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Delta

$130,000 in scholarships, grants awarded in 2016
$130,000 in scholarships, grants awarded in 2016

The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) announced recent grant awards totaling $9,000 to nonprofits serving Delta County from its Western Colorado Community Fund. Grants from the community fund combined with funding from the foundation's donor-advised and scholarship funds totaled over $130,000 investment in Delta County by WCCF in 2016.

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An update on DCMH clinics

Delta County Memorial Hospital clinics strive to make preventative health care our priority and continue to explore avenues to make it a positive experience for our patients.

During 2016 the clinics have undergone many changes.

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City increases funding for DCED, questions inequities

The City of Delta increased its investment in Delta County Economic Development from $25,000 to $35,000 for 2017, despite reservations some council members have about funding disparities.

Bill Raley and Gerald Roberts believe the City of Delta is paying more than its fair share.

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DCAD seeks grant to avoid staffing cuts

Delta County Ambulance District has applied for a grant to maintain staffing levels while it mounts a second effort to increase property tax revenues.

A ballot question seeking a mill levy increase was defeated in November by a margin of 47 percent in favor, 53 percent against.

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Electoral votes cast for Clinton

On Monday, Colorado cast its nine Electoral College votes for Democrat Hillary Clinton, ending days of drama that included four court hearings, two appeals and the replacement of one faithless elector.

"Nearly three million Coloradans -- more Coloradans than ever before in state history -- cast their ballots this fall.

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Fedler named chief of police
Fedler named chief of police

The City of Delta has its next police chief. On Friday, Dec. 16, city manager David Torgler announced the selection of Lucas Fedler as chief of police.

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Food stamp fraud reported

The Board of County Commissioners on Monday heard report of a local case involving food stamp fraud that involved a large amount of money -- $26,000.

Health and Human Services director Chuck Lemoine related some details of the incident when asked by commissioners about public assistance fraud in the county.

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Law enforcement blotter Dec. 21, 2016

Edward L. Whitaker, 58, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $750 bond.

Robert K. Brown, 31, of Delta was arrested and jailed on three warrants with a total of $900 bond.

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Libraries have many options for improving literacy skills

The 2000 U.S. Census identified that over 360,000 Coloradans, age 25 and over, never graduated from high school or earned a high school equivalency diploma. Over a third of those same Coloradans failed to complete the ninth grade.

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New insect pest detected in Grand Valley AVA

On Nov. 29, an insect capable of damaging Colorado's wine grape crop was confirmed in Mesa County. U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service entomologists positively identified grapevine phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae) on Vitis vinifera grapevines in the Grand Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA), which is a federally designated grape production area in western Colorado.

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North Fork coal mining exception reinstated

The Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources announces the release of the Colorado Roadless Rule Record of Decision and Final Rule. This action codifies an important piece of the compromise that the Forest Service, the state and Coloradans forged during the extensive process to develop the 2012 Colorado Roadless Rule.

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Rikki Cyr cited for careless driving in serious accident

Rikki Cyr, 19, of Eckert has been cited for careless driving following a traffic accident on the Cory Grade Dec. 9.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, Cyr was traveling north on Highway 65 on the Cory grade at 8:25 a.m.

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Opinion

Fight to keep our public lands public

There is language in the GOP platform and several bills before Congress to turn vast quantities of federal lands over to the states for resale to oil, gas and coal mining, as well as timber and other industries. We need to stand together to FIGHT and keep our public lands, public.

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Sales tax revenues fund essential services

I am really having mixed emotions about the letter from Debbie Schum in your Dec. 14 edition. On one hand I am somewhat faltered that she apparently thinks I am some kind of community leader and therefore should be taken to task.

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There's some delusional thinking in Crawford

Webster's Dictionary defines the word delusion as a "false conception, especially one persistent and opposed to reason." It saddens me to realize how many of my neighbors in Crawford are starting to exhibit behaviors that fit this description.

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Sports

Alumni teams play for titles at half time
Alumni teams play for titles at half time

Alumni teams from the four Delta County schools put together teams (men's and women's) to compete at half time of the First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament last week.

