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Delta

9-1-1 fee increase proposed

An application has been filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to increase the 9-1-1 surcharge from 70 cents to $1 per month. The increase will affect all users of exchange telephone, wireless, wireline and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) telecommunications services within Delta County.

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BoCC support sought for Fort Uncompahgre

During the BoCC's final meeting of 2016, commissioners received a report about programs being offered at Fort Uncompahgre. Chris Miller of the Western Colorado Interpretative Association, who gave the presentation, got a pledge for some financial help from the county to help with the fort's expanding list of projects and attractions.

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DMTC bid for vacant building falls short

School superintendent Caryn Gibson reports that a bid on the old City Market building was declined.

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It's official: Police chief takes oath
It's official: Police chief takes oath

Luke Fedler promised to "keep Delta the safe and treasured community we have grown to expect," during a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 3.

The ceremony took place during the first Delta City Council meeting of the year.

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Law enforcement blotter Jan. 11, 2017

Betty J. Houseweart, 70, of Hotchkiss was issued a ticket for alleged failed to yield right of way after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 92. No injuries were reported or observed. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

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Management group forming to help fight spruce beetle

The Public Lands Partnership (PLP) is accepting nominations of individuals who represent specific stakeholder interests to serve on a collaborative Adaptive Management Group (AMG). The primary purpose of the group will be to assist the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest in the implementation and monitoring of treatment projects designed to respond to the spruce beetle epidemic and decline of aspen stands occurring in specific priority areas on the GMUG.

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New Year's baby
New Year's baby

William Andrew Gowen was expected at Christmas, but waited until Jan. 3, 2017, to come into the new year. Dr. Lewis and his daddy assisted with the birth, which clocked in at 9:55 p.m.

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Sentence modification denied for Trever Rawson's killer

After apologizing to the family of Trever Rawson for yet another court hearing, Judge Keri Yoder denied a modification in the six-year prison sentence handed to the man responsible for the death of their son and brother in 2013.

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Swain qualifies for recertification

Chalmer Swain, owner of Taylor Funeral Service & Crematory, recently qualified for recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Swain is a lifetime member of the academy.

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Yager to be retried; DA adds first degree murder charges

In late 2016, the Colorado Court of Appeals overturned the conviction of Nathan Yager, who is serving a prison sentence for the murder of his estranged wife, Melinda, in Paonia in 2011.

Yager pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but the insanity plea was taken off the table just prior to closing arguments.

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Opinion

Consider the term 'great'

Arguing in abstracts and superlatives is not something that is at all convincing to some of us, as it is all too frequently used to conceal very base, selfish and self-serving motives. Two of those terms encountered are "hero" and "great."

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It's time to privatize Delta County's golf courses

Last week, Angie Many of Eckert expressed an interest in a financial analysis of Delta County's golf courses.

I can't speak with much confidence about the Cedaredge golf course, because I haven't looked over the figures quite yet.

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What does 'opting out' mean?

At Delta County Memorial Hospital we will be "opting out" of Colorado's End-of-Life Options Act (Proposition 106) but what does that mean?

Let us explain what that will mean to our community:

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Sports

'Dogs lose games to PV
'Dogs lose games to PV

Hotchkiss' Bulldogs played a pair of basketball games this past week, beginning with Caprock Academy on Jan. 6.

Hotchkiss' girls left little doubt as to who the winner was going to be with a 27-0 sprint through the first quarter of play.

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Bruins win, lose hardwood battles

Against Olathe on Jan. 6 the Cedaredge girls basketball team suffered a 49-31 loss in league play to the Pirates. Cedaredge's boys were able to keep the Pirates looking for victories with a 63-49 setback.

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Cedaredge matmen solid
Cedaredge matmen solid

By all accounts, Cutter Garrison's Cedaredge Bruins had a successful week of wrestling. The Bruins faced Salida, in Montrose on Friday, and scored a 33-12 win.

