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Delta

Alice Penick Memorial Nursing Scholarship awarded to DMTC student
Alice Penick Memorial Nursing Scholarship awarded to DMTC student

PEO Chapter BK is pleased to award this year's Alice Penick Memorial Nursing Scholarship to Linda Castillo. Castillo is currently in her final semester of the practical nurse program at Delta-Montrose Technical College.

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Appeals court upholds ruling on pesticide drift

The Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Hotchkiss area rancher who drew objections from his neighbors when his pesticides drifted onto their property.

James Hopper was found in violation of a contempt order, sentenced to two days in jail and ordered to pay a fine of $7,500. The appeals court affirmed that ruling.

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Check out a kill-o-watt reader at the library

Did you know that you can check out a DMEA kill-o-watt reader from Delta County Libraries? The readers can be taken home to test your electronics for energy usage.

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City manager says Delta is a good fit

In searching for a city manager in late 2015, Delta City Council clearly stated a desire for "longevity" in the top job.

A brochure describing the job opening suggested candidates looking for potential "stepping stone" opportunities look elsewhere.

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City of Delta begins environmental assessments of blighted properties

Environmental assessments are being conducted on the five blighted properties targeted for potential acquisition and demolition by the City of Delta.

The project is being funded through a $507,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), combined with a city match of $104,000.

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City will share cost of concrete

By Delta's city code, residents are responsible for the repair of damaged sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and driveway approaches. As this type of maintenance can be costly, a 50/50 concrete replacement cost share program has been established to help offset citizen expenses.

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Colorow receives Pinnacle's Customer Experience Award

Colorow Care Center, an Olathe-based provider of rehabilitation and skilled nursing, is the recipient of Pinnacle Quality Insight's 2017 Customer Experience Award™. Colorow qualified for the award in the categories of activities, quality of food, dining service, cleanliness, overall satisfaction, nursing care, professional therapy service, individual needs, communication from facility, dignity and respect and recommend to others.

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County landfill fees are under review

Fees for the county landfill are under review for a possible increase.

The last time fees were raised to the current $28 per ton and $10 minimum was in January of last year.

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DCMH lab receives accreditation from College of American Pathologists

As part of a recent on-site inspection, Delta County Memorial Hospital Laboratory has been accredited by the accreditation committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

"I am pleased with the recent review of our laboratory reflecting the continued dedication of our DCMH lab staff in providing quality lab services and high quality patient care," stated hospital CEO Jason Cleckler.

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Delta Senior Center displays the works of Erin Williams
Delta Senior Center displays the works of Erin Williams

The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by Erin Williams in the dining hall located at 247 Meeker Street.

Williams has made western Colorado her home for the past 42 years and says the visual splendor of this area is a constant inspiration for her work.

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Girl Scouts shop for Delta Food Pantry
Girl Scouts shop for Delta Food Pantry

What do Girl Scouts do with their Girl Scout cookie money? The 19 girls in Troop 10083 chose to help the Delta Food Pantry!

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Law enforcement blotter Feb. 15, 2017

Tonya M. Simons, 45, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged careless driving, left the scene without providing required information and failed to notify police after being involved in a two-vehicle crash in the 1400 block of Bluff Street. No injuries were reported or observed. One vehicle was driven from the scene.

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Library volunteers make it possible

Public libraries often serve as hubs of their communities by offering a safe, friendly environment for people to gather, learn and explore. People across all age ranges and backgrounds are drawn to libraries for everything from sending a quick email to learning a new language or mastering a new skill.

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Nathan Yager to be retried this summer
Nathan Yager to be retried this summer

Six years have passed since the brutal slaying of Melinda Tackett Yager, yet her family is still looking for closure. Nathan Yager, convicted of murdering his estranged wife in January 2011, won an appeal and another shot at convincing a jury he should be found not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Seniors, disabled vets eligible for property tax exemption

The Colorado Constitution establishes a property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans. For those who qualify, 50 percent of the first $200,000 in actual value of the primary residence is exempted from property tax. The State of Colorado pays the property taxes on the exempted value.

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Spruce beetle epidemic continues to expand

Spruce beetle was the most damaging forest insect pest in Colorado for the fifth consecutive year, based on a 2016 forest health aerial survey conducted by the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Rocky Mountain Region. Douglas-fir beetle populations also continued to expand, while mountain pine beetle, western spruce budworm and Douglas-fir tussock moth populations continue to decline.

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Two motorists seriously hurt

Two Delta residents were seriously injured in a two-car accident south of Delta Tuesday, Feb. 7, at about 5:30 p.m.

A 17-year-old Delta resident was stopped at the intersection of D Road and Highway 50.

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WAR professionals donate to building restoration fund
WAR professionals donate to building restoration fund

At the Jan. 10 meeting of the We Are Referrals group, Brad Davis of Davis Clothing was awarded $1,000 toward restoration of his building, which was damaged by a hit and run RV on Thanksgiving Day.

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Opinion

How to destroy a republic

How to destroy a republic:

Method A -- Take command of the armed forces and stage a military coup.

