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Delta

BoCC cool on climate order

The Board of County Commissioners has gone on record stating opposition to an executive order being drafted by Gov. John Hickenlooper aimed at reducing climate change.

The order would impose a 35 percent reduction in greenhouse emissions from electricity generating plants by the year 2030.

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Broadband construction begins

Construction of Region 10's broadband fiber-optic network is underway in the City of Delta. Contractor TCS Communications has begun with underground boring and also with attaching fiber optic cables to poles within the city.

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City council gets an urban renewal 'refresher'

The law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck provided an "urban renewal refresher" for members of the Delta City Council on Sept. 2.

Carolynne White and Caitlin Quander, associates of the law firm, explained urban renewal is primarily intended to prevent and eliminate slums and blight -- not to fund economic development, create jobs or increase tax revenue.

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City, Stantec reach agreement

Stantec Consulting Services and the City of Delta have mutually agreed to drop claims and counterclaims surrounding design work on the city's alternate truck route.

The city filed civil action in August 2015, claiming project deficiencies cost the city time and money.

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Delta County Libraries drafts strategic plan

In July 2016, Delta County Libraries began the systematic process of developing a strategic plan that will set priorities and define the direction of library operations for the next three years. The first meeting, on Friday, July 15, included library board members and administrative staff, with Jaqueline Murphy from the Colorado State Library acting as facilitator.

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Delta Hardware takes 'Ace helpful' to a new level

Ace Hardware Corporation is pleased to announce that Delta Hardware has achieved designation as a "Pinnacle Performance Retailing" store for its outstanding performance. Developed as part of Ace's long-term retail growth strategy, 20/20 Vision, Pinnacle Performance Retailing is laser-focused on Ace's customers, helping to ensure that Ace stores deliver on their brand promise day in and day out.

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Law enforcement blotter Sept. 14, 2016

Dennis J. Jameson, 20, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $750 bond.

Kole R. Roberts, 18, 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 E. 7th Street and Riley Lane.

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Lee Marts VFW Post holds 9/11 remembrance
Lee Marts VFW Post holds 9/11 remembrance

An observance on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was held in Delta Sunday as a new memorial was dedicated at the Lee Marts VFW Post home.

The memorial is a chain saw carving of the Soldier's Cross - also called a Battle Cross, Fallen Soldier Battle Cross or Battlefield Cross.

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New business gets county's go-ahead

Economic development efforts in Delta County got a major boost last week as the Board of County Commissioners approved a specific development application by Forgeworks.

Forgeworks is a manufacturer of equipment used in the craft brewing industry.

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School board finalizes policy

At a work session last week, the Delta County School Board finalized the process for making noncurricular materials available through district and school websites.

Flyers for student activities approved by the building principal will be uploaded onto the school website and will also be available in the office.

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School enrollment is holding steady

Fearing the worst, the FY2017 budget for Delta County Joint School District #50 was built around an anticipated drop in enrollment of 100 students.

Early indicators, however, show enrollment is surprisingly steady countywide.

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Walkaway offender quickly apprehended
Walkaway offender quickly apprehended

Delta Police Department apprehended a Colorado Department of Corrections work crew offender within an hour of being reported missing.

On Monday, Sept. 12, offender Ray Butler, age 55, was assigned to the Delta City Work Crew, working at the city cemetery.

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Opinion

Marijuana sales would cover all Crawford's losses

As a taxpayer, I am appalled at the decision of the Crawford Town Council to waste taxpayer money ... THOUSANDS of dollars of our money, so that Mayor Wanda Goforth could throw a childish tantrum in front of a judge while taking legal action against one of our taxpayers.

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Never forget our POWs/MIAs

This past Sunday commemorated the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Fifteen years since the Twin Towers fell and planes went down in Pennsylvania and the Pentagon.

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Sports

Bruins ease past Aspen
Bruins ease past Aspen

The Cedaredge Bruins were relentless in a 42-8 gridiron victory over Aspen High School. Cedaredge led 42-0 after three quarters of play and gave up just one touchdown, in the fourth quarter, to go 2-0 after two weeks of action.

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CHS softball team plays seven games in three days

The Cedaredge Bruins faced a brutal softball schedule this past week, beginning on Tuesday with a doubleheader in Basalt, a game in Aspen and then a weekend tournament in Berthoud in which the Bruins played four more games making it a total of seven contests in just three days.

The good news is the Bruins won four of the seven games bringing their season record to 6-3.

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Delta gridders rout Moffat County 50-13
Delta gridders rout Moffat County 50-13

A return to the gridiron in Craig was a successful one last week for Delta High School.

