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Delta

Alpine Bank supports wellness
Alpine Bank supports wellness

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Alpine Bank in Delta, the bank and staff are planning various monthly activities throughout the year.

To kick off the festivities, Alpine Bank made a $3,500 donation to the Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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Alta Vista meets need for safe, affordable housing

Alta Vista de la Montana opened five years ago, but property manager Nicole Mata believes many people still don't understand how the North Delta property is meeting the need for affordable housing for agricultural workers.

A project of the Community Resources & Housing Development Corporation (CRHDC), the development just off Highway 50 features 40 three- and four-bedroom apartments suitable for families.

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Get ready to love your library

February is a time for sweethearts, candy hearts, red roses and valentines. It is also a time to show your love for your local libraries!

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Kettle recognized for service as interim chief
Kettle recognized for service as interim chief

It takes a real leader to step up when called, said city manager David Torgler. Charles Kettle is such an individual.

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Police blotter Jan. 25, 2017

Brittnee M. Kramer, 27, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $20,000 bond.

Scott W. Smith, 36, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $2,500 bond.

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Public assistance applications surge

Case workers in the county's Health and Human Services department (HHS) are struggling to deal with a new wave of applications for food stamp assistance, the county commissioners learned on Monday.

Other department programs are also seeing high demand for services, managers explained.

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Sale of vacant grocery is back on track

The acquisition of the old City Market/Chaco building by Delta County Joint School District #50 has been resurrected with the commitment of additional cash from Delta-Montrose Technical College.

Last week, the school board approved allocating $150,000 in DMTC reserve funds for the purchase of the long-vacant building at 124 E. 6th Street.

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Taxable personal property must be reported by April 17

All persons owning, possessing, or controlling taxable personal property with a total actual value greater than $7,400 (per owner, per county) on Jan. 1, 2017, are required to report the personal property to the assessor by April 17. Personal Property Declaration Schedules have been mailed to every person, business, or company known to own, possess, or control taxable personal property in the county.

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Two appointed to fair board

At its Monday, Jan. 23 business meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved the appointments of Mariah Wood and Josh Roeling to seats on the Delta County Fair Board. Their terms of service will run until Jan. 31, 2020.

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Opinion

Existing businesses need help too

Responding to the article on the Jump Start program in the Dec. 28 Delta County Independent:

When the program was established by the Colorado State Legislature I doubt established businesses in Delta County and other counties that have provided services to our community, have struggled, paid taxes, employed personnel, were ever considered during the extreme decline in our county.

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What's really on the Crawford ballot

After the last national election ballot that included multiple candidates and confusing issues, you would think the ballot for recall of Mayor Wanda Gofforth would be a simple "yes" or "no." However, Colorado State Election Law allows Mayor Gofforth a response to reasons for her recall.

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Women's rights are human rights

We participated in the Women's March in Grand Junction on Saturday, and it was great!

People in the thousands (says the GJ Sentinel) assembled at 8th and Grand then marched down to Main Street and on to the Convention Center.

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Sports

Bruins still adjusting to 3A

Cedaredge's basketball fortunes are on a roller coaster ride for the boys while the girls have rebounded from a loss to Paonia two weeks ago and posted a pair of wins this past week.

The boys hosted Delta on Jan. 17 and suffered a 69-58 loss. Later in the week Cedaredge visited Coal Ridge where it was thumped 83-63 by the Titans.

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Bruins win pair of dual matches
Bruins win pair of dual matches

Cedaredge had a great week of wrestling competiton. The Bruins won duals against Montrose (48-29) and Hayden (68-6) and finished fourth at the annual Screaming Eagle in Paonia.

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Delta girls rally past Longhorn squad

Delta's Panthers are looking to find the groove in their new league but have yet to realize full satisfaction in either girls or boys play so far.

The girls have a 1-0 league mark in the 3A WSL and are 8-3 overall. But both Cedaredge (1-0, 7-3) and Gunnison (1-0, 4-6) are listed above them.

