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Delta

A foundation to build on
A foundation to build on

"The role of Delta County Libraries' foundation is to provide a safety net for our library district, especially in tough financial times," says Lea Hart, district director of Delta County Libraries, while addressing a group of 50 women at the Feb. 1 Delta Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Business event. Delta Library was the host organization for the monthly event and it was ideal timing, given the month-long fundraiser for the foundation that had just kicked off that morning.

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Alpine Bank program benefits local nonprofits

In 2016, Alpine Bank donated $989,719.76 to local nonprofit groups and projects through funds generated from the Loyalty Debit Card program. Alpine Bank is a true local bank -- giving where its employees live, together strengthening communities.

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City, county officers play vital role in shooting investigation
City, county officers play vital role in shooting investigation

Dan Hotsenpiller, district attorney, 7th Judicial District, last week completed his review of a fatal shooting by Montrose County Sheriff's Deputy Bruce Schmalz on Nov. 11, 2016.

Deputy Schmalz was patrolling the west end of Montrose County when he was ambushed by a person he did not know and had not interacted with in any manner.

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Communication is improving, but dead zones will always exist

When Montrose County Sheriff's Deputy Bruce Schmalz was in the west end of Montrose County, he found himself alone and in a remote, narrow canyon. No one knew where he was and he had no means of contacting anyone for assistance or backup.

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DMTC observes SkillsUSA Week

Students and faculty at Delta-Montrose Technical College (DMTC) will join others across the nation to celebrate SkillsUSA Week, Feb. 5-11. The annual celebration, presented by Carhartt, represents over 300,000 SkillsUSA members nationwide and promotes career and technical education (CTE).

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Former resident involved in murder- suicide

The Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office, Sidney Police Department and the Nebraska State Patrol are investigating two deaths in Sidney on Jan. 9.

The deceased have been identified as Rachelle Jensen, 36 and Jeffery Jensen, 39. Jeffery is a former resident of Delta.

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Highway 50 accident claims one life

On Monday, Feb. 6, at approximately 7:27 p.m., officers of the Delta Police Department were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident in the 1300 block of Highway 50 in North Delta. The accident scene was located in the eastbound lane with one vehicle still in the lanes of traffic and the other vehicle on the south side of the roadway.

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Huffman joins Clay and Dodson

The law firm of Clay and Dodson P.C. announces that Julie J. Huffman has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Huffman received her bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado and her law degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in Kentucky.

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Law enforcement blotter Feb. 8, 2017

Dennis J. Jameson, 21, of Delta was arrested and jailed on two warrants with a total of $1,750 in bonds.

Dennis J. Jameson, 21, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged bail bond violation and possession of Schedule II controlled substance.

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New bishopric serves Uncompahgre Ward
New bishopric serves Uncompahgre Ward

Joel Butzin is the newly sustained bishop of the Uncompahgre Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His counselors are Gary Messano and Glade Pulver. Bishop Butzin and Gary Messano are residents of Delta while Glade Pulver resides in Olathe.

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Planning commission composition eyed

As the county moves forward with its master plan rewrite process and simultaneously with a master county trails plan, there may also be an effort to look at, and perhaps make changes in, the composition of the county planning commission to ensure it represents the entire county fairly and equally.

Commissioner Don Suppes suggested an evaluation of the planning commission because it has only one member from his commissioner district #2.

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Opinion

Call for women's rights difficult to understand

Congratulations to John Heckman on his desire to proudly wear a "pussy hat" as he finds fellow progressives to march with under the guise of women's rights while participating in a thinly disguised anti-Trump, pro-abortion rally. Oh, yes, that is exactly what those demonstration were about.

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Devil's Thumb has been a failure from the get-go

A few weeks ago, I shared some unsettling figures related to the Devil's Thumb Golf Course. It turns out that I only scratched the surface of the problem.

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Immigrants have given much for this country

I feel compelled by Margaret and Verity to speak; by Margaret, who died just before Obama was elected, who spent most of her adult life working for our democracy through the League of Women Voters.

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Selling public lands is a terrible idea

With a 9x9, palmated, the elk staring down my grandfather when he was 15 turned into legend. Grandpa was with his father, hunting on our public lands, when they met our family's monarch.

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Sheriff's office reaches out to those in need

It is hard to express the gratitude we have for everybody who has helped us after the life-changing news on Nov. 18. We want to give special thanks to Sheriff Fred McKee, Undersheriff Mark Taylor and all of the employees of the Delta County government.

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Show of support lacked unity

I commend Hank Lohmeyer's balanced reporting covering the women's march-affiliated gathering in Cedaredge, Jan. 21.

