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Delta

City authorizes sewer line repairs on Garnet Mesa

The Delta City Council has awarded a bid for an unanticipated sewer line replacement project. Steve Glammeyer, utilities and public works director, said utility crews have been using a sewer camera to assess sewer lines in the community.

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Commissioners hear feedback on BLM plan

On Monday, the Board of County Commissioners were visited by two constituents from Paonia who expressed concerns about inadequacies they see in the Bureau of Land Management's Draft Resource Management Plan (DRMP) document.

Mary DiFranco and Susan Friar told commissioners there are "unanswered questions" in the BLM's plan document.

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Delta Police, sheriff's blotter Nov. 23, 2016

Senadia M. Cruz, 70, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.

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DURA boundaries eyed

Delta city manager David Torgler reports that letters have been mailed to property owners in a large section of the city that could geographically fall within a yet-to-be-determined project area for the Delta Urban Renewal Authority. The letters inform property owners of a pending conditions survey, the first step in determining if the property should be contained within project boundaries.

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Enchanted forest provides setting for a memorable dance

The Daddy Daughter Dance at Bill Heddles Recreation Center was held Saturday, Nov. 12. Over 300 attended this memorable event, making this year's dance the largest in 21 years.

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Illegal hunting nets serious charges against four men
Illegal hunting nets serious charges against four men

Two men from Colorado and two men from Tennessee have been convicted of illegal hunting activities. As a result, two of them have paid substantial fines, one man will spend time in jail and another is performing community service.

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Kick off Christmas in Delta Saturday

Delta's Parade of Lights arrives a week earlier this year, just in time for Small Business Saturday. The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce has planned a full slate of activities in downtown Delta Saturday, Nov. 26.

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List of police chief finalists includes four Delta residents

The City of Delta has released the names and short biographies of seven candidates for chief of police for the Delta Police Department. The list of finalists includes four residents of Delta, two of whom currently work for the Delta Police Department.

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Livestock operations remains exempt from composting regs

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission voted to adopt the revised Section 14 regarding composting. Colorado livestock operations will remain exempt from this rule as long as they continue to compost only agricultural waste.

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Mining exception is back on the table

The U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources are evaluating three alternatives for reinstating the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception as written in the 2012 Colorado Roadless Rule.

The Colorado Roadless Rule was finalized by the Forest Service in 2012 after seven years of collaboration with three governors and diverse stakeholders across Colorado.

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Steve Glammeyer earns public works credentials

Steve Glammeyer, City of Delta utilities and public works director, was recently awarded the American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Executive credential from APWA's Donald C. Stone Center. The PWE credentialing program is part of the Donald C. Stone Center developmental program for public works executives focusing on the skills necessary to lead through the challenges facing the profession.

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Opinion

It's time for America to pull together

I feel so sad ... not because of who won and who lost the election and/or the amendments but for all the hate and disrespect of humans on other humans! A ton of what I'm seeing, hearing and reading is filled with so much anger and hate.

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Keep public lands in public hands

Last week's announcement that the Bureau of Land Management removed a significant portion of oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide country should be regarded as good news. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the BLM announced that 25 of the 60 leases would be permanently retired.

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Paonia Care Center provides a caring home

My older brother, Richard "Dick" Proctor has been at Paonia Care Center going on four years now. On Nov. 17, I went to my fourth Thanksgiving dinner.

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Sports

Delta High School had two players on the CCGS volleyball team
Delta High School had two players on the CCGS volleyball team

Delta High School had two players on the CCGS volleyball team recently.

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What's Happening

Basketball tournament embraces two traditions

This year First Colorado National Bank is bringing back two of Delta County's most beloved traditions. The basketball tournament will once again feature only the four county high schools -- Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss and Paonia.

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Caregivers invited to 'Dementia Experience'

Caregivers, professionals and community members are invited to the next Region 10 ADRC meeting, which will feature "The Dementia Experience" sponsored by Colorow Care Center. This meeting will provide firsthand experience on what it is like for someone with dementia, vision and hearing impairments.

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Community band hosts free holiday concert
Community band hosts free holiday concert

Join the Montrose Community Band on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion for a free Christmas concert. The concert features Christmas favorites and is sure to get you into the holiday spirit.

