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Delta

'Virtual' library offers new resource

Many people already know that there are five libraries throughout Delta County that make up the Delta County Public Library District. Likely, they know that they can visit any of these five libraries during regular business hours to check out materials.

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Ballots look different

Voters may notice their ballots look a little different this year -- a light green removable stub has been added. Stubs are used mainly to ensure that voters receive the correct ballot, and do not need to be returned.

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Bill Hellman Jr. nominated for TIME Dealer of the Year
Bill Hellman Jr. nominated for TIME Dealer of the Year

The nomination of Bill Hellman Jr., dealer at Hellman Motor Company, a Ford and Toyota dealer in Delta, for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced this week by TIME.

Hellman is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 100th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in New Orleans, La., on Jan. 27.

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Blake Field is a community asset
Blake Field is a community asset

Last August, when a newborn baby needed life-saving treatment available only at a Front Range hospital, an air ambulance took off headed for Delta's Blake Field.

The baby was transported and, according to reports from airport managers Mark and Cheryl Husmann, a little life was saved by the mission.

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Correctional center recognizes volunteers
Correctional center recognizes volunteers

Fifty-seven volunteers and their guests joined the Delta Correctional Complex (DCC) for the facility's 25th annual volunteer appreciation dinner.

The Ray Hausner Award went to Brad Kolman.

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DCMH seeks feedback with Region 10 community survey

Delta County Memorial Hospital is requesting members of the community to please take time to respond to the Region 10 Community Survey.

The counties of Colorado's Region 10 -- Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel -- have come together to determine the health and wellness needs facing these communities.

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DURA takes formal action; trail grant denied

The five members of Delta City Council met as the Delta Urban Renewal Authority Oct. 18. Five resolutions were adopted as part of an effort to revitalize the entity that was formed in 1986.

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Law enforcement blotter Oct. 26, 2016

Echo Gray-Rocha, 32, of Clifton was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting. Wayne L. Rocha, 34, of Montrose was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.

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Public preschool expands to Cedaredge

An early childhood program that began with the popular Backpack Program has grown into preschool programs that prepare 3- and 4-year-olds for a lifetime of learning. The Backpack Early Learning Academy (BELA) was first established at Garnet Mesa Elementary School in about 2003 and a couple of years later expanded to Lincoln Elementary School.

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Results are in: Solarize Delta County yields 150 kW

The sun has set on the recent Solarize campaign, but the future of the solar market in Delta County is bright. Results of this program revealed that as a community, Delta County invested $500,000 in 150 kW of solar energy, achieving the $500 mark in a tiered rebate system.

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Saldivar sentenced to six years in prison

A stabbing in June 2015 has led to a six-year prison sentence for Pablo Saldivar Jr. of Delta.

Saldivar, 21, pleaded guilty to that incident, as well as an altercation with a fellow inmate last spring while he was being held in the Delta County Jail.

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Senior meals for November

Senior CommUnity meals are served at four dining sites in Delta County -- Cedaredge Community Center (Monday-Thursday), Delta Community Center (Monday-Friday), Hotchkiss Senior Center (Monday-Thursday) and Paonia Senior Citizen Center (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Meals on Wheels are also delivered from each location.

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VFW, library team up to help troops

Lee Marts VFW Post 3571, its auxiliary and the Delta Library are teaming up again to help supply deployed active duty military men and women with "goodie boxes" from home.

This joint project, dubbed Operation Troop Bounty, provides a local way for community members to provide active duty military personnel with such useful and appreciated things as travel size toiletries, snacks (such as jerky, gum, individual size packs of snack crackers and cookies, and unfortunately exempting chocolate, which melts in so many environments), books, hard candy, individual packets of "baby wipes," packaged individual drinks (coffee, tea, cocoa, etc.), puzzles, combs and more.

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Opinion

'Boys' talk' is ugly, hurtful

"Boys' talk" and "locker room talk" are repellent to many if not most women and at least some men. The nastier and more vulgar it gets, the more reprehensible it is.

