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Delta

4-H Paper Clover fundraiser breaks record

Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, recently announced the record-breaking fundraising results of its spring 2016 Paper Clover Campaign.

Tractor Supply Company and Del's Feed and Farm Supply, the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States, raised an astounding $935,351 during the 12-day national in-store fundraiser.

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Ambulance board filled

The board of directors of the Delta County Ambulance District is complete.

When no candidates expressed interest in a special district election set for May 3, the election was cancelled and four of the five board seats were left vacant.

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County commissioners hear Region 10 broadband update

In a telephone conference held on Monday, the Board of County Commissioners received an update on the Region 10 broadband middle mile project from director Michelle Haynes.

She noted some progress, but also indicated that work has slipped months behind schedule in other areas.

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Delta police, sheriff's blotter May 25, 2016

Tiffany L. Patton, 21, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged disorderly conduct. Brenda L. Patton, 49, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged disorderly conduct.

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Delta urges governor's veto on municipal court mandate

At the recommendation of the city attorney, the Delta City Council has written a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper urging him to veto HB16-1309.

The bill would require public defenders at each session of jail advisements in municipal court, which could prove costly.

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Explosion rocks neighborhood

Kenny Pratte, 54, of Delta is facing charges after allegedly causing an explosion that rocked a quiet Delta neighborhood shortly after 9 p.m. May 19. Pratte was seriously injured in the incident and had been transported to the hospital by a family member by the time Delta Police Department officers arrived on the scene at 1015 Meeker Street.

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Federal suit filed over county regs

David Kuntz, whose chicken barn operation on Redlands Mesa won the county's specific development approval last year, has filed a lawsuit in federal district court challenging the constitutionality of those same county regulations.

The suit, filed last month, cites the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

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Fundraiser planned for Brandon Flores

Delta Pizza Hut is hosting a fundraiser for Brandon Flores, the Delta High School student who was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on April 24.

On Sunday, June 5, 10 percent of the proceeds from meals purchased at Pizza Hut will go to help the Flores family with medical expenses.

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Poultry plant operation begins county review

The Delta County Planning Commission is set to review a specific development application on Wednesday, May 25, for a "small poultry processing plant to serve local producers of chickens and turkeys."

The operation is planned for 3085 Last Chance Road.

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Roadless Rule release delayed

Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) has contacted the offices of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Tom Tidwell and Office of Management and the Budget (OMB) director Shaun Donovan to schedule a meeting in the wake of the announcement that the Forest Service will delay the release of the Colorado Roadless Rule Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) until the fall.

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Yvonne Rowland named branch manager at Bank of the West
Yvonne Rowland named branch manager at Bank of the West

Yvonne Rowland has been named the branch manager of Bank of the West in Delta. She replaces Tracy German, who was promoted. German may still occasionally be spotted in the Delta branch, but her new responsibilities will require frequent travel.

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Opinion

A tale of two valleys

The connections between the Roaring Fork and North Fork Valley run deep. People travel between the two valleys to see friends, climb mountains, eat locally produced food and build businesses.

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Harding is best choice for DMEA

This letter is to recommend Brad Harding for the DMEA board of directors. During the years I have known Brad, I have seen that he has successfully operated and grown the First Colorado National Bank and has led the Delta County Economic Development, Inc., or DCED.

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Lack of buying power blamed for lost revenue

Every day on the television, the three "big media" business channels harp over and over and over how the Internet and online shopping is responsible for the lost revenue to the large clothing and merchandise outlets that are now threatened with closing their stores. Don't believe it!

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Private property rights are at risk

This is an alert to all Delta County property owners.

The county commissioners are attempting to gut the Specific Development Regulations (SDRs).

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Sports

Bulldogs falter in 2A state baseball playoff

In what has to be a disappointing finish to a marvelous baseball season, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs enjoyed a 7-2 win in first-round play in Pueblo at the 2016 State 2A Baseball Championships. A shocking 5-3 loss (in eight innings) to Limon's Badgers in a second game on Friday eliminated the Bulldogs from this year's state 2A playoffs.

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Eagle seniors make last meet one to remember

The Eagles seniors finished their careers undefeated at state.

After claiming their fourth consecutive 2A state track title last Saturday in dominating fashion, the six seniors from Paonia basked in the bright evening sunshine at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood and reveled in the celebration.