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It's not the losing; it's the person who won

After reading and hearing so many comments about how all the protesters are just whiny, childish sore losers and need to get over it, I feel I must say this:

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Student seeks help with class project

Hello! My name is Daniel A. I am a fifth grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa.

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True community

I would like to thank all the citizens of Crawford for their recent participation in our local government process. Statistics from the recall election mirror more or less, the divisiveness seen at the national level.

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Trump limits our right to know

We take our freedom for granted and believe that it will continue to exist. President Trump has just taken the first of many actions to limit free ability for us to know what he has decided what our national government agencies can do.

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Why I march

After reading several letters to the editor concerning confusion about The Women's March on Washington and writers' confusion on why a march was deemed necessary, I reflected on my own reasons for resisting this president and his administration.

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Women's march was not a pro-abortion rally

I appreciate Jakki Taylor's letter in the Feb. 8 DCI, especially her well-crafted statement that she can't read the minds of the Women's March marchers but she can read their signs. I don't claim to read hearts or minds, either, so we probably have a lot in common.

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Sports

Delta sends six to state

The Delta Panthers qualified six wrestlers for the Colorado High School Activities Association's 81st annual State Wrestling Tournament. Delta placed fifth with 134 points and placed in nine weight divisions at the 3A Region 1 wrestling tournament, held Friday and Saturday at Buena Vista. Moffat County scored 196 points to win the 14-team tournament.

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DHS boys win, lose tilts
DHS boys win, lose tilts

A big win, 60-42, over Cedaredge helped Delta's Panthers keep a foothold on a top-four place in the tough 3A WSL.

Beau Byers scored 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, 13 coming in the third period, to lead Delta's third win of the season over the Bruins.

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Dogs win streak at six
Dogs win streak at six

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs increased their winning streak to six games following weekend basketball wins over West Grand and North Park.

In Friday's 71-47 conference win over West Grand, the Mustangs came out strong in the first half, leaving Hotchkiss with a narrow one-point lead heading into the second half.

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First half momentum key to Eagles' win over Meeker
First half momentum key to Eagles' win over Meeker

The Paonia Eagles' boys took care of business Friday, defeating visiting Meeker, 46-38.

"It was a tale of two halves," said head coach Chase Roeber.

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Hotchkiss girls split tilts

The Hotchkiss girls split their two hoops games for the week, losing, 47-33 Friday against West Grand and playing a hard-fought 63-57 win Saturday against North Park.

Freshman Shay Glaser put 12 points on the board Friday against the Lady Mustangs, and sophomore Kaiya Firor added nine.

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PHS girls roll past Meeker

The Paonia girls basketball team easily rolled over rival Meeker Friday night for a 72-44 win.

The Eagles forced steals on Meeker's first two possessions to take a quick 4-0 lead and never looked back, ending the game with 22 steals.

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Sharing.....
Sharing.....

Josh Applegate, far right, is joined by Patty Blanco (Farmers Insurance customer service representative), left, and Delta High School athletic director Jeremy McCormick during halftime of the Delta boys Cedaredge versus Delta basketball game.

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What's Happening

Delta Kiwanis invites players to sixth annual poker tournament

The Kiwanis Club of Delta invites players and sponsors to join in the fun for the club's sixth annual poker tournament Saturday, March 18, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Registration for players begins at 4 p.m. with tournament play scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Community

Births Feb. 15, 2017

Samantha Staley and Ben Graves of Paonia are the parents of a daughter, Marcelena Jane Graves, born Feb. 6, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 14.2 ounces and was 20 inches in length.

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Hope and help for families of alcoholics

Al-Anon Family Groups meet throughout western Colorado to help families and friends of problem drinkers recover from the impacts of a loved one's drinking. Members help each other by practicing the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous themselves, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

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School Zone

Delta High senior earns OC honor
Delta High senior earns OC honor

The Orchard City student of the month for February is Cristina Caballero, a senior at Delta High School.

Cristina has a 4.13 grade point average and has completed advanced coursework in language and composition, statistics, calculus, physics and environmental science.

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Lena Sammons Reed Scholarship applications can be found online

The Lena Sammons Reed Scholarship is available online. The due date is earlier this year -- March 1. The scholarship is available with other scholarships at the Western Colorado Community Foundation site, http://wc-cf.org/students/available-scholarships/.

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Nurse aide students experience aging
Nurse aide students experience aging

Students in the high school sections of the nursing aide program at Delta-Montrose Technical College recently had an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for the physical changes and special care needs of the elderly during a geriatric simulation. Students wore special glasses to experience the vision alterations caused by glaucoma and retinitis.

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Obituaries

Alan Greager
Alan Greager

Alan Beach Greager died Feb. 10, 2017, at Banner Casa Grande Medical Center in Casa Grande, Ariz. He was 69.

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Elias Gonzalez
Elias Gonzalez

Hotchkiss resident Elias Gonzalez died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He was 76.