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Air quality knows no boundaries

Air quality knows no boundaries. One of the consequences of oil and gas development is impacts on air quality.

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Back door zoning

According to the Delta County Master Plan, the most important county-wide issues are:

1. Preservation of agricultural lands and open space.

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Chamber supports DCAD tax increase

The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce supports the Delta County Ambulance District and its request for an increased mill levy.

Quality emergency medical services are essential for a healthy and vibrant community.

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City's fall cleanup is much appreciated

Just wanted to say thank you to the City of Delta for allowing us to get rid of leaves, branches, furniture, and all kinds of junk in its fall cleanup.

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Crawford mayor responds to accusations

I have been accused by a group of town citizens that I violated the open meeting law, also known as the Sunshine Law. I was first accused in the DCI July 13, 2016.

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Hillary's lies are too much to take

Nothing much has changed for us voters. We still are either voting for change or more of the same.

I cannot condone what Trump said several years ago, neither can I condone Hillary's continual lying.

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League outlines ballot positions

The League of Women Voters works to both educate and advocate. Our educational work provides pros and cons in our widely regarded Ballot Issues pamphlets which are currently available.

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Our dilemma with Donald Trump

Today's voting dilemma with both Trump and Clinton is due to a century of individuals and state legislators failing to fulfill their counterbalance to the central government and their Article V obligation to amend the U.S. Constitution.

Except for the hard core statists, America has never faced such a presidential voting dilemma.

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Our health is not negotiable

Apparently our health is negotiable. As health studies continue to come in re: the harms of unconventional oil and gas extraction (fracking) and production, it is time for citizens to get informed and take action.

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Roeber understands, respects county's citizens

This upcoming election provides a clear choice in candidates for county commissioner for District 3. The Republican candidate, Mark Roeber, is a lifelong resident of Delta County and a proven commissioner who is campaigning on promoting commerce while preserving our environment, character and culture and actively seeking citizen involvement.

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Roeber's roots run deep

I have spent my entire life living in the Delta County area. During this time there have been many changes -- some good, some not so good.

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Schwartz selflessly works for rural Colorado

As this election day draws nearer, I want to convey my personal experience and contact with our former state senator, Gail Schwartz, who is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. This represents my own opinion and not of any organization to which I belong.

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Step up and vote yes for ambulance tax increase

I read with interest the article in last week's DCI regarding voter support being needed for the mill levy increase for the Delta County Ambulance District. Although I rarely feel the need to write a letter to the editor, this is one of those times when I consider myself fairly well qualified to comment on this subject.

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Vote yes to maintain quality EMS

The Cedaredge Women's Literary Club urges voters to support the Delta County Ambulance District by voting YES on Ballot Issue 5A. Our area relies on this group of dedicated women and men in our times of greatest need.

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Sports

Bruins get 39-0 grid win

With just one game remaining on their schedule, Cedaredge's Bruins are listed third in the 1A WSL football standings. Meeker, after its 12-7 conquest of Paonia last week, is firmly in first place with unbeaten records in both league (4-0) and overall (8-0).

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Bruins lose to Rams, win at Moffat County

A loss to Roaring Fork's Rams on Oct. 20 was a hard fought loss in five sets, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20, 19-25 and 6-15.

After winning the second and third sets, the Bruins couldn't maintain the momentum in a 19-25 loss in set four.

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DHS soccer off to state

Another two wins look good on Delta's resume after last week's matches in Moffat County and Carbondale. The Panthers took care of business with a 1-0 win against Moffat County and ran past Roaring Fork, 4-1, on Thursday.

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DHS volleyball team wins 3A WSL; 9-0

Delta High School's volleyball team heads into the final week of regular season play with a three-game tournament schedule to navigate in Coal Ridge this weekend (Oct. 28-29).

First on its schedule is a match against a familiar foe, Glenwood Springs on Oct. 28, at 12 noon.

