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Delta

Commissioners acknowledge contributions of local 4-H'ers

Officers and parent leaders of the Delta County 4-H Council met with the county commissioners Monday for an annual exchange of appreciation in conjunction with National 4-H Week.

The 4-H County Council officers, accompanied by Jackie Shea, Tri-River youth extension agent, thanked the commissioners for the county's support of 4-H programs and facilities through the year.

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Commissioners work through routine items

At their Oct. 2 meeting, the county commissioners dealt with the following matters:

• Merriam Helmsing, Ute Jantz, Joey Montoya Boese, Cheryl Oeltjenbruns and Julie Barton were ratified as members of the Delta County Community Services Block Grant Program.

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DHS grad sues school district, staff

The school district is preparing to defend teachers, guidance counselors, administrators and itself against accusations of retaliation by a Delta High School graduate.

The lawsuit alleges that school officials retaliated against Cidney Fisk, Class of 2016, when she spoke out against religious activities during school hours on school property. Cidney Fisk, Class of 2016, filed suit in U.S. District Court through her counsel, Jeffrey Springer and Andrew Reid of Springer & Steinberg.

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Hwy. 92, 50 intersection improvements planned

CDOT has been reviewing the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 92 to improve traffic movement. CDOT will host a public open house at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18.

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Law enforcement blotter Oct. 4, 2017

Sept. 25:

Ashley C. Salazar, 26, of Delta was arrested and jailed on third degree assault.

Sept. 26:

Derrick L. West, 22, of Delta was issued a summons for shoplifting.

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Meth, cash seized by law enforcement

On Thursday, Sept. 28, the Delta County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of Delta Police Department, Montrose Sheriff's Office K-9 unit and a member of Colorado Bureau of Investigation, conducted directed patrols in various areas of unincorporated Delta County. This operation was an effort to identify and locate known drug offenders in the area.

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New name reflects new energy at tech college
New name reflects new energy at tech college

Forty years ago, the communities of Delta and Montrose came together to establish a community college to expand educational opportunities for the secondary students in their high schools, as well as provide training for adults seeking to develop job skills.

Today, the Technical College of the Rockies (TCR) is operated solely by Delta County Joint School District #50.

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Urban renewal plan gains preliminary approval

By unanimous vote, the Delta Urban Renewal Authority has approved the plan that outlines how the city will reduce, eliminate and prevent blight in an effort to attract and stimulate economic development.

While a hotel is the primary means by which the plan is intended to be implemented, it is not the only option on the table, said DURA attorney Carolynne White.

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Veterans retire American flags
Veterans retire American flags

On Saturday, Sept. 30, members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #3571 and Harry A. White American Legion Post #65, assisted by the VFW's Auxiliary, honorably retired 94 U.S. flags at Fort Uncompahgre. VFW Post #3571 commander Louis "Corky" Ware directed the explanation of the flag retirement process to the invited guests -- nearly 60 Boy and Girl Scouts, their leaders, and their parents from as far away as Grand Junction.

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Opinion

Citizens' health, safety at risk

The Delta County Mosquito Control District No. 1 (DCMCD#1) agrees with the fire department that the City of Delta and the Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) should not be able to demand taxpayer funds for projects for their benefit. They are demanding taxpayer funds earmarked for health and emergency services for the next 25 years!

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Have we forgotten how to stand together?

Where are the NFL players that I remember after 9/11 who stood proud with police officers and firefighters holding American flags over their hearts, many with tears streaming down their faces when the national anthem as played?

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Marijuana can be beneficial

I believe that Sara Rapp has been misinformed about the effects of marijuana (letter to the editor, Sept. 20). It is NOT a "gateway drug" in any way, no more than drinking Coke is a gateway drug to liquor.

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Taking a knee

World War I - 53,402 known U.S. military deaths; World War II - 291,557 known U.S. military deaths. Known total of 344,959

I do not disagree with the right for peaceful protest; however, those military members gave their lives so we can have the right for peaceful protest as well as all of our other freedoms!

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Throw 'em all out

The Democrat Party should be ashamed. Its members have enacted programs that reduce personal initiative. They are harming this country with illegal immigration, handouts to able-bodied people, a "health insurance" program that greatly increased rates, deductibles, regulations, and costs, taxpayer-funded payouts to cronies (Solyndra plus), expensive, unconsitutitional legislation, and so much more.