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Eagles' baseball title march continues on

Paonia High School's march toward another state title is alive and more than well. The Eagles made huge strides last weekend in Pueblo with an 11-1 win over Sargent in first-round play and then bounced Akron, 7-2, in game two.

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Panthers exit state 4A baseball playoffs
Panthers exit state 4A baseball playoffs

Delta High School's Panthers represented the Class 4A WSL well at last weekend's state playoff action in Frederick. Delta was in all three games, even though losing scores may not reflect it, right to the end.

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Panthers land eight on WSL elite squad

The 4A WSL All-Conference baseball selections have been released and are ready for publication. Delta coach Steve Reiher's 2016 baseball team finished first in the 4A WSL with a 14-0 record, and following last week's state playoff competition, turned in a superb 19-5 overall mark.

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Season wrapup
Season wrapup

The seventh grade Delta girls' competitive basketball team wrapped up a very successful season. As Arienne Huff described it, "What a season this team had, playing in tournaments from Denver to Pagosa Springs and everywhere in between.

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Tunget Gym qualifies 25 at recent meet

Montrose hosted an Xcel qualifying meet which was Tunget Gymnastics' first. Twenty-five gymnasts qualified for the state meet.

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What's Happening

Anglers can win boats, fishing gear at Ridgway

Colorado anglers will have a chance to win boats and fishing gear at two upcoming fishing tournaments sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The fishing tournaments are free and open to anyone with a 2016 Colorado fishing license. No pre-registration is required.

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Chapel of the Cross lists 2016 summer performers

Chapel of the Cross announces its 2016 summer concert series. Performances are scheduled Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.

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Crawford Pioneer Days is June 9-12

The doors will open on Pioneer Days at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, with the old-fashioned dessert theater melodrama, "Perils of Priscilla." Friday's events include a baking contest, customer appreciation lunch at Crawford First State Bank Colorado, a dinner to benefit the fireworks display from 4-6:30 p.m., and the annual auction from 6-9 p.m.

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Community

Births May 25, 2016

Cody and May Sweet of Olathe are the parents of a son, Isaac Paul Sweet, born April 28, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches in length.

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School Zone

HHS academic award recipients

Hotchkiss High School students were recognized for academic achievements at an assembly held May 4. Recipients included:

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Hospital volunteers award scholarships to local grads

The Delta County Memorial Hospital Volunteers were particularly generous this year, awarding $6,000 in scholarships to Delta County senior high school students, following a vote at a recent volunteers general meeting to add $2,000 for additional well-qualified scholarship applicants.

This year, scholarship recipients each receiving $1,000 scholarships are:

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Milstein receives Built Ford Tough scholarship
Milstein receives Built Ford Tough scholarship

Kayla Milstein, a 2016 Hotchkiss High School graduate, is the recipient of a $1,000 Built Ford Tough scholarship offered through the National FFA scholarship program.

The daughter of Jeff and Karen Milstein, Kayla plans to study ag science at Colorado Mesa University. She would like to be a rancher.

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Obituaries

Bill Haberberger

Delta resident William "Bill" Joseph Haberberger died Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 59.

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Billy Timbrook Ele Timbrook
Billy Timbrook Ele Timbrook

Bill W. Timbrook died May 14, 2016, at his home. He was 92.

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Charlie Dixon

Lifetime Delta resident Charlie Ernest Dixon died Monday, May 23, 2016, at his home. He was 85.

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Conner Milton
Conner Milton

Conner Milton of Cedaredge died Monday, May 16, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 26.

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Lurleen DeBusk

Delta County resident Audrey Lurleen DeBusk died Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 85.

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Roger Brown
Roger Brown

Roger D. Brown died Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 80.

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Steven Lynch
Steven Lynch

Steven Dale Lynch, 58, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Littleton Adventist Hospital surrounded by his two loving daughters and son-in-law after a long battle with emphysema.

Steve was known for his extraordinary advice that he gave freely, his love for the outdoors and reading.

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North Fork

Crawford to participate in county hazard mitigation grant

Crawford town trustees will vote at the June 1 meeting to sign on to participate in the Delta County local hazard mitigation grant. The county recently received the $70,000 planning grant from the state through a Federal Emergency Management Agency program, said Jeff Wright, emergency management director with the county's emergency management department.