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Gerald
Gerald "Jerry" Lynn

Gerald "Jerry" Lynn died peacefully in his home on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 in Fredericksburg, Va., at the age of 87. Jerry is survived by his wife, Betty R. Lynn;

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Gladys J.
Gladys J. "Josie" Varela

Gladys Josephine Varela, better known as "Josie Varela," a resident of Olathe, Colo., lost her life in a tragic car accident in Delta County on the evening of Feb. 6, 2017, while commuting home from school at CMU. Her father, Victor H. Varela Mariman, was by her side.

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Ida Maye Boushley
Ida Maye Boushley

Ida Maye Boushley died Feb. 7, 2017, at home in Hotchkiss. She was 89.

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Johnny Summy
Johnny Summy

Johnny Ray Summy of Denver died Feb. 9, 2017. He was 65.

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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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Loretta Herd
Loretta Herd

Longtime Delta County resident Loretta Herd died Feb. 8, 2017, at HopeWest in Grand Junction. She was 84.

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Mary Davis

Mary Ethelyn (Horne) Davis died in Yucca Valley, Calif., on Feb. 3, 2017. She was 93.

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Mary Farmer
Mary Farmer

Mary Grace Farmer of Cedaredge died Feb. 8, 2017, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 97.

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Ronald Brenner
Ronald Brenner

Ronald Lawrence "Cowboy" Brenner of Delta died Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 78.

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Virginia Scheele
Virginia Scheele

Virginia Carol Scheele died Feb. 3, 2017, at Willow Tree Care Center. She was 79.

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Will Heddles

Willard P. "Will" Heddles, 74, of Tiffin, Ohio, died Jan. 31, 2017, at Beaumont Hospital in Trenton, Mich., after sustaining life-threatening injuries in a car accident.

He was born in Delta Feb. 20, 1942, to Willard and Mary (Walsh) Heddles.

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North Fork

Community steps up to help fire department

Small but mighty is the story of Crawford. In just a few weeks, the community has raised matching funds to help the Crawford Fire Department remodel the fire station and add upgraded restroom and wash facilities.

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Crawford mayor survives recall

A recall effort to unseat Crawford mayor Wanda Gofforth failed after the votes were tallied Tuesday, Feb. 7. More than 55 percent of the voters were against the recall effort. The tally was 99 against the recall and 79 in favor.

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Hotchkiss takes first step toward Main St. program

The Town of Hotchkiss has lent its support to the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce as that organization seeks to become an affiliate with the DOLA-managed Colorado Main Street Program. The town sent a letter officially requesting affiliate status to DOLA last week.

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New town manager  on the job in Paonia
New town manager on the job in Paonia

A week after beginning his new job as administrator for the Town of Paonia, Kenneth "Ken" Knight had already rearranged his office and faced his desk away from the wall and toward the large picture window looking out onto Grand Avenue. So far he likes what he sees.

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Welt's history in coal industry runs deep
Welt's history in coal industry runs deep

Think of a coal miner and you might see a steely-eyed man in a hard hat, his face and clothing blackened with carbon. But in the North Fork area, where coal mines have operated for more than 100 years, Kathy Welt is one of the most recognizable faces in the industry.

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What's happening at the Hotchkiss-Crawford Museum

The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. To help folks understand the work of the society at the museum, Chuck Farmer submitted a Curator Report for 2016:

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope Feb. 15, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Feb. 15, 2017

Blue sky! It's hard to believe, but it is blue sky! I revel in the warmth of the sun coming through the car windows!

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Garden club sets 2017 calendar

The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge kicked off 2017 with the installation of officers who will serve for the next two years. Each was presented a rose bouquet.

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Jodi Raim Wright named a dairy industry leader
Jodi Raim Wright named a dairy industry leader

Jodi Raim Wright has been involved with dairy cattle since her childhood in Cedaredge, where her family bred registered Holsteins at Raim Dairy. Recently, she was recognized for her extensive, exceptional and wide-reaching contributions to the dairy industry.

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Keeping seniors engaged with art
Keeping seniors engaged with art

Charles Morris of Grand Junction, a Colorado native and an accomplished artist, gave a seminar on his work to other artists in the PACE fine arts program at the Eckert Horizons facility last week.

It was a presentation with a true family flavor as Morris' sister, June, participates in the three-times-weekly art program at PACE, and she served as the model for Morris' demonstration.

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Orchard City continues search for revenue ideas

Orchard City Mayor Ken Volgamore and some of the town board members expressed disappointment that a room full of constituents left immediately following the previous week's community meeting on government revenue and marijuana.

"It was very interesting," Volgamore said during the town board's regular meeting on Feb. 8, "that after we went over the three items, especially the marijuana, that all but four [of the 70 people] got up and left.

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Town puts hold on La Habra II permits, taps

The Orchard City Town Board meeting on Feb. 8 adopted an emergency ordinance placing a moratorium on issuance of building permits or water taps for parcels located in the 17-lot LaHabra II subdivision.

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What's bugging you? Feb. 15, 2017
What's bugging you? Feb. 15, 2017

Do you think spring is close at hand? You might if you only looked at recent temperatures and not the calendar. As I write this, Denver broke records with a reading of 80°F while we hit highs of upper 60s to lower 70s!

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