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Sports

'Dogs fall in league grid tilt

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs opened the conference season Friday night with a disappointing 36-7 loss at Meeker.

The reigning league champion Cowboys put all of their points on the board in the first half.

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Bruins diamond crew busy with five contests
Bruins diamond crew busy with five contests

Meeker's Cowboys have sewn up the 3A District 5 softball team title after sweeping through last week's schedule with wins over Cedaredge, Gunnison (doubleheader wins) and Aspen. The Cowboys are 10-1 in league play and 15-3 overall.

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Cedaredge volleyball team wins one of three

Cedaredge High School's volleyball team has not had the most successful season in 2017. The team is finding its stride as the season progresses.

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Delta soccer sweeps Titans with 2-1 win

Delta's Panthers have been riding high on success this season and added to the list of wins by scoring a 2-1 win over Coal Ridge's Titans last week in New Castle.

The Panthers (3-0 and 9-1) scored twice, once in each half, to effect a sweep over the Titans (1-1-0 and 6-2-1).

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Former Paonia volleyball star competes for Chadron State
Former Paonia volleyball star competes for Chadron State

Former Paonia High School standout volleyball player McKenna Hartigan is seeing lots of playing time as a freshman for Chadron State's Eagles. Hartigan recorded 11 kills against Westminster this past weekend and now has a total of 59 kills on the season as a freshman.

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Hotchkiss XC runners eclipse old standards

At Friday's third annual Delta Sweitzer Lake Invitational, six Hotchkiss runners set new personal best times.

In the boys' division, all three competitors set new personal records, including Tevin Keller, who finished 33rd with a time of 18 minutes, 59.66 seconds, Kenny Drbohlav (34th, 19:06.58), and Will Ela (51st, 20:26.44).

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Layoff didn't hurt Delta volleyball team
Layoff didn't hurt Delta volleyball team

For the Delta High School volleyball team last Thursday's game couldn't come soon enough. The last time the Panthers played was Sept. 23 against Gunnison.

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Pagosa Springs rushes past Panthers 26-7

With a threat of rain, and lightning off in the distance, last Friday night's Homecoming football game should have been more exciting and entertaining for Delta faithful. The Panthers were lethargic on offense and their defense was unable to stop Pagosa Springs' offense when it needed to be stopped.

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Paonia finishes strong in 3-2 volleyball win over Cedaredge team
Paonia finishes strong in 3-2 volleyball win over Cedaredge team

In what could be its toughest match of the season, the Paonia volleyball team battled to a non-conference 3-2 win over Cedaredge Friday night. The game also marked the annual Pink Night fundraiser for HopeWest in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Paonia volleyball team undefeated in league

The Paonia Eagles upped their winning streak to nine games last week, beginning Sept. 26 with a 25-9, 25-16, 25-8 win over Vail Christian. Senior Mckenna Palmer led in serve receives with 16, and in kills with 14.

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What's Happening

Ambulance hosts informational sessions

Delta County Ambulance District (DCAD) is hosting a series of community meetings to discuss the mill levy question on the November ballot. DCAD is seeking a mill levy increase of 3.50 mills, for a total of 5.750 mills.

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Fort hosts Saturday Trade Day, Blessing of the Animals

With the end of season in sight, Fort Uncompahgre adds a new feather to enhance the last Saturday Trade Day of the season.

The Cedaredge Methodist Church under the leadership of Pastor Joe Agne will be at the fort from 1 to 3 p.m. for the first annual Blessing of the Animals.

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Libraries highlight local authors

Last fall, Delta County Libraries' staff began compiling a list of local authors to display in each library. There are over 50 names on that list and it keeps growing.

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Library happenings Oct. 4, 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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Special movie planned

"Luther," starring Joseph Fiennes as Martin Luther, will be shown at the Egyptian Theatre in conjunction with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The showing will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, and is sponsored by Redeemer Lutheran Church, LCMS, Delta.

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Square dances set for Oct. 7, 21

The Delta Hubwheelers Square Dance Club will host dances from 7-9 p.m., on Saturday nights, Oct. 7 and 21, in the aerobics room of the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 N. Palmer Street, Delta. Dancing will be directed by regular club caller Naaman Moorehouse from Grand Junction.

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Community

4-H empowers young people
4-H empowers young people

Join over 102,000 young people in Colorado in celebrating the 4-H program during National 4-H Week slated for Oct. 1-7. 4-H is in all Colorado counties, in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries worldwide. The 4-H program reaches seven million young people throughout the world.