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Fish hatchery impacted by disease
Fish hatchery impacted by disease

For the first time in its nearly 50 years of operation, the Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery's 40 raceways and 24 nursery tanks will be dry while the facility is disinfected after testing positive for bacterial kidney disease.

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Luncheon honors Annette Choszczyk, Ann Murphy
Luncheon honors Annette Choszczyk, Ann Murphy

Annette Choszczyk, former Delta County District library director, and Ann Murphy, a past president of the Paonia Friends and retired Friends board member, were honored at a luncheon on May 5.

The Friends of the Paonia Public Library organized the appreciation luncheon at the Delta Fireside Inn.

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North Fork solar fair draws a record crowd

Since soon after the earliest settlers moved into Colorado's North Fork Valley, it has relied on two major forces to drive its economy -- energy and agriculture. This year the North Fork Solar Fair & Permaculture Expo built on that proud heritage with a fun, dynamic and hugely popular event.

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Paonia council reviews roles of committee, work sessions

At the May 10 meeting, Paonia Mayor Charles Stewart announced the assignment of trustees on the newly-seated board to town committees:

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Paonia diner closing its doors June 1
Paonia diner closing its doors June 1

For more than a decade, The Diner has been a mainstay of downtown Paonia. Music wafts daily from the ROCK-OLA jukebox, waitresses bustle about, refilling coffee cups and delivering plates piled high with biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros and crispy hash browns and sweet homemade desserts like the Paonia Snowball.

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Schwieterman honored for years of service
Schwieterman honored for years of service

At the April 26 town board meeting, former Paonia town human resources advisor Dave Knutson praised outgoing mayor Neal Schwieterman for his 12 years of service to the community. Schwieterman was term-limited and officially ended his service with the swearing in of Charles Stewart as mayor.

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Work continues on Flight of the Eagles project

Plans for a multi-million-dollar outdoor recreation and education project at Paonia Junior-Senior High School is on hold for the foreseeable future, but volunteers dedicated to making the idea reality still have plenty of work to do.

The Flight of the Eagle Project (FOTEP) committee will continue to do what it can to provide outdoor opportunities and to honor donors who participated in the "Buy a Brick" campaign.

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Surface Creek

Author to host book signing
Author to host book signing

Author Matts Djos of Cedar Mesa has written a novel that explores themes and events which members of the his own Great Depression era generation will find familiar. He will host a book signing and offer readings from his book at The AppleShed May 28 and 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Birds of the Western Slope May 25, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope May 25, 2016

The Grand Mesa is vanishing ... the clouds are moving in from the west and I can barely see Crag Crest. Now it's gone, too. And the mesa is all gray -- again!

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Cedaredge police are feted by Lions Club
Cedaredge police are feted by Lions Club

The Surface Creek Valley Lions Club held a reception for the Cedaredge Police Department last Thursday in conjunction with National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

The department is comprised of Chief Dan Sanders, Sgt. Roy Spiker, and duty officers Jake Hernandez, Monty McDermith, Carlos Lovera and Chris Curtis.

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Cedaredge reduces alcohol buffer zone around school
Cedaredge reduces alcohol buffer zone around school

On a rare split vote, 5-2 with trustees Dayton Myers and Patti Michael dissenting, the Cedaredge Town Board on May 19 adopted an ordinance that allows sales of alcohol to take place within 60 feet of schools. The previous limit was 500 feet.

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Music at Aspen Trails looks to June 4 debut
Music at Aspen Trails looks to June 4 debut

Bill and Kim Vezzoso, owners for the past three years of Aspen Trails Campground, along with their son, Jayson, a music promoter, are ready to launch a new music enterprise. They will initiate the Mesa Summer Music Series at Aspen Trails on June 4.

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Red Hats of Horizons donate clothing to Salvation Army
Red Hats of Horizons donate clothing to Salvation Army

The Red Hats of Horizons recently collected donations of clean, gently used clothing as a community service project. Numerous bags of men's and women's apparel were handed over to Kimberly Burns, assistant manager of the Salvation Army thrift store in Delta, at a special event last week.

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Welcome Center is revitalized
Welcome Center is revitalized

This Saturday is the biggest community event of the year for the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society as it celebrates the season opening of Pioneer Town -- Heritage Day.

This year the Byways Welcome Center will be joining Pioneer Town's two community events venues -- Chapel of the Cross and The Stolte Shed -- as a focus of community activity and events held regularly through the summer months.

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