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Delta

Abraham Connection seats youth board member
Abraham Connection seats youth board member

The Abraham Connection is excited to welcome a new youth board member to its board of directors. The youth seat is the idea of Delta High School senior Lizzy Ward, who will fill the seat until May.

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Chamber banquet planned

The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce's annual member banquet will be held Friday, Feb. 17, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Come learn a bit about the "Magic of the Chamber" and celebrate the Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.

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City council salutes National Junior Honor Society members
City council salutes National Junior Honor Society members

It was standing room only for the Jan. 3 meeting of the Delta City Council. Law enforcement officers from both the Delta Police Department and the Delta County Sheriff's Office witnessed the swearing in of Luke Fedler, Delta's new police chief.

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Comfort Home of Delta closes

Comfort Home of Delta is closing as an assisted living facility. The smallest of three privately licensed assisted facilities serving Delta County, Comfort Home has been licensed for eight beds since March 2008.

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County combats bias against grazing

Delta County Commissioners have released an official position on the BLM's proposed management prescriptions for the Gunnison sage grouse (GSG).

In general, the county's comments, based on extensive citations from scientific literature, seek to expose and correct a bias against livestock grazing seen in the BLM proposals.

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County employee numbers reported

According to a report delivered last month to the county commissioners, there were just over 210 full-time equivalent employees on the county payroll.

The report was compiled by the human resources department.

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Course set for BLM management of the Dominguez-Escalante NCA
Course set for BLM management of the Dominguez-Escalante NCA

The Bureau of Land Management finalized the plan for the 210,000-acre Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, including the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness, by signing a Record of Decision for the area this week. The Dominguez-Escalante NCA includes portions of Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties.

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DCMH takes steps to ensure food safety
DCMH takes steps to ensure food safety

Foodborne illness (what we usually call "food poisoning) is a common, costly -- yet preventable -- public health problem. Each year, one in six Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages.

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DHS wins state engineering challenge

Delta High School has been named the Colorado state winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

"I'm really proud of all these guys," said physics instructor Ben Magtutu. "This is excellent stuff."

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Gardeners find winter diversion at the libraries
Gardeners find winter diversion at the libraries

Delta County Libraries offers many unexpected things: iPads for checkout, a myriad of classes and downloadable music online, a distance learning option for high school equivalency classes, Colorado State Park passes for checkout, and much more.

The availability of these resources may remain surprising to some patrons because, traditionally, when people think of libraries, they think of books: rows and rows of books.

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GMNC opens 27th season with new grooming equipment

The Delta County Commissioners recently heard an annual report on the Grand Mesa Nordic Council from council president Dave Knutson. The council has received a $190,000 grant from a private foundation that went a long way toward helping complete the recent purchase of a new trails grooming machine.

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Heirlooms is on the move
Heirlooms is on the move

Sandra Barie, a Heirlooms for Hospice volunteer, arranges a clothing display at Heirlooms' new location at 532 Main Street. The commercial building was recently renovated by Pam and Shane Atchley; Heirlooms finished the interior with repurposed wood and crates.

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Juvenile convicted of sexual assault on a child

In the Delta District Court Wednesday, Jan. 4, the Honorable Steve Schultz entered an adjudication of a juvenile after a four-day trial. The court determined that the evidence sustained a finding, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the juvenile committed the crime of sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse.

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Law enforcement blotter Jan. 18, 2017

Joseph K. Lopez, 30, of Cedaredge was arrested and jailed for alleged theft and violation of bail bond conditions.

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Posting site

As required by law, a meeting posting site has been officially designated for the City of Delta. The bulletin board on the south window of Delta City Hall remains the primary posting site for official notices.

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Shakelee joins DSCO

Gates Shaklee, a former employee of the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office, has joined the Delta County Sheriff's Office.

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Stormy Griffith charged by feds

As a trial date for Stormy and Stacy Griffith approaches in Delta District Court, Stormy Griffith has been placed in federal custody for many of the same charges levied in Delta County.

In Delta County, the Griffiths are charged with cultivation of marijuana (more than 30 plants);

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Tips sought on Peach Valley graffiti

Montrose Regional Crime Stoppers and the Bureau of Land Management are seeking the help of citizens to locate and apprehend one or more individuals responsible for vandalism to federal property at the Peach Valley Recreational site within the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area.