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Holiday reading challenge issued

In conjunction with the Delta Library, the Delta Emblem Club is sponsoring a holiday reading challenge for first through fifth grades. During the holiday season, students can track the books they read on a form available at the library.

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Santa to visit Hotchkiss fire station

Santa will be making his annual visit to the Hotchkiss Fire Station on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come talk with Santa and give him your list in a peaceful, noncommercial environment.

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Square dances planned Dec. 3, 17

The Delta Hubwheelers Square Dance Club has scheduled December dances on Saturday nights, Dec. 3 and 17, in the aerobics room at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 N. Palmer Street, Delta.

The Dec. 3 dance will have a "Pearl Harbor" theme, with the 75th anniversary of the historic event in a few days.

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Toy drive launched for PIC families

Cherry Creek Radio and Alpine Bank are teaming up to sponsor the 2016 toy drive to benefit The PIC Place for Montrose and Delta counties. Please consider donating unwrapped toys for girls and boys from ages newborn to 12 years of age.

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Weekly Advent concerts planned

St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 5th and Palmer in Delta announces the annual Advent concerts starting at noon Tuesday, Nov. 29, and continuing through Dec. 20. Mark your calendars for this weekly respite in preparation for Christmas.

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What's happening at your local library? Nov. 23, 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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Workshop will help producers save energy

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) announce a series of workshops to be held across the state that will detail energy savings opportunities for Colorado farmers and ranchers. Created through a partnership between state government and agriculture leaders, the workshops will focus on energy efficiency and renewables.

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Community

Delta's Eastern Star chapter closes, affiliates with Montrose
Delta's Eastern Star chapter closes, affiliates with Montrose

After 117 years of active participation in the Delta area communities, Garnet Chapter #39, Order of the Eastern Star will close. The charitable organization, the ladies' part of the Masonic Lodge, has been a standard bearer for this community and in Colorado.

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Rozmans put Jesus at the center of 55-year marriage
Rozmans put Jesus at the center of 55-year marriage

Al and Marty Rozman will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary on Nov. 25.

High School sweethearts, the couple were married at Paonia during Thanksgiving vacation; both were attending Western State College at Gunnison for their freshman year.

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School Zone

DHS students come up with real solutions for real problems
DHS students come up with real solutions for real problems

Students at Delta High School have come up with three engineering projects they believe will solve real problems in the community.

The juniors and seniors are students in Ben Magtutu's PhLEM -- Physics Learning, Engineering and Mathematics -- class.

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Free tree permits for fourth graders

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest is pleased to continue the fourth grade free Christmas tree program again this holiday season. Fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid in a Park ("Every Kid") initiative.

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It's a new season for speech and debate team

A new season has begun for the Paonia-Hotchkiss speech and debate team. The team has competed in two meets so far, and it has already met with some success.

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Obituaries

Gordon Griswold

Delta resident Gordon W. Griswold died Nov. 19, 2016, at Paonia Care Center. He was 76.

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Diana Hanson

Diana Hanson died Nov. 14, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital. She was 69.

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James Davis
James Davis

Longtime Cedaredge resident James "Jim" Davis died Nov. 14, 2016, at home. He was 65.

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Jeanette Habenicht

Graveside services for Jeanette Marie Habenicht are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss.

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Jose Abeyta
Jose Abeyta

Jose H. Abeyta died Nov. 14, 2016.

He was born in La Puente, N.M., May 28, 1949, to Jose and Manuelita Abeyta.

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Kenneth Bjork

Kenneth Bjork of Austin died Nov. 19, 2016, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 73.

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Louise McCleary
Louise McCleary

Louise Marie McCleary died Nov. 16, 2016, at Horizon Care Center. She was 86.

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Margery Miller
Margery Miller

Margery Roby Millsaps Miller of Cedaredge died Nov. 15, 2016, at Paonia Care Center. She was 94.

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Margie Keep

Margie C. Keep died Nov. 20, 2016, at Horizons Care Center. She was 89.

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Marilyn Bailey

Marilyn Myrle Bailey of Crawford died Nov. 15, 2016. She was 80.

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Orville Schneider
Orville Schneider

Orville Schneider died Nov. 13, 2016, at Crossroads Assisted Living Center in Delta. He was 91.

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Philip Morton
Philip Morton

Philip Morton died Nov. 4, 2016, at the Veterans Administration Memorial Hospital in Grand Junction.

