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Delta

Elusive driver arrested after crash on school grounds
Elusive driver arrested after crash on school grounds

A driver sought by the Colorado State Patrol led law enforcement officers on a twisting trek through Delta before barreling under a fence at Delta Middle School and crashing into an irrigation pump house.

Pedro Lopez, 29, of Grand Junction emerged from his green Ford Taurus with his hands in the air and was taken into custody without incident.

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Alpine Bank sponsors Delta County Seed Library

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Alpine Bank in Delta County, the bank is sponsoring local organizations and events on a monthly basis throughout the year as a way of recognizing not only its 10-year milestone but also its commitment to the community. The monthly events and activities are selected by the staff at the Delta location under the leadership of branch manager, Barbara Wolfe.

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Bennet wraps up five town halls, visits DCMH

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet completed five town halls during the two days off from his Senate schedule, visiting Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Alamosa, Durango and Grand Junction. He also visited the Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta.

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Delta County Planning Commission to expand

The Delta County Commissioners have directed staff to prepare a resolution which if adopted will expand the county planning commission from seven members to nine. The three commissioner districts would all have equal representation with three members from each district.

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Ditch company planning grants available

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) has approved funding for ditch companies to defray the cost of engineering services to prepare preliminary project plans and feasibility studies for USBR's 2017 FOA.

Applications are to be submitted to Delta Conservation District with selection review to be coordinated with CWCB and the Gunnison Basin salinity coordinator.

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Fee hike hits trash haulers hard

County officials and commercial trash haulers met last week to discuss the impact of a big increase in tipping fees under review for Adobe Buttes landfill.

Three commercial haulers and two county municipal governments that provide trash service told commissioners and county staff that the increases will be too big for their customers to swallow all at once.

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Law enforcement blotter March 22, 2017

Sylvester D. Sheetz, 77, of Eckert was issued a ticket for alleged limitations on backing after being involved in a two-vehicle crash in the Safeway parking lot (1510 Highway 92). No injuries were reported or observed. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

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Master plan schedule slips

Delta County's contractor for the master plan rewrite, RPI of Durango, has said it needs an additional month of collecting information from county staff and others before the "public input phase" of the rewrite begins, according to a report given to the county commissioners on Monday.

Also, the company has not completed work on a public access website that's been promised.

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Senior CommUnity Meals welcomes new program director
Senior CommUnity Meals welcomes new program director

Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Walker as the new program director for Senior CommUnity Meals (SCM). Walker was previously employed as the program director and returns to Colorado after working remotely from Missouri as the program dietitian.

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Warrant issued for vehicular homicide

The Delta Police Department has issued a warrant for the arrest of James H. Catlin, 31, of North Quincy, Mass., charging him with vehicular homicide in the Feb. 6 accident that resulted in the death of Gladys "Josie" Varela.

Catlin also faces charges of vehicular assault, unlawful use of a controlled substance, driving under the influence (alcohol), driving under the influence per se (alcohol), driving under the influence (drugs), reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

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Youth, families 'Inspired' to get outdoors

How do you get the next generation of Coloradoans to appreciate and care for the great outdoors? This question is at the forefront of Greater Outdoors Colorado or GOCO's new "Inspire Initiative," which addresses the growing disconnect between youth and the outdoors.

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Opinion

'Improved' health coverage will cost seniors

Here is a statistic on the proposed health care replacement that I find hard to ignore:

A 64-year-old making $26,500 a year currently pays approximately $1,700 in premiums.

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Help make Delta a better place to live, visit

Have you heard of Arts Coalition of Delta County, or AC/DC?

Do you know of what they are about or what they could do for you?

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Missing Delta County's clean air

Delta and Montrose county farmers --ENOUGH!

I can't breathe!!! Cough, cough, cough, wheeze.

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Where does your food come from?

If you're like many Americans, the answer is the grocery store. And frankly, that disturbs me.

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Sports

3A move gives Delta thinclads state hope
3A move gives Delta thinclads state hope

Delta has struggled in recent years to qualify athletes for state. Last season, as one of the smallest schools in Class 4A, the Panthers qualified a total of three athletes for state.

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Bruin boys place 2nd at Delta track meet
Bruin boys place 2nd at Delta track meet

The Cedaredge men's track team had 27 top-eight placers and scored 140 points to finish second Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational. In their first meet of the season the Bruins won four golds, four silvers, and five bronze medals.