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Delta wrestlers stay busy

Delta's wrestling team competed against Montrose on Friday night and traveled to Rifle for the Rifle Duals on Saturday.

The Panthers defeated Montrose 46-27 and won all five of their duals in Rifle with wins over Basalt 69-9, Rifle 69-6, Grand Valley 66-9, Rifle 78-8 and Steamboat Spring 45-18.

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Paonia matmen win three
Paonia matmen win three

Paonia's Eagles wrestled three duals and hosted their annual Screaming Eagle Tournament over the weekend.

Paonia's first dual was with Palisade on Thursday, Jan. 18 and were winners by a 42-30 score.

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What's Happening

Archaelogist to speak at annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. The speaker will be Glade Hadden, archaeologist with the Montrose office of the BLM, on the Eagle Rock archaeological site west of Hotchkiss.

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Call for entries

S&B Quilters Guild is seeking entries for the 2017 Cabin Fever Quilt Show to be held March 17-19 at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. Cash prizes will be awarded to winning entries. The show will feature lots of talent, fun, vendors, food and a raffle quilt.

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Evangelist Rick Barton returns to First Baptist
Evangelist Rick Barton returns to First Baptist

The Rev. Dr. Rick Barton is returning to Delta First Baptist Church for the Winter Revival Feb. 5-12. Pastor James Conley and the church family would like to invite the community to this week of revival.

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Community

Barbershop board members installed
Barbershop board members installed

The Black Canyon Barbershop Chorus enjoyed its annual board of directors induction ceremony at Daveto's restaurant in Delta recently. The following are the board members for 2017

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People in the News Fisher

Isaac Fisher of Hotchkiss, a veterinary medicine major, has been named to the 2016 Dean's List at Iowa State University.

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School Zone

Funding site launched

A crowdfunding site has been launched for the Delta High School class that won the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow challenge for the state of Colorado. The students are using STEM principles to address a real-life problem -- excessive noise in the cafeteria at Lincoln Elementary School.

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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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Vision celebrates classrooms, community
Vision celebrates classrooms, community

There's a lot to celebrate at the Delta campus of Vision Charter Academy. One short ceremony could barely contain it all, yet executive director Willyn Webb was able to keep the celebrations moving along briskly, beginning with a flag dedication ceremony and ending with tours of newly-completed classrooms.

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Obituaries

Anna Carpenter

Carpenter died in Duncan, Okla., on Oct. 17, 2016, of heart failure.

She was born Aug. 17, 1935, to Sam and Ruby Pennington in Cañon City.

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Brenda Giron
Brenda Giron

Brenda Louise Giron died at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction on Jan. 8, 2017. She was 54.

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Charles Wyatt

Charles "Fred" Wyatt of Cedaredge died Jan. 17, 2017, at VA Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 98.

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John Preator

Longtime Delta resident John Rodney Preator died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at his home. He was 68.

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Karri Louise Sherrill

Cedaredge resident, Karri Louise Sherrill passed away Jan. 15, 2017, at her home in Cedaredge, Colo. She was 54 years old.

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Linda Kay Reynold
Linda Kay Reynold

Linda Kay Reynolds of Delta died Jan. 15, 2017, after a lengthy illness. She was 72.

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Richard Coppinger

Crawford resident Richard Joseph Coppinger died Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Paonia Care Center. He was 56.

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Richard Proctor

Richard L. Proctor died Jan. 17, 2017, at Paonia Care Center.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Clifton Christian Church.

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Virgil Decker
Virgil Decker

Virgil Decker of Delta died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at his home. He was 93.

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North Fork

Crawford considers 'Jump Start' resolution

Cathy Cheatham with the Friends of Crawford Town Hall reported to Town Council at the Jan. 18 public work session that after expenses, the fourth annual Festival of Trees raised $2,200 for Town Hall improvement projects. "Our town is just so generous," said Cheatham.

