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Avoid disturbing wildlife during winter months
Avoid disturbing wildlife during winter months

Snow, cold, wind, a lack of food -- those are just some of the difficult conditions that Colorado's wildlife face during the winter. People may also cause problems for wild critters and Colorado Parks and Wildlife asks residents to avoid disturbing wildlife during the cold-weather months.

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City deannexes North Delta parcel

The City of Delta has agreed to the deannexation of a parcel of land on the edge of the city in North Delta. The property on 1400 Lane is owned by Kevin W. and Teresa Gines.

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Delta, Delta County jump into Jump Start program

The City of Delta has followed the lead of Delta County and is now a participant in the Rural Jump Start program.

The program was established by the Colorado State Legislature for the express purpose of encouraging economic development in the rural areas of Colorado.

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Law enforcement blotter Dec. 28, 2016

Jose B. Suazo, 42, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.

Bobby R.R. Saenz, 48, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $2,000 bond.

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Let's cut regulations in the 115th Congress

I recently launched a project to cut unnecessary, overly burdensome rules from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and I need your help.

The current CFR is over 75,000 pages long and full of regulations that are ridiculous, as well as regulations that are unnecessary and continue to stunt economic growth across our nation.

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New cost sharing opportunities for organic producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification.

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Parks pass costs more

The Western Slope No-Fee Coalition reports that new legislation will eliminate the National Park Service's $10 lifetime Senior Pass (formerly Golden Age Pass) and replace it with a pass costing $80. Parks can begin charging the new price as soon as their internal systems are updated.

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Pet, owner reunited after 13 months
Pet, owner reunited after 13 months

Delta resident Carol Feichko is celebrating her own Christmas miracle after being reunited with the beloved pet she lost 13 months ago.

"Baby," a poodle-chihuaua mix, or "choodle," escaped from Feichko's house on 7th Street through a damaged fence in November 2015.

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Power of attorney protects loved ones

Life is full of the unexpected. But just because the future is unpredictable does not mean adults cannot prepare for what lies ahead. Estate planning is important, and establishing power of attorney can be essential for men and women looking to protect their financial resources and other assets.

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Prepare for Medicare Part A and Part B price changes

If you're eligible for Medicare, or will be in the coming year, there are a few changes you should know about for 2017.

An increase in the Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index (CPI) means there'll be an increase in Social Security benefits and Medicare Part B premiums.

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Senior CommUnity meals for January

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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State senator gathers input from constituents
State senator gathers input from constituents

Sen. Kerry Donovan is using the weeks between the election and the beginning of the 2017 legislative session to visit every county in her state Senate district, which is comprised of Delta, Chaffee, Eagle, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Lake and Pitkin counties. A Democrat, she was first elected to represent Senate District 5 in 2014.

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Supplemental appropriations OK'd

A routine housekeeping matter for the City of Delta proved noteworthy for a couple of reasons.

At the end of each year the Delta City Council is presented with a supplemental appropriations request for items not covered in the calendar year budget.

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Vacant building eyed for business hub
Vacant building eyed for business hub

A group of stakeholders has come together to bid on the former City Market/Chaco building at 124 E. 6th Street in Delta. The major players include Delta County Economic Development (DCED), Delta County Joint School District, Delta-Montrose Technical College and the City of Delta.

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Opinion

It's a privilege to serve the Surface Creek Valley

We would like to thank everyone for their support during 2016. This year, through November, we have rehomed 52 dogs and 89 dogs have been returned to their owners.

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What's Happening

Dance classes begin in January

Winter classes for dance students of all ages, preschool through high school, begin Jan. 17 at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

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Save on insurance with AARP 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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Try ice fishing at Crawford State Park
Try ice fishing at Crawford State Park

Ice fishing is growing in popularity and Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to make it easy for people to try this great outdoor activity. Starting Jan. 1 at Crawford State Park you can check out, at no charge, ice fishing kits and give the sport a try.

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What's happening at your local library? Dec. 28, 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

Chayden Harris is new Eagle Scout
Chayden Harris is new Eagle Scout

The Boy Scouts of America has bestowed the rank of Eagle Scout on Chayden Harris, 18, of Olathe.