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Church wins TOC title at 285 in Vernal, Utah
Church wins TOC title at 285 in Vernal, Utah

Delta High School's wrestling week began on Thursday, Jan. 5. The Panthers were in Rifle for a triangular meet where they fell to the Bears, 37-36 on a tie-breaker.

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Delta senior Landre Whelan
Delta senior Landre Whelan

Delta senior Landre Whelan (right lane) swims the 200m freestyle for the first time this season to work on her conditioning

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Hotchkiss wrestlers win Eagle Valley mat tourney

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs are making statements about themselves with success everywhere they go. Their latest accomplishment is a huge win at last weekend's Eagle Valley Invitational.

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Paonia wins Montrose meet
Paonia wins Montrose meet

Paonia's wrestling week began with a 53-22 victory in Olathe on Jan. 5. There were six forfeits in the match and 11 pins expediting the conclusion of this match.

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What's Happening

2017 hunter ed classes listed

Mark your calendar for the hunter education classes scheduled at the Delta-Montrose Technical College for 2017.

Persons interested in signing up for any of these classes need to go online at www.cpw.state.co.us. Navigate to: About Us; Education; Hunter Education.

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Blood draw, health fair registration is now open

Delta County residents can mark their 2017 calendars for early blood draws and health fairs in Paonia, Cedaredge and Delta, according to Patti Kalahar, manager of education/marketing for Delta County Memorial Hospital. Lions Club members in Delta, Cedaredge and Paonia and DCMH volunteers will be partnering in the annual community health fair events again this year.

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Casino Night raises funds for scholarships

The North Fork Valley Rotary Club will host its annual Casino Night from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Shade-Scapes, 122 E. Bridge Street in Hotchkiss. The event will include poker, blackjack, prizes, a silent auction and lots of fun.

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Christian discipleship series begins

North Fork Baptist Church is hosting a great Christian discipleship series as part of its ongoing adult Sunday school class. It is taught by Reverend Steve Hoekstra, Colorado Baptists, director, western Colorado office.

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Learn CPR and first aid

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is hosting an American Red Cross community CPR/AED and first aid class Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class will be repeated Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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What's happening at your local library? Jan. 11, 2017

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

Births Jan. 11, 2017

Beatriz and Manuel Govea of Hotchkiss are the parents of a daughter, Katheryne Govea, born Dec. 5, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 10.4 ounces and was 20 inches in length.

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IOOF officers installed

District 28 Oddfellows and Rebekahs held a public installation of officers Jan. 28 in Delta. Past district deputy grand master Glen Conger and district deputy president Joyce Conger officiated.

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People in the News Shaw

Carolyn Shaw of Paonia earned a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado during fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 9-10.

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People in the News Strickland

Paula Strickland of Delta has been named to the Elmira College Dean's List for the fall 2016 term. Full-time students who achieve a grade point average of 3.600 or higher at the end of any Term I or Term II are placed on the Dean's List at the college.

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School Zone

Future educators can apply for scholarship

Delta Kappa Gamma's Chi Chapter is offering a scholarship of $500 to $1,000 to be awarded to a senior girl from Delta or Montrose county who intends to enter the field of education. Applications may be obtained at the counseling offices of area high schools.

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Scholarships available for western Colorado students

The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) is accepting applications for a wide variety of scholarships available to students residing in western Colorado. A total of 32 different scholarship funds managed by WCCF are available to students through one online application at www.wc-cf.org.

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Obituaries

Ruth Doll

Ruth Aileen Doll died Jan. 10, 2017, at Horizons Care Center. She was 87.

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Byron Benson
Byron Benson

Byron Benson died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2017. He was 86.

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Chuck Hardon
Chuck Hardon

Charles R. "Chuck" Hardon died Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 85.

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Eleanore Forster
Eleanore Forster

Eleanor T. Forster of Whitewater, Kan., died Jan. 7, 2017. She was 94.

