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Delta

A gift for all at Delta County Libraries

Black Friday has come and gone, along with its mile-long lines, mad dashes to super-sale items, problematic parking and congested traffic. In a report by CNBC, it is estimated that several million more Americans spent time shopping on Black Friday than voted in the recent election.

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Arby's opens in Delta
Arby's opens in Delta

United States Beef Corporation (US Beef), Arby's largest franchisee, headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., announces the grand opening of its newest Arby's restaurant in Delta Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. Arby's is located in the building formerly occupied by Kentucky Fried Chicken on the northwest corner of Highway 50 and Confluence Drive.

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Chief candidates complete interviews

A large crowd accepted the City of Delta's invitation to meet the seven finalists for chief of police of Delta at a reception last week.

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Conference promotes healthy land, food, people
Conference promotes healthy land, food, people

Passionate about raising the most nutritious food possible, in the best soil possible, for the healthiest people possible? Head to the state's premier sustainable agricultural gathering, the Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum, in Montrose Jan. 20-21, 2017.

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County Committee voting deadline is now Dec. 13

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Leland Swenson, announced that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote. Eligible voters now have until Dec. 13, 2016 to return ballots to their local FSA offices. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local FSA office.

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Donations help feed hungry kids

Your donation can help sustain the Food for Thought program, which serves an average of 160 families every week.

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Farmers participate in drought planning effort
Farmers participate in drought planning effort

It's been very dry in Colorado's mountains this fall. It's still early, and the snowpack could catch up to "normal," but when I flew over those mountains on Nov. 15, they were brown. Just the barest dusting of white covered the highest ridges and north-facing slopes.

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Funding available for ag energy projects

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) are seeking applicants for agricultural energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The total amount available for assistance in FY 2017 is $250,000. The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries and cold storage facilities.

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Homeless man seriously burned

Brian Aucutt, 58, a homeless Delta man, was seriously burned while attempting to ignite a kerosene heater late Friday afternoon.

Aucutt was occupying the crawlspace in a vacant home at 210 Main Street, just north of Hoolie's.

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Law enforcement blotter Dec. 7, 2016

Tylor M. Naranjo, 24, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged second degree criminal trespass.

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Nina Suzanne's is closing its doors

After 10 years in business, Nina Suzanne's women's clothing boutique will be closing at the end of the year. Nina Crozier, owner, announced she is semi-retiring and all her inventory will be on sale until Dec. 31.

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PUC significantly reduces Black Hills electric rate request

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) slashed by about 85 percent a request by Black Hills Energy to increase electric rates by $8.5 million annually.

Final rates won't be determined until after a technical conference on Dec. 7 to input the commission's decisions on various rate adjustments into the company's cost model, but it is expected that the increase will be less than $2 million.

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Scam alert

The Delta County Sheriff's Office reports that phone scammers are using what looks like "Delta County Government" phone numbers.

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Tax-Aide volunteers sought for tax season

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation's largest free, volunteer-run, tax preparation and assistance service, is seeking volunteers across the state to help Colorado taxpayers who need assistance preparing and filing their 2016 tax returns.

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USFS to remodel current location
USFS to remodel current location

Meeting with county commissioners on Monday for a "relatively informal presentation" and informational update, GMUG Forest supervisor Scott Armentrout said the agency will remain at its present headquarters location in Delta.

Also attending the meeting was Paonia District Ranger Levi Broyles.

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Opinion

Crawford is an extraordinary community

Two years ago, we found ourselves in New York City, in a dusky interval between touchdown at La Guardia and departure on a bus for an upstate Navy base. Bustles of Christmas shoppers morphed into throngs as we skirted Madison Square Garden, and, being from western Colorado, we were at once dazzled and overwhelmed.

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Don't let bullying triumph over majority rule

I would like to say this on behalf of Crawford Mayor Wanda Gofforth and town clerk Cally Gallegos. Mayor Gofforth as a council woman and later as mayor had knowledge of Carl Page's bad behavior toward town clerks prior to the request for the restraining order.

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Fight for our Medicare

President-elect Trump and Ryan are going after our Medicare. They want a voucher system.

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Let's consider land transfers

Talk of transferring federal lands to the states has started once more. Some people express opposition because of the costs of wildfire suppression, which was over $2 billion in 2015 and is anticipated to keep increasing.

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Sales tax crisis is looming on the horizon

A crisis is looming for local governments that are dependent on sales taxes and it will come crashing down in the near future. Traditional brick and mortar retail is entering its final struggle against certain death.