The Panthers were dominant on both sides of the scrimmage line in a 50-13 win in 3A WSL action against Moffat County.

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Delta sweeps softball DH

Delta's Panthers picked up a pair of wins in softball with a sweep of doubleheader action in Durango. The Panthers won the first game 12-5 and scored a 16-1 decision in game two. The wins leave Delta at 0-1 in 3A WSL play and 3-5 overall.

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News and Notes from North Fork Sports Sept. 14, 2016
News and Notes from North Fork Sports Sept. 14, 2016

The Paonia High School volleyball team may have lost its first game of the year but the Eagles are rolling right along.

Paonia dropped a game to Coal Ridge at home on Sept. 6 but went on to defeat the Titans 3-1.

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What's Happening

Christ-centered outdoor adventure program launches

Trail Life USA Troop 4316, a Christ-centered outdoor character development adventure program open to boys and young men ages 5-17, is being formed by Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church in Cedaredge.

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Gardner celebrates 80th birthday
Gardner celebrates 80th birthday

Patty Gardner of Cedaredge recently celebrated her 80th birthday at her Howling Wolf Ranch. About 40 guests attended, including family from Texas, Tennessee, Oregon and California, some of whom she hadn't seen in 20 to 30 years.

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Kids Pasta Project dinner benefits CHC

Citizens for a Healthy Community, a Paonia based local nonprofit organization that works to protect the health of the community from oil and gas development, is joining forces with the Kids Pasta Project to hold its third annual pasta dinner and silent auction at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at Delicious Orchards.

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Community

Baier, Knob exchange vows at St. Michael's
Baier, Knob exchange vows at St. Michael's

Elizabeth Christa Baier, daughter of George and Bonnie Baier of Delta, and Thomas John Knob, son of Philip and Jane Knob, exchanged wedding vows June 18, 2016, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Delta. Father Albeiro Herrera performed the double-ring ceremony with Deacons Nicholas Larkin and Price Hatcher.

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Births Sept. 14, 2016

Brittany and Ty Shaffer of Delta are the parents of a daughter, Dreamah Jewel Shaffer, born Sept. 6, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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Open house planned for Bea Hatton
Open house planned for Bea Hatton

The family of Bea Hatton invite friends and neighbors to celebrate her 80th birthday at an open house to be held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Thompson Manor, 511 E. 10th Street, Delta.

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School Zone

CMAS test results provided for Delta County
CMAS test results provided for Delta County

State-level results from the 2016 administration of Academic Success (CMAS) tests in math and language arts show areas of improvement and stabilization in test participation rates across the state.

Students in Delta County were introduced to both a new testing format and the implementation of new math curriculum last school year.

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DHS ramps up Panther Pride
DHS ramps up Panther Pride

The Delta High School Student Council is emphasizing school unity for Homecoming Week, building Panther Pride through fun activities, boisterous cheers and recognition of both athletic and academic accomplishments.

The fun began Monday with Camo Day, the first dress-up day of the week.

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Families Plus builds foundation for a successful school year

Aug. 19 was a busy day for one Delta County nonprofit. That was the day Families Plus hosted an annual picnic to help program children and parents celebrate the successes they have enjoyed during the year -- and the children left with some basic school supplies to start their year on a good note.

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Free school program offered on in-service days

Delta United Methodist Church, 5th and Meeker, is again offering a safe and nurturing environment for your elementary school children on the days when Delta County schools are out for teacher in-service.

The program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, Monday, Oct. 31, and Monday, Jan. 16.

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GMES students raise money for the military
GMES students raise money for the military

At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, Mrs. Tilelli's fifth grade class led a schoolwide fundraiser at Garnet Mesa Elementary. The fifth graders willingly and generously gave their time and their own money to donate to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

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GoPro camera recovery amazes physics students

Delta High School AP Physics 2 and STEM students wrapped up the 2015-16 school year by launching a large weather balloon into the atmosphere. The balloon reached an altitude of 102,000 feet above sea level before coming down on a ranch between Cedaredge and Hotchkiss.

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Obituaries

Herbert Hanley
Herbert Hanley

Herbert Vincent Hanley died Aug. 21, 2016, at his home in Aguilar. He was 73.

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James Windhorst

James W. Windhorst died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, at his home in Paonia. He was 81.

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Louise McMillan

Louise McMillan, formerly of Cedaredge, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at her home in Grand Junction.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m., at All Saints Lutheran Church in Cory.

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Lucas Oeltjenbruns
Lucas Oeltjenbruns

Lucas Scott Oeltjenbruns died Sept. 11, 2016, at the HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 27.

