May 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Delta High School, 1400 Pioneer Road. The event is open to the public and includes a free dinner.

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Mckenzie Moore receives award from County Sheriff's of Colorado
Mckenzie Moore receives award from County Sheriff's of Colorado

Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee is pleased to announce that Mckenzie Moore is this year's recipient of the County Sheriff's of Colorado (CSOC) scholarship award for Delta County.

CSOC, Colorado's state sheriff's association, offered a total of 31 awards of $500 each to deserving high school and college students, helping to provide funding for higher-level educational expenses for the 2016-2017 academic years.

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Obituaries

Bambie Ware

Austin resident Bambie Lynn Ware died April 26, 2016, at her home. She was 58.

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Bernard Coverly
Bernard Coverly

Bernard Marvin Coverly died Saturday, May 7, 2016, at a Delta care facility. He was 90.

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Betty S. Wolverton
Betty S. Wolverton

Betty Wolverton, age 77 of Hotchkiss, Colo., died Wednesday morning, May 4, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

Betty was born Oct. 24, 1938, in Greeley, Colo., to Cecil G. and Ruth (Bull) Staver, the second of three children.

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Carl Mazzella
Carl Mazzella

Carl Mazzella died Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at his home in Delta. He was 84.

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Dave Spickert

David "Dave" Lee Spickert of Cedaredge died Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at his home. He was 60.

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Edwin Minion
Edwin Minion

A celebration of life for Edwin Paul Minion will be held Saturday, May 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Delta Elks Lodge. Friends and family are invited to attend.

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John Vanderpool
John Vanderpool

John Sidney Vanderpool died May 4, 2016, at his home in Delta. He was 85.

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Leonard Stroud
Leonard Stroud

Delta resident James Leonard Stroud died from cancer Saturday, April 30, 2016, at his home. He was 75.

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Lila June Murray
Lila June Murray

Lila June Murray, 90, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2016, with family by her side. Lila lived in Eckert since 1999.

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Max DeBusk
Max DeBusk

Austin resident Max DeBusk died Monday, May 2, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 90.

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Mildred Cook
Mildred Cook

Mildred Cook died Friday, April 29, 2016, at her home in Delta. She was 97.

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Natalie Barton
Natalie Barton

Natalie Barton of Cedaredge died May 7, 2016. She was 78.

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North Fork

Cocker Kids' Foundation closes
Pam and Joe Cocker
Cocker Kids' Foundation closes

Founded in 1997 by Pam and Joe Cocker, the Cocker Kids' Foundation (CKF) has granted over $1 million to youth-related projects and programs in the North Fork Valley. CKF was organized following the first Mad Dog Ranch home tour in 1996, shortly after the Cockers built their new home.

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Cocker Kids' generosity ripples through North Fork schools

It would be difficult to calculate the number of North Fork area students who benefited from the Cocker Kids' Foundation. The foundation board of directors, which has given more than $1 million to youth-related programs in Delta County, has announced that the benevolent nonprofit is closing its doors (see related article below).

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Crawford water, sewer rates see 50ยข increase

At the May 4 council meeting, Crawford trustees unanimously approved resolutions amending the base rates for water and wastewater services. The 50-cent increases will go into effect June 1.

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Geology expert 'rocks' Delta County Libraries

Given that geologist Dr. Dave Noe has spent the last 10 years outdoors, thoroughly exploring ranches, state parks, and BLM and Forest Service land, it might seem inappropriate to confine him to a library meeting room to give a presentation about his field. However, Noe works as well indoors as he does out, keeping his audiences rapt during lengthy discussions of the local geological maps that are the result of his work.

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HHS students take stage with Otis Taylor
HHS students take stage with Otis Taylor

"Everyone has a story about how they got turned on to the blues," says bluesman Otis Taylor, whose dad introduced him to the genre.

For the students of Hotchkiss High School music teacher Jeannette Carey, their story will be about how Taylor turned them on to the blues.

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Students learn the art of debate
Students learn the art of debate

Children have so much to learn during their primary education: Grammar, spelling, arithmetic, history, geography, social skills and music and art. But there's one skill that kids and adults use almost daily, and yet many are ill-prepared for.

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Volunteers needed Saturday

Volunteers are being sought to help this Saturday with cleanup efforts on a section of the 'dobies on Bureau of Land Management lands between Paonia and Crawford. Paonia resident Erin Gallob is organizing the event.

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Surface Creek

Kayla Brown is chamber ambassador

Kayla Brown has volunteered to be the first ambassador for the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce. The new 2016 ambassador guidelines include visiting businesses to find out what the chamber can do to help, helping organize and participating in new business ribbon cuttings, and helping arrange Chamber After Hours events.

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Orchard City begins task of filling open seat

The Orchard City Town Board will hold a work session at 6:30 p.m. prior to its regular May 11 monthly meeting to interview applicants for the open trustee position.

Mayor Ken Volgamore was elected last month with two years yet remaining on his trustee term.

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Women's club has fun while doing good
Women's club has fun while doing good

The 35-members of the Orchard City Women's Club held their annual fundraiser auction for local charity last Friday -- an occasion for doing good while having fun and enjoying friendship.

Members of the 94-year-old local service organization dispensed with all appearance of pondering seriousness that sometimes accompanies the financial support of social causes in the community.

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