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Sports

Bruin boys rally past visiting Cowboy five
Bruin boys rally past visiting Cowboy five

Cedaredge Bruins' boys basketball team has been close to winning several games that came down to a one, two or three possession swing. Most of those games went to the Bruins' opponents.

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Cedaredge girls stay close in 3A WSL race
Cedaredge girls stay close in 3A WSL race

A pair of key wins last week have the Cedaredge Bruin girls hungry for a team title in its new league. The Bruins battled top teams from the 2A/1A ranks the past few years and have had good competition playing the likes of Paonia, Soroco and Meeker during that time span.

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Delta girls win pair, control own destiny
Delta girls win pair, control own destiny

With a pair of wins last week, Delta's Panthers are 4-1 in 3A WSL and 11-4 overall. Two other teams (Cedaredge and Moffat County) also carry 4-1 league marks.

Last week's games were with Aspen (Feb. 2) and Gunnison (Feb. 3). Delta defeated Aspen 44-22 and ran away from the Cowboys in a 59-37 decision.

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Delta hardwood crew moves into contention
Delta hardwood crew moves into contention

Delta's boys had a good basketball week with wins over Aspen (61-40) and Gunnison (61-39).

The two wins vaulted the Panthers into third place in a tough 3A WSL.

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Delta senior Tristen Brown signed
Delta senior Tristen Brown signed

Delta senior Tristen Brown signed his national letter of intent to play football at UNC last Wednesday.

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Eagles undefeated in three games last week

The Paonia Eagles boys' team added three games to the win column last week to remain undefeated and in first place in 2A District 5 standings.

On Feb. 3 they pulled off a come-from-behind 62-47 home win over Vail Mountain (10-4 overall, 9-3 district).

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Local wrestlers primed for regional competition
Local wrestlers primed for regional competition

Five of the top 10 teams in state 2A rankings will compete in the 2A Region 1 wrestling tournament, which opens at 1 p.m. Friday the Colorado Mesa University Brownson Arena in Grand Junction. Saturday's semifinal and consolation quarterfinals begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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Paonia stops Delta on mat
Paonia stops Delta on mat

Eli Etter felt a bit of pressure going into the last home match of his high school wrestling career. Paonia led Delta in the final dual of the regular season by a mere two points, and Etter's was the last match of the dual. He didn't want to lose.

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What's Happening

Teens, learn to be better babysitters

The City of Delta Parks and Recreation Department will offer an American Red Cross babysitter training course Feb. 24-25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class will be repeated April 13 and 14.

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What's happening at your local library? Feb.8, 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 Feb. 8, 2017
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People in the News Clock

Paonia resident and Azusa Pacific University student Tiffany Clock made the academic Dean's List at APU. Clock, a biology major, is honored for a fall semester 2016 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average.

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School Zone

Caden Meilner, Derek Holt  attend All State Choir
Caden Meilner, Derek Holt attend All State Choir

Two Paonia High School juniors participated in the Colorado High School Activities Association's 2016-2017 All State Choir last weekend.

Derek Holt and Caden Meilner attended the event with PHS choir director Dee Holt. Derek Holt a Tenor II, sang in the Mixed Choir, and Meilner, a Bass II, sang in the Men's Choir.

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Career fair held at CMS
Career fair held at CMS

County middle school students on Friday, Feb. 3, had a chance to explore the many ways their own interests and talents could one day help provide them with a rewarding career.

A career fair held at Cedaredge Middle School brought some 60 local businesses and organizations together with 350 to 400 area middle schoolers for an exciting and entertaining exploration in learning.

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Neil named to All-State Choir
Neil named to All-State Choir

Thomas Neil excels in both vocal and instrumental music, but it's his voice that took him to Colorado All-State Choir last week. Neil, a junior at Delta High School, was invited to participate in the men's choir after a live audition last fall.

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Rydge Mulford applies origami to aerospace challenge

Rydge Mulford, a 2007 graduate of Delta High School and a doctoral student at Brigham Young University, has received a NASA fellowship for a project inspired by origami, Japan's ancient art of paper folding.

In collaboration with Vivik Dwivedi, a NASA technologist, Mulford is experimenting with the design of a three-dimensional, folding radiator to remove or retain heat on small satellites.

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Vision Charter Academy celebrates grant awards
Vision Charter Academy celebrates grant awards

A celebration of new funding awarded to the Food For Thought program took place Feb. 1 at the Cedaredge campus of Vision Charter Academy.

The program has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program.