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Sports

Bruins believe they will compete on mat
Bruins believe they will compete on mat

Cedaredge High School will face a new challenge in 2016 after moving up to Class 3A in wrestling.

Third-year head coach Cutter Garrison's Bruins posted a 7-7 dual record a year ago with Tre' LaBossiere placing fifth at 195 in 2A State Championship competition.

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Bulldogs defending regional champs, have state title aspirations
Bulldogs defending regional champs, have state title aspirations

The wrestling team from Hotchkiss High School hopes to build upon its success.

The Bulldogs were region champs last year, winning the 2A Region 1 crown and knocking Paonia off the top of the regional pile for the first time in years.

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CHS girls to be tested
CHS girls to be tested

Last year's Cedaredge Bruins' girls basketball team was one of the top teams in Class 2A. The Bruins completed the year with a 24-3 record, with two of those losses coming to state runner-up Paonia.

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Craig Cerise, Bruin boys look to challenge in hoops

New Cedaredge High School boys basketball coach Craig Cerise is no stranger to Bruins athletics. Cerise graduated from CHS in 1999.

While attending Cedaredge High School, Cerise participated in two years of football (9th and 12th grade) and four years of basketball.

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Delta basketball now 3A
Delta basketball now 3A

The move to 3A basketball has many Delta fans thinking well past regular season play. Last year's Panthers were 9-12 in the Class 4A ranks.

Delta had 32 boys out to start the 2016 basketball season.

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Delta competes in first swim meet of season

Delta High School's first swim meet was held in Gunnison on Dec. 3.

Placing third in Gunnison was Landre Whelan in the 200 individual medley, Olivia McCracken in the 100 butterfly and Whelan in the 500 freestyle.

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Delta swim team excited

Delta High School swim coach Karoline Roome brings genuine enthusiasm to practice each day.

The Panthers' second-year head coach likes to think of her athletes as top swimmers from top to bottom.

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Panthers on prowl for wins
Panthers on prowl for wins

Delta High School's head wrestling coach Clayton Curtis enters the 2016 campaign with 10 years as a head coach and three as an assistant. Joining Curtis, as assistants, are Luis Meza (10 years), Tyler Morfitt (7 years), Chad Roberts (first year), Kory Mills (first year) and Alejandro Medina (first year).

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Paonia girls No.1 going into season; seek titles
Paonia girls No.1 going into season; seek titles

The girls basketball team from Paonia High School still remembers the score: 55-46.

Last year in the 2A state title game, the Eagles lost to Yuma by that tally and fell just short of their ultimate goal.

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PHS boys No. 2 in hoops; veteran seniors lead way
PHS boys No. 2 in hoops; veteran seniors lead way

The boys basketball team from Paonia High School has some unfinished business to take care of.

While it's outrageous to say that a team that went 25-2 last year had a bad season, the Eagles were disappointed that one of those losses came in the first round of the 2A state tournament.

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Strong start, two wins for 'Dogs on hardwood
Strong start, two wins for 'Dogs on hardwood

If the first two games are any indication, the boys basketball team from Hotchkiss High School can anticipate a strong season.

At the opening event of the year, the Bulldogs won both their games in a tournament at Ridgway last weekend and are off to a 2-0 start.

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WSL 1A football players receive 2016 awards

Delta County's football teams were in the spotlight this fall with Paonia and Cedaredge going deep into the 1A state football playoffs.

Paonia fell to the eventual state champion, Strasburg, in semifinal action and the Bruins were eliminated by Strasburg in quarterfinal play, 29-11.

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What's Happening

Bird count provides valuable info

The Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BACS) and the Bureau of Land Management are teaming up to conduct this year's Audubon Society annual Christmas Bird Count and are inviting anyone interested in bird watching to join them. This is the 116th anniversary of the count which has provided over a hundred years of valuable information throughout the world to help scientists monitor the health of bird populations.

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Community

Emblem Club makes holiday donations

The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28.

The meeting was opened according to ritual by president Diane Martinez. The annual memorial service was conducted by officers according to ritual.

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School Zone

Delta, Cedaredge students share their thoughts

The students walking the halls of their high school every day have a unique perspective about facilities, curriculum and expectations for academic, athletic and behavioral performance. It was that unique perspective the school district was seeking when it invited juniors and seniors from Cedaredge and Delta high schools to a student forum.

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Food for Thought awarded $25,000

A total of 1.8 million votes were cast by 72,000 people in an effort to bring a $25,000 State Farm Assist grant to their neighborhoods. For the second time, Food for Thought is one of the top 40 causes to receive grants.