Players from as far back as 1986 were listed on team rosters, with several players from 2015 signed up for play on other rosters.

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DHS hardwood teams win

Delta visited Olathe on Dec. 13 to face the Pirates in a non-league contest. In girls competition, Delta led for most of the game and held on for a 54-53 win. The Panther boys started fast and led from start to finish in an 89-59 victory.

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Eagles outlast tough Olathe
Eagles outlast tough Olathe

This Paonia girls basketball story missed last week's deadline and is an addition to this week's stories.

The Eagles held on to beat Olathe 50-43 last Tuesday in the Paonia gym, beating the Pirates for only the second time in the last ten years.

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What's Happening

AARP offers drivers ed

Bill Heddles Recreation Center will host the AARP Smart Driver program Monday, Jan. 16, and Monday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Save money on insurance and keep up on newer traffic laws.

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Ag strategy forum coming to Montrose

Producers know their costs of producing crops and livestock continue to be high while market prices are going down. As profits decrease or there are losses, producers may have difficulty securing operating loans or have to take money from the savings they accumulated over the past few years of good prices. What are they to do?

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City to run soccer; registration opens Jan. 4

The City of Delta is excited to run the youth soccer program this season. Registration opens Jan. 4 and continues until Sunday, Feb. 22.

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Get outdoors at the Black Canyon

Winter is coming and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park has opportunities to get outdoors. Ranger-guided programs are designed to help you get started on experiencing the snow.

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Learn to trap at January workshop in Montrose

If you've ever wanted to learn the basics of live-trapping small animals or if you want to improve your trapping technique, plan to attend an informational workshop sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Montrose, 6-8 p.m., Jan. 11.

The class will be held at the CPW office in Montrose, 2300 S. Townsend Avenue.

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Little Dragons karate offered

Kids between the ages of 5-8 will learn discipline, respect and build self-esteem by taking part in Little Dragons karate classes taught by Sensei Rodney Grantham, 6th Degree Black Belt - Okinawa Seidokan.

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Community

Jardons celebrate 76 years of marriage
Jardons celebrate 76 years of marriage

Duke and Edith Jardon will celebrate their 76th wedding anniversary Dec. 23 at their home in Delta.

Duke was born March 23, 1919, in Cripple Creek.

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People in the News Williamson

Peter Williamson was named to Biola University's Dean's List for academic excellence for fall 2016.

Williamson, from Eckert, was one of 1,575 students who were named to the Dean's List.

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School Zone

Civil Air Patrol squadron established in Delta
Civil Air Patrol squadron established in Delta

The Civil Air Patrol recently conducted a promotion ceremony at Delta Middle School, the first to be held in Delta in many years.

Cadet/Senior Airman Jezreel Couch, Cadet/Tech Sgt. Micah Yeager, Cadet/Airman Bolton Couch and Cadet/Chief Master Sgt. Jack Jones were promoted to their current ranks.

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Orchard City honors Delta High School senior
Orchard City honors Delta High School senior

Orchard City's student of the month for December is Madiea Lyons, a senior at Delta High School.

She was presented with the honor during the town board's regular Dec. 14 meeting.

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Obituaries

Dennis Patrick
Dennis Patrick "Pat" Oglesby

It's October, and normally I would be in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone Park with my spotting scope probing the mountainsides for a glimpse of wolves and grizzlies -- a road trip I've looked forward to each April and October.

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Dorothy Green

Dorothy Nell "Dotty" Green, formerly of Hotchkiss, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at Good Samaritan Society in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She was 85.

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Kathy Gillenwater
Kathy Gillenwater

Paonia resident Kathy Gillenwater died Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was 54.

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Leora Skees

Longtime Nucla resident Leora May Skees died Dec. 19, 2016, at her home in Farmington, N.M. She was 88.

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Stephen Jurca

Longtime Delta resident Stephen R. Jurca died Dec. 18, 2016, at his home. He was 86.