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Bruins building program
Bruins building program

Cedaredge High School's baseball team has split the first four games of the year. A new regime of coaches are on board in Cedaredge and they have serious intent to make the Bruins the best they can be.

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Cedaredge girls bring state track experience
Cedaredge girls bring state track experience

The Cedaredge girls scored 56 points to place fifth Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational.

Freshman Brie McGovern placed fourth in the 400m dash, and sophomore Emily Tullis placed third in the 100-meter hurdles and was fifth in the 300 hurdles.

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Eagles baseball team loaded for 2017 year

The Paonia Eagles opened the baseball season at 2-0, sweeping a doubleheader against the Uintah Utes last Thursday in Grand Junction, 3-0, 8-4.

Last season the Eagles won the District 2 championship on a 5-4 win over rival Hotchkiss.

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Firor, medley team win gold for Hotchkiss
Firor, medley team win gold for Hotchkiss

The Hotchkiss girls 800-meter sprint medley team had a golden start to the track season Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational. Jordan Tamayo, Kaiya Firor, Jasmine Gaub and Fatima Rodriquez earned their first gold medal of the season with a time of 1 minute, 57.45 seconds.

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Hotchkiss diamond crew playing well
Hotchkiss diamond crew playing well

A walk-off two-run double by Kale Litzelman in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Hotchkiss a 14-4 season-opener win against Roaring Fork last week.

Hotchkiss opened with a 4-0 lead, with Jonathan Gonzalez hitting a one-run double and Chase Hiatt following with a two-run double.

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Lockhart golden thrower
Lockhart golden thrower

Lily Lockhart's track and field season is off to a good start. At Saturday's Delta Panther Invitational Lockhart handily won the shot put and discus.

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Panthers 2-2 in baseball
Panthers 2-2 in baseball

The Delta High School baseball team is 2-2 on the new season with some impressive teams it has done battle with.

The Panthers began their 2017 campaign against Roaring Fork with an 8-1 win on March 10.

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Zack Allen clears 6-4 in opening track meet
Zack Allen clears 6-4 in opening track meet

In his first meet of the season, Hotchkiss senior Zack Allen raised the bar. Last Saturday, Allen opened the track and field season with a state-qualifying high jump of 6 feet, 4 inches to win the Delta Panther Invitational. Allen, a senior and two-time state placer, was one of three to clear the bar at 5-10, but was the only remaining competitor after clearing 6 feet.

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What's Happening

CMU concludes theatre season with 'non-stop comedy' Boeing-Boeing

CMU's Department of Theatre Arts will conclude its 2016-17 Main Stage season with the comedy, Boeing-Boeing, April 13-15 in the Moss Performing Arts Center Robinson Theatre. The play is a 1960s French farce which was translated for the English-speaking stage.

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DCED annual meeting is April 20

Delta County Economic Development will host its 21st annual meeting Thursday, April 20, at the Orchard City Town Hall. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers.

The meeting will be called to order at 6 p.m.

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Senior Prom tradition continues

The Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC) invites seniors residing in Delta County to come boot scoot and boogie the afternoon away at the annual Senior Prom. The ADRC is committed to continue this tradition for Delta County residents over the age of 50 which the former Delta County Senior Resource Council, Delta High School Student Council and community partners created many years ago.

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Train to become a lifeguard

Bill Heddles Recreation Center is holding American Red Cross blended learning lifeguard classes during the April school break. Classes will be offered 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10-14.

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Community

Altrusa supports adult education

Delta County adults who are seeking higher or continuing education are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship, offered by Altrusa International of Delta. The service organization annually awards several scholarships to non-traditional students.

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School Zone

SATs trigger calendar change

The SAT, the state's college entrance exam, will be administered for free in every school April 11 -- right in the middle of Delta County's spring break. That's pushing the district's 11th graders into the makeup date on Tuesday, April 25.

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Obituaries

Arnold Quillen

Longtime Cedaredge resident, Master Sergeant Arnold D. Quillen, died March 6, 2017, at Paonia Care Center. He was 82.

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Barbara Thompson

Barbara E. Thompson, former resident of Cedaredge, died March 15, 2017, at Eagle Ridge at Grand Valley in Grand Junction. She was 97.