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Wanda Collins

Friends and family of Wanda Collins are invited to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

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William Redden

William "Bill" Redden of Hotchkiss died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 69.

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North Fork

'What do you want to ask your neighbors?'

The Hotchkiss Planning Commission is currently preparing a planning survey that will be sent out as part of the upcoming 2017 Hotchkiss Community Master Plan periodic update process.

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Ambulance mailing to arrive this week

Vital information about the North Fork Ambulance is scheduled to arrive in North Fork area mailboxes this week. The mailing includes a brochure on the 2016-17 membership drive, which outlines membership benefits.

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Carl Page threatens legal action against town
Carl Page threatens legal action against town

A Crawford resident is threatening legal action against the Town of Crawford after a temporary civil protection order against him was dismissed in Delta County Court.

The order was filed against Carl Page by town clerk Cally Gallegos following a June 29 incident at Crawford Town Hall in which Page sought and was denied access to public documents. At an Aug. 2 hearing, Delta County Judge Sandra Miller dismissed the case.

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Celebrate the Fork dinner set for Oct. 1

The second Celebrate the Fork Farm to Table dinner, a fundraiser for the North Fork Valley Creative District, will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at Heritage Hall in Hotchkiss. This year's menu options, all made from locally sourced products, include pheasant or beef Bourguignon.

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Court dismisses Barb Peterson civil suit

A civil suit filed against the Town of Paonia by former town clerk Barbara Peterson has been dismissed.

"We're very happy with the decision," said Paonia Mayor Charles Stewart.

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Crawford okays letter to residents on tax increase

At the Sept. 7 public meeting, Crawford trustees approved a letter regarding the proposed mill levy increase to be sent to all in-town property owners. A ballot question asking voters to approve a 5-mill increase to 7.240 mills will be on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election.

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Hotchkiss author pens first novel
Hotchkiss author pens first novel

Author Flannery O'Conner once suggested that anyone who survives childhood has enough material in them to write for the rest of their life.

For Hotchkiss resident Sunshine Knight, that material began to flow eight years ago while on a solo trip through New England seeking inspiration for her first novel.

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Hotchkiss to finance Hillman Trust tap fee

Trustees for the Town of Hotchkiss voted unanimously last week to make a rare exception to finance almost $10,000 in tap fees in what they all agree is a very unique situation.

The Hillman House Trust agreed to make monthly payments of $466 for two years to pay for water and sewer tap fees associated with the home they are building for Mike Hillman.

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Rotary Ducky Derby a splashing success
Rotary Ducky Derby a splashing success

The North Fork of the Gunnison River was crawling at 19 cfs Saturday for the first ever North Fork Rotary Club Ducky Derby fundraiser. The first, second- and third-place ducks, which floated downstream on their sides, took about 10 minutes to cross the finish line roughly 100 feet downstream of the Paonia River Park.

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Surface Creek

Cut fiber optic cable causes major disruption

Internet service was cut to TDS customers in Surface Creek Valley on Sept. 7. due to a cut cable.

Cedaredge officials said that responders were forced to use cell phone services to communicate with each other during the outage. Town hall communications were disrupted.

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Orchard City master plan retains 'live and let live'
Orchard City master plan retains 'live and let live'

Though the Orchard City Master Plan is set to be reissued in a new and updated version, the community's old-fashioned values of "live and let live" expressed in the original 2005 plan are restated in the proposed 2016 revision.

"Orchard City has adopted a land use philosophy of 'live and let live' that does not include zoning regulations," states part of the community's vision plan.

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Orchard City packing shed back in operation
Orchard City packing shed back in operation

Williams Orchards has acquired the former Hi-Quality fruit packing facility on Fruitgrowers Road in a lease/purchase deal.

Connie Williams told the DCI that the company is already using the facility for fruit packing and processing.

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Permit issue prompts policy review

The Orchard City trustees gathering at its monthly work session on Sept. 7 discussed a thorny issue involving enforcement of its building permit regulations.

During a staff and trustee discussion, it was stated that construction had been started on a commercial building in town without the owner first obtaining a town building permit costing $250.

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Trustees look for ways to cut draft budget imbalance
Trustees look for ways to cut draft budget imbalance

City department wish lists for capital spending along with expected income declines in some areas have created a Cedaredge draft budget for 2017 that is "way upside down" in the general fund, noted Town Administrator Katie Sickles during a budget work session last week.

Trustees and town staff met in the Sept. 8 session to establish priorities for spending requests in the general fund and other budget funds.

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