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Eagles volleyball regular season ends on loss, win

The Paonia High School volleyball team lost one and won two last week as the Eagles prepared for this weekend's district tournament in Grand Valley.

The Eagles went on the road last Wednesday for a late season nonleague matchup against Class 5A Fruita Monument.

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Panthers' big rally comes up short in 15-14 loss to Eaton
Panthers' big rally comes up short in 15-14 loss to Eaton

Eaton sophomore Allie Hobbs was taking a page out of Delta's Lily Lockhart's historic softball run in Delta. The hard-hitting slugger cranked a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning to elevate the Reds to a 5-1 lead after one inning of play.

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Wolverines tame Delta with 23-7 gridiron win
Wolverines tame Delta with 23-7 gridiron win

Last year's 2A state football champion played like they were champions last Friday night in Delta. The Wolverines from Bayfield limited Delta to 170 yards of offense and shut down the state's leading rusher, Damon Jensen, holding him to just 38 yards on 13 carries.

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What's Happening

Daddy- daughter dance set for Nov. 12

A special evening for dads, daughters, grandfathers and granddaughters is planned at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. The annual daddy-daughter dance takes place Saturday, Nov. 12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; dancing begins at 7 p.m.

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What's up at your library? Oct. 26, 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

Elberta Rebekahs gain new member
Elberta Rebekahs gain new member

Elberta Rebekah Lodge #106 gained a new member Oct. 17. With help from Olathe #99 and Montrose #31, Margie Arnold was initiated into the order.

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PEO Delta Chapter GT celebrates 40th
PEO Delta Chapter GT celebrates 40th

PEO Chapter GT hosted a luncheon on Oct. 6 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the chapter. About 40 ladies gathered at the Delta United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

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School Zone

CU Boulder students head to Delta for science outreach and star party
CU Boulder students head to Delta for science outreach and star party

High school students in Delta will build their own solar system, look for sunspots and flares on the sun using a solar telescope and more, thanks to an outreach program offered through the University of Colorado Boulder.

The CU-STARs -- undergraduate and graduate astronomy students -- head to Delta High School Nov. 3 and 4 to lead hands-on science classes and informal demonstrations.

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Obituaries

Alta Merritt

Alta Evelyn Bannon Merritt died Oct. 15, 2016. She was 83.

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Bernard Nutt
Bernard Nutt

Bernard E. "Bernie" Nutt died at his home in Cedaredge on Oct. 18, 2016. He was 91.

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Charlie Hawkins
Charlie Hawkins

Charlie Roscoe Hawkins died at his home in Cedaredge Oct. 18, 2016. He was 99.

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Nancy Clairday
Nancy Clairday

Nancy Clairday died Oct. 19, 2016. She was 53.

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Raymond Current

Raymond Lee Current died Oct. 18, 2016, at the VA Center in Grand Junction. He was 84.

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Truman Yowell
Truman Yowell

Truman Veach Yowell of Delta died in Steamboat Springs Oct. 20, 2016. He was 98.

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North Fork

'Hazel the Hermit' captivates local author Joe Colwell
'Hazel the Hermit' captivates local author Joe Colwell

Who was Hazel Short, what was she like, and how did she live?

Those questions have puzzled Joe and Kathryn Colwell since 1990 when they purchased 40 acres on Redlands Mesa where Short lived for almost 50 years.

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Busy week of activities at Hillman House
Busy week of activities at Hillman House

An open house will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Hillman House, 551 Juniper Street in Hotchkiss.

The house was built for Mike Hillman, who was injured in a fall last May and is now a quadriplegic.

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Crawford budget hearing set

The first draft of the Town of Crawford budget for fiscal year 2017 is now available for review during regular hours at Crawford Town Hall. The town council will hold a public hearing on the draft at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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Crawford seeks support for mill levy increase

The Town of Crawford is hoping that voters will support a mill levy increase on the general election ballot.

Residents are being asked to consider a five-mill increase to their property taxes.