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Crawford trustee resigns as voters consider mayoral recall
Crawford trustee resigns as voters consider mayoral recall

After months of disagreements with fellow council members, Crawford town trustee Tammy Broughton submitted her resignation letter on Jan. 18. The resignation was effective immediately.

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Hotchkiss bird count yields interesting results
Hotchkiss bird count yields interesting results

About 25 participated in this year's Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count in Hotchkiss. The count was organized by the Black Canyon Audubon Society (BCAS).

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Natural gas development proposed north of Paonia

The Bureau of Land Management and the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are seeking public comment on a natural gas development proposal that's about 12 miles north of Paonia.

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New vehicles improve emergency response
New vehicles improve emergency response

North Fork residents may have noticed a new kind of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) vehicle traveling our local roads. These "Quick Response Vehicles" (QRVs), purchased through state and federal grants, local fundraising and generous donations, are specifically designed to bring North Fork Ambulance Advance Level EMTs directly to the scene of an emergency to begin a higher level of care much sooner than it has ever before been available in the North Fork Valley.

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Paonia interim manager says goodbye this week
Paonia interim manager says goodbye this week

Dan Dean will finish his brief stint with the Town of Paonia this Friday. Dean was hired as interim town manager in September following the abrupt resignation of Jane Berry last July.

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Saunders weighs in on council

In the event that recall efforts against Crawford mayor Wanda Gofforth are successful, Gill Saunders will serve the remainder of her four-year term. Saunders, a former trustee, ran for mayor in April, losing to Gofforth by a single vote.

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Students serve with Mexico Outreach

Azusa Pacific University students Jayson Park and Tiffany Clock, both of Paonia, served with Mexico Outreach during the fall semester.

Mexico Outreach was founded on the principle that young people of all ages can be effective in sharing the gospel.

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Tragedy turns into learning opportunity
Tragedy turns into learning opportunity

Hotchkiss K-8 students were given a rare opportunity to study one of the biggest cats in the world. Early in the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 11, a female mountain lion was killed by a vehicle on Highway 133 near Hotchkiss.

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Surface Creek

Cedaredge okays cafe's liquor license

The Cedaredge Town Board, acting on Jan. 19, gave conditional approval of a cafe, hotel and restaurant liquor license for Creekside Cafe.

Final approval of the license will await results of state background and fingerprint checks for the business owners.

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Help make critters fundraiser a success

Volunteers at the Shelter Shoppe are working hard on this year's Feb. 11 Crockpots for Critters fundraiser at the Civic Center and they are asking for a little bit of help from the community with improvements being made to this year's event.

• First of all, anyone who wishes to donate a favorite slow cooker recipe for the event is asked to please call Alvena at 856-4515 well ahead of the Feb. 11 event.

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Rod and Gun Club holds annual meeting Jan. 21
Rod and Gun Club holds annual meeting Jan. 21

Members of the Cedaredge Rod and Gun Club at their annual banquet meeting on Jan. 21 elected Bruce Pendleton and Doug McCully to the board of directors.

The newly elected directors replace retiring board members Ken Miller and Roger Hanson, a long-time club member whose father was an original founding club member.

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Street failure challenges 2017 budget priorities
Street failure challenges 2017 budget priorities

Cedaredge town trustees learned at their Jan. 19 business meeting that a section of town pavement "has been completely destroyed." The culprit causing the failure of a 70"x20' section of pavement on SW 3rd Avenue is ground water.

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Town, chamber will meet to discuss branding label

A promised statement by the Chamber of Commerce on Cedaredge's "vintage" branding label project was not presented to the town board on Jan. 19. Instead, chamber board member Nick Streza made a general appeal for working more closely with the town.

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Unknown 'helper'  causing slippery problem for town
Unknown 'helper' causing slippery problem for town

Town of Cedaredge officials are looking for an anonymous do-gooder who, they say, is making life more difficult for public works crews by freelance snow plowing town streets.

According to a report given last week to the town board, some unknown person has been "helping" public works by running a privately-owned snow plow over town streets.

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