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Delta

9-1-1 dispatchers recognized this week

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management recognizes National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 9-15. When an emergency arises and you call 9-1-1 for help, the stress of the situation may cause you to forget your address.

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Bank supports Delta Food Pantry

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Alpine Bank in Delta, the bank and staff are planning various monthly activities throughout the year. There will be a bigger celebration occurring during the month of July, the actual month the bank opened in 2007.

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Celebrate National Library Week with fine free check-in

The second week in April is an ideal time to visit your local library. Libraries across the nation celebrate National Library Week, an observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1958.

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County master plan review dates released

The consultant for the county master plan rewrite project, RPI of Durango, has provided an update which includes dates for six community meetings scheduled next month.

The community sessions (also being called "visioning workshops") will begin in Hotchkiss on Monday, May 15, and then move to Paonia on Tuesday, May 16; to Cedaredge on Wednesday, May 17; Crawford on Thursday, May 18; and finally to Delta on Tuesday, May 23. Locations for the community meetings are to be determined, according to the email provided to the county.

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GJ man pleads guilty to vehicular assault

Jeremy Hamm, 38, of Grand Junction has pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and driving under the influence. The charges stem from a June 2016 accident which resulted in serious bodily injury to Danyale Richardson, 30, a passenger in Hamm's vehicle.

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Help is needed to keep the flags flying

Camping, hiking, knot tying ... all are part of the Boy Scout experience and activities the scoutmasters of the three local troops feel very comfortable guiding.

They're less confident when it comes to organizing fundraising efforts for the Flags for Delta program.

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Landfill is choking in a tide of mattresses

Adobe Buttes landfill is choking in a tsunami of used mattresses. No one knows where they are coming from.

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Law enforcement blotter April 12, 2017

April 3:

Ashley N. Windemaker, 30, of Austin was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.

April 4:

Dylan R. Doyle, 28, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged fictitious license plates, owner operated uninsured vehicle and possession of a prohibited weapon.

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Public examines Rogers Mesa Highway 92 access plan
Public examines Rogers Mesa Highway 92 access plan

Organizers of the Rogers Mesa Highway 92 access plan open house at Hotchkiss High School last Wednesday said they were happy with the substantial turnout for the event. At least 70 people registered at the sign-in table in just the first hour of the two-hour-long event.

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Seventh Judicial District announces court vacancy

The Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet June 5 at the Delta Combined Courts, 501 Palmer Street, Delta, to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of county judge for Delta County. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of the Hon. Sandra Miller, effective Aug. 4.

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Volunteers sought for Fort Uncompahgre

The Interpretive Association is taking applications for volunteers to help with the operation of Fort Uncompahgre Interpretive Center located at 440 North Palmer Street next to Tractor Supply.

Volunteers are needed for the visitor center and gift shop, and to help with exterior exhibits, social media, the native plant garden and historic restoration workshops.

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Opinion

An olio of thoughts

1. Rick Spalenka's Feb. 22 letter, "Taking the women's marchers to task," was great! Thanks for making lots of excellent points and bringing common sense into the arena.

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Greening of the planet is due to increased CO2

I am responding to the out and out falsehoods in last week's DCI "We must demand climate action." The author repeats the usual fear-mongering panic-stricken claims to get people to vote to hurt themselves.

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Marchers demand Trump release his tax returns

We want the president to release his tax returns and come clean about his business dealings. We need to know what he is hiding.

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Street repairs are a priority for Cedaredge residents

Here's the story as I see it. The Town of Cedaredge (TOC) is once again thinking of a sales tax increase.

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Testing, testing, 1-2-3

It's spring and with it comes the time for testing. For many this is a dreaded time of year, but for all a time to take sample online practice tests and put on the thinking cap.

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Sports

Bruin girls' track team earns 3rd at Cardinal Open Saturday
Bruin girls' track team earns 3rd at Cardinal Open Saturday

Cedaredge's girls scored 101 points in Parachute and placed third behind Delta and Grand Valley on April 4.

The Bruins scored 35 points Saturday (April 8) to place ninth in the 15-team field in the Frank Woodburn at Stocker Stadium.

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Bulldogs sweep DH against Meeker nine

Hotchkiss ended the week with an 8-2 record after sweeping a conference doubleheader Saturday against Meeker. The games opened conference play for the Cowboys, who were 6-0 heading into the series.