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Opinion

Calling all Town of Crawford voters

Up until Feb. 7, Town of Crawford residents have the opportunity to be heard and have their mail-in ballot counted. Please don't assume that someone else's vote will be enough.

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Crawford, let's pull together

It greatly saddens me to be witnessing the current situation in Crawford. In a town that has been my home for nearly 35 years, I have cherished and admired the willingness and ability of our citizens to pull together and work together for the welfare and benefit of the town and citizens in spite of differences of attitude, age or economics.

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Still good people out there

On Jan. 6 when we had that big snowstorm, I was going to work around 1 p.m. I came up 1550 Road to the highway and got stuck. I could not move.

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Surface Creek generously supports food bank

The board of directors of Surface Creek Community Services would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the people of this community for the wonderful response to our Christmas box distribution this year. Donations have been pouring in and we have received enough to cover all of the 250 Christmas boxes we made up for our annual distribution.

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Sports

'Dogs best Eagles, Cardinals

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs had wrestling matches on Jan. 11 and 12 last week. Hotchkiss hosted Paonia on the 11th and scratched out a 38-30 victory. On the 12th the Bulldogs were in Parachute for a tri-meet with Grand Valley and Glenwood Springs.

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Hotchkiss girls, boys get past De Beque

Hotchkiss' Bulldogs recorded wins over De Beque Jan. 14. The games, played in Hotchkiss, were wins for the girls, 52-46, and the boys, 72-39.

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Paonia screams past two hardwood foes

Paonia Eagles' basketball teams recorded a pair of wins last weekend. The first set of victories came against Soroco, 64-57 for girls and 88-32 for the boys.

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What's Happening

Community garden meeting is Feb. 4

The Cedaredge Community Garden annual meeting is set for Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Creekside Cafe in Cedaredge. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. followed by the meeting.

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Cribbage tournament scheduled

It's time for the City of Delta/Lee Martinson annual February cribbage tournament. This event is scheduled Sunday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

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Teens, learn defensive driving

"Alive at 25," a defensive driving course for young drivers, is offered to drivers ages 15-24. A Colorado State Patrol trooper will provide approximately four hours of classroom instruction designed to prevent traffic violations, collisions and/or fatalities.

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What's happening at your local library? Jan. 18, 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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Obituaries

Eleanor King

Eleanor H. King of Dawsonville, Ga., died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. She was 98 and a former resident of Delta.

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Fauniel Jean Barber
Fauniel Jean Barber

Jean Barber died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at the Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta. She was 92 years of age.

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Gordon 'Kelly' Payne Jr.
Gordon 'Kelly' Payne Jr.

Gordon "Kelly" Leigh Payne Jr. of Paonia died Dec. 17, 2016. He was 61.

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Jeanne Cooper

Jeanne C. Cooper of Delta died Jan. 11, 2017. She was 93.

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Juan Carrillo
Juan Carrillo

Juan Carrillo of Delta died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital. He was 86.

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Leota Mattive
Leota Mattive

Leota Ann Mattive, longtime resident of Cedaredge, died Jan. 16, 2017. She was 76.

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Mary Weldon

Mary J. Weldon died Jan. 11, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 68.

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Norman Kroschel
Norman Kroschel

Norman E. Kroschel died Jan. 11, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 85.

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Ruth Doll
Ruth Doll

Delta resident Ruth Doll died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at Horizons Care Center. She was 87.

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Velma Warren

Velma Warren of Anchorage, Alaska, died at Providence Horizon House on Nov. 21, 2016. She was 85.

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North Fork

Crawford votes to consult with attorney

Trustees on the Crawford Town Council voted at the Jan. 4 council meeting to consult with the town attorney on pending litigation. The vote was made following an executive session to receive legal advice on litigation questions from town attorney Jim Brown, who was present at the meeting.

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Former Paonia town manager topic of executive session

At the Jan. 10 meeting of the Town of Paonia Town Board of Trustees, the board held an hour-long executive session to receive advice from town attorney David Marek specific to former town manager Jane Berry.