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Obituaries

Alfonso Estrada
Alfonso Estrada

Alfonso "Al" Estrada died Nov. 21, 2016, at his home in Hotchkiss. He was 79.

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Charley Hicks
Charley Hicks

Charley Lea Hicks of Cedaredge died Nov. 30, 2016. She was 80.

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Dorthey Schneide

Dorthey Schneider died Dec. 4, 2016, at Paonia Care Center. She was 88.

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Evelyn Motz
Evelyn Motz

Evelyn Corene Motz died Nov. 26, 2016. She was 91.

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Hartland H. Clubb
Hartland H. Clubb

Hartland H. Clubb was called to Heaven by his Lord Jesus on Dec. 3, 2016 while residing at his home in Montrose.

Services will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1000 Pioneer Road, Delta. You are invited to stay for refreshments and conversation.

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John Barcus
John Barcus

John Franklin Barcus died Nov. 25, 2016, at the home of his daughter in Grand Junction. He was 92.

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Kathy Griffith

Kathy Griffith died Dec. 4, 2016. She was 65.

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Kenneth 'Ken' Ray Miller
Kenneth 'Ken' Ray Miller

Ken died Nov. 26, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital of complications from colon cancer. He was 59.

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Lawrence Goody
Lawrence Goody

Lawrence L. Goody died Nov. 22, 2016, at Palisade Living Center. He was 89.

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Ray Boyden

Ray Allen Boyden, a lifelong resident of Delta, died Nov. 13, 2016, at his home. He was 68.

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Robert Lund
Robert Lund

Robert Eric Lund went home to be with his Maker the afternoon of Nov. 26, 2016, after having lived a full and accomplished life. Robert was born July 20, 1922, in Paonia to Laura and Christian Lund.

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Thomas Mathews
Thomas Mathews

Thomas J. Mathews died Nov. 30, 2016, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 61.

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Virginia Shaw-Taylor

Virginia Ann Shaw-Taylor died suddenly Nov. 15, 2016, in Sun City West, Ariz. She was 81.

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William Callicutt
William Callicutt

William "Webb" Callicutt died Dec. 1, 2016, at his home in Hotchkiss from complications of scleroderma. He was 66.

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North Fork

A Little Help launches in North Fork valley
A Little Help launches in North Fork valley

A non-profit designed to help seniors in the North Fork area remain independent officially launched last week.

More than 60 members, volunteers and friends attended a Dec. 1 party to celebrate the official launch of A Little Help North Fork Valley at The Hive Paonia.

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Crawford recall election date to be set by council

Crawford town clerk Cally Gallegos verified Tuesday that a petition to recall Mayor Wanda Gofforth has been deemed sufficient to trigger a recall election. Council will set an election date, possibly in February, said Gallegos.

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Paonia properties under contract

Three parcels of land owned by the Town of Paonia and listed through Western Colorado Realty.com are under contract just weeks after going on the market. All parcels are located in unincorporated Delta County.

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Students open minds, hearts during school district forum
Students open minds, hearts during school district forum

When it comes to their education, North Fork area high school students have a lot to say.

About 30 students from Paonia and Hotchkiss high schools and Vision Charter Academy shared some of their thoughts and ideas with Delta County School District 50J administrators, school board and leadership team representatives last week at the Energy Tech Center in Paonia.

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Surface Creek

Checkout stand fundraiser underway

Make your holiday season even more special for our local dogs and cats.

Join the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control, the Surface Creek Animal Shelter, and folks at Cedaredge Food Town in supporting the checkout stand donation drive throughout the month of December.

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Drawing winners named

The Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the Small Business Saturday drawing for "Cedaredge Bucks" to spend at local businesses.

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Orchard City holds executive session about personnel

Orchard City trustees called a special meeting on Nov. 30 for the purpose of holding an executive session to discuss a "personnel matter." The motion did not provide any further specificity regarding the topic. The closed-door meeting lasted for a full hour.

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Trustee asks about bridge project

The Jay Avenue bridge replacement project was a topic of short discussion at a Dec. 1 Cedaredge work session when trustee Larry Smith asked for an update.

"What's going on with the Jay Avenue bridge," he asked Town Administrator Katie Sickles.

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What's bugging you? Dec. 7, 2016
What's bugging you? Dec. 7, 2016

With winter upon us, most gardeners are through with their landscape chores and may be found curled up by a warm fire reading a pertinent book and daydreaming about the spring to come. But our winter landscapes needn't be a boring time in the garden; views of gardens can -- and should -- still be appreciated from indoors.

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