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Fruitland water sample reveals lead concentration

A water sample taken from a home in September was found by the Fruitland Domestic Water Company to have a high lead concentration.

According to a notice posted on the water company website, "Four other homes sampled in September 2016 did not have elevated lead concentrations."

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Halloween happenings in the North Fork
Halloween happenings in the North Fork

Whatever your age and whether you're looking for a haunted house, a party or live music, here are a few places you can go to celebrate Halloween in the North Fork Valley this weekend:

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Hotchkiss continues to fine tune mobile home regs

The Hotchkiss Town Council will again consider draft changes to the town's "Mobile Home, Mobile Home Park and RV Park Regulations" following an Oct. 13 public hearing. Trustees heard from a handful of citizens about how proposed changes unfairly target affordable housing and may impact the availability of affordable housing in the town.

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Hotchkiss-based firm hiring laid-off miners

As Delta County's mining industry lays off workers, a small fiber installation business based in Hotchkiss is grabbing those workers up and giving them jobs.

Eric and Teresa Neal and son Dakota Coats own Lightworks Fiber & Consulting LLC.

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Local Rotary Club fights to end polio worldwide

In honor of World Polio Day, which is widely recognized on Oct. 24, the Rotary Club of the North Fork Valley will give an update on Rotary's 27-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease at the weekly lunch meeting at noon Thursday, Oct. 27, at Paonia Town Hall.

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PHS again makes Newsweek Top 500
PHS again makes Newsweek Top 500

For the second time in three years, Paonia High School made the list of Newsweek Magazine's Top 500 high schools in America for low-income students. For the 2015-2016 school year Paonia was ranked 435th for the 2015-2016 school year; for the 2014-2015 school year PHS was ranked 449th.

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Volunteers turn out to offer a little help
Volunteers turn out to offer a little help

Saturday, Oct. 15, was a bright and sunny day and the perfect day for A Little Help North Fork Valley's first "Service Saturday."

A Service Saturday is a day for volunteers of all kinds to gather and go to the homes of A Little Help members and help with chores.

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Surface Creek

Cedaredge trustees balk at engineering bill

An engineering firm wants $33,415 from the Town of Cedaredge which officials say is over and above any contract amount for work done on the long-stalled enhancement beautification project.

The town trustees at their regular Oct. 20 meeting solidified their position on the issue and will require better reasons for making additional payment besides just receiving a bill.

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Food bank needs financial angels

The Surface Creek Community Services, known to most people in the community as the Cedaredge Food Bank, is already planning how to provide Christmas dinners for the disadvantaged friends and neighbors in our community.

The food bank was blessed with a gracious community to assist with monetary funds to cover the expense of distributing over 215 boxes last year.

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Golf course needs infusion of cash

Money paid by Cedaredge residents for their water and sewer service is being used to keep the golf course open after the town enterprise ran out of operating cash.

At its regular Oct. 20 meeting, the town board adopted a measure transferring $8,000 cash from the water fund and an additional $8,000 cash from the sewer fund to the golf course fund because it ran out of money for operations at the end of its busiest summer season.

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Grants sought for trail work

The Town of Cedaredge is hoping for grant money to help with needed work on a section of walking trail that Deer Creek Village Homeowners have offered to deed to the town.

The trustees approved a town grant application to GOCO for $28,000 of an estimated $40,000 "phase I" initiative to "improve, connect, and extend" the Surface Creek Trail.

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Plants of the Western Slope Oct. 26, 2016

I'm driving up this familiar back road, named Hulteen Road, and again I wonder about that name. The adjacent fields lie fallow, the sunlight is bright after the recent days of storm and I can see snow on the Grand Mesa. Summer's over.

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What's bugging you? Oct. 26, 2016

Earlier this month, several Delta County Master Gardeners, myself included, spent the morning touring the insectary in Palisade. While I had intended to cover the second weed on the list of "10 most unwanted garden weeds" this week, a discussion about our tour was too good to pass up.

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