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Hotchkiss council okays donation to stock dog trials
Hotchkiss council okays donation to stock dog trials

Despite a tight budget the Hotchkiss council voted to support the annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trial event with a $500 donation. The 14th annual trials will be held May 12-14, which is also Mother's Day weekend.

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Hotchkiss FFA alumni plan kickoff meeting

The Hotchkiss FFA Alumni is supported by the Colorado FFA Alumni and the National FFA Alumni in their vision of students whose lives are impacted by FFA and agricultural education will achieve academic and personal growth, strengthen American agriculture and provide leadership to build healthy local communities, a strong nation and a sustainable world.

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Paonia Literary Committee hosts 'Paonia Reads'

If you're looking for a cure for your cabin fever, the Paonia Literary Committee has some ideas.

The committee that brought you Valley Voices, the Harvest of Voices and the Write-On Anthology will present its inaugural "Paonia Reads," a program encouraging adults and students to engage themselves in reading Sherman Alexie's National Book Award winner, "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven."

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Paonia moves ahead with water ordinance, rate hike

Paonia water customers can expect to see an increase in their utility bill beginning in March. At the Jan. 10 board meeting, trustees approved a 2-percent increase in water user fees and base rates.

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Paonia names new town administrator

Following an executive session at the Jan. 10 board meeting, trustees for the Town of Paonia voted unanimously to offer the job of town administrator to Kenneth Knight. Knight, who accepted the job, was one of 36 to apply for the position and was one of two finalists after interim town manager Dan Dean accepted a job in Kimball, Neb.

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Supporting Alzheimer's caregivers

Crawford resident Jess Deegan wants caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia in Delta County to know that they are not alone.

Dr. Deegan facilitates the Dementia-Caregiver Support Groups in Hotchkiss, Surface Creek and Delta.

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Town donates to Paonia Senior Center

At the Jan. 10 board meeting, Paonia trustees unanimously approved a request from the Paonia Senior Center for a $3,000 donation. Representative Lynne Bear made the request to the board.

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Surface Creek

Bridge work will close road
Bridge work will close road

The Jay Avenue bridge replacement project is being redesigned and a tentative construction schedule will close the road from Old Goat Trail to Will O'Way for four months, according to town staff.

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Cedaredge still working on water payoff financing

The Town of Cedaredge is still working on financing a way for paying $175,000 to Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association (USC) in a court-mediated settlement agreement

The payment was to have been made by the end of 2016, according to documents.

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Fuller receives student honor
Fuller receives student honor

Isaac Fuller, a home schooled high school senior who intends to pursue Biblical studies following graduation has been named Orchard City's student of the month for January.

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Governor appoints Soper to judicial commission
Governor appoints Soper to judicial commission

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has appointed Orchard City native Matthew Soper to be a non-attorney and Republican member of the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission representing Delta County. Soper replaces Commissioner Bill Raley of Delta.

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No opposition voiced for restaurant liquor license

The Cedaredge Town Board took up an item of business that it first considered last spring when on Jan. 12 the trustees held a public hearing on a liquor license request for Creekside Cafe.

Last spring, on the final day of the 2016 school term, the trustees adopted an ordinance decreasing the distance from a school that alcohol may be sold. The distance was reduced from 600 feet to 60 feet.

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Orchard City puts 'teeth' into its building code

The Orchard City Town board adopted an ordinance at its Jan. 11 meeting designed "to put teeth" into its building codes by assessing big fines for violations.

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Plants of the Western Slope Jan. 18, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope Jan. 18, 2017

On leaving Delta, we took 1600 Road, then turned onto the Trap Club Road and followed it past the landfill. As we neared the junction with North Road, I began to carefully note the roadside vegetation.

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Senior Hikers are 'storm troopers'
Senior Hikers are 'storm troopers'

The Cedaredge Senior Hikers hike on Wednesdays; but, the group also has several members who go up to Grand Mesa for cross country skiing and snowshoeing on Mondays and Fridays.

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What's bugging you? Jan. 18, 2017
What's bugging you? Jan. 18, 2017

Field bindweed. A pretty flower or a gardener's nightmare? My guess is that you would align with the latter view rather than the former.

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