Harris is a member of BSA Unit 475 chartered by the Uncompahgre Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Delta woman sets her sights on Verizon IndyCar Series
Delta woman sets her sights on Verizon IndyCar Series

IndyCar driver Mianna Wick has a great 2016 season in her rear view mirror. She reports she spent a lot of time testing and getting up to speed in her Indy car.

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Obituaries

 William Kelley
William Kelley

William "Bill" Kelley died Dec. 22, 2016, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. He was 90.

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Brett Rolf

Paonia resident Brett J. Rolf died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, at his home. He was 58.

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Don Smith Ross
Don Smith Ross

After two decades of fighting CLL, Don Smith Ross died Dec. 22, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 86.

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Leora Skees
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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Margaret Knob
Margaret Knob

Margaret Mae "Rusty" Wollbrinck Knob died Dec. 10, 2016, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 82.

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Mason Mills

Crawford resident Mason Mills died Dec. 25, 2016, at Crossroads Memory Care in Delta. He was 70.

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Norbert Miessler
Norbert Miessler

Norbert Miessler died Dec. 21, 2016, at San Juan Living Center in Montrose. He was 90.

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North Fork

'Paonia Reads' encourages winter reading

"Paonia Reads" wants to encourage everyone to read during the winter months.

Paonia Reads is a collaboration between the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, Delta County Libraries and the Paradise Theatre.

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Crawford woman sues town following accident

The Town of Crawford has been named the defendant in a lawsuit following an incident that occurred in 2014.

According to a complaint and jury demand document filed Oct. 6 in Delta County District Court by Withers Seidman Rice & Mueller P.C. in Grand Junction, at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2014, Crawford resident Stephanie Becker stepped on the cover plate of a water meter located at 504 Cedar Avenue.

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New year is the time to register dogs

The Town of Paonia reminds dog owners living within the town to register their dogs for 2017. Tags are available now.

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Paonia awards parks maintenance contract
Paonia awards parks maintenance contract

At the Dec. 13 board meeting, Paonia town trustees unanimously approved a three-year contract for Mikel "Mike" Altenhofen to maintain the town's public parks.

The contract is for $41,928 per year, beginning Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31, 2019.

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Paonia fails to appoint administrator

At the Dec. 21 special meeting the Town of Paonia Board of Trustees did not name a new town administrator. Following a two-hour executive session, Mayor Charles Stewart announced that there will be no formal action on the matter of naming a new administrator.

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Town of Crawford now accepting credit cards

In her report to council, Town Clerk Cally Gallegos reported that customers may now pay their town utility bills by credit or debit card. "We will now accept payments on-line, or over the counter or over the phone," said Gallegos.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope Dec. 28, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope Dec. 28, 2016

The little birds are very busy in our ornamental pear tree. There was plenty of blossom last spring and our little tree was the prettiest we've ever seen it.

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Food bank will change schedule

Beginning the first week in January, the Surface Creek Community Services food bank in Cedaredge will have its weekly distributions on Thursday and Friday.

The Monday distributions will not take place and will be replaced by a Friday distribution.

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Free use of town park a point of community pride
Free use of town park a point of community pride

Orchard City's free use town park is a point of pride for the community. It receives many compliments by users who visit from around the region and across the state.

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Orchard City deals with water service issues

The Orchard City Town Board has dealt with several one-of-a-kind customer service issues recently.

The problems the town has encountered with meeting water customer requests have different causes. One involves the 17-lot La Habra II subdivision; a failed development proposal that dates back to the 1970s.

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Realize your New Year's resolution at the library
Realize your New Year's resolution at the library

In a survey conducted by Statistic Brain in 2016, "Learn something exciting" came in at number six on the top 10 list of New Year's resolutions. Even more telling is the data collected regarding popularity of resolutions by category.

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Water fund is biggest budget item
Water fund is biggest budget item

Orchard City's water fund is the largest of the town's budget funds.

For 2017, an amount of just over $1 million in expenditures has been budgeted for the fund's operations and maintenance programs.

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