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Joe Martinez
Joe Martinez

Joe Nemecio Martinez died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at Larchwood Inn in Grand Junction. He was 100.

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Melvin Schroeder
Melvin Schroeder

Melvin "Roy" Schroeder died Dec. 26, 2016, at his home. He was 79.

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North Fork

Bowie withdraws gasification request

Bowie Resources, LLC., has withdrawn its application to the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety in Denver for a technical revision in the permit application for the Bowie No. 2 Mine located near Somerset.

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Catching up with Sharon's Kids
Catching up with Sharon's Kids

The Crawford-based organization Sharon's Kids wrapped up a successful 2016 with a snowboarding trip on Dec. 30 to Powderhorn.

The outreach program provides year-round activities to deserving elementary and middle school kids in the North Fork area and Delta County.

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Crawford recall ballots to be mailed the week of Jan. 17

Ballots for the Feb. 7 election to recall Crawford Mayor Wanda Gofforth will arrive in mail boxes as early as Jan. 18. Delta County chief deputy clerk Rene Loy Maas said the county expects to mail out ballots the week of Jan 17.

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Hart fundraiser set for Saturday

Whether you're a master at the game of pool, or you just want to do something to support a good cause, hustle down to Thomas Waldo's this Saturday and support the fundraiser for Clarence "Bill" Hart.

Hart, a 15-year veteran officer on the Paonia Police Department, military veteran, husband and father of three, was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 small-cell lung cancer.

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Hotchkiss to update master plan in 2017

The Town of Hotchkiss is preparing for a periodic review of its community master plan in 2017 and is hoping for public input and participation.

The Hotchkiss Community Master Plan, in part, provides a statement of community goals and objectives and an assessment of the town's needs, said Tom Wills, a trustee and lead planner on the Hotchkiss Planning Commission.

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North Fork group to join Denver Women's March

A grassroots effort to have the North Fork Valley represented at the Jan. 21 Women's March on Denver is growing. The march is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Denver's Civic Center Park.

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Paonia welcomes high-speed connections
Paonia welcomes high-speed connections

When Mike and Gretchen King moved to Paonia to start Revolution Brewing, they brought with them an unconventional business model based not so much on profit as on progressive ideas that support the community. It's worked well, said Mike King. The Rev will celebrate its ninth anniversary this May.

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Surface Creek

'Vintage' label said to be wrong for Cedaredge

An open community discussion may begin soon as some Chamber of Commerce board members think town hall's chosen marketing identity label for Cedaredge -- Vintage -- is the wrong one for promoting business and commerce.

The Vintage label emerged from a "Branding Summit" held last summer.

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Birds of the Western Slope Jan. 11, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Jan. 11, 2017

This is the first serious snow that we've had -- I wish it would go away! I never liked the cold or the snow, but it means water for us in the summer so I'll just have to put up with it. But I can't go anywhere. So I'll just think about my birds.

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Garden club plans for 2017

The members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club gathered at RJ's Restaurant in Cedaredge on Dec. 16 for a Christmas luncheon and gift exchange. The staff had set up a beautiful table for the luncheon and provided another table for gifts.

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Marijuana taxes eyed as possible solution

The idea of Orchard City turning to marijuana as a town government tax source first came up at the end of a budget work session last September. Mayor Ken Volgamore took a straw poll of trustees on the marijuana-as-revenue issue. No decisions were made at that time.

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Mayor seeks citizens' input

Mayor Ken Volgamore has scheduled a town board work session discussion about the issues of declining town revenues, dwindling cash reserves in town budget funds, and ideas for addressing the two problems, ideas that include allowing marijuana businesses to operate in Orchard City as a means of generating tax revenue.

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Orchard City searches for ways to fund budget

The Orchard City trustees, at their Jan. 4 work session, opened a dialog on the problem of declining town revenues, dwindling cash reserves, and on possible ways to reverse the trends.

Among the ideas suggested was whether to allow marijuana businesses to operate in town and so provide more tax revenue for local government.

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