He was born May 4, 1935, and raised in western New York near the town of Woodhull to Eulalie and Homer Morton.

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Ruth Laverne Shetley Anderson
Ruth Laverne Shetley Anderson

On the morning of Nov. 12, 2016, a remarkable woman passed from this world to be with her Lord and Savior. She wasn't rich or famous -- she wasn't even five feet tall, but her generosity and concern for others made her a giant.

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Virginia Gay
Virginia Gay

Virginia Ellen Gay died Nov. 14, 2016, at Horizons Health Care. She was 95.

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North Fork

Blue Sage exhibit features staff, directors
Blue Sage exhibit features staff, directors

The staff, board and committee members at the Blue Sage help shine a light on local and regional artists through exhibits, concerts and performances. Now it's their turn to be in the spotlight.

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Cameron Van Vleet begins mission in Peru
Cameron Van Vleet begins mission in Peru

Cameron Van Vleet of Paonia has been called to serve two years in Peru as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Cameron arrived in the country on Nov. 16.

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Crawford residents to limit Cedar Ave. parking

The Town of Crawford reminds citizens that during winter months parking is allowed only on one side of Cedar Avenue. Other than Highway 92, it's probably the busiest street in town, said public works director Bruce Bair.

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Crawford to balance budget with reserves

The Town of Crawford anticipates dipping into its reserves to balance the 2017 budget, but it's not as bleak as originally anticipated.

In looking at the early draft budget back in October, the town was considering a general fund deficit of more than $30,000.

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Holiday festivities kick off in Crawford
Holiday festivities kick off in Crawford

The Christmas season gets underway this week in Crawford with a full slate of events, including the ever popular Festival of Trees and the Parade of Lights.

The Pioneer Days committee is again organizing the events.

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Paonia Standing Rock protest draws 90
Paonia Standing Rock protest draws 90

About 50 people gathered in Paonia last week to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's ongoing protests of the Dakota Access Pipe Line in North Dakota. Marchers, many of whom are involved in efforts to keep hydraulic fracturing out of the North Fork area and away from local water sources, carried signs, burned sweet grass and shouted the "Water is life" mantra of the Standing Rock protestors.

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Paonia trustees establish limits on insurance coverage

The Town of Paonia is once again eligible for additional insurance coverage for losses due to crime almost five years after an embezzlement scheme was revealed.

At the Nov. 8 town board meeting, trustees considered optional insurance coverage options offered by the Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency (CIRSA).

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Students witness how government works
Students witness how government works

As it has for the past five years, the Hotchkiss Town Council welcomed the Hotchkiss High School student council to the November monthly council meeting. Involving students in the democratic process allows for better interaction between the town and the school and provides students valuable experience, said Mayor Wendell Koontz in welcoming the students to the head table.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope Nov. 23, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope Nov. 23, 2016

I am hoping to find the wild turkeys that I found a few years ago along this backroad. They were "new birds" for me then because they were named "wild turkeys."

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Cedaredge budgets for donations

According to a report to the Cedaredge trustees, the town will spend $39,756 in 2017 for the following memberships, in-kind contributions and cash contributions:

Membership to organizations include the following:

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Little Sprouts teaching its second generation
Little Sprouts teaching its second generation

Since 1995, Little Sprouts Preschool has given a generation of local families a chance -- that is a chance for quality, early learning experiences for its preschoolers in a safe and caring environment close to home.

As Little Sprouts Preschool enters its second generation of service and looks to the future, it also offers a choice -- that is the choice for its children's early learning in a community-based setting that places the family at the center of fully professional, caring guidance and instruction.

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Officer's oath ceremony is a family event
Officer's oath ceremony is a family event

Nolan Davis's oath of office as a Cedaredge police officer recited on Nov. 17 was a family occasion.

Members of the Delta native's immediate family and in-laws were present at the Cedaredge Town Board meeting to witness the event.

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Police report

According to the CDP log, for Nov. 9, in addition to generally routine calls for agency assists, information inquiries and other non-emergency contacts, officers of the Cedaredge Police Department responded to the following incidents during October:

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Support your local businesses on Small Business Saturday

Local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce this week will be participating in a nationwide promotional event sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Set for this coming Saturday, Nov. 26, the "Small Business Saturday" promotion is offering greatly expanded opportunities for retailers and their customers over the "shop local, shop small" promotions seen in the past.

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