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Births Oct. 4, 2017

Lando and Hannah Blakley of Dinosaur are the parents of a son, Dozer Lee Dale Blakley, born Sept. 29, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 13.8 ounces and was 20 inches in length.

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Delta County celebrates National 4-H Week
Delta County celebrates National 4-H Week

For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October. Delta County 4-H will leverage National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

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Finding a club

Not everyone's schedule is the same. At times it can be tricky to find a 4-H club that fits into yours. Fortunately, there are several different clubs in Delta County, offering a variety of options.

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School Zone

School district earns 'accredited' rating

Despite a decline in overall scores, Delta County Joint School District #50 earned an "accredited" rating on district performance frameworks established by the Colorado Department of Education. The frameworks are provided to school districts annually at the start of the school year.

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Obituaries

Wayne Toombs

Wayne Troy Toombs, longtime Delta resident, died Sept. 30, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 69.

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Fay Columbia
Fay Columbia

Hotchkiss resident Fay Bertha Columbia died May 20, 2017, of complications due to pneumonia. She was 80.

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Gay Muse
Gay Muse

Delta resident Gay Nell Muse died Sept. 18, 2017, at Willow Tree Care Center. She was 88.

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Glenna Justin
Glenna Justin

Glenna Catura Justin died Sept. 27, 2017, at her home in Delta. She was 89.

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North Fork

BLM continues royalty reduction for Mountain Coal

Mountain Coal Company received good news last week that a royalty rate reduction for a portion of the coal mined at the West Elk Mine near Somerset will be continued for another five years.

The Bureau of Land Management announced Friday that a royalty rate reduction (RRR) has been extended five years, effective from Feb. 1, 2015.

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Crawford continues marijuana ordinance debate to Oct. 4

The Crawford Town Board was expecting to do the first reading of a marijuana ordinance at its work session on Sept. 20. When it became apparent that it was incomplete and trustees had more questions than answers, the matter was tabled and placed on the agenda for its regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

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Marijuana ordinance tabled to allow more public input

Discussion of a marijuana ordinance before the Paonia Board of Trustees was tabled at the Sept. 26 meeting to give the public and the board more time to consider its implications. The draft ordinance was also referred to the town Public Safety and Governmental Affairs committee for review.

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Paonia will shape its own Space to Create
Paonia will shape its own Space to Create

When it was publicly announced on Sept. 21 that Paonia will participate in the Space to Create initiative, Margaret Hunt was on hand to help the community understand just what that means.

Space to Create involves grants, but it isn't a grant.

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What do Hotchkiss residents value?

According to a community survey, Hotchkiss residents value the small-town atmosphere and climate of "The Friendliest Town Around," but would like to see more recreational opportunities and a more attractive downtown area.

The survey was made available to anyone living in the Hotchkiss area as part of the process of updating the town's five-year-old master plan.

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Surface Creek

AppleFest is this weekend
AppleFest is this weekend

The 40th annual AppleFest weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8, will be filled with fun, food, activity, fundraisers, music and lots and lots of apples.

From the first alarm sounding the Five Alarm Chili Cook-off at the fire house on Thursday, until the final chords from two days of music fade away into the leafy canopy of Town Park on Sunday afternoon, AppleFest 2017 promises something for everyone.

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Birds of the Western Slope Oct. 4, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Oct. 4, 2017

Since the Festival at Steamboat Springs, it seems that all I think about is travel. And so I think of the marvelous trip to Aransas to the Whooping Crane Festival.

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Good News Club meets at Cedaredge Elementary

The Good News Club is an exciting fun-filled hour held once a week following the school schedule starting Oct.5 in Room 208 at Cedaredge Elementary School. This free nondenominational club meets from 3:15 to 4:45.

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Planning commission approves plan change

The Cedaredge Planning Commission approved a town master plan amendment on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and forwarded the document to the town board for consideration.

The document includes a major new section describing Cedaredge's mechanical sewage treatment plant.

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Thursday's chili feast benefits firefighters

The people of Surface Creek Valley have a special relationship with their volunteer fire department.

These firefighters are ones who take time away from their families to help keep the whole community safe.

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What's bugging you? Oct. 4, 2017
What's bugging you? Oct. 4, 2017

There are many bees and wasps that make their homes as beasties in our gardens. Yellowjackets are one of the few of the very large number of wasp species in western Colorado that live a social life.

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