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Bert Dougan
Bert Dougan

Longtime Delta resident Elbert "Bert" Dougan died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was just a few days shy of his 95th birthday.

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Clifford Caesare

Clifford A. Caesare of Delta died March 12, 2017, at his home. He was 75.

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Earl Hagen
Earl Hagen

Cedaredge resident Earl W. Hagen died March 12, 2017.

He graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines in 1955 and worked as an engineer and manager for Caterpillar Tractor Company for 35 years.

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Iona Wood

Iona Wood of Cedaredge died Feb. 5, 2017. She was 82.

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James Dagnan
James Dagnan

James Melvin Dagnan died Feb. 27, 2017, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 77.

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Jerilyn Floyd
Jerilyn Floyd

Jerilyn (Jeri) Gail Gonzalez Floyd was born on May 17, 1957, at Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, Calif., the eldest child of Jack and Waynella Gonzalez. In 1971, the Gonzalez family moved from Torrance, Calif., to Cedaredge.

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Maria Botsford
Maria Botsford

Maria Panciera Botsford was born in Corona, N.Y., to Joseph and Jenny Panicera. When Maria was seven years old, her family moved to Shelton, Conn., where she attended grade school and high school.

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Maxine Burch

Longtime Delta County resident Maxine Burch died March 15, 2017. She was 95.

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Renee Porter
Renee Porter

Longtime Delta resident Renee H. Porter died March 17, 2017, at her home. She was 75.

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Wayne Hockaday

Wayne Robert Hockaday died suddenly March 13, 2017, at Washakie Medical Center in Worland, Wyo. He was 82.

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North Fork

Off-road vehicles may be legal on Paonia streets

It may soon be legal to drive off-road vehicles in the town of Paonia.

At the March 14 town board meeting, trustees considered a draft ordinance that would amend current town code to allow off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to be operated within town limits.

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Paonia re-structures town committees

The Paonia Town Board of Trustees is considering a change in the structure of its standing committees. If approved, the six committees, Finance and Personnel, Public Works, Public Safety, Governmental Affairs, Services and Recreation, and Facilities and Development would be restructured into three committees: Finance and Personnel, Public Works/Utilities/Facilities, and Governmental Affairs/Public Safety.

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Spring weather variations will make or break local fruit crop
Spring weather variations will make or break local fruit crop

Spring has arrived, and in the North Fork Valley the wild apricots are in full bloom. And while it's a time of celebration, springtime can be tense for the area's fruit growers.

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Surface Creek

'A lot of fun' for 100 years
'A lot of fun' for 100 years

When Ira Edwards of Cedaredge greets you with his broad, confident smile and firm handshake saying, "It's been a lot of fun and a lot of years," you know he means it. That's because he is living it.

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Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 22, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 22, 2017

What a pretty little bird! And I've never met one! That would be a treat for me, but the range maps show that he lives out of our range (more's the pity).

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Cedaredge eyes bond refinancing

Cedaredge trustees were scheduled on Tuesday this week to consider an ordinance authorizing issuance of $2.7 million in water revenue bonds which will be paid off by residents' water billings.

The bonds are a refinance of an existing USDA loan and they also provide new money to settle the $175,000 court mediated agreement with Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association over its ownership interest in the Cedaredge water utility.

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Cedaredge Methodists host ongoing activities

Cedaredge United Methodist Church invites everyone to join in any of its ongoing weekly activities. These include the following:

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Cedaredge okays non-compete accord with DMEA

The Cedaredge Town Board agreed at its March 16 meeting to what is essentially a non-compete agreement with DMEA (Elevate).

A memorandum of understanding that was provided by DMEA and approved by the town board last week bars future town-owned broadband infrastructure from being used for selling access or signal provided by DMEA, except through established networks.

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Christian youth group offers outdoor focus
Christian youth group offers outdoor focus

A Christian-based group for boys and young men that combines values guidance with outdoor activity is being sponsored by Cedaredge's Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church.

The program, which accepts boys and young men ages five to 17, is affiliated with Trail Life USA.

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Community garden begins ninth season
Community garden begins ninth season

The Cedaredge Community Gardens begins its ninth season this April. The board met in February, where changes to the membership structure were proposed and agreed.

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Police report

In February the Cedaredge Police Department responded to 52 separate incidents and issued five citations, one of them for a charge of criminal mischief carrying a possible $1,000 fine.

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