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Delta girls top field at Cardinal Open April 4

Delta's girls track team was the class of the field last week in Parachute. The Panthers scored 120 points to capture the team title in an 11-team field.

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Eagles 11-0 ahead of Grand Junction game
Eagles 11-0 ahead of Grand Junction game

Paonia continues to dominate on the diamond. Last week the Eagles outscored opponents, 46-2, in three games.

A walk-off three-run homer by Kaden Seriani in the bottom of the fifth inning gave Paonia an 11-0 non-conference win over Coal Ridge last Wednesday.

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Hotchkiss' Young top shot, discus thrower
Hotchkiss' Young top shot, discus thrower

The throwers were the big point winners for Hotchkiss Saturday at the Eagle Valley Invitational meet.

Junior Darrin Young had the winning throw of 44 feet, 8 inches in the shot put, and added almost 20 feet to his prior personal best for a winning throw of 126 feet, 6 inches.

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Panther relays, Byers help Delta finish 2nd

Delta's 4x100, 4x200 and the 4x800 relay teams earned first place finishes in an 11-team field last week in Parachute at the Cardinal Open. Beau Byers duplicated the three gold medal performances by the relay teams with a trio of victories in his specialties, 110 high hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump.

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Paonia boys fifth at GV
Paonia boys fifth at GV

At last Wednesday's Grand Valley Cardinal Open track meet in Parachute, the Paonia boys scored 55.5 points to place fifth.

Junior Caden Meilner won silver in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:55.81 seconds, and placed fifth in the 800m run with a time of 2:18.19.

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Paonia fights hard in tennis loss to Demons
Paonia fights hard in tennis loss to Demons

Against Glenwood Springs on April 1, senior two singles player Kelsey Stroud posted the sole win for the Paonia tennis team, handily defeating Savanah Kelley, 1-6, 0-6.

The team had some long and hard-fought games against Glenwood Springs, said head coach Dee Holt, with four of the seven matches determined by 10-point tiebreakers.

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Paonia girls win Frank Woodburn track meet
Paonia girls win Frank Woodburn track meet

Despite missing its junior teammates due to state testing, the Paonia girls track team scored 111 points to win the 15-team Frank Woodburn Track Meet in Grand Junction Saturday.

Senior Sophia Anderson won two individual events. Her winning time of 26 seconds flat in the 200-meter dash broke the 2015 school record of 26.14 set by Marisa Edmondson.

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What's Happening

Community VBS planned June 5-9

Bring your smile to the Nile! Elementary-aged children are invited to learn all about Egypt in biblical times and the story of Joseph during this summer's vacation Bible school, June 5-9 at Delta United Methodist Church.

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Eurythmy dance workshops offered

The North Fork School of Integrated Studies and The Learning Council are sponsoring the Eurythmy Dance Workshop at Paonia Elementary School. Workshops will be held Mondays, April 24, May 1 and 8.

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Library happenings April 12, 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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Neighbors invited to Pea Green pie auction

Pea Green Community Club is hosting its annual pie auction Saturday, April 29, at the Pea Green Community Center. Join your friends and neighbors at this fun event, which begins at 7 p.m.

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Paonia senior center events

The Paonia Senior Citizens Center has several events planned in the coming weeks.

On Wednesday, April 26, the center will host a "90's Celebration" for all people who are 90 or older as of that date.

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School Zone

'Hutch' honored for lifetime achievement
'Hutch' honored for lifetime achievement

Roger "Hutch" Hutchison started a student art show in 1988, the same year he joined the faculty at Delta High School. So it was only fitting that he capped his long career during the opening reception for this year's student art show.

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Elizabeth Ward earns Boettcher Scholarship
Elizabeth Ward earns Boettcher Scholarship

Elizabeth Ward, a senior at Delta High School, has been selected as a recipient of the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship. She is leaning toward the University of Denver, to study data analytics.

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Four DHS students compete at state speech and debate
Four DHS students compete at state speech and debate

Delta High School just completed an outstanding speech and debate season. Four competitors traveled to Denver in March to compete in the CHSAA state competition.

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Obituaries

Cheryl Stevens
Cheryl Stevens

Cheryl L. Stevens of Delta died April 7, 2017, at her home. She was 54.