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North Fork

Crawford considers four-day work week for town clerk

The Town of Crawford is considering adding an extra day to the town clerk's three-day work week. Public works director Bruce Bair said at the Dec. 7 meeting that Town Clerk Cally Gallegos is already working the equivalent of a four-day week.

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Donations help expand gear library for Nature Connection
Donations help expand gear library for Nature Connection

In an effort to increase the size of its gear library, The Nature Connection held a Bike & Outdoor Gear Drive Saturday. Among the donations, said Anita Evans with The Nature Connection, were a dozen bikes ranging in condition from almost new to well-used, a canoe, a kayak, a Snark sailboat, a boat rack, five pair of snowshoes, eleven pair of skis and several pair of cross-country and downhill ski boots.

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Food drive benefits Paonia food pantry
Food drive benefits Paonia food pantry

The holidays are a time of giving, and for the last four years the students at Paonia Elementary School and the North Fork School of Integrated Studies have given a lot of food to the Paonia food pantry.

The food pantry is operated by the North Fork Ministerial Association, which includes the Paonia Church of Christ, Friends Church, the Church of the Nazarene, and Paonia Christian Fellowship.

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Hotchkiss Christmas Bird Count is Jan. 1
Hotchkiss Christmas Bird Count is Jan. 1

The 117th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count is underway across the nation. In Delta County, the Black Canyon Audubon Society will host its annual Christmas Bird Count in Hotchkiss on Saturday, Jan. 1.

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Hotchkiss students complete gym mural
Hotchkiss students complete gym mural

The last of a series of murals envisioned by Hotchkiss High School art teacher Jamie Roeber was recently completed.

Senior art students Kayden Owens, Roggen Frick, Josh Verdeja and Gabe Rodriguez decided on their own to paint the mural for their art class project.

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Hotchkiss water tank needs repair
Hotchkiss water tank needs repair

Hotchkiss Town Council learned at the Dec. 8 meeting that the Department of Local Affairs will amend its grant funding agreement for sewer projects, extending funding to January 31, 2018. Last year the town completed an in-town, $1.8 million sanitation line upgrade.

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Living nativity in Paonia celebrates birth of Christ
Living nativity in Paonia celebrates birth of Christ

Despite sub-freezing temperatures, an outdoor live nativity event drew a large crowd Saturday afternoon at Paonia Christian Fellowship. Observers were warmed by fires burning in fire pits, and by hot drinks, including coffee, tea, hot chocolate and espresso.

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Paonia tables talk on water/sewer ordinances

Paonia town trustees were unable to adopt new water and sewer rates at the Dec. 13 meeting after tabling discussion of the ordinances needed to pass them by resolution.

The ordinances would replace the town's existing water and wastewater ordinances and would allow the town to adopt changes in base rates and user charges, with the exception of water and wastewater tap fees, by resolution.

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Paonia to select administrator at special meeting

Because a second public meeting was not set for the month of December, the Paonia Town Board of Trustees is expected to name a new town administrator at a special meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Paonia Town Hall.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope Dec. 21, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope Dec. 21, 2016

Another gray day. But the wind is not blowing. As we pull into the driveway, there is bird motion to our left . . . and there go two doves.

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HopeWest delivers services to Orchard City residents

People in the Town of Orchard City receive much benefit from the services provided by HopeWest, trustees were told at their Dec. 14 regular meeting.

Nancy Hovde of Cedaredge and representing HopeWest paid a courtesy call on the town board to deliver a thanks for helping promote and supporting Hospice and Palliative Care Month during November.

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Police report

The Cedaredge Police Department's officers logged a total of 56 incidents and issued five citations between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30, according to the monthly police log.

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Water loss continues to vex Orchard City

Orchard City trustees discussed an aberration in results of the monthly water audit report during their Dec. 14 regular meeting.

A report from the trustee water committee noted that the audit report is showing "significant water loss" and indicating "huge discrepancies." The aberrant readings are occurring below the storage tanks at the town water plant, the committee reported.

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