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Obituaries

Albert Spika
Albert Spika

Albert Joseph Spika died at his home in Delta Feb. 3, 2017. He was 87.

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Catherine Fuller
Catherine Fuller

Catherine M. Fuller died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 97.

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Ethel Kissner
Ethel Kissner

Cedaredge resident Ethel L. Kissner died Feb. 2, 2017, at her home. She was 72.

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Gale E. Conger
Gale E. Conger

Gale Everett Conger was born to Elmer and Anna Conger on Aug. 30, 1925, at his grandmother's house along the Republican River in the small township of Trenton, Neb. He started his life on two sections of land in southwest Nebraska.

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Kennadine Duncan
Kennadine Duncan

Longtime Delta County resident Kennadine J. Duncan died Feb. 5, 2017, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 83.

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Martin Cegielski
Martin Cegielski

Delta and former Crawford resident, Martin Cegielski died peacefully at his home on Feb. 5, 2017 from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 72 years old.

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Mary Fairlamb Dow
Mary Fairlamb Dow

Mary Fairlamb Dow died Jan. 30, 2017. She was 77.

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Nick Takacs

Hotchkiss resident Miklos "Nick" Takacs died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 83.

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Sharon Graff
Sharon Graff

Sharon Graff died Jan. 31, 2017, at her home in Cedaredge. She was 68.

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Virginia Scheele

Virginia C. Scheele of Delta died Feb. 3, 2017, at Willow Tree Care Center.

Services will take place at a later date.

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North Fork

Cherry Days seeks volunteers, slogan
Cherry Days seeks volunteers, slogan

The Cherry Days Forever committee is gearing up for the 71st annual hometown celebration and is looking for input and volunteers.

Cherry Day itself always falls on July 4, which this year is on Tuesday.

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Crawford seeks a new trustee

The Town of Crawford hopes to seat a new trustee at its Feb. 15 meeting, said Mayor Wanda Gofforth. Letters of interest are now being accepted from citizens interested in filling the seat vacated by Tammy Broughton on Jan. 17.

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Crawford works to keep the water flowing

The Town of Crawford is just over $16,000 away from being in the red in its water fund, Public Works Director Bruce Bair told the council last week. "We're not in the hole, but we will be if we don't address this issue," he told trustees.

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Hotchkiss crime numbers 'about average' in 2016

The Hotchkiss Marshal's Office filed reports on 1,421 incidents in 2016. That number is about average for the past five years, said Marshal Dan Miller. In 2015, 1,395 incidents were reported.

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North Fork residents protest oil/gas lease

The Board of County Commissioners on Monday approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Gunnison Energy LLC for activities on a parcel in the Iron Point Federal Exploratory Unit. Commissioners also approved a letter to the Bureau of Land Management supporting Gunnison Energy's bid to have the parcel, which was formerly leased, re-nominated and re-leased.

The parcel is located just north of the Elk Creek Mine.

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Writers, photographers sought for 'Convergence'

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is seeking writers and photographers for its "Convergence: Words and Pictures from the West Elks" contest.

Formerly known as the "Write On! Contest and Anthology," the competition is in its 10th year and is open to all Delta County residents.

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Surface Creek

Orchard City board could okay pot without a vote

During the Orchard City town meeting on marijuana and town revenues last week, Mayor Ken Volgamore noted that the town board has the ability to allow marijuana business in the town without putting the issue to a vote of the electorate. However, the mayor did not endorse doing so.

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Orchard City residents speak on pot, finances

Residents of Orchard City filled town hall to standing room to tell town board members their views on increasing government revenues and allowing marijuana business to operate there.

A trend of declining revenues the town is experiencing is contributing to depleted cash reserves in town budget funds including the water fund and roads fund, a trustee report has concluded.

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Plants of the Western Slope Feb. 8, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope Feb. 8, 2017

It's still trying to snow ... I can't see Jeff's (our neighbor to the south) or Sharla's (our neighbor to the north). But yesterday I had a glimpse of the San Juan Mountains (at least there were angry clouds where I knew those mountains were!)

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Town finances not in critical condition

A critical view of Orchard City finances -- a view which has led to proposal of marijuana business and sales tax for the town -- is a view which may seem more alarming than is justified.

There was broad agreement at last week's town meeting that water rates need be raised.

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Williams family honored with Pioneer Award
Williams family honored with Pioneer Award

The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society's Pioneer Award for 2016 was presented to members of the Williams Family during the SCVHS annual meeting and banquet at the Stolte Shed last Saturday.

The Williams Family traces its roots in western Colorado to the mid 1880s. The first Williams Orchard was planted here in 1921.

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