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Connie Harding
Connie Harding

Connie Colleen Andregg Harding died in Las Cruces, N.M., on April 7, 2017. She was 66.

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Jack Loucks
Jack Loucks

Jack C. Loucks died March 25, 2017, at his home in Fort Collins. He was 89.

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Jerilyn Floyd

Jerilyn "Jeri" Gail Gonzalez Floyd died Feb. 24, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. She was 59.

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Jim Coan

Former Delta resident Jim Coan died Feb. 16, 2017, at his home in Wasilla, Alaska. He was 89.

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Kathleen Dent

Kathleen M. Dent died April 3, 2017, at her daughter's home in Delta. She was 82.

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Margaret Gerd

Delta resident Margaret Monica Gerd died March 11, 2017, at her home. She was 85.

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Michael Hennessey
Michael Hennessey

Michael Edward Hennessey died March 16, 2017, at his son's home in Brookings, Ore. He was 79.

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North Fork

Crawford pledges in-kind support to Nature Connection
Crawford pledges in-kind support to Nature Connection

Anita Evans and Scott Rist with the Nature Connection approached the Town of Crawford last week, seeking financial and in-kind support for a matching Inspire grant they intend to apply for through Greater Outdoors Colorado in July.

The Nature Connection is a nonprofit group working with the Delta County School District and other partners to provide outdoor recreational opportunities and environmental education to schoolchildren here.

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Crawford preps for disasters

Last week trustees for the Town of Crawford implemented a plan that outlines policies and procedures should a catastrophic disaster or emergency happen in town. The effort was spearheaded by Mayor Wanda Gofforth and town clerk Cally Gallegos after they heard a presentation last year by Jeff Wright with Delta County's emergency management department.

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Crossing repairs in Paonia will close streets

According to the Town of Paonia website, for the next two weeks Paonia residents can expect street closures to allow for scheduled repairs to in-town railroad crossings.

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Grower tests another way to protect crops from frost
Grower tests another way to protect crops from frost

With the early arrival of warm weather comes earlier blossoming of the area's fruit trees, and increased risk of losing crops to a freeze. One local family is trying a different method of protecting their crops from freezing temperatures and killing frost this spring: The "cold air drain."

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Paonia trustees adopt 25-mph speed limit

Paonia drivers will soon have a set speed limit of 25 miles per hour, except in areas where posted otherwise.

At the March 28 meeting trustees approved the setting of a 25-mph speed limit on all streets, with a lower, 15-mph limit in school zones and any other areas later deemed necessary for safety purposes.

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PHS students present air quality findings
PHS students present air quality findings

Since January, about 150 Delta County high school students have conducted studies in air quality. Paonia High School students of science teacher Jim Frazier carried out experiments to measure the emissions of different kinds of woods when burned, compare emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from a full versus an empty pickup fuel tank, and measure heavy VOCs contained in every-day scented items, to mention a few.

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Surface Creek

Birds of the Western Slope April 12, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope April 12, 2017

I have seen prairie falcon on many occasions, but I've never seen one so bedraggled! Or so annoyed. Poor thing.

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Eckert woman dies of fall in Montrose County

On Friday, April 6, Rose Zaldivar, 51 of Eckert was reported missing by a friend to the Montrose County Sheriff's Office. It was believed she had gone hiking on April 2.

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Garden club goes to the birds in March

What a great time the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club had at its March meeting, held at the home of Gloria Good and looking down on Surface Creek. We watched the birds at the feeders, talked about our own experiences with the birds in our garden, and had the opportunity to listen to Gary Good tell us about his bird watching experiences.

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Math mistake sinks water rate hike in Orchard City

Even before Orchard City's new water rates take effect as scheduled on May 1 they are already being changed. An accounting error made in calculating the new water charges is said to be responsible.

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Resident not sold on rate hike

The Orchard City Town Board is being challenged on the method and reasoning that it used for establishing new water rates. The new rates take effect May 1 and will show up in rate payers' June billing.

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What's bugging you? April 12, 2017
What's bugging you? April 12, 2017

Like most of you, I have been very busy cleaning up my garden spaces. One of the perennials that requires old stems to be cut back in the spring are those in the genus Agastache.

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